Trail of the Scorpion launch and RPGnet chat tonight!

Rockets! Mars! Adventures! Get the inside scoop about what goes on in writing a pen & paper RPG adventure tonight, 5pm PST, at RPGnet.  This Q&A chat heralds the launch of Rocket Age: Trail of the Scorpion, a book offering a series of adventures for your Rocket Age characters.  I wrote A Prince’s Ransom, another more stand-alone adventure, earlier this year. Join Rocket Age line developer Ken Spencer, myself, and other writers of the Rocket Age adventures for a chat on making pulp science fiction a thing of the present.

Rocket Age: Trail of the Scorpion is a 6-adventure module that just launched, available in PDF or in print.  The Trail sends your heroes from Venus, to Earth, on to Mars, Ganymede, and finally to the moons of Saturn. Along the way they will discover and fight the machinations of the mysterious Red Scorpion crime syndicate and its shadowy leader. Hop on board for puzzles to solve, battles to win, chases, betrayals, and high adventure!

I wrote the fourth episode of this adventure series:

Sting of the Scorpion – Something bad is happening on Ganymede, and our heroes are sent to investigate. Their search for clues leads them from a Jovian Spaceways pleasure cruise, through the forests of Ganymede, and deep into the mysterious and dangerous black fog. What will they find inside, and what does this mean for the peace and security of all the planets in the Solar System?

Anne Toole takes us to Ganymede and entangles our heroes in a gripping, almost Bond-movie like ending. Good thing I wore a tux under my flight suit.” – Ken

Join us tonight, December 18th, at 5pm PST at RPGnet and pick up your Trial of the Scorpion PDF while you’re there!

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Pearl Cadet Showdown! Crystal Cadets #3 now available

Crystal Cadets #3

Just when you thought it was safe to give up reading digital comics, Crystal Cadets #3 premieres!  I wrote this magical girl comic series, which premiered in November, with a team of fabulous ladies, so hop right over to publisher Lion Forge’s site and check it out.

What’s next for our team of intrepid superheroes, you ask?

The Crystal Cadets must reach the new Pearl Cadet, before the Darkness does! Their search takes them to a skateboarding competition, where Emmy has been convincing all the athletes to cheat—powering the Darkness to attack the Cadets! Will they win over the Pearl Cadet in time?

In case you missed the first issues of Crystal Cadets, be sure to pick up Issue #1 and Issue #2.  Stay tuned for the next exciting installment in the new year!

And if you haven’t already, you can still pick up the print version of the GRIMM FAIRY TALE HOLIDAY EDITION in a comic store near you, for any adults in your life who like a good horror holiday tale.

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Comics Wednesday! Crystal Cadets #2 & Grimm Fairy Tales Holiday Edition: 2014

New comics for adults, for kids, for adults who are kids!  Got two comics that came out today, one digital, one that old-fashioned thing called “print!”  So if you want to see the latest and greatest work from artists all over the world, but all, sadly, written by me ;) now’s your chance!

First up is the holiday edition of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales, a superhero comic series with a decidedly horrific twist.  This 36-page special comes with four covers to choose from!

10620682_10105334327446910_1895606678211970753_nGRIMM FAIRY TALES: HOLIDAY EDITION 2014
Story by Pat Shand, Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha
Written by Anne Toole
Art by Butch Mapa, colors by Hedwin Zaldivar & Valentina Pinto, lettered by Jim Campbell, edited by Nicole Glade.

Every Christmas, Krampus surfaces to punish humans most deserving of his wrath. However, the merciless killer wasn’t always a vengeful spirit. This holiday, Sela Mathers journeys back to a time before Krampus was the monster we have come to fear… *The Return of KRAMPUS!

If the thought of holding a physical product that smells like newsprint and dreams gives you hives, you may want to check out the exciting second digital issue of Crystal Cadets.  Fresh off reviews from the Escapist, Comic Book Resources, and Ain’t it Cool News, you can check in on Zoe, Jasmine, and the other cadets as they face off against their very first villain!

CRYSTAL CADETS #2
Written by Anne Toole
Art by Katie O’Neill, colors by Paulina Ganucheau, lettered by Erika Terriquez, edited by Adam Staffaroni.

Evil forces have found Zoe at home—and her parents have been taken over by The Darkness! Luckily, the mysterious “exchange students” from school come to save Zoe, and they each sport crystals a lot like Zoe’s diamond! What does this all mean, and who are these arrow-shooting, fireball-throwing girls? Team up with Zoe in the next issue of Crystal Cadets!

If that’s not enough for you, I wrote the story for a DEAD ISLAND digital comic earlier this month that is an accompaniment the games, but I’ll post about those anon…

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Comikaze Sunday unites Crystal Cadets & Lion Forge

Crystal Cadets will be joining the mother ship on a panel featuring all of Lion Forge’s titles, from Miami Vice to Punky Brewster.  In case you missed it, Lion Forge imprint Roar Comics’ newest venture, Crystal Cadets, came out earlier this month.  Buy it heeeere!  Or if you’re not yet sold, join us this Sunday at #Comikaze14 to learn more about awesome girls saving the world!  And some stories based on TV licenses ;)

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Publishing: Digital to Print and Beyond!
Date: Sunday
Time: 12:00pm
Room: Los Angeles Convention Center, 308AB
Panel Description: Join Lion Forge and Roar Comics creators as they discuss upcoming titles along with their recently announced print partnership with IDW publishing!

Moderator: Jonathan London
Panelists: Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant), Geoffrey Thorne (Knight Rider), Joelle Sellner (Wonderous, Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Sabre Riders), Anne Toole (Crystal Cadets), Rob Worley (Airwolf), Shannon Eric Denton (Editor-In-Chief of Lion Forge), Tom Pinchuk (Roboy)

See you on Sunday, or play the home game version by reading Crystal Cadets!

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Crystal Cadets comic launches today!

If magical girls in the vein of Sailor Moon sound entertaining to you, then you are in luck.  Crystal Cadets #1, first original comic book title from Roar Comics and Lion Forge, launches today on Amazon Kindle!  You can read it even if you don’t have a Kindle.  Crystal Cadets follows the story of Zoe, the shy new girl, who discovers she’s part of a long tradition of girls destined to fight the Darkness.  Adventure ensues!  I’m so excited to share this with everyone, and it’s been a lifelong dream to write a comic book series!  Drawn by the inimitable Katie O, colored by Paulina Ganucheau, lettered by Erika Terriquez, and written by me, this issue launches the series that we hope you will enjoy for the rest of its run! Get on board early and buy it here.

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Please share it with your friends, your daughters, your friends’ daughters.  You can also share it with whomever thumbs their noses at the notion of a target demo!  Check out additional sneak peek pages here.

What are your first impressions? Enquiring minds wanna know!

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Seek the Grail and win the game!

Graal SeekerGraal Seeker, a new indie game, is just around the corner, and you could win a copy if you share the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign.  In Graal Seeker, you take on the role of an adventurer seeking the Holy Grail and live the legends that surround it.  The game offers RPG fun with roguelike mechanics and tactical battles.  As a writer on the project, I’ll be with you on your journey as you seek your own personal Graal.  So hop on board and contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and get involved with the contest!  You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!

Here are the rules of the contest:

We are pleased to launch an Indiegogo contest starting today until October 21th. You can win copies of the game, alpha and beta access & more! The rule is simple: Share the campaign with your friends, family and to the world. Only 1 restriction: you need to be logged in to Indiegogo and use the sharing tools in the Graal Seeker page. This is how we count your score.

How to win: earn 1 point per click on your link and 10 points for each € spent by your visitors. The top 5 referrers will get rewards.

Rewards:
If you have not contributed yet: you win The Druid.
If you already have The Peasant, The Archer or The Druid: you win an alpha access and a t-shirt.
If you have contributed for at least 20€: you win an alpha access, & a t-shirt or an Easter Egg. If you already have all of this, you win the opportunity to create an event for the game.

How to share: use your unique URL link to post around the Internet.

So contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and/or share the campaign.  You only have until October 21st!

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PAX et Scriptio: Writing panel at PAX

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age? is the title of my panel coming up at PAX Prime next week!  While you may think you already know the answer, join me and my other esteemed writing colleagues as we discuss what’s working and what isn’t in the world of narrative and games.  Of course, there’s still time to bone up on the latest games that are examples and counterexamples of great game storytelling.  Got a favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Got a least favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Drop a comment and share your opinion, or join us for the panel:

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7pm
Where: Sphinx Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)

It feels like video games have been around for ages, but in truth they’re still a relatively young medium. In the last few years we’ve witnessed them beginning to take on more serious subjects and mature themes in their narrative. Is this the start of the adulthood of storytelling in games? Join our all-star panel of game writers and narrative experts as we discuss this exciting new direction in game narrative and speculate on a bold new future of interactive storytelling.

PANELISTS:

Chris Tihor [Game Writer/Designer, Ironic Iconic Studios], Toiya Kristen Finley [Narrative Designer/Game Writer & Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Richard Dansky [Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft/Red Storm], Qais Fulton [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer and Narrative Designer, The Write Toole], Raphael van Lierop [Creative Director, Hinterland Games]

See you at PAX, or in the comment section!

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