Words of Wisdom from Jim Ward.

I copied this from Jim Ward’s Facebook Page.

Great stuff. Thanks Mr. Ward.

Writer’s Soapbox
Back when young Jim Ward wrote Gods, Demi-gods, and Heroes and Metamorphosis Alpha there wasn’t a spell checker. My text was filled with grammar errors and bad spellings. I had good editors but they weren’t happy. Several TSR editors told me I shouldn’t be designing anything because of my poor writing ability. I listened but I wasn’t daunted. I worked hard at improving my writing. I proof read my material more. I got friends to read things over. during that time I had some huge successes. Deities and Demigods sold 60,000 units at its first printing. Gamma World sold 40,000 units in its first printing. The editors gripped at me less. I worked at my craft. Today I still make huge mistakes but not often. I feel the need to present the best possible product when I turn it over. So in the 44 years of game design I’ve been very lucky as people really like my material. Today I have several companies more than happy to take my work and especially run kickstarters with my name attached. I try to always do the same things.
1 — I outline to focus my thoughts.
2 — I try to throw in actual historical information in my products.
3 — I try to turn over things earlier than expected.
4 — I try hard to put new concepts in my products. This is tough as there are zillions of rpg product these days doing almost everything I want to do.

Happy holidays to you all.

What’s in a name? An N, an A, an M and an E. National Novel Writing Month 2018 – WON!

Hey hey Mad Minions.

The first year I joined Nanowrimo was in 2013.  It was really tough trying to reach that 50,000 words and looking back, everything I wrote then was complete garbage.

Fast forward to 2018. I hit 50,000 words on November 21st and going over what I wrote I am, for the most part, very happy with what I wrote. So happy in fact, I am going to combine this into a book of horror tales.

I will eventually need to find a cover artist… I threw this together in five minutes in flash.  I really like minimalist art in black and white so I  would like to do something similar here.

Anyway, just wanted to send everyone an update. The Castle of Blackwood Moors Adventures, is done with one editor and gone to the second editor. The Sequel is still being tinkered with… but I really wanted to get some horror short stories out there that have been bouncing around in my brain lately.

That and I still have big plans for the Youtube channel.

Stay Mad

Be Good

Minimally Invasive!

Hey Mad Minions!

Yeah, yeah, I know minimally invasive surgery is a real thing… but think about the phrase minimally invasive EYE REMOVAL.

For some reason, I find this hilarious. When I remove people’s eyeballs for my evil experiments, they find it HIGHLY invasive. If they survive.



After some Chinglish, I wanted to post something great about China (since there are wonderful things about China, just like everywhere).

I am a  huge Superman fan (Superman tends to attract Mad Overlords and evil geniuses for villains) , so the fact I saw this little boy is dressed as the hero makes me happy to see.  What people consider the pinnacles of heroism (and villainy) are eternal, no matter where you are from.

This said from everyone’s arch nemesis, even my own, me.

Stay Mad

Be Good


Hey Mad Minions,

As I am sure most of you know, Stan “the Man” Lee passed away at 95 today.  My diabolical Mad Overlord heart is heavy. Some may wonder why, I never met the man, so why should I, in this time of selfishness and indifference, care about someone I have never met before?

Because in some ways, Stan was the gent all of us should strive to be.


I know he wasn’t perfect. There are claims that he was arrogant…. but I am looking past that. At his core he was an innovator, a creative genius, and he always out reached to his fans. Any fan who has met the guy said he was friendly and cordial. Not to mention, he was meeting fans and signing autographs almost up until his time of death.

Heck, I probably wont even make it to 95, most likely one of my experiments will turn on me and kill me as Mad Overlord experiments tend to do.

But  think of the effect this man had on pop culture these days. I would make an argument, that more people these days know the Marvel characters then they know sonnets by Shakespeare or the writings of Hemingway.  There was something in his storytelling that was on one hand intellectual (The story of how he came up with the name of the Hulk villain “The Abomination” comes to mind) but ‘down to earth’ enough that appealed to a broad audience (Peter Parker having girl trouble for example).

My mind, while usually overcome by madness, today is touched by sadness as well. We need MORE creative, innovative thinkers these days. People who know how to appeal to the humanity in all of us, instead of just a few.

God Speed Stan.



He rocks in the treetops all day long Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song All the little birds on Jaybird Street Love to hear the MAD OVERLORD go tweet-tweet-tweet

Hey hey Mad Minions,

After many years avoiding it with my introverted self, one of my best friends has finally got me to join Twitter (they promised me it is necessary for world domination). I will still make the blog the main place I update, but feel free to add me.

Search for ‘Mad Overlord Studios’ on Twitter.

EDIT: My word count for  NaNoWriMo this year so far is 26,770 as of Nov 12th. I am not sure how GOOD any of it is… and it will need heavy editing, but the words are on (digital) paper.

Stay Mad

Be Good


NANOWRIMO stands for, National Novel Writing MAD OVERLORD!

Hey hey Mad Minions,

As some of you might know, November is NANOWRIMO (if you didn’t if you scroll up a few lines you can see its right in the title).

I have been participating for a few years and I am again this year.  This time around the squirrel cage though, I am going to write three short stories instead of a few novel. I have all three plotted out (kinda, sometimes I am more a pantser than a planner) and I am so far at 12869 words on day five (it helps to be a Mad Overlord. I dont hang out with people on the weekend, I just write or plot to take over the world by turning chickens into washing machines… or was that vice versa in reverse).

I cannot post the whole story here since I guess no publisher will touch them, but here is hoping that I can maybe post a paragraph or two here.

Just a quick post to let you guys know I am thinking about you.  Hope your days are going well and none of your chickens clean out their lint traps in front of you.

Stay Mad

Be Good.

What would Dungeons & Coffee be if I don’t drink coffee? hah? HAH!?!?!

Hey hey Mad Minions,

I just wanted to drop this here since I know a lot of people stop by to check my thoughts on RPG’s. When I play table top, I rarely if ever use miniatures since I like players to ask questions. I find when minis are used, players tend to view the game more like a board game and focus more on combat (just my observations over my years of gaming, yours experiences might be completely different).

What to do if you like miniatures and are looking for tips for building things?

Go to Dungeons and Coffee. Not to be a cheap plug, but just look at the cool stuff this guy builds.


Go check him out.

An update on my Nanowrimo, its November 4th here and I am just shy of 10,000 words (9820).

More updates soon.

Stay Mad

Be Good.