September 29, 2016

GURPS Day Summary Through Sept 29, 2016

Thursday is GURPSDay. We're entering the last day of the Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter. It fully funded during Day 16, about four days ago, and is still going strong. It looks to be pushing to around $155,000 plus another $30K from W23 sales, which gives us the 180,000 stretch goal of a month of Pyramid (one issue) for all backers who pledge $50 or more.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last 10-25 posts for every blog that has posted. This is a lot of posts - the GURPS blogging community has picked up rather a lot of steam recently, a phenomenon I hope that GURPSDay has helped with to a small degree.

I can only offer this exhortation: back the Kickstarter. Blog more. Create more. Refine your writing technique and participate in the community-driven submission process that is writing for SJG. They're a tough crowd, and their standards are high. But if you can write for them, you can probably write for anyone.

Even yourself.

As always, if you're interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line.


September 28, 2016

Special GURPSDay for DF Kickstarter

GURPS is getting a much-needed shot in the arm thanks to the Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter. It has met and exceeded its funding goals, and the SJG team have made it so that any purchases of GURPS products on Warehouse 23 also count for "how well did the KS do" when it comes to stretch goals.

As a by-the-way, there were some last-minute goals added. They're good.

I upped my bid to $550, committed to go to GenCon in 2017 (though that was a bit of enlightened self-interest too), and am looking forward to meeting Sean and some of my long-time collaborators in person.

Tomorrow is Thursday, which as always is GURPSDay. Since I started it in January, it's grown to over 60 blogs, some of which post every day, others post less frequently, but we tend to average about one post per blog, or a bit less.

This means that over the last 9 full months, 36 or so weeks, there have been thousands of posts. That's a lot of content being generated by a pretty vibrant community.

So tomorrow, a day before the Kickstarter ends, I'll be posting the last 25 posts from each blog. That could be 1,500 links (it won't be; Wordpress only pulls the last 10, Blogger goes to 25). But you will be able to see what's going on.

You will be tempted to join in. Start a blog. Write stuff. Show your creativity. And support the system, so that we can get more great stuff like the DF Boxed Set.

September 27, 2016

Aeon Campaign S3E10 - Operation Viking (planning)

Dramatis Personae
  • The Commander (Doug) - telekinetic super-soldier with a really angry dog (Yukio). The dog is a powerful ally (250-300 points) and very intelligent and very, very aggressive.
  • The Rat Queen (Emily) - brick with super-perception; made of actual rats
  • Zephyr (Merlin) - Real name Murui; Shaolin Kung Fu expert and super-speedster.
  • Eamon Finnegan (Kyle) - smooth talking gravity-master; Ultimate Fighting Lawyer, to borrow a phrase.
  • Ezekiel (Christian) - Techno Master, Genius, Esper, Super Archer
The Rise of the Machines

So, we just made Ultron. Eamon is unconscious from using some sort of ultra-power. 

Can we turn it to scrap metal? Retroactive termination? Prosecute for illegal immigration (technically, it's somewhere between a natural-born and unnatural-born citizen).

She stands up, and looks around. She crawls out of the crater like evil robot spider Gwen or something. We decide to call her Natalie. Because Ms Portman was in Black Swan, and this robot chick is going to almost certainly kill us all.

We interact with her a bit . . . badly. Eamon is reacting more or less like, well, Kermit the Frog as we talk to her. We go from "What am I?" "you're a person." to Zephyr telling her that as a Buddhist, her responsibility is to the whole world. We cover ethics and morality in one sentence, courtesy of The Commander ("Ethics is what is proper; Morality is what is right.").

We download some database stuff, and spend about 7 hours talking about a person's place in the world, etc. We manage to install Code of Honor (Heroes), Cannot Harm Innocents, and Sense of Duty (Humanity). And five points left unspent.

Eamon "feels her up" with gravity sense - she's about 65 liters in volume, and probably weighs about 350-400lbs. 

Anyway, Ezekiel has a convenient "I will know your power" skill, as well as what can she do with it, thanks to his gadgeteer and other abilities. She seems to have some sort of ability to manipulate kyberian energy. 

September 26, 2016

Back from Thailand! Major Status Update

Wow. I have traveled from Minneapolis to Penang, Malaysia many times in the past. This was my first business trip to Thailand.

Bangkok is closer than Penang by a bit - maybe two hours, but for whatever reason, this trip hit me harder. Both directions, the trip was pretty tight, and accomplished in three legs. First was Minneapolis to Portland, then to Tokyo, where we landed after boarding started on my final flight. Then to Bangkok, where I then had to catch a taxi downtown instead of staying at the airport hotel, and then three-hour commute to Korat (Nakhon Ratchisma) to show up for work at 9:30am, which was pretty good, actually.

I thought I'd get a lot of writing done on the trip. I got some done - a bunch of monsters for Dragon Heresy, plus going over some playtester feedback and fixing some inconsistencies that cropped up in The Book of Heroes through the many revisions the rules have gone through.

But I was really jet lagged through the first two days, then the third day was a night out to dinner in Korat, then some more socializing the next day, and then back home. Four or five hours in traffic from Korat to Bangkok (airport hotel this time!), a few hours sleep, then the 5:55am flight to Tokyo (6 hours, maybe 6.5), then a short layover in Tokyo, then 9-10 hours to LAX, two hours in the airport, then 4 hours to Minneapolis. Would have been 3, but we had to route around some significant weather. I slept most of the first two flights, which helped me with jet lag but did not help me write, since the two activities are mutually exclusive.

Anyway, the blog has been pretty empty over the last few weeks. What's been going on?

September 22, 2016

GURPS Day Summary Sept 16 - Sept 22, 2016

Thursday is GURPSDay. We're entering the last week or so of the Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter. It fully funded during Day 16, about four days ago, and is still going strong. It looks to be pushing to anywhere from $135,000-165,000, but that's not the full story, because ANY GURPS purchases count towards the stretch goals. One of those that has already funded is a second adventure ("Dungeon 2").

Below you can find the blog activity from the last seven days. I'm posting from Nakhon Ratchisma, Thailand today, aided once again my my lovely and talented wife.

Over the last week there have been 36 GURPS-related posts from our list of 63 blogs that have popped up on the radar screen as of Friday about 9am in Thailand, which is 9pm in Minnesota. 



Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you're interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line.



September 19, 2016

Note: Thursday Sept 23 GURPSDay - one ping only

This thursday, Sept 23, there will be only a single GURPSDay pull, done likely around 9pm CST. If in the past you've timed your posts to get picked up in the late pull I usually do around 10-11pm CST, that won't happen. Also, running the script in the morning will also not occur. 

Just a fair warning - GURPSDay will happen, just a bit more sparse than usual. Next week we're back to normal.

dhc

September 15, 2016

GURPS Day Summary Sept 9 - Sept 15, 2016

Thursday is GURPSDay. We're a week and about $90,000 into the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter. At this point, it would appear that it will fund sometime next week, and Kicktraq suggests a final tally of $120-150K.

Below you can find the blog activity from the last seven days.

Over the last week there have been 55 GURPS-related posts from our list of 63 blogs that have popped up on the radar screen as of 230pm CST, which is a good start. I know there's another blog out there, too - I'll add that one in later..


In the first week of the kickstarter, we're hitting a pace of just shy of $90 per pledge, and this has held steady. SJG has found a way to guarantee European shipping at $30 per order (or thereabouts - go read +Phil Reed's precise wording for details), and so with 15 days to go, we need perhaps 100 more backers to get where we're going. Don't make them wait - the higher the funding of this project, the more they're convinced GURPS has life in it. Also, if you're new to GURPS, the "I want it all" level of $250 now contains over $500 of product. 

They've also started a "character backstory" contest on the SJG forums, and promised a set of pregenerated characters for the game. 

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you're interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line.



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