Vaporware? [UPDATE: Sort of.]

I sent the first part of the game I’m writing to the guy who commissioned it. However I haven’t heard back from him, even after sending a follow-up email a while later. So I’m thinking maybe he’s abandoned or changed his idea.

That’s a shame, but at least I got some money in advance, and I can use some of the ideas in my Gigacrawler game.

UPDATE: The guy just got in touch with me, and told me ‘the business model has changed’–it seems like maybe he’s writing the content himself. Anyway I’m surplus to requirements as suspected ūüôĀ

I’m still here.

I thought I hadn’t posted for a couple of weeks. Turns out it’s more like a month.

Anyway I haven’t been idle in that time.

I was hoping to have Ideas and Inspiration… volume 2¬†at least in editing, if not finished, by now. However the person who promised to edit it for me has said they can’t. So the whole thing’s been pushed back at least three months.

I finished the first part of the game I’m working on, and sent it off to the guy who hired me. I’m waiting on his feedback.

The latest part of My Name Is John Carter is scheduled to be published reasonably soon.

I’m not going to properly start the Gigacrawler game (which will be pen-and-paper) until I finish the (computer) game above. However I have 30,000 words of a previous unfinished game which will serve as a first draft.

Similarly, I’m probably not going to start Anarchist Prince of Mars (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-like mashup novel) until I have at least one current project finished.

Every time I get on the net…

There’s an ad telling me that German secret societies made contact with Nordic-looking beings living inside the hollow Earth.

Uh, if that was true I think the Reptilians would know about it.

(filed in ‘publishing’ because I assume it’s a target ad based on the stuff I’ve been downloading for Ideas and Inspiration… vol. 2)

90,000 words!

I’ve written 90,000 words of Ideas and Inspiration… volume 2. So I should be sending it off to be edited soon.

After I finish that, I should be making more frequent posts. With Ideas and Inspiration…, I already have more ideas than I can use. So I haven’t put a lot of effort into getting feedback. After this I’ll be working on my Gigacrawler game, and I want a lot of feedback and playtesting.

I’m also continuing to work on My Name Is John Carter, a verse version of A Princess of Mars. This will apparently not be in Cirsova magazine issue 3, but will be in¬†issue 4.

Finally, I’m considering writing one of those books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where it’s partly using public domain texts. My idea is Anarchist Prince of Mars, a combination of Memoirs of a Revolutionist by Peter Kropotkin, fiction about Mars including the Barsoom series, and original material.

PS Last time I looked, volume 1 was back in the top 100 of science fiction and fantasy writing guides.

Infinite Dungeon and an unnamed board game

I’m thinking about what to do after I finish¬†Ideas and Inspiration…Volume 2. I have two main ideas.

Both ideas would use both a board and a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style system of paragraphs.

i) I talked about this idea before¬†here, but since then I’ve changed it¬†considerably. This is the current version:

Everyone who ever lived on Earth finds themselves reborn in a different galaxy. An alien species, who translate their names as¬†the Archons,¬†says that they’re responsible. They are, unsurprisingly, regarded very highly by reincarnated humanity–in some cases literally worshiped.

A few people, however, are suspicious. Some¬†wonder why their new bodies are sterile. Some¬†notice that the Archons are vague about the lifespan humanity can expect, and whether they can expect to be born a third time.¬†Some¬†scientifically literate people who lived in the modern era are bewildered¬†by those¬†who claim to have lived in a¬†civilization of the distant past, whose existence seems not merely unsuspected but actually impossible. The player characters in this adventure board game attempt to find out the truth of the Archons’ motives (there are several possible answers).

The game is cooperative, and so could be played by a single player controlling all the characters.

ii) The Infinite Dungeon. This is, broadly, ‘D&D as a board game’, like The Sorcerer’s Cave or¬†Four Against Darkness.

This dungeon would be ‘infinite’ in the sense that it can be as big as the player wants, and in the sense that you can play it an indefinite number of times with different results. The system of paragraphs allows lots of different possibilities, because the player finds out what they need to do as the situation comes up, rather than having to memorize every rule beforehand.

This game could have its own system, or could use an existing role-playing system (probably pre-3rd-edition D&D). However the player would be expected to run the entire party, not a single character. This game could be played by a single player opposing several NPC parties, or by multiple players, each of whom controls a rival party.

Please let me know what you think of these ideas.