Monday, 5 February 2018

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Quick Start version 15

Several friends have started converting their Savage Worlds settings across to Swift d12, so I've recently been splitting my time between the Saga of the Goblin Horde Quick Start rules, and a generic version of the core rules.

I've also been working on a small side project called "Blood & Bile", which I'm hoping to release later this month. However I wanted to release a small update to the Quick Start first, as there are a couple of playtests planned for this week.

Get it here: SotGH Quick Start

The changes are to the "Stunts" and "Conditions" sections on page 16. The original full-sized Swift d12 PDF included mechanics for disarming, grappling, intimidating and taunting, but they were left behind when I streamlined the rules. Now that I've decided to stick with the lighter version of the system, I've decided it's about time to bring those other mechanics over - so I've merged them into the stunt rules.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Plans for 2018

Last year I successfully published the Savage Worlds version of Saga of the Goblin Horde, and even created some print-ready PDFs for those who wanted a physical book. However I still have many more plans for the setting, and some new goals for 2018, so I thought I'd give a rundown of what I'd like to achieve.

Savage Worlds

New One Sheets

I've already written 11 One Sheets for Saga of the Goblin Horde, but I'd like to publish some more, at least one every couple of months. Here are some of the adventures I'm thinking of releasing this year:

Day of the Fungids: When I was younger I watched a TV show called "The Day of the Triffids". Based on an earlier novel, it was a bit like a zombie apocalypse, except with mobile carnivorous plants called "Triffids". In fact the main reason I added fungids to Saga of the Goblin Horde (and why I called them fungids) is that I wanted to create a parody adventure inspired by the Day of the Triffids!

Gift Horse: Inspired by a piece of stock art (a mutant horse). A mysterious admirer gives Chief Bignose a gift, a strange horse-like mount named "Trojan". And of course the chieftain accepts the gift without question, because that's the sort of thing Chief Bignose does.

Hail to the Beast King: In the setting book, I mention that "Former members of the Treebiter tribe also speak of a beastfolk king, who apparently lives deep in the Great Forest, where he rules over all manner of exotic breeds." That's not a throwaway comment, it was foreshadowing for an adventure I planned to write.

Honey Plot: Inspired by a piece of stock art (a man with a beehive humpback). Bugbears love honey almost as much as regular bears do, and a crazy druid beekeeper has decided to use his unnatural talents to set traps for them. This adventure will give me the opportunity to expand the lore on bugbears, as they don't get much coverage in the main book.

Island Vacation: The gazetteer in the setting book mentions that a "mysterious little island has also been spotted several times in different locations near the coast, appearing then disappearing from one day to the next." This refers to an adventure I'd originally planned to include in the main setting book, but which I will instead release as a One Sheet.

Action Deck

A few weeks ago, +David Garrett asked if there was a deck of cards available for Saga of the Goblin Horde. I'd originally planned to create a Campaign Deck, but later scrapped the idea. However I did quite fancy having a custom deck, and there was apparently some demand, so I started brainstorming - I wanted the cards to offer something special (beyond simply being a deck of playing cards), but unlike my work on the Mutation Deck, I couldn't explicitly reference Savage Worlds, so I had to get creative.

I've now come up with a design, and hope to finish and publish the deck in the near future. Technically it won't be a Savage Worlds product, but I imagine that's what most people will use it for.

Swift d12

Although I will continue to support the Savage Worlds version of Saga of the Goblin Horde with the release of new One Sheets, most of my efforts moving forward will be focused on my new system, Swift d12.

Quick Start

The Quick Start rules are now up to version 14, but I'm still playtesting and tweaking them. I have notes and feedback that I still need to incorporate, such as revised stunt rules, the magic system, and so on, and I still need to add some better examples of playing the game. But overall, the core mechanics are fairly complete.

Full Setting

Once I'm happy with the Quick Start, I'll start converting the full setting over from the Savage Worlds version. I'm hoping this won't take too long, but it will still involve quite a lot of work. Probably a few months.


Although I will obviously convert the One Sheets, I also have plans for a few larger adventures, including Chronicles of the Goblin Princess, and Tales of the Technolich. These will only be available for Swift d12 (as I hope to sell them), but I'll offer conversion guides for anyone wishing to run them with Savage Worlds.

Generic Rules

After I've published Saga of the Goblin Horde, I plan to release a generic Swift d12 roleplaying system, with an open license for other publishers. This will also incorporate the expanded rules I've been working on, such as vehicles, firearms, etc, but hopefully the full rulebook should only be about a dozen pages (it's designed to be a pretty streamlined system). I hope to release this by the end of the year, and it will provide the foundation for my projects in 2019.

Gaming Conventions

I've never been to a gaming convention before, but I hope to attend one or two this year!

Genghiscon 41

Christopher Landauer asked me if I'd be interested in attending Genghiscon 41, and I was certainly tempted, but it would be a very long trip, and I had a lot of other things going on at the same time (such as moving home). Fortunately David Garrett has stepped up to represent Saga of the Goblin Horde, and he will be running two games this year!

Modena Play

Gio Dal Farra has invited me to Modena Play in April, and it's not too far to travel, so I'm planning to visit! This will be my first ever gaming convention, and I don't speak Italian, so I hope they go easy on me ;)


Some friends of mine attended ShaCon last year, and they had a blast. I couldn't make it due to other commitments, but I'm hoping they'll run another one this year (I just hope it doesn't clash with my friend's 40th Birthday party, because I already promised him I'd join him at a zombie shopping mall!).

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Quick Start version 14

I was pretty busy last year with the Savage Worlds version of Saga of the Goblin Horde, but now I hope to spend more time on Swift d12. There are a number of things I need to add and/or change, but two of them had priority based on earlier playtests, so I've updated the Quick Start rules accordingly.

Get it here: SotGH Quick Start

The change first is initiative. The approach I used in the previous version (become Staggered when you rush) was annoying, as it ended up with a lot of Mooks becoming and remaining Staggered, so I've replaced it with a simple -2 penalty for rushing. I also added a "delay" option, and reworked the Lightning-Quick Feat. I've already playtested this solution, and it's much smoother. It feels more like the original tri-phase initiative system, but without the need for extra dice rolls.

The second change is Weapon Advantage. As much as I wanted to include this, it's just not very intuitive, and during play we kept forgetting to factor it in. I've replaced it with a "Weapon Classifications" section which still retains the four main concepts: ranged weapons are more likely to hit, shields provide additional protection against ranged attacks, unarmed foes are easier to hit, and improvised weapons are inferior to regular weapons.

There's still a number of other things I need to include, not least of which is the new magic system, but I wanted to finalize the core mechanics first as I have some more playtests coming up.