As well, Aos of The Metal Earth has stated "...eventually in an explosion of hubristic abandon, I'll release a digest sized book for The Metal Earth." Man, that book is going to have some killer illustrations!
Now if only Gabor Lux/Melan would translate the rest of the Kard & Magica/Fomalhaut material into English. From what I could figure out via an online translator, there's a hell of a lot of very cool monsters and items in that Hungarian text!
Anyways, I've been working on writing & playtesting an introductory Planet Algol adventure, "The Autarch's Voluptuary:"
"A remote, small, agricultural dome inhabited by virtuous plebeians; terrorized by small humanoids...but is there something sinister behind these raids? Their caves are but a short distance from the virtuous outpost..."
Fuck. No. It's something absolutely different..although it is a "dungeon." I have several goals with this thing:
- Presenting an atmosphere of "baroque decrepitude" and insight into the nature of the civilization of Algol.
- An attempt at avoiding traditional D&D adventure cliches.
- Emulating classic genre greedy fortune seekers bringing their doom down upon themselves.
Ripping offPaying tribute to Gene Wolfe's post-historical literature.
- And Weird-Fucking-Shit.
Half of the time I'm thinking it's coming together; the other half of the time I feel like it's a sloppy, inelegant, contrived trainwreck-abortion of a mess. Which is good, hating my creation motivates me to hammer and burn the impurities and weakness out of this thing!
This past Monday I also DMed a Planet Algol session with the Red Box Vancouver crew trying out the LOTFPWFRPG rules (which are quite elegant!); I really dig this local Red Box thing! A year ago I would have sworn that there would be no way in hell that I would ever play or DM in a public place like a coffee shop; now I'm DMing in a neighborhood coffee shop, not even knowing who is going to show up, and my only concern is that the radio is on the godawful new-country station instead of the oldies channel!
As always with Red Box Vancouver I had a great time
- Drop in if they're in the Vancouver area
- Check out their own community's equivalent if they're not in the Vancouver area
- Or start their own local, open, Red Box group equivalent.
As I said before, if we want old-school D&D style gaming to survive, we've got to do our part to help the hobby and community grow and flourish.
Now who am I going to rope into "trying out D&D" next?