Podcast: Interview with Jordan Weisman, on "Shadowrun Returns"

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Today, J.C. brings you an exclusive interview with legendary transmedia creator and game designer Jordan Weisman. In his first audio interview on the topic, Jordan shares the news about a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development and release of Shadowrun Returns, a videogame that will bring players back to the ultra-imaginative RPG world of Shadowrun. Longtime players of paper-and-pen role playing games know Shadowrun well; in fact, the near future tech-meets-magic RPG setting remains a beloved storyworld for many gaming enthusiasts.

Here, Jordan shares stories about the beginnings of his RPG company FASA, the creation of Shadowrun in the 1980s, and the opportunity to "Kickstart" a new tablet & PC video game set in the Shadowrun world. Along the way, he describes the game itself, and the nuanced, multi-faceted play it will deliver.

It's a terrific talk with a true ultracreative in the transmedia and game industries, and a chance to support the creation of a cool story-driven video game!

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Promo: Get Committed to The Brink

Visit "The Brink" page at this site for more information ... and please share the promo on your blog, Facebook, MySpace, email -- you name it! :)

Promo narration by Zeus Legion Promo music by Celldweller

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If you're here thanks to a recent story in FANGORIA about my upcoming horror thriller novel Personal Effects: Dark Art, welcome! Dark Art represents an ambitious shift in storytelling: It combines the experience of a traditional novel with an Alternate Reality Game.

If you'd like to learn more about the book, visit my Personal Effects: Dark Art page. There, you'll snag a bit of info about the novel, and read reviews from horror novelists, screenwriters and directors, including...

Gore Verbinski, director of The Ring and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy “So compelling is the journey, … readers may scarcely recognize their own transformation from passive to active, as they pick up where the text subsides and become the protagonist.”

Daniel Myrick, co-writer/director of The Blair Witch Project “[Personal Effects: Dark Art] will linger in your thoughts, challenge your sense of self, and transform every benign shadow into something to fear.”

Patrick Lussier, director of My Bloody Valentine 3D “Don’t worry about the lap bar.  It won’t save you from screaming on this ride.”

...and more. We've got lots of pre-release content to roll out in the weeks ahead, so keep your eye on the blog. In the meantime learn more about the book, feel free to drop me a line with questions, and if you're up for a descent into bloody madness, pre-order Personal Effects: Dark Art!

--J.C.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 1

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Welcome to the debut episode of J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son: OBSIDIAN, the world's first podcast short story anthology based in an existing fictional universe. The universe is, of course, Hutchins' 7th Son Podcast Novel Trilogy.

Nearly 100 people have contributed to the OBSIDIAN experience. Tales from bestselling novelists, A-List podcast storytellers and 7th Son fans from around the globe will be featured in this anthology over the next 10 weeks. At least three episodes of content will be released each week, so prepare for full immersion into the OBSIDIAN blackout experience.

In the weeks ahead, you'll hear stories from these podcast entertainers: Michael A. Stackpole, Scott Sigler, Mur Lafferty, Matt Wallace, Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, Christiana Ellis, Evo Terra, Dan Klass, Wichita Rutherford, TD-0013, George Hrab, Soccergirl, and the cast of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd.

Today's episode features the first half of the short story Miles To Go Before I Sleep, written and narrated by Tee Morris. Learn more about Tee's work -- and send him an appreciative email! -- at TeeMorris.com.

There's huge news in J.C.'s "talky talk" intro and outro segments, including:

  • The big reveal about J.C.'s next novel, affectionately nicknamed CODE PHANTOM
  • The world premiere of Celldweller's instrumental version of "Birthright"
  • How you can download a full album of Celldweller songs -- including the full version of "Birthright" -- for free at FixtOnline.com/FreeDownloads
  • J.C.'s appearance on producer Shawn Bishop's podcast, Behind The Lines #14
  • The debut of J.C.'s text story, 7th Son: Runner, available as a mobile phone exclusive

Feedback about OBSIDIAN is welcome and appreciated! Send J.C. an email, leave a comment below, or call the Clone Line at 206-984-2566 (CLONE).