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A fantasy RPG written by Sean K Reynolds, focused on easy gameplay, martial/caster balance, and rewarding social interaction.
A fantasy RPG written by Sean K Reynolds, focused on easy gameplay, martial/caster balance, and rewarding social interaction.
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Late May Update—A Bit of Life Chaos

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Hello, backers.

You may have heard that I've taken a job at Wizards of the Coast on the D&D/Forgotten Realms team. However, I'm not doing game design, I'm managing a database of lore and continuity so when Wizards needs to send info to a licensee (like a video game company), they can export the necessary data, and the licensee doesn't have to read sections of dozens of books from the past 30 years. My designer brain is completely my own, but I admit that having a full-time job does cut into my available time to write for Five Moons (in other words, I can't get 8 hours a day in on Five Moons writing, although between packing and moving I haven't had that much time free in a day in quite a while).

You may not have heard that my wife Jodi and I are getting an amicable divorce. Although that doesn't directly impact Five Moons, it is a bit of a distraction.

So what's next?

I have about four pages of armor and other equipment to write for the playtest. I'm devoting some time to that this coming Monday (Memorial Day, May 25th). And I have about six pages to write for the magic items chapter, just enough to present the basics. I'll be working on that over the next week or two (fortunately, my commute to Wizards is by bus, so I can squeeze in some writing time while in transit). Then, rather than sending it off to a graphic designer for a week to make the playtest document all pretty, I'm going to smash them together in Word and send out the PDF as soon as I can physically click the necessary menu items.

FYI, the finished parts of the playtest document currently add up to about 35,000 words, or about 40 pages. With the remaining pages for armor, equipment, and magic items, that'll bring us up to about 50 pages.

Thank you for bearing with me through these delays. I am looking forward to the playtest and what everyone has to say about the system.

—Sean

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    1. Matthew Arieta on

      Keep kicking ass, Sean. We'll wait. Put that Lee to work (he's my friend I can say this), for some art in the meantime!

    2. Toju Xinshu
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      Sean, you've always been solid, so I'm happy to wait.

      Hope your life is a little easier for a while.

    3. Adam Easterday
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      Sean: Is there any way for Inner Circle or any backers to help support development, writing at this stage? If so please let me know, I'd be happy to assist.

    4. Kimberly Moser on

      So glad to see that database we worked so hard on so long ago is still around and being utilized. :) I am glad an "old-timer" will be one of the overseers. Congrats on the job!

      *hugs* to you for all your tribulations right now. I can't wait to see your brain-child develop. Looking forward to the playtest materials.

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      Sleet
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      Thank you very much for the update, Sean. Here's hoping everything turns out for the best once the dust settles.

    6. Brian L. Bird on

      Sean,

      Life has a way of pulling us around. Physically and emotionally. Been through the divorce stuff, twice. Physically wish I was packing up and moving to a full time gig. Driving school bus p/t, awaiting a response from ONI Press on a comic submission, and the patience needed for something better to come along is hard to manage.

      We're here for you.

      Brian

    7. Brian L. Bird on

      Sean,

      Life has a way of pulling us around. Physically and emotionally. Been through the divorce stuff, twice. Physically wish I was packing up and moving to a full time gig. Driving school bus p/t, awaiting a response from ONI Press on a comic submission, and the patience needed for something better to come along is hard to manage.

      We're here for you.

      Brian

    8. William Buxton on

      My condolences for your troubles SKR, quite surprised at the occurances. Pity your newfound job is in fact interfering w/5M in some way. I appreciate you giving us this update, I only wish your schedule allowed give more regular updates.

      Lastly, I look forward to being one of the people giving feedback!

      Anyway, for Magic Items, is it not going to be going up to 25th level? For playtest, its important we get all levels of play covered/supported, as I'd rather not we have the situation like with 3E, where it only got proper playtesting up to 10th level. As then we'd be failing even the "sweet spot" of D&D-esque play! that'd make us all sad bunnies.