We are 4 months into 2017, so we thought we'd share where we're at with all of our projects and what has come up to try to derail us.
Siege of Tyler County
(Status: Died and then Alive Again)
The Siege of Tyler County died a terrible death in playtest, and we shelved it for a month or so. It was soul-crushing (as any game idea dying probably should be at some point.) Then, we started talking about the ButtonShy Games, and got inspired. while we are not entering into one of their great contests right now, we have revived the game as an 18-card, 18-token game, and playtesting has begun... again. thankfully, it is way more fun, now. We'll see if we can cut things down even more, but this one is back on track.
ConEx RPG Books
So, we released the ConEx RPG core book. Now that we are writing the other books for it, we want to re-configure the core book. We are looking at arranging all ConEx books with a format we call "Play First, Then More". It is not revolutionary, by any means, but it takes care of a problem we see. We want people to jump in and get to playing the game. That's the whole point of the game, after all: to be played. So, we're going to put a quick intro, an adventure, 4 PCs and the basic rules at the beginning of the book so folks can just get to playing. Then, the rest of the book has the robust setting, the full rules, character creation rules, story creation rules, and more. If we can do it, then all of the ConEx books we make will be able to serve as a full game and a jumping-on point. The bad news is, though, we're going to have to rewrite the adventures to be more 1st-time GM friendly. This is a good change, and we're glad we're doing it now, than when we get a game about Angels out that we really want to do.
Details and Dots Rules Compendium
(Status: Delayed, with a good rough draft)
Part of the ConEx RPG rewrite has also included us refining the text of many parts of the Details and Dots Rules compendium. If you are wondering what that is, it is, essentially a large core book of lots of modules for you to make your own RPG. Not just your own stories, but your own actual RPG game. Anyhow, we have a good rough draft of all the modules, but we've had to pause a bit for an unexpected pleasure (see below.) we should still be able to get this game out in 2018, but late 2017 is slipping a bit.
D&D 5th Edition Adventures
(Status: In Draft and Playtest)
So, Aaron volunteered to run some D&D 5th edition games for a board gaming club at the day job. As part of that, we've made an intor adventure and a longer adventure for the group. As the group plays them, they are playtesting the adventure, and we will be publishing both of them on DMsGuild. Sadly, this writing takes time to do, and is the cause of some of our other RPG-related delays. It has been an unexpected pleasure to write and play, and we've learned a lot for our own games in the process.
For now, that's all the updates we have.... but we have some other things we're working on. We're looking forward to sharing more and doing more as we progress along.