Almost a year ago, I took a break from updating Steven S. Long’s “Evangelists Of Mars” to be compatible with Bulletproof Blues 3rd edition. I didn’t mean for that break to last a year, but it did. Tonight I started work on it again. It is the last of the old sourcebooks that needed updating. If all goes well, I’ll have it wrapped up in a few weeks.
Still working on the print version of Bulletproof Blues third edition (revised). We need to make sure the files are perfect for the printer, or they reject them. In the meantime, here is the updated cover for Steven S. Long’s “Evangelists Of Mars”.
Many years ago, there was a computer program called SimCity. In the designer’s notes, they said that although it was marketed as a game, it really wasn’t — it was a toy. A game has an objective, which you either accomplish or you don’t. A toy is something you play with, however you like. The only objective of a toy is to have fun playing with it.
Tabletop roleplaying games are not truly “games” — they are toys. Do whatever you want with it. As long as you are having fun, the toy is serving its purpose. There is no “wrong way” to play a tabletop roleplaying game. Correction: there is one wrong way. If anyone at the table is not having fun playing with it, then either someone at the table is playing wrong (being a bad player, in other words), or that particular roleplaying game is not suited to the tastes of that particular group of players (which doesn’t make the game good or bad; it merely means that group would have more fun playing something else).
(As a side note, I submit that this is one element that distinguishes tabletop roleplaying games from so-called computer roleplaying games. Computer roleplaying games most definitely have objectives, and it is clearly possible to play them wrong.)
Ruins Of Atlanta has been revised and updated to be compatible with Bulletproof Blues third edition (revised). You may also want to check out the third Bulletproof Blues character pack, which has high-resolution illustrations of these characters, along with their Bulletproof Blues Character Sheet Helper files.
Knock on wood, I think the layout and revisions for the updated “Ruins Of Atlanta” are done. I want to give my brain a break from it for a day or two, and give it another once-over, but barring unforeseen events, it ought to be available for download some time this weekend!
We are working on the layout for Bulletproof Blues Third Edition, Revised, and we are so close to the end — we’re currently on Grimknight, in the Characters chapter. We are also working on Character Pack 4. Here is the most recent addition to that: Doctor Neutron, the Cerulean Sentinel.
Ugh. Updating the pregen characters to the new version of the Character Sheet Helper is the most tedious thing ever — mainly because I keep making one. Small. Change. And then I have to start over.
I’m currently on version 3.24. Yes, that is 24 versions of the BB3 Character Sheet Helper.. I swear, I hope this is the last one.
Update: 25. Auuuuugh!
While updating characters on the Kalos Universe web site, I got really tired of deleting unused headings (for characters without Complications, for example), and removing blank lines from the Movement section (for characters without Teleportation, for example). So I dug into the TextSheet and WikiSheet tabs of the Character Sheet Helper, and made it so that you no longer have to do any fiddling — just copy and paste! So much less hassle. I have already updated the Google Sheets version, and the next LibreOffice Calc version will be uploaded to DriveThruRPG some time this week.
What are we up to lately? I am glad you asked! We’ve updated the core Bulletproof Blues characters and the characters from Ruins Of Atlanta to Kalos Universe. Check it out.
August already? How time flies. So what are we up to?
We are still working on Character Pack 4, which we hope will help promote what we are calling the “second printing” of Bulletproof Blues 3. It’s not really a second “printing”, of course, because we have not yet created a print version of BB3. However, it does correct a few errors, and further simplify a few rules that we felt still need simplification.
We are also updating the characters in Character Packs 1 & 2, as well as the characters from Ruins Of Atlanta, which are featured in Character Pack 3.
Once all of the Character Packs are complete, we will update Ruins Of Atlanta and Evangelists Of Mars. We do not have any plans to make those printable.
Once those are done, we will finally release the updated “second printing” of Bulletproof Blues 3 in PDF. Then, at long last, we will work on the printable version of Bulletproof Blues 3.
This is all a lot of work, and I wish I could tell you when it would be completed. Certainly, I would tell you if I knew.
At the moment, we are not sure if we will release these projects on DriveThruRPG as we complete them, or if we will wait and release them all at once. There are good arguments to be made either way.
In the meantime, here is the illustration for Pare Man, the sidekick to Negro Matapacos. The illustrations for Pare Man and Negro Matapacos are both by artist Marcos Martinez. As with our other character packs, the characters and images in Character Pack 4 will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.