Inspired by the fact that Lady Blackbird
is the first chapter in the Tales of the Wide Blue Yonder, I decided to write the second chapter.
The result is Darkening Skies
, a 16-page game with new characters and a few new rules.
Download It Here
I'd appreciate any comments and suggestions you have, on presentation as well as the material itself.
A few thoughts:
My design was never going to be as pretty as John Harper's, and I'm happy with what I achieved with the tools I had. I used Scribus
, an infuriating experience.
Similarities to Lady Blackbird:
I used Lady Blackbird
as a template for my game, and it shows. The team is led by a female noblewoman who has fallen in with pirates, there's secret identities and unrequited love, there's a goblin with few connections to the rest of the character, the characters have plenty of magic and they're trapped on a 500m-long Imperial battleship. I regret this now.
Differences from My Darn Ex-Wife:
One of the cleverest parts of My Darn Ex-Wife
is how character growth is written into the traits and tags of the characters. The most obvious examples are the Earth skills that are applied to outer-space - Trucker * [Space Trucker] or Ex-Quarterback * [Tauron Gravball]. But there are other nice touches, like Kind-Natured * [Good Husband]. I should have done something like this, particularly since these are supposed to be less experienced characters than those in Lady Blackbird
Feel free to comment on these points, or others that occur to you.
I hope you like the game.