OK, so blog silence is broken and all I'm offering you are cryptic tidbits of poetic reference? Nah, this will be a much more concrete post than that, but it does come down to a decision point for me.
First off, I'm just about to make the (hopefully big, hopefully well-received) announcement of the side project I've been working on the past couple of months. I'm starting up a small web publishing business for RPGs and RPG accessories.
|Dated reference FTW! (I did leave the States in 1998...)|
Today, I want to talk about the direction of Chanbara and the future of Flying Swordsmen.
A month or so ago, Jonathan Becker, aka JB of the BX Blackrazor blog, sent me a long, detailed analysis of Flying Swordsmen (I may have mentioned that before). I spent some time thinking about his feedback, and crafted a long response to it. In the process, I developed the basic framework of a new wuxia RPG that will be much simpler (I think, it should definitely have a reduced page count) and maybe truer to the source fiction/film than Flying Swordsmen was. Needless to say, it's not gonna be based on the D&D game engine like FS was. I'll still be going for an old school vibe, though, but borrowing some stuff from some other old school games and some new school ones, too. Not sure when I'll get around to it, but I've got plenty of notes written up already.
So, while considering this new wuxia game, which I'm calling Wu Xing (the Chinese name for the five elements), I can easily see how the system would also be appropriate for a samurai/ninja game. And Chanbara is sitting here not getting completed.
Now, with me starting to work on dissertation ideas (I'd like to get that Ph.D within the next two years), a 9-month old baby in the house along with my 7-year old, my above-mentioned RPG products to try and sell, I don't know if I have it in me to put out both Chanbara as a Flying Swordsmen/D&D compatible game, and a version based on Wu Xing.
Should I just hurry up and put out D&D/OSR-based Chanbara, warts and all?
Should I scrap that version and work on both Wu Xing and Chanbara using the new system?
My gut is telling me to do #2 because it will be less work, but there's a part of me that doesn't want to see all the work I've done on Chanbara so far go to waste.