Simple Steampunk RPG System

July 10th, 2012

I have been doing some more work on games recently, and having enjoyed the writing process decided to head back to my roots in gaming as well.
I am re-purposing a lot of the work I did for GENIUS! the deck-building game, and writing up an old-school tabletop RPG system, in a Steampunk milieu. Now, I know there are a lot of people doing the same thing right now, and several very good offerings out there that are similar. You can delve into some truly innovative and individual worlds that people are taking a lot of time to craft. My issue with most of them is the sheer investment of time (let alone money) that people would have to make to get a gaming session up. I feel that really large and complicated worlds are kind of hard to buy into, unless they are based on some already existing, and for commercial reasons, quite popular setting: from a book or movie, say.
So what I am proposing to do is produce a short, concise set of rules, but with no real defined setting. It is to be short, flexible, and put an emphasis on fast-moving gameplay. The idea being that anyone could pick it up, breeze through it in an afternoon, and be ready to start writing up an adventure or play a module by the evening. That way people can take all their gorgeous setting work, or their favourite Steamy comic book, and have an RPG system that they can just plug it easily into.
One of the wags over at the Brass Goggles forum has suggested that I call it “STURPS”, which is cute, but my aim is not to be everything for every setting: just Steamy enough to let people tell Steampunk stories, and lean enough not to get in the way of their idea of what a Steampunk RPG should be. Thus, Simple Steampunk RPG System.
To that end, I am calling it an RPG “Pamphlet”, like Sherlock Holmes’ essays on blood stains. A neat little thing, that will only be of interest to a narrow group of people, but who should find it quite illuminating.

Back to some writing.

December 12th, 2011

I have been wandering back to my roots recently, delving into the world of pure fiction, and getting my keyboard rattling. Two things in particular have been keeping me busy.

I have finally completed a 35,000 word story that I started over two years ago, about a couple who are dropped into a Fantasy World. That’s always been a favourite theme of mine, but till now I had never found a way to make a relevant statement with it. This time I think I have, and it feels good to have a first draft of a decent length story down.

The second thing I am working on has grown out of that first: another story that is a parable, or a metaphor of people in our world, told in a Fantasy setting. That one is looking like coming in at around 10,000 words, but I think it will need to be culled to around half that on revision.

Playtest update.

December 2nd, 2011

Golly it has been a while since I have posted here. Must remedy that.

I ran a play-test of Genuis!, and it went spectacularly well. That is to say that my version of the game itself was flawed, and needs a major rules overhaul, but the PLAY TEST therefore did its job very well.

Well, the gaming session last week went very well: a few familiar old faces, and some new ones. Everyone was very nice, and we played a couple of “deck building” games. Interesting concept, which I assume is a sort of reaction to the expense and limitation of traditional CCGs.

Some interesting lessons in there for me for “Genius!” my Steampunk Card Game.

Speaking of which, the guys seemed interested in it, and offered to play test it this week for me, if I wanted them to. So I have been finalising the rules in print form, and will take them and the mega card-deck along to the cafe tonight, and see if we can get some playing in.

Play-testing.

January 27th, 2011

The play-testing went quite well, and I have managed to rope in another few friends to help in this regard.

I learnt a fair bit, and now believe that I have the structure for the game rounds well worked out. It is a matter now of writing out those rules, then setting aside a night for some more extensive play-testing, with some experienced gamers, and then adjusting the over all card occurrence, to ensure a balanced gameplay.

For that I might just have found a regular group that meets near my house, through an old friend (one of the people who play-tested with me at Sydcon).

Getting back into gaming.

September 21st, 2010

Wow – as it has been almost a year since I posted here, I’d better get back at it.

I have been working slowly on a Collectible Card Game, of my own devising. It has a Steampunk theme, and at the moment I am preparing a draft for the first play tests. I have gained permission to run some play tests at Sydcon in the October long weekend.

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An examination of Genres.

November 11th, 2009

I’ve started posting my own fiction work, The Genre Tunnel in episodes. Each only runs to around 10 – 15 thousand words, so can be easily ripped through in an afternoon. If you’re lucky, they’ll keep you busy for a week’s worth of morning train trips to work.

The first one, The Mystery of Huntley Manor, is available in the Prose section of the website….

Prose ahoy!

November 6th, 2009

Dear god.

Well, this website was bound to get embarassing. I have gone and  uploaded what is probably the most shameful thing that it has ever been my immense pleasure to have a hand in writing.

The Novel Experiment, by 6 Mad Bastards, is now downloadable, for your reading masochism.

Artwork away!

November 5th, 2009

I have created a couple of sub-pages on the art part of the site: one for my Wally Wood’s 22 Frames that Always Work, another for my 1,000 Words experiments.

Ha HAH!

October 30th, 2009

I’ve finally figured out what to do with this website!

This, my friends, is going to become the online repository for all of my life’s artwork. (Well, at least that portion of it which I am willing to be seen by the public.)

Not all of it will be great, but there is a fair accumulation of it. And as I have just recently figured out how to burn VCRs to our DVD disk recorder, early on the list will be the collected works of the Iced Dodo Creative Collective! Be frightened, folks….