February was my last post. What have I been doing all that time? Finishing 4e? Nah, I wrote a non-fiction book and did a lot of remodeling to an old house we moved into. I didn’t completely blow off 4e, there has been some progress.
So where are we?
There’s an introduction that captures some new ideas for how to focus the game into doing what it does well.
Character creation is structurally very similar to 3e except the numbers are smaller so that’s done.
The rules are done, the “Tools” (rules you sometimes use) are mostly done but they need some more attention to clean them up.
Vehicles and infantry rules are converted over, both are very much improved from 3e.
The Facilitator’s Guide is a hot mess of ideas. It needs work. Right now I’m working on guidance for game creation, the ideas are good but they need to be clear and simple.
I’ve converted a lot of equipment stats, I doubt I’ll substantially change the text in that section.
I really don’t think I’m going to change Maps. Maybe I’ll put more written description in them.
I haven’t touched skills yet.
What do I want for 4e? What would be great is if I could figure out how to cut down on the “this is your stuff write it all down” part of character creation. I want the Facilitator’s guide to give some really strong guidance for starting GMs. I’d like to renew/replace art. We’ll see how it goes.
What’s interesting is, this book might end up half the size of 3e without losing anything. I’m not sure yet but everything written so far is “only” 85 pages. It might be possible to finish the book in 150.