I get a few questions now and then about where Blood & Treasure stands in terms of completion. I’m going to answer them.
First – my plan to include actual poisoned needle traps in the print books has run into some legal problems, so that’s out. Yeah – contact poison is out as well. Still no word on the possibility of working glyphs of warding.
Second – Here’s an outline of the different sections of the game and where they stand. Keep in mind, all of these sections are going through editing and playtesting, so take the “100% complete” tag with a grain of salt.
I. Introduction – 100% complete
– Basic concepts of an RPG, the dice, etc.
II. Characters – 100% written and laid out
– Five Seven races (sorry), 13 classes, 13 variant classes, spell lists, feats, equipment, strongholds & domains
III. Rules of Play – 100% written and laid out
– Encumbrance, movement, light, poison, disease, falling, survival, task resolution, combat, mass combat
IV. Magic – 100% written in first draft, now being given a serious edit
– Spells, intro to magic item creation
V. Adventures – 90% written
– Dungeons, wilderness, urban, planes
VI. Monsters – 100% written in first draft, now being given a serious edit
– Monsters, creating and modifying monsters
VII. Treasure – 100% written in first draft, now being given a serious edit
– Money, gems, art, magic items
Appendices – not yet written
– Conversion guides (old school, new school), inspirational reading, useful charts and tables
Once the sections that are “being given a serious edit” are “seriously edited”, they’ll go to the next stage of editing by Tanner Yea, my editing hero.
Also – here are the “final” covers for the Player’s Tome and Treasure Keeper’s Tome.
For the TK’s Tome, I wanted something that suggested the wider world of fantasy, while the Player’s Tome focused on the adventurers. The Complete book (contains Player’s Tome and TK’s Tome in one volume) will look like the Player’s Tome, except it will replace “Player’s Tome” with “Complete Game”.
The Player’s Tome will include the Intro, Characters, Rules of Play and Magic chapters.
The TK’s Tome will include the Intro, Adventures, Monsters and Treasures chapters.
So – now you know. I’m also working on the S&W Rappan Athuk conversions (about 10 more chapters to go – this is going to be one seriously &^#&@ huge adventure – I’m pretty sure I’m going to run it on G+ when it’s finished) and NOD 15 (the final circles of Hell! Hallelujah!!!). When Blood & Treasure is in the can, I start on 1800 – American Empires in earnest. I really want to do something good with that one, and will probably make it compatible with Blood & Treasure.
I’m busy as beard groomer at an OSR convention, and thankful for it!