October 31st, 2010

Planets of Peril

And there was MUCH rejoicing!

As of about an hour ago I've finished writing Forgotten Futures XI!

I now have to do all the boring stuff like convert it to PDF and HTML, put together all the other contents of the distribution disk, get it mailed out, etc. etc.

The bit I really hate doing is the last bit of writing for the main book - the back cover blurb.

Since Forgotten Futures is on line as a free download I don't have to worry too much about the blurb selling the game. But since I want there to be a back cover if people print it out, I need to write one. This is what I've come up with so far (all text up to and including my name is small caps, the title is slanted, etc. as in the icon):


FORGOTTEN FUTURES XI:

PLANETS OF PERIL

ROLE-PLAYING IN THE WORLDS OF
STANLEY G. WEINBAUM’S
1930S SCIENCE FICTION
BY MARCUS L. ROWLAND
  


Adventures across a Solar System where every world has life and many secrets:
  • Venus, where the fungi and spores will eat you if the plants and natives don’t!
  • Mars, home of cryptic friendly natives at least as intelligent as mankind!
  • Io, the jungle moon, where tiny natives view humans with hostile eyes!
  • Europa, an unspoiled Eden where mankind may be the serpent!
  • Ganymede, the tidal moon, where you either swim or die!
  • Titan, Eskimo hell, source of the most beautiful gems in the solar system!
  • Uranus, the great enigma, a huge habitable world that’s still almost unexplored!
  • Pluto, lair of the pirate queen Red Peri, and home to strange and deadly living crystals!

Includes full details of all nine worlds and the asteroids and major moons, complete spaceship operation and construction rules, a detailed adventure campaign, three long adventures and eighteen adventure outlines, twelve ready-to-use characters, and much more!

Forgotten Futures XI is supported by online downloads including deck plans, spreadsheet templates, and a selection of Stanley G. Weinbaum’s science fiction stories.

www.forgottenfutures.com ~ www.forgottenfutures.co.uk

This game has been put on line as a FREE download; you are asked to register if you find it useful. Please inform the author if you are charged any other fee to obtain it in any form.

The illustration will be a small version of the "Red Peri Passing the Moon" illo, which will also be my front cover, with a very faint spaceship outline behind the text.

Any thoughts?
Planets of Peril

FF XI Completed

An announcement I'm posting several places, apologies if you see it more than once.

As of about an hour ago I've finished writing Forgotten Futures XI!. It's a little later than I'd hoped, but nowhere near as bad as I'd feared, it looked at one point like I'd never finish. It weighs in at a massive 178 pages, including seventy pages of adventures and adventure outlines.

I now have to do all the boring stuff like convert it to PDF and HTML, put together all the other contents of the distribution disk, get it mailed out, etc. etc.

The usual time frame for this is two to three weeks, so hopefully it will be on its way to everyone around the middle of next month, and on line a little before Christmas.

Because postage is still my biggest expense, I want to make a special offer to everyone who has registered and would normally expect me to send a disk by post: If you are prepared to receive FF XI as a download, rather than on CD-ROM, please let me know - I will donate 50p to Cancer Research UK if you are in the UK, £1.00 if you are overseas.

Please could all registered users make sure that I have your current email address (and postal address if I will be sending you a CD).

The deadline for everything is a couple of days before I start sending disks - I'll post again as the time gets nearer.

Posted to my web sites and to the ffutures_news blogs on livejournal and insanejournal. Apologies if you see this more than once.