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Brief RPG Update

Yesterday I brought up the topic of dwarves as a race in the fantasy genre. That reminded me that I haven’t said anything here for a while about the RPG that Desirée Lee and I have in the works. It’s one of several projects that we’re co-authoring at the same time.

Sorry to say, it’s pretty much been put on hold – again. Desirée and I each have solo projects in various stages of completion. Some of those are in edits right now. We also have our co-authored sasquatch novel “Hidden Tribe” in edits. We’re keeping up with our hit werewolf horror webcomic “MoonWraith“, too. In case you missed the post regarding “MoonWraith” earlier this week, we’re over 150,000 hits on the webcomic now. She and I are also the parents of a healthy, active 2-year-old girl. Our daughter is a full-time job by herself! And, the virus we caught is still being an issue, too. Our daughter seems to be having a relapse of it. And I’ve never quite gotten over it to begin with.

Hopefully, someday soon, we can get back to serious work on the RPG. We want to. We’re both excited about the project. But it’s still a long, long way from being ready to release. Other things, much closer to being ready, keep taking our time.

But, while I’m talking about the RPG, I have a question for all of you. We keep debating on the best central core for the game. We keep wavering back and forth between the Fate core system, as was used in the “Dresden Files RPG”, or the more standard d20 dice system. Both variations have their pros and cons. Which would all of you rather see us use in the RPG? Please let us know!

Scott Harper

Dresden Files RPG


At the moment, Desirée Lee and I are reading the 2-volume set of the RPG based on Jim Butcher’s New York Times bestselling series “The Dresden Files”. The RPG volumes are titled “Volume 1: Your Story”, and “Volume 2: Our World”. Both of us are fans of the series. Both of us are interested in RPGs. That’s why we’re reading these books.

However, we’ve discovered another excellent reason for reading these—they are an outstanding resource for writers in general. These books share a wealth of information on setting up plots, and twists in a story.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Mr. Butcher’s work—if that’s the case, what is wrong with you, I must ask!—and/or have no interest at all in RPGs, I still highly recommend reading these books. Again, they’re a great resource for writers in general in the form of plotting tutorials.

Two catches:

1) The books are out of print. It was a chore for Desirée and I to track down copies.

2) If you haven’t read “The Dresden Files”, but plan to, do so before reading these RPG books. At least as far as “Small Favor”, which was the current novel in “The Dresden Files” series at the time of these RPG books’ release. There are a lot of spoilers for the novels in these RPG volumes.

Scott Harper

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