Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clerics of Order and Chaos: Designer's Notes

"Clerics of Order and Chaos" in Pyramid #3/78: Unleash Your Soul is my first published work generally anywhere (other than a couple of pieces of poetry in some really small print run publications). It was originally submitted for Pyramid #3/68: Natural Magic. This article came from one of my players (Kevin Hosford) wanting to play a holy warrior of order in a GURPS Dungeon Fantasy game I was running at the time. Essentially I just followed the format given in GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 7: Clerics and expanded it to the spheres of order and chaos. The Pyramid Writer's Club was of immense help in navigating the formatting requirements for GURPS publications and I don't think I would have been able to make the leap from player to author without their help. With the tight word-counts for Pyramid, and as the reviewers found things that should be included (notably the references to Antoni Ten Monrós' "Cultists of the Elder Gods" in Pyramid #3/43: Thaumatology III), I needed to cut other things. Notably the following box:

Inagural Post

This is my new gaming blog. I'm going to talk about tabletop rpgs and related topics here. Notably I'm going to try to post session logs for games I'm running or playing in, designer's notes for gaming stuff I wrote that is published, stuff that I write that doesn't have a home elsewhere and so on.

As for me, I'm 40 years old and live in California, USA. I've been chasing a college degree since before some of you were born. I'm a USMC vet who deployed to Al Anbar Province Iraq in 2009. As a game writer, I've published one article for GURPS, in Pyramid #3/78: "Clerics of Order and Chaos".

I've been playing RPGs since the mid-eighties, and am currently playing in a couple of Pathfinder games and running one. I hope to run GURPS again soon.