Friday, February 6, 2015

New Book

I want to write a new book.

Despite the lack of time I have, despite the lack of actual gaming available, despite the sheer inertia of slack that living in this damn country seems to instill in me (well, to be fair, I'm kind of busy being a father to my children), I feel the need to complete something.

More than that, I have a completely unreasonable challenge of wanting to get something done here, in Paraguay. I don't know how much it would cost to do a print-run down here or what the quality of the product might look like, but I feel almost obligated to try...just to have the experience. I have visions of making the trip up to the U.S. with one suitcase full of Paraguayan printed books. How wild would that be?

I've been thinking about this a lot, even as I dither around with projects. I find myself frustrated when I look at the works on my hard drive that are 50% or 70% or 95% completed (CDF was completely finished, save for the art, and I scrapped and started a complete rewrite due to my dissatisfaction with the final product). I get an idea in my head and I go gang-busters on it for a few days or weeks or months, and then...ugh. It's not that I run out of gas, so much as I run out of inspiration. Or fire. Or something. I want to give something to the community that...well, that's worthwhile. And while such a thing is certainly in the eye of the beholder (like the chicken-shit reviewer that gave one of my books "1 star" without a single comment...fuck you, dude), it has to seem worthwhile to Yours Truly. It's all well and good to say, hey, let's make a cool "space RPG," but if Classic Traveller is good enough for such a concept, why do I need to write a new book?

[not that retools of past concepts are never worthwhile, just by the way. Batman '66 is, quite frankly, awesome sauce]

A friend down here recently gifted me with a very nice, hard cover journal of the blank page variety. It would make a cool sketchbook, save that the paper is a little thin for drawing. I've yet to write word one in it; I just keep turning it over in my hands and wondering what I can and will do with it...if anything. And I just keep thinking, "I need to write another book." Something concrete, something finished, something that can be handled and held and used...by both myself and others.

The hard copies of Five Ancient Kingdoms is dwindling (just checked with my mailer via email the other day)...probably about a dozen-twenty copies remaining...but it hasn't really sold well enough (in my mind) to warrant another print run. And yet I was just informed via email of a long-time gamer about to start a 5AK campaign with her gaming group. That's very cool. I want to do that again...I want to create something useful and fun and entertaining. I'm not a novelist. I don't write screenplays.  My "rockstar days" are long behind me. This is what I do...the "game thing." Blogging just ain't enough.

OOOOOkay...glad I could get all that off my chest. It's been stewing a lot lately (along with everything else...football playoffs and holiday travel and whatnot) and I really needed to put it in writing, spew it out into the universe so it stares back at me. Instead of just having it bouncing around my brain in an endless loop.

Give me the weekend to figure out the specifics of the project. Thanks.

23 comments:

  1. Who originated the BX black book hardcover? I thought you did that one too.

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  2. If you're soliciting suggestions, I always liked your Land of Ice setting and rules. I'd love to see that in book format.

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    1. @ Anne:

      Thank you, Anne...that's very kind of you

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  4. A space rpg book would be cool, maybe focusing on (referencing your sci fi post) ideas and concepts you woud like to see/build upon.

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  5. A science-fantasy RPG, along the lines of Dying Earth or Zothique, with a dash of Empire of the Petal Throne and Book of the New Sun, using South American cultures, religions, and ideas, set in South America in the year 100,000+, when magic and science are one and the same...

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    1. Are you talking about indigenous SA cultures or current SA cultures? Because while living here can (often) feel like living on Mars, there's very little sense of "wonder" this side of the Andes.
      ; )

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    2. A little from column A, a little from column B. There's wonder everywhere; in South America, especially in the pre-historical pre-contact cultures, much-oppressed and often long-lost native traditions, as well as in the conglomerate of polyglot immigrant cultures, and especially in the ever-evolving mestizo cultures.

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    3. @ James:

      I'm sure my experiences here (and research into the region's history) will somehow color all my future endeavors.

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  6. A sci-fi/space fantasy game along the lines of B/X OR even 5AK would be cool.

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    1. @ Tim B:

      Huh. A lot of calls for SciFi. I know it's hot on the heels of my last post, but SciFi wasn't really what I was thinking.

      Well, I guess I am now.

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    2. I think there is a desire for SciFi. We really don't need another clone. SciFi is what *I* would want so my bias is showing.

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    3. @ Tim:

      Working on it, man.

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    4. Interested in seeing how this develops!

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  7. I love your stuff, I will buy everything you make.

    Loved 5AK, The Complete Adventurer, and the B/X Companion. Thought they were all brilliant.

    Can't wait for CDF.

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    1. @ Justin:

      Thank you for the kind words...and the business!
      : )

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  8. JB,

    Before you do any sort of 'print run' or put money up front into the publication of a book, we should talk. You should be able to print any book (including those of your own making) without any expense to yourself in the present age. I sell books to Europe, India, Australia, Brazil and many other places outside of North America and it costs me no more money than it does otherwise. Being in Paraguay should make NO difference.

    We should definitely talk.

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    1. That should be 'that you have already published of your own making.'

      Stupid brain-finger alliance.

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    2. @ Alexis:

      I appreciate that, man. When I have something ready for publication, I will certainly take you up on the offer. Thank you!

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  9. A little off topic... I sure would like to get my hands on a physical copy, perhaps two, of the B/X Companion. Any availability upcoming?

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    1. @ Johnny:

      Not for at least three months, I'm afraid. But I'll keep you posted.

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