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!
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:
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!
My excitement today: Gattaibushido! No time for blogging, only time for designing!
Oh, and my first public playtest this Sunday. That’s definitely worth mentioning. Hurrah!
Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, feast your eyes on that sweet, sweet Voltron combine:
It’s been a ridiculously slow and busy week for me at the real job, and I haven’t had time to really dig into much personal excitement aside from one particularly big piece of news: Gattaibushido is coming along quite nicely! At least the first playtest draft, that is. I’m still aiming for a release date on June 9th, although if things keep moving along like they have been, I could even have it out the weekend before. As previously mentioned, I’ve pushed out another update to the Cannibal Contagion markdown conversion over on GitHub, but I think I’ll be putting the rest of that on hold until I have finished the current work on the GB playtest.
Really that’s all I got today. Not much variety, but it’s a big one for me. Full steam ahead!
And to close things off, how about a preview of things to come?
I’ve completed conversion of the first big section of the Cannibal Contagion game rules, and pushed them out to GitHub. This is taking longer than I expected, especially given my greater focus on the gattai project. But it’s steadily getting churned out, and I hope to have the Markdown-converted book finally out in full by the end of May.No comments