GenCon Guest of Honor Schedule

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As reported earlier, Adamant Entertainment’s Gareth-Michael Skarka and T.S. Luikart have both been selected as Industry Insider Guests of Honor at this year’s GenCon in Indianapolis, August 16th-19th. Our seminar schedules as part of the program have been finalized and are now viewable to all attendees, so we figured we’d give a run-down of our seminars here.

Thursday, August 16th

Homebrewers Guide to RPG Worldbuilding: Noon, ICC 210. Admit it: Sometimes the fun of a game is not playing the game–it’s building the world! RPG designers sit down and talk about how to make your world sharper, more exciting, and 10 pounds lighter. Wolfgang Baur, Kenneth Hite, T.S. Luikart, Richard Thomas, Rodney Thompson.

How To Publish A Game Without Going Broke: 3:00pm, ICC 210. Want to publish your own tabletop RPG? This panel goes beyond Kickstarter, we’ll talk about everything from motivation to finish the game to how to source printers. James Ernest, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat, Gareth-Michael Skarka.

Working With Licensed Intellectual Properties: 3:00pm, ICC 211. Industry Insider Guests of Honor discuss the issues and pitfalls of working with someone else’s property and dealing with fan expectations of said property. Steve Kenson, T.S. Luikart, Ryan Macklin, Stan!

Kickstarting Your Game Q&A: 6:00pm, ICC 210 Join our Industry Insider Guests who will share tips and tools for using Kickstarter to get your game project funded. Dennis Detwiller, Matt Forbeck, T.S. Luikart, Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat, Gareth-Michael Skarka.

Friday, August 17th

+5 Sword of ePublishing: 1:00pm, ICC 210 The games industry was an early adopter of the digital publishing business model. Join our Industry Insider Guests as they discuss ways you can bring your game project to life as a digital release. Wolfgang Baur, Susan Morris, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Stan!

GM Tips: 1:00pm, ICC 211 Our Industry Insider guests give GMing 101 advice on how you can improve your game. An open discussion and Q&A, so bring your questions! Tavis Allison, T.S. Luikart, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Rodney Thompson.

Freelancing in the Game Industry: 2:00pm, ICC 210 Want to write for games? Our Industry guests have years of freelancing experience & will share their wisdom on how to find work, how to get more work, & how to succeed as a game industry freelancer. Matt Forbeck, Steve Kenson, Ryan Macklin, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Christine Stiles.

Saturday, August 18th

Doing Kickstarter Right: 11:00am, ICC 210 Talk with successful Kickstarter publishers on how they did their Kickstarter. Topics discussed are: lessons learned, mistakes made, and plans for the future. Ryan Macklin, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Richard Thomas.

We have also submitted a seminar on Far West — if it is approved, it will appear in the on-site program book.

Beyond that, Adamant Entertainment will be able to be located at the Cubicle Seven booth in the Exhibit Hall. Drop by and say hello!


TALES for Indie Bookstores

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Adamant Entertainment’s fiction line is available through distribution to bookstores worldwide, via Ingram. This has us carried at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major stores — and, of course, this means that we’re available to any store that uses the industry-standard distribution system.</p>

However, as an independent production company, we like (when possible) to deal directly with other independents — so if you’ve got an indie bookstore near you, feel free to point them in our direction and have them drop us a line. We will be happy to work with them to craft terms and get our books into their store — including sending a sample digital copy in their preferred format for their review.

Our initial offering is TALES OF THE FAR WEST, a short fiction anthology set in our western/wuxia steampunk mash-up, Far West. The book features stories from:

  • Matt Forbeck (Amortals, Vegas Knights, Carpathia, etc.)
  • Tessa Gratton (Blood Magic, Werewolves & Shapeshifters, Corsets and Clockwork)
  • Dave Gross (Prince of Wolves, Master of Devils, former editor of Amazing Stories)
  • Will Hindmarch (The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, The Bones: Us and Our Dice)
  • Scott Lynch (The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, The Republic of Thieves)
  • Ari Marmell (The Conqueror’s Shadow, Agents of Artifice, The Goblin Corps, etc.)
  • Aaron Rosenberg (various novels for Star Trek, StarCraft, Warcraft, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis and Warhammer)
  • Eddy Webb (Senior Transmedia Developer, CCP/White Wolf)
  • Chuck Wendig (Double Dead, Blackbirds, Irregular Creatures)
  • …and, of course, the FAR WEST development team of T.S. Luikart and Gareth-Michael Skarka

A sample of Scott Lynch’s tale, “He Built The Wall To Knock It Down”, can be found here.

Future fiction releases will follow in the second half of 2012 and into 2013. We’ll be announcing the schedule soon. So drop us a line, Indie Booksellers! We’d love to work with you.


GenCon Industry Insider Guests of Honor

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Last night, the fine folks at Gen Con announced the 2012 Industry Insider Guests of Honor. Adamant Entertainment is honored that Gareth-Michael Skarka and T.S. Luikart have both been chosen to appear, along with an impressive slate including: Tavis Allison, Steve Kenson, Mark Rein-Hagen, Wolgang Baur, Elizabeth Shoemaker-Sampat, Stan!, Michelle Lyons, Dennis Detwiller, Ryan Macklin, Christina Stiles, James Ernest, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, George Strayton, Matt Forbeck, Jason Morningstar, Richard Thomas, Jess Hartley, Susan Morris, Rodney Thompson, Kenneth Hite and James Wyatt.

GenCon will be putting together a list of panel discussions and seminars featuring us, in our varied areas of expertise. Once we have details about the specific events where we’ll be appearing, we’ll post about them here.

See you in Indianapolis this August!



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Due to multiple factors (cost of production, performance of The Villainomicon through distribution, and — to be completely honest –the relative weakness of initial orders through distribution) Adamant Entertainment has made some decisions regarding planned future ICONS releases, Adventure Omnibus One and ICONS TEAM-UP.

Adventure Omnibus One — a print collection of existing PDF adventures, is being cancelled, as initial orders through distribution were not particularly strong. The few people who pre-ordered the Omnibus will have their orders refunded today. PDF adventure support will continue, however — including a public release of the original ICONS pre-order adventure, The Sidereal Schemes of Doctor Zodiac by Steve Kenson, which originally was only released to pre-order customers of the ICONS core rulebook, and was to make it’s public debut in the Omnibus.

ICONS TEAM-UP will no longer be released through distribution, but will instead be available (in print) direct-to-consumer via the Adamant Entertainment and Cubicle Seven webstores. To be blunt, we feel that this will give us the best return on the sales of the book, and makes the most financial sense for our company.

As such, the pre-order period will be extended until APRIL 15th, 2012. Copies can be ordered at the Adamant Entertainment webstore. We urge you to do so, because the size of our print run will be based partly on our total pre-order numbers. (We will be ordering more than the pre-order, to stock both webstores, but the final number will be influenced heavily by the pre-order figures.) So please, if you’re wanting a copy, try to pre-order.

Pre-order customers will receive the PDF of ICONS TEAM-UP when it goes to the printer during the week of the 15th, and the book shipped to them soon after.

To head off the inevitable questions: This is ABSOLUTELY NOT an indication that ICONS is “dying”, or going away. These decisions just make the most financial sense for Adamant — keep in mind that on sales through distribution, a publisher (on average) only sees somewhere around 35% of the cover price. At the numbers we’re talking about, it just makes more sense for us to do this direct to you, the gaming consumer.

Thank you for your understanding, and watch for announcements of further ICONS releases soon!


Buckaroo Banzai Q&A

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Back in October, we had the good fortune to attend a screening of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension at the New York Film Festival. The screening was hosted by Kevin Smith, and featured a Q&A after the film with Peter Weller and John Lithgow. This Q&A was recorded for posterity for the archives of the Banzai Institute, and we include the video below. Adamant Entertainment Director and The Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game designer Gareth-Michael Skarka had the good fortune to attend, and got the chance to thank Mr. Weller and Mr. Lithgow (starting at around 44:00).

The Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game is on schedule for a release this Summer, and is currently available for pre-order (click the “Store” link above). Our original press release can be read here.
ABOUT ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT: Adamant Entertainment has been at the forefront of the electronic publishing segment of the entertainment industry for seven years, offering innovation and standard-setting performance for digital delivery of tabletop role-playing games. For more information, visit www.adamantentertainment.com or follow on Twitter at @AdamantEnt.

ABOUT THE BANZAI INSTITUTE: The Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information is an independent, non-profit research organization of ranking scientists. Its East Coast campus is located an hour from New York City in Holland township, New Jersey. Founded by Dr. B. Banzai in 1972 to fulfill a need of the scholarly community for greater continuity of research, the Institute supports scientific endeavours in many fields that would otherwise go unfunded. Doctor Banzai can be followed on Twitter at @b_banzai


GM’s Day Sale!

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Adamant Entertainment is celebrating the Game Master with a week-long sale on every digital product in our catalogue: Over 250 products, all 50% OFF, from March 2nd until March 9th.

In addition, give your Game Master a special Limited Edition — Adamant Entertainment director Gareth-Michael Skarka will give one randomly-drawn customer two of his author’s copies of the Limited Edition FAR WEST Adventure Game rulebook: one for you, and one for your GM. This is your opportunity to get the book, which was available only to the backers of the FAR WEST Kickstarter, and the development team!

Sale begins at 9:00 AM EST on Friday, at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG.


Adamant Returns to MARS!

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Adamant is pleased to announce that we’re getting back to a regular release schedule — and, between now and the March 9th release of the big Mars-based movie, we’ll be releasing three new PDF adventures for MARS: our Savage Worlds setting of Sword-and-Planet adventure!.

The three adventures are: Sky-Tyrant of Mars, Blood Legacy of Mars, and Sell-Swords of Mars, and will be coming out over the next three weeks, one per week.

Check out our existing MARS PDF products by following the above link, or get the hardcover of the setting book via your local game store or from Adamant’s webstore.



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This will not come as any surprise to people who have read my blog or followed me via social media for the past couple of years, but I felt that it was important to state officially. — Gareth-Michael Skarka
Adamant Entertainment stands opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act and it’s Senate version, the Protect Intellectual Property Act. These are over-reaching and poorly-written laws, bought and paid for by media conglomerates in an effort to prop up their 20th-century business models.

Adamant products sell via the internet. We are “pirated” every day. Adamant would rather deal with unauthorized file sharing as we currently do — combating it with cost and convenience, and converting unauthorized users into customers and fans — than support a law which is nothing more than the latest attempt by corporations to put the genie back in the bottle and turn the internet into cable television, with controlled access and controlled content.

Simply put: The greatest leap forward in human interaction and communication since the Gutenberg Bible is more important than their business model — or ours, for that matter.

We urge you to please phone your Congressional Representatives and Senators today. Don’t email, as it will probably be auto-answered and ignored. Talk to someone. If you can, visit their local office. Tell them to oppose these laws.

Thank you.


FAR WEST forum launched

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Adamant Entertainment is pleased to announce that the official Far West Forum is now live! Head on over, register and take part in the palaver.

The forum will be your central discussion site for all things FAR WEST — questions, comments, conversations and more. We just opened the place, so I expect that there will be some dust here and there, and things may change as we open new categories up as sub-forums, but for now, come on in, put yer feet up and enjoy yourself.

You’re free to talk about anything related to Far West here — the game, the books, the site, even related “inspirography” materials.

The forum also features a private subform for members of The Far West Society, our official fan membership community, available by subscription. If you’re not already a Society member, subscriptions are available over on the Far West Society page, for only $10.00 US for a six-month membership.

Thank you, and we look forward to talking with you!



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Adamant Entertainment kicks off the Holidays and celebrates 8 years in business with the annual Anniversary Sale and Thanks-giveaway! From Friday, November 25th, through Sunday, December 4th, Adamant’s entire digital product line will be “App Priced” at $1.99 apiece — and print products ordered through Adamant’s webstore will be marked down by 25%!

Well, that’s the Sale — but what about the “Thanks-giveaway”?

This year, one randomly-drawn customer from the sales period will be chosen to receive a brand new Kindle Fire from Amazon, as well as a year’s subscription to Adamant’s ebook line, launching in 2012! Two further customers will each receive regular Kindles and a year’s subscription to the ebook line.

…as a special Thanksgiving treat, we are also pleased to announce that the BUCKAROO BANZAI ADVENTURE GAME Blue Blaze Pre-order is now open!


RELEASE DATE: April 2012
Game Line: Buckaroo Banzai
Category: Rulebook
Size: 304 pages, Hardcover
Authors: Gareth-Michael Skarka, Chad Underkoffler
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Adamant Entertainment, in association with the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information, proudly offers this exclusive pre-order for the Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game — a training manual for Blue Blaze Irregulars which uses the format of a tabletop role-playing game in order to prepare BBI recruits for the sorts of situations in which they may find themselves while aiding Buckaroo. The training manual will feature guidelines for taking on the roles of either your own Blue Blaze Irregular Strike Team, or the roles of Dr. Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers themselves. Familiarize yourselves with global threats ranging from Red Lectroids from Planet 10 to Hanoi Xan and the World Crime League; Learn about the specialized equipment available from the Banzai Institute, such as the Oscillation Overthruster and the Jet Car; And begin to embrace the motto of the Blue Blaze Irregulars: “Helping him to help us.”

The game will ship in April of 2012 — this pre-order entitles customers to:

  • The hardcover final print version of the Adventure Game.
  • The PDF when the file is sent to the printers.
  • Your name listed as a Blue Blaze Irregular in the credits.
  • An official Blue Blaze Irregular identification card.
  • A special pre-order-exclusive PDF adventure.

The Blue Blaze Pre-Order of the BUCKAROO BANZAI ADVENTURE GAME is available for $44.95 plus $7.95 shipping and handling.


Thank you for your wonderful support over the past 8 years, and stay tuned — we’ve got great things ahead!