Right. Here's the thing with a lot of cities, like Waterdeep or CSotIO, or even the not Gygax City of Greyhawk... you really aren't supposed to off anybody "important" in those cities. Remember when the Forgotten Realms would have stats for some big somebody like a lord or mayor and it would be listed as "At least 10 levels higher than the PC" or some such hokum? I don't do that. You want to off anyone in most of the cities I've done (Eskadia:The Jack of Lies) being no exception... you can. Buy land. Run a business, set up a stronghold, kill civic leaders and bury them in the basement. Really! Do it! Eskadia is gritty like that. It is of course influenced by great cities of fantasy literature like Lankhmar and Sanctuary, and of course to a degree by City State as well as lessons learned from previous city endeavors. The setting encourages characters to dive in and become a part of the city structure. Be a Den lord, join a cult, form a street gang, form a guild. It would be fun as a starting place for adventurers as well as a place to continually visit for adventurers already on the march to greatness.Bellem wrote:Since you worked with Necromancer Games and the Judges Guild Wilderlands setting, how would you compare this product to City State of the Invincible Overlord? That has always been my favorite city RPG product, although one of the things I did find it lacking was a good listing of the people in power. (Some of it was there, but you had to dig for it.)Bowbe wrote:11 years in the making. Or thereabouts. I've been guiding this project for longer than my daughter has been alive!
I started working on this project a long time ago with an old writing partner Shane Glodowski, just after we finished working on Bard's Gate for Necromancer Games, and before I got put on some work with Wilderlands ...
I've been told it is its own setting and doesn't tie in to any other existing worlds. Are there plans for expanding on this world? I wouldn't want to go through all of the trouble of fitting it in to a world and then find out that there will be other products for it that I then cannot use.
As for expansions> Yes they are coming. That said I keep my gods fairly generic. I mean they are unique and interesting but I don't offer much that isn't easily swappable to any campaign setting. Demons/Devils on the other hand are unique but again they could be used in any setting. Who couldn't use 11-13 more demon lords and arch fiends and several of their underlings for their game?
The expansion to the Haunted Highlands slated for a bit later this spring/early summer is also very exciting for me and for fans of the Haunted Highlands. This will be a revision of the original texts (about 160 pages of stuff) PLUS another 130 pages worth of new material that nearly doubles the existing Haunted Highlands content with detailed descriptions of the villages and ruins of the Duchy of Karbosk with dungeons, new monsters, and other surprises i'm not ready to get into yet! This is all completed material that is a bit of art and a bit of editing away from launch! That said you know, I've never really had a problem swapping in stuff from any source into any setting with a little bit of elbow grease and a crowbar!