Sunday, January 22, 2012

Skirmisher Releases 'Castle Builder Volume 2: Manor Houses'

Skirmisher Publishing LLC is proud to announce the release of “Castle Builder Volume 2: Manor Houses”! This is the second installment in a 10-part series designed to help Game Masters and players plan their ideal fortifications in a step-by-step format from the ground up. It reveals how being lightly fortified does not mean a building is unsuitable for use as a defensive structure. It is available through a number of online sales venues, including DriveThruRPG and is supported on both the Skirmisher website and d-Infinity Online.

This volume’s contents include:

* An introduction to manor houses, why people build them, and how they are perceived;

* Various uses for such structures;

* How to consider the most suitable uses of manor houses in your game;

* Ideal locations for manor houses;

* Two sample structures, a large inn and an aristocratic home, that illustrate two of the most common uses of this class of structure: commerce and power.

* Five floorplans, two for the Hart & Vine inn and three for the Ellingsworth Estate.

Although this book has no specific setting, it is designed to accommodate any technological era that one is likely to encounter in a fantasy campaign setting, from the Stone Age to the Renaissance. It is also fully bookmarked and hotlinked and designed to be printer-friendly and easy-to-use. We very much hope you will enjoy it!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

d-Infinity Releases 'Vol. #3: Children of the Night'

Zombies, Bigfoot, and all sorts of other “Children of the Night” can be found in the just-released d-Infinity Volume #3, the latest edition of Skirmisher Publishing LLC’s popular multi-platform game supplement! This PDF publication is available through a number of online sales venues, including DriveThruRPG. Contents of d-Infinity Volume #3: Children of the Night (82 pages, $7.99, SKP E 1201) include:

Editorial: “Children of the Night”
“The Search for Bigfoot” (Twisted Tile Matching Game)
Interview: “Artist, Author, and Impressario Andy Hopp”
“‘Code Z’ Field Survival Guide”
Digital Dice: Mapping Programs
Cthulhu Live/Call of Cthulhu: “One Starry Night”
The Prop Room: “Putting a Little Bite into Your Game”
City Builder/The City and Island of Kos: “The Guild of Beggars, Guides, Locksmiths, and Exterminators”
Basic System: “Xenogenesis in Fantasy Settings”
Basic System: “Mutation Artifacts”
Basic System: “Six Orc Spells”
OGL System: “Cooper’s Corrected Summon Monster VII”
Character Caricatures: “Twelve Children of the Night”
OGL System: “Insults & Injuries (Plague and Rabies)”
OGL System/Interplanetary: “Things that Go ‘Bump’ in the Spaceship”
Pathfinder System: “Monstrous Hybrids (Three Halfbreed Races)”
Pathfinder System/Lance & Laser: “Three Alien Vegetable Monstrosities”
4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons: “Mastering a Challenge”
Reader Survey
Pass in Review
Sample Cardstock CharactersTM

d∞ (“d-Infinity”) is a multi-platform gaming supplement that covers a wide variety of rules systems and includes content that can be universally applied to many different sorts of table-top, live-action, and role-playing games. It includes both material that can be applied to all or many sorts of games and items that are self-standing and which can be played on their own.

Writers who contributed to d-Infinity Volume #3: Children of the Night include Brendan Cass, Jim Clunie, John Cooper, Robert Gruver, Derek Holland, Eric Lis, Enrico Nardini, Matt Owen, Ken Spencer, William T. Thrasher, Chris Van Deelen, and Michael O. Varhola. Artists who illustrated it include Andy Hopp (who provided the cover image), Brendan Cass, Carter Dippold, Margaret Galicia, Amanda Kahl, Bradley K. McDevitt, Richard Alan Poppe, Clint Staples, and William T. Thrasher.

Features of each thematic volume of d-Infinity include a self-standing game; new rules, stats, and bonus content tying in with several different game systems; character portraits; paper miniatures; and interviews. Rules systems supported include Pathfinder, OGL v.3.5, 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, “Basic” system, Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future, Call of Cthulhu, and Cthulhu Live. It is jointly published by Armorcast, Dagon Industries Inc., Dark Threads, Flying Buffalo Inc., Mindgame Productions, OffWorld Designs Inc., Skirmisher Publishing LLC, and the United States Marine Space Corps.

“We believe that the most enjoyable gaming periodicals are not just devoted to single games or even the products of a single company, but also include content that makes a reader interested in other games, material that can be applied to all or many sorts of games, and items that are self-standing and which can be played on their own,” said d-Infinity editor-in-chief Michael O. Varhola. “For that reason, this publication includes many voices and exclusive material compatible with many rules systems and the products of many different companies.”

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Latest News from DarkThreads: What to expect in 2012

  • Stefan Rice and Michael McDevitt will be representing DarkThreads at the SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Jan. 17-20, where they will be rubbing elbows with all the big names in the shooting sports industry, and scoping out all the new products for 2012.
  • We will be vending at local gun shows and attending other events this year in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and elsewhere. The mobile DarkThreads store carries lots of hot new products that you won't find listed in our web store, like all the latest morale patches and t-shirts from the Milspec Monkey, and the hottest knives and tools from CRKT. So be sure to check us out if you're in the neighborhood! Next gun show is Feb. 4-5, 2012 in Monroeville, PA.

Milspec Monkey t-shirts, and "Cool Guy Hat DLUX"

CRKT Eat-n-Tool, and M16 E.R Series

  • A-TACS - the latest in camo technology - is now available! We have the Propper ACU coat, trouser, and boonie in stock, and will be adding more A-TACS products in the coming weeks. 


  • We now offer custom embroidery of select products - any of our polo shirts, name tapes, and patches to name a few! Contact for more info.
    $3.00 for each Lacey sold will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®
  • Recently added: the AE mini might light - a 120 lumen backup light that we chose for it's sweet combination of power and longevity, in a compact size - perfect for tucking into a pocket, or your bug-out bag. 

AE Mini Might

  • Speaking of bug-out bags - we highly recommend them! We've got lots of great options, including backpacks from Pantac USA, and the innovative Go bags from Paladin by S.O.Tech


What are your hopes and aspirations for 2012?