I have a bunch of projects that I’ve talked about in other social media platforms, but haven’t really mentioned here. Let’s fix that!
Seas of Vodari Kickstarter
Now, the odds are real good that if you’re seeing this, you’ve also seen me talk about the Seas of Vodari Kickstarter on another platform – Twitter, MeWe, the Last Days of Google Plus, Facebook, whatever. Just in case, though – there are 13 days left in the Kickstarter for the Seas of Vodari setting book. The link has the whole sales pitch, but the short version is that Tribality Publishing is creating a setting book for Shawn Ellsworth’s Seas of Vodari setting.
I’m excited about this project for all kinds of reasons, but one of the ones my treasured readers might care about is that I get a chance to revisit a number of subclasses I’ve published in the past. I’m updating them based on what I’ve learned about design in 2-3 years since I published them, and I think they’re a much cleaner work.
The Kickstarter is already 250% funded, we’ve knocked down a bunch of stretch goals, and we have lots more that we’d like to add to the project – so help us get there!
Edition Wars Podcast
If you’ve been reading my articles here for more than the last month or two, you probably know that I find a lot of interest in a historical perspective on game design and the decade-over-decade growth of rules. That’s the concept behind one of my new projects, the Edition Wars Podcast.
Sam Dillon and I are delving into each edition of D&D, discussing specific mechanics, how they were presented, and how that influenced gameplay. Our first episode, To Hit Rolls and Armor Class, starts in 1974 OD&D and wends its way forward to 3.x, and it’s available now. We had so much fun recording this episode, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
We’ve also recorded Episode 002 (a James Bond joke may be in our future), in which we cover a few more elements of 3.x, then move forward through 4e and 5e. Sam is doing the actual work of editing that while I sit back and enjoy bonbons; it’ll be available soon. It’s also a good time to opine on topics you’d like to hear us cover – the comments section below works just fine.
Edition Wars is part of the Tome Show podcast family, and I’ve been a fan of the Tome Show even longer than I’ve been a guest and, now, co-host. It has an enormous depth and variety of content to offer – audio from The World Tree Burns actual-play, DMing postmortems and session scheming with Behind the DM Screen, reviews of WotC and third-party products, a book club, and a whole lot more.
If you want to hear more of my dulcet tones in podcast format (bless you), my History of the Classes series here on Tribality got me invited to be the “resident historian” for the Tome Show’s own class analysis series. I was there for about half of the episodes in that series, I think? Anyway, those episodes were a ton of fun to record, and some of them cover classes I haven’t yet gotten to in my column! (Episodes I’m not in are also great and you should listen to them too. Forgive me this blatant act of self-promotion – I’m only linking the ones I was on.)
Talisman Adventures: The Fantasy Roleplaying Game
Well, if Pegasus Spiele wants to announce this at the GAMA Trade Show, that’s about as much permission to mention it as I could want! (Also they’ve said we’re allowed, I’m not an idiot.) Anyway, Ian Lemke is heading the team. Kainenchen and I are working on it, and so are our friends Lee Hammock and Michelle Houser. I’m not sure how much more I can tell you, so follow the link instead.
In the Company of Angels 5e
It’s still a work-in-progress and there’s not a final release date yet, but I’m working with Stephen Rowe to convert Rite Publishing’s In the Company of Angels, by Steven D. Russell, to D&D 5e. Especially if you know anything about Dust to Dust, you’ll understand that I’m deeply invested in the idea of celestial or angelic PCs, and telling their core story as strongly as possible.
There are other things I want to make too – adventures and collections of subclasses and so on. I only make progress on those when I have a spare day from the above projects, and from article-writing for Tribality and this blog. I’m immensely grateful for all the support I’ve received from my readers over the years. I hope you’ll check out everything I’ve listed above!