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Introductions (please say "hi")  - 
 
Thanks for the invitation! I've never considered myself much of a designer, more of a storyteller, but I'm honored to be a part of the group. :)
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Hmmm... I'll have to think on it. Obviously you have a different approach here than in some of the other communities I'm a part of. I would get folks involved and ask them to blog about their design activities and how this community helped with those tasks. But that's just me. I'm looking forward to gleaning other folks' approaches to storytelling myself. :)
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Brian Fitzpatrick

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Moebius Adventures and Wild Games Productions are at it again, releasing a brand new Lost Age Adventure for Swords & Wizardry White Box into the wild. This time designer Vince Florio tells a story that takes place in the unforgiving Frozen North and revolves around the rumored powers of a rare flower... 

Please take a look at The Purple Lotus and let us know what you think. It is a new chapter for us in terms of design and layout, offering a larger format (full 8.5 x 11" pages), a color cover, and much more content. We hope you like it!
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The latest Lost Age Adventure is out in the wild from Moebius Adventures for Swords & Wizardry White Box! The Purple Lotus from designer Vince Florio features an expanded format, much more art, and the first color cover on a Moebius product in 8 years. Check it out!

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/adventures/the-purple-lotus-a-lost-age-adventure/
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Looking for feedback... Figure this is a good place to ask. :)
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Ok. Here's two revised covers for The Purple Lotus... 

The one on the left is the same as the one I posted the other day, just with white text (title in a slightly larger font) and a darker purple background. 

The one on the right has a different image (an actual Purple Lotus flower) and teaser text along with the changes above...

Any preferences? Suggestions? 
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I think the mountains look like a default desktop background, personally. The flower is nice.
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Brian Fitzpatrick

New Game Previews  - 
 
Almost there... The Purple Lotus - the next Lost Age Adventure from designer +Vincent Florio from +Wild Games Productions  and yours truly for +Moebius Adventures  is almost done. It's 16 pages (11 of content) and over 7,000 words now - with art from a variety of folks like Jason Banditt Adams and +Peter Saga and Mickey Fitzpatrick along with some maps from me...

Worked editing in from my Mom (proofreader, English teacher, and editor extraordinaire) today and trying to find my packet of ISBNs so I can actually print a copy of this puppy to see how it looks as a softcover, saddle-stitched adventure.

This has taken a lot longer than expected, but I think it's looking pretty darn good. 
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Got it and am responding on your picture. :)
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Could this man be part of an underground fighting ring? An ancient warrior who just happened to have two swords on his walls? Or could this be one hell of a comic book origin story? 
An Argentine steelworker and his wife were awoken early Friday morning by a gang of armed burglars looting their house. Two of the three men had guns, but they didn't get a chance to use them before the sleepy homeowner took a samurai sword off the wall and savagely "smote them in the arms" with it.
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The latest Lost Age Adventure is out in the wild from Moebius Adventures for Swords & Wizardry White Box! The Purple Lotus from designer Vince Florio features an expanded format, much more art, and the first color cover on a Moebius product in 8 years. Check it out! 

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/adventures/the-purple-lotus-a-lost-age-adventure/
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The latest Lost Age Adventure is out in the wild from Moebius Adventures for Swords & Wizardry White Box! The Purple Lotus from designer Vince Florio features an expanded format, much more art, and the first color cover on a Moebius product in 8 years. Check it out!

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/adventures/the-purple-lotus-a-lost-age-adventure/
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Islands of the dead have appeared in many worlds over the years. But there's tons of great fodder in this article, from NPC names and history to potential story seeds.

I'm a fantasy guy, so I have always had the concept of a "City of the Dead" manned by a cult of embalmers and ghouls (real or imagined). Take your body there and you "know" it'll be taken care of.

In the modern world, this would be awesome in something like Gotham... What kinds of things are still wandering around on this island being reclaimed by society as a place to prettify? 

And in the future... why stop at an island... Perhaps there's a whole planet of the dead? 

The possibilities are endless. ;)
Hart Island, the city’s graveyard for unclaimed bodies, holds many stories, myths, and visions. Can the most recent plan, of turning it into a public park, become reality?
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Too bizarre. These two bodies are found in chairs at the bottom of a river. Though these two skeletons are fake, it would be a heck of an interesting encounter for a campaign...

Could be mundane... they were waiting for the end of the world (Three Gorges Dam flooded hundreds of square miles and I could see someone deciding that drowning in a flood was a good way to go out...).

Could be occult... they saw something they shouldn't have and were trans-located in a transference of mystical energy. 

Could be gonzo... They were time travelers and somehow misjudged their landing. 

But whatever it is, it's freaky. :)
LA PAZ COUNTY, AZ - A man snorkeling in the Colorado River makes a scary, but embarrassing discovery when he comes across a couple of skeletons in the water.The man was diving near the Arizona-Cali...
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Ok folks... I'm caught in a pricing conundrum and hoping you can help. When I think mainstream OSR (is that a thing?), Goodman Games has done a great job of providing some amazing content for Dungeon Crawl Classics over the last few years with an Old School feel. So I decided I'd take a look at one of their top selling modules and take it apart to look at it from a production standpoint... how many words? pages? pieces of art? etc.

Using some numbers from my own experience (per word writing costs, editing charges, cost for a 1/2 page b&w art piece, etc) I came up with a ballpark estimate for what I think their product cost to produce. It's a SWAG - nothing more - but it offered some insight into what it takes to produce what I think of as a more quality product if that makes sense.

I then used the same method to take apart a recent product for Moebius Adventures... and I'm still at a loss on how to price this damn thing. Obviously my products don't have the budget of a Goodman Games product. But what's the trick to balancing the product cost with what the market will bear as far as consumer pricing?

Is there a successful way to look at this and come up with an approach that is more financially feasible? Anybody have any guidelines or experience to share in this area?
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Never forget, you don't have to pull computer files off the market.
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Though this seems mundane, I wonder if it could be an island rising in the Pacific - perhaps the resurfacing of Atlantis... Maybe it's a Kaiju infestation like in Pacific Rim? Or even more evil... it's the Old Ones from the Cthulhuverse doing some terraforming before they arrive to take over... :)
Mr D from 63 writes A mysterious "warm blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be the reason why US West coast states like California are experiencing their worst ever drought, a new study says. From the article: "Nick Bond, a climate scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oce...
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Geek, Gamer, Blogger, Writer, Developer, Music-Book-and-Movie Lover. Come see http://www.gameknightreviews.com for one of my passions!
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Fitz is a software engineer and writer who lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and three rats, trying desperately to survive the chaos.
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Self published a RPG and now am writing about others' RPGs. :)
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  • Red Hat, Inc.
    Sr. Software Engineer, 2009 - present
  • Information Handling Services
    1993 - 1996
  • New Era of Networks, Inc.
    1996 - 2000
  • Sybase, Inc.
    2000 - 2009
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