I am going to break up some of the monotony of this D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge during the month of February by inserting posts every few days, or whenever the mood hits, so readers will have something else to read. This is the first of such posts. I could have re-worked some of them into combined posts but I already have them queued up.
I have several projects that I am working on at any given time; some come to the forefront while others fade into the background at different points. Unlike school, I do not like forcing myself to focus on only one thing. On my personal projects it helps me to have several going at one time so I can switch gears and refresh. In no particular order, here are the projects I am working and the current status of each one.
Adventures in Fantasy
I have produced two characters sheets for this old game and I have received some feedback. I am definitely going to add a block for a Defense rating on the sheet. I am also working on a Dragon Record Sheet and a Dragon Hoard Sheet. These may remain separate or be combined. I am unsure so far.
Back to the Dungeon! RPG
Of course, this is the neo-clone that was primarily designed by Eldrad Wolfsbane from the Back to the Dungeon! blog. I have provided feedback and helped with some of the design and layout in some versions of the game. Now, we are discussing ideas for a science fiction game based off of the BttD engine with appropriate modifications. I am brainstorming ideas on a post-apocalyptic rendition and a zombie apocalypse game as well. I also have a little solo side project that involves converting my Toldara campaign over to the BttD RPG rules system.
Escape from Camp Blood
I was pretty excited about this because I had never designed a board game. I began working on it with The Mayfly (Eric Baker) from the Memories of the Mayfly blog. Although I absolutely love the idea of a board game that plays out an experience similar to the Friday the 13th movies, I have learned one thing real quick - I AM NOT your guy when it comes to board game design. I thought I could do it with the assistance of Eric but I just do not have the experience or the know how about board games to get it done. Besides, there is a game, Camp Grizzly, that just had a very successful kickstarter campaign.
Quick note to Eric Baker: Hey, we gave it our best shot but any shortcomings in getting this project going smoothly should be placed firmly on my shoulders. Role-playing design and board game design are two different areas and I was not up to par for a board game design. You provided great feedback, ideas, and links to awesome resources that would surely be of help. If you want to use the idea then feel free to do so. Any and all failings are clearly mine and for that I truly apologize.
I have some ideas for new edges and flaws that I am fine-tuning. I am also in the process of converting the new races over to the Perilous Journeys rules system. At some point, I will make this available for download from this blog. Maybe I should dual-stat the campaign document for both PJ & BttD RPG? Hmm...
I designed a character sheet that I made available for download. I also announced a Resident Evil inspired ,USR powered game I was working on that was going to be called Outbreak. I still have the notes I have been assembling over the months but I also ran into a snag. I found another game called Outbreak that is already released. That kind of took the wind out of my sails. I took a step back for a bit and I am reworking some things. In addition, I wanted to see how USR Cyberpunk handled things before I continued; just to get a feel for further expansion. I really dig USR but it is different from most anything I have ever played so designing is a little bit of an adjustment for me.