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Blades Bundle of Holding

The big news for me this week is that I was asked to include Alone in the Dark solo rules in the Blades in the Dark Bundle of Holding. This is the first time I have been invited to join a bundle like this. The sales volume is phenomenal, at least so far.

I think I mention in this video that Monday’s new solo book will be for Warlock! The booklet is titled Freelancer! Warlock! is a game I had not played before, but someone asked me to write for it. Greg Saunders was open to letting me use the Warlock! name, and so a month later, it is ready.

For the rest of today, I am nose stuck in book (figurative nose, and PDF book) working my way through Wicked Ones. I already have many pages of notes. This is going to be very different to the Blades in the Dark booklet in the bundle of holding!

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Wicked Ones Week

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Yesterday I started research for a set of solo rules for Wicked Ones. You may not know this game. It is released today, or possibly tomorrow, depending on where you are in the world. It is best described as the PC game Dungeon Keeper meets Blades in the Dark. Putting it really bluntly, you swap out Heists for Raids, and you are trying to avoid Adventurers from invading your dungeon and killing you off.

I am a big fan of the Blades in the Dark system and although I am still in the reading the rules stage, this looks to be a great addition to the Blades stable.

These rules are going to be somewhat different to my existing Blades solo rules. The setting, your dungeon and its environs, in Wicked Ones is so different that the game cubes style icon solution doesn’t seem to fit what I am reading.

The more specific things get the more I can tailor what I am seeing to what I am writing.

In the next few days I hope to finish my read through, make a monster character and give the game a go.

The more I read, the more I want to get stuck in. It just feels like it is going to be great fun. I don’t want to go too darkly evil. I am after a tone of cackling comic evil.

In my mind anything I build with a kobold overlord is not going to be too serious.

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I have got my Hero System PDFs out and a blank character sheet. I am creating Vibro, a soundwave manipulating mutant. He uses Teleport for movement, has a Barrier generated as kind of compressed shockwave, a sonic Energy Blast and Sonar.

At the moment I am doing the fun bit of spending points and trying to make the character affordable. But then, that is half the fun of Champions/Hero System character creation.

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Solo Gaming Roundtable

Last night I took part in the first Solo Gaming Roundtable hosted by Matt Kay with Chris Bissette, John Lopez, Jamila R Nedjado and Tana Pigeon. It was really good fun, after initial nerves, and all the feedback I have had so far, it seems to have been well received.

I now have another invite next Sunday on the Zweihander channel! No rest for with wicked apparently.

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Warlock! Weekend

I really think I can get the Warlock! Solo book wrapped up this weekend. All the hard bit is done, I just need to turn my scrappy spreadsheets into something presentable.

I am going to do my best to get it written up this weekend and over to Greg Saunders at the beginning of the week. With luck this will be out before the end of 2020.

It has been fun. My wizard’s apprentice managed to steal a few spells off of an evil cult, made an alliance with a thief and went looking for a lots temple, base of the mad cult.

I promise I didn’t know the Ruby eyes on the idol were trapped. I got out of that scrape alone., never found the thief’s body.

Talking of bodies

On Monday I will be putting out the third cut up supplement. This will be based on The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward. That story is my favourite Lovecraft story, it has a bit of everything, the occult, the hideous creatures in the pits, it harks back to older times, and Lovecraft’s constant references to mental fragility.

The supplement gives just over 11,400 snippets to play with in the spreadsheet and the regular 2,000 in the PDF.

It is my intention to try and cut across all genres with these cut up supplements. There is absolutely no reason not to mix and match them. Bringing Lovecraft and Howard together should be perfectly natural.

Next time I am looking for a classic science fiction story to chop up.

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One Weird Trick… Not really

This video is all about an experiment I did that seems to be paying off.

The basic idea is about what we call social proof. When ads say 8 out of 10 cats, or websites show you the brand logos of big name customers, they are all trying to suggest that if we are good enough for them, we must OK. Another form of social proof works the other way. People don’t want to be the first to leave a review, in case they say something bad, and everyone else loves it, or they love it and everyone else pans a product. Finally, people don’t like to be the first to like or share something. People much prefer the safety of numbers, and following a crowd.

So, in this experiment I wanted to get rid of the zero that DriveThruRPG puts next to the Facebook Share button on every product page. I have shared each of the products I have released in the past month. As soon as I do that first share, and the counter shows 1, organic shares started to follow.

So how much effect do I think this has?

I really have no idea. I cannot believe that having people share these product pages on Facebook is doing me any harm. In the past month, I have gained nearly 100 Facebook shares. If I make this standard practice, and that is my intention, I could be looking at thousands of shares across all supplements each year.

It is a pity that DriveThruRPG do not append a useful marketing source parameter to the shared url. That makes it very hard to track.

On the other hand, this is potential free advertising. Who is possibly going to turn that down? All it takes is sharing the product page to Facebook, using the provided button after you have set the product live.

When I made the video this morning, Solo Adventures Compatible with Stars Without Number had not been shared. I did share it just as I started to write this blog. You can use the link above to see if anyone follows my lead and uses the share button.

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