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logo1me-as-kilroy1Clayton Callahan is a science fiction writer, game designer and all around devotee of geek culture. This site is dedicated to promoting all things good in those fields. From gaming to galaxy spanning fiction, this site covers it all. Clayton is the sole proprietor of Quick & Easy Games and this site also serves as an outlet for those products.

Since 2007 Quick and Easy Games has created games that are low in cost but high in quality.  Q&E customers appreciate fast moving, simple to learn rules that make gaming fun. If your tired of paying too much for slick packaged games that take a PHD to learn, we’re the company for you.  If you have any comments or wish to place an order you can contact, Clayton Callahan, the General Manager.

Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

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New For Star Run: The Valkyrie Class Starship

In Tales of The Screaming Eagle, Liddy leaves Kilroy not for another man but for another ship. Kilroy’s old Enhance freighter just can’t compete with the sleek modern design of a Valkyrie Class. This ultra modern space craft has all the latest features, including an automated engine room and an auto-navigation AI as part of it’s mainframe. Truly a one man, or one woman, ship, it represents freedom and independence for any spacer lucky enough to be able to afford one. Naturally, such a ship is also perfect for Star Run players so I took the liberty of making the specs available to any and all fans of the game.

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Speed- 18 Kilometers per turn

Sensor Range- 100,000 kilometers

Jump Drive- 2 units (primary and spare)

Weapons- None

Airlock- 1

Hull- Unarmored

Cargo- 28 tons

Master Computer- 1

Cost- 984,000 credits

Liddy named hers the Sundancer, and that ship appeared again in the short story Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow (Part of the Sky Warrior Press anthology; How Beer Saved The World). The ship also features prominently in the upcoming novel The Adventures of Crazy Liddy (due to be released by Double Dragon in the summer of 2015). I am now working on another Star Run novel that takes place almost entirely on or around the Sundancer, as Liddy and Jack figure out the best way for two people to own and operate a one man ship.

In the mean time, feel free to craft your own adventures in and around this cool, little ship.

 

 

L. Ron Hubbard, Evil, Evil Science Fiction Genious…of Marketing

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When the great authors of science fiction are discussed by hard core SF fans, certain names are almost always mentioned. Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, CJ Cheryth, Andre Norton, Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clark rise to the top like bubbles in a glass of fine Champaign. They are the bright luminaries of the art, who’s work is never out of print because they contributed something truly fresh and insightful into the world. Many of them started in “the pulps.” Cheaply produced, short story magazines that were popular from the mid 1920s to about the early 1950s. In these little gems, one can see the beginnings of  a writer’s greatness to come. These early stories were often more about  intriguing situation than characters,  but they still managed to build our understanding of what science fiction can do. For instance, All You Zombies by Heinlein was a break through in time travel fiction as great as HG Wells’ book, The Time Machine.

Alas, for today’s writer, the pulps are gone. Now we live in an age of digital fiction where everyone can become an author…and so everyone does. Now, some pulp authors were clearly better than others, but at least they all had to pass through the hands of a professional editor. These “gatekeepers” could insist that the science fiction they paid for met some kind of minimal standard. But the gatekeepers are now mostly gone, and it’s pure chaos out there. Self published authors are a dime a dozen, and many produce books that use a great cover to hid the terrible prose within. The challenge for the reader then is to find an author who’s work stands out from all the crap  in the market today.

Since the reader can’t go to the pulps anymore to sample their choice of authors, writers are encouraged to “build a platform” to reach the reader. By this, it is meant that the writer should start a blog, a facebook page, a twitter account, anything that will spread the word and create a fan base. This kind of marketing would have boggled the minds of the early masters, who  needed only to concentrate on writing good fiction and let nature take its course. But one man was a pioneer in this field. True, he was a poor writer, condemned to forever toil over pulp stories that were barely acceptable to the editors of the time. But as the pulp age grew to a close in the late 1950s (and his livelihood dried up) his true genius bloomed. There was no facebook or twitter in his day, but that didn’t stop him from successfully creating a platform that would create a large and fanatically devoted fan base; he started a religion. Or, as he sometimes called it, “an alternative to psychiatry.” Through Scientology, he created a flock of mentally vulnerable people (who probably would have sought psychiatric help if not for his luring) and convinced them to spread the word for him. Only after the creation of his religion did L. Ron Hubbard become a best selling author, not of mere short sorties mind you but of books! As the 1950s became the 60s, he finally had a platform sufficient to push his lack-luster talent into the wide world of slick publication.

What are the results of his evil little marketing ploy? Well, years after his death his books are still in print, but only his religious zealots speak well of them. I’ve been going to SF conventions since 1985, and not once have I ever heard his name mentioned. By this I mean not at all, even when bad writers are discussed–his name has never come up in my presence. Critics ether deride or ignore his work, and classes in SF literature forget his existence completely…unless the class is being taught by a Scientologist. My name is small in the world of science fiction authors, and it may never be big (who can tell?). If my work spreads far and wide, I want it to be because it actually makes people happy when they read it. I do blog and facebook, as well as buy the occasional magazine ad, but I will never stoop so low as to abuse and manipulate vulnerable people into thinking I’m some kind of messiah just to sell my books. Maybe I am no genius…but nether am I evil.

Things are going to get CRAZY

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If you liked Tales of The Screaming Eagle your in luck. Double Dragon Publishing has just purchased the rights to a spin off book, The Adventures of Crazy Liddy. That’s right, it’s about Kilroy’s old girlfriend. To be frank she was just too bad-assed of a character for me to let go. So I wrote a whole novel about what happens after she walked out of Kilroy’s life. The sassy star pilot gets into a lot of trouble with the law, and the only way out is to go deep into Azanti territory to rescue a lost Naval officer who also happens to be the son of a governor.  A little sex, a lot of violence and quite a bit of humor can be found in this little gem of a book. Sadly, fans will have to wait until the summer of 2015 for its release. Still, that’s plenty of time to finish the first book and play a lot of Star Run in anticipation.

Here it comes again, Rose City Comic Con- Portland, Oregon

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This year’s Rose City Comic Con will be taking place September 20-21, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center, and will be co-produced by both Emerald City Comicon and Rose City Comic Con, combining the talents and organizational efforts for one fantastic event. Last year’s was a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve already bought my tickets for this years (look for the old guy dressed as a Starfleet TOS admiral).

It’s got quite a line up for gamers as Rainy Day Games is hosting all day events for  Tokaido, Quantum, Dungeon Raiders, and more. For SF fans in general, the con has lined up Dirk Benedict of Battlestar Galactica TOS, Gigi Edgley of Farscape, and Ernie Hudson of Ernie Hudson. Plus a whole lot of comic book luminaries and swag for sale.

See you there!

See more at: http://rosecitycomiccon.com/#sthash.0pIcPejo.dpuf

 

Oregon Renaissance Fair Back in Buisness

 

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For the second time in history, Oregon’s Renaissance fair is up and running, just west of Portland in the town of Hillsborough. It’s running weekends until September 21st, 2014 and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Now, full disclosure, I’m a former SCAdian. I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism back when I was still in high school and was active in it for almost twenty years. The SCA is a non-profit club for medieval enthusiasts and they dress in medieval clothes, sword fight, dance, hold feasts, tournaments and occasionally wars. I met my wife in the SCA and those were some of the most happy times of my life.

But life changes and at some point you have to get a job. Working in law enforcement means you seldom get weekends off and there went my social life (although that job was useful when I wrote The Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions). So, these days I especially enjoy a good ren-fest as a way to get back to my roots. The Oregon one is a fine example of such an event and it lets you experience some of the joy of medieval fantasy without having to sew your own costume.

The entertainment includes jousting, falconry shows and some truly great musicians like harpist Elizabeth Nicholson.Ren Fair 1 After that, there’s shopping in the bazaar, learning about weapons and armor from an actual blacksmith, and lunching on funnel cake under a shade tree.  All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Renaissance fairs have become increasingly popular in the past twenty years and chances are there’s one reasonably near you. Do your basic Google search and bingo, you’ll be munching on a turkey leg in no time.

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Wow, What A Month

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Well, this is it. Today is the last day to get a free PDF of Star Run. We’ve given away over 3,000 copies this month (despite a few computer glitches), and I am honestly blown away by the amount of participation received. I sincerely hope you all enjoy the game. It’s the result of over fifteen years of playtesting and revision and has given a lot of joy. Will I do another giveaway any time soon? Maybe. To be frank, Star Run is a tough act to follow. It is certainly Quick And Easy Games most polished piece in terms of artwork and overall presentation…but that could change as other projects come to fruition.

If you enjoy the game, we offer Gordon’s Guide to The Confederation to expand your understanding of the Star Run universe. We also have a limited number of GM’s screens for Star Run that contain a wealth of information as well as charts and tables. Finally, if you want to really get into the weeds to understand the Star Run universe there is the novel; Tales of The Screaming Eagle now available from Double Dragon Publishing. Incidentally, Double Dragon has just picked up the contract for a SECOND Star Run novel, The Adventures of Crazy Liddy, now due to be released in 2015. It’s the tale of a sassy and alluring space smuggler who must go deep into Azanti territory to rescue a lost Confederation Space Naval officer who happens to be the son of a governor. I will keep you posted as the release date draws near.

That’s it for now. Happy Labor Day everybody!

Facinating Age We Live In

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Sometimes I feel like a time traveler, and in a sense…I am.

I was born the day the Star Trek episode Friday’s Child first aired (Google that and you might gasp, “Damn, he is OLD!”). Back then. the special effects of the original Star Trek looked pretty damn good to most audiences, but we hadn’t seen anything yet. I just stumbled on to a video called Prelude to Axanar, a crowd funded production of science fiction fans, and I am totally blown away. The producers of this project obviously had a limited budget but they still managed to produce something better than 75% of the original episodes.feb521957780bae9dbaae377905c7f67

I’ll start with the writing. The script is crafted as a “history channel” type presentation of the Four Years War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. This enables them to avoid the cost of staging elaborate scenes in favor of more intimate “interviews” with the key characters of the story. But, oh boy, what dialog! The actors are just sitting in chairs and talking, but the great script plus the top drawer performance of the actors has you riveted.

The dialog is given strength by some amazing special effects that portray space battles between the Federation and the Klingon ships. These two elements, characters and special effects, are balanced in prefect harmony to tell an amazing story to the audience. As a consequence, I can not only recommend this video to Star Trek fans, but to anyone who wishes to study story telling in any medium. It is a compact and well presented tale that is brilliantly told.

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Check it out at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W1_8IV8uhA and look at their website at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-prelude-to-axanar