Aug 092016

So yeah. I’ve been playing a lot of 5E lately and have been having a blast. So figured what the heck, let’s pick up Ultramodern5 and see what this edition could do outside the normal fantasy realm. Overall, I’d say it’s pretty darned cool. There isn’t a whole lot of additional rules and there’s some pretty neat stuff that I’d like to use in my normal fantasy 5E games.
So let’s get the bits that I wasn’t that crazy about first. The classes seemed kind “meh” and designed for a particular style campaign. The RPGnow blurb does that it’s suitable for many genres but for some there’s no key underlying stuff. Space Opera sure but no aliens or starships. Cyberpunk yeah sort of but no cyberwear. Urban fantasy, yeah maybe if you do D&D in modern or near future times nothing like World of Darkness or Dresden Files. I’m not really too upset about this since I view this as core book that will or spawn various setting/genre supplements.
Now the really good parts in my humble opinion. Just like regular 5E rules, you have your class and background but Ultramodern adds a couple of more neat things. Archetypes. Yes, these are in the core rules but I like they way they’re done here better. You see Archetypes have nothing to do with your class. You just choose one. This creates a lot more options for character customization. Then’s there’s the Ladder. This is something that’s chosen at 1st level and adds another layer of customization. Think of it of picking a string feats right way. The character gains bonuses based on their Ladder as they level. These don’t replace Feats. Heck you can use those too. But my gut tells that might lead to pretty powerful characters.
So what would I use this for? Well, that all depends on players and what they want to play but my imagination is going with this one and seeing potential to do a crazy space opera or even a simpler sword & sorcery type game with it. In both cases, I’d redo and customized some classes. Replace the normal Feats with having the players choose a Ladder (which I’d also probably make some just for the setting) and probably do some custom archetypes.
So yeah. It was worth it. So go check it out at RPGNow. And. oh I’ve heard a rumor, but the PDF and you’ll be able to get the hardcopy at cost when it comes out.

Jan 182016

OK, everybody knows by now that WOTC has released the 5th Edition SRD along with the OGL plus they’ve done their neat little DM’s Guild thingie.
First, let’s get the easy part out of the way. I probably won’t write anything for DM’s Guild. Why? Well, to put it bluntly. Forgotten Realms bores me. And then there’s free-for-all of content. And WOTC taking 50% for the privilege of using their IP. Now, I’m not saying that it isn’t nice of them to open up the content, it’s just I’m totally uninspired to write anything for it. I guess I got too much weird gonzo OSR in my DNA.
That being said, there’s always the OGL and SRD. I spent a bunch of time reading the AMA Reddit thread, reading the SRD, and seeking what others were saying across the Internet. The Good: There’s and SRD. The Bad: A lot of simple things just aren’t in there. The Ugly: I know WOTC doesn’t want somebody just copy and pasting the SRD into a “new” game but come on. Don’t make reinvent and rename the wheel.
So what’s this mean for little old me and Magic Pig Media? I’m still bouncing around some ideas in my head and scribbling down random notes. Chances are that I will put out some 5E OGL stuff after putting my thinking cap on working around the SRD and making something that’s decent. Don’t worry, folks. When the ideas finally do come together, you’ll be hearing about it.
Till then roll dice, kill monsters, and take their stuff.

Jan 122016

Here’s the news. WOTC just announced the 5th Edition OGL and released the SRD. That’s great news for a little one man show like me. I know lots of people have been some things but I just didn’t want to take any chances.
There’s also another thing they started. The DM’s Guild. What’s this? Well, you publish stuff for Forgotten Realms. But you only get 50%. Here’s the link for the new store. Oh, there’s an agreement. Anything you create for Forgotten Realms anybody else can work off of and use. Sort of like open content. If you make something really neat, then WOTC can use it. You also agree that you’ll only sell your stuff there. But hey, you get to do Forgotten Realms stuff, right? On the flip side, there’s the OGL. That looks the same with all the pro’s and con’s that have been debated for years.
So what does that mean around here? Well, I still love the OSR stuff and am still gonna write it. But there’s some stuff that I thought would just work better with 5th Edition. So stayed tuned for some OGL stuff coming from Magic Pig Media. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got lots of writing to do.