Monday
Feb112013

Marchland Player's Guide Now Available

Based on popular demand, we have created the Marchland Player's Guide. This guide contains everything players need to create characters for the Marchland setting, as well as common knowledge of the city of Brighton Bay.

In short - it's everything but the spoilers.

If you have been interested in playing in Marchland, this is your chance to check out the setting and its unique character concepts without investing in the full book.

The Marchland Player's Guide went on sale today at DriveThruRPG.com for $5.99USD.

 

Sunday
Feb102013

The Fae Realms

Of the many existing realities that make up the otherworlds of Marchland, Arcadia is perhaps the most famous and well-traveled. It is also one of the more Earth-like for climate and geography. Distances and directions mostly conform to Rational norms, and the Fae realms have been relatively stable over the millennia. This might make travel to Arcadia sound normal, even safe. Many have foolishly believed this.

Don't be one of them.

Arcadia may seem predictable, but it isn't. It is as mercurial as the beings who in dwell there. Arcadia is a pocket universe built on intent, and Fae intent can reshape it on a whim. Always pay close attention when getting directions in Arcadia. A favorite pass time of the Fae is watching gullible mortals grow angry and frustrated as they wander in circles. The fact that those mortals may be dying of hunger or thirst has little meaning to the Fae.

Fortunately for the daring or foolish, Arcadia is stable enough to map. Below is a reproduction of the most accurate map of the Fae realms ever found. Titles have been removed from this version, but will be added later. We have simplified this map so we can focus on the basics of navigation. 

This map looks similar to Mercator maps of Earth, but there are a few key differences:

 

  • Arcadia wraps upon itself both radially and axially. It is continuous in any direction.
  • Directions are not given in North, South, East, and West. They are instead given by the relative position of the seasonal nations. If you are traveling from Ostara to Mabon, and pass through Lammas, you would be traveling Seasonally. If you went through Yule instead, you would be traveling Anti-Seasonally. Directions toward either coast are simply given as Left and Right, relative to a Seasonal facing.
  • Many of the geographic features, even the major ones, tend to wander a bit, but remain close enough to what is shown here, that you should have little trouble locating them.

 

Sunday
Nov252012

Boons and Favors on Advancement

I was contacted recently with a question about purchasing Boons during character advancement. My answer was basically "Why not?"

Boons and Favors were intended to be used during character creation, but there's no reason why they couldn't be earned later on. As long as the GM and players agree, I see no problem with it. Boon, Favors, Scourges, and Burdens were always meant to balance with Edges and Hindrances. There may be a few that are slightly under- or overpowered, but only slightly.

Also, if everyone agrees to allow this, I don't think Scourges or Burdens should be required to balance Boons or Favors. Since Boons and Favors are similar in scope and power to Edges, requiring the player to take Scourges or Burdens would probably feel a little punative.

Of course, situations vary and fun is always the ultimate goal. So, I try to keep that in mind any time I tweak the rules.

Cheers,

Mark

Sunday
Nov252012

It's Quiet...too quiet.

I wanted to post an update, so no one thinks I've vanished for good. I started a new job recently, while still working the old one. Between the two, my available time was basically reduced to zero.

Thankfully, life is starting to calm down a bit so I'll be able to pick up the pace on the Otherworlds Sourcebook for Marchland as well as working on our next project (more on that soon).

Back to the Otherworlds Sourcebook (working title). It will contain information on:

  • The Wildwood
  • Arcadia
  • The Oubliette
  • The Brighton Bay Underground

Some of the Primal Powers from each realm will be in there and more detail on Fae culture and history.

 

Cheers,

Mark

 

Monday
Oct152012

Marchland PDF - Now Available!

No iPad? No problem.

The PDF version of Marchland is done, and available at DrivethruRPG and the Pinnacle Entertainment PDF Store.

For those of you who already purchased the PDF from DTRPG, you can now download an update that fixes some minor layout issues, and corrects all known errata.

Cheers,

 

Mark