More coming soon!

Posted: 25th July 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Uncategorized

Things are a little slow right now. Day-Job is sooper busy, and at nights I’m prepping for Tenra’s explosion into distribution (late Fall!), and perhaps working a little on the Next Big Thing!

So I’m a few days behind with private communication re Tenra. I hope to be 100% caught up by the end of this weekend.

Keep rolling, keep playing!

New Material on the Support Page!

Posted: 8th July 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Production

A lot of new official uploads on the Support page!

Updates include:
– A link to Lotus Blossom’s Bridal Path (finally!)
– The TBZ Naming Guide (from the rulebook, in an easy-to-use format)
– Against the Tide campaign playset, complete with larger versions of the maps by Tony Dowler,┬áplus two of his original sketches!
– A cover pictures/”Posters” of Tenra Bansho Zero’s English edition, plus a picture of just the background as well.
– A reprint of four of the pieces from the setting book (the sketches with hand-drawn notes), in black and white and high resolution, for folks who only have the PDF (they’re not as clear in the PDF version, although clear in the printed version).

Second Shipping Update!

Posted: 13th June 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Uncategorized

As posted over on the TBZ Kickstarter Update just now:


Hey all, finishing up the last of my trip in Japan, will be home within the next four days or so. I finally, finally got to a spot where I could get some stable internet, which has been a little crazy after almost two weeks of nothing but my iPhone. Even paying 500 yen a day would get me a connection through Softbank’s “One Day Pass” that would drop almost every two minutes. Aaaaannnnnyyyway…

So, a couple quick and important pointers, after which I’ll not have internet (stable) for a few days, so pardon my info blast then retreat…

For Kickstarter Backers:

* Did you get your rewards? Was everything there? Cool! Thank you so much for your support!

* Did you get your reward, but something was missing? Please contact me through KS direct message system and let me know! Many of you have already (missed a comic here, dice there, etc) and I appreciate it. Keep that info coming, even knowing that:
— I WILL get back with you, promise!
— …but it will be a few more days. I am grouping all of your emails/contacts together into my “Must Complete: Tenra F-Ups!” folder to get to right after I hit the ground in the US. So I’m sorry for not being able to get back with you right away to confirm your missing item (as I normally do), but know that I have been saving them, and will reply to each and every one!

* Having said that, I noticed a few common issues, wanted to confirm:

— If you didn’t get your postcards, check the inside of your comic. They were tucked in there. Some folks genuinely didn’t receive the postcards (my bad, and I will send them!), others just haven’t opened the comic…

— The “physical rules reference” was updated (as per a few updates back) to a non-rushed PDF single file that you will be able to download and print out. Jane O created the wonderful template for it, I’m going to be editing and onlining it next week. So it wasn’t a “thing/paper/etc” (it would have been a crappy one, I’m making it an awesome one).

— For folks who didn’t get the PDF: contact me in private with both your email address and a SECOND non-gmail email account. I love my gmail, but the gmail servers block (even before they hit the spam folder) DTRPG coupon emails sometimes. *EVERYONE* was sent the rules/setting PDFs, but not everyone received them: Either they were sent to the spam folder or auto-dropped by the mail server (particularly gmail).

— Dice! If you didn’t get dice and you were EXPECTING them ($70+ levels), my bad, contact me (if you haven’t) and I’ll send you yours. If you didn’t buy dice ($55 level) but you saw the customs slip and it said “dice” on it, that might have been a small error of mine with a small number of international backers when I duplicated an invoice/customs form.

— I think that’s it. If you got the book set/rewards, but something was wrong, contact me through Kickstarter, and I will be replying within one week! (again, when I return to my monster PC with its stable connection and bigass monitor)

* I thought that with rare exception everyone was getting emails from as I mass-printed shipping labels. But I’m getting lots of reports of people who received no email (not even in spam), but the book suddenly arrived. Not sure what happened there, so sorry.

* BUT, for BOTH American and International backers, almost everyone should either received their rewards OR their local post office should have sent them a “you owe us customs money” by this SATURDAY. My vacation was kinda planned for that to happen: So that by the time I got back, all the books sent before I left would have arrived.

If you didn’t get an email, AND you didn’t get a package by Saturday, please contact me through Kickstarter’s messaging system (and tell me your Name, Email). I kept meticulous track of shipping so that no one will fall between the cracks, but ultimately there were 1,200+ packages to ship, and I’m afraid that to date two people fell through the cracks, so there may be more. In one case I caught it and sent before I left. The second case I was just informed now, did a little search, and realized I didn’t ship it somehow. And in both cases, I marked the packages as “packaged, printed and shipped”. Huh. I guess not every system is so perfect that exceptions don’t arise.

So again, if you were a KS backer, in the US, Canada or Overseas, and you didn’t receive the package, an email from with the package information, or a message from your local customs office by this Sunday (I assume most post offices still operate on Saturday), please contact me and I’ll confirm on my side, then ship ASAP as needed. To my knowledge, though, all backers-through-kickstarter with currently one exception (and a few messups with my side: Shipping to the wrong address or forgetting to add a apartment number, etc, which will be reshipped within 48 hours of me hitting US soil) have been shipped.


The folks who backed outside of KS (through Paypal, because of Amazon/CC problems, etc) have all been informed that their rewards are being shipped right when I get back to the US, and that is still the case. Should take 2 weeks, with the stopwatch starting next Monday/Tuesday.


While about 80% of them went out before I left, unfortunately 20% remained at my house (mostly international or hardcover orders). Those, too, will be taken care of within 48 hours of me hitting the ground in the US. Since again this is all Priority Mail, it should all arrive within about 2 weeks (sometimes less, sometimes a touch more depending on how your local customs works).


Now that I’m in a stable location, I’ll be sending the link to the Ruined Empire setting text within either the next day; or failing that, when I return home if a stable connection can’t be reached.

In my next update (next week), I’ll be cataloging the rest of the rewards, and posting a timetable of expected fulfillment. A few people had asked about this, so I’ll make sure to follow up on this once I catch my breath.


I’ll tell you all about it, plus the experiences that Nick (that high-level backer who won the Japan trip) had in a week or so, when things settle down. The highlights:
* Perfect weather!
* So much culture!
* So much walking!!
* Forging the future of upcoming projects (including for Tenra, and after Tenra!!)
* Meeting so many wonderful people, both expected and unexpected

Thanks everyone for your support and patience!

Shipping heads up

Posted: 24th May 2013 by Diamond Sutra in General, Production

I posted the latest on Kickstarter. The short: All should be out my door by next Wednesday. Whatever is left will be out by the end of the week.



Gone Silent!

Posted: 7th May 2013 by Diamond Sutra in General, Production

Because of this!

Currently putting together the Kickstarter (then Preorder) sets for shipping. High-end tier folks’ stuff already went out, now I’m working my way down the list. I’m keeping quiet for a little while, just so I can focus on the rest of fulfillment.

I’ll post an update once I brush the dust off my hands!

Update: Books Arriving Soon!

Posted: 18th April 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Uncategorized

Well, the books are in America anyway. They’re clearing customs and getting picked up on Friday, delivery for early next week. Shipping out begins at the end of the week (first for Kickstarter backers, then for Pre-orders).

More stuff is arriving soon, stay tuned!


Tenra: Books are Set to Ship!

Posted: 11th March 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Production

Tenra Bansho Zero: Confirmation!

Books will be on a boat in six days. They will arrive in New York (technically Elizabeth, NJ) mid-April. It will take a few days to clear customs then probably another week to be delivered, but I expect to have them at the end of April. Then the shipping begins.

Barring HORRIFIC FAIL, of course. I am picturing sea monsters. Or New Jersey.

If you’re a little obsessive, like me, you can follow the freighter in real time as it picks up the books then makes the trip across the ocean from Hong Kong (leaves on the 17th) to New York!

(click on “Latitude/Longitude (map)” to see it in Google Maps. I watched the boat circle around Singapore this AM!)

Gambare, Suez Canal Bridge and valiant crew!

Looking for Tenra Fan Art!

Posted: 10th March 2013 by Diamond Sutra in General, Production, Support

So, the book’s not out yet, of course, but a lot of folks had the chance to review the Tenra PDF.

Turns out there’s some folks out there who have been doodling around with Tenra Bansho fan art.

Feel free to post such fan art wherever you want. Your enthusiasm is totally awesome. Do as much as you want!

Anyway, I’m putting together the last of the “Director’s Cut Book”, which was one of the TBZ backer things over on the Kickstarter project: Basically a random collection of thoughts and backgrounds on the game, in a real cheap “zine” format, with a few pieces of interspersed art and the like submitted by my friend Steve, a technical artist who was inspired to draw some stuff for the game.

Well, I’m just putting the book together now, and have room for some art. If anyone wants to submit any kind of Tenra-related art (serious, comical, detailed, sketch, stick figures or life art; whatever), feel free to post it!

The deadline is one week from now, March 17th (Sunday), so that I can spend that next week prepping it for print.

The art you submit will only be going into the TBZ Director’s Cut book, I won’t be reusing it anywhere else, laying any claim to it, etc. And the Director’s Cut book is a zine-line collection of about 30-40 pages of design notes about the game, given to the KS backers (in PDF and print format, depending on the level they supported the game). I will likely have extras that I’ll be selling at conventions or online and stuff, for the price of (“Printing Costs” + $1.00 USD), likely $4-5: Not making any real money off this thing, so I’m not asking friends and fans to pad my wallet or anything like that.

I just happen to have an opening that I can fill with a little art, and seeing if anyone out there is interested in contributing!

1) Just post a link to the piece of art in the comments here.
2) Please print the name you want to be credited as (real/pseudonym/etc)
3) If you want me to print a link, like to your online gallery or something, list that as well.
4) Finally, just print something like this: “It’s okay to use this picture for the TBZ Director’s Cut Book”. Just so everything is cool and clear.

Finally, anyone who contributes: I’ll be sending you a copy of the Director’s Cut book in physical format when it’s ready at no cost to you, even if you didn’t contribute to the KS at a level that granted you one. It’ll be my thank you for your contribution.

Pre-Order Store is now open!

Posted: 24th February 2013 by Diamond Sutra in General, Production

We now have a webstore open, for ordering the PDF as well as pre-ordering the book (regular edition and limited edition hardcover versions).

All pre-orders will include a few extras:
*A set of 5 postcards featuring character art from TBZ: On the other side of each card are the Aiki/Kiai rules (four) and the Emotion Matrix table (one).
* The color manga intro of the world book, in a 32-page comic book format. If you pass this to a player at the table who doesn’t have their own copy, they’ll be able to quickly understand the setting.

Check it out HERE!

(Kickstarter Backers can also add books to their orders)

More Dice, A Few Updates!

Posted: 19th February 2013 by Diamond Sutra in Production

Hey all some brief updates:

* The rest of the dice, 9,000 of them, arrived late last week! I’ll be spending a night or two dropping them in baggies, getting prepped for SHIPPING-OCALYPSE.

* The Tenugui (hand-cloth) design is done (it will be the Kanji for TENRA BANSHO ZERO, in an awesome hand-brush font), just about to go to print.

* The “collection of backgrounds for PC/IOS” is now in production. ETA: One Month.

* I’m going to be at PAX EAST from March 22-24. Holler if you’re going to be there! The books will likely not be ready, but I’ll be bringing the print samples and running a few demo games!

* The Persona-esque setting is being flushed out in incredible detail.

* The webstore (for pre-orders, and backer upgrades) is currently being built. I expect it to go live by the end of this coming weekend.

More soon!