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Coming in 2021 — The Invisible College / #40DaysofHallween

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on September 29, 2020 by Occult Detective

Here’s an exciting announcement for you — Bordermen Games and I are beginning work on the latest OSR Roleplaying Game from RPGPundit called The Invisible College, an “Authentic Magick” system that mirrors, in many ways, the Occult Detective RPG we’ve been developing over the past several years.

We will be handling the creative design and publication of the core product, penned by RPGPundit, creator of my favorite OSR game, the medieval authentic RPG, Lion & Dragon.

Based on our agreement with the creator, Bordermen Games will follow up the core rulebook with a number of supplements that will bring our Occult Detective material into the fold, further expanding the Invisible College brand.

But enough about all that, let’s hear from Pundit himself:

#RPGaDay2020: Day 20 — Investigate

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on August 20, 2020 by Occult Detective

Another Occult Detective RPG missive as RPGaDay continues to unfold over at the mothership — Bordermen Games.

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At the heart of nearly every RPG is a mystery meant for the players to investigate. Be it a medieval-influenced fantasy or a gritty occult noir campaign, game masters lead their players through a complex narrative by dangling a carrot. The mystery might be the location of a legendary sword lost within the bowels of a wizard’s labyrinthine dungeon, or the identity of the person responsible for sacrificing a young socialite on the altar of some profane god in the backwoods of upstate New York.

Regardless, players investigate their surroundings, using search actions and various skill checks, all the while gathering clues that lead them to the outcome. There may be any number of monsters to fight along the way, or npcs to interact with, but the heart of the matter is the mystery, not the battles.

If mystery is not your forte there are any…

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#RPGaDay2020: Day 19 — Tower

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on August 19, 2020 by Occult Detective

And yet another Occult Detective RPG post for RPGaDay 2020. There’s something happening here…

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Bloody Hell, WordPress went and changed their interface on me and thus most of the time I meant to spend on today’s prompt was spent trying to figure out how to use the damn thing. I’ve never understood why you would change something that’s not broken…

But I guess, in a way, it’s fitting.

My plan was to discuss The Tower, the 16th card of the Major Arcana in a Tarot deck, in depth, both from the standpoint of the traditional Tarot, and from our use of it in the game we’ve been developing.

Unfortunately I don’t have time for that now.

The image above is from the Tarot deck planned to be included in Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game. It depicts the Sinclair House, an important location in my novel Descendant (which I am currently shopping around to new publishers).

The Tower represents intense and…

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#RPGaDAY2020: Day 18 — Meet

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on August 18, 2020 by Occult Detective

Another Occult Detective RPG post for RPGaDay 2020.

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2020 Info Graphic

DAY 18

While we’ve taken a step back from Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game to complete work on a licensed intellectual property, it is never far from my mind. When today’s prompt crept up, unsurprisingly,  it was Occult Detective that my mind went to.

One of the challenges in bringing a game steeped in magic to life, especially one set in the modern age, is that area where fantasy and reality meet.


We wanted to create a game that mirrored authentic magical practices, with a little bit of cinematic flair, but, of course, as we introduced more and more supernatural elements, that meeting point between the “real” world and the “magical” one began to blur.

Finding just the right balance is a neat little trick and one we wrestled with through several playtest iterations.

In the end, we opted for the “world outside our window” approach. For the…

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#RPGaDAY2020: Day 12 — Message

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on August 12, 2020 by Occult Detective

May be of interest to some of you.

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2020 Info Graphic


To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind;
or, if not, should never be published at all.
Aleister Crowley

My son and I were talking about today’s prompt —message — last night. He thought it was a tough one, stating that the only thing that came to mind was the D&D spell. That opens the door to any number of communication spells, actually, but then he added, as a passing thought, that maybe it had something to do with a game’s message. I asked for an example of what he thought Dungeons & Dragons message was and he didn’t really have an answer. I didn’t either. I thought it was sort of dead in the water and decided I’d best focus on those message spells in some fashion or another… But you know what, I think Connor was on to something…

As a…

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Paint it Black: An Occult Detective RPG Casefile / Chapter Two

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on November 11, 2019 by Occult Detective

Connor wrote the recap for our last playtest session.

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Chapter Two: The Demon’s in the Details

“Who dares disturb my slumber?” The creature asked as it rose from the sarcophagus. Expecting an undead abomination, painter Arthur Godson and reporter John Winslow were surprised to see a young woman standing before them.

The woman had runes tattooed upon her face, and she radiated an aura that seemed to unsettle the investigators. Clearly, she was trying to control with some kind of magic, but Arthur and John were beyond such tricks.

Understanding this, the woman asked if she could help them, having incredible skills at finding things. The two informed her that they were looking for a woman named Maddie Blake, whom they believed had something to do with a terrible murder (they kept it to themselves that the victim was the Archangel Cassiel).

The woman said that she knew nothing about Maddie Blake, but claimed that she could help them…

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Paint it Black: An Occult Detective RPG Casefile / Chapter One

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on October 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

Our playtest has begun…

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Chapter One: Blood and Thunder

Our story began with a press release, sent out across the internet, to be found in the inboxes and social media localities frequented by the protagonists of our tale.


Arthur Godson — The Painter of Light
to Exhibit His Art at Caliburn House

WABASH, INDIANA – October 1, 2019, / – Award-winning artist Arthur Godson’s Fantasy Realism series “Gates of Heaven” will be the subject of an art exhibition at Caliburn House in Wabash, Indiana. Arthur Godson is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and colorful oil paintings depicting his unique visions of the Afterlife and the Heavenly Realm. Caliburn House, home of noted philanthropist Dr. Landon Connors, selected Mr. Godson’s consecution to be the first in a series of exhibits to be held in the waning months of the year.

Caliburn House Representative Alethea Hill said, “We are…

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Three days till Hallowe’en? Maybe so, but it’s already Occult Detective Season.

Posted in All Hallows Read, Occult Detective RPG, Occult Detectives, Writing on October 28, 2019 by Occult Detective

31 day blog challenge

Hallowe’en is always a special time for me, but this year it is even more exciting. Why? Well, let’s take a quick rundown of what lies ahead.

First, of course, there’s All Hallow’s Eve itself. Let’s just underline that one.

What else?

First Born will be released as an audiobook.

Descendant drops in trade paperback and ebook.

Our final round of playtesting the Occult Detective RPG begins.

My Parker Brothers short story “Nos Galan Gaeaf” made Horror Delve’s annual Halloween Suggested Reading List. You should check it out. Heck, read every story on Matt’s list. It’s a good one.

And, last but by no means least, The Bookhouse, the pallet shack Connor and I have been working on all summer, will finally be unveiled.

I’m planning on uploading a video tour, so stay tuned…

Speaking of tours, do you want to host me on your blog? I’m doing a blog tour in November and would love to stop by your place for a chat. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.


All Work and No Play

Posted in Occult Detective RPG, Writing on October 22, 2019 by Occult Detective

31 day blog challenge

No blog today other than to say I am working diligently on the Occult Detective RPG in anticipation of the latest rounds of playtesting.

I will be taking a break to visit an abandoned Victorian farmhouse, Hainlen’s Orchard, and to get a little work done of our pallet shack however.


‘Tis the Season for Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game

Posted in Occult Detective RPG on October 19, 2019 by Occult Detective

31 day blog challenge



The Occult Detective RPG is going into another wave of playtesting this coming week. The gaming group I DM for, the Oak Hill RPG Club, will have their session zero next Thursday when we’ll roll characters and discuss the themes of the narrative I’m putting together.

Between now and then, Connor and I are going to sit down with the various iterations of the game and develop a new playtest document.

If all goes well and there are no major hiccups, we just might finally get that Kickstarter in 2020.

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