Friday Free-For-All: 6/6/14

In an effort to try to get more regular posting on the Chaos Grenade, I’m devoting Fridays to weekly ramble updates. These are essentially posts with collected, random stuff that I’ve been wanting to share but couldn’t justify writing a whole article over.

REWIRED: REVIEWED!remington_typewriter
Rob Lang over at The Free RPG Blog has posted an amazing review of REWIRED. Seriously flattering, and upon reading it you’ll be craving stew. Not joking. Even the stuff he found as faulty, I am 100% okay with because I wasn’t setting out to do anything new other than having a set of rules I’m comfortable running. What he calls the Achilles heel of the system, I consider it a personal strength, but I get where he’s coming from. Regardless, he gave it high marks, and in my book his is the approval any and all Free RPG writers should aspire to impress.

On top of that, thanks to his review REWIRED has been downloaded 1200 times this week! If you’ve discovered REWIRED through him and you’re reading this, please take time to comment and say hello! PS — In addition to Free-for-All Fridays, expect REWIRED Wednesdays for carried support!

Sigil & Shadow Progress
The initial draft is starting to wrap up — essentially all of the rules I want are present, I just need to fill in the good setting bits and inspirational fluff. This weekend marks the first official full playtest! My guinea pigs test players will be my monthly GURPS/d20 group, who just happen to be the players with the least input or knowledge of this project. Which is awesome, to me, because that means what I get from them will be completely raw reactions and feedback. Once I have a real, solid session under my belt, I plan on touching up the rough draft a bit and then proceeding with contacting people for further game testing.

Tavern Keeper
I’m in the process of setting up a REWIRED play-by-post using Tavern Keeper, a new community for rpg campaign management. Still in its early stages, I’m already charmed by what it has to offer. It has thinks you’d expect: A wiki, a discussion area, a place to keep track of characters and journals, etc. Some of these features feel barebones compared to other sites, like Obsidian Portal, but what won me over is their role-play support: you can set up scenes, with cool little dialogue bubbles between characters, that also include a built in dice roller! Plus, the GM is able to create NPC’s and toggle which character they are acting as in a role-play scene. It’s really motivated me to get back into running play-by-posts, and I’m excited to see where our campaign goes.

A Personal Update
My lease ends in July. For the past few years, I’ve been living with a rotation of friends in an apartment complex. It’s been a great time, helping me get my life back in line and helping me dust off the cobwebs of my creativity. There’s been a lot of parties, a lot of adventures, and a lot of gaming.  But now, I’m pretty much waiting for the all-clear to move into my next home. I’m excited because as much fun as I’ve had here, I’m looking forward to living in a house again, especially where my only room mates are my girlfriend and cats. Plus, I’m getting my own gamer cave / office again. We’re stupid excited to be moving into a place where we have our shared space, but also our hideaway spots. I also feel this will bring back my youtube videos and other side hobbies like it, as I’ll have more space and privacy to not be self-conscious about.


That wraps up this week’s Free-For-All. If you have any reviews of REWIRED, a cool self-published game, or anything else you want me to rant about feel free to leave me a comment or stalk me on Google Plus.


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