The Powder Mage RPG Kickstarter is Live!

Good morning, everyone! As promised, the Powder Mage Roleplaying Game is now up on Kickstarter! This is your chance to help make it happen. As you can see, we already have a cover and a huge amount of the art done (or under commission), and we'll be posting more as the Kickstarter progresses.

A couple notes: first, we're only printing 100 hardcovers (with the rest of the books in softcover), so if you want a hardcover of the rulebook make sure you select the Grand Powder Mage pledge level early! Second, there are only five spots at the GenCon play-through with me and Alan, and one is already gone. So again, grab early!

Thanks again for all the support. You guys are awesome!

Newsletter Drawing #1

Hey everyone! I did my first newsletter drawing last night, and the winner is joniverson@*.com. I've dropped you an email asking for your name and address so I can send you your books, so please get back to me ASAP.

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! I haven't decided on a prize yet, but I'm leaning toward one of the silver Powder Mage keg pins from Badali Jewelry. If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

Announcing the Powder Mage Roleplaying Game

Brian McClellan, author of the wildly-popular Powder Mage Trilogy (Orbit Books), and game designer Alan Bahr of Gallant Knight Games are delighted to announce the forthcoming Powder Mage Roleplaying Game, a play guide for Brian’s flintlock fantasy universe.

The Powder Mage RPG will immerse players in a world of muskets, intrigue, sorcery, and revolution, set against the backdrop of an industrializing fantasy world. Players can make themselves the heroes of their own narratives, with tools and resources that draw on the gunpowder magic and mind-bending dark arts that made the series an instant standout. The game will make use of the award-winning Savage Worlds rule set to create a player-driven story dynamic that can accommodate a campaign of any scope or size: personal dramas in the Adran countryside, political machinations in the palaces of Adopest, or full-scale battles for the very fate of the Nine.

The Powder Mage RPG will launch on Kickstarter on October 18th, 2016, with a target delivery date of August 2017. The goal of the Kickstarter is to acquire funding for a top-quality final product, consisting of a core rulebook/world book and accessories, including art from René Aigner, Grace Fong, Isaac Stewart, Ben McSweeney, and Piotr Chrzanowski; as well as book design by Robert Denton.

About the Series/Author

The Powder Mage Trilogy (Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign, and The Autumn Republic) has sold over a quarter of a million books and been translated into ten languages. It has landed author Brian McClellan with the coveted Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy and multiple nominations for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Brian is an avid gamer who lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, cat, and two dogs. His next series continues the adventures in the Powder Mage Universe and begins March 7th, 2017 with Sins of Empire from Orbit Books.

Join Brian's Newsletter for a Chance to Get Free Stuff!

Happy Halloween month, everyone! I'm sure that plenty of you have already signed up for my newsletter, but just in case you haven't here's a new thing that might sway you over to a subscription: starting next week, I'll be giving away free stuff every month to a random subscriber. It may be a book, or an audio code, or even a piece of powder mage jewelry.

For the first month, I'll be giving away a signed trade paperback set of the Powder Mage Trilogy. This is available worldwide.

You can sign up using the form on the right sidebar of this site, or by clicking here. Best of luck!

Audio for the Powder Mage Novella Collection

Hey all! Remember when I took all the Powder Mage novellas and stuck them all in a bundle, so they're easier and cheaper to get a hold of? Well, the audio for that bundle is finally ready! It includes Forsworn, Servant of the Crown, Murder at the Kinnen Hotel, and Ghosts of the Tristan Basin, and all four stories are narrated by the wonderful Julie Hoverson. You can now pick up it up on Audible or iTunes. Enjoy!

Cover for Sins of Empire

Missed the cover launch last week? Have no fear! Here's the fantastic cover for the next powder mage novel, Sins of Empire.

The book is due out March 7th, 2017. Here's the cover copy:

A world on the cusp of a new age…
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place — a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word…
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

The past haunts us all…
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

You can order here:

Sins of Empire Cover Launch

We can finally show you the cover for Sins of Empire, the next powder mage book! The launch is being hosted by my favorite webcomic, Howard Tayler, over on Head over and check it out! For those of you looking to pre-order, you can do so at any of the following links!

Upcoming Event: Salt Lake Comic Con

It's that time of year again: I'll be at Salt Lake Comic Con, September 1st-3rd.

I have a booth this year (Blue 13) where I should be set up most of the time, but I'll also be all over the place with panels and signings. So if you want to find me you'll need to keep an eye on my panel schedule (which is subject to change) or follow my Twitter where I'll announce where I'm going to be at any given time. Here's my panel schedule:

If you'd like to see me at a Badali Jewelry signing, be sure to drop by early to grab a ticket, so we don't have anyone standing in the aisle. Thanks!

Upcoming Event: Kansas City

If you're in the Kansas City area this week, I'll be participating in a live panel discussion at the Kansas City Public Library. The event is at 6PM this coming Tuesday (8/16) and is a kick-off to Worldcon, which takes place nearby over the weekend. Join the renowned Tamora Pierce and myself as we discuss the evolution of fantasy with the library's Director of Programming. There will be a Q&A and signing afterward. It should be a blast of a time. Look forward to seeing you there!

Event information can be found here. FYI, Brian will not be attending Worldcon, so this will be your chance to catch him in Kansas!

Donating Promise of Blood to Your Local Library

Last year I asked you guys to help me donate copies of Promise of Blood to your local library. It was a great success, with over 30 books requested, and I'd like to do it again this year! Here's the deal:

If your library is in the US and does not have a copy of Promise of Blood, let me know! I want to hear from either patrons or librarians, but librarians will know the details I need better. Send me an email at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com with the header LIBRARY DONATION. Give me the name and address of the library, and (if you know) the name of the acquiring librarian. I'll send the books on my own dime, and even sign them to the collection of that library. If you're a big library, you can ask for two copies.

These books are freely given, and as long as they end up in the hands of a library I don't care what they do with them. Your libraries can put them in the collection or sell them in the next book sale to raise funds. So please, help me get these out!

Bookplates for Everyone!

Every so often I get an email from people asking if they can send me their Powder Mage books to get them signed. I always have to turn them down, because the logistics of mailing in both directions and the risk of damaging someone else's books are more than I'm willing to take on (on the other hand, if they order the books from me, pre-signed, I can always just replace the books if they're damaged in the mail).

The one thing I can offer is bookplates. Bookplates are these cool sticker things that I can sign in the comfort of my office and send to people around the world. Readers can stick them in the front of their own copies, or just have a signature for their collection. If you'd like to get free bookplates for your books, here's how:

Send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to the following address: Brian McClellan, PO Box 315, Pleasant Grove UT 84062. If you'd like the bookplate personalized or if you need more than one, please include a note letting me know.

The SASE means that I'm not spending all afternoon addressing envelopes or dropping a couple hundred bucks on stamps. However, I realize that if you live outside the US you might not be able to get US Global stamps. Just send me a self-addressed envelope and I'll take care of the stamp.

Sins of Empire Synopsis

Hey guys! I'm happy to report that I turned in the final edit of Sins of Empire this week and it's officially in production. It's currently slated for for a March 7th, 2017 release. I believe we'll have cover art to show you guys sometime soon, so stay tuned for that as well. You can add the book on Goodreads, and you can find the official synopsis below!

For an early look at Mad Ben Styke, one of the heroes of Sins of Empire, check out Ghosts of the Tristan Basin.

Sins of Empire

Gods of Blood and Powder

Book One

An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage Trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

Powder Mage Novella Collection #1

Hey everyone! There have been a lot of requests lately from people hoping to get all the Powder Mage novellas in one go. I understand that, from a buyer's perspective, it can be difficult to figure out what all is available from your favorite author. What have you read? What haven't you? That sort of thing.

In response, I've put all four of the novellas into an single package, which is now available at all your favorite ebook stores and priced at $9.99. This'll save you a couple bucks, and is good for all parties involved. You won't miss out on stories, and I won't miss out on sales. Yay!

To catch you up, everything written in the Powder Mage Universe is now included in the Powder Mage Trilogy, the Powder Mage Novella Collection #1, and the short story collection In the Field Marshal's Shadow.

Links to the novella collection at your favorite vendor:

Phoenix Comicon and Poisoned Pen Signing

This coming weekend (June 2-5) I'll be attending Phoenix Comicon. I delayed confirming my attendance because of the move, and because of that I don't have any set programming. I may show up on a panel or two. I may hang around the bookstore. I may just wander around with a satchel full of novellas to sell if you want to get something signed from me. Regardless, if you see me feel free to say hi. It should be a hootenanny of a time. Here is my only confirmed schedule for the weekend:

Wednesday, June 1st, 7-8 PM: I'll be at the Elevengeddon mass author signing at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ.

Friday, June 3rd, 1-2 PM: I'll be signing at the Badali Jewelry booth #1396 at PHXCC.

Bookstore Closed (temporarily)

Just FYI: my spring sale is finished and I'm shutting down my bookstore until July 1st. I'll still be able to take orders (for the few things in stock), but nothing will ship until after I've finished my move and gotten all set up and am no longer frazzled by the huge number of personal and professional items on my plate.

Thanks again for ordering signed books directly from me. It really does make a difference!

Spring Cleaning Sale

Hello all! If you follow my twitter, you'll know that I plan on moving sometime this summer. In preparation for that, I'm trying to clean out extra inventory so I have to haul as few books as possible across the country. To do so I'm having a double sale: not only will all the signed books in my store be cheap from today until May 10th (especially the trilogy and novella bundles) but every order over $20 will come with a coupon code for the audiobook of Ghosts of the Tristan Basin, which is currently $14.95 on Audible.

I'm not ordering any new books until after the move, so it's first come, first serve. I'll email you your audible coupon code separately. The sale list is below:


Ebook Store

I've lately had a lot of people requesting to buy my older novella ebooks directly from me via my web store. I've only kept the most recent one up there because frankly, they don't get a ton of sales after the first two weeks, and the "commerce" feature in Squarespace (where I host this website) has pretty limited functionality. So organizing the store can be a pain.

I finally gave in, however, and created an ebook store. You can get all my novella ebooks there in epub, mobi, and PDF. Have at it!

Upcoming Event: Budapest

I will be in Budapest next week on Tuesday, March 29th. I'll have a Q&A session where I talk about writing, fantasy, and the Powder Mage Trilogy followed by a signing. The schedule is below:

- 29 March 5 pm: Panel and Q&A.

- 29 March 6-7 pm: book signing and meet and greet opportunity for fans.

Location: Rácskert pub, Budapest, VII., Dob street 40.-42.

Really excited to meet my Hungarian fans. Look forward to seeing you there!