Posts Tagged ‘projects’

Quick Hits – June 2019

June 6, 2019

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So now it’s June; what’s new?

Two things I want to start spending some mental cycles on in the coming few weeks are: 1) getting the current Exquisite Corpse project back underway, and finding new contributors to help finish that out; and 2) starting a new DragonQuest adventure. I have a couple ideas kicking around in that regard, and it would be great to discuss those with folks and see what would really resonate for the community, but everything is so dissipated now that it’s hard to muster any discussion about DQ things. If you’re a DQ fan, you can have an outsized influence on things by joining the discussion or spreading the word.

I also have another publication credit: my building plans are among the maps and graphics in the Cthulhu Hack adventure “Mother’s Love” This is a more embellished version than what was used in the PDF I saw earlier, but I think this version will make it into things eventually.

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As we posted last month, the Planetary Display Logbook is now live on DriveThruRPG. And, to provoke some ideas and show how it might work, we created a Planetary Display for the Moon (using a false color image of the Moon representing relative altitude). That’s not the source image, above; that’s another lunar image I came across a few days ago, and I’m thinking about how I might be able to do something using that.

Image from @areasvellas on Twitter –

Planetary map. 1971-1998 NASA “This Planetary Map shows the moon’s dark side, with colors correlating to geological materials and phenomena. It is one of a series produced in partnership with NASA between 1971 and 1998”.

The print version of the Planetary Display Log should be coming along shortly. If it was possible to do this with a non-glossy cover, so that you could write or draw on the cover, as well, we’d be all set. I’m still trying to work out the best way to do something for that, though. Probably just need to get a proof copy and see how it looks.

On the IRL side of things, I have started a new job at a new company.  It’s cutting down my commute and my away-from-home time considerably, and I’ve also had the opportunity to do a couple quick maps I’ve been posting on Twitter and Mastodon. (Insert lament for the loss of G+ here…)

While there’s a bit more time available in my day, there’s also the whole process of ramping up for the new job, so progress on other things hasn’t been as rapid as I would like.

Comments and feedback are always welcome. I haven’t been as good as I want in responding to other things I’ve read and seen, but I’m still trying to engage more.

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Quick Hits – What’s New for April 2019

April 8, 2019

It’s hard to be throwaway with a blog post, but that’s what we need in the post-G+ world.  A kind of shorter, less authored thing, more like the kinds of things we would’ve posted in groups.

Moonbase – Planetary Display – Podcasts – Miscellany

Working on the Moon Station Zvezda project.  I’ve got a preliminary mockup of the format I’d like to use for it, and I think it’s going to be a good looking piece. In an ideal world, we’d have it ready on or around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July.  That may or may not happen, but we’re trying.

I got the Planetary Log Book almost completed this weekend.  Letting it percolate for a couple days, and waiting for some outside feedback, but it could be ready pretty soon.  My inclination is to make the PDF a bit more expensive (around $10), since that is actually going to be the useful version where you can print out your own planet books one after another as you need ’em.  The print version (from DriveThru) should be comparatively cheap (possibly around $3 – $4 each), and I’d like to be able to offer batch discounts (maybe 6 for $20 or something like that; maybe a package deal with a few print copies plus the PDF).  I’d like to get a couple outside reviewers to look it over and offer some feedback on the present version.

Recent listening:

Has anyone else used someone as a hired social-media person, and how did that work out?  We don’t do a particularly great job with keeping Antherwyck House out there, and I think it would be useful to find someone who could do a few things for us on various platforms.

 

 

Next Projects 2019

February 7, 2019

Just about 2 years ago, I posted a “Next Projects” post with some of the things that were in the works.  While I hadn’t planned on a recap, it seems like a good time to review those things, as well as some forward looking for what’s upcoming and in the works.  It’s also an invitation to follow the blog (I’m trying to use my RSS feed reader to follow other folks’ blogs) or to find other ways to stay in touch, especially with the coming end of G+.

Of the things posted before, a few are done; a few others are still in the works to one extent or another; some are available on DriveThruRPG if you want to get a copy for yourself.

Moon Station Zvezda – still on the list, and moved to the top because this summer is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.  So there’s some tie-in interest to be found, potentially.  It’s a fun idea to play with, graphically.

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The Moonbase map (above) and the Spaceship Dice Drop Table are a couple pieces that show some of the graphic style this may end up having.  The current shorthand description we’re using for it is a Lady Blackbird-style one-shot (though it’s certainly possible to do more in it if you like the setting).  The premise is an alternate-history post-60s space race world with more moon landings and moon presence among the superpowers, and thinking about some of the proposed alternative space programs as having gotten off the drawing boards.

DragonQuest adventures and products.  Gazetteer for the Wilderness of Ordurak, and Small, Untitled DQ Adventure (which became The Sentinel Chapel, and was a featured Deal of the Day earlier this year), are completed and available, as well as the public release of The Wilderness of Ordurak adventure.  Expanded Alusia was another idea, but that is more a back-burner thing at the moment.  But the recent unearthing and release of the DQ World Generation draft text has fired up some thoughts about other DQ projects.  Some of the things missing, but listed in the table of contents from DQ World Generation could be an intriguing followup to Poor Brendan’s Almanac.  And I’m pondering a couple of sequel ideas for the adventures I’ve previously written.

Ogunimata Cyberpunk adventure also prompted some map work, but is moving slowly.

Piranesi City Dungeon.  Also back-burnered at the moment.

Exquisite Corpse Dungeon is on the sixth iteration right now, although it has bogged down somewhat with the collapse of G+.  We need to find the best place to continue the discussion, and we’ll probably set up a separate hosting for it somewhere, as well.  Copies of completed previous ones are in the archives of the blog, here.

More maps, in general. This is still more hit-or-miss (and more often a miss) than I would like, but I keep posting the occasional thing from time to time.  With the resurgence of The Fantasy Trip, I think I’m going to try to do a few more hex-based maps.  I’ve had a couple I’ve done in the past that I’ve liked how they turned out, and it’s useful for both DQ and TFT.


Other new things:

Elfgame (placeholder name) – it’s just a germ of a game idea, but I think it has potential.  This would be an RPG where the world is inhabited by both humans and elves, and adventures deal with the intersections between the two.  Elves live (effectively) forever, so they are the constant in the game.  Humans’ lives are comparatively short, so any humans for an adventure are one-shot characters, and the next game session will take place in their grandchildrens’ time, or even further into the future.  Folklore and Shakespearean influences are the flavor this will aim to evoke.

Dark Days – a fantasy game aimed at a more Fafhrd/Grey Mouser kind of feel.  A recent post from Beloch Shrike aka Link Skywalker at Papers & Pencils titled “Magic Words Suck. Here’s Magic in the Moment.” seems like a good starting point for one branch of the magic system with the right kind of literary feel that this game calls for.

Links and resources – especially with the G+ wind-down, there are other scattered communities where people are landing, but having a blog or a site that is a good resource for people is a good way to engage and connect.  I want to start regularly tagging other blogs or sites that I’m trying to follow more often to stay in touch with gaming folks.  Some of it is going to be more linking and encouraging you (if you’ve read this far, you might give some consideration to my recommendation) to go check out some of these sites.  Maybe you’re also a kindred spirit, and you forge a new connection, too.

I also want to start building a directory of dungeon mappers as a general resource.  I can start right off the bat with a couple dozen folks who have participated in the Exquisite Corpse Dungeons.  This idea is inspired by a more general cartographers index someone (I now forget who or where) had put together.  I’ve done other things with the ECDs to bring dungeon mappers together, and so it’s not completely out of line for me to put together something like that.


That’s a comparatively lengthy post from me.  If there are things in here that intrigue you, I’m very interested in your feedback and comments.