Got my hands on beta version of 3rd Edition Yellow Dawn

First Printed Copy of the 3rd Edition of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur

David J Rodger holding beta copy of 3rd edition Yellow Dawn The Age of Hastur not final cover

David J Rodger with beta copy of 3rd Edition – not final cover

Tangible evidence of the months of brain burn and going stir crazy since I started writing the 3rd edition. Started in January and finished the first edit near the end of July. Super quick turnaround by LULU on printing it up.  This is a beta copy so I can start play-testing with my group next month.  The cover is just some of the new artwork from inside and is not the final version.  Really looking forward to playing again. Working on the 3rd edition every day, full time, for months, meant that the last thing I wanted to do on an evening was sit down and play it – hence the massive upsurge in playing Dominion, Car Wars, Fury of Dracula (1987) and Warrior Knights (1986).

The 3rd Edition is part of the publishing deal on the table with Modiphius (Achtung! Cthulhu) under license from Chaosium.  It has been written to work seamlessly with Chaosium’s 7th edition rule set.  Another reason why I am so excited about playing it.  Massive increase in game speed and decrease in dice crunchy tables and rule lawyers. It’s all about the narrative baby!

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Can’t wait for the game to come out?

Read the post-apocalyptic Yellow Dawn novels.  There are three at the moment.

Dog Eat DogBrutal, globe-spanning crime thriller

The Black LakeIntensely creepy haunting on a post-apocalyptic island

The Social ClubTense Orwellian detective story set in London as ruled by The Power of Eight


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Feast your eyes on this – Yellow Dawn RPG article grabs headline in latest issue of Forever Folio


Ezine for the indy RPG publisher Forever People

I’m very pleased by this. A lengthy and in-depth article that includes artwork, background details on the world of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur and a full interview with me by Dave Sharrock. Take a peek.

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Cover of Forever Folio - issue 3 July 2015 featuring headline article about Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur by science fiction dark fantasy author David J Rodger

Cover of Forever Folio Issue 3

This issue:

Yellow Dawn – Modiphius prepare to bring David J Rodger’s awesome mythos-inspired post-apocalypse nightmare for CoC7e into the light of day.

Fighting Fantasy Special! – celebrating the master brand of FRP gamebooks, with a look at Jonathan Green’s book You Are the Hero and J P Montgomery’s graphic novel adaptation of Steve Jackson’s The Trolltooth Wars.

The Unsung Weave – a full serialized campaign setting for the Wyrd game with the third adventure in the series taking players into the northlands of Listholm in search of the missing duchess Coriola

EVPreview – a teaser for this month’s free EVP adventure – Smoke & Mirra’s Magic World.

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Read Dream of a Shadow’s interview with me for Future Ways

Interview with David J Rodger


Tuesday 28th April – It’s a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Bristol. Down at the Brigstow Lounge on the harbour front, DoaS creator Toby Smith and Sci-Fi/Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger are talking storytelling, urban planning and the nature of reality ahead of the Redcliffe Future Way project this coming weekend (Friday 1st May 2015). It’s a big one, and a mind bender! Continue reading

Personal Blog: After the Launch

¦ dialling in from the Sky Bunker ¦

Arctic weather front has brought the temperature right down today. Life support on full blast up here in my study.  Gold sunlight sloping in through the glass canopy. Lovely.

Very productive day yesterday – good progress on the overhaul of Yellow Dawn as I work on the 3rd edition. Looking forward to a slightly easier pace today – got an interview this afternoon regarding some fiction I was commissioned to write, and meeting a freelancer who is (hopefully) going to handle layout and typography for YD3e.

Played Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene downstairs this morning, during the first mug of tea ritual. Such a great sound. Evocative. Memories of 1989 and early 1990, Osborne Avenue, working on 1st draft of Oakfield. Adam / Grassy / Richy – the whole Jesus Mound Village Vibe. The novel is doing exceptionally well. Thanks to everyone who has been bigging it up and boosting my signal. Much appreciated.

Crazy to think how long that book has taken to write.  How much has happened. And how we have all changed – but glad to say I still know the key people who were a part of my life back then.  Some pics above showing me, Adz, Richy and Grassy, plus the room I had in Osborne Avenue (another roof conversion!) where I wrote the bulk of Oakfield first time round.  It’s been pleasing for them to see me finally finish it.  Oakfield ties a lot of things together.

David J Rodger reading from Oakfield at launch party, April 2015

David J Rodger reading from Oakfield at launch party, April 2015

So where are we now? April 2015.  I’m due to start work again at the end of July. Just over a year out.  I don’t think I’d have been able to pull of a 3rd edition of YD, with all the artwork and re-engineering core systems, on top of finishing Oakfield, editing and launching, if I had been holding down a career at the same time.  It has been fantastic, edged with moments of personal darkness – me, getting lost inside my own head, day after day of working in fantasy – fiction and games. A weird existence, eh?

The plan now is to get a first draft of the YD 3rd edition finished by end of May. Get a cheeky copy without formating printed up and let the game guys play test it on our weekly Tuesday night sessions. Work on any tweaks, allow the artists to finish their work, put everything together and then start engaging with Mike Mason at Chaosium and Chris at Modiphius for the final review / editorial process. I’m really excited by the alliance with CoC7e: fantastic engine for quick narrative style roleplaying and it adds to the Yellow Dawn experience rather than taking anything away.

That’s it.

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Sci-Fi Author Travels to R’lyeh to celebrate launch of his new Lovecraftian novel

David J Rodger has launched his 9th novel after 25 years in the making. Oakfield is a thriller that crosses over into science fiction and the cosmic horror of H.P.Lovecraft

Sci fi horror author David J Rodger photo at R'lyeh he has launched new Cthulhu Mythos novel Oakfield

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

To celebrate, I travelled to the South Pacific after the recent Solar Eclipse brought about the correct alignment of alien cosmic bodies to bring about a rising of the island. Light-footed and carrying my copy of the Ponape Manuscripts, I trudged quickly through weedy slime and black mud until I caught sight of the bizarre Cyclopean masonry twisting into the sky with non-Euclidean geometry.

All the horrors of Earth’s dreamers lie waiting here. So, time enough for a quick selfie before ducking back into a Valoraptor aerodyne and blasting off to the Antarctic trawler The Floydarohayes.

I’ve still got the disgusting stink of the place lodged in my nostrils, the stench of terrible spheres and repugnant dimensions far flung from ours and yet pressed so close we might as well be living cheek to jowl with the monsters that wish to devour us. Worth it for the snap though.

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Oakfield is a new science fiction horror novel and good book to read by David J Rodger

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