Epimas in the Year 2017

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It's been a rough year for us all folks, but once again we've made it all the way to the end. And now it's that time when we celebrate the friends and loved ones who have brought cheer and comfort into our lives with the games that have done the same.

Here's how you can celebrate with us:

  • When you buy issues of Worlds Without Master from our bazaar, sign up to have a copy of the same issue will be sent to a recipient of your choosing for free.
  • Use the coupon code EPIMAS at checkout to save 20% off of any purchase of 2 or more issues!

You'll get your issues right away. The friends and loved ones you've chosen to send the gift issues to will receive download instructions in their email on Dec. 24th (which by coincidence happens to be the birthday of our overeditor, Epidiah Ravachol).

Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays and a far better new year!

 

Issue 11: Amazons, Petty Sorcerery, a Doorway to Another Realm, and a Community Besieged by Wolf Neighbours

Issue 11: Amazons, Petty Sorcerery, a Doorway to Another Realm, and a Community Besieged by Wolf Neighbours

The return of Worlds Without Master!

Issue 11 is a glorious 40-page PDF including:

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The Tale of the Wavering Path

The Tale of the Wavering Path
You awake with a sword pinning your naked thigh to the dewy ground, the salty-copper taste of blood on your tongue.
51% Draw the sword. 49% Regret life choices.

Thus begins a game/story/adventure/experiment I'm partaking in over on Twitter. The Tale of the Wavering Path uses Twitter's new poll feature to let the readers vote on where they wish to wander in the story.

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The Dreaded Issue 10 Is Upon Us

The Dreaded Issue 10 Is Upon Us

At very long last, Issue 10 has been released! Bound within this 42-page PDF tome you will discover:

  • "Because I Clasp the Clouds As Mine," a tale of a shifting identity by Osmond Arnesto.
  • "The Hoard of Yengra," a tale of commerce and justice by Epidiah Ravachol.
  • Illustrations by Wendy MartinVlada Monakhova, and Tiffany Turrill.
  • Another installment of Bryant Paul Johnson's comic Oh, the Beating Drum!
  • The Dread Geas of Duke Vulku, a game of horror and wonder based on the game Dread by the original author, Epidiah Ravachol.
  • A miscellany of delays and distractions for any journey.
  • And full-color cover art by Jabari Weathers.
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Mayhaps You Have Heard About Swords Without Master

Mayhaps You Have Heard About Swords Without Master

It could be that you are here, perusing this very page, because a companion showed you a certain post on The Guardian's website about the joys of reading roleplaying games. Or you are here because a fellow adventurer wishes to dig into this new game they have unearthed. Or you have found your way here through your own unguided and unprovoked exploration. I will not question your ways.

You have come seeking wonder and adventure...

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Barbarian Lord Storms the Pages of Worlds Without Master

Barbarian Lord Storms the Pages of Worlds Without Master

The auspex have been read. The bones, cast. We can no longer turn from the path the wyrds have laid before us. Out of the icy north a stoic outlaw and skald treads our way—soon to cast his prodigious shadow upon our door.

Issue seven of Worlds Without Master will feature, for the first time, a brand new Barbarian Lord tale!

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Celebrating Worldwide Short Story Reading Month

Celebrating Worldwide Short Story Reading Month

At dawn tomorrow, we will see the rise of the second annual Worldwide Short Story Reading Month—wherein folks read a new short story every day for the entire month of November. 

To mark this solemn occasion, the entire back catalog is going on sale. From now until the end of Worldwide Short Story Reading Month, save 25% on the purchase of any and all Worlds Without Master back issues with the coupon code WoShoStoReMo.

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The Vile Rites & Arcane Rituals Behind Worlds Without Master

The Vile Rites & Arcane Rituals Behind Worlds Without Master

Yesterday we looked back on the first year's worth of Worlds Without Master, with particular attention paid to how viable it has been as a publishing model. You can read about that here, but the gist of it is that, for my purposes, the ezine is fairly sound.

Now our starry eyes shall look back to the very origin of each issue. How do I make the decisions I do? Where does the Patron Horde's hoard go?

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September Eidolon & Simulacrum Challenge

September Eidolon & Simulacrum Challenge

It is raining. A distant bell tolls, accompanied by thunder. Then the three most harrowing notes known to all of mortal kind split the air and we are at once transported.

Music is a portal. And we are seeking new paths to strange and wondrous worlds. Continuing our monthly challenges at the Swords Without Master G+ Community, September will be the month of song. Musical eidolons and simulacra, for rogue and tale alike. Bring us your metal, you prog, your hip-hop, whatever sings sword and sorcery to you. What is the soundtrack to your game?

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