Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Issue the Sanction...

Today I received a big box of samples from Titan Books, containing copies of The Iscariot Sanction - the second book in the Lazarus Gate series (these days branded as The Apollonian Casefiles).

The book is due out on September 20th, and you can pre-order it in paperback or on Kindle here, among other places.

I shouldn't say too much about this one just yet, but I will say that it was immensely fun to write, and I think it's better than The Lazarus Gate. There, I said it. The Iscariot Sanction is a prequel to LG, and set on the Otherside, just for maximum head-tripping. This means we get to learn a bit (a lot) about why the Othersiders' world is so terrible, why they felt the need to build the Lazarus Gate in the first place, and what terrible foes Apollo Lycea must face on a daily basis.

The cool thing about this book (I think) is that it can be read before The Lazarus Gate without spoiling too much, but if you read it afterwards you get that Eureka moment when you realise just what some of the 'baddies' were up to...

Anyway, more on that at a later date. For now, know that you have just over a month to finish reading Lazarus in time for this shiny new release...

Friday, 18 March 2016

Cover Reveal: The Iscariot Sanction

Absolutely delighted to reveal the cover of The Iscariot Sanction today. This is the second book in the Apollonian Casefiles, which began with The Lazarus Gate.

From the Titan Blog:

In an alternate reality, the world is in peril. The sky burns with a supernatural fire, demonic entities run amok in the streets, and in the north of England, sinister beings plot to claim a part of the Empire for their own. Young Apollo Lycea agent Lillian Hardwick, and her Majestic partner Sir Arthur Furnival, are sent to expose this plot. To complete their mission they must overcome foes both mundane and supernatural, uncover a Royal conspiracy, and unlock the secret of the Iscariot Sanction. And yet what they find in the industrial cities and windswept moors of the north is a danger unlike anything they have faced before; a threat that will leave them—and the Empire—changed forever.

As you may guess from that blurb, this is not a direct sequel to The Lazarus Gate (that is coming, believe me), but rather a prequel, which rounds off the stories of all our principal players. This is a tale of the Otherside, and it's the most action-packed and visceral story I've ever told - that red cover is no accident. There will be blood...

The Iscariot Sanction is expected to hit book stores this October, although you can pre-order now!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

It's a Wargaming Marvel, by Jove!

Not content with announcing my work on the Walking Dead tabletop miniatures game last week, I can today announce my part in another big-name licensed game.

Knight Models are releasing the Marvel Universe Miniature Game, and I'm very proud to say I had a hand in it.

I've been collecting Marvel comics since I was seven years old, and playing miniatures games since aged 15, so this really is the culmination of two lifelong hobbies. I really can't believe it's taken so long for a Marvel game to get made, and I'm very proud to be a part of the team.

Unlike the Batman Miniature Game (or BMG), where I came on board purely for the English translation background writing and editing, I was able to see the Marvel game develop right from the start, helping out here and there to polish up the rules. Gustavo Cuadrado is the designer, and he's done a fantastic job. Hopefully the native English edition will do the game justice.

Full details here.

Monday, 18 January 2016

We Are the Walking Dead!

I have alluded several times in the past few months that I’ve been working on ‘secret projects’. Well, it was all true, and one of them is no longer secret. It is with great pleasure that I can announce my latest games design venture…

Yes, you read that right. Mantic Games, in association with Skybound, are publishing The Walking Dead tabletop miniatures game. Subtitled All Out War, this is a skirmish game based on the Walking Dead comics series, pitting your favourite heroes and villains against each other while trying to avoid gettin’ bit by Walkers.

I’m very, very proud of this game – it’s one of the slickest, most dynamic rules sets I’ve ever produced, and it’s been a long time in the making (and I’ve been sworn to secrecy the whole time).

Lots of details and previews are already emerging on the Mantic Blog, with more to follow very soon. Expect to see this game launching via Kickstarter in the next couple of months!