Category Archives: Worldbuilding

The Seventy Maxims Project

It looks like the Seventy Maxims stretch goal will get met sometime in the next week, which means we will eventually need to start laying this book out. It also means we should tell you what it will look like. We don’t have page images yet. For now you’ll need to settle for the specs: 80pp, saddle-stitched, hardback 5.5″ x 8.2″ (smaller than the Schlock Mercenary collections) One maxim per page Editor’s commentary on each maxim margin notes, “hand-written” (written by hand, but reproduced via…

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Rules of Engagement for the Admiralty

The highest tiers of pledges in the Planet Mercenary Kickstarter are the Admiral levels. At this level you get something we in the genre-fiction business refer to as “tuckerization,” which is when your name gets used in the core book. The most prominent current examples of tuckerization in Schlock Mercenary are Strohl Munitions (named for my friend Dan Strohl, who was the first person to spend money on Schlock Mercenary artwork) and Reverend Theo Fobius (named for my outgoing and irreverent friend Ted, who was…

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The Game Has A Name!

We’ve had the name and the logo for a while now. It’s time to show it to you!   The game book is an in-universe artifact, published by Planet Mercenary, as a way to get grunts to actually read a book, and maybe learn how to not die. More on this later. I need to slap this logo on the header graphic.

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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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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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Howard’s To-Do List

I keep thinking that the Schlock Mercenary universe, or “Schlockiverse” as we’ve come to call it, is pretty well fleshed-out. Then Alan runs a play test, and comes back with crazy questions like “how much does it cost to get blood nannies like the Toughs have in the comic?” or “do mercenaries get exemptions to gun-control laws?” (My answers were “the players should be able to afford this” and “that depends on the law, the location, and the gun.”) While a huge part of the…

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