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Title: An Open Request for Help
Post by: Le Joueur on March 07, 2008, 04:12:46 PM

You probably don't know me, but I used to moderate this forum ( here on the Forge.  I haven't poked my head in here for almost five years.  I found great deal of value in the thoughts shared here, but between sliding into mental illness and the distraction of maintaining a presence on a forum, I had to take a break.

However, development on my game system, Scattershot (, hasn't been on hiatus.

I have moved forward on my plans to integrate Genre Expectations ( (here too ( and Transition (scroll way down) ( into the system.  For the short term, to more focus my thoughts, I'm starting with a four-color superhero genre.  (A great example of which that I just finished is Soon I Will Be Invincible (

Late last year I decided that the 'as a publisher' approach was going to leave me with nothing.  I set aside the idea of self-publishing, even not-for-profit.  Weirdly, it seems I'm not the only one.  A couple of months ago, it seemed like there was a noticeable shift around the indie game scene.  A number of people have much better and more thought out reasons to drop publishing.  I just wanted to bust my creative block.  So listen to them, not me.

After a few mentions ( of the flood of bad indie games (, the reasons NOT to publish were examined. Jonathan Walton (, Clinton R Nixon ( and Fred Hicks ( wrote on how publishing is not the way to make friends and influence people.  Jonathan specifically officially gives up the money ( side of self-publishing.  Then Joshua A C Newman shows us ( what we can avoid doing this.

That said, I wanted to let everyone know that I have begun posting Scattershot presents: Universe 6 - The World of the Modern Fantastic ( on its own website.  (And I'll add a forum as soon as phpWSbb catches up to phpWebsite 1.4.2.)  Feel free to drop by.  Let me know if you would like to help out!  Playtesting the pre-alpha begins immediately.  Feedback is highly welcome (and you can even make corrections yourself!).

Now, for 'specific inquiries' (, Genre Expectations ( are one of the core concepts of Scattershot (and core to Transition ( as well).  Do you think introducing a 'character sheet' that the gamemaster fills out (a Milieu Sheet), with Stats, Ads and Disads would be a clear way of settling the group's expectations?  (I put up one example of a Milieu Disadvantage ( on the site so far.)  The system rewards players and the gamemaster for 'playing to' the Milieu Sheet; is this too weird?

Thanks a lot for your time and attention!  Stop by and help if you like.  I enjoy the input!  Feel free to register and add your own tropes to my list (

Fang Langford