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News and Adverts / Saving Cha'alt gonzo review
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:17:46 AM »
Lord Matteus reviews Saving Cha'alt on his blog... 

News and Adverts / Negative traits for PCs
« on: April 27, 2021, 11:46:40 AM »

Good idea, bad idea, or promising but could use improvement?  Watch the video, tell me what you think...

News and Adverts / [podcast] Gonzo Up Your Ass!
« on: February 24, 2021, 02:25:42 PM »
If you're looking to make your D&D more METAL & GONZO, then Aaraon the Pedantic and Venger Satanis are here to help with a new monthly podcast called Gonzo Up Your Ass!

Reviews / Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise video flip-thru
« on: February 22, 2021, 06:44:09 PM »

 Grim Jim Desborough attempts to review the pulpy, max-gonzo, psy-fi, weird vomit that is Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise...


For me personally, gonzo is genre mixing + humor.

That humor could be tongue-in-cheek or camp or trolling.  Breaking the 4th wall (or some kind of wall) is also a well-employed element of gonzo.  By its very nature, gonzo is subjective.  That's why any two gonzo things (adventures, campaign settings, whatever) won't ever look exactly alike.

Going back to the genre mixing, gonzo feels primordial.  Before we had rigidly defined genres, there was just details, stories, and cool stuff combined.  It wasn't until later that genres were established and codified.  Gonzo is a way of tearing down the boundaries, which is to say, dangerous business.

In any case, gonzo has been my D&D bread and butter since the beginning.  There's a very interesting article / blog post / newsletter featuring gonzo and my own work that I just read this morning. 

What is genre gonzo: By the mid-20th century, speculative fiction had gained a number of strongly profiled literary genres that were associated with distinct hobby scenes. The three most prominent were “fantasy”, “science fiction” and “horror”, each literary genre associated with somewhat distinct social hobbyist identities. Within the geek culture aquarium it mattered a hell of a lot whether your stuff was “fantasy” or “science fiction”. The kinda-sorta genre of “gonzo” emerges against this background as intentionally cross-genre genre literature: not only mixing genres, but refuting the literary ideal of being conventional and doing any given genre “right”.

The reason gonzo doesn’t tend to get recognized as a genre, and goes under such a variety of names, is that it’s more of an artistic reaction to genre than a genre in itself. Simply not being any genre is not gonzo, but not fitting into any genre because you blatantly (and often ironically, to comic or absurd effect) combine genres is exactly that. Gonzo creators have historically tended to draw inspiration more from their source genres than each other, although this has been changing, so perhaps a new genre will truly emerge from gonzo. I hear “new weird” on occasion, although I’m not convinced it’s real.

I'll include a link for the sake of completeness:

Humorous anecdote: Cha'ad is the "Chad" of D&D campaigns, apparently...



News and Adverts / [KS] Saving Cha'alt - series of one-off adventures
« on: January 28, 2021, 10:29:15 AM »

Between books 2 and 3, I'm funding a series of short scenarios exploring the eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic world of Cha'alt:

Thanks, and tell everyone!


News and Adverts / [Contest] Win Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise hardcover
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:20:11 AM »
I've got a contest running until midnight tonight!  Details here:

News and Adverts / Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise Hardcovers 4 Sale!!!
« on: December 18, 2020, 07:11:27 PM »
This is the follow-up to Cha'alt.  I'm selling the rest of the limited print-run now!  Books are gorgeous and already went out to KS backers... now's your chance. 

Details here:

225 pages, full color, and compatible with all versions of D&D, emphasis on old school. 



News and Adverts / Cha'alt Sold Out!
« on: November 30, 2020, 01:45:16 PM »
Total sellout of Cha'alt...

Happy Holidays,


Who do you think would work well with me?  Looking for someone to compliment my style, rather than clash with it. 

Kort'thalis Publishing is looking for a talented layout and dungeon map-maker (yep, lost more peeps).  Opening this question up to the community, what sort of vibe should I be going for?  Where should Kort'thalis Publishing go next in terms of aesthetics?

Also, if you know of anybody, feel free to let them (or me) know.  Thanks!


TL;DR: Erik from Karen's Tavern was bragging about getting some adventure you've never heard of taken down because he complained that its description contained the phrase "All Cops Are Bastards"... and that's too political and doesn't have anything to do with the product.  

Here's my blog post that links back to Karen's original blog post (he closed comments this morning after putting his foot in it):



p.s. Oops, I meant the thread title to say Erik "Karen" Tenkar.  Oh well.

News and Adverts / Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise
« on: July 24, 2020, 01:42:59 PM »
After nearly a year of brutal, exhausting, slave-like conditions (fuchsia privilege)... I finished the second Cha'alt book.  So many random tables, encounters, and pop-culture references!  225 pages of eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse campaign setting on super-steroids for $5.

 Grab your PDF of Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise now while the price is low:


News and Adverts / VS Interview
« on: July 04, 2020, 02:17:24 PM »
I was just interviewed on Misha Burnett's blog.  We talk about D&D, adventure writing, Cha'alt, and more...

Design, Development, and Gameplay / VS Adventure Writing Process
« on: June 19, 2020, 01:36:20 PM »
Embarking on a new D&D type scenario.  I'm blogging about my process if anyone cares to follow along.  This is the start:



I'm so convinced that Cha'alt will change your life, that I put the following deal together:



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