General appreciation of Tim and Eileen Connors


Lost Omens Campaign Setting General Discussion

Liberty's Edge

I first heard of these folks back on someone's podcast and I really liked what I heard then but never paid much more attention. This past week I've been indexing my Kobold Quarterly's and found that nearly every article I remembered fondly (and used the very next game session I ran) came from this husband-and-wife writing team. Their unique take on classic ideas really grabs me, and I find their overall writing style a joy.

This past Saturday I ran their Pathfinder scenario Black Waters, which not only terrified the living bejesis out of the players but was easily classed as the best PF Society adventure the group's done (and we've done nearly a dozen).

Make no mistake, I will actually be on the lookout for their work in the future, and Paizo and KQ, good job bringing them on board.

-DM Jeff

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Tim is absolutely one of my favorite writers in the industry today. And, he's just a great guy to boot.

He and his wife completely define awesome in the RPG field, and can really do no wrong in my book.

I've been *extremely* fortunate to work with Tim on Open Design's Red Eye of Azathoth project. If you're a Call of Cthulhu fan, I highly recommend you check it out.

Other than that, you can find the Connors' amazing work in the pages of Dungeon too - their adventures Siege of the Spider-Eaters and Escape from Meenlock Prison were among the best ever printed, IMHO.


Wow! Just wow!

As a writer, I feel like I should have a witty rejoinder, but you've hit me with the blush stick and struck me dumb.

It's Mr. Jacobs that my wife and I have to thank for our fledgling freelance career. Were James not so generous with his time and encouragement, we wouldn't be having the time of our lives writing for the likes of Paizo and KQ.

Thanks DM Jeff and Eyebite! You've made my day.
And thanks James and Wolfgang! You've made it possible.

:runs to tell wifey:

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber

The article Adriel, Angel of Hope has been my favorite piece from Kobold Quarterly so far, out of 11 issues of the magazine, versus some big time RPG names.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

*scurries off to find Black Waters*


Their stuff for KQ is worth the cover price alone

Sovereign Court Contributor

The Connors rock!


Their Meenlock Prison adventure was a classic. Totally creepy and a joy to run.


Tim's work is outstanding. A giant of atmosphere.

His clockwork disease in this issue of KQ was but one recent example: a smooth mechanic that leaves you thinking about how awesome it would be to incorporate it into your game ASAP.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

I'm a little late to this Connors party, but I brought hats, streamers and a keg. I love the atmosphere and flavor of their work, and Tim is a damned fine guy. I've had the pleasure of getting to know him through collaboration on Open Design projects and a few other things, and I always learn something from looking at his perspective.


I haven't experienced any of the Connors' work yet, but it's gushing love-fests like these that really get the lurkers scurrying for more information. I'd like to thank the whole freakin' information-compilation complex associated with Paizo to help find true gems (as the rumors go) the Connors are.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Yeah,
Tim and Eileen's stuff is slamming.
Always creepy, always well thought out. I've been fortunate enough to see some of their manuscripts which haven't made it to print yet and I can't wait to see the final pieces.

Siege of the Spider Eaters, Escape from Meenlock Prison.
classics

Sovereign Court

Just want to add my voice to the Connors lovefest. I totally agree about Black Waters. It blew me away when I first read it. It's a damn fine adventure!


Just want to add my two cents to the Connors' love parade. Their articles and adventures have always been outstanding!

Of course, Adam Daigle and Tim Hitchcock are no slouches either. ;-)


Just a reminder they won a silver ENnie for Tales of Zobeck

If these two wrote it I usually take a look at it just because they are a part of it.

I still need to get their signature on my Tales of Zobeck and Zobeck Gazetteer flipbook. I got Ben and Bills signatures on it already.

Steve Russell
Rite Publishing

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Yo Steve, Tim will be at GenCon this year, so if you're going to make it, you'll get your chance.

And thanks, Phil! That means a lot. I was actually going to post something similar to your post except I was going to tag three other awesome guys from upthread...Mike Kortes, Joshua Stevens, and Lou Agresta. ;)


Everthing from Tim, and Tim and Eileen grabs me and doesn't let go. Beautifully crafted, compelling ideas. With one compound word to sum it all up I'd have to call the Connors' work page-turning, and that's the biggest compliment I could give any writer.


By the sounds of it, I'll have to keep an eye out for Black Waters in my game shop.

Dark Archive

Jackal's Eye wrote:
By the sounds of it, I'll have to keep an eye out for Black Waters in my game shop.

Black Waters is a Pathfinder Society Scenario, only available here on Paizo.com as a PDF. Go ahead and get it--you won't be disappointed. If you don't do Society, you can easily incorporate it into your regular game.

Way cool adventure.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I hate Tim Connors. And his wife Eileen. Can't stand 'em. I read "Escape from Meenlock Prison" the day I got that horrible issue of Dungeon. Just opened the frackin' thing up and read it. There's a girl in a meenlock-induced halucination. She's skipping jump rope down the hall of the horror-scape prison. Singing and skipping rope. With someone's intestines.

That was years ago.

I still can't sleep.

Hate Tim Connors.


Thanks SO MUCH, you guys! Yes, I'll be the one at GenCon trying to get his big head through the door. :)

I guess I'd be a fool to pass up this opportunity to share the products that my wife and I contributed to over the last couple years--in case you want to see if you like our stuff. Here's a quick list of just the items that are available here through Paizo.

Siege of the Spider Eaters (Dungeon #137)
Escape from Meenlock Prison (Dungeon #146)
Black Waters (PFS #6)
The Blood Rush (SAW II - The Undead Chronicles)
Belphegor, Arch-Devil of Laziness and Invention (KQ #2)
Adriel, Angel of Hope (KQ #4)
Secret Messages (KQ #6)
Horrors from the 5th Dimension (KQ #8)
Ecology of the Vampire (KQ #11)
Telkari, Inevitable of Death (KQ #12)
Tales of Zobeck (An adventure anthology in the clockwork city)

Our work in KQ is 3.5/OGL, rules light, and very easy to convert to Pathfinder.

"Tales of Zobeck" is normally only available to Open Design patrons, but Wolfgang Baur and patrons made the anthology public after it won a Silver Ennie last year. If you've thought about getting involved in Open Design, "Tales of Zobeck" is a great way to see the quality of work that emerges from Open Design's patron-pitched, patron-voted, patron-commissioned projects. There's a couple of new Open Design projects being developed right now, including a Call of Cthulhu one we're working on called Red Eye of Azathoth.


Love the Inevitable but I must say the Ecology of the Vampire was absolutely amazing and should be the gold standard for that type of article

Liberty's Edge

MerrikCale wrote:
Love the Inevitable but I must say the Ecology of the Vampire was absolutely amazing and should be the gold standard for that type of article

Exactly. Within minutes of reading it I invented Bevlil, the lil' varisian girl who begged the PCs to rid the world of her evil master (who she suspected was a vampire). With timing and good vibes from that article the plot went off perfectly. They killed her master and she was free...to continue her vampire 'life' on her own. The players still bemoan the one that got away. Marvelous!


DM Jeff wrote:
Exactly. Within minutes of reading it I invented Bevlil, the lil' varisian girl who begged the PCs to rid the world of her evil master (who she suspected was a vampire). With timing and good vibes from that article the plot went off perfectly. They killed her master and she was free...to continue her vampire 'life' on her own. The players still bemoan the one that got away. Marvelous!

nice!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

What would the laws be regarding running a PbP game based on Meenlock Prison? Is that off limits as well due to copyright issues?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tarren Dei wrote:
What would the laws be regarding running a PbP game based on Meenlock Prison? Is that off limits as well due to copyright issues?

I've removed some off-topic posts.

As for running games on a PbP format... as far as I know that's completely legal. It's using the product as intended, for one thing, and isn't reposting the entire adventure. I'm not a lawyer though... but I would be surprised to find out that PbP games would be viewed as actionable by publishers.

It's certainly not viewed that way by Paizo for our own adventures.


James Jacobs wrote:
As for running games on a PbP format... as far as I know that's completely legal. It's using the product as intended, for one thing, and isn't reposting the entire adventure. I'm not a lawyer though... but I would be surprised to find out that PbP games would be viewed as actionable by publishers.

It seems unlikely that it would be, as you say that is the intent of the material

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

James Jacobs wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
What would the laws be regarding running a PbP game based on Meenlock Prison? Is that off limits as well due to copyright issues?

I've removed some off-topic posts.

As for running games on a PbP format... as far as I know that's completely legal. It's using the product as intended, for one thing, and isn't reposting the entire adventure. I'm not a lawyer though... but I would be surprised to find out that PbP games would be viewed as actionable by publishers.

It's certainly not viewed that way by Paizo for our own adventures.

That's great because I'm planning on running some PCs through Meenlock Prison soon!

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

This might interest some of you Connors fans.


What I really need is for a crack team of interviewers to sit down and get on the horn with the Connors to talk with them about their newest project. If only we new such podcasting people, who would cause the spice of information to flow through the rpg galaxy...


Daigle (& interested parties):

Baur now has a thread for this.


Adam Daigle wrote:
This might interest some of you Connors fans.

It does indeed. Thanks

Community / Forums / Pathfinder / Lost Omens Campaign Setting / General Discussion / General appreciation of Tim and Eileen Connors All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.
Recent threads in General Discussion