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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Busy, Busy (Maintainance)

Sorry for there not being many updates lately - I was in Germany for a long weekend and I fly out to Maldives tomorrow for a couple days.  Its meant the blog has gone kinda fallow - but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on TDE.  In fact, being stuck on a plane for 10 hours with no family to distract me let me pound out more of the rules.  I have a pretty good working schematic now - stats, a combat flowchart, what to spend sacrifices on -- I'll do an update shortly.  I am pretty excited, though - there are a lot of interesting things going on with the mechanic, and it looks like it will promote some very colorful narratives along with some tough decisions about what actions to take and with which dice.

The other thing I have been working on is Saturn.  I am really taken by the idea of the planet and what it will bring to the TDE setting.  Right now, besides being home to the economic powerhouse that is the Commonwealth, I think it is going to be the faction that is most avant garde in exploring what is possible with tailored genetic engineering.

See, in TDE, republican (small "r" republican) ideals of identity won out.  Self determination is the default.  But on Saturn, they are starting to revert to a heavily stratified caste system - where individuals are tailored made in utero to fulfill certain demands of the state.  Its anathema to the rest of the System - the idea that an individual is forced into a particular career path.  But the Saturnines think it is yielding justifiable advantages and efficiencies.

I really need to do a wrapup for the various factions.  Hmm.

Expect a couple big updates later this week.