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Brony Con Blues

Greeting s Dead Tree Fans!

BronyCon was last week, so let’s get into how that went. All and all it was good time, Moonhoof spent most of the convention in the Vendor’s hall, where we sold out of most of the books. Zen spent a lot of time running games of Fallout Equestria and Demo-ing Dames of Asstoria. Both had excellent tunr outs and were usually full. We also had our panel on Friday Night, which was packed full despite  competing with the concert! We talked about the Gilded Cage, The NPC Factions book, and the Changeling race expansion, as well as Dames of Asstoria, our next project after Fallout Equestria is done.

Speaking about the Gilded cage, quite a bit of work has gone into it and the book is almost finished formatting. It’s missing a few monsters, and the Monster Perks/Traits still need to be put in. The Changeling expansion is also almost complete, and should be releasing near the beginning of September.

That was the short of everything, We had an absolute blast at the last ever BronyCon and we are glad we got to share it with those of you who came and interacted with us.

Until next week Dead Tree Fans!

Brony Con News

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

Things have been kind of hectic lately, this Dev Blog has some good and bad news.

The good news is YAY BronyCon. We have a vendors table (number 303) as well as a Panel on Friday, at 11:45 PM in the Hall of the Moon. So get hyped for that! The full map with our location is below.

However, the bad news, is that unfortunately due to real life issues as well as BronyCon Prep. We have NOT been able to mail out any books in quite some time, and probably won’t be able to until a little bit after BronyCon. So for that we apologize, we have been trying our best to get things mailed out, and were hoping to have it all done by this weekend. But the reality is that it just didn’t happen. So Those who have ordered books and are waiting for them in the mail, if you are attending BronyCon please send us an Email and we will allow you to pick up your books at BronyCon. Those who don’t or aren’t going to BronyCon (or don’t want to pick them up at BronyCon). Worry not, your books are being set aside and will be left at home so we don’t accidentally sell them.

The Email to contact us at is: info.deadtree@gmail.com

Lastly things have been going well  (though slowly) with the Gilded Cage. We are currently in the middle of formatting and are hoping to have everything done and ready for the printer sometime in August.

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

Locked In a Safe.. again

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

Long time no… read..? Post?… Whatever. It’s been a while, initially we were waiting for the Locked Safe to arrive, so we could post pictures instead of being all “tune in next week”. But then we kept forgetting to take pictures.

If you follow our Twitter, then you would have seen the video Moonhoof made unboxing the received book. If not, you can find it below!

With that here is an up close and personal photo op with the book in question.

 


Those who ordered Physical copies of the Locked Safe can expect them in the following weeks as we finish mailing out orders

As for what has been happening these past weeks? Mostly NPC Stating and working on the Faction book and Guilded Cage Bestiary….. Lots and LOTS of stating. Also awesome art by Giant Mosquito.

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

*incomprehensible groaning*

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

Not much to talk about for this week. it’s mostly just been working on the Gilded Cage and stating the NPCs for the Factions book. That’s been the entire week. just… stating, stating stating.

Now with that out of the way we’re going to go back to the mind numbing grind of making hundred of Character Sheets.

Oh and we had another Demo of Dames of Asstoria. This one wasn’t livestreamed as L9OBL went to bed before it started. There’s a final third demo being planned, and if you are interested in learning more we suggest checking out our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/W3DdccR

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

Locked in a Safe with an A.I.

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

Let’s get into what has happened and ignore the missed update from last week!

You may not have asked “So what stupendous and awesome updates are there?” But we’re gonna answer that question anyways… because that’s why we’re here….

First and most importantly! The Locked Safe: System Compendium has been publicly released! Those who have purchased digital Copies have been emailed the link, while those who have ordered physical copies can expect them a little later, as due to their size they are taking a while to print… That and you all keep finding things to fix. .Epubs of the Locked Safe will be ready when they are ready. Unfortunately the book isn’t wanting to export super well.

Next we have news about our next Book, The Gilded Cage!

This one is a bit more complex of an update. No we aren’t pushing back the intended release window of “BronyCon-Ish”. However, while working on the Gilded Cage we realized something, and that is, with everything we promised, All the monsters, mobs, and NPCs. This Book will be around the same size as the Locked Safe. Which honestly, we want to avoid. Partly because the massive size really isn’t a boon. While we don’t dislike the Locked Safe being almost 700 Pages, we know that with the Digital and Printed versions, it can be a bit of a task to look through everything. In addition, Sales of the Locked safe up until we increased the price were actually sold at a loss. Not a massive issue, but we would like to not lose money so we can pay our bills. Additionally, While we promised 300 Entries, about 150 ish being Monsters and animals, the rest being NPCs and Factions (Raiders, Enclave etc). If we were to keep things around 300 entries, we noticed that things would be lacking, either missing factions, or factions with almost no entries, or a distinct lack of variations with the monsters and Animals. Which with how massive and large the Fallout Equestria Univers is, it’s another thing we want to avoid. Especially since a lot of the stating is already done.

So what are we changing? Are we cutting content?

No, we aren’t cutting content per se. What we have decided is to split the Gilded Cage into two books. The First, which will keep the Name “The Gilded Cage” Will have all the Monsters, animals, monster perks and build your own section. The Second book, which is currently unnamed, will be a DIGITAL ONLY, Factions book. In it will be all the pre generated Raiders, Enclave, Steel Rangers ETC. Because we are keeping this book Digital only, it will allow us to add *more* factions, and Flesh out the current factions even more. Currently we are planning on doubling the amount of faction NPCs that we had previously planned. With larger Factions like the Enclave or Rangers having 20+ entries, and roughly 20 different factions, including Filly Scouts, Zebra Remnants, Slavers Townsponies, and more! Why? Well we hate ourselves, and unfortunately Fallout Equestria is such a massive system, having been based off of a free to play publicly available game, there is a massive amount of content already out there and our goal has always been to bring it all into one unified system. If this were a completely new original game built from scratch things would be a little less massive as there wouldn’t be nearly 7 years of content we are trying to cram into less than 10 books.

So will you need to pay us MORE money to access this yet unnamed factions book?

No, if you have already purchased the Digital Pack, or pre-ordered a physical Copy of the Gilded Cage, you will get the PDF for Free. That is one of the main reasons we wanted to do this factions book as a PDF. We don’t lose money, and you ALL get EVEN MORE content. That being said with the addition of this 7th book we will be increasing the price of the Digital Pack to 35$ USD. As we believe that 5$ per PDF is a fair price. The physical copy of the Gilded cage will stay at 40$ and include the Factions book PDF for free.

But I don’t like Digital. Can I get the Factions book in a printed format?

Currently, no. However, if enough people desire it, we will be happy to do a batch order and bring the Factions book to print.

When will this Come out?

Currently we don’t have any planned released date, but we are hoping for about a month after the Gilded Cage is released.

Lastly lets talk about our final bit of news for this week, BronyCon! That’s right we are attending BronyCon and will have both a Vendor’s Table AND a Panel! So keep an eye out for more news on that!

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

That’s just like, your temporal perception man

Greeting Dead Tree Fans!

We are back again with a a super late dev blog.

So what has happened these past couple weeks? Mostly a lot of double, triple, quadruple and quintuple checking of the Locked safe for errors. Many thanks to all of the patreon and indiegogo customers who graciously pointed out everything we had missed.

We also made .epubs of ALL the books currently released, and added them to the download link we have been handing out to customers.

Next is that we have re-formatted our second book: Diary of a Mary Sue, to be more legible. While we have very much enjoyed all the pain and suffering that the cursive has brought to you, we realized that a much more terrible fait awaited you if you could actually read the book. So, to advance our spiteful plans of suffering and malice, we have decided to re-format the font, unleashing the Pandora’s Box, or Mary’s Book if you will.

Last bit of news is that we are working hard on our final book, The Gilded Cage, and are hoping to get it released sometime around BronyCon 2019.

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

 

Oh, ah, ah, ah, ah (Come On, Get Down With The Thicc-ness)

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

It’s that wonderful time again. No not timely Dev Blog update time…. well yes, but as wonderful as a timely Dev Blog update is, that is NOT what we are referring to. We, of course are referring to Book Completion time! Yaaaaayyyyy.

As we discussed in our BABSCon Panel, Our goal was to have the Locked Safe completed and sent to Indiegogo/Patreon Peeps by the end of April, and on April 30th we did just that!

At 678 pages and two *Inches* thick. our system compendium is a mighty display of arboreous genocide. With which you can use the contents of to wage your *OWN* Genocide in the Equestrian Wasteland.

The Locked Safe features over 1000 Perks and Traits combined, 800+ Items, 200+ spells, as well as Crafting, Shamanism, chemistry, Alchemy, Mods, and Cybernetics! All compiled into one epic book of unforgiving wasteland madness!

The Locked Safe is currently undergoing final review, as well as being inputted on by our patrons and Indiegogo customers, but is otherwise done and will be submitted to the printer in the following days.

In regards to the Public release, our release date is June 1st 2019. So the beginning of next month.

For non-locked safe news, here is everything *else* which has happened over the last week.

We have been doing a lot of our post convention paperwork (taxes and whatnot), as well as just taking a little breathing time for ourselves here and there. L9OBL has also done some colour tuning on the Hoofticuffs and the Overmare’s guide to adjust them for future printing. You can find the updated files in the download links emailed to you. We have also done a lot of the preparatory work for our FINAL core book. The Guilded Cage: Fallout Equestria PnP Bestiary. Choosing the layout, background, fonts etc. There is still some minor work to be done on Stating monsters, and we have hired the incredibly Skilled GiantMosquito, from Dr. Adorable’s Ask-Along Blog to do all of the art! Though overall we are aiming to have the Guilded Cage: Fallout Equestria PnP Bestiary, publicly released for BronyCon 2019!

Zen Harmonics has also decided to run a pre-build/pre-alpha test of our newest game Dames of Asstoria™ on  May 31st, 2019, at 8 Pm Eastern! You can sign up to play by clicking the Link Below!  

https://forms.gle/e2xtNZgBY9GRNvo19

Lastly, we have heard your woes for the past year or so about the Diary of a Mary Sue, and while we *did* initially decide to change out the cursive font *after* all six books are done. L9OBL has been messing around with the book alongside our Patrons on our Discord to re-format the book into a more legible font. *Something something* “Insert comment about Millenials here” *Something something* “Dumb bunch of cursive killing 30 year olds” *Something Something* “I can’t seem to understand that millennials aren’t children” *Something something*

So keep an eye out for when that ends up dropping. No guarantees on an expected date, but it *should* be no later than August. At which point our old cursive version will no longer be available (once supplies run out).

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!

BABSCon Blues

 

BABSCon 2019 has came and went Dead Tree Fans, So lets discuss what happened!

This year ended up being a little… odd. The first half was a caffeine and stress fueled blur, while the last half was a little slower. So we will try and stick to the important events and announcements, but we might be forgetting some thing!

Friday saw a game of Fallout Equestria played in the Golden Gates Loft, and and after dark session in the Trixies Table top room!  We want to thank everyone who came and played with us, and hope you had fun!

 

On Saturday, not only did we run several games but we also had our panel! Where we announced all the cool things you’re probably actually here for, SO to recap our panel:

Our System compendium is ALMOST DONE. We are hoping to have the last bits of art done in the next couple days. At which point the locked safe will undergo a final review and then sent off to the printers. We will be sending a copy to Patreon/Indiegogo customers when the art is done, because we love and appreciate you, but also because free editorial slave labour. What? We all know it, no point calling it something else. But seriously, it’s a really massive book, and while having Patrons/Indiegogo customers help with proof reading the final copy of new books, is an un-intended side effect of this early access system we set up (due to that system crash years back), it’s still very appreciated. So thank you.

To expand on the Locked safe, there isn’t going to be a quick access chart for perks and spells, Doing so would make the book waaaayyyy too large to print, so we will be creating an accompanying PDF available for free, available whenever it gets done.

We also talked briefly about the Gilded Cage, which we are hoping to have available by BronyCon!

After all six books are done, we will be finishing up the little extras we promised like GM blinds, mini and etc. Current timeline for all of that is September-ish.

We also announced that we will be releasing Changelings as an expansion race, after the Guuilded Cage/alongside the little extras.

We also announced our intent to run “Lore Games” (name pending) where we have one official game we set aside, with a unique story/campaign that we run every convention. Players bring their own level 10 characters and everything that happens in this games gets written down and put up on our new World Forge, becoming cannon with our Dead Tree Universe Cannon. This World Forge will be made available to everyone as we are using these “Lore Games” to practice using World Forge.  Why? Well because we ALSO announced our new IP, that we will be working on AFTER Fallout Equestria. Which we are wanting to use world forge with to help us set up our world and lore.

 

Which Brings us to our NEW GAME:

DAMES OF ASSTORIA™

Dames of Asstoria™ is a new Monster Girl, Table Top RPG, we have been putzing around in our spare time (read: discussing lore during road trips, and slow parts of conventions), that we will be working on when we are finished with everything we promised for Fallout Equestria. Dames of Asstoria™ takes place in the world of Asstoria, a world created by the god Zequarius, a very Zeus-esque god. Many years after creating the world, and humans, Zequarius, in his boredom, decides to procreate with a passing horse, resulting in the birth of a Centaur, the first ever Demi-Fauna. Many centuries, and much godly shenanigans later, there are hundreds of thousands of different Demi-Fauna, fathered by Zequarius. Many more than the current human population. However, there is much unrest amongst the Demi-Fauna, as the Demi-Fauna men see how Zequarius favours the humans, and that the Demi-Fauna women also favour Human lovers over Demi-Fauna men. This unrest eventually leads to a massive global scale war between the Demi-fauna and Zequarius.

This war, lasts about 10 years and finally ends when the Demi-Fauna, in their desperation, trap and seal away Zequarius in a mountain, but not before Zequarius curses the Demi-Fauna to only ever birth women. Both as a punishment to his children who betrayed him, and as a gift to the humans, who loved him unconditionally and stayed out of the war at his request. Soon after the defeat of Zequarius the Demi-Fauna turn on the Humans and commence the subjugation wars, in an attempt to subjugate and enslave the humans, which the Demi-Fauna see as inferior.

During this 50-ish year war, the Demi-Fauna discover that they are incapable of birthing men, and three desting human factions rise up. The human kingdom of Asstoria, named after the first king, who rallied humans into a successful resistance, The church of Zequarius, who arose to bring hope and faith in these dark times, and the Cartographers guild which came to be, in order to re-map the world ravaged by a global war of godly power.  After the humans win the subjugation wars, Demi-Fauna become ostracized, treated as second-class citizens, and hated as traitors who killed god. Humanity bands together under one banner as the Kingdom of Asstoria, the church of Zequarius, now a Global Religion becomes a major political power, fueling the division and hate against the Demi-Fauna, their public enemy, as many religions do, and enact a ban on all things magic. The Cartographers Guild re-brands itself as the Adventurers Guild, with the large part of the world of Asstoria mapped and many Cartographers acting as impromptu heroes and adventurers to aid the citizenry during the Subjugation Wars. These Adventurers now explore ruins, and remnants of the war, as well as fighting off the various chimera, monsters created as a consequence of the 10 year war against Zequarious, which resulted in many of the local animal and plant life being slammed together and fused into the monstrosities seen today.

Many more years pass by and the Demi-Fauna spend their lives as slaves, serfs, servants, or keeping to themselves away from humans, as many second-class sub-human races do. Taking humans as mates to propagate their species, when and where they can. Until one day, a small town is besieged by gelatinous monstrosities, and small child like monsters with skin of stone, wood, other materials, and the ability to shape shift into objects. So begins the first Slime-Mimic war. With these creatures nigh impervious to the steel and fire of the humans, 6 Demi-Fauna begin a quest to stop the Slimes and Mimics, lest the world be destroyed.  After being the first Demi-Fauna to join the Adventurers Guild, an adventure of epic proportions, and the King of Asstoria having his life saved, the 6 Demi-Fauna are given honors. Earning the Title of Dame, land for them to live, and status for them and their race. While not bringing these six races on equal footing as humans, they now have a home to call their own, and a semblance of sovereignty. With members of their races able to pursue interests such as business, adventuring, smithing, and other such professions previously deemed “not suitable for Demi-Fauna”. The church also lifts its ban on magic ushering in a new age of technological progression.

The Game takes place 50 years after the end of the First slime mimic war.

We are all very excited about this new game, and can’t wait to start working on it full time near the end of 2019. While we have a large chunk of the overall lore figured out, some or all of this may change by a little or a lot, and we are really excited to get into the nitty gritty lore of every culture and race we can, including customs, clothing, diet and culinary. which is why we are setting up a world forge, as we won’t be able to fit all of this into 1 core book of roughly 200 pages. Also, while this game is rather high-fantasy in terms of genre, we are really excited to design all the weapons and armor, which we plan to make as realistic as possible. None of that “chain mail bikini of invulnerability bs” proper armor designs that are effective and designed in accordance to the culture and body of the wearer. Same thing with weapons, we aren’t a big fan of the over the top fantasy weapons, and will be trying to stick to more realistic designs, like war hammers. we want *actual* real war hammers and war pics, and gambesons! There are simply not enough gambesons in fantasy pop culture. Not that there wont be cool fantasy armors. They’re just going to be realistic and plausible.

All the Wonderful art was done by… Shit I forgot their name….. but it wasn’t us, it was an amazing person we hired, who L9OBL cant remember the name of because he’s an idiot and doesn’t do names very well. (Seriously, he once called Moonhoof, L9OBL, Like how do you forget your own name? Shadelow… the Artist was Shadelow, so go give them some love, for the amazing smug anime girls (seriously their art is amazing).

Mechanics wise we are building the game with a D10 base success system, and a “build your own race” character creation system. We like our D10s and think it will be a good place to go considering all of our experience with Fallout: Equetria’s D10 base roll under system. The “build your own race” system will be the most complex for us to build and organize, as we want to set it up in a simplified manners, and organized into a flow chart for easy race building.

 

After our panel, Zen ran a “character creation demo” as a precursor to the “Lore Game” that evening, which saw excellent attendence. and Moon ran a wonderful game of Fallout Equestria in the Cypress B Foyer.

Sunday saw more Games of Fallout Equestria in the Cypress B foyer, along with a Demo to Dames of Asstoria’s basic dice system that Zen, our Lead game designer had put together in order to get feed back. So thank you to everyone who showed up and allowed us to get input on our ideas  so that we can put together the best system we can.

Finally Monday came and after another brief demo of Dames of Asstoria, We all packed up and closed down.

 

We want to thank EVERYONE who came out to BABSCon this year and played games with us, attended our panel, visited our Vendor’s table and overall just had a good time! BABSCon left us absolutely exhausted, but if you enjoyed it, so did we.

 

To wrap up everything that happened this past week, we all got home safely, slept a lot, and a little art happened.

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there.

Bordered in the Land of art

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

Pretty quick and easy Dev blog this week!

Lots of art for the locked safe got completed, and we are still looking at having all of it done for the end of April. With all the more complex and detailed art *Cough*  weapons and Armor *Cough* done, most of the miscellaneous items have been getting completed at a rather fast pace. So things are looking like they will be done on time!

Other than that, DTS has been working hard to get everything in place and ready for our appearance at Babscon 2019! If you havent already checked out BABSCon’s 2019 Events Schedule, you can find it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vT_To02SLCf0Ck0id4AyzW3YjBAfFxwO8Pzke8X3vKxGoJWfjPEdGT2zdzEqL5smTIEQKIRqhOah0St/pubhtml?hl=en&hl=en&ui=2&chrome=false&rm=demo 

DTS will be running games of Fallout Equestria Everyday, and having a special demo Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Our Panel is also Saturday at 2PM in the Lunar hall! So come check out the fantastic new announcements and reveals we will be… revealing!

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there

Hoofticuffs

Greetings Dead Tree Fans!

This week brought a litany of things which have happened, the most prominent being that physical copies of our martial arts book have arrived!

With the books in we have been working to get them mailed out to our patreon and indiegogo customers. With that, hoofticuffs will be made available digitally to the pre-order store customers on the 28th March and mailed out soon after.

Additionally we have been extremely busy preparing for BABSCon 2019, setting up for the Vendor’s table, and panel!

Lastly we have been dutifully churning out art and are still hopeful in getting everything done for the Locked Safe by the end of April.

That was everything that’s happened this past week. Until Next week Dead Tree Fans! Be sure to leave a comment, check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Discord as well as our Patreon, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our livestreamed game shenanigans!  And as usual, be careful, it’s a wasteland out there!