Friday Roundup for 12/1/2023 - Random links to end the week. - I missed a GURPS post yesterday for Thursday; I was just solidly busy until late and forgot. I generally don't like to miss...
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These magic emulsions enable their possessor to create actual, permanent objects simply by depicting their form in two dimensions. The pigments are applied by a stick tipped with bristles, hair, or fur. The emulsion flows from the application to form the desired object as the artist concentrates on the desired image. One pot of marvelous pigments is sufficient to create a 1,000-cubic-foot object by depicting it two-dimensionally over a 100-square-foot surface.
Only normal, inanimate objects can be created. Creatures can’t be created. The pigments must be applied to a surface. It takes 10 minutes and a DC 15 Craft (painting) check to depict an object with the pigments. Marvelous pigments cannot create magic items. Objects of value depicted by the pigments —precious metals, gems, jewelry, ivory, and so on— appear to be valuable but are really made of tin, lead, paste, brass, bone, and other such inexpensive materials. The user can create normal weapons, armor, and any other mundane item (including foodstuffs) whose value does not exceed 2,000 gp.Anyhow, here's more of the Nystul misdirection, as I fail to see what good anything he mentions (especially the daily update and included formula) will do. Unless he's stalling for more time so he doesn't have to pay to print the books...
Project Update #50: Getting it out there
Posted by Mike Nystul
Hello all. I am still out here and you still don't have your game. (Mike is nothing if not observant) There are reasons why things are what they are but excuses won't help (we know many of the reasons, but cast Nystul's Magic Aura again. We dare you). All that will help is that game.
I have a tested game - a good game that some Backers have seen and played. I have some art and the seeds of a living game world. I need to bring it together. No delays. (because this hasn't been delayed since forever already)
Andrew, a talented writer and designer I have been working with, has suggested letting him finish this edition just to get it done. I have hesitated because there is material I still want to include and a pass I want to finish (Mike, I suspect the less you have to do with the project at this point, the better for everyone).
Here is the plan: Starting Monday I will share what I am doing every day. I will post some pages, some rules and art. I will be completely transparent (excellent - so, are you going to tell us the rest of the reasons this doomed project has been delayed? Why all of your recent promises have been for naught? Did the dog steal your homework yet again?). As Backers you will also have the opportunity to post feedback if you like.
If I fail to make progress for 3 consecutive days or 5 days total Andrew gets the go ahead to take what we have, button it up and get it out. (at this point we get a game within a game? WTF?)
I apologize in advance to the daily spam this method will generate but i think it is called for in this particular case. (God help us all. It may wind up be entertaining in a "rubber necking at the accident on the other side of the highway" sort of way, but I suspect little else)
Want to be a Game Designer? (Game DESIGNER? Woot! Fuck yeah! I want to design games, not just write articles. I want the "big money" boyo!)
At the start of this Kickstarter we said “Join us in designing a tabletop roleplaying experience that you've never seen before!” and we meant it! (Awesome! How much you gonna pay me?)
We’re sincere in our desire to solicit feedback from the roleplaying community during every stage of the design. But contributing to online polls and filling out beta surveys only goes so far. For a few of you, that sort of impersonal feedback is not enough. (Damn straight skippy!)
You want to be more directly in contact with the designers and help shape the mechanics or lore of the game. (That's more of the "designer" shit you mentioned up above - sounds cool to me!)
The fact is, getting freelance writing assignments in the tabletop industry is not easy (they're not? coulda fooled me. I've had one article and three small products published and I'm putting together a zine. If The Grumpy Dwarf can do it, anyone can). It’s often just as much about being noticed by the right people as it is having mastery of a particular system (well, and actually writing something and submitting it helps) . And even if you are one of the lucky few to get a contract, your first assignments are typically limited to online articles paying a few cents a word (yeah, the market is tough. many zines don't pay for publishing rights - even mine only pays in "beer money").
Vorpal Games has secured many talented and well known individuals to make the RED AEGIS RPG a reality. However, we also have a genuine desire to find talented unknowns in the industry and give them a shot. If that individual is you, you may consider pledging at the Associate Game Designer level. (uhm, how do they know if I'm qualified? Oh, by paying $250 I've apparently got talent - the talent to be taken advantage of! who the fuck needs to pay $250 to get published? someone with no fucking talent. Again, if you have talent you WILL get published. You just need to write and submit or self publish. It won't make you rich - but then again, neither will handing over $250 to someone for the privilege to be taken advantage of)
Backers at the Associate Game Designer level will be given a small section of the Corebook to design (how small is small? how much does $250 buy?). Other RPG Kickstarters may allow you a token task like naming an NPC, or a city, or some such, but this opportunity is much grander than that (sure, they get a hack to pay them to write a portion of the RPG - that's awesome for the customers that are hoping for a quality RPG). Who knows, if you complete your assignment as tasked and on deadline, you may even find additional, paying contracts in your future ("Hi, I'm the schmuck that paid a publisher $250 to get a writing credit". Fuck you! Pay Me!)
Back us at the Associate Game Designer level, use this as an opportunity to boost your visibility in the industry (sure - "Hey, I'm that shmuck again! Look, thats me! It only cost me $250 and any sort of pride in my own self worth, but I'm published! see, I got cred! WotC, here I come - I want to design the Next NEXT, with furries!) and see your name credited in the deluxe Corebook as a game designer. Limited to 50 slots only.edit: Matt James, one of the folks behind this Kickstarter, added the following in the comments to this post in an effort to explain much of the above:
We added the following to show that it's more of a full-blown mentorship. We used a poor choice of words.
"The extra cost associated with this reward level is really for the one-on-one mentoring the backer will have with an established game designer, who will offer advice, critique design work, and so on. There should be no pressure for a backer to turn over a perfect design. Our fantastic editors are here to make every designer’s work shine!"
|This ain't 4e, right?|
These despicable humanoids are the unhallowed progeny of swine dæmons and an abominable tribe of Picts. They are stocky, short-legged, thick-boned, and heavily muscled, but their features are horribly disfigured and oft porcine, with pronounced lower canine teeth. In the wilderness they are largely nocturnal, but in subterranean lairs not necessarily so. Orcs are temperamental and prone to infighting, but under a strong leader they are capable of exceptional obedience. They are a violent species, killing for pleasure, and they relish in torturing and burning their victims; too, they are notorious slavers.
Orcs are intelligent enough to manufacture their own weapons and armour and perform other feats of simple engineering, but their craftsmanship is generally inferior to human standards; hence, a suit of orcish plate mail might provide AC 4 instead of AC 3 (otherwise orcs have natural AC 6 from their thick hides). Orcs speak their own language (Orcish) and oft a crude form of the Common tongue of man; some are able to speak a smattering of Pictish.These are The Orcs I want to use in the DCC RPG. They'll make for one exciting "random encounter" between adventures with their built in flavor or even a full adventure. My wheels are turning :)