Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Enigma Variations

I've been playing this one pretty close to my chest over the past few months, but now the book I hinted at in my year-end post is all official and I am proud to announce that I have a new original novel called Enigma coming out in the spring this year, as part of the world of the Tannhäuser board game.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Tannhäuser universe, it's a dieselpunk alternate history set in a 1950's world where the First World War never ended, and the global powers fight their endless conflicts using super-science, dark magic and recovered alien technology...

"The free nations have joined together to form the Union under the keen leadership of President Thomas Edison, while the lands of the European Reich lie under a cloud of demonic darkness. 

Meanwhile, the mighty Matriarchy, thanks to the mystical technology of Nikolai Tesla, has ushered in a new age of gods; and in the Far East, Emperor Meiji has united Japan once more. Its armies now march toward the mainland to join the struggle for power. 

Balance will never be found while the war still rages, for there can be only one victor. That victory will determine the fate of man."

Enigma is the third Tannhäuser novel from Fantasy Flight Games, and I gotta say, I had a ball writing it. This is all the World War II action movies I loved - The Guns of Navarone, Operation Crossbow, Where Eagles Dare, 633 Squadron and more - packed into a high-octane jet and launched at the enemy lines!

"When the occult-obsessed Reich unveils a weapon with the power to grant its army demonic powers, RAF pilot Nick Cross and special agent Caitlin “Hoax” Lambsbury must join forces with unlikely allies to capture the device at any cost. 

In the face of overwhelming odds, can these two agents survive long enough to complete their mission? Prepare for a gripping battle to determine the fate of the world!"

Check out the FFG news page Here for a short excerpt from the novel; the book also has it's own mini-site Here (and there'll be more stuff there in the months ahead) and a dedicated forum Here where I will doubtless parachute in from time to time.

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