Today, I commissioned a cover, from Felipe Gaona, for what may be the most unusual product I’ll be releasing for Otherverse
It’s mostly stand alone, so you either plug it into your D20 Modern Otherverse
I’m excited about Frontlines, first, because this little mini-game continues a trend I began back when Louis agreed to publish Choice & Blood, a trend of treating abortion providers in an unquestionably heroic light. I figure the profession needs a positive portrayal to counter act all the anti-choice bullshit thrown about, and I’m glad I can provide that positive view. Second, on a more pragmatic level, I know I’m getting a great cover that I’ll be able to recycle later.
Since my art budget is pretty small, especially compared to the big boys at Paizo, WOTC or Green Ronin, BUT I still want my books to be as well illustrated as theirs, I have to recycle art and use lots of stock. Not ideal, but not a fatal flaw either. Anyway, I figure the cover produced will eventually find its way into the
The Kodiak Island PDF, now that I stop to think about it, is a citybook, as well as an army book. Kodiak is a city- albeit a fairly small (about 30,000 inhabitants) and self contained one. It’s a good way to cut my teeth writing a city book, setting up interesting sites, building local NPCs and relationships, making the place feel basically LIVED IN. Of course, now I want to do a bigger, even more complex city. I want to write a citybook as cool as
Over the next few years, I’ll work up all those books, and probably more, but I’m going to do
Anyway, there’s lots of stuff I’m working on for Otherverse
- At some point this year I’m going to put out a ‘details’ and ‘set-dressing’ book, similar to the Bits & Shards stuff I did for Table Top Adventures as my first freelance work. Almost completely system free bits of description of the people and cities of Otherverse
- I want to do a nice race/tech book for Full Conversion Cyborgs. Tons of new cybernetics, new rules options for borgs, details on the tech companies in Otherverse
- Playing on the last, I want to do an
2107 sourcebook. I envision India as one of the highest tech, most transhumanist places on the planet, with its own unique culture. However, my understanding of Indian culture comes from three sources: Devi (Virgin Comics) Indiana Jones and the India , and Capt. Nemo from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Obviously, a bunch more research is needed. Templeof Doom
- I keep wanting to do a sourcebook on the Meta-Porn industry, focusing heavily on the Fluxminx and Softling Healers, a sort of mixed race/history splat. Of course, I keep rewriting what I’ve got, and disgarding it because its just not freaky enough, so I keep putting it off. It was supposed to be in Fursona
III, but it just didn’t come together.
- At some point I’m going to pull out elements of the Psi-Watch engine and release ‘em as standalone PDFs tweaked specifically for O.A. I’ll do one on the classes, all integrated into the setting: Frontliners, Nano-Sculptors, Incenerators and all the rest. I also want to do the same for the feat-based psionics engine- maybe include some Dreamscarred Press stuff, since their tweaks to the 3.5 psionics system really rocked.
- I want to do more with the Neverborn, because along with the Ubasti and Full Conversion Cyborgs, they are my favorite races from the setting. Plus, I loved Amanda’s take on them. (As an aside, she’s done so much art for OA, she’s really starting to shape how it looks and feels. She’s gone from being an artist on assignment to being almost a co-creator. Very cool.)
- Speaking of Amanda, I loved her take on Dolfie Black, this minor character who kept popping up in the manuscript for the revised core book. I want to a ‘monster splat’ like I did with Life Tank focusing on Dolfie Black in her prime. I would also take the opportunity to present a revised, non-spellcasting version of the Innocent from the D7
- APEX got relatively short shrift in the revised Core Book- it got the least original art, which was a budget constraint. I want to redress the issue and do a nice, fat faction splat on APEX, and the whole notion of military/celebrity superheroes in general. I figure that will be a big, fun, action-adventure sourcebook focusing on big guns and high dollar PR campaigns.
In other news, I’ll be releasing Fursona IV: Fur of the Yokai soon. In my final draft of Black Tokyo: Races of the Tatakama, I included a fairly long appendix about converting some of the animalistic species, like Kitsune and Tanuki, into Anthro Orders, and presented seven new orders. I realized I could pull this out, expand it with new racial options and make it a separate release. This one will be illustrated mostly with public domain ukiyo-e and shunga prints from the late 17th through mid-19th centuries, so I don’t have to wait on art. Plus, Fursona products are always great sellers, as are Black Tokyo-related releases. Look for this fun little freak show in a week or so, with Races of the Tatakama hitting about a month or so later.