Monthly Archives: July 2013
This week has been very hectic, hence the late update post. I’ve been busy with projects for the We Heart Nerds website. Despite the busyness progress was made on a couple of fronts.
I got some great feedback from the latest round of Elementary play tests and will be adding some new features to the game in the next week or so. The biggest pieces of feedback were “more player interaction.”, “More classes/placement options.”, and “more opportunities to gain equipment cards.” So in an effort to do all of that I’m going to rework how the classes work in the game. I want the individual player tokens to have more affect on the game than the Golems do, but as the game stand right now I believe Golems should have a slightly greater affect on the game as well, so I’m going to take the classes and split their affects up so that some classes will allow golems to be placed on them while others are strictly wizards only. I am also in the process of designing more classes that will be randomly chosen at the start of the game and then switched out during the halfway point of the game. Finally I’m working on a board that will lay things out a little more nicely and provide a set of static actions the players could take, such as “Draw Equipment.” “Gain X Resource.”, Ect.
On the RPG front the system is coming along nicely in my head and the setting is getting fleshed out as I have time to brain dump throughout the week. I’m talking with Bonsai Games about a collaboration as they are also looking at putting together an RPG system. I’m excited about the possibility to work with them on a collaborative project because they are amazing people to work with.
Thanks for reading. If you are interested in helping play test send me an e-mail and I’ll put together a print and play kit for you.
This week has been more productive than last week, but only by a hair. I thought most of the work I accomplished this week would be on Either Elementary or When Worlds Collide. Instead I made some great headway with Project Elderhaven, the RPG I’ve had bouncing around in my head for a few months.
The game is based on D6’s and the primary mechanics involves the player assigning jobs to each side of their dice. For combat I might assign Accuracy to the 1-3 sides of my dice pool, 4-5 I could assign Power leaving the 6 side for an Effect or Technique. For Skills I might assign Quality to the 1,3,5 sides of my dice and assign magnitude to the 2,4,6 sides of my dice or I could leave a side open for a profession skill.
Above I mentioned some game jargon, so I’ll go ahead and explain what Accuracy, Power, Effects, Techniques, Quality, Magnitude, and Profession Skills are.
When you attack in combat you roll once if the accuracy you rolled matches the defense of your target then you hit and apply the Power that you rolled as damage to your target. Effects are multipurpose sides, A mage might have Fire as an affect that would apply extra Power to their roll as well as applying 1 level of fire damage to their target. Techniques are similar to Effects, except they don’t do the same thing every time they are rolled. For instance a melee fighter who specializes in debuffs might have the Dirty Fighting technique applied to their dice which when rolled would give them points to spend on applying debuffs to their target.
Skills work similarly to combat rolls. Quality measures how professionally or well executed the skill was and Magnitude measures the power of the skill roll. For instance when rolling a stealth skill check the quality would measure how well hidden you are and the magnitude would show how well you can move while maintaining the stealth. Professional Skills are similar to Techniques and Effects. An Artificer might roll to craft a magical item and get several professional effects that allow them to add extra enchantments to the item or add extra slots that could later be filled.
Players will, as they progress their character, be able to; assign more identical sides to their dice pool, gain more Effects and Techniques, split their dice pool into sub pools where each pool has a different set of sides assigned, and add dice to their dice pool.
The setting is what I call spell-punk and is inspired by several books I’ve read and a few movies/series I’ve watched. Essentially the game takes place in an alternative 1800’s Earth where magic is everywhere.
History says the Gods created the earth, heavens, humans, and creatures. When they had finished they had to leave, history doesn’t say why, and their last parting gift were the Elder Dragons which they tasked with defending Humans from demons and fairies. Then war came between the elder dragons the demons and the fey. The Earth was nearly lost and humanity almost became extinct. The Elder Dragons fearing defeat interbred with humans creating the Dragonkin and giving Humans the ability to fight off Demons and Fey for themselves. Elder Dragons having spent most of their energy to interbreed with the humans retreated below the earth surface to sleep. The game is set many centuries later.
The history isn’t completely fleshed out out yet but, above is the general world origin involved. Each of the continents had an Elder Dragon that guarded them and taught them magic. The Dragonkin are what most people think of when they hear Dragon, the Elder Dragons are more like primordial totem spirits. Since the Elder Dragon War humans have established countries whose monarchs can trace their bloodlines back to the Elder Dragons and who carry a strong level of magic due to their heritage. I’m still working out the countries, religions, and cosmology but I’m very happy with where things are going.
Thanks for reading. I’ll have more for you next week about this, Elementary, and possibly Dig Site.
The first blind play test of Elementary went very well. There were several things that needed to be explained clearer, but everyone enjoyed the game and the confusing bits weren’t game breaking.
Blind play testing is a new experience for me and was hard. It was very hard to keep my mouth shut when the players didn’t understand something, and a few times I stepped in when I shouldn’t have. I was very happy with the feed back despite my stepping in a few times.
I reworked the rules and added some sections to hopefully clarify the confusing sections from the last play test. We’ll find out soon whether it was enough or not. If you are interested in helping proof read the rules or just want a sneak peak send us an E-mail and I’ll send you a copy of the test rules.
Other than the testing not a lot has happened this week. I’ve been catching up on some work around the house and a few hobbies. The time off from constant game design is nice and has given me a few ideas for future projects.
Thanks for reading, Next week I should have some more news about When Worlds Collide and maybe a few other play test reports for Elementary.