Post Expo Debrief

As explained right at the start of the dedication to my legendary Nan, the months since my last post have been filled with real highs and lows. I took time out and focussed on the most important thing in the world: my family.

Whilst I slowly readjust and refocus I’d like to use this post as an opportunity to review my time at the UK Games Expo. I shall also enlighten you as to other developments that have occurred during the time since my self-imposed silence.

UK Games Expo:

Firstly, a huge thanks to Chris Birch, owner and Creative Director of Modiphius Entertainment, who invited me along for the weekend to become part of the team. I was also entrusted with the respectable task of running demo games for the entire range of 2d20 titles that are currently in production, namely: Mutant Chronicles, Conan, and Infinity.

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Interim battle report

My recent inactivity on this very blog site may have led you to the assumption that enthusiasm is waning; have no fear though, as this is certainly not the case! This post is partly written to atone for my abstinence from blogging, and partly to keep you up to date with recent developments.


To introduce the post, though, I’d like to present a second guest blog from my steadfast confidant and stalwart supporter, Mr J:


Mr J here guest blogging again. I have been dragged in to the plethora of Red Scar kicking and screaming. In showing my age I missed the YTS scheme (topically compared to slave labour in the day) by a few years but it feels like that bullet has come to find me. The tsunami of words that Mr Langers has produced recently has resulted with my literacy servitude that is proof reading. In all seriousness I am happy to release the inner evil critic as nothing pleases me more than the text being awash with the red stains of editorial comments; coupled with the added suspense of waiting to see how much of my superlative feedback has been ignored! The net result is my fingers started tapping a sort of prose. I wouldn’t classify the following dialogue, as it’s only meant to be tongue in cheek, but I found it amusing to write and needed to get it out of my suede!


Brooding and pensive a man sits all alone. He stares off into the distance wishing for a creative boon.

What can preoccupy a man so intently? What facet of sub consciousness can turn it to clarity? What dwells in that grey matter? What germinates and grows? Can it become something tangible, a inspirational thought from below.

Youthful in looks, even for all of his years. Hair isn’t his best friend, except what grows out of his ears.

A lean, active build, a regime of sleepless fervour. If he isn’t playing with trains he’s a practising family herder.

Fashion has been paraded on a catwalk, whilst younger, swooning middle aged ladies in the audience couldn’t get closer. Little did they know he was really very scruffy. He was happiest on a surfboard with his feet wet and flappy. I fear troubling times as a flat cap has been donned. Is he making a statement or just got a cold bonce?

A childhood of make believe, books of rings and anything fantasy. Roleplaying with the neighbours, with a youthful voice all squeaky. A snotty-nosed school brat in the background for now, just listening to the storytelling and quietly learning how.

Back to that man with a furrowed brow and intense look. He has created and is creating many things found in future books.

Can this be Steve Jobs or that character by Steve Coogan, no it’s the man who didn’t call his company after a Leviathan!


Due to the reoccurring theme of blogging personal news and inspirations on his site, I thought it only fair to give a third party perception of the man that is KPLangers. For those concerned I can confirm that this isn’t a ‘bromance’, I think…

Oh, and how come we can communicate over the distance of light years with the Mars Rover but most of Cornwall is still devoid of mobile phone reception?!!


Thanks again Mr J! Some very poignant narrative there; particularly in reference to my loss of hair and the mobile phone signal in Cornwall 😉


I think the point for all to see is that I certainly haven’t been sitting idly by! On to recent events then, and the reason that this blog has suffered slightly in previous months:


The Purging of The Crucible – which is scheduled to be a 64 page adventure for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game – is almost complete. Feedback from the first round of playtesting has been received, many thanks to Bill Heron and his guests at Conpulsion! Text has been edited and is now out for playtest round 2. I must say that I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive comments received so far, and I truly hope you enjoy the story once it is released.


Plymouth Writer’s Group International Writing Competition 2015 – I submitted two edited entries. While I didn’t win any prizes, I did become a member of this esteemed band of local authors. I was privileged to be invited along to one of their monthly meetings and very much enjoyed being encouraged out of my comfort zone.


UK Gaming Media Network – Some of you may have picked up on the news from my facebook page but I feel it necessary to include the news here, as my membership with UKGMN will certainly help to shape future posts. I’m honoured to be included on the roster for this eclectic gang of gaming gurus. Thanks for the recommendation Bill!


Additional to, and alongside, these three personal achievements there have been some major developments for Red Scar:


The player’s guide to an exciting Pathfinder campaign has been completed and submitted to the publishing company that holds the license for the adventure arc’s setting. There is currently no news, but to say we’re excited at the potential prospect of unveiling this to the rpg community would be an understatement.


Toma has completed a large amount of the art for the forthcoming Mishima megacorporation faction book that will expand upon the material presented in the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Core Rulebook. Although Toma is modest about it, I personally cannot wait for this art to be previewed!


Scott Schomburg's cover for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game, featuring some vintage npc's!

Scott Schomburg’s cover for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game, featuring some vintage npc’s!

Successful completion of the Mishima faction art led directly on to Red Scar being commissioned for the complete art package that will illustrate the Dark Symmetry Campaign for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game. Both Toma and I feel venerated by the opportunity that we have been presented with by Chris Birch and the Modiphius team. Having read the campaign thoroughly, and having been party to the art direction process for this monumental task from the outset, I know that every Mutant Chronicles fan will enjoy getting their teeth into this epic campaign when it is released – quite literally!


There is plenty to do beyond all of this, however, so expect more regular updates in the future. Toma and I will of course also continue with our Empire building series, which will hopefully provide invaluable insight to our processes and particulars to date.


With Red Scar firmly established, a great relationship solidifying with Modiphius, and assignments near completion, 2015 is set to be a stellar year!