Your foot taps nervously on the ice, a light crunch sounding from the ever-present frost sucking onto the floor of the Fortress of Solitude. You’ve spent the last three months of your afterlife inside of this iceberg, but you still haven’t gotten used to it and the cold air molests the back of your neck, your wrists, your face, trying to slither its way into your clothes and freeze you to death.
Jonathan’s cavernous voice is echoing all throughout the huge ice chamber and even as your back grows cold from an errant draft of air your stomach churns like boiling lead.
Graduation. This is it. Three months of training and your final test is about to take place before you can become a true member of the Guardathings.
So that’s how it starts.
This weekend @Rolling20s is headed to his second gaming convention, SCARAB in South Carolina, as a marketer for Joseph Devon Industries. You may remember our first attempt at this back in October. I sent @Rolling20s to a smaller convention with a table set up in the sales hall and no business cards. It was not a rousing success, sales-wise, but we learned a lot and decided on a new course of action. Instead of manning a table with minimal passing foot traffic, it might be a lot more effective to design a tabletop RPG based on The Matthew and Epp Stories and have @Rolling20s run said game at the next convention.
Which is exactly what we did. And what the opening paragraphs of this post are about.
We didn’t work out every detail of the game we developed, but we did put together a hell of a one-off adventure using the FATE dice system which stars you as a Guardathing about to graduate to active duty inside Jonathan’s ice fortress. Just one final test left and then you can start your first detail!
Yeah. Then things continue to get worse from there. Hee-hee.
I’m rather proud of what we’ve put together and I really think it’ll be a lot of fun, draw people in, and hopefully sell some books.
Results will be reported next week as well as, hopefully, some recordings of game play.
Now get out there and get to work; those testers aren’t going to guard themselves.