So, I have decided to give some new Far Away Land books away!
This is a contest and a single entry gets you entered to win a Far Away Land RPG: Tome of Awesome hardback book. All you have to do is click this link to our Facebook post then Like and Share the post to be entered.
We will draw a winner in a couple weeks and send them a brand new hardback version of the Far Away Land RPG Tome of Awesome (or, if the winner already has that book, we will send another book :)).
Masters of the martial arts. Anthropomorphic cats. A belt is the only clothes they need. Love of headbands and disco music played by a 40 piece pan flute orchestra. Everybody was kat fu fighting.
This mini adventure introduces the Temple of the Last Sun and the Last Sun Clan led by the catacular Bimmy Paws, catling martial artists extraordinaire.
This mini adventure features...
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As I said in a previous post, my efforts for the most part right now are going into the Far Away Land Card game. Playtests are still being done to hammer out nuances and spurs in play but I am feeling really good about where the game is right now. Also, the artwork is done for the most part (I still need to do the backside of the cards and box art). Here is what the cards will look like.
The card to the left features Mirabell and Gruun while the card to the left is the Ring of Doom. The upper left box (orange) will indicate XP value. The red circle indicates the Attack score while the green indicates Defense. Additional notes are provided in the larger box at the bottom.
I will be posting more as the project moves forward. I'm hoping to release this in February of next year.
So, I have decided to putting together some mini adventures for Far Away Land. I think I need small projects that I can complete in short amounts of time. It feels good for my brain.
My goal for these mini adventures will be to keep them to a single page. Each one will have a map and adventure ideas along with NPCs, items, and randoms charts. The map style will be a top down view as can be seen below for the first of these mini adventures "Lair of the Seamerls". Everything will be full color. I will also get a chance to use new layout software and image editing software which I am quite excited about.
Update: So I went ahead and colored the map using Affinity Photo - which I think is a nice, inexpensive alternative to Photoshop.
How I wish everyday could be spent in Far Away Land. I'm serious. This holiday weekend was so productive for me and I was able to immerse myself in FAL and it felt really good. A lot of work on the website. Here's what's up...
I have updated the Quick Start Rules with revisions to mirror the Tome of Awesome 2nd Edition. Most of these changes are minor but were needed.
I have also updated all of the free adventures to reflect the new rules. A lot of corrections as well. There are some new pieces of art in these. Oh, I need to make an archive file so folks can download all of the adventures in one go. That might be nice.
I have also uploaded revised character sheets (PC and NPC) and rearranged the layout of the Free Stuff page.
I hope all of this sounds good. I think I'm going to write a new adventure this week.
I have decided to stop being lazy about Far Away Land. I work on it almost everyday but I rarely talk about it. I almost never post on my progress and I am absolutely awful about social media. I blame the '80s, mostly analog.
This being said, I am turning over a new leaf of online interaction and updates. The first of these is a new look for the site, some new artwork, some new text, etc. I will be adding to the site over the next few weeks. I want people to know about FAL so I will be adding loads of information to the site.
In addition to new art and text, I will be releasing all five books from the 2018 Kickstarter in faruniverse in the next week or so. Initially they will be available as pdfs and then as hardback and paperbacks. For the short term, I plan to only sell the books through faruniverse.com
In addition to the web work, I have been consistently working on Adventures in the Materiosphere and the FAL Card Game (which I am tentatively calling Far Away Land: Cards of Awesome). The card game will be releasing in spring of 2019 and Adventures in the Materiosphere in the fall of that year.
New updates to come.
With the completion of the 2018 FAL Kickstarter, I begin to focus on new FAL projects. Some of these projects have been in the works while others are truly new. Ill talk about these a bit below...
FAL Card Game
Yep, a card game. The theme is FAL. The goal is to crush your opponents. This is all done by drawing and playing cards, creating armies, rolling dice, attacking and defending, collecting XP, and making your friends feel bad in the process. The game is nearly done with a few rules tweaks/simplifications continuing. We've done extensive playtesting with 2, 3, and 4 people at this point. It plays best with 4 people but 2 and 3 work fine. We will test with 5 and see soon. Game play for 4 is around 20-30 minutes usually. The game is flexible and can be modified to fit your time constraints (as the requirements to win can be modified).
The cards feature FAL characters, creatures, and weapons. They are super colorful and I think the image artwork looks great. I am still in the process of laying out the actual card design. Once that is done, Ill begin posting some images. The plan is to release this game in spring of next year via Kickstarter.
Far Away Land: Adventures in the Materiosphere
My goal over the last few years is to get to a point in my creative output where I have multiple projects at different states of completeness. I think I have been working/talking about Adventures in the Materiosphere (AitM) for nigh on three years now.
AitM is FAL in space, specifically, the Materiosphere. This book takes players and GMs beyond FAL and into the Materiosphere (and beyond). The book has continued to balloon in size as lore and history, planets and species get added. Tons of writing has been completed. Starships and starship combat mechanics have been completed. Loads of artowrk has been completed. One of the things I wanted to do with this book was come up with a novel approach to star travel. (As this project nears completion I will talk more on this.)
Right now, my hope for AitM is to complete it and release it this time next year. It will be a fat book full of insanity.
Far Away Land: Arcane Secrets (FALAS)
This is the magic book for FAL that contains loads of spells, items, weapons, lore, NPCs, new monsters, etc. However, to make this book stand apart from the average expansion book, FALAS will have loads of mini games that allow players to create magic based PCs and adventure those PCs from a young age into adulthood. This book expands the lore and setting of FAL while also offering all kinds of little extras to make for games inside the game. I think it is a fresh take on an expansion book and it is how I plan to write expansions in the future.
If all goes to plan, FALAS will release in 2020.
Besides the core of FAL, I have a FAL novel in the works that explores the adventures of Gruun the Orka, Mirabell the Human, and Buzzles the Simian. It is a middle grade novel. I am undecided on whether I will publish it through Simian Circle Games or seek a traditional publication. If I self-publish this work, I will release it next year. It is intended to be the first book of a trilogy.
I suppose I can also talk about my novel which will be coming out in either 2019 or 2020. It has already been picked up by a publisher in the UK. Contracts are signed. Now its a waiting game. This work has nothing to do with FAL as it is an apocalyptic, magical realism, horror novel set from 1940 to 1980 as the world is coming to an end. It is non-linear in form and similar in approach to something like Cloud Atlas. It is literary fiction for adults.
RPG WorldBuilder is leaving the domain of an app and moving to a browser near you. Doing things in Python and Django offers us a bunch more flexibility and allows for easier updates. The goal is to create a badass piece of software that helps gamers and GMs build maps and create adventures. Work has already begun on this pursuit and it will slowly move into the main pipeline.
So, that's where I am creatively. There are other smaller creative projects I am involved with but I have already written more than I intended. I will say that I have a print and play war game and a dungeon crawl game in the works. Anyway, if you read this far, thanks. New stuff is coming.
We started placing shipping orders for the physical rewards today (for the FAL Kickstarter). Over the course of the next few days, we will place all orders and send backers the books they have been waiting for. There were some hiccups along the way, some minor changes, some print issues, but alas, we have made it to that fantastic moment in a Kickstarter project when rewards go out.
I want to thank everyone for being patient with this project. Five books was a tall order but I am confident backers should receive all their rewards by the delivery date.
So what am I working on besides fulfilling KS rewards?
I've had a FAL card game in the works for a while now. Playtesting has been leisurely but that is picking up and some major progress has been made. Ive already started on the artwork and nearly a third of it has been completed. This is a stand alone card game set in FAL where players build armies, roll dice, battle their opponents, defeat dungeons, trick and foil opponents, and gather XP to win. It's a simple battle card game that uses d6s. Playtests have proved to be really fun. I am hoping to make it available next spring. It will most likely be the next project to launch.
I have also written a novella exploring the adventures of Mirabell the Human, Gruun the Orka, and Buzzles the Simian. It's based on the short-lived YouTube series I did a few years back and never completed. I am thinking to do a few illustrations for the book and work on making it available in the near future. It's around 35,000 words. Chapters are short. Action is heavy. New characters are introduced. Its a fun little book that focuses on a story that has been at the center of FAL since its inception. The book is yet to be named. It will most likely be at least a trilogy exploring these characters. It has been really fun to work on.
Adventures in the Materiosphere is still underway. I've got tons of artwork for it. I've noticed a bit of a lull in my daily work on the project as I sometimes need to step back after an intense workload. However, as of late and with the shipping of KS rewards, that lull is coming to a close and work will once again commence.
So, three big projects, two of which are well under way, a third which is in good shape. I will not hoard up FAL stuff anymore but rather release elements as I complete them. Also, I will never do a five book Kickstarter again, ever.
Just a note to let you all know that the surveys for the 2018 Far Away Land RPG Kickstarter have been sent. If you backed the project, get the suckers in. If you didn't back the project, you should feel ashamed (jk).
So, here's a Far Away Land RPG update...
Funds have been processed. The books are completed and digitally proofed. A test book (Adventure Awesome) has been sent to the printer to check for formatting/sizing/etc. As soon as it passes inspection, I will order a proof copy to ensure the measurements are okay. If everything looks good, I will then submit the remaining 14 books for print proofs (yep, a total of 15 different books: 5 books, 3 formats per book).
This week will see the finalization of the pdf versions with completed linked indices. Surveys will most likely be going out this coming weekend. So, backers should be getting pdfs pretty soon.
As a side note...
I have added 5 maps to Seas of FAL plus four full-page images as extras. The cover of Seas has also been reformatted to match the other books (this was a concern for some and something that had been gnawing at me). The indices are super thorough and the links should help navigation a great deal.
That's where we are. I'm really shooting to have all rewards sent by the end of May. I hope this is all good news.
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