Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stonetop

Stonetop is my "hearth fantasy" hack of Dungeon World, and my biggest ongoing project.

Image via Jason Lutes
From the introduction chapter:
You are one of these, who call Stonetop home. One of a handful of notable figures who stand out—admired, respected (maybe even reviled) for one reason or another. If there’s a problem in need of solving, or trouble brewing, people look to you for the solution. Or the cause. Or both.  
And right now, as the first wildflowers show their heads among the windswept grasses beyond the Wall, there’s trouble brewing. The world itself seems to be darkening, like the sky before those late-summer storms. Everyone can feel it. And some are afraid. 
These are good people, your kith and kin. If you don’t step up to protect them, who will?
The PCs play the local heroes of a small, isolated village in an iron age that never was. The giant ruins of the Makers lie half-buried all around. The fae dance in the Great Wood. The Things Below plot and dream and, recently, they stir. And all sane folk avoid deep water, for there dwell things, things that slither forth and drag you to your doom. Everyone knows this.

The game's core conceit is that it's centered on the PC's home town. It's still (mostly) a game about going on adventures, but those adventures happen to defend the town or to improve it. The steading itself gets its own playbook, with stats and improvements to be unlocked.

I've been working on this for a long time. It's a playable game, assuming you already know how to run Dungeon World.  I'm in the process, now, of turning it into a full-fledged product.  Jason Lutes is doing art direction, editing, and layout and plans to publish it under his imprint, Lampblack & Brimstone.

Here's a taste of the game:

You can learn more here. If you're interested in playtesting, and have a group that's willing to play at least 3 sessions and give feedback, hit me up on G+, via Hangouts, or below in the comments.

21 comments:

  1. Looks like you have the Heavy and the Seeker listed here. Is this because they're the most polished and finalized character playbooks? I've seen about four of the others as drafts in the stonetop collection (out of the nine total listed in setting overview). What about the others? What state are they in? In your games what's being used?

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    1. Oh, the rest are all fully done and fleshed out. I just picked these two cuz I they do a good job of showing how Stonetop is different from Dungeon World.

      The PCs in my home game have been rocking Seeker, Heavy, Blessed, Ranger, Fox, and Would-be Hero. I've got a Judge, Marshal, and Lightbearer in the an online game, but scheduling that has been absolutely accursed.

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  2. We're wrapping up a 60+ session Masks game, and looking for a community-focused pbta game to sink our teeth into. Stonetop is on the short list. I *think* have most of the playbooks accumulated, but I continue to see references to material (the Alamanc?) that I can't locate. Any help available?

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    1. Hi Doyce, sorry for the late reply! This was caught in moderator limbo!

      The almanac is very much a work in progress. I've got snippets laying around, but I'm still feeling my way through that.

      If you're still thinking about putting a group together, let me know.

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  3. I would be able to run 3 playtests, but probably not until Feb 19

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    1. Hi Wayne, just to be clear: you've got a group on board to play starting Feb 19ish?

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  4. I could, yes. My weekly game group would be willing.

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    1. Coolio. Just sent you an invite to the G+ community. That's the hub for now, but obviously we'll need to find a new place going forward. Let me know if you don't see the invite/notification.

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  5. I was just wandering if there was a date yet for this to go on sale?
    I don’t currently have a group for play testing but I’d love to get a copy. I’m thinking it sounds like it would be great for doing more than one offs at conventions with different groups.

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    1. There is no date, and previous attempts to predict one have been... wrong. We'll make a big noise when it's ready, almost certainly kickstart it.

      It's definitely not a great fit for cons, unless you arrange to do a "long con" (3-4 sessions spread out across multiple days with the same group).

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  6. I've followed this project for a while with interest, and I would be interested in platesting. My local game group runs in 'seasons' and the next one is due to start on the 1st May. Would that be too late to get involved in your playtest?

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    1. Hi Jack! Yeah, still taking playtest groups. We've been asking folks to commit to playing at least 3 sessions and giving feedback. If that sounds like something your group is down for, send me an email at "jack" underscore "blackfoot" at the yahoo, and I'll hook you up with the deets.

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  7. What is the best way to keep up to date on Stonetop? Do you have a mailing list or Twitter feed with updates? Unfortunately right now I cannot commit to playtesting. :(

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    1. Hi John,

      I plan to start posting some updates about it on https://reddit.com/r/dungeonworld going forward, as well as the blog. I occasionally kick ideas around in the Dungeon World Discord server (https://discord.me/dungeonworld). Thanks for your interest!

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  8. Hey, Jeremy:

    I have a group who'd be willing to play at least five sessions if you still need playtesters. This sounds right up our alley!

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    1. For some reason it's saying I'm unknown! You can email me at emilyfromthewharf@gmail.com if you have questions -- or let me know if there's a different way you'd like to be in touch.

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    2. Eek! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Check your email for a message from me (from jack underscore blackfoot at the yahoo com).

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  9. Hi I've got a group that is willing to play three or four sessions of stonetop, if you are still looking for people to do playtesting.

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    1. Hi Joe! Yes, still taking playtest groups. Drop me a line at jack underscore blackfoot at yahoo, and I'll hook you up with the info. If you email and don't hear back from me within a day or so, reply here and let me know!

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  10. I'd be very interested in playtesting this. I'm travelling abroad and won't be back to a homebase until April 2020 though.

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    1. Check in again when you get yourself settled. We'll hopefully be published at that time (or at least well into production), but if we're not, we'll certainly be taking feedback.

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