Friday, November 24, 2017

I was on a Podcast this week!

I just appeared on the Views from the Outer Rim podcast with Clive and Justin. Its a star Wars themed gaming podcast that just started up, but aims to cover all sorts of tabletop games, as well as books and films. 

I hate my voice, but this experience has made me want to take another look at doing a podcast once the Expansion Rules and the TME novel series are done.

To listen on iTunes or SoundCloud

follow them on twitter right here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

UPDATE from the Outland Arts Studio of Mayhem!

As posted on my G+ page and facebook (links below sketch)

Working on everything  all at once, it seems.
Going to GenCon50 put a fire under my ass! Yikes, its a Creative Storm!

We got the Expansion Rules book in the works, more free Creatures of the Apocalypse coming, Handcrafted Dungeon Tiles Caves sets 1 & 2) on the gaming table, original acrylic paintings on the easel, 28mm miniature painting on the go, TME paper miniatures all over the wall, and the Mutant Epoch Novel series nearing completion.  But right now, here is the cover sketch for eh first of a couple upcoming One Day Dig adventures for The Mutant Epoch RPG. This one was written by Timothy Schuster and comes with a bonus character portfolio of either NPCs or ready play PCs. 

Stay tuned, Epochians! There is tons coming your way!
Regards, William 'Mutant Lord' McAusland



Oh, I'm also on instagram now and quite enjoying it, although there's lots of non-rpg or non-TME stuff there, too, like photos and vid clips from trips and stuff:

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Mutant Epoch RPG Quick Start Rules just released!

Hello Epochians,
Like so many projects I undertake, I imagined crafting a playable set of Quick Start Rules and short two or three page intro adventure would take about a month. This project has ballooned to take well over a year (off and on) and now includes Muddy Mayhem, a 42 page adventure! So now instead of a short supplement, it has become book 10 in the Mutant Epoch RPG line, and I am stoked about the end result.

For those of you who already have the TME hub rules, don't worry, the adventure and downloadable 8 Pre-Gen characters are all fully compatible with the quick start rules, and visa versa. Also, you can freely download and share several variants of the QSR, including a printer friendly rules only version that is a mere 2.5mb in size and perfect to send to new players prior-to game night, or hand out at a convention.

What follows is the blurb you might come across if you follow The Mutant Epoch on G+, Twitter, facebook or other venues, as well as our site where we've set up a public page with all the links, downloads and goodies associated with this release:

Now that it is done, my creative time will now be divided between the completion of Season One of the Mutant Epoch Novel series, and the much anticipated The Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules.

Seasons Greetings to you all and look forward to more frequent posting here in coming weeks as I aim to turn this blog into a creator's journal instead of merely an announcement stage.

Will McAusland

The Mutant Epoch RPG Quick Start Rules have arrived!

Dive into post-apocalyptic adventure with the Mutant Epoch Quick Start Rules!
Gritty, gonzo and fast paced, The Mutant Epoch RPG uses the Outland System to give life to a vibrant, well supported game! Jump into a twisted, freak infested world.
Welcome to the year 2364 AD.

See a 9 page PDF demo right here

These Quick Start Rules include everything you need to test drive the game mechanic and explore the universe of The Mutant Epoch. This is our 10th major release for this independent, lavishly illustrated and growing game and setting. It proceeds the coming release in 2017 of The Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules.

This is it, the long overdue introductory kit to TME RPG. Everything you need to start playing is now available in a free PDF, including a 42 page, low rank adventure called Muddy Mayhem. This free PDF offers 20 mutations, 10 skills and 10 cybernetic implants, along with 3 character types: Pure stocks, mutants and cyborgs, plus 10 creatures, 10 relics and easy to learn, trimmed down rules. Also included are two rules only versions of this QSR book for your players; a fully linked color PDF for use on a tablet or computer, and a printer friendly grayscale version. Contained in the download are the handy reference sheets, character sheet, player handouts, Maps, and eight pre-gen QSR crafted player characters.

This is our 10th major release for this independent, lavishly illustrated and growing game and setting. It precedes the coming release in 2017 of The Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules.

Here are a few images of what's included

Monday, August 15, 2016

Will the Expansion Books Rules by separate or part of the Hub Rules?

In Response to a question on the TME forums by Redworm:: Will the Expansion Books Rules by separate or part of the Hub Rules?

Hello from the wastes,

 Been on a road trip, and seem to have endured back to back expeditions for months now.

As far as the Expansion Rules and the Hub Rules go, no, they will not be combined into one book. This is a great question!
The Expansion Rules is going to have a larger page count than the hub rules, although might have the same density of content only because I want to ensure that the font is bigger. Plus, there will of course be tons of art, and I wanted to make much of it larger, too.

I am really impressed with the community growing here on the forum and am amazed at the content you all are creating. Also, want to thank all of you more experienced players for answering questions for new arrivals to the wasteland. I am often unable to get on here, but aim to spend more time commenting and adding art in September when I am back in civilization more often. We camp a lot, and often there is no web access. Rest assured I am drawing and even inking around the campfire, and crafting rules and adventures on my ipad and laptop whenever possible. Today, taking a ferry from Vancouver Island to the mainland, I drew another take on the gross and mysterious Parasite character type.

Working hard in the hinterlands,
Thanks for the support and enthusiasm you've all shown, and welcome to new members!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Day Digs 7: The Ascent for The Mutant Epoch RPG is here!

Hello Mutant Epoch Blog Followers,
As many of you know, I am working feverishly on the first series of Mutant Epoch novels, on which the game is based. The first cycle is nearly completed and by September should be ready for the editor(s). Once they are off, I will be devoting 90% of my creative time to the Expansion Rules, which is also well under way. In the meantime, we will be putting out smaller products such as this great new One Day Dig.... 
Mutant Lord

You've survived the crash. Now what?
What horrors face a team of lunar cadets who crash land amid the ruins of the old ones? Can they work together to ascend the mega tower and call for evac, or will they perish in the attempt?
In this unique one day dig, written by Timothy Berriault and illustrated by William McAusland.
Players take on the roles of trainees who are forced to cope in the toxic, mutant infested and treacherous world of The Mutant Epoch. Will their training and advanced technology be enough to see them safely home, or will the perils, opportunistic predators and wily inhabitants of the old city bring about their doom?

This is our 7th One Day Dig and is a Pay What You Want adventure suitable for both new and experienced players. It includes 3 maps, 13 illustrations, and is 15 pages in length. Stay tuned for more Post-apocalyptic gaming goodness coming soon!
Get your copy right here! 
The Price? Whatever you want

Friday, April 15, 2016

An Update

An Update from our coming soon page on our site...

April 14th 2016:  While on the customer side of all things Mutant Epoch, its been quiet. On the creative side, however, there has been a ton of progress on Expansion Rules Book, a quick start free version of the hub rules (with a One Day Dig called Muddy Mayhem), and our next One Day Dig called The Ascension. For the most part I have been working obsessively on the Mutant Epoch Novel series.
    This game, you should know, is based on these mature novels and basically what we are doing is a re-write with added scenes and updating to reflect more of the world as seen in the role-playing game. Once the final draft is completed the whole series will be shipped to the editor(s) (and first readers). It might be a year before the edits come back and are inserted, in that time, while I am waiting for the manuscripts to be returned I will be doing the art for the Expansion Rules book and other TME goodies we have on the go.
Kindest Regards,
 W. McAusland

Saturday, October 31, 2015

One Day 6:: Hunt in the Dark just released

 Hi Blog followers,

We just released a 15 page one day dig for The Mutant Epoch RPG. This one was written by an Italian author named Giulio Iannarella. You can follow him on twitter at
This is a lively little ruin crawl that could easily be expanded upon. Right now it moved from the 19th top seller at rpgnow to the 9th spot. That's pretty good  for a Pay What You Want product.  Check it out and feel free to throw a few coins in the tip jar!

 Hunt inthe Dark cover

Dirty Rotten Rats!
Weary and thirsty, your dig team arrives in the tiny village of Rust Haven just in time to save the day! Beasts have attacked the village and while the militia chases them off, Black Scavenger, an ambitious bipedal rat mercenary, has escaped from the jail. He and with his thugs fled into the ruins beneath the community! With Rust Haven’s best fighters out in the wastes, the people of the settlement need you to go into the ancient depths and bring the villain, Black Scavenger, to justice, dead or alive.
            What horrors, curiosities and artifacts your team will find below the earth are unknown, but this is what you live for. You are excavators and post-apocalyptic heroes.

Hunt in the Dark is our 6th One Day Dig for The Mutant Epoch RPG and was written by Giulio Iannarella. Why not show your support to this new RPG author by throwing a few coins in the tip jar?  In this 15 page Pay What You Want product is 1 full page player handout and 1 map, 25 illustrations, a mutant sub-species and two new relics.

Also see previous Pay What You Want PDFs:
ODD 5 Lilac Towers

And some of the art from this short adventure....