Hello folks! Phew, it’s been a busy month.
Lets catch you all up on some stuff.
Have a little peek!
The app is well underway. It’ll take time to finish, between design and testing to make sure it’s not miss-generating characters, but I think you folks will enjoy it! At present it only includes playable families from the core book, but when the first expansion comes along we’re going to attempt to fund the inclusion of the substantial array of new races! Speaking of..
THE FIRST EXPANSION
Based on reviews on the HSD forums ( http://hsdroleplayinggame.com/forums/ ) The most requested element for immediate inclusion was a boost in playable species and an overview of day-to-day life and environments in the setting. Writing and artwork has already begun, using the funding provided by this kickstater as a beginning! In order to make this a truly robust book though, and include the over 20 new playable options (and the oft-requested Cog), it’s going to need some help. Stay tuned, as I get further along in development I’ll let you know where the new kickstarter is!
DrivethruRPG is hosting the .pdf for HSD, and I encourage, nay, INSIST, perhaps even BEG, you to sign up and download it. This is where your most up-to-date version will be hosted, so you can always know you’re playing with the current copy. Because of your support, the .pdf is paywhatyouwant! It’s currently running version 1.1, which includes a few mechanical corrections that cropped up in the first month of wide-play including some adjustments to the weight rules, a few standards corrections, and a big tweek to Ledger to avoid it generating huge numbers once your stats get higher. If you havn’t downloaded it already, go forth!
As kickstarter supporters, you’re obviously not compelled to pay for your download, but I’ll remind you that as a paywhatyouwant product it is entirely donation driven, so your generosity will surely be appreciated. Pay or not though, please download so you can be sure you’re running off the
newest version, and so you can see product releases as they appear. New item supplements will be showing up on Drivethru in the near future, so you owe to yourself to keep it watched!
Lemme just toss that up there again, you know, for the sake of WILD FLAILING
The hardcover copies of the HSD manual are being provided by drivethru rpg at the link above. I’ve been working with them constantly since we went live almost two months ago, and the second Proof is currently on it’s way to my door. Alas, these things take time. Every mistake means communicating back and forth across time zones to folks who have their own schedules, through holidays and weekends, troubleshooting, correcting, resubmitting, etc. Any problem is a month-long problem when it comes to publishing, and there was a problem with the first proof. Hopefully everything has been corrected and the next one will come in as clean and pretty as the softcovers did! When that happens, you can order one on
The hardcovers will be using edition 1.1
Running the core book as a paywhatyouwant model has been a delight in terms of getting people into the game. It makes the download very approachable and gives everyone a chance to play. Unfortunately (shock), it’s far from profitable. I average less than a dollar per download, and that just isn’t enough to fund expansions without additional crowdfunding. But, as an experiment and a fun feature to the game, I’m going to introduce a new monthly feature that might help offset those costs while giving the players something fun to have!
Coming soon to the drivethru site will be full length printable posters featuring beautiful artwork from HSD’s artists showcasing new items for the game, as though being advertised by the megacorps themselves. These files will include new game rules for two items and one weapon each, as well as introduce new contextual and lore information in the form of art and narrative. They’ll be released once a month, be available as .pdf’s or poster prints, and cost you less than a coffee to own.