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As I perused the web last month, I came across the site Naga Demon, National Game Designers Month, a site dedicated to fueling the desire to create games. It appears to be in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I discovered the site half way through the month and thought it was a novel idea (pardon the pun). I have not really kept up on  the site, but it has spurred me to work on Overburn.

Overburn update.

  • Combat Rules – The combat rules are coming along and I hope to be done at the end of the year to start play testing in 2013. I am dubbing 2013 as the Year of the Burn.
  • Psionics – Psionics are really beginning to take shape.
  • Skills – I have created a rudimentary lathe… no wait, a rudimentary set of skills. It should be enough to start playing, but I have to flesh out the definitions.

I hopefully I can keep this drive up this month, with all the festivities and all. Here is the Naga Demon banner for those who participated. I’m not sure if I qualify as I have been writing this game for a little while now, but I’m going to say I did.

While ponder late and weary, I wondered on a thought of what people would eat after the end of the world. Having spent a short time in Korea, I remembered the popular food of Kagogi, or food dog. Kagogi is considered a food for special occasions. I never tried it myself, not daring enough to separate my pets with food. I have read a couple of articles where the author lamented on Americans inability to see dog and horses as food source, where we can see cows and pigs. I of course can see why. Cows are pretty personality lacking, I had a cow and it was about as interesting as watching the grass grow. Guard pigs are terrible at their jobs and I’ve never heard tale of one dialing 911 or dragging their owner to safety.

In light of the apocalypse, all bets are off. I will probably eat just about anything I can bring down, dogs and horses included. Which brings me to my deliberation, what would they eat in a Apocalyptia? Ratula seems a common staple in dystopian cinema, and I would agree that rats would probably be one of the choices. Snakes are also common in sand ridden settings. Although dogs are still often portrayed as Man’s Best Friend, a la Fallout 3, I think dogs, along with cats, would be a viable food source. They breed fast, hit breeding age quickly, and are relatively easy to manage.

So kagogi is deemed to be a staple.. do not like dog? You won’t last long in the burn friend.

Greetings Wastelanders,

I have been wandering the Burn and I have much stories to tell. I have started playtesting the initiative rules for the game and it is going quite well. It is simple, quick and has a variety quirks that make initiative unpredictable. While we have encountered some issue with it, many of the parties involved are happy with the way it works. I am quite stoked as it reduce the time for figuring out init from about 1-2 minutes to about 10 seconds for determining init, and reduces the time considerable when switch form character to character. It also allows for the game master to quickly roll separate inits for multiple opponents instead of rolling 1 init for all bad guys except the big boss, which I have found so common these days. Hopefully, I can get more playtesting done and the final rules written.

I haven’t been putting much work into the game. My thoughts have been distracted by video games of late. In particular Dragon’s Dogma. Hopefully I will get back into it soon, but in the meantime, here’s a shot from the game.

Greetings Wastelanders,

I made some good progress on the rules this last month. Unfortunately, I’m not as far along as I had hoped and the rules themselves seem to expand as I write them. That being said, I have a good outline on the rules.

The good news is that I have already finished much of what is planned for June so I should be able to focus some time on completing the rules.

I will endeavor to keep the updates at least weekly, but I make no guarantees.