Data Orb, Stretch Goal Preferences, Foil Choices, And Other Topics
Lots of topics today!
- What is the Data Orb?
- Stretch goal preferences: rank the GM screen vs. character sheet pad
- Foil and leather(ette) choices
- Gen Con events
What is the Data Orb?
The next stretch goal is the Data Orb, an exciting MCC supplement. Exactly what is this? It’s more than a game aid – it’s something that will make you a better GM. And it is primarily written by TSR legend Tim Kask. Tim was TSR’s first employee, the original editor of The Dragon (back when it had “The” in the name), a player in Gary Gygax’s original Metamorphosis Alpha playtest group, and an editor at TSR when Gamma World was being developed. Tim has also recently collaborated with James M. Ward on a forthcoming SF adventure called Dark Colony. And Tim is the driving force behind The Data Orb!
This most holy of ancient relics has been passed down between tribal shamans from generation to generation, for thousands of years. When held in both hands by shamans of exceeding intellect, this golden orb contains and communicates the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of every shaman who has ever held the device. Communing with the orb grants the user access to a huge database of information on how best to navigate and survive the terrors and travails of Terra A.D.
This digest-sized PDF is both a supplement to MCC RPG and an actual in-game artifact that can be used. Written in collaboration with TSR veteran Tim Kask, this digital collection of gaming advice and best practices from the dawn of role playing games has been written specifically for the MCC RPG system, all contrived in the in-game voices of long since perished shamans and mutant tribesmen.
Contains sage advice and vignettes on such topics as:
- Never split the Seeker team.
- Never fire a particle beam weapon into melee.
- Always listen at the computer-locked door first.
- Conserve your resources - you have more arrows than dazer pistol charges.
- How to keep a clear firing solution for your wetware programs.
- Never attempt to master that smart metal unless you’re sure. Real sure.
...and much more.
In game: PCs consulting the orb merely do so by activating it and rolling on the handy tables located at the front of the booklet.
Out of game: This sage tome provides a basic introduction to game mechanics of MCC RPG.
The Data Orb is our next stretch goal, at just a couple thousand dollars away. Help us clear it! It is a PDF goal, and what the heck, we'll add it to the print block as well.
Stretch Goal Preferences
As the following stretch goal, several backers have said they’d prefer to have an MCC judge’s screen over the character sheet pad. For the $160,000 stretch goal, cast your vote, backers – character sheet pad or judge’s screen? Most votes wins!
Gen Con Events
Although MCC RPG won’t be published until next year, the game is very playable in its current manuscript form. Jim Wampler has been running games for years, and he (and others) will be running games at Gen Con this year!
If you will be at Gen Con, definitely play in Jim’s 0-level funnel tournament Reliquary of the Ancient Ones. And look for the various other MCC events on the schedule. You can get the complete events schedule on our Gen Con page.
Options for the Foil Hardcover
For the foil art, some backers have expressed an interest in green foil. To take a step back, there are options for both the foil and the cover material. I think a fun possibility may be to print the cover material as a green surface, then layer on gold foil to that. I happen to have printer samples lying around my desk so here are a couple shots of possible color options. This specific material is called Skivertex, and it is a durable surface for book covers. (We’ve used similar materials on our other gold foil products, though never in green.)
I love the idea of a green theme. But rather than use green foil, I would lean toward a green cover material, topped off with a gold foil. Thoughts?
Lots of topics today. While rooting around my printer samples, I also came across some leather samples I have. Leather is more expensive but can achieve more subtle textures and colors. Specifically in regards to the color green, there are several interesting options available. A leatherbound edition of MCC RPG would be pricy – the book alone (no slipcover or print block) would be about $120. But it could look really cool. If there is sufficient interest, we can add a leatherbound option. Let us know.
And finally, for those interested in learning more about the printing process, I (Joseph Goodman) will be running a seminar at Gen Con called Book Manufacturing 101. Every time I make a post like this, I get questions on print production. Feel free to attend the seminar (see our Gen Con event schedule) if you want to learn more about these topics.
That's all for today. Let us know on "character sheet pad vs. GM screen" and any preference for foil / leatherbound options!