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Martin Nerurkar

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Where/how are you trying to open the file? I tested it both on my iPad and my Kindle so I'm surprised it's giving you issues.

Thank you! Goblin Errands is my first physical release and already available. But yeah, I am excited too...

Can you elaborate? What links is broken, and where?

Happy to help! Let me know if you have any more issues...

It absolutely would! We playtest it with cyberpunk and sci-fi cities as well! I think the important part is that if you're using a real-world timeline, it is useful to have a target decade and then roughly use the age of the city to figure out in what historical period the city was founded, and then go from there...

Hey Pepe. I'm afraid there is no demo version, but you can find some playthroughs on YouTube, like this Ex Umbra playthrough:

And a short one for EX UMBRA here

Hey Katjaja,

Ex Novo has no system requirements because it is a physical game. The download is a PDF of the rules, no interactive software here. So anything that can open and display a PDF (which should be pretty much any computer made after 2000) should be fine!

Hope that helps!

You really are into planar fantasy! I love it!

If you have any thoughts on Planedawn Orphans, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for sharing!

That looks great! I'm happy to hear that you've been having so much fun with Ex Novo! Thank you for sharing your stories!

Hey Pixie, thanks so much for reaching out! It's really kind of you to think of your friend and how to help them.

As such, The Mending Circle is meant as a playful way to explore some of your own issues through the lens of other characters. However it's not a tool that can replace therapy or anything like that. In the end, I think the question is whether your friend would be comfortable exploring their issue through play. The game does it's best to give all players control how much they want to delve into things but it's still a very personal question. In any case I definitely recommend playing with some kind of Safety Tool. Either the one supplied with the book or something else.

I hope this helps. If you got any more questions, feel free to ask!

Oh, and  thank you for your kind words about Ex Novo and Ex Umbra!

Thank you! That is a very nice comment. Especially since I've been pondering the project lately :)

That is a good question. I was so busy with the Goblin Errands crowdfunding I didn't really think much about this. But it's definitely something that needs an approach. I guess I need to come up with some solution for this!

Understandable. I do like BitD but the whole metagame with the gang and the factions always felt too busy for me. I do enjoy more lightweight things.

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There actually is a planar fantasy version of Blades in the Dark! It's called SIG: City of Blades and it's actually referenced in an easter egg in the text! 

You can check it out here:

And you can grab it on itch, here:

oh, hm. I‘m mean D&D is the obvious one but I‘m a big fan of Dungeon World… I‘ve ran and enjoyed a bunch of planar fantasy games with that system…

Thank you for the kind words! 💚

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You might be interested to know that I just ran a successful kickstarter for a different game (Goblin Errands). And it went pretty dang well. There's still a lot of work to do - such as actually producing and shipping the product in the first place. But it's definitely one of the steps that gets us to an eventual EX NOVO box ;)

Also: Please do share a picture of your deluxe version!

Well deserved!

That sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.

A little note: You can download the latest version at any time so you don't have to remain stuck on 0.8.

Thank you for the kind words. I hope you'll enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it. As for a German version: Honestly, I don't know. I could translate it but so far it wasn't successful enough to really merit it, to be totally honest. I am thinking of maybe doing a Kickstarter for a print version next year, maybe that pushes the topic forward but I don't know.

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Love to hear what you like about the game and sorry to hear that about the community copies. I will disable them again and reach out to itch support again. Thanks for letting me know!

Thank you so much for the kind words and for the support!

Alright, I have re-enabled things. I hope the reward works now. If it still doesn't then I guess I'll get in touch with the itch support again.

thanks! Happy to hear it. Let me know if you've got any feedback!

Oh. Hm. Keep it simple. I had so many ideas for Goblin Errands but I slimmed it down and concentrated on the central Braincell mechanic. Everything else is in service to that. And the game already has 40 pages of text and took a month to make.

So get a fun idea that you are excited about and then keep it as simple as you can.

Thank you! I am pretty proud of it too :D

I've just released Goblin Errands, which you can find here:

It's currently on a deep discount to celebrate the release. 

Goblin Errands is a 40 page TTRPG of goblins trying to run errands but obviously getting into zany misadventures. You don't need to prepare anything, you can just sit down and play a story in 2-3 hours. Here's the blurb:

Goblin Errands is a no-prep RPG for 2 to 5 goblins and one Tall Person. Together you'll go on comical (mis)adventures trying to complete seemingly mundane tasks as you struggle with a world not designed for you. 

You've just joined a new family of goblins and you are determined to prove yourself useful. Clearly, the best way to do so is by running errands for the community: Buying vegetables at the market or procuring the services of a local wizard to get your wise leader unstuck from his chamber pot. 

Unfortunately as a goblin you live in a world made for folk much bigger and stronger than you. And on top of that you have only a single Braincell to work with - and one that you have to share with your fellow goblins. Even otherwise ordinary everyday tasks turn into hilarious challenges.

Ah, thanks. I must have missed that! This helps, tho a 5 min introductory video would be great :D

bloed community · Created a new topic Video?

The tool looks super interesting but I was curious if there's a video of it in action somewhere? I think that might be super helpful to show people what it does / how it works. That or a gif :D

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Wow! That's great. I am super happy that this is a game you can play with your kids! This wasn't our goal but this is such a nice outcome. It's great to share the love for worldbuilding - and drawing maps is fun! Thank you for sharing :)

Ex Novo community · Created a new topic Share your city!

Tell us more about your city, detail your history, show off your maps!

As a note: This thread is a holdover of the move from COMMENTS to FORUM system for the game page. It's become confusing and unwieldy so I'm locking it down but please feel free to just open up new threads whenever.

Wow! That's a pretty cool looking map!

Ah! Thanks for the update! 

Happy to hear that Ex Novo made you take the plunge! Do check out Ex Umbra and our other offerings, and if you have time for a rating, I'd really appreciate it.

Yeah, updates to digital downloads are free. Enjoy the update!

I talked to the people. This seems to be a bug on their side. They're looking into it.

For context, here's screenshots from the backend of the settings I have in place: