Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gencon Baby!!!

What I do in my off time

by Andrew Head

Greetings folks, Andrew Head here again. Today I am going to talk about what I do once a year for my vacation. I go to Gencon Indy. The worlds 4 best damn days in gaming ever! and guess what, I work. I work for a company called Mongoose publishing, doing what I love best. Running Role-playing games, and this year is gonna be a great game. MGP picked up the rights for 2300AD and asked me to write my own demo that I will run for three sessions at Gencon.

Writing a four hour module is a lot like writing a novel. You have to think about many things, the story, how the players will respond as their characters during the game, how the players themselves will respond to the game. But, writing a module is also different from writing a novel. Most novel's don't require you to roll up stats for the player characters, and random encounters, and most novels don't have difficulty numbers for the reader/player to spot something, or for them to shoot a bad guy in a firefight. the great news about writing a module is that unless the company you are running for actually wants to publish it, you can throw the editing out the window. Yep, that's what I said. So long as you can read it and understand it, editing can be tossed out.
The module I wrote this year is a bit interesting, and I will try to tell you about it without giving it away in case any of my potential players happen to be reading this. The player characters are a corporate troubleshooting team for a pharmaceutics research and development company called Biopharm. The team gets sent in whenever trouble arises for the company, and are expected to solve the situation. That's why when contact with a remote research colony is lost, they get sent in to find out what went wrong. Still, not everything at the colony is not as it seems, and they may quickly find out that Some things are better left alone.

In my next blog next week I will talk about all the fun that was had at GENCON.

Anyways, that all for now. I'll catch you on the flip side.

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Andrew Head Andrew Head is a 29 year old Purdue College student who is currently going for a Graphics and Animation Degree for Video Game Design. In addition to this degree, he also has a degree in Industrial Maintenance with a specialty in Welding, is a Black Belt Martial Artist, and is a Cancer survivor. Andrew draws on these life experiences to add depth to his characters, nuances to his scenes, and a richness to plot lines that can only be gained through life experiences. Andrew's ability to convert real life into fiction is one of the reason *42wd Publishing* brought him into the family of creatives.

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