Expectation and Optimism

Now that Dark Horizons has concluded, things are going back to their quiet default. This isn’t because SEP is getting buried. It is actually SEP is about to resurface, if only temporarily.

Those of you hanging around here will know that I’m working on a role-playing game system called Sword Noir. While I haven’t been as diligent in my posting about that design as I could be, the discussion over at the Accidental Survivors forum and the play-testing that has been done so far has helped me to hone the initial concept and mechanics.

Along with Sword Noir, I’m working on a game called Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Death. As one might guess, this is going to be a Viking role-playing game. After some design prototypes and discussion, I’ve settled on a hack of the Sword Noir rules themselves.

So there are two actual games coming from SEP, hopefully in the near future. I would like to say that Sword Noir will be available before the end of 2010, but that is an optimistic forecast. The mechanics are still in the play-test stage, and the book itself still requires writing.

Let’s say that you can expect Sword Noir coming first quarter of 2011, and Kiss My Axe soon after.

If you are wondering what these games will be like, this part of the introduction should give you some clues.

The inspiration for the creation of this game comes from Tim Gray’s Jaws of the Six Serpents and published by Silver Branch Games. It is an excellent sword & sorcery RPG. It is based on the PDQ system designed by Chad Underkoffler over at Atomic Sock Monkey Press. Further inspiration was provided by The Shadow of Yesterday by Clinton R. Dixon—another foray into S&S–Fate 3.0 by Robert Donoghue, Fred Hicks, and Leonard Balsera—which provides a more generic game that can be easily focused to represent almost any genre—and Lady Blackbird by John Harper from One.Seven Design—which is a kind of pulp/steampunk adventure and system all in one.

You can find the discussion of the game design here.

You can read Dark Horizons here.

Mundus Novit: Dark Horizons – Samarkand

Continued from Thirty-four: the Testimony of Madison Sinclair

Thirty-five: Samarkand

Hansen wasn’t high up in the Chamber, but he was high enough to know what had happened in Kathmandu. He had heard about the success of Blackout, then the removal of all parties by Tangible Stream. He had been part of the recovery team, and now he was part of the section created to learn the truth.

And in Samarkand he was going to find it. Or at least some small part of it.

Mundus Novit: Dark Horizons – the Testimony of Madison Sinclair

Continued from Thirty-three: Station

Thirty-four: the Testimony of Madison Sinclair

Boyle, Rudi, Cody and Kane were all there, looking like they were ready to go hard, but they weren’t moving at all. The Bedouin, he turned to me—and I have to say he looked pretty freaked out—and he said: “We have a problem, Mr. Sinclair.”

And it was the guy who was standing there who was the problem. I would have known that no matter what the Bedouin said. This guy, he was in a short-sleeve hospital gown, bed sheets wrapped around his waist like a bare ass embarrassed him or something. He had no hair—no hair that I could see—and the IV tubes were still taped to his arms, but they’re hanging down and dragging along the ground. It’s weird, you know, that he pulled them loose from their bags or bottles or whatever, but not from his arms. That must have been some fucking good tape.

August Sales and Biz Update

Here are the monthly sales totals for last week. All of these were through RPG Now/Drive Thru RPG (OBS). I’m seriously considering going exclusive. I mean, my main drivers are to other sites that provide better percentages, but my sales are mostly through OBS. The multiple sales venues do not seem to be making up the shortfall, even when averaged over a year.

In other news, Dark Horizons is done. Thursday, August 5 will see the penultimate chapter—which is actually the final showdown in Kathmandu—and the following Thursday is the final chapter—the denouement. I’m going to go through and fix what I can before I release it for sale. Yes, I will release it for sale as both a PDF and print paperback. That should be interesting.

Also, expect an announcement in the next little while. There might be some SEP action in the fourth quarter of 2010. Fingers crossed.

Without further ado, the sales figures!

August Sales (all channels)
Blood and Guts 2: In Her Majesty’s Service 1
Khorforjan Gambit 1
Modern Dispatch 120: Cyber-state Avatar Toolkit 1
Qalashar Device 1

Total Sales
Albenistan: Election Day (Modern Dispatch 113) 19
Khorforjan Gambit 78
Qalashar Device 91
Raid On Ashkashem 128

Covert Forces
Canada’s Combined Security Reconnaissance Section 72
Covert Forces 97
Covert Forces Redux 102
In Her Majesty’s Service 110

Modern Medieval
Gunpowder Plots 73
Man-At-Arms Advanced Class 36
Mercenary Advanced Class 39
Spy Advanced Class 34

Roles & Classes
Capable Hero 84
Combat Hero 83
Counter-Terrorism Assaulter 95
Covert Hero 92
Spec Ops Recce 93
Special Operations Marksman 93
Talent Trees Assembled 68

Treasure Chest Unlocked
Gems 66
Incense 7

Cyber-state Avatar Toolkit 22
Line Zero 28
Relief Effort 45