Hi. I’m working on a World of Dungeons hack and I think it’s at the point where I could use some input and critical comment.
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I’ve really got into the various WoDu hacks recently, and in particular I found Streets of Marienburg and Rovers really inspiring. I love the minimalism of WoDu, but by itself minimalism isn’t enough. What these two games in particular do is provide a lot of flavour and support for running a certain sort of game, or play in a very specific setting. That combination of strong flavour in a very compact package is really interesting.
So where Marienburg is a love letter to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying, and Rovers is a love letter to Traveller, RuneSlingers is a love letter to RuneQuest 2.
Mechanically these games are not all that exciting. They’re just tweaked and tuned variations on WoDu or Breakers, but it’s the instant campaign aspect of them that’s so cool and that’s what I’m trying to do with RS. Runequest 2 was a game of it’s time, it didn’t really support a particular campaign setup in the book, so what I decided to focus on was the fact that the default campaign area had recently been conquered by a powerful Empire. So this is what I made RuneSlingers about. But instead of doing a cookie-cutter of Dragon Pass, in RS you get to define your own Empire, and your own relationship to it. The result can look just as much like Heroes of the Water Margin as it does Runequest.
Some aspects are still a little rudimentary. Tags and equipment and such. I could also use some more charms. Those are a minor issue though, I know they’re work in progress and that’s fine. Where could really use some help is:
What do you find confusing? I’m a bit too close to it to spot points of confusion or vaguery, so if anything isn’t well defined or isn’t clear what it mans or how it works, please say so.
Typos and poor phrasing. Please nitpick away.
Confusing or ungainly layout. Bad font or font size choices. I’ve spent ages tweaking this, but it’s never ending task. Any pointers appreciated.
Please do not spare my feelings. Be brutally honest. Go out of your way to find fault, even if you’re not really sure your criticism is valid. Hit me anyway. That’s exactly what I need at this point. I’m trying to fit this into no more than 8 pages and I’m not far off that already and don’t have names lists and such yet.