Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Fantasy RPG - working title: Mythscape Legends

I have a working title:  Mythscape Legends!

Added more to the document.  So now we got all the character creation stuff, including equipment.  Also added in the combat section.

Mythscape Legends

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My Fantasy RPG - a work in progress

I'm a huge fan of D&D and fantasy roleplaying games in general.  I remember holding a copy of the 1st edition D&D Basic Rulebook (the one by Tom Moldvay with the cover by Erol Otus).  I was real young at the time, I had found it in my brother's room and decided to trace all the pictures in it and color them (which I regret, now I wish I had a copy of my own).  I moved on to D&D 3e when I was in the Navy and have been hooked ever since.

I have the D&D 5e core rulebooks, even DM'ed a couple sessions for my children.  And while I really like D&D 5e and all the flavorful options that are included, I've watched how overwhelmed my kids are when it comes to character creation and keeping track of what they can do.  To us D&D fans who have already been integrated its no big deal.  But to kids who have NEVER played a pen-and-paper RPG, I can see how lost they become when deciding on what kind of character they want and then remembering all those abilities and searching for spells and etc.

We had also played other games, like Risus: the Anything RPG.  This opened up my eyes and theirs as well.  The idea of traits to represent everything.  No need to remember rules, just a simple word or phrase and you already have an idea what it does.

I decided to design my own RPG.  I took the classic D&D abilities, erased everything about classes/races/skills/feats/magic, and plugged in the concept of traits.  The player works with the GM to customize their character how they want.  No need to look in a rulebook except for prices on equipment.  

This may seem daunting at first, having to design every aspect of your character without following simple tables in some book with all the rules written out for you.  However, when all you have to do is roll dice for the 6 ability scores and then just write down what you want to be and not have to look in a book to figure out what they can do, it can be quite liberating.  At least, in theory.

Anyways, here is a copy of my fantasy RPG in progress:  My Fantasy RPG

And a character sheet also in progress:  Character sheet

Let me know what you think....

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Four Against Darkness - paperback and updates

I'm a big fan of Ganesha Games' Four Against Darkness.  I've played it quite a few times.  It even inspired me to write up my own adventure and submit it to the great Andrea Sfiligoi himself, who decided to publish it.  That title was Dark Waters.

Well, the Four Against Darkness books have just been added to Lulu and Createspace for paperback printing.  Andrea Sfiligoi was gracious enough to send me a copy of 4AD and Dark Waters.  And they are perfect!

The core Four Against Darkness book is 90 pages and includes some recent minor updates, which if you purchased in pdf form is also updated.  Dark Waters comes in at 30 pages.

Yay, my first game publication!  I feel special.

In other news, I joined the Tiny Dungeon 2e kickstarter.
I love the cover art by Michael Leavenworth!

Although I tend to use D&D 5e for all my RPG gaming, I was feeling inspired by Tiny Dungeon's simplicity and the micro-setting concepts.  Perhaps I will be writing another gaming publication in the near future, for Tiny Dungeon maybe.  Then again, Four Against Darkness is also calling my name.  Or something original?  I don't know.  I like having too many options and ideas than not enough.

ALSO, this is my FIRST blog post in many months.  Lots of changes at the house, rearranging rooms, and helping out some family members by letting them stay with us for awhile, maybe for an indefinite amount of time.  So I no longer have a gaming room.  All my tabletop gaming stuff has been packed up (miniatures, terrain, gaming mats, paints, etc.), for who knows how long.  But from now on I will be focusing on more board games and RPGs and writing/drawing if possible.  Here's to a new future of gaming!