Monday, October 25, 2021

We need to craft more third party modules for small games.

This part of Evey's cyberpunk game, Cyber Explosions, stuck with me: 
"Oh, and finally, everything’s just a little cartoonish because otherwise this would probably be too nightmarish to be fun."
I kept thinking about the cartoonish aspect of the game I and thought that it could be great to publish an adventure illustrated in a near retro cartoony art style. So I drew a few characters and I wrote to Evey that if she ever find the energy to write me a small scenario for her game, that I would love to illustrate it to explore that art style. (Go buy Cyber Explosion to encourage her to write me something đŸ˜…)


This made me notice that we need to better support small games with third party adventures and modules.

I feel like this is something that is missing in the indy RPG scene. People publish good games that often pass under most radars because we don't support them with adventures and extra content. 

Imagine if no one ever wrote modules or content for Mothership or Troika, these games would not be what they are now.

Third party support is probably as important for the indy RPG scene as active reviewing is. People often say that we need more reviews, this is true but I feel like we also need to build more upon what we create to keep what we create alive but also to discover new things as it grow and transform through the work of others. 

Naturally this all need to be done while respecting the authors and their property of their work. I saw that some people online worried about the popularity of hacking small games, so I can imagine them worrying too about third party work. For me the indy RPG scene have always been a big collective jam and this is what made it interesting and rewarding for me, more than selling anything I made. But still, it is worth to take the time to think and care about how we do things. 

So yeah, I hope to see more small and nearly forgotten games get third party support in collaboration with their authors or as a way to help them. 

4 comments:

Josh said...

Well said, I very much agree

shanepatrickward said...

Great post. I agree, there needs to be more support for small games, more adventures etc. I fell in love with Blueholme (Holmes D&D retro clone) and have written adventures specifically for it. Further when I started working on the adventures, I wrote to the Author/editor of the rules to ask how to go about writing for it, and if it was okay that I did. I think its a good idea to try and do this whenever possible

Jack Tremain said...

I should make a module someday. Maybe for Searchers of the Unknown

Sofinho - Alone in the Labyrinth said...

> Third party support is probably as important for the indy RPG scene as active reviewing is. People often say that we need more reviews, this is true but I feel like we also need to build more upon what we create to keep what we create alive but also to discover new things as it grow and transform through the work of others.

This rings true to me and has now got me thinking how I can support support other people's work creatively.