Friday Excitement, 2016-07-22

First and foremost: I’m excited the site is working again! I had a number of technical difficulties over the last month, but after jamming away at them over the last couple of nights, I believe I have everything back in working order.

I’m exited to say that Cannibal Contagion is now fully converted to Markdown and committed to Github. That took longer than I wanted it to, but a lot of distractions got in the way. This was quite a fun learning experience, and the format-conversion process greatly helped me refine my current design method. Check it out here!

I’ve also recently dusted off another old game of mine that I’d totally forgotten about. After a few new tweaks, I’m giving Don’t Die another shot for public playtesting. It’s a “Disaster Action Movie” fast-paced survival-focused RPG, which runs for three or more players and doesn’t need a GM (although it’s possible to run with one, if desired). I’ve uploaded the newest playtest docs, and you can download them here.

I’m also ridiculously excited to once again be running more playtests of both the upcoming Savage Motobushido game setting and my own in-progress Gattaibushido. I started writing up a super huge playtest report of the recent Gattai session but then the site crashed and I lost it. So I’m hoping to get that back out there sometime soon, but it’s taking time to sort through the leftover ashes of this new phoenix.

Anyway that’s all for now. I’ll leave you with some concept art for the new game!
– NPC

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Site Overhaul and Relocation in Progress

I’ve been experiencing aggravations with this site and the web host for a month now, and am in the process of a theme and security overhaul, possibly also moving to a new host (haven’t decided yet). Don’t mind the mess and occasional formatting oddities for the time being. Thanks.

Friday Excitement 2016-06-17

I was on vacation last week, so this week’s post is a catch-up. And of course, the first thing on my list of excitement is vacation! Yesterday was my first day back at the daily grind following a lovely week-long outing at the Oregon Coast, for our 6th annual “F.o.R.R.” (it’s an in-joke) Beach House party. I am glad to have been able to spend a quality week in the company of some of my favorite people, both old friends and new, and better yet have most of that time occupied with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

In case you weren’t aware, last Friday saw the release of Netflix’s brand new Voltron: Legendary Defender series, which I have already binge-watched twice through and am planning a third for the coming weekend. Dreamworks did a bang-up job with this one, and I daresay my squeals of glee while watching it at the beach house this weekend were a bit contagious. I’m not going to spoil anything about it, as I do hope you all will take the time to watch it for yourself.

…and of course when you’re done watching, you should then go playtest Gattaibushido and let me know what you think! If you haven’t been following along, I released the first pre-alpha public playtest document last Thursday, just before heading out the door to the Coast. I can use all the feedback I can get on it, so as to shape it into a better project. Give it a read, maybe try some rounds of play, and let me know what you think. It is in fact doubly helpful for me right now, as I’m also developing that other Motobushido-hack alongside it, just a little game about kung-fu hamsters or something like that…

Over the past couple days of post-beach relaxation, I have become entrenched in the RPGMaker MV program, and am toying with the idea of making some games with it. My only previous videogame-making experience was with mods for both the old Unlimited Adventures and then later Neverwinter Nights games, and a little bit of modding for Shadowrun Returns as well. But so far this interface is quite easy to tool with, and I do very much love me some old school JRPGs. Plus a number of really awesome non-standard RPGMaker games over the years have really impressed me, so I’m hoping that if I do ultimately decide to do something with it, I can maybe create something pretty neato. Maybe a Gattai companion game, or something entirely different.

In fact, it’s time to play with it some more right now. Happy weekend, everyone!
– NPC

Gattaibushido:FUSION! RPG Official Playtest Alpha Release!

So finally, here’s the super super super alpha first release of that thing I’ve been working on for the past few months (okay, who am I kidding: years). I now present the first alpha playtest release of my next game, Gattaibushido:FUSION! This is a game about a team of Mecha Pilots in space battle school. You deal with conflicts both social, physical, and interpersonal, while also trying to save humanity from giant space monsters, among other threats. One player takes on the GM-like role of “Coach,” while the rest are a team of Pilots. The Pilots must strive to accomplish their goals while maintaining team unity, so that they can ultimately combine their robots into a final form and defeat Big Giant Monsters from space!

Kicking it off is a brand new story by the amazing Isaac Sher, whose work opens the document and sets the stage for the feel of the game.

And here’s some promo art, too:

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And I’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks! The document itself is, again, a very early draft, and much playtesting needs to be done. Hopefully you can help me out, by providing feedback and input, and your own experiences with play.

To download the first release draft, CLICK HERE: Playtest Rules A1.00

I can already see I’ll need to tweak a few things with the PDF export tool I’m using, but I expect that to be smoothed out as I get used to this new document process I’ve been working into lately. Anyway, take a look, and let me know how it goes!

-NPC