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Master Plan #48: Chad Underkoffler on Setting Design, Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies

On this episode, Ryan sits down with Chad Underkoffler about designing setting (and, in some respects, writing in general) with his latest release, Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies. They touch on how the setting for this setting-rich book was conceived, fleshed out, and trimmed down to aim the right information at the play group. Afterward, Ryan tells you to check out Paul Tevis' A Penny For My Thoughts, because he's frankly damned proud of the work and thinks it makes for a great case study for one school of thought in design.

Direct download at http://media.libsyn.com/media/masterplan/masterplan_48.mp3

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harleqwn From: harleqwn Date: June 17th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Done with style

Good summary on the podcast.

I've had the book for a while and have FINALLY had an opportunity to start poking through it. I like how it is designed in that it gets to the heart of your idea quickly and shares what we need to know to play. It reminds me to some degree of 7th Sea but even more drama/action driven. There are a handful of stumbling blocks from having never played any of your prior games but they are vaporizing as I press on.

I am impressed with the organic nature (for lack of a better description) of the way the powers/Gifts are described in their effects and how there is some conflict/overlap between them. Also, I've been reviewing the Style Dice since it is almost exactly how I use Destiny in my FATE-inspired mechanics for a Star Wars campaign.

In short, it seems like a fun, exciting game world that I hope to run or play in soon. Thanks!

-David-
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