Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Encounter Critical of Kort'thalis Publishing

 

If the title to this blog post is confusing, let me spell it out for you... 

I, Venger Satanis, have purchased the rights to Encounter Critical from its original creator, S. John Ross.

If you've been with me since the beginning, you'll know how much I love Encounter Critical.  It influenced a lot of my RPG writing.  This review and play report was written the same year (2014) I put out The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence.  And it's no exaggeration to say that Crimson Dragon Slayer, Alpha Blue and Cha'alt were inspired by Encounter Critical, as well.  

So, what are my plans for the game?

As I assured Mr. Ross, I intend to expand Encounter Critical with a new edition + several adventures.  I'll probably want some help, so if you have input, don't be afraid to reach out to me.

In my mind, there's no clearer way to judge demand like crowdfunding.  Slightly awkward timing as I'm a day or two away from launching a Kickstarter to fund new Cha'alt adventures called Cha'alt After Dark.  

At least, that will give me several weeks to plan for an Encounter Critical Kickstarter campaign.  I'd like to have a better idea which direction Encounter Critical will go before diving headfirst, anyway.

You think you know true scientific realism, hoss?  We'll just have to see about that...

Thanks for your support in perpetuity, 

Venger As'Nas Satanis

High Priest of Kort'thalis Publishing


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  1. I'll have to pour through my copy at some point and give you my own thoughts.

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    1. I look forward to reading them!

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  2. Very curious to see if there's room for a Cha'alt expansion for Encounter Critical (or vice versa?)

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  3. Nice nice nice! Congratulations!

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  4. Yeah, you had a big grammar mess-up there because it seemed to read, "The Encounter was critical of Kort'thalis Publishing."

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  5. I never heard of it. Will read up on it to see what it's all about.

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  6. Have fun with it! All Encounter Critical needs is more races, classes, spells (up to ridiculously high levels) to become a true successor to Arduin within the OSR.

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    1. I want to streamline character creation, too. 15 minutes or less!

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    2. You can easily have streamlined character creation with a crapton of races and classes. The secret is random tables!

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  7. So, never heard of EC....found a pdf and gave it a look. I can see how it has influenced your work
    I think once EC gets the "Venger Treatment" in a new edition it will be a MASTERPIECE of gaming! (No pressure, lol!)

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    1. I live in a high-stakes pressure cooker just outside the 9th circle of Hell. Easy game.

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    2. Hmm, I must say that's a rather creative way of saying, "married with children" 😉

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  8. Encounter Critical was amazing and a huge influence on my RPG design. My first big project that got anywhere was basically a reimagining of Encounter critical as an actually playable rules-light system where you played as henchmen in a ridiculously overcomplicated trad RPG system. I would love to work on this project, but I can't find your email xD.

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  9. Encounter Critical rules. Please don't fucking ruin it. Stay true to the original spirit; listen to the audio commentary in the phasic cyaborg edition.

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  10. I love you man, I love your work, your sense of humour. But I'm utterly terrified of what you'll do to Encounter Critical. Firstly, do you plan on killing the earlier editions? Secondly, EC has virtually every element from 1970's sci-fi, Tolkien, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Star Trek, Damnation Alley, Godzilla, etc., my concern is that your wheelhouse seems to be not only the 1980's, but also not exactly family friendly content...again, I love you for this, but I have no idea how that can be fused with EC without turning it into something decidedly different.

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    1. Sometimes, it's good to be afraid. ;)

      Tell you what, send me a link your Encounter Critical play reports, I'll read them, and we'll see if we can't find a reasonable compromise between the original and my own personal vision for the game. Cool?

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    2. I agree entirely about fear, entirely. I don't make play reports, though I should start. My issue wouldn't be with system or how the game plays, but rather with theme and content...artwork, classes, races, monsters, tone. Things that draw players in and keep imaginations stirred up via memory.

      EC is pretty simple, it's amazing to think how much mileage came out of Thrazar, one badly drawn 1970's businessman with an axe. But it's a touchstone, it certainly is at our gaming table, we're still laughing about it over a decade later. It's desperately nice to be able to return to 1970's sci-fi through a Mad Magazine lense and EC is our time machine. This is decidedly different than kitchen-sink gonzo, but rather for some, a return to youth.

      At the end of the day, it's your vision and your money. I don't know if you planned on making like an 80's "Encounter Radical" version with everything from ET to Jedi to Robocop and Ghostbusters thrown in, or if you planned on keeping it 70's and making it weirder...or just adding more adult related 70's stuff. I loved both the 70's and the 80's, I just view them as mutually exclusive, most these days do not.

      Regardless, I wouldn't ask or want you to compromise, I appreciate your controversiality too much for that. In an age of mindless sheep, you are an iconoclast, I would *never* suggest reining that in. Keep offending them, always, myself included, and if something I consider "sacred" gets crunched in the process, it's a price I'll have to pay.

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    3. After some debate, I think we decided on cutting the timeline off at 1983.

      Would you like to be looped-in to designer notes? Email me: Venger.Satanis@yahoo.com

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