I love all my RPGs, but Alpha Blue is closest to my heart. There's really nothing quite like it. It's part 60's, 70's, and 80's sci-fi ripoff and part space opera porn parody. Alpha Blue borrows from everything, and yet it's probably the most "VS" of all my writing.
So, what am I proposing? Three separate scenarios for the Alpha Blue roleplaying game! Here are the titles... I Wear My Heart on My Sleaze (you're attending a space party and looking to score), Emergency Escape Sequence Delta Cream (your ship runs into trouble and you've got to get the fuck out of there), and Outer Rim Jobs of Ta'andor (your crew of spacers are looking for employment and crazy shit happens along the way).
I know these synopses are vague, but it's how I work. I come up with the bare bones just to get the ball rolling; as I write, new and surprising things organically evolve. So, I don't have a lot of details right now. Everything is in a primordial state. That's my own personal creative process, and it's treated me well all these years.
UPDATE: Digital artist Hal Glick has graciously donated a couple pieces of artwork for this Kickstarter. The image below (uncensored) will be a special, limited backer reward as a 8.5" x 11" signed photo (as well as being included in the PDFs and black and white print version). The $111 top tier will also be getting signed photos!
Each scenario will be between 7 - 10 pages (I usually always go over) and the print version will combine all three. This trilogy of awesome adventures (complete with various random tables, tech, NPCs, monsters, etc.) will contain fantastic artwork by various artists and shall be laid out by none other than Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design.
He's also going to create a gigantic galaxy hex-map for Ta'andor, accompanied by random tables of things going on in each sector. Simply roll dice on top of the map and consult the encounter sheet to see what's happening. So, it's basically a die-drop table and galactic map all in one. It'll be made for printing out and will be the centerpiece of your gaming table when you're playing Alpha Blue.
The image directly below is the 44" x 34" printed-out and laminated hex-map of the Ta'andor galaxy. It's huge, awesome, and created by Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design... so you know it's good.
Want a taste of the low-brow space opera that is Alpha Blue? Try this: http://www.sleazyscifi.com/#/
This Kickstarter was set up to fund all the great artwork, maps, and design elements that will go into the Battle Star Trilogy: Trek Wars PDFs. If you've seen my work, you know that I love including (expensive) bonus content: outlandish tid-bits and extravagant flourishes whenever possible.
Want to read a review of an Alpha Blue adventure? Here's a recent one: http://endzeitgeist.com/high-stakes-quay-quar-osr/
I've been doing this awhile. This might be my 14th Kickstarter, and I have lots of self-published titles that weren't Kickstarted. Here's everything at a glance: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5876/Kortthalis-Publishing
I don't think I've ever been late. Usually, I'm early and over-deliver on page count and general awesomeness. Your credits are in safe tentacles!
Venger As'Nas Satanis
High Priest of Kort'thalis Publishing & Imperial Space Sorcerer of Ta'andor Prime
p.s. If nothing else, the more successful this project is, the more apoplectic our cautionary tale curmudgeon and lovably self-righteous RPG Pundit will become!!! ;)
p.p.s. Fulfillment via DriveThruRPG (Dropbox for those of you without a DriveThruRPG account).
$2,000 - Glynn Seal draws up plans for something awesome relating to the adventures!
$2,500 - I write a bonus 4th scenario (3-5 pages) entitled Panty Raid on Palyrus 5. Everyone will get the PDF and it'll be included in the softcover, too. Because every trilogy needs that fourth installment to fuck things up!
$3,000 - I write a short story to help GMs and players envision the mood, tone, and atmosphere of Alpha Blue. That, too, will be available to everyone.
Risks and challenges
I've given myself enough time to get this done and done right. Unless something catastrophic happens (like I die, for instance), you'll get your backer rewards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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