Thursday, May 4, 2017

State of the Patreon: May

This month saw more pledges than I expected, and I've reached just over halfway to my next goal of artwork.  Hopefully, we'll hit that milestone before the end of the year.

Last month, I had the most views ever for my blog (over 12k), and I completed the Empire, after two months of blogging on it.  I also have a son!  Hooray!  That likely means my pace of blogging will slow somewhat, an inevitable consequence, but I'd like to at least keep at it.  We'll just have to see how it goes!

This month, I have the Rebel Alliance for you.  I say Alliance, not just because Star Wars uses that term, but because it represents a collection of disparate interests coming together to fight the Empire without a clear leader or a centralized government.  As such, it will have three parts, and this month, I focus on Rebel Insurgencies: the half-trained men and women who form "criminal" conspiracies to disrupt, protest and fight the Empire from within.

My plans for my Patreon might be a tad bit ambitious.  The theme this month is technology, as I'd like to revisit how technology works and how it has developed over the thousands of years in Psi-Wars.  The big ambition is to create a discussion of 5 distinct "eras" of technology and how they differ.  This will be a guide document for myself, for creating appropriate technology, vehicles, etc, as relics, or advanced items, etc.  I don't know what the price of that series will be.  I originally intended $1+, but looking at what I have, I'm not sure how useful it will be without the $3+ material in your hands.  We'll see! 

For the Dreamers ($1+), in the very least, I have a Blaster vs Force Sword playtest, which goes into greater depth into the strengths and weaknesses of both than I had in previous playtests, and I offer up a houserule to fix the problem.  This post, by the way, was brought to you by Patreon Jake Bernstein.

For the Fellow Travellers ($3+), in the very least, I have Dirty Ultra-Tech, a look at what improvised Psi-Wars weapons, armor and explosives might be.  This post was inspired by my work on insurgents, and also by High Tech, which has loads of information on how to do a lot of this stuff, which I've extrapolated to a rather cinematic version of TL 11^.  I also have the full Insurgency documents up right now!  Go check it out!

Finally, for my Companions ($5+), I'd like to make an insurgency with you!  I haven't worked out the poll exactly yet, but my plan is to revisit the junk world of Grist, and work out what sort of anti-Imperial activity that world has; in addition to allowing you to create an insurgency together, I hope to use this to show how one goes about building an insurgency in Psi-Wars.

As always, I want to thank you, my dear Patrons, for making Psi-Wars possible, and for your feedback and involvement.  And for those of you who aren't yet Patrons, I'd love to have you!


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