Category Archives: Roleplaying

General discussion on role-playing

MAYHEM!

The very first mechanic I dreamed up for this game was the one that involved cards. At the time I was unclear on exactly how it would work, but Alan spent eighteen months grinding on it with is alpha-test team, and out of that effort sprang the thing we now call the MAYHEM! deck. Many of you have asked what the MAYHEM cards will be like, and we’ve teased you a bit by dropping some card names on you. This, unfortunately, is not the post…

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Success and Failure

The success of your gaming session should be independent of the success of the party in meeting mission objectives. This is one of our guideposts in developing the Planet Mercenary RPG. The Mayhem deck, the RiPP system, and the Ablative Meat rule are just a few of the ways we make it easier for the party to fail disastrously in their mission, but we’ve designed those so that such a failure will be enjoyable. You don’t have to play the game this way. You can…

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GenCon and Playtesting

Huh. Look at that.  That looks like  the drive of someone hard at work. Consider it a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipeline as we discuss what we’re working on. We’ve already had a few requests to playtest the game and we understand the excitement. Believe me, I can’t wait to see what shenanigans and messes you all find and create. It’s gonna be fantastic. That being said, we’re currently not looking for new playtesters. We’ve got two groups going and we’re getting a…

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Amorphs? Broken.

Alan keeps whining about how overpowered Sergeant Schlock would be in a game setting. I find this amusing. Also? Problematic. This is one of those things we need to solve, because while it’s totally okay to have some characters be tougher and more versatile than others, it’s a lot less okay to have a game in which everybody who did NOT play an amorph is bored. I’m considering building a “there go the piano lessons” mechanic as an automatic weakness for amorphs.  During every combat…

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Mercenary Mondays: The Joys of Vegas

Note: Mercenary Mondays is an ongoing series of posts about the Schlock Mercenary Roleplaying Game and it’s behind the scenes development! Phew.  What a weekend. So I went to Las Vegas over the weekend. I went for two reasons. First, I’ve never been to Vegas and I wanted to see. Secondly, It was the weekend of the Las Vegas Kotei for Legend of the Five Rings. What? That makes no sense? Indeed! Basically, Kotei is a L5R tournament for the card game, but the winners…

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Mercenary Mondays: Design and Simplicity

Note: Mercenary Mondays is an ongoing series of posts about the Schlock Mercenary Roleplaying Game and it’s behind the scenes development!   I know, I know.  It’s Tuesday, and I’m late. I offer my sincerest apologies. One of the biggest influences on my design philosophies of RPGs is Dieter Rams. I was gifted a copy of As Little Design as Possible in college and it’s my go-to book for design focus. The Wikipedia article I linked will fill you in on the most important details, but I wanted…

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Mercenary Mondays: The Primacy of Defense

Note: Mercenary Mondays is an going series of posts about the Schlock Mercenary Roleplaying Game and it’s behind the scenes development! Additional Note: Sympathies and sadness to the affected at CCP and White Wolf (one of the oldest and one of my personal favorite RPG companies). Their RPGs live on at www.theonyxpath.net. You should all check it out.  One of the hardest struggles in designing and balancing an RPG will always be combat. It gets harder when you approach the science fiction genres due to…

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