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Champions of Aetaltis Anthology, Including my story The Bridge

I have a story in this upcoming anthology.  Mystical warrior monk needs to cross a bridge. The most stubborn mercenary ever won’t let him. The story came out really cool if I do say so myself.

It has a ton of great writers in there, including Ed Greenwood, Jean Rabe, Dave Farland, Steven Long, and more. Trust me, you don’t need to be familiar with the game world at all to enjoy this. It is just a bunch of solid, fun, fantasy adventure stories.

Let me share some fun writerly backstory with you about this project came about for me.

Marc Tassin runs the writing tract at GenCon, and does a fantastic job. Managing writers and gamers is like herding cats, but I think GenCon has put together one of the best writing programs of any con in the country. I corresponded with him a bit about programming there, and met him a few times at the con. So that’s how I got to know him. Aetaltis is his game world setting.

I’m at the point of my career where I get asked to be in a lot of anthologies. One of the hardest things for me as a writer is turning down work. I think its because I grew up on a farm, and there is this psychological thing where when people want to give you money for your stuff, you take the job. Only I can’t do that anymore just because I’m too busy, and there are way too many offers, so I have to turn down a lot of short fiction invites. If I’m in an anthology now, it is because the idea behind it is too cool to say no.

When Marc asked me if I’d be willing to do a short story for this setting, because I like the guy, I said send me over the setting book and I’ll take a look. I did. It was pretty awesome.  Basic concept, well fleshed out fantasy world, various races and cultures, with all of the ancient history and myth, but then these world gates open, and a new dimension hopping group arrives. Which is awesome. Until the gates explode and everybody is stranded.

And lots of other cool stuff. Okay, I’m in.

In projects where there is an existing universe, and authors are asked to contribute, the creators either have a story idea in mind that is a good fit for what that writer’s style is, or they just show you everything and ask you to pick whatever sounds the coolest to you. This was one of those look at the list of topics and pick kind of deals.

When I saw the master list there were two things that jumped out at me. An order of mystical warriors, who were world hopping and collecting mystical martial arts from various dimensions, until they got stranded, and now they are fragmented into competing schools–which basically lets me play with every 70s Kung Fu movie plot ever–only at their basic fundamental level they are similar to Romans!

AND

There is a race of surly, tundra dwelling, giant cat men, who worship the god of suffering. So the more life sucks, the more blessed they they think they are. And I’ve got a gift for writing morose, stubborn protagonists.

Boom. Done.  When you come up with your whole story in like ten minutes, and you’ve got enough stuff about the characters that didn’t make it in to fill another novel by the time your’e done writing the short, you know you’re onto something.

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John Overath
Guest

” and you’ve got enough stuff about the characters that didn’t make it in to fill another novel ” Is this a hint that an Aetaltis novel may also be in the works?

jungshin
Guest

i definitely heard Larry say another novel. yep that’s what i heard!

Shawna
Guest

Short stories take a lot more time than they seem like they should. Or maybe that’s just me. I decided to write some short stories for family members, and so far at least twice I’ve come up with an idea, started fleshing it out, then went, “Nope, that’s a novel,” and had to set it aside and come up with something else.

Dave H
Guest

I have it on good authority that the skill sets for short stories and novels don’t overlap completely, and that one of the biggest challenges to writing a short story is knowing what to leave out.

Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard
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Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

Will it be available in e-format?

Marc Tassin
Guest

Yes! It will definitely be available in e-format (PDF/MOBI/EPUB), although I’m not sure when that will appear for pre-order. (I’m Marc Tassin, the guy behind Aetaltis – and I’ll add that it was pretty fantastic to have Larry write a story for this. And not surprisingly, it’s a REALLY good story.)

Bradoplata
Guest

How can we find out when it will be available?

Marc Tassin
Guest

The ebook version will be available on the 12th along with the print copies. I just don’t think Amazon will post them for pre-order.

Marc Tassin
Guest

It’s available! http://amzn.to/1Vc2SIM

Marc Tassin
Guest

If you’re interested, Amazon just informed me that the Kindle version is available for pre-order as well. Also coming to other ebook resellers soon. http://amzn.to/1Vc2SIM

Duke of URL
Guest

Will it be in Kindle, too? $20 for a paperback kinda sets my teeth on edge.

Marc Tassin
Guest

Available now fpr pre-order! http://amzn.to/1Vc2SIM

Ish
Guest

So… GenCon and writing, leads me to the inevitable question: What game is this a setting for?

Because I’m really intrigued by your summary of it.

Marc Tassin
Guest

Hi! I figured Larry wouldn’t mind if I jumped in and answered. Aetaltis is also a setting for a Pathfinder compatible tabletop RPG…but when it comes to game systems we’ll have some more news about that soon. In the meantime, you can get the first RPG book as a free download. http://drivethrurpg.com/product/145499/Heroes-of-Thornwall

Robin Munn
Guest
Marc, I just read (actually, I’m still reading) Heroes of Thornwall, and WOW. You just took me from “I’ve never heard of this setting before Larry mentioned it” to “I have GOT to run this sometime.” I have NEVER seen a town described in such loving detail in any RPG sourcebook. I mean, an index of named NPCs and where they can be found? I take my hat off to you, sir. As a fledgling GM myself, I need exactly this kind of help in fleshing out my stories — and now I want to get a gaming group together… Read more »
Marc Tassin
Guest

Thank you! I think I’ll copy this, print it, and keep it handy for the days I need a boost to keep writing! 🙂

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

(insert obligatory “Shut up and take my money!” meme here)

Bugmaster
Guest

Is the book (or perhaps just the short story) available in electronic format somewhere ? I no longer have the energy or the storage space to enjoy paper books 🙁

Marc Tassin
Guest

Yes! The ebook versions should be available on the 12th when the book is available. I just don’t believe Amazon will have it for pre-order.

Marc Tassin
Guest
Brian Goulet
Guest

I can’t wait for my copy to come in!

John
Guest

I shall add it to the growing longer by the week list of ebooks to buy..

Ashley
Guest

Don’t know if you know but he RSS feed stops from the 7th March.

Matt
Guest

You wrote a short story that is reminiscent of one of my favorite Samurai Jack episodes? Cool.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rbygOq795bI

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