Comic Relief 2019

#1
This is a blue sky thinking post:

March 2019 is Red Nose Day.

Once UKGE is out of the way, I intend to start work on a Comic Relief TTRPG Book. All profits to Comic Relief charity in perpetuity.

1. raise money for charity
2. Promote this wonderful hobby to new players
3. Act as a portfolio for the talents on the U.K. TTRPG scene.

I have my own ideas and will be writing round officially for support/contributions after UKGE, but feel free to throw any idea, suggestions, comments into the pot here.
 
#2
I think this is fantastic idea, Simon, and I would love to contribute. Do you envisage it being a pot pourri of RPG stuff, or is it going to be comedy focused?
 
#4
I think this is fantastic idea, Simon, and I would love to contribute. Do you envisage it being a pot pourri of RPG stuff, or is it going to be comedy focused?
At this stage what do YOU think is best? I’ll post my ideas in a bit.

(Though any attempt at a Comedy Focus may cause me to walk. I’m not personally a fan of forced humour in RPGs.)
 
#5
Ok, since people asked, my thoughts for a Comic Relief TTRPG book are:

1. it needs to be written for maximum audience. Not just for us quirky independent role playing types.
2. We need to have stuff for the mainstream D&D and Pathfinder type audience.
3. It needs to be accessible to people unfamiliar with the hobby so it can act as an intro to the hobby.
4. So it'd be nice to include some lightweight OSR rules which newbies could use off the bat. (I already have an idea.....)
5. Then some OSR/D&D adventures playable with the rules in the book and/or 5th Ed/Pathfinder. (I may finally write my own one hour introductory adventure to replace the Matt Colville one I keep using).
6. Advice for new players eg. An article telling them how to get started in the hobby.
7. Other RPG games could be included to show the breadth of the hobby but I think they'd have to be short and self contained (story games, or things in the vein of Lady Blackbird.)
8. List of all the blogs, podcasts, forums, conventions in the UK.
9. List of contributors (which could act as a portfolio for people seeking production partners in the future).
10. Keep it simple. B&W trade paperback - unless we get loads of offers of free good colour artwork. Contributors supply everything complete. I'm not going to project manage matching writers with graphic designers, for instance.
11. However, if we have anyone offering editing/layout skills etc. contributions would go to them to add a professional finish.
12. PDF and POD through DRIVETHRURPG. Set the profits do go directly to Comic Relief.
13. After discussion with at least one potential outlet, they'd buy the books full price so the charity donation is made at supply level. I'm not keeping complex accounts. I'd probably do a voucher to give anyone offering to buy the books for sale to offset postage costs.
14. I reckon we could turn this out for £10 a pop, so maybe £15 as its for charity.
15. Yes I'd contact DRIVETHRURPG and Comic Relief for advice.
16. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Comments? Please can you plus rather than minus my ideas. Or suggest replacements/alternatives.
 

Guvnor

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#8
Ok, I shall set it up straight away!

I assume u want it public, or do you want it private or restricted in some way?
 
#12
Strap line... Everything you need to know about RPGs but were afraid to ask.

Title:
Roll a D6
Roll the Bones
Game On
I'll have a think and see if I can come up with something better.

And we definitely need a page at the back of the book giving links to The Tavern, UK Roleplayers, various podcasts and online articles.

I'm up for doing maps if people need them for scenarios. Or I have a mate who has done professional maps for fantasy novels. He might be up for doing one for charity.
 

Guvnor

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#13
I suggest we use the free for commercial use Dyson Logos maps and then write scenarios around 1-2 of them, maybe even the same map but different scenarios and different systems? Oh I am getting confused now..
 
#16
Ok, so I'm known as Dr Bob in gaming circles.
My initial inclination would be to submit a scenario... or to do maps/floorplans for other people's scenarios. I have zero interest in high fantasy or Pathfinder/D&D.

Questions...
  1. What are the deadline/s for submitting stuff?
  2. How do we deal with licensed properties? Not just tv/movie stuff (Dr Who, Star Trek) but any and all games which are not OGL? Basically if I wrote a GURPS adventure or a Traveller adventure, do we need permission from GURPS/Traveller bods? I'm happy to write system agnostic stuff, but that might confuse beginners!
  3. Does anyone have a list of all the games which are OGL? Presumably part of the page count would have to be the licenses (in really small font!)
  4. Can the folks here who have written their own systems and are happy for them to be used, please say so.
  5. Are we wanting some sort of 'shared universe' vibe for the book? Everyone doing stuff for a particular setting? Or do we want as diverse a remit as possible?
 
#17
Ok, so I'm known as Dr Bob in gaming circles.

My initial inclination would be to submit a scenario... or to do maps/floorplans for other people's scenarios. I have zero interest in high fantasy or Pathfinder/D&D.



Questions...

1 What are the deadline/s for submitting stuff?



I’m currently running on the very crude plan of planning during July. Agreeing submissions and outline plan during August. Submissions in for assembly/editing in September. Books in for proof prints October. Final prints November for December release.



2 How do we deal with licensed properties? Not just tv/movie stuff (Dr Who, Star Trek) but any and all games which are not OGL? Basically if I wrote a GURPS adventure or a Traveller adventure, do we need permission from GURPS/Traveller bods? I'm happy to write system agnostic stuff, but that might confuse beginners!



Doesn’t hurt to write and ask. I’ll try to find time to look at their - GURPS/traveller - websites etc and write emails, unless someone else already has an answer. I wouldn’t touch big ISPs like Dr Who - but you could write a Space western adventure about Scoundrels on a smuggling ship etc.



3 Does anyone have a list of all the games which are OGL? Presumably part of the page count would have to be the licenses (in really small font!)



Dunno. Anyone?



4 Can the folks here who have written their own systems and are happy for them to be used, please say so.



Yup! For me.



5 Are we wanting some sort of 'shared universe' vibe for the book? Everyone doing stuff for a particular setting? Or do we want as diverse a remit as possible?



Diverse remit I think. Comments?



Is this intended to be a humorous scenario for the expert book or an introductory one for the beginners book?

I’ve copied this to the FB group. Hope you don’t mind. Great questions
 
#18
Happy for you to copy to FB, as I am not a FB user.

The ideas which are bubbling around in my mind are (in no particular order):
  • humorous scenario - type up one of my Ancient Horrors games (Wordplay).
  • Glossary of useful RPG lingo and acronyms for beginners. Probably need this to be something that lots of people chip in (a thread on this forum?) and then someone (me?) formats it into one document. Short entries to explain what OSR means, what bennies are, etc.
 
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