This is a Tribute – John Wick

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John Wick

This is a Tribute for John Wick

John wick is an American role-playing game designer. He is best known for his creative contributions to the Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) properties Legend of the Five Rings and 7th Sea.

Wicked Press

He self-published Orkworld under the Wicked Press banner, and later co-founded the Wicked Dead Brewing Company with Jared Sorensen. His games under that company include Cat, Schauermärchen, Enemy Gods, and Thirty. John has won the Origins Award for Best Role-Playing Game and Best Collectible Card Game twice (for both the Legend of the Five Rings and 7th Sea role-playing games and collectible card games). He has also written for White Wolf, Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment Group, and worked for various video game companies, providing storyline and dialogue. He has written two regular on-line columns: The Game Designer’s Journal(for The Gaming Outpost) and Play Dirty (for Pyramid Magazine).

John Wick – the Legend

In 1995, Wick was a freelance writer living in Southern California. He had submitted articles to Shadis Magazine, Alderac Entertainment Group’s independent game magazine, attracting the attention of the magazine’s assistant editor, D.J. Trindle. He was brought on as a staff writer at D.J.’s request. Soon after joining AEG, he got involved with the production and design of the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game, along with the rest of the company. He worked with Matthew D. Wilson, the game’s art director and David Williams, the game’s lead designer. He served as „Continuity Editor”, which meant that he was responsible for the game’s characters and plot details.

Wick served as L5R’s Continuity Editor for the Emerald Edition, Obsidian Edition, and Jade Edition sets, including the Shadowlands, Forbidden Knowledge, Anvil of Despair, Crimson & Jade, and Time of the Void expansions. He was also the primary source for storyline, flavour text and character for The Scorpion Coup set. Wick also led the RPG design team that created the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game (1997). Wick left the L5R design team shortly thereafter to work on AEG’s forthcoming 7th Sea project.

John Wick and The Chaosium

Chaosium, publishers of the award-winning tabletop roleplaying games Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, and King Arthur Pendragon, has acquired John Wick’s acclaimed 7th Sea RPG. The system of 7th Sea is John’s Wick’s swashbuckling and sorcery roleplaying game set in the fictional world of Théah. The second edition of 7th Sea was crowdfunded by John Wick’s own company. At that time in 2016, John Wick Presents setted a record on Kickstarter for a tabletop RPG, raising over $1.3 million dollars. John Wick himself will be joining Chaosium as creative director for 7th Sea. He will continue to have creative oversight of his game. Moreover, John will remain a principal author of 7th Sea material going forward. Beyond that, John Wick will also write for other Chaosium game lines, for which he has great affection.

John Wick and the Gray Crane

“John is an extraordinarily talented designer and highly regarded figure in the world of tabletop rpgs. We are delighted to have him join our team”, said Chaosium President Rick Meints. Following the death of Chaosium founder Greg Stafford in November last year, John wrote memorial piece about Greg. He wrote about Greg’s titanic influence on the landscape of tabletop games. The piece was shared and quoted widely and you can see original text of the article: The Gray Crane here.

John Wick said,”My first RPG was a Chaosium game. My second RPG was a Chaosium game. My third RPG was a Chaosium game. Saying ‚I’m excited to be joining the Chaosium team’ just doesn’t do it. I’ve respected and admired the company for over thirty years. I’m joining the same company who started me on this journey and I couldn’t be prouder.”

John Wick – Journay to Kithai

Upon acquiring this new game line, Chaosium’s paramount objective for 7th Sea is the fulfilment of the outstanding rewards. The described case is connected to  the 7th Sea Second Edition and 7th Sea Khitai Kickstarters. Coinciding with this announcement, John Wick has updated all Kickstarter backers with the new arrangements. We will see Chaosium overseeing the remaining fulfilment of the campaigns. Over coming weeks, 7th Sea products and content will begin to be migrated to and Chaosium’s page at DriveThruRPG. A 7th Sea discussion board will also be set up at BRP Central, Chaosium’s forums.

I as Mr. Posnik want to play Pendragon in Polish.

Rafał Pośnik


[1]RPGaDaY jest inicjatywą, która towarzyszy nam przez cały sierpień. Ten akurat tekst to wpis dotyczący słowa „Trybut”, który oryginalnie ukazał się na stronie Wyrollowanych. Ponadto, zawiera on oficjalne materiały ze strony Chaosium. Jest też po angielsku, tak by John miał szansę go zrozumieć. Jeśli chcielibyście oddać mu cześć, John Wick ma stronę na serwisie Patreon. Możecie go wesprzeć tutaj:

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