I first learned about Matt and his setting through the now defunct Noble Beast. Ellie Ann had recruited me as art director and Matt’s Shotguns & Sorcery novels were to be our first enhanced book project after Steampunk Holmes. I was slated to illustrate the books and we were gearing up to start work on the project when I broke my hand, which caused us to delay the project while I healed up.
Before we could get back to Shotguns & Sorcery, however, Noble Beast decided to close it’s doors. Leaving a myriad of really cool projects and no home for them. I talked to Richard Monson-Haefel (owner and founder of Noble Beast) a bit about the situation and he gave me his blessing to pursue the projects through Outland.
Matt was one of the first creators I reached out too. I came up as an artist through role-playing games and I really felt that Shotguns & Sorcery pulled so many elements I really love together that it’d be a fantastic setting for an role-playing game. And one I’d absolutely love to illustrate.
With a lot of luck and a bit of good timing, Matt and I managed to hammer out a licensing deal to not only develop enhanced ebooks around his setting, but to also develop it into a full on role-playing game!
We’re going to be working closely with Matt, who will be writing the majority of the book, and I’ll be handling all the illustration. I can’t begin to say how excited we are to be working with Matt on this project!
We’ll be launching a Kickstarter to fund the production of the book in October and we’ll be premiering the game out at Gen Con 2015.
Below you can see the full press release:
Press Release: New Shotguns and Sorcery RPG to Debut at Gen Con 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUMMARY: Matt Forbeck’s acclaimed Shotguns and Sorcery series to be adapted into a dynamic roleplaying game running on Kickstarter this fall and debuting at Gen Con 2015.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014, KANSAS, UNITED STATES—Award-winning author and game designer Matt Forbeck is partnering with Outland Entertainment to produce a tabletop roleplaying game based upon his fantasy noir Shotguns & Sorcery novels, as well as enhanced ebook editions of those popular books. Fans of the series will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world, meet the characters from the books, create their own heroes, and play though brand-new adventures developed exclusively for the game.
“I’d long thought about trying to publish a Shotguns & Sorcery game myself,” Forbeck says, “but I could never manage to find the time. Then Jeremy Mohler came to me with so much love for both games and these books—and he’s such a talented artist to boot. I couldn’t ask for more dedicated publishing partners than Outland.”
“Shotguns and Sorcery is just about the perfect blend for me,” says Mohler, founder and CEO of Outland Entertainment. “I’m a huge fan of detective novels and all things fantasy. Matt has taken the two genres and mashed them together while staying true to each in such a fun way. I immediately fell in love with the series and knew I’d have to find a way to play in his world.”
The Shotguns & Sorcery trilogy of novels (Hard Times in Dragon City, Bad Times in Dragon City, and End Times in Dragon City) originally funded on Kickstarter in 2012, becoming one of the top 10 fiction projects ever at that time. Outland is taking the Shotguns & Sorcery RPG to Kickstarter as well, in October 2014. The finished project is scheduled to debut as a full-color, hardcover book at Gen Con in Indianapolis the following year.
Outland’s license also includes the rights to create enhanced ebook editions of each of the Shotguns & Sorcery books. These will feature new covers and interior illustrations as well as interactive maps and other exclusive enhancements.
Matt Forbeck has twenty-seven novels published to date and has written, developed, and designed countless games and supplements, particularly during his time as the co-founder and president of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. His gaming projects have been nominated for 28 Origins Awards and won 17, as well as five ENnies. His recent work includes the Magic: The Gathering comic book, The Marvel Encyclopedia, the Leverage novel The Con Job, the Dangerous Games trilogy of thriller novels set at Gen Con, and the Monster Academy YA fantasy novels.
Outland Entertainment has managed the artwork for multiple games and comics, including New Fire (an Aztec-themed roleplaying game) and, most recently, Magnum Opus, a deck-building game by Game Salute. Outland Entertainment is headed up by Jeremy D. Mohler, a longtime illustrator and colorist whose work has appeared in Marvel Comics, the World of Warcraft CCG, and several recent books for IDW. The Shotguns & Sorcery roleplaying game and enhanced ebook will feature his original artwork.