Interim battle report

My recent inactivity on this very blog site may have led you to the assumption that enthusiasm is waning; have no fear though, as this is certainly not the case! This post is partly written to atone for my abstinence from blogging, and partly to keep you up to date with recent developments.

 

To introduce the post, though, I’d like to present a second guest blog from my steadfast confidant and stalwart supporter, Mr J:

 

Mr J here guest blogging again. I have been dragged in to the plethora of Red Scar kicking and screaming. In showing my age I missed the YTS scheme (topically compared to slave labour in the day) by a few years but it feels like that bullet has come to find me. The tsunami of words that Mr Langers has produced recently has resulted with my literacy servitude that is proof reading. In all seriousness I am happy to release the inner evil critic as nothing pleases me more than the text being awash with the red stains of editorial comments; coupled with the added suspense of waiting to see how much of my superlative feedback has been ignored! The net result is my fingers started tapping a sort of prose. I wouldn’t classify the following dialogue, as it’s only meant to be tongue in cheek, but I found it amusing to write and needed to get it out of my suede!

 

Brooding and pensive a man sits all alone. He stares off into the distance wishing for a creative boon.

What can preoccupy a man so intently? What facet of sub consciousness can turn it to clarity? What dwells in that grey matter? What germinates and grows? Can it become something tangible, a inspirational thought from below.

Youthful in looks, even for all of his years. Hair isn’t his best friend, except what grows out of his ears.

A lean, active build, a regime of sleepless fervour. If he isn’t playing with trains he’s a practising family herder.

Fashion has been paraded on a catwalk, whilst younger, swooning middle aged ladies in the audience couldn’t get closer. Little did they know he was really very scruffy. He was happiest on a surfboard with his feet wet and flappy. I fear troubling times as a flat cap has been donned. Is he making a statement or just got a cold bonce?

A childhood of make believe, books of rings and anything fantasy. Roleplaying with the neighbours, with a youthful voice all squeaky. A snotty-nosed school brat in the background for now, just listening to the storytelling and quietly learning how.

Back to that man with a furrowed brow and intense look. He has created and is creating many things found in future books.

Can this be Steve Jobs or that character by Steve Coogan, no it’s the man who didn’t call his company after a Leviathan!

 

Due to the reoccurring theme of blogging personal news and inspirations on his site, I thought it only fair to give a third party perception of the man that is KPLangers. For those concerned I can confirm that this isn’t a ‘bromance’, I think…

Oh, and how come we can communicate over the distance of light years with the Mars Rover but most of Cornwall is still devoid of mobile phone reception?!!

 

Thanks again Mr J! Some very poignant narrative there; particularly in reference to my loss of hair and the mobile phone signal in Cornwall 😉

 

I think the point for all to see is that I certainly haven’t been sitting idly by! On to recent events then, and the reason that this blog has suffered slightly in previous months:

 

The Purging of The Crucible – which is scheduled to be a 64 page adventure for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game – is almost complete. Feedback from the first round of playtesting has been received, many thanks to Bill Heron and his guests at Conpulsion! Text has been edited and is now out for playtest round 2. I must say that I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive comments received so far, and I truly hope you enjoy the story once it is released.

 

Plymouth Writer’s Group International Writing Competition 2015 – I submitted two edited entries. While I didn’t win any prizes, I did become a member of this esteemed band of local authors. I was privileged to be invited along to one of their monthly meetings and very much enjoyed being encouraged out of my comfort zone.

 

UK Gaming Media Network – Some of you may have picked up on the news from my facebook page but I feel it necessary to include the news here, as my membership with UKGMN will certainly help to shape future posts. I’m honoured to be included on the roster for this eclectic gang of gaming gurus. Thanks for the recommendation Bill!

 

Additional to, and alongside, these three personal achievements there have been some major developments for Red Scar:

 

The player’s guide to an exciting Pathfinder campaign has been completed and submitted to the publishing company that holds the license for the adventure arc’s setting. There is currently no news, but to say we’re excited at the potential prospect of unveiling this to the rpg community would be an understatement.

 

Toma has completed a large amount of the art for the forthcoming Mishima megacorporation faction book that will expand upon the material presented in the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Core Rulebook. Although Toma is modest about it, I personally cannot wait for this art to be previewed!

 

Scott Schomburg's cover for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game, featuring some vintage npc's!

Scott Schomburg’s cover for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game, featuring some vintage npc’s!

Successful completion of the Mishima faction art led directly on to Red Scar being commissioned for the complete art package that will illustrate the Dark Symmetry Campaign for the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game. Both Toma and I feel venerated by the opportunity that we have been presented with by Chris Birch and the Modiphius team. Having read the campaign thoroughly, and having been party to the art direction process for this monumental task from the outset, I know that every Mutant Chronicles fan will enjoy getting their teeth into this epic campaign when it is released – quite literally!

 

There is plenty to do beyond all of this, however, so expect more regular updates in the future. Toma and I will of course also continue with our Empire building series, which will hopefully provide invaluable insight to our processes and particulars to date.

 

With Red Scar firmly established, a great relationship solidifying with Modiphius, and assignments near completion, 2015 is set to be a stellar year!

 

New Year, New Beginnings

Welcome to my first post of 2015; what a start we’ve already seen! Christmas and New Year passed seemingly in the blink of an eye, followed swiftly by three members of KPLangers celebrating their birthdays over one weekend. We’re slowly settling into some kind of rhythm for the year now that festivities and preparations have successfully borne fruit, and as a family are looking ahead to some great times together. Hopefully you’ll enjoy sharing some of these moments with us as our year progresses.

 

Both Helen and I have seen our year start successfully as we take our first steps along our independent, yet mutually supported, business ventures. Helen created Happy Feet Childminding towards the end of 2014 following a successful and outstanding Ofsted inspection of our home. It didn’t long for Helen to gather her first children to mentor following receipt of her official certification as a childminder; I have no doubt that Helen’s passion, creativity and diligence eased any doubts prospective parents may have had at leaving their little one in someone else’s care, and have absolutely no doubt that Happy Feet will continue to grow – particularly as the whole of KPLangers continue to show their character by helping and supporting when they can. Helen has continued to build upon these initial foundations by taking steps to create Happy Feet’s own website, which is already very much taking shape!

 

Alongside Helen’s and Happy Feet’s success I’ve had my own personal success, which is coupled closely with outstanding news for Red Scar. Founding a business has been a steep, sharp learning experience, although I’ve had invaluable support from both Chris Birch, founder of Modiphius, and Toma Feizo-Gas, founder of Vulcan Design Forge and Senior Art Director for Red Scar. I make no apologies for mentioning this again if you’ve been following my posts from the start; I’m honoured by (and slightly in awe of) the support these two industry stalwarts have shown me since the outset. To cut to the quick: Toma, myself and Red Scar have been presented with the opportunity to produce a full-fledged adventure for Modiphius and the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game. Add to this the fact that we’ll be creating one of the first official standalone adventures produced for Mutant Chronicles since its 2nd Edition days, and you may begin to appreciate how truly honoured I am to not only be able to write for Modiphius, but also to be able to work alongside Toma on Red Scar’s first official venture as we create almost everything Modiphius will need to put together an outstanding adventure. We’re already hard at work as we look to create a product fit to take its place amongst their award winning catalogue of roleplaying game material. Check back in for regular updates both here and at Modiphius as this progresses.

 

We’re also in the very final stages of wrapping up a presentation to an established American publisher of roleplaying game material. Again, I can’t give away any specifics, but I can tease you with two outstanding character pieces which have been produced by the team over at Vulcan Design Forge. It’s really something to see my original visions and initial tentative direction become a reality, particularly as it’s hard to convey how much work and direction takes place to bring an image like this to you. I really only have Toma to thank  as I present these to you: for placing faith in me, for invaluable guidance and instruction, and for stepping in when my direction lacked…well…direction! The first of these pieces is the final render of Red Scar’s very own Kyra Red – I think you”ll agree this is a fitting character piece to the very lady who lends her name and background to our company. The second character piece is of someone I very much enjoyed creating as I wrote the material for this work – Red Scar present to you Perseline: local soothsayer, witch and potion-maker extraodinaire. More than that I cannot say unfortunately 😉Kyra RedPerselineFinally then, over on the KPLangers facebook page, I revealed the fact that I had entered Paizo‘s RPG Superstar 2015 competition. I was very happy with my submission – which I can now reveal below – until I realised I had committed a basic and cardinal error in my submission. I set to voting with a vengeance as soon as the first round allowed, yet slowly began to question why I hadn’t come across my own item as I did so. I appreciate there is a cull prior to voting being opened, yet I had been quietly confident that my item would have had at least made it past this first obstacle. A few niggling clues in some of the entries I had been furiously voting on led me to re-examine both my own entry, and the submission guidelines. To my horror, I realised I had busted the 300 word limit by 34 words. My tired eyes had assumed the entry required 300 words of descriptive text, exclusive of the statistical format surrounding it. On a second read, with more attentive eyes, it became clearly apparent that the 300 word limit was inclusive of the format surrounding it. Game over then, I thought. To the credit of Owen K.C. Stephens, game designer and lead judge for the competition, I was advised to wait for the round finalists to be revealed, as there was an outside chance my entry could be chosen as one of the four wild cards. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case, so it only remains for me to say best of luck to those who did make it through. I shall strive to make a better account of myself next year following this  simplest of errors. Lesson very much learnt! Here then is the final edit I submitted:Rod of Sinful Torment

I hope you all achieve your own goals and personal success throughout 2015, best of luck in your endeavours! As always, please feel free to leave a comment; I’d be particularly interested in your thoughts on Kyra, Perseline and my RPG Superstar entry 🙂

 

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