Friday, August 14, 2009

Workin', workin' like a busy little beaver....

Okay, right now, I'm working on 3-4 projects simultaneously.

Here's the list:
1. Coven of Bast. I'm pretty satisfied with the text, and I'll be starting on the art soon enough. I want to set Bast aside for a few weeks, make sure I don't have any more ideas pop into my head that I want to include before I seriously start laying it out. As it stands now, CoB is around 30K words, and will probably be around 80-90 pgs when fully laid out. As can be expected, it's got alot of culture, plot hooks, setting detail, and around 50 new feats, some new equipment and other unique Bastian goodies.

2. I'm working on State of the Otherverse: Cybernetics Armory, the seqel to D7 Tech Update: Cybernetics. It's around 17K words, will include over 40 new cyber implants, 20 new weapons, expanded rules for full and light reconstruction cyborgs, some Otherverse specific starting occupations and cyborg feats. It really gives a sense not only of culture, but also of new possibilities for 'borgs. I'm laying this one out right now and look for it in a couple of weeks.

3. I'm finishing up Freeform Anthropomorphica for the Thinking Races line. I just spent all day browsing Furripedia and immersing myself in the culture, as well as collecting GNU, Share/Share Alike and other public domain and free images for the project. I absolutely LOVE public domain image sites and services, because they are such a great way to illustrate lower-budget projects.

Anyway, I'm having a lot of fun writing this. Like Galaxy Command, its a bit goofy, a bit lighter and less serious than the usual Otherverse America stuff. I've been adding stuff to the manuscript steadily over the last few weeks, and will continue to do so. I want this puppy to be a comprehensive character creation guide for Pathfinder. Basically I'm aiming to top what Palladium did back in the day with the TMNT Bio-E mutation creation system. It's going to be a very pretty, very deep project, and as with Galaxy Command, I'm being inspired to push my writing to match up with the excellence of the stock art I've found. F.A. should be out in another month or less.

4. On a related note, Black Tokyo II is still in the pipeline. The manuscript is about 30K words, and I'm pretty satisfied with it as it stands. I'm gathering art, including some new Amanda Webb and hopefully some Anthony Cournoyer pieces, as well as older Japanese art- shunga and uriko-e prints in the public domain. Again, another very pretty product, if it comes out the way I want it to.

Also, I've got a couple of advanced classes for Otherverse America and Psi-Watch in the can, and I'll be uploading them soon. I've also got our first Pathfinder release on deck. It's The Thinking Races: Iron and Steel. This short sourcebook is all about playing constructs, elementals and other durable metal and stone beings in Pathfinder, and includes a bunch of races more than a little inspired by the Warforged. TR: Iron and Steel also includes Pathfinder revisions of the Forgeblood Feats originally presented in 2005's Megafeats: New Paths to Victory.

So I've got a lot on my plate, and you guys can expect a bunch of cool products as we wind down 2009.

Blessed Be,
CHRIS

3 comments:

Brutorz Bill said...

Freeform Anthropomorphs!
Chris that's great news to hear!
I've got my After the Bomb 2nd ed. autographed by Erick Wujcik on my shelf. To take those concepts and move forward with them in a Pathfinder compatible product is awesome! I hope you can work in rules for "chimeras" Anthropomorphs combining traits from two or more animals.
Really looking forward to this product! The Iron and Steel has me interested as well. I'm still digesting Pathfinder RPG, but like what I've read so far.
Thanks!

Chris Field said...

Well, the way I've got the system set up is, first you pick your Order: felis, capricornis, reptilia... that gives you your basic stat mods, basic racial traits, ect.

Then you can pick major and minor racial traits, some of which are purely biological (like natural weapons, or lowlight vision) and some of which are obviously supernatural. Depending on the Order you choose, certain Major racial traits have lowered cost for you. For example, a character from Order Aves would get Winged Flight as a cheaper advantage than somebody else.

After that, you add disadvantages to pay for racial traits, and you can add ten or so templates if you wish. One of the templates is "Chimeric", which does EXACTLY what you mentioned.

Unless my math is really, really off, you've got something like 26 million potential combinations of traits, orders and disads.

CHRIS

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