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Thanks for the heads up — just added it!

Thanks! Still coming, yes. Been putting a lot of work into it recently, including editing old pulp magazine art (now with fewer damsels in distress and more ladies with laser guns) and writing up a sample adventure this week. 

That's so kind – thank you!

Thank you!

Thanks for posting! I had to step away from this for a bit to deal with some health issues, but am (admittedly very slowly) working on finishing it up. I'll send out a message via Itch when it's ready!

Thank you for being so nice after I wrote maybe the nerdiest thing I have put on the internet since my PhD dissertation. Hope you enjoy the game!

This was a gag, and it was probably more trouble than it was worth.

Long story short: A "tachyon communicator" is basically a radio that can communicate instantly even when you are millions of miles apart. Don't worry about the rest.

If you still want the long, nerdy version: A tachyon is “a hypothetical particle that travels faster than light” (in the words of Wikipedia). The term was coined in an academic paper back in the 1960s, and made its way into sci-fi in the meantime. 

Sending messages faster than light could come in handy for spread-out space explorers, as light takes a decently long time to reach across an entire solar system. For instance, if you were to use a powerful radio here on Earth to talk to somebody in orbit of Neptune, it could still take 4 hours for your words to reach them at the speed of light. With a tachyon communicator, though, there's no such "in-system lag" (i.e., no delay in communicating with somebody in the same solar system), as tachyons move faster than light.

So what's up with the rest of that line in Cosmic Highway? ("When used in the same room, signal plays a split-second before you speak.")

The part about being in the same room is a joke based on my (admittedly limited) understanding of Einstein's theory of relativity: If you break the speed of light, you go back in time. Or, if I may steal fromWikipedia again, "Faster-than-light communication is, according to relativity, equivalent to time travel."

Now, as an aside: Have you ever used a cell phone or a walkie talkie to talk to somebody in the same room as you? There's a funny little delay between your voice coming out of your mouth and then coming out of the other person's device. 

The joke is that tachyon communication devices have that delay too, but in the opposite direction — what you’re about to say comes out the other end a half-second before you say it.

Now, you may be wondering: Why would I devote so many words worth of precious page-layout real estate to a joke maybe half a dozen readers will even get? 

The answer is: Because I am a huge dweeb. (But I am hoping from your screen name that we share this in common.)

Thanks for the heads up! I will add the link to the list on my page!

Great, glad that works! If there were ever any earlier ones on Itch than this one, I don’t see them either. 

Thank you! I’m still plugging away on this! 

Thank you! The rules are based on Knave (which is fantasy and very much designed to be hacked too), so that might help!

Thanks so much for sharing this! 

Thank you! I recommend Ben Milton's Knave for this (as Wastoid is based on its rules). Beyond that, I can share with you what I've got from the relevant portion of the manuscript in progress, with two caveats: 

  1. I still have to playtest this (especially the part about calculating HP).
  2. I'm more concerned with adapting stuff on the fly than careful conversion procedures.

That said, here's what I've got so far…

Ability in Wastoid could refer to the 7 abilities players’ characters have, but most denizens of the wastes are simply represented by a generic “ability” that covers anything vaguely related to what they seem they should be good at. If adapting creatures with hit dice (HD), you can use this as ability. If unsure, give a default ability of +5. [When doing anything else, they have a +0 modifier.]

HP in other games generally runs much higher than in Wastoid. For quick and dirty conversion, add the creature’s HD value to 5. 

AP can be converted by looking for a game’s equivalent of light, medium, and heavy armor (often leather, chain, and plate in fantasy games). Wastoid uses leather (4 AP), scrap (8 AP), and combat armor (12 AP), +1 to 2 for a shield, and another +1 to 2 for a helmet. If unsure, give a clearly thick-skinned creature 6 AP and call it a day.

Damage can usually be simplified as d6 for most attacks, d8 for those with two-handed weapons, and d10, d12, or multiple d6 for only the most powerful attacks (like with explosives and high-tech).

Special effects like “double damage from fire” or “two attacks per action” can generally be used as-written in Wastoid. The GM should just take care to telegraph to players when something looks really, really dangerous. Remember, running away is (almost) always an option!

Oh, and I should add: The upshot of the above is that if your skillset die rolls higher than your stress die, you don’t suffer a stress effect! Stress effects only happen when it’s the adrenaline that helps you succeed. 

Of course, by the time you’ve used the stress die a few times, it’s gotten so big that it’s a lot more likely to be the highest die in the roll…

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Thank you, and no need for apologies! I can see how this could be confusing.

The intent is that when you roll to face a risk, you might roll multiple dice. By default, you’re rolling a die from one of your skillsets (or a d4 if hindered by some disadvantage), but you might also roll dice from “help.” You only use the result of the highest die to determine how things go, so usually, more dice means better odds of avoiding risk.

The stress die mucks with that “usually.” Technically, it’s “help” — you can include it in a roll to improve your chances of a high result, avoiding a disaster (1-2) or setback (3-4). But if your stress die is higher than any other dice you rolled (like your one from your skillset), you get a stress effect. This is a trade-off: You’re likely trading one risk (whatever you were rolling to avoid, like accidentally depressurizing the cargo bay) for another (like alerting an alien to your position when you cry out in surprise) .

When that happens, you don’t have to roll the stress die again on that table on the back page; you just consult the number you just rolled.  The way the table is written, the higher the result, the more intrusive the stress effect should be. That way, if you take a chance on the stress die and still roll poorly, you don’t get hit with double the misfortune. (And only rolling once just makes it go quicker.)

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions about this or anything else. 

That's very kind, thank you! I actually launched a Patreon awhile back, but didn't really work to promote it, so it was de-listed. I'll keep it in mind down the road, though, should I come to a place where that would feel helpful and motivating.

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I do not, but thank you for asking! I am hoping I’ll be able to produce more after I recover more from some post-covid health issues. It’s been slow going, but I’m making progress!

Aw, thank you!

You inspired me to finally finish the character sheet I've been working on. It's uploaded now under "Download Demo." 

I am not sure what you meant by the layout being odd for printing out as a booklet, but feel free to let me know if I can be helpful in figuring out what might be going wrong with printing. (I didn't do anything on purpose to make it hard to print.)

Still working on it, but progress on all RPG work has been really slow due to health issues since last year.

I haven’t finished a printed character sheet for this yet. It is part of the plan for revisions, but had been lower priority since I run this online with the spreadsheet I set up, or just have folks jot the few details on an index card when running in person.  

Sorry I don’t have better news just yet, but thanks for checking in. I’ll definitely send out an update message when there’s progress to report. 

They are indeed used for that — WIS for theurgy, CHA for witchcraft — but that explanation is a little buried in a lengthy spell casting section near the end.  

But also, of course you can change the rules to suit your purposes! I tried to explain in the design notes why I made certain design choices, but it’s quite normal to season to taste with D&Dish hacks like this. 

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Thanks so much! Still working on it — looking forward to announcing more when I can!

Thanks so much! This is indeed basically how I run games for my kid, except with dice, and 5 minutes of mandatory dice sorting beforehand, by her decree. 

I haven’t really played RPGs solo before, but I’ve heard several people say they’ve used 2400 and other games based on the same system (24XX) for it. Someone else has even made special guidelines for 24XX solo play.

As for whether you’re getting it right: Some games have intricate rules, and they really work excellently when you use them. And some other games have very minimal rules, basically trusting that everybody already knows how to play pretend, and as long as you’re putting your fellow participants’ wellbeing before getting the rules “right,” you are doing just fine. 🙂

I have typically used a slightly modified Knave character sheet, but you inspired me to release a version of a newer one I've been working on! You can download it now from this page.

Hello! When you say "this type of game," do you mean tabletop roleplaying games in general, or more specifically, RPGs with short, minimalist rules? 

If you mean "how to play RPGs in general," it can vary a lot depending on the game, but I'd recommend searching online for "actual play" videos of people playing, and/or reading some games that have really clear advice for how they are meant to be played. The RPG you're commenting on now, Exhumed, is modeled on Dungeons & Dragons, but is a very pared-down approach.

If you mean "how to play RPGs that don't specify how to play," the philosophy tends to be either that you'll use what you learned playing other RPGs, or that the specifics of how to play aren't necessarily super important as long as you and your friends are having fun. Still, there's some great play advice for traditional, minimalist games like Exhumed  in Chris McDowall's Electric Bastionland, and in this blog post.

I hope this helps! Feel free to ask follow up questions if you like. You might get even better answers by asking on Discord servers like the ones linked to from the 2400 page.

I fixed the FKR Collective link, but the other ones still work fine for me. Let me know if you still have any problems!

Whoops — thanks!

Ooh, that’s got a good pitch — thanks!

I had been worried it would be overwhelming even just to post a zip for each game, but I think the current approach is not ideal. 

That’s the plan — thanks!

That's the only new update — and since it's been a good long time since the last update, I just uploaded a separate zip file with only the Cryptids files, for folks who don't need the whole package of everything they downloaded months ago. (The Cryptids files are in bigger zip files, too, for folks who are buying this for the first time.) Hope this helps!

Bryce West in costume? But he's a philanthropist! Surely you jest! 😉

But seriously, thank you for the kind words. I'm so glad you're enjoying it! And I am indeed working on some more stuff that I hope will be pretty easy to combine with this one…

Thanks very much!

The free version is nice, but this full version is more than a template – it's a surprisingly approachable course in layout and design techniques. I'm learning things I didn't even know you could do with this software.

Just to check: While the jam overview says you can "Build your own version of 'classic fantasy,'" the rules seem very broad about acceptable content. Should submissions only be fantasy adventures in the vein of dungeons and/or dragons, or would other genres be welcome too?

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I sure hope it’ll be finished — I just commissioned the cover, and am trying to buy more art for it! Been slowed down terribly by health issues, though. 

(Edit: Okay, commissioning a cover 7ish months ago might not sound like “just commissioned a cover,” but I’ve been on medical leave much of the time in between, so it feels like “just” to me.) 😅

Thanks so much — I hope it goes well!

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Thanks for checking in! Still working on this, but I’ve been badly slowed down by medical issues for a while. I’ll update when things are closer to completion, though!