Some of you know that my day job is mostly about making rpg’s, and when I say rpg I mean the kind you play with pen and paper around a table and not the kind you play on the Xbox. Anyway, for a few years brother Nick and I have been working on a game called The Magical Land of Yeld, about children who discover a secret door to a magical world and go there to have fun and dangerous adventures. As you may guess Modest Medusa came partially from this idea, and it’s been a lot of fun to introduce Yeld into the comic strip and explore it with Medusa and Marah.
Nick and I will be releasing The Magical Land of Yeld roleplaying game later this summer. It’ll be a big, beautiful full color book featuring an easy to learn game that lets you explore Yeld on your own. It’ll be stuffed full of comics and illustrations and all kinds of little connections to the Modest Medusa comics. In other words, it’s a great way for you to have your own adventures in Medusa’s world!
So that book is still a few months away, but today I have something special for you. The Magical Land of Yeld: Mermaid Hunters is a special 36 page book designed to introduce new players to the upcoming rpg. Mermaid Hunters is a self contained adventure including everything you need to try the game! It also features Jenny and Deb, the bitchy mermaids from the comic! If you like role playing games, you’ll probably dig Mermaid Hunters. It’s fast to play and easy to learn. It’s a bit like Final Fantasy tactics and The Legend of Zelda, but on the table instead of the console! If you’ve never tried an rpg before, you may still want to give it a go. It’s pretty fun!
How do you get a copy of Mermaid Hunters? You can order Mermaid Hunters directly from the Cel*Style store for just $5! Even better, until the end of April 2012 I’m offering Mermaid Hunters for free to anyone who orders the Modest Medusa Season 1 book! Don’t want to wait? Come see Nick and I at Sakuracon April 6-8th and sign up for one of our Mermaid Hunter games to get a free copy of the book! Or just buy one from us at our booth!
So that’s my big news. I’m really excited about the Magical Land of Yeld, both as a game and as an expanded part of the Modest Medusa story. Mermaid Hunters is just the first part of this project,and while the Magical Land of Yeld rule book won’t be out till later this summer you can check out the official Yeld site for more news and art previews! I’ll be updating it regularly!
i hope you dont take this the wrong way, but i think you should change your update schedule, id prefer if you only updated one or two times a week and always met that instead of trying to update 3 times a week and having trouble making the deadline
I’ve been thinking about that, although I really don’t want to.
I tend to agree with Forikorder, but switching to a 2 a week schedule doesn’t mean you can’t throw in the bonus 3rd update a week comic from time to time 😛
I’d much rather usually have updates once or twice a week and occasionally three times than steadily and infrequently. It is, of course, up to you though. 🙂
You could do 3 times a week (Mon-Wed-Fri) normally & 2 times a week (Tues & Thurs) before & after a con. As it looks to me like it’s the conventions that are throwing the most wrenches into your schedule.
Epic face off is epic.
“$5! I have $5!”
It comes along just in time for when we need a break from our “moe serious” games.
Heh, and Marah has the right idea when it comes to facing a chainsaw unicorn. Put your forehead up next to the chainsaw blade and it can’t stab you with it.
The chainsaw unicorn needs a name – and it’s about to be called Swordbutt.
Hey, if you’re going to be at Sakura-con on the 6th, who’s playing you at manga club? 😉
Uh oh. I did not consider this.
I thought the comic *was* finished and everyone/thing was drained of color because its…just…SO…scary!
Wow. This actually looks kinda cool with partial coloration. When I finally do my comic, that’s what I’m going to play with.
Is that the same Chainsaw Unicorn that Marah clobbered with an SUV & subsequently went on a little “adventure” in the bonus strips for Vol 1, or is it a different one?
yay doctor who what was it about which doctor and can i buy mermaid hunters through paypal also is it like a d&d game or an electronic thing?
I was watching “Lets Kill Hitler”, so it was a Matt Smith Doctor Who dream. There were also aliens.
You can buy Mermaid Hunters through the store using paypal. It’s like a D&D game.
I’d be dissapointed if there weren’t aliens. ._.
I really like the drama of CU just walking past everyone to butt heads with Mara. This evokes the magic of old 1920’s silent films.
I WANT A POSTER!
(At least 17×11 please and just like it is here–minimal coloring and no words! — My Visa # is 4427…)
Oh, and I hope you don’t butcher Chainsaw Unicorn again. The best villains in this story are killed off or dismissed far too quickly. Please don’t Lucas us. (Darth Maul reference)
The Knight of Chains? Sorry, I like Swordbutt better.
Even though I don’t have any real friends to play the “The Land of Yeld” with i think i’ll but Mermaid Hunters with the full book unless your using the money from mermaid hunters to sponsor it. in which case ill buy MH now
Feel free to wait. Mermaid Hunters is more about promotion than raising money. We’ll be doing a kickstarter for the book in the next few months.
…Of all times to catch up with present day in the archive…
On a related note, you may wish to check out justthefirstframe.com. It’s how I got here…
That’s a cool site. I just discovered a half dozen neat looking comics!
(A) I friggin love RPGs, and grew up from age 6+ with my mom teaching me and my brother games like Final Fantasy 4, LoZ ALTTP, Secret of Mana, Breath of Fire, and Illusions of Gaia. So I’ve been hardwired to like RPGs.
(B) Same story as (A), only replace “RPGs” with “DnD”.
(C) THE MERMAIDS HAVE NAMES? I just thought they were Purple and Green. Huh.
(D) I’d only play the game if I had the right to slay and eat them, as is my nature with mermaids. I bet that they taste nummy. >:d
(A) Me too. Kate, Will and i used to play Secret of Mana 3 player, and we’d all take turns trading the controller when we’d play Zelda.
(B) I didn’t get into tabletop rpg’s until after i worked for Wizards of the Coast. I started designing games just a few years later, mostly because i wanted games that we’re more like the jrpgs that I loved.
(C) We learned Jen’s name awhile back when she accepted the Drunk Duck Award for best Comic Strip. At that time I also decided on Deb’s name, although this is the first time it’s been mentioned.
(D) You can do that if you really want to. Eww.
(B) You worked for Wizards? Your awesomeness increased twofold. Did you tell them that 4.0 was the dumbest damn thing in all of creation. They bunked mages to the point of redundancy! A druid wasn’t even A DRUID ANYMORE! I could turn into “something LIKE an animal” but I wasn’t an animal. I could make myself LOOK like a giant bird, but I couldn’t fly LIKE A DAMN BIRD…. O.O’ Sorry where am I, I blanked out. Did I rage?
(C) I must’ve missed that.
(D) Don’t judge me. And don’t look at me like that. I wouldn’t eat all of her… just the fishy parts, bet it tastes like rainbow trout. :d
Somwhere i’d love to make fanart of the chainsaw unicorn :3
Yes, I think just two, regular weekly updates would be for the best. I think you’d keep more of your readership; some are not as persistent as we big fans.
Soooo, If i ordered a copy of the book last week, do I still get the Mermaid Hunters, or did I order too early?
I think the book has already gone out. If it hasn’t. I’ll slip a copy in.
It did. I got the book the day after I posted. 🙁
Love the book BTW
Went out already that is, no mermaids
D’OH! Why didn’t you tell me this BEFORE I ordered the book last winter!
Okay, Jenny and Deb? Which one’s the dead one?
Oh, and hey, Jake, can you do something about the clam shells? They’re really bummin’ me. 😀
Panel 3: “Stay Behind Me!” bubble? = SNAKE! lolz!
Looks like a hair-snake got tangled up with the thought bubble!
Don’t correct it! I think it’s GREAT that you (often) leave your mistakes in the comic.
Of course you can correct things for the books… that’s OK.
PS: Have I mentioned how great this comic story is? I sure hope so. It’s great!