Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Crawling over Hexes
Here's a little work-in-progress taste of the black and white map for The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence. Hopefully, it whets your appetite. The b/w version will be in both softcover and electronic books, the color version will be available online and in the PDF version. As soon as both are finished, I'll make them available to Kickstarter backers (sometime in May).
What else? Purple isn't so much a module as a campaign world. The idea started out as the former and quickly evolved into the latter. Now, it's a sprawling wilderness of gonzo science-fantasy insanity. I mean, every time I flesh it out the thing grows. This thing could end up being around 160 pages by the time it's finished!
One of last weekend's Gary Con playtesters, Adam Thornton, said it felt like a cross between X1 Isle of Dread and Carcosa. Well, that's pretty much what I was going for, so hearing that made me very pleased.
My only problem with Carcosa is all that awesomeness is just barely sketched out. The GM isn't really furnished with many details beyond what color the people are, a sentence or two about their leader, mention of an alien artifact, and what abomination lurks nearby. Purple is written for the GM on the go who doesn't need every last little detail described, but still wants enough material to run encounters without doing any heavy lifting himself.
Ok, I think that's it for now. If anyone has a question, comment, suggestion, or anything else, please post it below. Thanks!
p.s. Cartography by Alyssa Faden.