Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Genesys Foundry Podcast

Episode 6 of the Genesys Foundry podcast just released, and John Dunn was one of the guests. He had a chance to talk about his history in gaming and the Anthrochimerics PDF that's available on Genesys Foundry.

Give it a listen through their web site or on the Podcasting host of your choice.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

More Genesys Hope Prep

Over the past few weeks, we've released conversions of the Freshman Character Pack and the first Hope Prep adventure - Orientation on the Genesys Foundry. The set of three are now also available as a bundle, with a discount. For those who previously purchased the Freshman Handbook for Genesys, the Finish your Bundle feature lets you purchase the whole pack with even less out of pocket.

We look forward to continuing to convert more of our setting over to this game system, as well as work on other projects for the Foundry.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Hope Prep on the Foundry

Two posts in a month? What's going on?

We've just released Hope Preparatory School for Genesys, as part of the Genesys Foundry program. The biggest challenge with this release was the fact that there the Genesys Core Rulebook does not include rules for Super Powers. Hope Prep works around that, adapting the Magic system with some rules adjustments to work for Supers.

In addition to background information about the school, the Freshman Handbook includes character creation rules and game statistics for the faculty with whom the Freshman most often interact.

If FFG releases official Supers rules, we'll go back and revise this book to take advantage of them.

It's available from DriveThruRPG for $4.99. Note that this version includes a few pieces of artwork that we never got around to inserting in our other versions. It also uses some of the character pack artwork throughout.

If there's interest, we'll convert our character packs and adventures to Genesys and add them to the Foundry as well.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Genesys Foundry

It's no secret that John has done quite a bit of work for Fantasy Flight Games over the years. Much of that has been for the Star Wars RPG line. A couple of years ago, FFG decided to make a universal version of that game system, which became Genesys. Just last night, they held their annual Flight Report at Gen Con 2019. During that event, they announced a Community Content site on DriveThruRPG, where authors can upload content. That site is called Genesys Foundry.

As part of the build up to that announcement, FFG asked a group of the veteran freelancers to create some materials to preload into their upcoming site. After a bit of thought, I wrote up Anthrochimerics.

This release presents twelve new species for use as player characters (or NPCs, I suppose) in any setting. Each of the species is based on combinations of human and animalistic traits. In addition to a basic stat block for the new species, it also includes suggestions for how those species might establish a culture, including ideas for magical traditions and worldviews. Additional material suggests how game settings might include these species in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Modern genres. Finally, the PDF introduces Species Talents, which are only available to members of specific species.

The species in this volume are:
  • Anurite (Frog people)
  • Brochlan (Badger people)
  • Canid (Wolf people)
  • Cerotan (Rhinoceros people)
  • Lepidan (Rabbit people)
  • Minotaur (Cattle people)
  • Naga (Snake people)
  • Saurian (Lizard people)
  • Sekhmet (Cat people)
  • Tengu (Bird people)
  • Tolban (Turtle people)
  • Vermein (Rat people)
Anthrochimerics is now available from DriveThruRPG for $2.95.

I'd really like to do a second volume of this, so I'm hoping this meets with some early success to justify more! (Oh - that cover? That's my daughter's artwork. She was pretty excited to show off her talents.)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Accursed SWADE Update

The Adventure Edition Update for Accursed is now freely available for download from DriveThruRPG. This is just a bare-bones document, to help players who want to use the new edition of Savage Worlds Roleplaying System with their existing materials.

We're using this guide to create a Jumpstart, which we hope to have available soon!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Melior Via and SWAG

Over on their site, Pinnacle Entertainment Group just announced the formation of a Savage Worlds Adventurer Guild. If you haven't heard, click that link and check it out, then come back here, we'll wait. The long and short is that this program provides a way for anyone to publish and sell game materials using the Savage Worlds system on DriveThruRPG.

We think that's a great idea, but the system doesn't provide a built-in way for people to publish materials for settings that are already out there. We also suspect that there might be a few folks who dig Accursed or The Thin Blue Line and would like to be able to publish their own creations for our settings. This might include things like monsters, NPCs, adventures, or even entire campaigns.

We'd love to see that happen.

If you're interested in writing for Accursed or The Thin Blue Line materials for SWAG, drop a line to info@meliorvia.com and we'll get you straightened out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Year End Wrap-Up

Happy Holidays, to all of our readers.

Season of the Witch

As the calendar winds down, we found time to squeeze in one last release. Every year, John's home game has one session devoted to eating too much food and an over top adventure that's in keeping with the very worst of very special Christmas episodes of ongoing TV series. It's particularly effective when the current campaign has nothing at all to do with Christmas. In keeping with that theme, Ross wrote up a new Accursed 1-sheet  entitled "Season of the Witch." Here's the background:

An idealistic young girl sets out to prove that the celebration of Evergreen Night is for everyone, even the reclusive and infamous Frau Pechta. The Penitents are asked to bring the girl back to her family before Frau Pechta’s inhuman hunger brings a grisly end to the holiday! Can the Accursed handle a sugar-spun stronghold, candy-frosted banes, and the spirit of the season?

Season of the Witch is now available from DriveThruRPG. We've decided to make it a Pay What You Want title, with a suggested price of $1.

Year End Sale

If you're looking for a last minute gift, all of our digital releases are now 25% off through the end of the 2016. When checking out, you can select an e-mail to send the PDF as a gift to a fellow gamer. Print / PDF combos also include a discount on the digital component. Note, though, that at this point, the print on demand copies will not arrive until the new year. Of course, if Santa gave you a little extra money this year, now's the perfect opportunity to flesh out or even complete your collection of any of our lines!