So I tried taking a break after the Crimson Child launched - it's been a busy year, with not just Book 5 in the Indestructibles series, but also a sequel to Echo and the Sea and the first volume of the Dungeon Crawlers series all arriving. But sitting still has never really been my thing, so in the downtime, I got the idea of creating a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition setting for a group of players I DM for that would be a parody of Harry Potter--a dangerous magical college set in a D&D world for players to explore, and even some useable rules for a certain game involving flying brooms.
And so what started out as a couple of ideas ended up as a 25-page campaign guide for levels 1-5 or so. Now I don't know what to do with it.
Since this, as a parody, is not something I'd ever formally publish, I wanted to share the Beta version of the campaign with you. Feel free to play it with your own D&D group, mess around with it, see if the game-within-a-game is fun. I'm open to feedback, too, if there's details you'd want to learn about the Hawksmith Academy or how Skuabdah, the flying sport, is played (or have ideas for improving it!). Download a PDF of version 1.2 below (I'll post here and on social media if an updated version is posted as well).
The Indestructibles are back and better than ever in The Crimson Child, the fifth book in the ongoing series, now available in print and ebook formats:
Since the beginning, Doc Silence has warned the Indestructibles, his team of super-powered protégés, that magical threats would be the most dangerous. The team has faced down alien invasions, time traveled to post-apocalyptic futures, and more since they first banded together, but now, for the first time, they are confronted with not one but two sources of dark and dangerous magic.
Together, Jane, Billy, Kate, Titus, and Entropy Emily will go up against an evil necromancer, warping his victims into weapons in a reckless pursuit of wealth; and an even stranger threat, a young girl with inherent mystical abilities who has become a pawn in an interdimensional power struggle. When an entire town disappears, the Indestructibles – a solar-powered girl, a boy with an alien in his mind, a ballerina vigilante, a werewolf with confidence issues, and a Whovian with a black hole where her heart should be – must band together with new allies to stop dark forces far beyond their comprehension.
This is their greatest challenge and most personal mission yet. Has all their training been enough to prepare them?
A lot of readers have been asking if the Dungeon Crawlers novellas will ever be available in paperback (all three have been out on ebook format for a while now). Well as of this morning, a brand new collected edition, containing all three Dungeon Crawlers novellas, is now available to order as Lost in Revery. If you've been waiting for a print edition, now's your chance!
Stay tuned for more Dungeon Crawlers news this summer. More stories to come!
Echo and her crew didn't end their adventures at the end of Echo and the Sea. Find out what happens in the aftermath of their actions in Atlantis at the end of Book 1 in Poseidon's Scar!
They'll face an ancient terror rising from the deep, visit Artem's birthplace, and pick up a mysterious traveler with an evil of her own hot on her trail. Set sail once again for myth and adventure with Echo, Barnabas, Yuri, and Artem in this brand new sequel!
Available in ebook and paperback formats.
2nd Editions now available
Hey, everyone. I'm pretty excited to announce that the Indestructibles series has changed publishers and now has a 2nd edition, complete with new covers, now available online in both ebook and print!
Same story, same characters, but with a new, unified, updated cover look. Some of you have been asking if we'll ever get a fifth book in the series and I can now definitively tell you: YES! The future of the series and which publisher it would continue under has been up in the air for a while now--I've actually had a fantastic relationship with my original publisher, PFP Publishing, but we'd reached a point where I needed a bit more direct control over the series and didn't want us to get tied up in another novel while at the same time trying to transition to a new publishing set up. I have long had a concept in mind, but because everything was in flux for a little while, I didn't want to add to the chaos but throwing a new book on top of everything else that was changing.
I'm about 35,000 words into the fifth novel already (about 1/3 of the way through), so I'm hoping we'll see Book 5 early in 2019.
I'm excited to dive back in and explore the future of Jane, Kate, Titus, Billy, and Emily. And I love the new covers.
By the way: keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter this coming weekend for a chance to pick up a free copy of Book 1 in Kindle format. Even if you already have it in print or a different digital option, feel free to grab a new ebook copy on me this weekend. Details to follow!
DUngeon Crawlers Book 3 available!
Are you following the Dungeon Crawlers series? If so, I have some great news: book 3, "The Ghoul Slayer's Guidebook," is now available on Kindle!
Find out what happens when the gang goes up against a vicious pack of cannibalistic undead--and learn what those creatures want with bard-in-residence Tobias!
Are you holding out for the print edition? All three novellas will be collected in a single paperback volume later this year. Stay tuned for news on the collected edition soon.
Hey, everyone. Just for fun, we've made a few designs featuring Indestructibles characters and added an online store to TeePublic. If you've ever wanted an Indestructibles-themed tee shirt, mug, stickers, or anything else, swing by the new storefront on TeePublic.
So far we've got Solar, Dancer, and Entropy Emily merch available... Straylight, Titus, Doc, and more to come soon!
Boston Comic Con 2018!
Hey everyone--I'll be at Boston Comic Con this coming weekend, August 10-12. Anyone going to be be there? Comment below and I'll keep an eye out for ya!
And the best part--for the first time ever, the recent Indestructibles short novella, "Roll for Initiative," will be available in print (previously it was digital only), and for a very low convention price. It will also be available the following weekend at Terrificon at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and online as well for those not attending either show.
Book 2 in the Dungeon Crawlers series, "The Dungeoneer's Bestiary," went live overnight:
After a few weeks trapped inside a cursed tabletop role-playing game, the players--Eriko the rogue, Morgan the cleric, Tamsin the mage, Cordelia the barbarian, Jack the ranger, and Tobias the bard--have become fixtures in the fictional town of Moderate Expectations, doing things adventures do. Whether it's slaying ogres or saving children from actual bogeymen, the adventurers are learning their roles and becoming weirdly comfortable with the concept of being heroes locked in a game world.
But when a terrifying threat bubbles up out of a broken mine shaft and threatens their starting zone and adopted home, the gang will need to go on a real dungeon crawl into the subterranean world below, where they'll learn just how dangerous this imaginary world is to them and how high the stakes can be for the people who live here.
It's time for the Dungeon Crawlers to level up, face down their greatest challenge yet, and find out just how big the world they've found themselves trapped in really is... and how long it's been holding players like them prisoners.
So grab your gear, check your spell list, and make sure you've got plenty of torches--it's time to go spelunking, RPG-style."
I had a reader ask if I could provide an official reading order for all the books, one-shots, and spinoffs in the Indestructiverse. Here's my official recommended order:
Red: Main series, direct sequels
Blue: Side stories, not necessary to read the main series, but adds to the characters
Purple: Outside continuity, can be read at any time without spoilers
Double Line: Simultaneous events, can be read in either order
Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.