Monday, September 28, 2009

Community Game Design

So I have this dream that a dedicated group of individuals can come together and either perfect an existing system, or create a new one, which is then released free to the world. The open community would continue to work on and perfect this system until there are no grammatical or spelling errors, all logic is consistent, and people genuinely enjoy the way the system works.

I am currently working on a few different endeavors, some more grandiose than others.

This is probably the largest project. I have started an entirely new game system with the goals of it being cross genre, class-less, and level-less. I've gotten a few bites from people willing to help work on it but haven't really gotten any substantial amount of help with it. If you'd like to get involved let me know.

Castles & Crusades
I'm, in many ways, gutting the system. I'm keeping some core concepts but even they are up for review. For example, the Prime/Secondary system... I plan to go with bases of 12 and 15 instead of 12 and 18, for various reasons. I'm rewriting pretty much every class, adding some new classes, and cleaning up various inconsistencies in the rules. If you'd like to help with this, please let me know.

I started (and am still the largest contributor to it by far). The site now has over 30 separate collaborators registered to edit it and various people are working on different areas. However, the site needs basic, non-glamorous, boring, grunt-level work, such as fixing broken links and correcting typos and errata. If you'd like to get involved in, please let me know.


  1. I didn't make the Pathfinder srd connection right away.

    My original plan for my C&C campaign was to create a swashbuckling sea-faring campaign, which it still can be. We are doing better at the swashbuckling part than the sea-faring, but latter will happen in time. I did sort of a focus group with my original group of players and we ended up with a fun mish-mash that is far-removed from my original concept, but better in every way. I'm originally from Hartland, MI, by the way (between Brighton and Fenton), but I left MI after I graduated from MSU in 1984. Now in PA.

  2. Yeah, I'm the original creator of but it is maintained by very many people now. Ahhh Hartland, major corn country out there! I love C&C but found a metric ton of things that annoy me, which should be obvious based on my hitlist of things go fix.