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Jason Eley

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Copperhead County: Crime, corruption, capitalism, and government in the modern American South.

CC has been in active Early Access development, exclusively on Itch, for about a year, and on-and-off development for a couple of years before that. Currently the EA period is transitioning to a digital pre-release period as the product takes its final form. I originally envisioned it as a straighter setting hack, but over the years its been thoroughly developed, playtested, and polished over multiple long-term campaigns. I'm proud of how well it works as a game on the FitD engine, alongside my work building an original, unique, realistic, authentic setting that can balance real-world issues and RPG action.

CC features six PC playbooks, three crew playbooks, a full setting, an official soundtrack in two sizes, and an intro-one-shot module (with at least one more module, a variant setting, and other bonus material to come). There are changes to the FitD engine throughout, mostly revolving around my attempts to streamline and standardize aspects of the system, update them to a modern action genre, and make some areas more open-ended and freeform. CC is also built to embrace long-term campaigns, support late-game intrigues, and further encourage wide-ranging, player-driven gameplay across different approaches, job types, and goals.

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I sell a "physical game" RPG solely on itch, and think the platform works great for hosting and selling it, and I have no interest in using the certain monopoly RPG site. I'm glad to read all of this! Obv itch was designed as a digital gaming platform and tabletop people just kind of showed up and started using it, but there are a lot of benefits to us here over our other options.

My main concern about selling tabletop games on itch is discovery. Better classification in the "Physical games" category would be helpful, but looking at the itch front page, it seems to me that "Physical games" are treated as a completely separate entity from just "Games." Since itch is oriented around "Games" defined as digital games, that means all of that real estate on the front page for "Latest Featured Games" or "Fresh Games" only features digital games. (I do see physical games on the front page in the "Recommended for you" section, since I've browsed and purchased and sold them).

Maybe the Featured Games section could also include physical games, or maybe the front page could just have a separate section for a physical games spotlight. I think that would do a lot to make the site more inclusive of physical games and a better place to browse, buy, and sell them.