Wednesday, 9 November 2011

After That Hiatus...

It has been more than a year since my last post, and in that time outside of real-life stuff, my other blogs and whatnot, I have been looking to re-work some of the Covenant of Justice material.

To that end I have been working to re-edit the city-setting material I had developed, and I have some hopes for this. What I am aiming for is that it should hopefully become a more generic 'fictionalised super-city' type of setting - more on that as and when.

The other side of the re-working is that I took a long look at the characters I had, the kinds of stories I wanted to tell, and the over-arching back-story to them and their own 'world' I decided I needed to strengthen some elements and so settled on some big revisions and who knows where that will lead me.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Mr Glory

Mr Glory is intended to be a signature 'background' character for the Covenant of Justice setting.

This art was commissioned last year for the eventual proposed source book. Just thought I'd share.

Mr Glory has 70 years of hero experience behind him. His life and experiences have formed into a small 'c' conservative views in political terms, and the guy has big pull in Washington. Which inevitably means that this man has shaped not only the position of the Covenant of Justice, but likely its future direction. In suprahero terms, he is numero uno in most people's eyes.

Mr Glory character and images are © Leon Mallett, 2010

V&V 2.1?

I have been toying with switching from BRP to something else, and V&V 2.1 may be just what I need.

Each system (BRP and V&V 2.1) has pros and cons for my Covenant of Justice source book.

BRP:
Pros
- SAN system
- skills system & associated experience method

Cons
- the disparate Power systems don't fit neatly together at all, and each is incomplete and lacking internal balance (irrespective of intra-system balance)
- can require some serious consideration about what add-on options to use
- doesn't really evoke a 'silver age' feel

V&V 2.1
Pros
- very heroic/silver age sensibility
- very open-ended with regard to how powers can be adapted

Cons
- currently no skill system of note
- no obvious analogue to a sanity-checking system

If I can settle on a decision, then maybe, just maybe it will give me impetus to go forwards. Time will tell.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Little Update

I recently finished the background writing for the Denizens chapter. That was pleasing. On the downside, I am really in two minds as to how satisfied I am that the system I am looking at fits with the kind of gaming I want to reflect. So it is something I have been musing on a lot. Hence more procrastination.

I think what I need to to do is focus on making sure all the non-rules portions of the book are finished, and then look at what options are available, after I eventually get the play test campaign gaming back underway.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Writing Again, At Last

I have recommenced work on the 'Covenant of Justice' monograph in the past couple of days, working on a couple of new entries for the chapter provisionally called 'Denizens of Dark Places' (subject to change, of course, maybe).

One of the ideas (which I will say little about, other than their names - Chthonic Worms) is inspired by a news story from several weeks ago, and so ultimately is not comics related. I enjoy when an inspiration can come from something other than an obvious source. The other entry is an idea that I have managed to wrestle into a more pleasing form - Flesh Robots.

The monograph will very much have a very 'horror' meets silver age sensibilities feel (I hope), as heroes face threats from the darkest places. And this feel is going to be reflected in the types of nameless adversaries that are featured (i.e. not individual, specific characters). There will be recognisable supra-villains as well of course.

One of the things that has held back development is that after a serious personal event several months ago, my motivation was diminished. In turn ideas have still percolated, but have not hung together. However in the past couple of weeks those disparate ideas have become adjusted and aligned and connections made with the larger realm of ideas behind the monograph, which has meant I can get back to writing. At last.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Writing Projects

I have been tapping away periodically on a few different stories connected to this setting I am trying to build up, and today finished a first draft of a short story that I hope to submit for consideration to A Thousand Faces.

Finishing that first draft today was pretty pleasing, to have that sense of completion, even if further drafts will be needed. I have sent it to a couple of friends for critical feedback.

At the same time I am revisiting work on the aforementioned monograph, so hopefully over the next few months things will start to move forwards. More posts as they do.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Covenant of Justice

Covenant of Justice is a setting for BRP monograph (yet to be completed, but getting there), and hopefully a series of fictional works.

The monograph has been in writing for more than a year, building a mythos for a contemporary super-hero setting - the world in which the Covenant of Justice operates against dark forces.

Check back in from time to time for updates.