Monday, November 30, 2009

Official Press Release for The Grinding Gear

New Release: The Grinding Gear

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The Grinding Gear

If this adventure does not drain every drop of your blood, then it will disintegrate you. If it does not disintegrate you, it will electrocute you. If it does not electrocute you, it will starve you. If it does not starve you, it still will defeat you in a battle of wits.

You very well may survive.

But only the best will win the treasure!

If you think you're ready, if you've got the guts, tell your group's referee that you want to test yourself against THE GRINDING GEAR. Then you can answer the question:

Are You Good Enough?

The Grinding Gear presents a self-contained adventure setting consisting of an abandoned inn and the dungeon below it. It includes over 50 detailed locations, three referee maps, a player handout, plus referee notes and "designer notes" that tie everything together.

The print version is a sixteen page adventure booklet surrounded by three detached glossy heavy-stock covers featuring maps, artwork, and the player handout.

The PDF version comes with both A4 (36 pages including all notes and maps) and Letter-sized (37 pages) formats, laid out specifically for the PDF format and fully bookmarked.

Challenging. Cruel. Rewarding.

The Grinding Gear.

For low-level characters.

Adventure by James Edward Raggi IV

Artwork by Laura Jalo

Cartography by Ramsey Dow

Some advance reviews are in!

"Another absolute gem" - Jeff Rients

"As old school as it gets" - Von der Seifenkiste herab...

"So here we have a product that is what it says on the tin: a low-level one-shot puzzle dungeon that tests the player's dungeoneering skills." - Playing D&D with Porn Stars

"Looks so pro we might as well start calling Jim a sellout"

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  1. Anyone see anything that needs changing before I start popping this around the promo spaces on the forums around the net?

  2. Admittedly, I did a very quick skim, but the info looks good.

    Out of curiosity, does The Grinding Gear use the OGL?

  3. Kinda offtopic, but just found this:

  4. Any chance I can convince you to slow down a bit so I can gather some money? No? Didn't think so.

  5. It was three months since the last release! I'm two releases behind according to my (unrealistic) expectations!

  6. >>Kinda offtopic, but just found this:

    A lot kinder in the attic than I was. :D

  7. Really? Wow.

    This is going to cost me... :)

  8. You should revise your blog template to create a category off to the right where you group together all the wonderful things you're publishing. This post is a great help to those of us who admire your work and want more of it, but since it's just in a post it will soon fade back into the archives.