I blogged about the Schlock Mercenary RPG projectand mirrored that under the comic, and lo! This site has traffic. We’ve already had to do a bit of cleanup, (the spamtrap plugin wasn’t enabled, for starters) but it’s handling the load easily.
We don’t have a proper FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page yet, so if you’ve got questions, ask away! Here’s some high-level info, though:
- Tabletop, pencil & paper. Not video game. Just so we’re clear.
- The core product will be a 208-page hardback book, 8.5″ x11″ (pretty standard in the RPG market) and a deck of 50 cards.
- The cards are the “complications” deck. Certain die rolls, especially successful ones, will require that the player draw a card. In improvisational comedy terms, this is the “Yes, but…” mechanic. It’s Howard’s idea, and it’s how we will seed your role-play session so that it has some of the wackiness inherent in the comic strip.
- We do plan to offer electronic support. Specifically, a DRM-free PDF with each copy of the book, electronic versions of character sheets, and perhaps some other goodies.
- We’re using Kickstarter because we don’t know what demand will be like. Kickstarter lets us do market research in parallel with pre-orders.
- It’s way too early to talk about stretch goals.
- We won’t be doing miniatures. Yes, they’d be awesome. That’s not our area of expertise. Maybe at some future point we’ll partner with the right folks, but it’s far too early to make any sort of promises there. (Note: If you think YOU are the right folks, talk to us at GenCon in 2015.)
- We intend to provide ongoing support and development for the game. “Splatbooks” with additional character races and roles, or adventure books with new locations, plots, and missions are already on our mind.
- We’re doing “stat+3d6” because while Howard loves having a fistful of multifaceted splattrohedrals, Alan was able to woo him away from a D-everything system with the elegance of the 3d6 bell curve.
- Splattrohedrals is totally a word that Howard just now made up.