Reflections of Brass Publishing Day!


Now Available!

My anthology, Reflections of Brass, is now available for purchase on Amazon (and hopefully, other places soon!).

The first print version of my novellas, this book features all three of my short stories – Roma Aeronautica, Antioch Burns, and my most recently published novella, the Last Gladiator. Now all in one convient purchase! A perfect gift for the holidays for the science-fiction or fantasy reader.

You won’t be able to get this anthology in ebook form (mainly because you can already get all three novellas in ebook form separately), so get yours today!

If you want to really support me as an author, consider purchasing a signed copy directly through me. This helps me not only by reducing the amount of middlemen, but also lets me keep more of the sale! Shipping to anywhere within the Continental United States is included in the price. For shipping outside the US, contact me and I’ll give you a personal paypal invoice.

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Signed Copy of Reflections of Brass

Get a signed copy of Reflections of Brass, my print anthology featuring all three of my ebook novellas, shipped to your door! This includes shipping costs within the continental US. For other shipping zones, send me an email and I’ll give you a personal paypal invoice.

$25.00

Mercenary Group Focus – Tales from Temerrit – Gwrawn’s Raiders


Welcome back! Today we have a focus on one of the mercenary groups in the upcoming D&D 5th ed adventure – Tales from Temerrit: The Fall of Palrom the Usurper. While conflict and war is a cornerstone of many of the D&D worlds, I felt like not a lot had been done to flesh out the world of professional mercenaries. In a way every adventuring party is a small group of professional mercenaries, but I wanted to focus on larger groups. Given that the Usurper relies on mercenaries for the bulk of his forces, I was excited to record some ideas and provide background for several of these groups. Gwrawn’s Raiders are an example of a fast and hard hitting force of cavalry mercenaries that follow in the tradition of several historical examples of strong cavalry armies. Each mercenary company comes with a roster of enemies taken from D&D source books, suggested tactics, bonus special rules, and details about their leader, who is, in essence, a ‘boss’ in the world. As always, C&C would be appreciated!

NaNoWriMo Word Update: 11,728 at time of posting

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D&D Project in the Works – NaNoWriMo Progress

A brief preview of The Fall of Palrom the Usurper


As promised, I’ve actually been working on my latest writing project from the Tales from Temerrit: The Fall of Palrom the Usurper. In summary, this is a story about a devious tyrant seeking to claim the entirety of the beautiful and diverse province of Temerrit. At this point, I’ve got 10,000 words written in this story! While not a novel or even a novella per say, this adventure does require a lot of technical thought, planning, and creativity! I’ll be sharing some more information about what I’m writing in the future, but for now, enjoy this quote!

As the smoke-wreathed figure butchered the guards, the servants, and all who stood…   

Laughing heartily as the blood flowed from the royal duke’s brood,

    Leaving not a single soul alive within the Ewdean keep 

    Except the shattered bones of his victims to unrestfully sleep…

Fall of the Duke, Saga recited by Ortesi the Bard

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National Novel Writing Month 2021 – with a Dungeons and Dragon’s Twist!


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Reflections of Brass Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal for my upcoming print anthology, Reflections of Brass!


That’s right! My new print anthology is nearly here! It will be LIVE to purchase on Amazon on Friday, November 12th! I’m so excited to offer my previous ebook novellas in a print format for those who love the smell of books. Reflections of Brass comes in at a lovely 250ish pages, featuring all three novellas currently only in Ebook form!

As always, subscribe and follow the blog for more information to come! It’s a great treat for the holidays, and grabbing it next Friday ensures it will arrive before Christmas and the holidays!

Coming Soon: Reflections of Brass Print Anthology & Cover Teaser!


I’m pleased to announce the coming publication of Reflection of Brass, my print anthology composing the novellas Antioch Burns, Roma Aeronautica, and the Last Gladiator, along with a sneak peek at my forthcoming novella, tentatively titled A Brief History of New Caesaria. I’ll be doing some cover teases all this week and next, along with a blog blitz to share writing new and old! Here’s today’s first piece of artwork!

Running Behind: A Brief Account of this Year’s Renaissance Festival Celebrations & Book Signing


“Twas a year like no other…”

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Meet the Author at the Maryland Renaissance Festival Book Signing on September 4th!

Join me September 4th at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for a book signing!


Daniel Ottalini at 2019’s Renaissance Festival

You heard it right, I’ll be signing books at the Maryland Renaissance Festival all day on September 4th, 2021. Bring your book copy to get signed, or purchase your own through the local bookstore at the festival! Meet the author and chat about the world of the Steam Empire Chronicles, and hear more about my forthcoming anthology – Reflections of Brass!

You must purchase tickets in advance to attend the festival this year due to COVID restrictions. Please see their website for more information!


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Twilight Cleric Character Creation

I design a Twilight Cleric for a One-Shot! Woot woot!


A Shadow-touched Air Genasi Twilight Cleric Build!

I have my ‘post-wedding-bachelor-party’ this weekend, and a friend is running a one-shot for me and the gang. I’m excited to introduce a character I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time, my shadow-touched Twilight Cleric! Just for fun, I’ve decided to post my backstory character creation. I’ll post the character sheet I’ve written out for them below as well.

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Along the Triboar – Fantasy Grounds Version – Now Available!

Along the Triboar is now available for purchase for Fantasy Grounds!


I’m excited to share that Along the Triboar, my 5th edition expansion to the Lost Mines of Phandelver beginner campaign, is now available for sale on DMs Guild for Fantasy Grounds. This continues my partnership with Grim Press and provides additional opportunities for explorers to build connections to Neverwinter. It also forms a great bridge between events in Phandalin and either east towards Triboar or west towards the rest of the Sword Coast!

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