Apparently it has; my last post is dated 5/10/15. So, how did this happen, and what have I been up to? Is the TerracideRPG project still moving forward?
Yes. Yes it is.
I’m eventually going to need a kickstarter campaign, but Terracide is going to be an all-digital product, with a print-on-demand option. I made this decision after examining a lot of failed kickstarters, and finding that two of the most common failure points were printing and fulfillment (shipping) problems. Since this is my first kickstarter, I’d like to stay away from both of those issues altogether. I’m publishing a Terracide pdf which won’t require shipping. And there won’t be a print run as such, but a print-on-demand version will be available, and shipping will be included in the POD price. What that means for the kickstarter is that any additional rewards or stretch goals will have to meet the same criteria as the Terracide RPG: digital or POD products only. And I’ve been working on that for the last few weeks.
One of the ideas I came up with was to assemble a few short fiction pieces based in the Terracide universe into an anthology, and offer it as a kickstarter reward. I’m not a big fan of long-winded fiction pieces in the middle of RPG rule/setting books. When I’m trying to suss out rules for character creation, combat, running a game, or whatever, I do NOT want to wade through someone’s in-universe fanfic for half an hour to get what I came for, thank you very much! So I had these stories, and I knew they didn’t belong in the setting book, but they were pretty good.
Putting together an anthology for the kickstarter seemed like a good use for the stories, but I’d need a little bit more material, and I’d definitely need an editor. Not to mention a “reality check” on the whole idea. A friend of mine had written an excellent short story for Terracide, and I had a couple more. He also worked as an editor, so I asked him to look over the stuff I’d written. Were they good enough to offer up for sale? Yes they were, he said, with a little editing. (Actually, his reaction was considerably more positive. Awesome, he said.)
So this is what I’ve been doing for the last month or so: Editing short fiction based in the Terracide RPG setting. And I started a new part time night job last week, which will bring in money for the project and still leave lots of time for writing. So that’s keeping me busy as well.
I’ve also been doing some work on both of the Plot Point Campaigns I’m planning to publish. If you’re in the Evansville, Indiana area and interested in play-testing on Sunday afternoons, contact me via e-mail.
Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without an excerpt from one of the stories I’ve been working on. Be warned, this has not been to layout yet. The words are all there, but it still looks rough. When Layout Girl gets done making this look beautiful, I’ll post an updated version. Meanwhile, enjoy.