Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quick Hit: How Dimensional Travel Works In My RPG

I've talked a little bit about my in-development RPG, tentatively called Breach, and I'm starting to put together something more than notes on a legal pad. One thing I did last night was sketch up a basic primer on how Dimensional Travel, the key component in many ways of the setting, is achieved using the technology of that world. I thought I'd throw it up here, just for kicks and see if it makes ANY sense to anyone but me.

It's so hard to boil things down to the basics so that they can be explained easily. Hopefully this works toward that purpose. It will be presented as part of a larger document, addressed in-character to player characters who require a basic understanding of how the tech works.

A portion of the fluff text is below, then the primer. Forgive it, as it's rough, but I thought you might enjoy the work in progress; click the image to view a larger version in another window.

Understanding our world as it exists today is a study of equal parts history and science. History, to understand our forebears and the society that they built, and science to understand the complex technologies that led to their sudden and complete downfall. Due to the incomplete nature of our understanding on both those points, a full discussion on these topics is highly involved, often delving into theory and the best guesses of our scholars. For our purposes today, however, we can go over what we understand of the history and technology of our world from just before The Collapse until now, using as little conjecture as possible. For your purposes, this should suffice.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Call Your Shot: The New Spider-Man Will Be...

Is he strong, listen bud...

So, tomorrow morning USA Today will have the scoop on who will don the red-and-blue (or, red-and-black, it seems) to become the new Spider-Man after Peter Parker died saving his friends and family. When the "Death of Spider-Man" was announced for the Ultimate Comics imprint, I got into a short exchange with author/creator/godfather Brian Michael Bendis over whether or not this is a tired stunt, or something very compelling. The jury is still out, in my opinion, but so far it seems that BMB and Marvel have kept their word that this is a real event and changing of the guard, not the same tired drivel we've seen with the "deaths" of so many characters in recent years.

So, who will it be? I have no idea. This is dangerous territory, because there are 100 ways to do this wrong. Let's look at a few: