Merry Krampus! Let the Carnival Begin!

"Merry Krampas, a Steampunk Santa with Krampus", by Steven Austin

"Merry Krampas, a Steampunk Santa with Krampus", by Steven Austin. Click the image to download the high resolution image files.

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You’re Invited to the Krampus Christmas Carnival!

Greetings fellow gamers, writers, fiction enthusiasts, bloggers and publishers!

Each year during the holidays Nevermet Press features artwork focused on Krampus, a troll-like demon who serves as Santa’s “bad cop” to punish naughty children. You can learn more about Krampus at Wikipedia, but the short of it is that Krampus is a myth with a rich history that carries on in parts of Eastern Europe to this day. Unfortunately, he’s been trumped by Lumps of Coal and Naughty Kids Lists in the United States. Where’s the fun in that?

This year we’re doing something a little different to bring Krampus back into the hearts and minds of holiday revellers: we’re hosting the Krampus Christmas Carnival! This is a blog carnival where we invite everyone in the gaming, fiction and publishing blogsphere to write about Krampus in one way or another during the week of December 19th – 24th. On Christmas Day we’ll post a Krampus Round-Up and highlight everyone who has contributed to the carnival and link back to their sites. All we ask you to do is link to our announcement (or let us know some other way), and we’ll include you in the carnival round up.

Steven Austin’s Artwork is Free to Share and Remix

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)To make things even more interesting, we’ve partnered with British illustrator Steven Austin to develop the above artwork. I asked Steven to develop a “baddass steampunk Santa with Krampus riding along in his sleigh”. WOW! Did he ever deliver. The artwork is friggen amazing! (click to zoom). Notice the d20′s, rulebooks, and other gamer swag spilling out of the bag? Yeah.. nice touch! We absofuckinglutely love this.

Now – the artwork is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This basically means that you are free to use his artwork too, however you like, so long as you a) give him credit, b) share the artwork under the same license, and c) don’t use it for commercial purposes (i.e. you can’t resell it). Otherwise - have your way with it! If you do decide to participate in some way, please feel free to use the art! We’re really hoping a bunch people surprise us with what they come up with! Grab the high-resolution artwork over at for Free! (Secondary Alternative Link)

Who Cares!?

Hush now – that’s what Krampus would say… stop being so serious! Lot’s of people are participating in this Blog Carnival – so it’s a great way to show your solidarity and join in on some fun. Just check out a sampling of the current participants:, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Open Design and Kobold Quarterly, ENWorld, Airship Ambassador, Overbury Ink, OM Grey, Dr. Fantastique’s Show of Wonders,, Troll in the Corner, Game Knight Reviews, Skyland Games,, Campaign Mastery, Reality Refracted, Tenkar’s Tavern, Mad Brew Labs, Enderra, Sea of Stars RPG, and The Grumpy Celt. For more details – click through to our announcement on our blog here: Merry Krampus! Let the Carnival Begin!

Join us and join the fun!

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    • Awesome! Tim – are you a member of the RPG Blog Alliance. I made an announcement on their forum/newsgroup earlier this month in case you missed it. In any case – glad to see another blog join the fray! Feel free to grab the artwork and use it however you like for your blog as well. Cheers! — Jonathan.

      • I am, but I either missed it or read it and only kept it on a sub-conscious level. I posted because Krampus has been coming up over and over for the last few weeks.

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