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Back from Lucca


10540909_635917346522604_2164219406474007097_nI just got back from Lucca, a nice Renaissance town in central Italy where I attended the first two days of Lucca Comics & Games, Europe’s largest comics and games convention/fair (and the second largest in the world, or so they told me).

I was there to present my own work – I did a Savage Worlds/Deadlands campaign book called Messico e Nuvole. A little book that allows SW and Deadlands players add some more spaghetti to their western.
And just as Italian directors took a skewed perspective on traditional westerns, I did take a skewed perspective on traditional Deadlands (a game I love).
The end result will not be, probably, everybody’s cup of tea – but it’s all right like that.
Anyway, the first two reviews have been spectacular, so maybe there’s more estimators of old Italian Westerns out there playing Deadlands than I thought.

While I was in Lucca, I met a lot of good friends, and I had the pleasure of meeting Sebastien Ecosse, a wonderful artist (check out his blog!) whose great paintings make my book look like a million dollars.
Also in the “great moments” category – I shared the same… ok, the same theater with Robert Crumb and Monte Cook.

AND the Italian edition of the Savage Worlds rulebook, which I translated, won the Game of the Year Award.
So, all in all, it was a swell two days.

strange_tales_of_the_centuryAnd I caught a few first class books, including a wonderful thing about pulp heroes written by the great Jess Nevins.
I’ll review it as soon as I can.
This thing’s a wonder.

Coming back was not as pleasurable as being there – and this morning I almost got stranded in Viareggio, due to some train cancellations.
But it was all right – sort of.

Anything else?
Yes – excellent food, great company, and I don’t feel my legs anymore.
But as a guy once said, what does not kill us, leaves us crippled and in pain.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Back from Lucca

  1. congrtaulations Davide Mana for the prizes et all! only…why while you were going to lucca, it was a medieval city, and coming back from lucca, it has become a renaissance city? your only presence made it leap forward one age? πŸ™‚ just kidding. only to let you know how steadily and with attention i follow and read you.
    Best regards,


  2. i like the comment above (where’s the like button, anyway?)


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