Aug
02
2020
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So, virtual Gen Con was interesting.

Tried it a bunch of different ways and formats. I gotta say, Zoom was better than Twitch which was way better than Discord; if we’re going to be doing conventions virtually for the time being, Zoom seems to handle it best. I also had the most fun at the Pelgrane Press panels. Heck, I even ran into an old online friend at one, which was pretty cool. I wonder how they’re going to do it for Dragon Con.

No, really. I’d like to know, because it’s gonna be in a month and there hasn’t been much in the way of info about their virtual program. It’d be ironic if this is the one that I can’t go to, because Dragon Con was absolutely the one con I was definitely going to go to this year…

Jul
31
2020
2

ENnie Awards tonight!

Didn’t know many of the games, but Absinthe in Carcosa (The Yellow King RPG) and The Labyrinth (Delta Green) both definitely deserved their awards. Good times on the Gen Con panels generally, although I forgot to point out to Ken Hite that Emperor Norton would make for a particularly pathos-horrific Tattered King*. Maybe if it comes up again organically in tomorrow’s panel…

*He’s doing a San Francisco supplement for TYKRPG! This made me simultaneously cheer, and groan. Cheer because it’s gonna be cool, and groan because there goes my Hastur Mythos steampunk concept right down the tubes… ach, well. His is gonna be awesome.

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Jul
31
2020
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@PelgranePress is doing a GUMSHOE Community Contest.

Details for the Pelgrane Press GUMSHOE Community Contest here. Interestingly, I have something already in mind for both Ashen Stars (gritty reboot of 1960s science fiction series) and Timewatch (time travel). One of them is even already written down! So, no reason why I can’t put them both together for this…

Jul
30
2020
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Preliminary sketches, the FERMI RESOLUTION RPG worldbook cover.

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s OK to show stuff like this off. This is just the preliminary pencil sketch; there are a couple details that need to be tweaked, and obviously the final is going to be in color. But Ben Fleuter here hit all the notes that I wanted hit. I’m really happy with the way it’s coming out.

Jul
30
2020
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So, Gen Con Online!

Gen Con Online: I bought some dice, bought a couple of shot glasses – this is still a heck of a lot cheaper than what would have happened if I had actually gone – and have signed up for some sessions. I’ve signed up for Pelgrane’s session tomorrow at 2 PM and a character sheet design seminar at 4 PM, and will be doing the SJG panel at 2 PM Saturday. I’d also do Ken Hite’s and Robin Laws’ panel at 5 PM, except that it’s… oh, it’s only an hour, so it won’t interfere with the game after all. Yeah, I’ve just signed up for that one, too.

How exciting, no? Usually at cons I go to the merchants’ room, play or run a few con games, and drink. Well, I suppose I could drink beer during the sessions, but it’s not really the same, you know what I mean?

Moe Lane

PS: I can squeeze in more sessions. Except for Saturday morning. But suggestions welcome, sure.

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Jul
29
2020
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Just got the pencil sketch in for the FERMI RESOLUTION RPG worldbook cover.

There’s one minor tweak that I need have done, but otherwise it’s gonna pop, I think. Ben Fleuter does good work. Can’t wait to tease it out to folks.

Ach, what a weirdly productive month it’s been. I’m getting to the point where I need to start thinking about all the other stuff I’ve been — well, not neglecting. Money was paid for these projects; people need to get their money’s worth. But I got a manuscript that needs a second pass-through, then an alpha reader handout. And soon it will be November, and time to write another book. Busy, busy, busy…

Moe Lane

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Jul
27
2020
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I could use a blind playtesting group for the FERMI RESOLUTION RPG worldbook.

Both a group that has familiarity with GUMSHOE, and one that does not would be acceptable; or, indeed, both. I’d learn different things from each. Either way, if people are interested I’d need them to grab the rules and play the game in August, and get back to me with feedback by the end of August. Hopefully by then I’ll have an editor to go through the text so I can get it to the layout artist and then get it back to be sold. And maybe the print run Kickstarted.

Either way: if you’re interested, feel free to apply via comments here or email me via Backerkit. If you backed the Kickstarter then you should already have the playtest version in your mailbox already; if you did not, well, it comes free with FROZEN DREAMS in certain pre-orders and I’ve reopened the store.

Jul
26
2020
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Gen Con Online!

Was reminded about this by Ken Hite

…so I decided to actually, you know, ‘go’ to Gen Con for once. Pennsic always seems to get in the way, but Pennsic is online this year, too. Now I just need to figure out what panels to go to.

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Jul
24
2020
3

The FERMI RESOLUTION RPG Worldbook is ready for playtest!

It’s not done. There’s art to do, more editing, and obviously playtesting. But I’ve gotten the damned thing in a state where it can be properly worked on by playtesters.

If you are interested in running a (or playing in somebody else’s) playtest of this game, let me know in comments. At the moment I already have one, maybe two groups tentatively lined up for this (my regular gaming group and maybe the backer I’ll be doing a Zoom session with), but I may run a third if I don’t get anybody willing to try this out. All I know is, a big part of the to-do spreadsheet just went from red to purple…

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