So, Friday is here and the weekend looms. The immediate work focus is on the completion of the RPG WorldBuilder app, which is coming to an end and will see a crowdfunding release in the near near future. Some of the logistical parts of this are being worked out.
In addition to the app, we’ll continue this weekend on the four new FAL books (Tome of Awesome Revised, Creatures Vol 2 & 3 and Adventure Awesome). The books are written, formatted, and ready to go to press. As soon as the books arrive from press I will be posting images and videos. However, none of the new books will be released until February 2018. However, between now and release, we will be running some contests to generate interest in the new stuff and offer winners new versions in both printed and pdf formats.
For the last year I have been scheduling my time to oversee and work on multiple projects daily. This has reduced the amount of content released but has allowed me to have a backlog of work that will soon be coming out. This may not have been the wisest of moves but it was the choice made. But hey, new stuff!
So, this is the official announcement that the new Far Away Land RPG books will be released via Kickstarter in February 2018. As that date grows nearer, I will be creating a signup page for those interested in email reminders. Also, be sure to watch for the contests on social media.
Have a great weekend and see you Monday.
Every Wednesday on faruniverse.com we will be talking a look at some of the internets stuff I found to be inspiring throughout the week. These posts will be focused on specific gaming content or things I have found to be interesting or worth a look (usually gaming related). So, here we go…
The Midderlands - An OSR Mini-Setting & Bestiary Kickstarter
From the Midderlands Kickstarter page…
“The Midderlands is an old-school game setting with bestiary for use with old-school role-playing games. It is based on Swords & Wizardry Complete, but could easily be used with other old-school systems and even non-OSR systems such as D&D or Pathfinder.
It is a green-hued, dark-fantasy, late-middle ages, early-renaissance view through grime-smeared spectacles. The setting itself is based on an area in the middle of England near where I live called The Midlands. Many of the locations are loosely based on reality, but others are pure fantasy from an addled mind.”
Ah, the addled mind, something I'm quite familiar with. The Midderland's setting looks weird and quirky. From the KS video and project description, it looks to have a fair bit of darkness woven into the weirdness and a general feeling that something isn't quite right. Quirky and weird and a bit dark... that's something I am totally interested in. That's why I backed this project. I would kind of love to just explore the Midderlands and hopefully in a few months I will get to do just that. I was originally in for a pdf but I think I will go with the hardback as I would really like to sit with the book and explore, preferably while it storms outside or a thick fogs creeps in.
Scooby Doo Background Paintings
I found these Scooby Doo background paintings to be absolutely awesome. In fact, after looking through these and copying a bunch to an art folder I keep for inspiration, I watched a couple episodes of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Honestly, It was hard to get through. I loved it as a kid but the whole thing is on such an absurd level as to not even make sense in its own universe. There has to be a better way to run a scam than pretend you’re a ghost pirate.
Even though the show may be lacking, some of the artwork is awesome and really creates a fantastic atmosphere. Check out some of the images below or go to the blog link in the title. I think these could be used as great visual references for setting the atmosphere during a play session.
See you Friday!
This is the inaugural post of Far Away Land Mondays. Each Monday we will be posting new content from the Far Away Land RPG. This might be rules, creatures, maps, history, ideas, etc. Every week will be something new and gloriously awesome.
This week we are bring you a new creature from the upcoming Creatures Vol. 3… Myscus!
This week on the RPG WorldBuilder dev blog we are looking at the custom table element of the app which allows for the creation of random generators. Just another addition to an already awesome app headed to Android this summer!
Big update in the RPG WorldBuilder app. In this video update we show off the app's ability to allow for the creation of custom maps. There are still a couple of bugs to work out but the end result is pretty cool and a powerful accessory for GMs, players, and anyone else interested in build tabletop rpg maps.
This week we are looking at a new feature which allows users to create items, encounters, and locations and add them to the app’s database. This addition will eventually allow users to create unique app elements on their own, add them to the database, and then select and link them to a map tile. This allows for the creation of a single element that can be linked to multiple tiles. For example, if you wanted to make a specific encounter, say for instance goblins, you need only create and add the encounter to the database once. After that, you can select that encounter for as many tiles as you want. Essentially you could create an entire library of items, encounters, and specific locations that you could link to any map you create.
Interested in the RPG WorldBuilder app? A new post is up over at www.rpgworldbuilder.com which showcases how you can link locations, items, and encounters into your overworld map.
With the updating of the Tome of Awesome and its artwork and errata, I have decided to included a couple of extra additions...
1. To keep in line with the upcoming Creature Volumes (2 and 3), Creatures Vol. 1 has additional chapters featuring silhouette size comparisons of all the entries in the volume along with a list of each entry and any significant loot drops they might have.
2. The Core Rules will have an extra mini section featuring guidelines for building non-human PCs in FAL using creature listings from the various volumes. A preliminary pdf of these rules has been provided here...
Also, here is a revised picture of Skulrox bound within the Bitterstone. According to FAL lore, Skulrox attempted to deceive his siblings (the Children of the Cosmic Wanderer) so that he might have total control over the Materiosphere. The Children of the Cosmic Wanderer foiled his plan. Hom, the creator of the Galeopshere, pulled apart part of the fabric of Second Space in order to create the Bitterstone to which Skurox was bound at the center of the Abyssmalsphere.
The first image is the original piece, the second is the revised.
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