Doc Tempest And The Sword Of Satan

…from the April, 2011 issue

The Second Website Poll Results

Ok, gang, time to look at your answers on the second poll concerning my upcoming website. Once again, thank you to all of you who responded.

There are several ways to present world settings. Which do you prefer?

Quite a bit of detail in all aspects of the setting 3 (30.0%)

Lots of detail for some parts, but less so for others 4 (40.0%)

Loose detailing, so the GM has room to add things 3 (30.0%)

While some of you want TSR style massive detailing, more of you want varying degrees of detail, allowing for some GM room to mess around with things. Fortunately, that is how I was planning to writev these settings.

What gaming genres would you most like to see settings for?

Steampunk (50.0%)

Space Opera (40.0%)

Swashbuckling Adventure with Fantasy Elements (40.0%)

Pulp! (useable for Hero, Horror, Espionage and other pulp styles) (40.0%)

Gothic Horror (30.0%)

Gritty Post Apocalypse (30.0%)

Fantasy (30.0%)

Hard Science Fiction (20.0%)

Post Apocalypse Fantasy (20.0%)

Alternate History (10.0%)

Espionage (10.0%)

Superheroes (10.0%)

Humor (NOT Toon based) (0.0%)

Swashbuckling Adventure (0.0%)

1950’s Monster Movies (0.0%)

Steampunk is the winner here. I’m rather surprised that both straight up swashbuckling adventure or 1950’s monster movies failed to get a single vote. Anyway, it looks like the first settings I do will be steampunk, space opera, swashbuckling with a touch of fantasy and pulp.

Regarding humor pieces: Choose your favorite level of humor

A bit risque (some cursing, some racy bits) (70.0%)

Adult (cursing, adult topics) (20.0%)

Family friendly (no cursing, no sex or violence. good clean fun) (10.0%)

This one actually did not surprise me. PG-13/R rated it is!

Ok, for stuff like Characters, Creatures, Adventure Seeds, Stuff, etc…

Mix it up each time you post something, Doc. (50.0%)

Theme Weeks! (30.0%)

Theme Months! (20.0%)

Different themes for each type, each month. (0.0%)

Different themes for each type, each week. (0.0%)

Looks like I’ll be mixing it up each time I post. I might still do a theme week now and then, but not for everything.

About the selling of finished, expanded PDFs: Assuming you like the subject matter, would you buy it?

Yep (57.1%)

Only if regular donaters get a price break. (28.6%)

Nope (14.3%)

No surprises here, either, but I would most likely give regular and/or generous contributors a price break. Or maybe free “special features” stuff. Or a possible annotated “director’s cut”.

Audience participation via polling: Which two of the below would you most like to vote on?

The serial fiction (50.0%)

Everything, Doc! (30.0%)

Subjects of Theme Weeks/Months (30.0%)

Characters (20.0%)

Places (basically, villages, towns, small areas) (10.0%)

Larger Settings, but still smaller than the World settings (countries, kingdoms, geographical regions) (10.0%)

Creatures (0.0%)

And it’s serial fiction for the win! Theme week/month subjects might also get some polling love, as would the odd week of letting y’all decide on everything in a future weeks postings.

Next time I poll, I’ll be narrowing the focus even finer. Right now, however, it’s time for Miss Lucy and I to go walking.

The Ice Cream Dwarves Hate The Pancake Goblins

…it has something to do with enchanted syrup.

The Adventure Building Poll, Third Phase: The Army Of Terror

During a pitched battle with the attacking Aztec Mummies, Our Heroes discover that immersion in water will paralyze these horrid undead long enough to rip out their withered hearts. The forces of good triumph.

Later, the group splits up, half going with El Santo and half going off to follow some keads with La Bruja Blanca. Not long after the split, El Santo is attacked by eagle sized vampire bats. Fortunately, luck is on the side of Good and the group escapes by using an old tunnel.

Meanwhile, the other group finds out that even as he is growing more powerful, the Super Creeper is starting to deteriorate. His skin is rotting and he is beginning to look zombielike. This may give them a clue on how to destroy him.

Also, in twin strokes of luck, both groups find out that Nazis have arrived in Mexico City. These Nazis mean to kill the Super Creeper AND the Our Heroes.

Another poll later today/tonight.

The Diagon Alley Cat Blues

…who knew that Arthur Weasley could play such a wicked sax?

The Second Website Poll

Yes, I have another website poll for you to take, Gentle Readers. this one gets into a bit more of the specifics of things. Thank you in advance for your participation.

But first, some information. Longer pieces of writing, such as world/setting descriptions, will be presented in smaller pieces, such as General Description, Geography, History, People, etc, etc. Audience participation is these longer pieces will be limited to selecting the genre or sub genre. The exception to this will be 1 or 2 serial form stories (such as On The Road With Violet, when you will get to vote on each chapter.

Once a longer form piece is done, I expect it will be put up for sale as a PDF. Such PDF products will include more content (probably much more) than was available on the website.

Shorter form pieces (Characters, Creatures, Stuff, Adventure Seeds, etc.) will be split between the free side and the pay/donation side. Most likely, this will be evenly done. One free, one pay.

Con reports, rants, etc, will always be free, as will short humor pieces.

If I’ve left anything out in the above or on the poll, please let me know.

More bloggage later.

In The End, We Decided That The Eels Were A Bad Idea

…and the exploding watermelon was not well thought out

The Adventure Building Poll, Third Phase: The Army Of Terror

Our Heroes, having pursued the Super Creeper to Mexico City, learn from Federal Agents Robles & Moreno that panic is sweeping the city and there has already been one attemp on the life of El Santo. Fortunately, the plot was foiled by that vivacious vigilante, La Bruja Blanca. The feds assure Our Heroes that they have everything under control. Our Heroes, knowing that government agents are as much hindrance as help, just smile and nod.

Later, they meet up with El Santo and La Bruja Blanca near an abandoned church just outside the city. No sooner have they agreed to work together, with El Santo acting as a sort of living target/bait, when the shit hits the fan.

Mrs. Wangdoodle Goes Down Under

…to see the funny animals

The Website Poll Reviewed

First off, thank you to the ten of you who took the poll. It helped me figure some things out and helped me know what I was not clear on when I composed said poll. There will be another poll about things website related coming soon. For now tho, let’s look at your answers…

Would you be interested in a website by me featuring roleplaying stuff, short speculative fiction, humorous writings and MAYBE a webcomic?

Yes: 7 (70.0%) Maybe: 3 (30.0%)

Since most of you voted yes and nobody voted no, I am feeling encouraged about this website idea.

Considering that I have a day job, wife, etc, How often would you like to see the site updated?

2-3 times a week: 3 (30.0%)

Once a week: 6 (60.0%)

A few times a month: 1 (10.0%)

The winner is once a week, altho to be honest, I’d probably do twice weekly updates.

Now, what stuff would you most like to see me put on the site?

RPG Worlds/Settings/Cultures: 10 (100.0%)

Humor pieces: 9 (90.0%)

Characters: 8 (80.0%)

Adventure Seeds (a few sentences long): 7 (70.0%)

Adventure Frameworks (more detailed than seeds, but very open ended): 7 (70.0%)

Con reports, with pictures/video: 7 (70.0%)

Generally useful and/or off the wall ideas: 7 (70.0%)

Stuff (gadgets, spells, etc, etc): 6 (60.0%)

Short fiction of a fantasy/science fiction/pulp/whatever nature: 6 (60.0%)

A webcomic: 6 (60.0%)

Places: 5 (50.0%)

Creatures: 5 (50.0%)

Here we start hitting the meaty questions. All of you want to see settings/worlds/cultures for RPGs, so that will be priority one, but I was surprised that humor pieces came in second. Still, I am nothing if not a spinner of funny stories, so they will be a big part of the site.

Characters came in a strong third, which is good because I have a shitload of them to share:) Adventure seeds & frameworks, con reports and generally useful ideas were all big winners with y’all. Everything else got near or exactly half your votes. I’m glad nothing was rejected outright.

You do realize that the gaming stuff will be rules free, right?

That’s ok by me, Doc: 9 (100.0%)

Somebody didn’t vote on this one, but it’s still apparent that no rules is ok with you.

I’m thinking of starting with one free goodie for each one you have to donate to see. Sound ok to you?

Yep: 9 (90.0%)

Nope: 1 (10.0%)

So, majority here is in favor of the 1 to one ratio. Good, cos so am I…at least at first.

Speaking of the donation thing, the current formula idea is: more $$ = more stuff + more time to see the pay area. Good idea?

Yeah, sounds right: 5 (50.0%)

Clarify this, please: 5 (50.0%)

Ok, this needs clarifying. The idea, which could change greatly before things go live, is that the more money I get, the more stuff I put up and the longer donaters will have access to the stuff that isn’t free. For example…

So, let’s say that the first month, I get $100 donated. That might prompt me to put up 2-3 new things each week. BUT, of that $100, three folks donated $20 each, three more donated $5 and everyone else coughed up a buck or two. The lowballers would get paid access for maybe 4 days. The $5 crowd might get access for 10 days. But the $20 high rollers would get acces for the whole month, plus maybe some cool bonus stuff.

I should also note that if the site ever brought in enough to equal my shitty day job, I’d update at least 3 times a week, create special super secret goodies and give donaters a discount on anything that got compiled into a PDF for sale at RPGNow/Drive Thru RPG.

One more thing to point out quickly, altho I’ll expand upon it in the next poll, is that this website will also use variations on both Greg Stolze’s Ransom method and Wolfgang Bauer’s Open Design…especially the latter, since I want to continue the audience participation that I’ve started on here.

Oh yeah, would you like the site to have forums?

Sure: 4 (40.0%)

No: 2 (20.0%)

Whatever you want: 4 (40.0%)

Hmmm, mixed reviews here. I might just go with a connected LiveJournal or a something, instead of forums.

Finally, we come to the subject of filthy lucre. How much would you consider donating for each month of access to everything, free and pay?

$5.00 or less: 1 (10.0%)

$5.00-$10.00: 2 (20.0%)

Not a damned cent, you capitalist motherfucker!: 1 (10.0%)

I’d have to see what your offering, cutie: 6 (60.0%)

Truth to tell, the wait and see route is how I would go, too. I reckon the first month, like a first dose of heroin, will be free with the hope you’ll get addicted to it. After that, it’s up to you, the donating public.

As I said earlier, this poll has gotten me clear on some things and thinking about other things. The next poll will come along once I’ve done some cogitatin’.