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PostSubject: Re: Gods & Heroes (4e Clone)   Sat May 30, 2015 7:42 am

As far as I'm concerned, the more eyes on my project the better. There's no way an author is ever going to catch their own typos/logic fails on their own. Heck, my playtest last night turned up about three on its own (the online PDF was updated this morning).
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PostSubject: Re: Gods & Heroes (4e Clone)   Sat May 30, 2015 7:53 pm

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As far as I'm concerned, the more eyes on my project the better. There's no way an author is ever going to catch their own typos/logic fails on their own. Heck, my playtest last night turned up about three on its own (the online PDF was updated this morning).

Great outlook about the project. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Gods & Heroes (4e Clone)   Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:13 pm

Still think the title kind of rocks

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One suspects Lugh Long-hand Samildánach (a wright/carpenter, a sailor, a smith/bronze craftsman, a healer, a champion, a harpist, a poet/historian, a sorcerer, cupbearer) would agree.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods & Heroes (4e Clone)   Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:42 pm

Chris24601 wrote:
Then again it could just be that, like me, the above authors have limited free time and have prioritized actually working on their project over talking about it here. One of the things I noticed early on about posting here was that I could either talk about my plans for the project here or I could actually work on the project to have something to really show for it, but I couldn't do both very well. That's why my posting has been so utterly sporadic, usually after I've completed a major update to the system and wanted to share it out... because I'm too busy actually working on the project (only a fraction of which actually ends up as typed pages in the document; first I have to lay everything out and work out mechanics... something I usually do with pen and scratch paper before I actually put it into the document).

So, so true! I love 'talking shop,' but every time I open a design issue up for community input, it essentially means several days of getting nothing done. That coupled with the limited free time I have to actually work on PoL means that I have to severely restrict what I open up for discussion. So unless I'm totally on the fence or stuck on a design issue, I just keep quietly writing.

Though I think you're going to finish Terrors & Tactics before I finish PoL; I got a head start, but now that it's down to the details (specific monsters, powers, etc.) I find it hard to focus. I'm definitely a big picture designer! Idea

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PostSubject: Re: Gods & Heroes (4e Clone)   Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:54 am

Talking shop IS fun. One advantage I have with that at the moment though is that I'm deep enough into the design process that if I do hit a design issue in one section I can throw the issue out here and just work on another section until I work it out.

Currently I'm in the process of reformatting everything from the chaotic mass of one, two or three column sections that are more notes than finished material into a consistent layout complete with a fluff text and blocks for artwork to go. Along the way I'm normalizing the rules (ex. I failed to realize until this pass that Beast Empathy had become a worthless utility option since when I wrote out all the skill rules I ended up adding that ability to the default of Nature skill, but it had been lost in the massive blocks of text that were the skills section) and generally applying fixes where needed.

There are still more monsters to design (I've got humans, goblins, orcs, ogres, undead, demons and dragons plus a smattering of others done with angels/devils and the bulk of the natural species still to go) and I'll need a traps/hazards section and to expand the conflict rules from its current three pages to what will probably be closer to 20-30 (if the expansion of the character creation rules section is anything to go by), but the project is definitely only the glide-path to completion (I'd currently peg it at the end of the year for the rules proper; about two months behind my original schedule for myself; then its on to the Kickstarter stage).

I think the advantage I might have is that I'm actually more of a mechanics wonk than a big picture guy... or rather my big picture view often grows out of putting my smaller mechanical concepts into a coherent context rather than starting from a big picture and then trying to wedge everything else into it.
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