Sunday, December 27, 2015

Almost two years...

Been a while hasn't it? Last couple of years have been...rough to say the least. Sadly the fact that I'm popping up here doesn't mean everything is better now. I'd say that there's some hopeful developments but it seems like every time I express any optimism some new horrible thing happens. 

But I'll try to avoid getting too deep into that. I've returned (I say like anyone really notices the absence) because despite the trials of the last few years I've still had the chance to work on some RPG projects and several of them are coming along quite well. Sadly I haven't had the chance for any actual gaming in the past 6 months or so and this serves as a kind of vicarious gaming experience for me. 

So, with a bit of extra free time at the moment I figured I'd start posting here again, hoping to keep the project's momentum going. Theoretically this will be a kind of "development blog"...except I'm already approaching the final draft on these games. But I do think typing out my thoughts and reasoning might help me get those last few pieces in place. 

So, what have I been doing with myself? 

Well, first and foremost a couple of entries in the "RPG Chopshop" category. 

Dark Sun/Savage Worlds: I know what you're thinking, "didn't you do this already?". Yes, I did already have an entry on my Athasian conversion for Savage Worlds, but since then I've had a chance to refine and expand the conversion a bit. The final product is a 29 page PDF available here: Savage Dark Sun. In addition to serving as a setting document for Dark Sun it also includes some Edges that'll be generally useful for any Savage Worlds fantasy game, including some Legendary Edges I'm quite proud of.

Shadowrun/Savage Worlds: During the time of silence I ran (or started to run...sadly it got interrupted) a game of Shadowrun with my main gaming group. Not being a fan of the normal Shadowrun system I decided this also needed to be run in Savage Worlds. However, most Savage Worlds cyberpunk games out there don't properly scratch my itch, so I decided to make my own. The result is a much more ambitious 96 page conversion (with nifty custom character sheets): Savage Shadowrun. This is kind of my personal take on the Shadowrun universe, cherry-picking different setting elements (wireless and AR exist, but VR is much better, older-style Shaman vs Mage casting dichotomy, etc) and including a more in-depth character creation mechanic (using Shadowrun's Priority concept) and a bit of blatant gear-porn.

PDQ Scion: Finally, we've got a quicker and dirtier 10 page conversion of Scion to the PDQ system: PDQ Scion The system is based on Truth and Justice with some of my own modifications based on my work with the PDQ edition of Acthung! Cthulhu. 

But what I really want to talk about are my original games, especially a new one that hasn't yet appeared on this blog at all. I'll get into those with my next post which will, hopefully, not be another two years from now.