The Kickstarter Launches on April 14th

 The Planet Mercenary RPG Kickstarter will launch on April 14th, 2015. That’s two weeks from tomorrow. If you need a reminder, here’s a wallpaper you can use! We also have a wallpaper for you that isn’t quite so busy… The project’s goal is to fund the art and the printing of a 208-page hardbound, full color core book, and a deck of 50 cards that are an important part of the role-playing mechanic we’ve developed.  In addition to those key elements, we plan to offer some…

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How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shurikannon

So Howard posted earlier today a spoiler of writing from the book. Not to be outdone, I’m posting one myself. But first, let me give you some back-story and example of how design and play-testing impacted this part of the game. During the early pre-Alpha days of the Schlock Mercenary playtest, we had a lack of weapons. Howard had really only canonized a handful of weapons, and obviously the players wanted more options than that. So I quickly handwaved a few companies into existence, statted…

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The Progress Bar

This week Alan and I built a master document spreadsheet that allows us to track our writing progress. The core book will be between 125k and 140k words long, and while we know what those words will be LIKE, we don’t know what exactly those words ARE yet. I’ve begun taking screen grabs of the relevant cells in the spreadsheet. Here’s the latest one.     When this week began we were at 19%. Yesterday’s writing carried us from 28.2% to 30.08%. A couple of days…

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Entering the Final, Pre-Kickstarter Stretch

Alan and I have been grinding on things for a couple of weeks now, and we’re almost ready* to launch the Kickstarter that will fund the printing of the books, and the creation of all the interior artwork. Here’s a teaser: This is the first of the finished pre-Kickstarter pieces to be turned in. This particular location has not yet appeared in the comic itself, but it’s one of the places you can go to meet fascinating new lifeforms. Whether or not you’ll need to…

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Rules Revisions, Playtestings, Updates

Hey SchlockTroops Fans! It’s been a long time. I know, I know, you missed me. It’s all good. Thought I’d pop in, give a quick update, and let y’all know how we’re doing. Schlock RPG Meetings are going strong.  We’ve got the point where we’re laying out the Kickstarter Campaign, looking into art, pricing books, and covers, and stretch goals. We really want to make this awesome and blow you out of the water. Part of the delay has been some hefty rule tweaks. In playtesting,…

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GenCon Indy 2014 (Howard’s Report)

This was probably my best-ever year at GenCon Indy. With bullets: The Wallrike scooped me up at the airport, saving me cab fare, helping me sort out a housing snafu, and basically being excellent company. The Kokomo Irregulars had the booth completely loaded and assembled by Wednesday at noon. I got all of my Massively Parallel bonus story rows penciled on Wednesday by dinner time, while sitting in the awesome booth. I got to hang out with cool people all weekend. Some of them are name-droppable.…

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