Hey there. It’s me, Enigmatic Icon, back with answers to questions so timely you hadn’t even thought to ask them yet. Who hewed me from the living rock of my jungle home and imbued me with seemingly immortal life? By what insidious design was I first loosed upon an unsuspecting world? If I am an icon–and I must confess that I am–what inscrutable power am I meant to represent? Should you fear me? How do you get an ebook from the Stone Skin Shop onto your ereader?

Get comfortable, because all this may take quite some time and… Um, you know what, the Pelgrane looks pretty agitated over there, and the last time I ruffled those feathers it took forever to clean up, so maybe I’d better just stick to the script. This time. In brief, then, here’s the latest from Stone Skin Press:

That’ll do for now, but I’ll be back next month with plenty more to share. Rock on, friends.

Hi everyone, it’s me again: Enigmatic Icon. April showers bring May flowers, sure, but do you know what else they bring? Moss and lichens. And do you know what moss and lichens bring? Insects. And do you know what insects bring? Birds. As if I wasn’t busy enough with the Pelgrane, now I’ve a nest of sparrows in my nose. Just another day in paradise, I guess. Anyway, I’ve brought you fresh tidings from the good scribblers at Stone Skin Press:

 

That’s probably plenty of gravel for you to chew for now, but I’ll be back next month to give you another update. Until then, stay stony, everyone.

Color me honored to appear as a guest on the landmark 50th episode of the G*M*S Podcast. Join ace interviewer Paco Jaen as he grills me on Stone Skin Press, Hillfolk, and how we coerced Simon into greenlighting Dreamhounds of Paris.

Regarding the post-interview discussion, I hate to ruin a thrilling mental picture but have to say that working with Chuck Wendig in no way entailed a clash of the titans. When you commission a piece from Chuck, it’s not his delightfully gonzo online persona that shows up to play, but a skilled and thoroughly professional talent. He delivers great work and, when asked for adjustments, responds to them in a way that further plumbs the emotional depth of his story.

In the same discussion, Paco wonders, re: Hillfolk, how much politics and drama can arise from a tribal raiding culture. Clearly Paco has never been an iron age raider. From deposing the chieftain to making alliances and feuds, grist for intrigue always abounds in a Hillfolk game. The relative isolation of the tribal setting provides the emotional hothouse that requires the main characters to continue to deal with one another. Most compelling dramas confine their main casts in some way, within a family, sub-culture, or power structure. The raider band conceit does that in a very clear and simple way, helping players to quickly find and remain in the game’s essential rhythm.

Today saw the much anticipated launch of the Stone Skin Press Kickstarter. Stone Skin Press is our fledgling fiction imprint. We have four anthologies of amazing fiction lined up already and the Kickstarter will help fund these and allow us to commission more.

Already we’ve had takers for the $75 and $150 reward levels and they just keep coming. With pledge amounts from $1-$1000 there is something for everyone! Rewards include a set of 4 limited edition hardbacks, art prints of interior illustrations, bookmarks, paperbacks, ebooks, and google hangout sessions.

Check out all the details over at the Stone Skin Press Kickstarter page.

If you like our roleplaying games and supplements, and you like fiction, you’ll want to see us apply the Pelgrane Press sensibility to a series of short story anthologies. That’s just what we’re doing with Pelgrane’s new sister imprint, Stone Skin Press. With the first books headed for launch, we’ll be periodically updating you here with pointers to Stone Skin news and developments.

Check out Gene Ha’s phenomenal cover to The New Hero Volume 2, the fourth book in the line and the second to present a wide-ranging set of takes on the iconic hero structure.

Likewise, take a peek at our cover mock-up for The Lion and the Aardvark, our collection of fables for the modern age, as drawn in retro editorial cartoon style by Jim Zub of Udon and Skullkickers renown.

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