Friday, October 2, 2020

Sword & Sorcery Writer's Track at Bride of Cyclops Con - sharing from Goodman Games

Goodman Games just post a wonderful Update on Kickstarter (ostensibly for Tales from the Magician's Skull campaign) that advertises the Sword & Sorcery Writer's Track at Cyclops Con.

I wasn't sure if non-backers could see this (link) or not, so I spread the news here (yes, I simply copy and pasted).  Looks like they are broadcasting the panels via Twitch. Coming in two weeks!

Goodman Games writes: 

Sword & Sorcery Writer's Track at Bride of Cyclops Con

Bride of Cyclops Con is our upcoming online gaming convention, scheduled for October 16-18. Among many other things, we'll be broadcasting a sword & sorcery writer's track to our Twitch channel! There are four seminars that will air from October 16 to October 18. If you're a sword & sorcery fan, mark your calendar. You'll want to check these out!

“The Best Sword & Sorcery Stories of the 20th Century” – Friday, October 16, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm EST

Six sword-and-sorcery fans and scholars compare notes about the important works in the genre, starting with foundational fiction and moving on to more recent times. This panel will talk details, not just an author’s name, but why a particular story or novel is worthy of note.


  • Brian Murphy, author of Flame & Crimson 
  • Dr. Jason Ray Carney, author of Weird Tales of Modernity, editor of Whetsone and co-editor of The Dark Man 
  • Bill Ward, Online Editor for Tales From the Magician’s Skull 
  • Howard Andrew Jones, Editor Tales From the Magician’s Skull 
  • Jeff Goad, co-host of the ENnie nominated podcast Appendix N Book Club 

“Finding the New Edge for Fiction Writers” – Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm EST

Seven modern crafters of heroic fiction and sword-and-sorcery sit down to discuss how they plot stories and create characters.

Panelists: James Enge, John C. Hocking, Violette Malan, Clint Werner, Nathan Long, Adrian Cole, and Howard Andrew Jones

“Getting Sword-and-Sorcery into your Role-Playing Game” – Saturday, October 17, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm EST

Four veteran game masters talk about tips and tricks for getting your game sessions to feel more like a rip-snorting sword-and-sorcery tale.

Panelists: Michael Curtis, Harley Stroh, Joseph Goodman, and Howard Andrew Jones

“Behind the Scenes with Publishers of Heroic Fiction” – Sunday, October 18, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm EST

Where can you find heroic fiction in the modern age? Well, at least five of those places are represented by the members of this panel, who’ll be talking about trends in the industry, how to get your story ready for the editors, and related topics.


  • Adrian Simmons, Publisher and Editor of Heroic Fiction Quarterly 
  • Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
  • Douglass Drass, Editor of Weirdbook 
  • Milton Davis, Publisher of MVMedia 
  • Joseph Goodman, Publisher of Tales From the Magician’s Skull 
  • Howard Andrew Jones, Editor of Tales From the Magician’s Skull