Interested in GMing at GenCon 2017?

Interested in free admission?

We Have been contacted by Gen Con and informed that Luchador: Way of the Mask is one of their High Demand Games. Since we are a small company we are seeking volunteers. Gamers who are willing and able to embrace the GMing duties of the high adventure and over the top action of Luchador:Way of the Mask.

Whether one session or many we are looking for help.

Spartacus Publishing will pick up your 4-day badge in return for 10-hours worth of game time scheduled. Gaming duties will fall between 8 am and 6 pm on each day. Include your availability when submitting. We will also include a Luchador Tee and possibly other swag for our GMs.
Spartacus Publishing must submit your games to count towards the free badge.
You are still welcome to submit games via your favorite game group or other game companies, but we will only pick up badge reimburse for our submitted games.

If you are interested send in your name and contact information to gencongm@spartacuspublishing.com

Interested in GMing at GenCon?

Going to GenCon?

Interested in free admission?

We Have been contacted by Gen Con and informed that Luchador: Way of the Mask is one of their High Demand Games. Since we are a small company we are seeking volunteers. Gamers who are willing and able to embrace the GMing duties of the high adventure and over the top action of Luchador:Way of the Mask.

Whether one session or many we are looking for help.

Spartacus Publishing will pick up your 4-day badge in return for 8-hours worth of game time scheduled. Gaming duties will fall between 8 am and 6 pm on each day. Include your availability when submitting. We will also include a Luchador Tee and possibly other swag for our GMs.
Spartacus Publishing must submit your games to count towards the free badge.
You are still welcome to submit games via your favorite game group or other game companies, but we will only pick up badge reimburse for our submitted games.

If you are interested send in your name and contact information to gencongm@spartacuspublishing.com

Tell Me About Your Character

Ever see those signs at the local gaming store that say “Don’t Tell Me About Your Character”?  There are lots of variations, with varying degrees of snarkiness. I understand the desire to protect store employees from endless one-sided conversations about how many green skins your character can exterminate in a single blow.  However, I do not need such protection. (Although the green skins do.  Poor little guys.) I routinely spend absurd lengths of time talking gaming with friends after spending the day gaming with those very friends, and I am not opposed to listening you either.

After re-reading my last rant, it occurred to me that I don’t have enough feedback from Luchador: Way of the Mask players. So write to me about the characters in your campaign.  I don’t really want to know how many black-masked minions they stomped into submission, but I would like to hear highlights from their careers.  Tell me their favorite move, best lines, and coolest costumes.  Keep it clean, as we might post some of this stuff.

ivan@spartacuspublishing.com

IVAN

Masked Men of Mexico Delayed!

 

For the first time since the release of our Luchador: Way of the Mask line, Spartacus Publishing will be going to Indy without a new book in the series!  Do not despair.  Even without the new book there will be plenty of Luchador action for attendees.  The new Chasing Chupacabras adventure debuts, as well as the return of The Phantom of the Folding Chair Factory, and They Stole Grandma’s Brain.  We also have special guest GM Chris Oliver joining the demo team to add to the excitement.

Why the delay?  We could blame it on our writer’s terrible wargaming addiction, or his general procrastination.  We could point to the time and effort directed into developing Nearspace which is rapidly approaching production (and is awesome).  We could say all of these things, and they would all be true but they wouldn’t be the whole truth.

Those of you who follow our Kickstarter projects may have read that Disciples of the North was the last book detailed in the original pitch for the game.  That is one of the reasons it got extra-sized.  With its completion we have covered and then recovered the rules for the game, added in the new stuff we wanted, and offered up a series of bizarre adventures that are unlikely to be confused with any other game.  The next step, if a next step was to be taken, required a return to Mexico and a book that focused less on rules revision and more on background.  In short, it needed to be a sourcebook!

Don’t get me wrong.  I love sourcebooks.  The problem with sourcebooks is they detail a world that does not include your characters.  Your PCs are the stars of your campaign.  They discover the strangeness that lurks in the darkness, and they thwart the schemes of villains who curse their names.  I don’t know who your characters are, so I can’t make the villains I create curse them.  This is a problem with any game world, but in the Luchiverse your characters’ adventures define what is out there.  The strangeness remains hidden until encountered and usually vanishes after the adventure.  If I write a sourcebook detailing the secret Vampire Wrestling League I have to do it in a way that encourages the GM to introduce it through the PCs in the campaign.  It can’t just be another league that the PCs know about and aspire to claim the VWL tag team titles someday.  As such, each entry has to be an adventure seed, and it is taking far longer than I had initially hoped.

Rest assured that Masked Men of Mexico is coming and it will be awesome.

Luchador on RPGNOW

Spartacus will begin listing our Luchador line of books on RPGNOW.

http://bit.ly/14xyhbs

We will list the first three titles over the next few months and Disciples of the North the first of August. Moving forward I plan on releasing the e-book version of the hard copy one-year after the intial release. We might wind up changing this in the future but taking this step was itself pretty significant. Let us know what you think and any changes we should make going forward.

The Legacy of the luchador is alive in Lucha VaVOOM

Though the world of Luchador presents enmascaderos as adventurers, men of mystery, and globe-trotting super agents they are in their hearts Luchadors.Wrestlers, performers, and heroes to inspire the rest of us.  One of the great real-world promotions that still embody this ideal is Lucha VaVOOM.
lucha moves
WARNING: Don’t go anywhere by yourself without learning these moves first! Be prepared for anything!!
Mexican Masked Wrestling + Burlesque + Comedy = Lucha VaVOOMLucha VaVOOM is a non-stop, action-packed scream-a-thon, where Mexican Masked wrestlers flip and fly, performing breathtaking acrobatic feats while battling evil luchadores. Historically speaking, Lucha VaVOOM brings the bizarre world of 60’s Mexican Lucha Cinema to life. Brave, masked wrestling crime fighters save the world from evil brains, vampires, the Bermuda Triangle etc; always with an obligatory stop at the local go-go club.In-between matches, the finest, handpicked burlesque acts from around the world astound; at Lucha VaVOOM, we like a little sexo with our violencia. Raucous aerial acts, Pogo-stick peelers, hula-hoop hotties; we’ve got it all!

But wait there’s more! Our color commentary is handled by comedians Tom Kenny, Dana Gould and Blaine Capatch. Other guest commentators include Fred Armisen, Brian Poussein, Patton Oswalt, Greg Proops, Jeffrey Ross and Bobcat Goldthwait. Even Jack Black sat in, proclaiming “Lucha VaVOOM is the sh*t!

It all began in August 2003 as a one off event. The overwhelming crowd response convinced Rita & Liz to do it again, and as soon as possible.

Ever since, Lucha VaVOOM has played at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles three times a year — Valentines Day, Mid-summer, and Halloween. From there, Lucha brought it’s circus to Toronto, where they did two nights at the Koolhaus and made every newspaper and TV news program, including Much Music.

In 2005, Lucha VaVOOM was asked to be a part of the first HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival, where they performed alongside Jon Stewart, Lewis Black and Dave Chapelle. That same year they performed at the famous Sony E3 party at Dodger Stadium, where they took the spotlight away from the Pussycat Dolls.

Lucha VaVOOM has gone on to perform in Chicago, San Francisco and Amsterdam, with more cities on the way.

They’ve also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, CBS National News, G4’s Attack of the Show, Channel X in Britain and A Current Affair just to name a few. Here’s what the press says about us:

Lucha VaVOOM has a big future.
TIME Magazine

..It’s enough to make even the most jaded Hollywood insider jump up and yell “Smackdown.”
Rolling Stone

Lucha VaVOOM is the most exciting, bonkers show I’ve seen in ages.
The FACE

A madcap mix of Mexican wrestling, comedy, and vintage burlesque. I love, love, love it.
Vanity Fair

Far-out flamboyance always prevails at Lucha VaVOOM, a spectacle of Mexican freestyle wrestling with an L.A. twist.
Los Angeles Times

With this perfectly balanced evening of sex, comedy & comicbook violence, the populace of earth deserves nothing less than a global tour. Everyone needs a little Lucha VaVOOM in their life.
Bizarre

A Luchador’s Guide to Action and Adventure

At first glance, even at second glance, the world of Luchador: Way of the Mask looks a lot like our world. People go about the drudgery of their day-to-day lives, politicians lie to cover up their indiscretions, and there’s never anything good on TV. However, there are differences. Unscrupulous businessmen stoop to actual strong-arm tactics (rather than courtroom strong-arm tactics) to take over family owned shops. Mad scientists conduct bizarre experiments in remote laboratories. Masked armies rise from the criminal underworld to carry out convoluted schemes to overthrow world governments. Supernatural forces lurk in the shadows awaiting the unwary to fall under their spell. Throughout it all, the hopes of the common man hang on those masked masters of the mat, the luchadors.

The core concept of the game is that luchadors are the heroes of the modern world. Where others chase the empty promise of greed or struggle to survive the endless grind, the luchador fights on as a champion of honor and glory. Only those with no fear can afford to stand fast against the forces of evil. Only they are worthy of being called heroes.

The tone of Luchador: Way of the Mask is light-hearted but not comedic. It is not an easy thing to maintain. The vibe of the game is somewhere between 70’s action films and 80’s television series. It’s a world where government agents must turn to an unaffiliated martial arts master to infiltrate a madman’s island stronghold during a fighting tournament to uncover his plans, and nobody thinks it odd. Look to Bond films, A-team episodes, Kung-Fu, and the like for inspiration. Obviously, the classic El Santo movies are the best place to start. The luchadors are the ones that stand between the strangeness and the safety of normal life.

Don the Mask and Dive into Danger!
Luchador: Way of the Mask