The end is in sight. The book will be around 50,000 words on completion and I’m confident of finishing by November. Cover concept is defined and an artist will be required. Overall I’m moderately happy with the draft as it stands. I’m not going to rewrite it much except what the editing phase produces – and what my test readers feedback on.
Writing Fiction, “Origins: Krovosos”
It’s been a while since I posted here but NaNoWriMo has helped ignite some motivation in me, again. Working on a Roadside Picnic/S.T.A.L.K.E.R themed store called “Origins: Krovosos” that I’m desperately trying to finish in time for the Christmas season of purchasing. It’s pushing a little over halfway done and looks to be aiming at a 260pg length novel. Lots of action and a spattering of tech as Luka and Sasha, veteran Stalkers, return to the Zone and its perils.
Black Dawn: the RPG. A good friend is playing Fragged Empire, itself also in development (albeit with a very nice budget and artwork) and that’s made me realise that I should resurrect Black Dawn and update it for the modern markets. That is, simplify it. This is done to about 2/3rds and probably needs only another 100hours work to layout and get ready for sale.
Cloaks Alleys Daggers (maybe Cloak And Dagger?) is a working title for a game of medieval fantasy mundane criminals who rely on skill and gear to achieve their goals. It will use a new system called METAL (just a working title). Characters have four Metals, Iron, Brass, Steel and Mercury to represent their traits. Iron, physical toughness, Brass; courage and persistence, Quicksilver; balance, speed, co-ordination, Steel; smarts, fast-thinking, knowledge. To these metals you add polishes (skills) that are more broad than most games.
The core-mechanic is 3d6 + Metal + Polish. It can be either a passive test, vs a TN, or an opposed test; vs another roll. Results are based on success margins or failure margins – much in common with Simple 2d6. What I like about it so far is the language. It sets up a good vibe and flavor that this is about being thieves, thugs and cads. Not arcane jongleur half-demon sorceror rogues. I like cheese but mostly with my wine…
Well not any more (the cheese with wine that is). I’ve started eating vegan for health reasons. Check this video out to have your mind blown.
Many years ago I started writing an RPG game system and setting I called Black Dawn. It was a mash of Shadowrun and Battlelords, combining future-tech, dystopia, and space travel. The system plays pretty smooth if you can add numbers quickly in your head but the character creation process is clunky. I’m making a PDF available for any and all to download and toy with. There’s a heap of gear, cyberdecks, vehicles, powered-armour, spaceships, custom power armour, custom vehicles, and custom spaceships.
I will be revising the whole thing over the coming months.