Jul
30
2020
0

Last 48 hours of the Children’s Illustrated Clausewitz Kickstarter.

Amusingly, the creator is a little startled that so many people apparently wanted a Children’s Illustrated Clausewitz. Yes, I don’t understand why she was surprised, either. It’s just so obviously necessary, when you think about it. Actually, wait, I have a niece who needs a copy, too. Excuse me…

Jul
22
2020
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07/22/2020 Report, FERMI RESOLUTION RPG Worldbook.

Spent the morning doing spreadsheets! Testing basic combat out with matched characters, unmatched characters, and weak matched characters. And a good thing that I did. As I originally had the numbers go, the raw rolls for matched characters suggested that the average combat would be ten or more combat rounds, which is absolutely too bloody long. Fortunately, fiddling with the amount of damage done solved the problem enough for playtest purposes.

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Jul
20
2020
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What I will do with the FERMI RESOLUTION RPG worldbook.

(Crossposted to Kickstarter)

The Fermi Resolution RPG manuscript has been updated and expanded, and rules for GUMSHOE added. However, the manuscript still requires text on how to handle necromancy, enchantment, and alchemy; and the whole thing needs to be blended. There’s also art to be included, and a lot of playtesting. A whole lot of playtesting.

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Jul
16
2020
5

The first reports of FROZEN DREAMS Kickstarter books in the wild!

I sent the first (and absolutely largest*) wave of signed FROZEN DREAMS books out a couple of days ago, and I’m naturally terrified that they’ve all been promptly offered up on whatever dark god renegade USPS cultists worship. But so far they seem to be showing up OK:

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Jul
13
2020
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FROZEN DREAMS book rewards mailed out!

Oh, not every single copy from the Kickstarter rewards. Some people haven’t filled out their surveys (FILL OUT YOUR SURVEYS). But I spent the last day or so prepping ’em and checking ’em off the lists, and earlier this afternoon I dropped ’em off at the Post Office. Then I drank a beer.

And then I dozed for a half hour, because people either drink more or drink less these days, and I’m in the ‘drink less’ camp. But FROZEN DREAMS is still out the door. That’s a big, big step towards finishing up the Kickstarter. Huzzah!

Jul
07
2020
5

The ‘Children’s Illustrated Clausewitz’ Kickstarter.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, let me get out my damned wallet.

The Children’s Illustrated Clausewitz is just what it says on the tin. It’s a Kickstarter for an illustrated version of On War. There are rabbits. And badgers, apparently. We all know how this was going to end.

Via @RobinDLaws.

Jul
07
2020
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The WAIT FOR ME Time travel RPG Kickstarter.

WAIT FOR ME isn’t really the sort of thing that I’d play; I’m not all that fond of solitary tabletop gaming. But that’s a personal choice of mine, not an inescapable moral conclusion. If this is your bag, Kevin Kulp’s a good dude and game designer. Check it out.

Jul
02
2020
7

Hey, if you got the FROZEN DREAMS Kickstarter short story sampler…

…via email, let me know, OK? I think I didn’t click a button until just now, so they didn’t distribute – but I think I fixed what was wrong. Hopefully everybody will get the short story sampler now.

Jul
01
2020
2

07/01/2020 Report, FROZEN DREAMS Kickstarter.

Today was not one of the glamorous days for FROZEN DREAMS, per se.

  • The most important thing was that I got the short story sampler out to Kickstarter backers. Six stories, one of them previously unpublished on Patreon or anywhere else; they’ll be in the full compilation, too. These have been edited, but not professionally, and the sampler will not be commercially available. You can still get it via the pre-order store, but the store will probably be closing after the audiobook becomes available.
  • The paperback books are on their way! They should get here tomorrow, and I’ve straightened out my problems with Backerkit Postage, so I should be able to process them… starting next week. I’ve ordered shipping supplies, and the postage itself can wait until I’ve gotten a good weight for the packages.
  • Finally, I sat down and assigned tentative page numbers for the various sections of the worldbook. I’m tentatively thinking 48 pages for it; I go round and round whether that should be 48 total, or 48 besides the rules. If the latter, then the book goes up to 64 pages, and I have to write considerably more. I may have to tap some old RPG support networks for this one.

A productive day, in other words, but not exactly exciting. Well, they can’t all be a thrill ride, right?

Jul
01
2020
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The Steve Jackson Games’ GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge Kickstarter.

Kinda speculative, but not really. The Steve Jackson Games’ GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge Kickstarter will likely fully fund, although it is on a reduced time-frame. I guess they’re playing around with the platform, seeing what it can do.

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