Forge Engine beta feedback (pt. 3)

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Welcome to the third in-depth beta feedback and system discussion for Forge Engine.  This post contains feedback from RPG.net user Imbrium. In the text below, the text in italics is the comment from the playtester/reader, and the following normally formatted text is my response and discussion.  Consistency: You use diamonds with numbers in the middle to […]

Forge Engine beta feedback (pt. 2)

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Character Sheet, Combat, Forge Engine, Game Design, Mechanics, Playtest, RPG, Rules, Skills, Spells

Welcome to the second in-depth beta feedback and system discussion for Forge Engine.  This post continues feedback from Reddit user htp-di-nsw. In the text below, the text in italics is the comment from the playtester/reader, and the following normally formatted text is my response and discussion.   Again this post continues the page-by-page feedback, but we also get […]

Forge Engine beta feedback (pt. 1)

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Character Sheet, Combat, Forge Engine, Game Design, Magic, Mechanics, Playtest, RPG, Rules, Skills, Stat Blocks

This post and the next few blog posts include long and in-depth feedback and discussion from the recent Forge Engine beta playtest and feedback process.  In the text below, the text in italics is the comment from the playtester/reader, and the following normally formatted text is my response and discussion.  Special thanks to Reddit user htp-di-nsw for […]

Forge Engine hits Beta

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Adventures, Characters, Forge Engine, Game Design, Playtest, Role-Playing, RPG, Rules, Settings, Skills

Work on Forge Engine has continued, and I’ve now gotten the system to the point where it’s effectively Beta.  For the non-software developers out there, this basically means that: The core system is complete The content is largely (or wholly) complete Some bugs may remain Check out the latest playtest packet on the Forge Engine […]

The Road to Ruin aka Holiday Report Pt. 2

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Art, Board games, Combat, Game Design, Game Publishing, Mechanics, Playtest, Rules, The Road to Ruin, Uncategorized

I tend, as a designer, to rush to artwork and layout quite early in the design process.  While other designers recommend waiting as late as possible before incorporating these graphical elements, I have not managed to internalise this habit. With The Road to Ruin, I quickly moved from the white index cards to template cards that I […]

Playtesting the Forge Engine

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Tonight was our first playtest of a new game system I’m working on called the Forge Engine, which is an Abilities and Skills based d10 system: •   Ability and skill based system (classless)•   Give players freedom to craft their own characters•   Increased power through larger dice pools (d10 dice)•   Opposed rolls for combat to keep participants engaged•   Skill challenges against […]

Maze of the Minotaur Adventure Playtest

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Adventures, Combat, Encounters, Hero Kids, Maps, Playtest

Playtester 0 (Violet, aged 4) and I spent an hour last night playing through the Hero Kids premium adventure Maze of the Minotaur. I’ve mentioned Maze of the Minotaur briefly before, but this adventure deserves some attention because it’s quite different from the game’s normal adventures.   Maze of the Minotaur is different because it features a […]

Hero Kids alpha playtest complete

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Art, Game Design, Hero Kids, Kids, Monsters, Playtest, Role-Playing, RPG, Rules

After several weeks of thorough testing, the alpha playtest of Hero Kids is now complete.   I’ve gotten back a whole bunch of useful feedback from the various testers and their tiny helpers.   Thanks guys and girls! I’m currently working to implement the changes and suggestions that have come up in the testing, I’m designing more adventures for […]