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!

 

The conflict of solitude

Has it really been that long since I’ve posted? Time  has certainly flown! It’s not been down to a lack of commitment or loss of momentum; more the opposite in fact. The demands of my undertaking have been pretty relentless to be fair. I wouldn’t like to be misunderstood here as I’m not bemoaning my circumstance or seeking pity. I’ve made a choice to change my life and I’m working hard to make it a reality, but there certainly is a lot to juggle. That said, I’d like to start this post by again thanking my wonderful, understanding, supportive and insightful partner in both life and love. My enthusiasm sometimes loses you, yet you always try your best to follow my thoughts. Big kudos also for the unremitting support Mr J has provided, including some wonderful contributions to my efforts. I’m working hard to see them in print for you. Again, also a big thank you to Chris Birch for his continued help in many aspects, despite being extremely busy himself on many of his own projects.

 

Working on this project has left little time for other pursuits I’m afraid, which means I’ve had no time to continue the story of Shaemus over on wattpad or even to produce the review of Fate Core that I’ve been promising. I have had a chance to read through the system though and I must say, I’m immensely impressed. So much so that I intend on making use of Fate Core in my project, though more on that later. Now, you may be asking yourself why such an established and polished system as Fate Core could possibly need another review. You’re probably right in thinking that it doesn’t, but I’d ask you to bear with me on this one please: think of it more as a learning process and chance for me to practice my reviewing skills. Which leads me neatly in to the title for my post. If you manage to find some time for some research I would highly recommend foraging for other people’s writing experiences. By that I mean how many different methods writers employ to allow their creativity to flow to you, the reader. I don’t just mean the methods they employ, which is clearly an important part of the process, but the whole experience: surroundings, mood, research, musical influence, et al. I’m of the opinion that there is no right or wrong answer, it is very much down to the individual. I prefer to write in solitude, sometimes in complete silence, other times with music which suits the mood for the piece I’m writing. My current employment will also sometimes see me complete an entire shift without having spoken to another living being. Although this respite from human contact is occasionally welcome, writing can sometimes be a lonely experience. Where am I going with this? Let me cut to the chase – please feel free to leave a comment, just so I know you’re out there and interested in what I have to say. You’re support in any small way through critique, suggestion or positive reinforcement makes this whole process more than the mere ramblings of an as yet unpublished writer and will let me know that I can overcome my enforced solitude by reaching out to you through the power of the written word.

 

On the gaming front it’s been a case of our group getting together to plan ahead and look at a date for a fresh start. I like to run games for my group which have sprung from my own creativity but unfortunately my undertakings have left me with no time in that area either, so we’ve taken the collective decision to run more pick up and play type games for the time being. To that end I’ll be rebooting the Carrion Crown Adventure Path from the third module, after having stopped near the end of the second some time ago – perfectly in time for Halloween. I’m very much looking forward to this as I enjoy a sense of horror and tension in my games. I’m sure you’ll hear about this in future posts! We did manage to squeeze in a play-test of the Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition beta rules, using the short adventure and pre-gen characters provided with the RPGNow download. Chris Birch, founder of the Achtung! Cthulu and Mutant Chronicles publisher Modiphius, kindly sent through some updated character sheets for us to use, so we’re looking to further play-test Mutant Chronicles in a mass combat situation very soon. More to come on that also in future posts, particularly as the much anticipated finished product will be with us in November.

 

Lastly, I’d like to talk about the all-consuming project. It’s still very much progressing, though it will soon be taking a very different direction – self publishing through the power of Kickstarter! Before I continue in more depth on that, I’d like to tell you that the Paizo license submission was finished and submitted. Massive thanks to Toma Feizo Gas and the Vulcan Design Forge, Arthur Tanga and his creations and our map artist for all of the hard work to see that finalised! If I’m able to at some point, I will post it here for your comments as we were quite proud of the finished piece. I’ve had a tentative email response from Paizo and am awaiting further events, though I haven’t sat still. My intention has always been to take a step into the world of self publishing and, having had several conversations with experts in various fields, this will soon be a reality. Our team is hard at work on various iterations of the overall idea and product. We will very soon be releasing a small, free PDF which will introduce you to a kingdom building campaign employing the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Ultimate Campaign and Mythic Adventure rules; that’s right, a kingdom building campaign of epic proportions! Set on my home-brew campaign world of Tanrisal, this will be the first of a series of campaign arcs introducing players and GM’s to this rich setting. There will be seperate posts, pages and updates for this as we progress so please add, like or follow to receive your updates and pass the word around. As mentioned earlier, you can also expect Fate Core variants of this in the future! We are all massively enthused by this project and are very much looking forward to unveiling it to you as we progress. I don’t want to say too much more, as it will be the subject of future posts, but I’d like to leave you with a concept image produced by Toma for the central character from one of my stories over on wattpad, who will also be making an appearance in the forthcoming adventure series : Kyra Red. Bearing in mind that this is a concept sketch and not the finished piece, I think you’ll agree it’s a stunning piece and certainly does her justice.

Kyra Red concept sketch

I’d like to sign off with a challenge. I challenge one of my friends or followers to leave a comment on anything related to this post, be it your own writing experiences, thoughts on my self-publishing quest or the concept of Kyra. I shall look forward to replying!