Where can I get Amazing Tales?

Since things might be a bit tricky for the next few weeks as the global supply of Amazing Tales shifts from the original edition to the revised edition here’s an update on where Amazing Tales is currently available. The first, and most important thing to know is that there is a revised edition in the works. It includes 8 extra pages, with advice on creating non-violent stories, a sample adventure and tips for creating memorable NPCs.

A PDF copy of Amazing Tales

If you want a PDF copy. DriveThruRPG is the only supplier. $4.95. All PDF versions are now the revised edition. If you’ve already bought one, your PDF has been updated to the revised edition, just download it again from DriveThru to get the new material.

Order a PDF of Amazing Tales from DriveThruRPG

A hardback copy of Amazing Tales

Your local game shop may have some of the original edition but the big warehouse which supplies the games shops is nearly empty. See below for news of when it might be full again.

Details for retailers who want to order copies are here.

Amazon as of today, Amazon have 9 copies left.

Print on Demand via DriveThruRPG The print on demand version has been updated to the revised edition. For reasons the print versions are on a new product page. In a week or so once all the updates have cleared DriveThru’s system everything should be back on the original product page.

Order Print on Demand copies here.

The revised edition print run

A print run of the revised edition is in process. We’re anticipating delivery to the distributor on 16 December.

New pricing

The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that the price of the print on demand standard and premium editions has increased, to $24.95 and $29.95 respectively.

Once the revised print edition hits stores it too will be priced at $24.95. Why is this? Well there are a few reasons.

  1. The original price was too low. I wasn’t selling the hardback copies at a loss, but it was close.
  2. Amazing Tales is printed in China, when we ordered (and for that matter today) it wasn’t clear if it would be hit with additional tarriffs. So the pricing has to account for that.
  3. I try and keep the print on demand (POD) and retail prices similar to support retail outlets. They’re the bedrock of the hobby and I don’t want to undercut them by selling the POD copies for less than the retail copies.

Hardship pricing

It’s a tough world out there sometimes, and I’d hate to think of parents who want to play Amazing Tales with their kids, but can’t because there’s a choice between buying a game and paying the rent. If that’s you, drop me a line, and we’ll make it work.

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Character Sheet Collection

So while I spent most of the last month sweating on the Amazing Tales kickstarter (Funded, thank you all!) , I needed some distraction activities. And that ended up being completing my project to create user friendly character sheets for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, with variants for users of arcane and divine magic.

The basic form fillable character sheet

So, without further ado…

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Spellcaster Sheet

Here’s a sheet that should be of use to anyone playing a wizard, hedgewizard, witch or mystic. Use it to keep track of your spells, spellcasting skills and talents, and as a handy rules reference.

There’s room for more spells on the flip side, enough space for 20 in total. Which, let’s be honest, is more than you’re ever going to manage to amass before you run afoul of the Witch Hunters.

If you want a more printer friendly version the PDF is organised in layers, so just turn off the background image for a clean black and white print out. If you’re looking for the standard form fillable auto-calculating WFRP character sheet it’s here.

Watch this adorable two year old play an RPG

I love this video. This young man is nearly three, and he’s playing Amazing Tales with his parents. His character Sword the Knight has just captured a goblin who has stolen both pizza and icecream, and he’s taking him to jail. But things don’t work out the way Sword is expecting…

If this looks like something for your family, check out Amazing Tales a role-playing game for kids aged four and up (two and up?!) to play with their parents.


The therapeutic value of RPGs

Almost since the invention of the hobby in 1971 claims have been made for the benefits of role-playing games. Early advocates tended to focus on the benefits for literacy and mental arithmetic that came from playing games that relied on heavyweight rulebooks and complex rules. More recently interest has focused on the social and emotional benefits of games.

This article points to some key resources in the area.

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Five ways to make your child’s first role-playing game amazing

How old does a child have to be to play a role-playing game? I know of children who’ve started role-playing at the ripe old age of three and a half. My rule of thumb is that if a child can read numbers up to ten, and follow a bedtime story that lasts 20 minutes, then they’re ready.

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But making that first game a success is still a challenge. Here are five ways to make sure that first game is memorable for both of you.

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Updated character sheet collection

I’ve added a new style of character sheet to the downloadable character sheets on DriveThruRPG.

The new look sheets feature dice icons kids can use to keep their dice on. No more forgetting which dice is which half way through a session.

New Look character sheet
Ruben’s dice neatly sorted.

You can download the new character sheets here. And you can check out the Kickstarter for the Big Book of Amazing Tales here.

Amazing Tales statement on Kickstarter United

Trade unions were founded to secure the rights and dignity of workers in the face of employers who viewed these things as optional.

When workers wish to form a union they should be supported in doing so.

It was deeply disappointing to learn that Kickstarter is opposed to the formation of a union by its workforce. Credible allegations that staff have been fired for union organising are concerning.

As with many small games companies I looked forward to running a series of successful kickstarters as a means of growing Amazing Tales. In my mental business plan ‘successful kickstarters’ has now been replaced with ‘successful crowdfunding campaigns’.

As it happens when the news broke I was far down the line of preparing Amazing Tales’ first Kickstarter, which will go ahead as planned. But I, like the other entrepreneurs I know, will be spending the coming months looking into alternative platforms, because in the long term I don’t want to be supporting a company that doesn’t respect its workers.

And having been both a manager within a multi-million euro organisation responsible for dealing with the workers’ council, and a member of a workers’ council dealing with management I can confidently say that Kickstarter have nothing to worry about. Union recognition would be a long term win for their company, even if it were to mean confronting some unpleasant truths about their current practices in the short term. Trade Unions help create fairer, more equitable workplaces, improve the quality of decision making at every level within a firm and improve the society they are part of. They should be welcomed, not feared.

Of course it would be remiss not to acknowledgethat Amazing Tales advertises on Facebook and sells books via Amazon, both deeply problematic companies. In a world dominated by defacto monopolies you can’t always get what you want. But you can push for change, and exercise choice where you can. Amazing Tales supports the workers of Kickstarter United in doing so.

You can follow Kickstarter United on Twitter, here.

Martin Lloyd, founder, Amazing Tales.

WFRP Character Sheet

Following on from my Zweihander character sheets, I’ve made a form fillable character sheet for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

Form fillable Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Character Sheet

There were a few things I didn’t like about the regular sheet so I made some changes. Basic details – name, species and career – appear in big letters at the top of the page, CV style. You can upload a portrait (I suggest a line drawing with a transparent background for best results), and there’s plenty of space for recording your ambitions and motivation.

Psychology and corruption have been moved to the front page, which I think of as the ‘role-playing’ side. Everything you want to know about your character in normal play is right there – with the personality stuff right up at the top. For skills I’ve taken advantage of things auto calculating to take a field out of the skill display, this helps reduce the density of numbers on the page.

For core stats I’ve reversed the order they’re listed in. Current stats display in bold, straight under the relevant characteristic. Initial and advances are listed beneath because they’re less important.

You can indicate career skills and stats by selecting the adjacent button.

The back side starts with the combat section. Everything you need in the event of a fight is here. And it doubles as an equipment list, since your weapons, armour and trappings are all listed here.

I put an explanation of the currency alongside the money section – it comes up often enough at my table – and then experience and related career information is listed last since you only ever need it once a session.

Some of the code has been adapted from the Encounter Roleplay character sheet. Which uses the traditional layout, and which you can find here.

Update: I’ve fixed a bug related to the ride and row skills, they now calculate properly

Update 2: I found a way to cut the filesize from 20MB to 5MB. You’ll thank me.

Update 3: Layers! You can not turn off the background image for a crisp, printer friendly black and white sheet!

Update 4: Pure souls rejoice! The corruption track can now account for the Pure Soul talent.