Today I want to talk a bit about what Silver Bulette is, and what we hope to do. Silver Bulette was formed in response to a couple of factors. The first was Swords & Wizardry day 2017. As I have mentioned previously, I enjoy gaming conventions. I met most of the Frog God Games guys over the course of 2014-2017, and said, "sure, I'll write something for S&W day." I talked to Ian, and he did the same. So, we rushed out a couple of modules, and thought to ourselves, "hey, we are okay at this. Can we do it better?" So, we did. I entered a couple of contests similar to the one that Silver Bulette is running now (see the blog entry on that, if you are interested.) The resulting modules were The Oracle of Stone and Flame and The Blood Pharaoh.
When Erick Tenkar told us about Swords & Wizardry Light, we said we would help with that too. Ian produced the Orbs series, that we are still working on today. The final one should be out by Garycon. That's our best estimate right now.
The project I am currently working on is called "Silvery Moon Tavern." I hope to make it a fun book to build a campaign around. I am detailing a lot of NPCs and setting up adventure hooks for GMs to run with. I hope to keep the book "system neutral," but may end up putting a short adventure in the book as well. Here's a sample of one of the NPCs entry:
August Tadius: August is the Lead Bartender at Silvery Moon. He is a friendly man, with a quick wit and smile. He listens intently to all adventurers who frequent the Silvery Moon, and sells the information he hears.
August stands over six feet tall, and sports brown hair beginning to grey around the temples. His darting brown eyes often disarm weary travellers. He wears a scar over his left eye from a minotaur he once bested.His body is muscular, but beginning to wear its age. August walks with a slight limp, undoubtedly from another deadly encounter.August and Silver once adventured together, saving each other’s life many times over. This fact allows August wide leeway as Lead Bartender. Silver trusts his judgement.Personality Traits: Brash, cheerful, friendly, greedy, impulsivePlot Hooks: August is a broker in information. The party’s earliest rumors will probably come from him.August has many enemies from his adventuring career. One or more of these may show up to cause trouble. He may ask for help from the party for this.Also see Brei Tadius for more hooks.
I have about 20 NPCs in this format so far. In addition to this, I hope to add a menu (and menu generator,) a few rival NPC adventuring parties, a lot of townsfolk (with much less detail,) maps and a few other surprises. We will incorporate rumors for all of the adventures we have published to date into the possible plot hooks. We also will probably pluck out a few plot hooks and turn them into full fledged adventures over time.
If this goes well, we have a few ideas on similar source books: Temple, Merchants & Mercantile, Castle & King and Guilds. Both Ian and I are firm believers of not putting the cart in front of the horse, though.
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog! We will eventually figure out a blog schedule, so you can expect updates on a regular schedule. But, we're just 2 dudes with InDesign, and taking it one step at a time.