On Objectives, Capturing Them, and Holding Them
Above you can see "Emile", the recon Hi-Leg owned by Alef Torrad, on patrol through the bamboo thickets of Gurst.
Some last-minute items!
Before the Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack Kickstarter closes tonight, I wanted to make sure all the new backers knew all of the stuff that's been happening here. Thank you, backers! Thank you if you've tweeted, demoed, backed, asked questions, answered questions, figured stuff out, or shown off your photos. Thank you for giving creators the ability to live on their creations and thank you for sharing your knoweldge and enthusiasm with each other.
Who wants a T shirt?
If you want a T-shirt, please remember to increase your pledge by however much you want to pay for one! Please keep in mind that they cost me between $10 and $20 apiece. On your final survey, I'll ask you if you paid what you want and what size you are.
Below is the T shirt design. The saying was written on airplanes from the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. It was later adopted by Woody Guthrie who stuck it on his guitar.
Mobile Frame Pilots and Mechanics
Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack is designed and marketed to be a community project. I'll be keeping track of sites of community support at MobileFrameZero.com but I need time to work on that site first with the help of Hannah Shaffer of the Owl & Raven Community Space of Northampton, MA where MFØ got a lot of testing.
Until that site is complete, this list will have to do!
- No B.S., Just ABS is the premiere Mobile Frame Zero blog. It's full of great designs going back into the Mechaton years.
- DivNull has been around for who-knows-how-many years, too. Lester loves creating LEGO® instructions and has produced the ones for Mobile Frame Zero with extraordinary skill. Lester also gives an amazing amount to Kickstarter projects in general and runs an award called the DivNull Lark where every year he gives $1000 to a game that he thinks has interesting potential.
- The Mobile Frame Garage on the other hand is the shiny-eyed new kid. The list of MFØ-friendly LEGO® kits could be really useful.
- The Mobile Frame Hangar is where MFØ players can go to hang out, swap hacks, and discuss interpretations and implications of the rules.
- The Mobile Frame Zero Wiki is also fast becoming a major resource for players and anyone with any questions about the genre, the structure, or the rules. Please contribute!
- Orion 6 is Greg Strom's setting that he's building around the conflict on the eponymous planet. His mobile frame designs are stunnning.
- The Mobile Frame Zero Facebook page is of course synthesizing much of this stuff every day. There are 200 members over there now and the community is keeping on top of new sites and designs as they arise.
- The Mobile Frame Zero diceroller is gonna be fantastically useful. If you've got an internet connection handy, it'll make you able to roll all the dice you need. You'll still need a pile of yellows and blues to mark the board, but that's all!
- The Mobile Frame Zero Flickr group, of course, is already mind-bogglingly, incredibly awesome. I can't wait until I have time to sit down and build some robots. You guys are making some incredible things.
Keeping in touch
Want to get in touch with me? Want to see what I'm up to? I'm @JoshuaACNewman on Twitter. You can also email me: I'm firstname.lastname@example.org. You can probably infer from that that my website is glyphpress.com as well. I talk about a lot of science fiction and fact there.
Vincent, the designer of Mobile Frame Zero, can always be found at lumpley.com and is @lumpleygames on Twitter. He talks a lot about game design theory — that is, what makes games interesting endeavors and how to encourage the behaviors that make them most interesting.
I hope we get to play together sometime soon!
Below, you can see two of Vincent's ST-07 Chubs. The one in front is carrying a double-Blue system to cover for the frame behind him. They work as a two-man shield wall on offense and as a mobile fortress on defense.