Between the nightmarish last week and a half I’ve had, I haven’t got nearly as much reading done as I would’ve liked. Nor have I had much new gaming insights, because I’ve mostly been vegging out on Morrowind and Age of Empires 2. But that’s not to say that there isn’t some cool news.
First of all, we’re getting some more details on the new Basic edition of MYFAROG:
Yeah, the new edition looks nice, and hopefully will cost less to ship overseas. I’m also glad to know that I’m not alone in some of the issues I experienced with 1e and those look like they’ve been addressed. The real question is if once I get a copy of Basic if I’ll be able to use it to run this. If that doesn’t work, a new sample adventure has been made available here for free download.
Matthew D. Ryan is looking for reviewers for the next book in his Drasmyr series. Which means that pretty soon there’ll be new Drasmyr! As tempting as it is, I’m just so bad about reading long-form anything in ebook format that I don’t think I’d be the best person to volunteer my services for this. I’m content to actually shell out for the hardback for this. But maybe when it’s closer to release, I can get Ryan back to talk more about his series or do a guest post.
Cirsova got a nod from Dyvers’ Best Reads of the Week, which is always an awesome honor.
Mike Monaco has some awesome cave pictures.
At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen is finally almost done; thanks to all of my beta readers, all of whom have been a tremendous help. I’ve made a list of a few likely candidates for submission. Plans for launching my own zine will be on hold until I can resolve three particular issues in my life, at least one of them involving a car payment/accident settlement, but that won’t stop me from writing. I’m working on another piece as decompression more than anything, which may or may not get a short epub treatment if I finish it. Once I get a few more Planet Stories under my belt, I’ll consider writing more Abraham Strongjohn stuff.
Battlefields and Broadswords? It’s still sitting about 1/3 of the way done. Did rules for cannon fire really stump me so bad that it derailed the entire project? No, but I did get distracted by a million things. I keep telling myself that I’m going to crack open BattleSystem and see if it has something I can use in place of painted dowel rods, but I guess I just haven’t been in game designer mode lately. I feel like maybe it’s one or the other, fiction or game design.