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An update on what's happening with Heroes of Oz.

Oh, did I mention the Kickstarter to happen in October? Well, it's happening. Stay tuned.
 
Our website is currently down, but that's not keeping us down. We are working on getting it up and runing once more.

However, I've been busy getting an updated and revised version of Instant Oz prepped up. The rules have been adjusted and updated, to make it even closer to an Oz literary experience. The Abilities have been replaced with Approaches from Fate Accelerated, and I've reworked how Gifts work slightly, to make them simpler. Also, I've done a lot of proofreading and caught a lot of mistakes I let slip by before. Those mistakes are no longer there.

All in all, it gets better all the time, and what you see in Instant Oz is what you're going to see in the Heroes of Oz Core Rulebook when October's Kickstarter is all said and done.

Just to give you an idea of what's coming, here's a couple of finished pages. Input is welcome, but I think this setup is easier to read and flows better, and yes, Heroes of Oz will be in full color.

-Mike
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I decided to try out the Stakes rules for RPG's that were written by +Levi Kornelsen . I have to admit, it did take some getting used to, thinking on my feet to figure out Dangers and Opportunities, but by the end of the session, it started to become second nature. I do believe I want to work this kind of thing into more games.

We decided to play in the world of Sgt. Frog, an anime. My one player, +Jude Dodd , played an uplifted cat who had to rescue Keroro's Gundam model from the Pikoponian girl's bedroom. He challenged me, that's for sure.

The dice system I decided to use was from the Moonlight System I'm developing. Roll a d10 per dot (1 thru 5), try to get an even result, each one being a success, or a "hit."  Rolling a 0 on the die is a "Full Moon" and counts as two hits.

The Stakes system seems to be great at helping someone learn to think on their feet better. It was doing that with me. Neat side effect. Thanks for the great rules, Levi.
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Glad you enjoyed 'em!
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This is from an eye-opening documentary by Laurie Gabriel called "Heal our Schools." Here, we find out what teachers are required to do during these all-important tests that they're forced to teach to.
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It's not efficiency they seek, it is the appearance of efficiency.
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<me watching Jeopardy>

Category: "Quad" - "Along with Munchkinland, one of the countries in the fictional land of Oz."

<no one answers> Quadling. Quadling! <silence, me screaming at TV> It's the friggin' Quadling country! QUADLING!! <bee-bee-beep>

Alex: Quadling.

Me: Read a friggin' book for a change! <Mom grins at me>
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Jacob Wood's awesome Fudge-based Psi-Punk is in here, along with several other great offerings (I want to try Spark, as well). Psi-Punk is a neat cyberpunk setting, different from a lot of cyberpunk settings.
 
Here's another Bundle of Holding offering Fudge fans might be interested in!

This one features small-press games from the Indie Game Developers Network, including Psi-Punk -- a Fudge game with high-quality production values and (of course) the best RPG system on the planet. (Okay, so I'm biased... but Fudge is Superb, and so is Psi-Punk!)

Oh, yeah, there's a bunch of other neat stuff in the bundle.
Buy early, pricing goes up as the offer goes on! Psi-Punk is part of the "starter pack," but you'll also get the bonus offerings that get added later on for your entry price!

Sorry for all the excited Exclamation Marks! but I LOVE Psi-Punk (although I've never had a chance to play it, I bought it when it was first available) and these Bundles of Holding are great ways to support the designers of the games included.

Ann Dupuis, Grey Ghost Games

http://bundleofholding.com/index/current/name/IGDN
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My Scrivener workspace for my Heroes of Oz RPG. Before I took a course in how to use Scrivener effectively, I had text files and Word files and scribbled notes everywhere and on multiple devices, but now I'm getting more done than ever having it in the one program.

I used it for NaNoWriMo a few years ago and then bought it (they had a discount code for people winning the 50K-word challenge), but never knew really how useful it was until a few weeks ago. Not only is Heroes of Oz getting done quickly now, but I'm also starting to import my other projects, like Gauntlet Alliance, into it, as well.

You can buy it at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php - Trust me, it's the best $40 you'll ever spend if you're a writer.

Also, the font in the main window is called Open Dyslexic, and it's a font for people with certain disabilities that cause problems in reading. My Tourette's causes me to have reading problems, and this font is helping me to read ebooks in certain programs, but it's also helping me to get my work done. If you have problems or know someone who does, check out the font here: http://opendyslexic.org/

Ideally, I'd like to produce two versions of Heroes of Oz: one regular, and another laid out using Open Dyslexic. Think it might help people? I do.

And yes, Fudge afficionados, you're seeing that right. Five-Point Oz.
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This almost happened to me at Hasting's. I really didn't call the counter girl a bitch; I don't even know her to make that kind of judgement. Fortunately, she listened to reason when my partner talked to her after I left. Some people aren't so lucky.
A Toronto man with Tourette syndrome says he was kicked out of a downtown nightclub after a bouncer mistook his tic for a sign that he was using drugs.
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I was excited when I made this progress.
 
All right, Ozites, some great news. The first preliminary draft of the Heroes of Oz game is finished, and I'm pretty happy with where it's at currently. The final rules may change a little between now and release, but at least the main thing is done.

The rules have changed slightly from what you've seen in Instant Oz, and they're better for it, so I'm going to have to update that soon.

Now we're going to get the Kickstarter campaign planned out and started, and I'm writing up some blog posts to keep everybody updated and entertained. 2015 is shaping up to be pretty cool, wouldn't you say? Let's get this game off the ground!

-Mike
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Neat. I think i might budget to support this.
 
I'm supporting this, as of just now.
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Lately, at work, Jude's been driving me around for my deliveries so I can take it easy while my foot heals. Today, between deliveries, I started playing around with the idea of a "Manos: The Hand of Fate" role-playing game, which got a grin out of him, and I got to tossing ideas around about emulating cheesy, low-budget movies in role-playing games, and he asked me if I was talking about doing a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" RPG.

My response was, "No, not really. More like a 'Low Budget Movie' emulation game..." but the more I talked and thought about it, the more I realized that I could do it for MST3k. In fact, while I was talking, I ended up pretty much coming up with actual mechanics for emulating a low-budget movie in the Fudge System.

So, the way I figure it, the GM would be the "Executive Producer" and the players would not only portray the characters in the movie, but would also take on the roles of production crew, like scenery, special effects, etc, and when you start a new scene, players roll against stats like "Budget." No Difficulty, but you have to describe what it looks like depending on the role.

I think that Ed Wood would have rolled low during "Plan 9 From Outer Space." I could see him getting a Poor result and having to describe "You can kind of tell this is being filmed in a kitchen" and "You can see the strings."

And players could get extra Fudge Points if they riff on the movie being played.

After Heroes of Oz, I may have to do this game. Whether it would be done under MST3K or under the title "Low-Budget Thriller" this is the kind of game that has to be made.

#fudgerpg #mst3k #edwood  
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