After finishing the FAL kickstarter and responding to loads of emails and messages and setting up the FAL site, things have finally calmed a bit and allowed me to get back in and do some work. So, let's get to it.
First up - the Monster Design Contest (MDC) and the Adventure Design Contest (ADC) - check out the forums and get started on your entry (there are already several entries, all of which are pretty great). The contest ends in August but don't put off your entry until the last minute (especially the ADC).
Next up, our upcoming Dungeon Card project (the actual title is still in the air). We are creating a deck of dungeon cards for GMs and gamers to build randomized dungeons with a deck of cards. The dungeon deck will consist of 54 cards (plus an instruction card for 55 cards total). Each card is two-sided so that's 108 dungeon rooms per deck. The cards also consist of keyword descriptors (words like slimy, musty, torch, cobblestone, etc.) which allows for GMs and dungeon designers to create unique dungeons with keywords to get their descriptive juices flowing. These keyword descriptors also allow for the deck to be used over and over as each room is always unique and up to the GM to describe. We have already been playing with a limited mockup set of the cards and we think they will be an interesting addition to any fantasy game - that's right, they are fantasy system universal. They will also be a great aid for on the fly dungeon creation.
We have already been in touch with a printer and received samples. The cards are going to be made available through a Kickstarter this fall. We are going to offer a pdf deck as well as a physical deck. Multiple decks will also be available and the pricing is going to stay low (with multiple deck purchases getting huge discounts). This is going to be a very simple KS with no stretches. The cards will be completed before the KS ever starts. We are hoping to have a KS turnaround time faster than the FAL project.
Thirdly, the Far Away Land animated series has become a bit less animated. At first we were thinking of doing short cartoons with FAL stories but after seeing the production time we have decided to simplify this to merge the world of comics and video to get as many FAL stories out as possible. So here is the plan - we will be creating FAL videos which will be available on youtube (as well as faruniverse.com). These videos will feature panel artwork and will be narrated and include sound effects and music. The plan is to produce an episode every week. Some stories will be stand alone while others will be a continuation of larger stories (for example, The Machine Wars will be a main story line). Four episodes have already been completed (we are building up a stockpile to make production easier). We are looking at the end of July or the beginning of August for the first episode to be posted.
Finally, starting this week, I will begin posting a running commentary on the FAL KS experience for anyone interested in running their own KS (specifically for games). I thought it would be a nice resource for those who are interested as I get fairly detailed as far as the nuances of running a KS. I will post FB reminders as new pieces are posted.
So that's where things are. If you made it this far, thanks for reading.
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