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Sunday, September 13, 2009

[Gaming] PBAM...-

My father's death and the two months prior to it, have worn me down a good deal, and I am finding it difficult to resume a normal sleep-cycle, and also feeling a tad bit ill (coldish).
--As such, my ability to focus on the re-arrangement of the Players' Manual is virtually nil at present.

However, I have been reading several other games, far outside of the mainstream, let alone the 'Renaissance', and I have even found time to play one brief starship combat boardgame, which was a lot of fun even despite my having lost.

Yet, I have found it necessary to tinker with game design nonetheless, and am working on a mini-game (not a micro-), the acronymic title of which is PBAM. I will keep this secret until the iteration 1 reveal is ripe.
--It is similar-enough that clever gamers could incorporate or borrow aspects of it, or even integrate it whole cloth with other well-known/-loved games of OSers, although the setting and subject matter is distinctly modern and somewhat foreign, as in OAV-inspired. ;)

This little project is likely to be about 16-24 pages in length, and I hope to distribute it through my LuLu storefront, and possibly Indie Press Revolution or other pdferies for kleingeld, as it were.
--It utilises the standard set of polyhedral dice, but operates more along a Pool mechanic than a d20 or d%-based system.

Okay, I'm off for a nap.


  1. I know it's a little late in the game, but my sincere condolences for your loss.

  2. I wouldn't know the first thing about game design, I admire those of you who have the passion and intellect to do it.

  3. @CR: Thnk you.

    @PaladinInCitadel: Dunno about that, man. That card stuff you are working on as well as your analysis of MR is just about everything one needs to cobble-together a functional game. But, thank you just the same. I appreciate the compliment. :)

  4. Intrigued, and hope you are doing as well as can be expected.

  5. @Ryan: Yes, Thanks. :)
    --PBAM is my second entry into this genre. I wonder how many folks will recognise the underlying source material. :D

  6. I'll be keeping an eye out for this project as it develops...

  7. Thanks.

    I'm working steadily on it.

  8. Is "PBAM" the noise made by an imploding space ship?

    Just wondering...
    ; )

  9. JB,
    --That got a laugh out of me. Thanks. :)

  10. I have been reading several other games, far outside of the mainstream, let alone the 'Renaissance' What would these be? Just curious. Looking forward to the release. Keep us all in the loop.

    Keeping you in my thoughts during this time.

  11. 'Rusty':

    * I have been reading Precis Intermedia Games' (formerly Politically Incorrect Games) Genre Diversions 3E, Hard Nova II, Earth AD2, and Iron Gauntlets, as well as their WARCOSM space combat game

    * Deep7's XPG System: Bloode Island

    * Greg Stolze's One Roll System-based games, Reign, and my favourite, A Dirty World

    * Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder: Chapter 1 - Lady Blackbird

    Thank you.

  12. I have been tinkering with the vs. Monsters engine myself, both for a fantasy game and for a weird RIFTS-like world (but without the kitchen sink). Part of the beauty of the OSR is being able to look outside of it.

  13. Never hesitate to give yourself a break. Creativity requires nurturing and incubation. This is often confused with "slacking off" by philistines and trollish oafs. :D But artists create because they have to, not because they want to. You'll get back to it soon enough.

    As long as you are taking a break, I'd love to know what you think of my Campaign setting for D&D 3.0 ( It's not Old School, I realize, but I didn't even know there was a renaissance when I started this project. Now that I have a 200K word novel finished and am 150K into the next one, it's a tad late to change over... :D

    Also, have you considered DriveThruRPG for distribution? I just put all my stuff up there yesterday, and I've already gotten half as many downloads as the last month at Lulu. I'm quite happy with DTRPG's tools and tech support so far (much happier than I am with Lulu, and I realize Lulu is one of the better sites). Sadly DTRPG doesn't do POD, but for downloads, I would think they're a much more targeted audience for you than Lulu.

  14. Yahzi,


    I think Prime is a significant departure from the traditional D&D world-setting that it is easier to discuss its uniqueness rather than its relation to standard fare. The tone is also readily different in a way I cannot easily sum-up, but one that only puts a greater polish on all of Prime's distinctions. Everything down to the adversaries and their full/fair treatment in the text makes the World of Prime as instantly noteworthy as Al Qadim or Kara Tur, without suggesting explicit elements of either. :)

    I am considering DTRPG even more fully now that you have suggested it with personal experience. :)
    --Thank you. :D

  15. Kyrinn, so sorry to hear about your father. And sorry at my delay in expressing it.

    We missed Aethyiin last night, although it would have been very risky for her ( three dozen arrows shot at us, everyone took some damage.) And I could have used her to point out to Jaxson that the bear REALLY did look angry.

    My guess for PBAM is Pretty Bored Alphabet Monkeys. Characters are one of the infinite monkeys in a room trying to type the works of Shakespeare.

    Again, my condolences and I hope to 'see' you soon.


  16. :) Thanks! Although... I don't actually know what Al Qadim or Kara Tur are. :D