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While I've not been active with BM for years, I have never lost interest in making games.
Want to make the next game with me? Read on...

I've started and stopped a bunch of projects recently, and finally come to the conclusion that my main talent and interest is with game mechanics, not website design or 3D models. I have basic proficiency in all of those, enough to work well together with some else because I understand what is possible and what not, and can easily make a mockup or prototype to show how it is in my mind.
And now I discovered GraphQL as an API, and libraries for it in JS (React, Vue, whatever you fancy) and even Unity 3D.

So I'm thinking... if there are one or a few people in the community who've always wanted to make a game, but don't have the backend or game mechanics skills. But who can do web frontends or Unity 3D clients...
I have a ton of resources, from infrastructure (servers, databases, etc.) to Unity Assets worth in the thousands. I just don't have the time anymore to make a complete game all by myself. Or rather: I can make the game, but not the interface. But everything on the backend, from the API to user authentication, database setup and maintenance, running the server, micropayments to buy in-game credits, all of that and more is not a problem, I've done it multiple times, and I've made enough great games as well as failures to understand what goes and what doesn't.

I also have my own style in my games, and I've finally decided to stick to it. Instead of trying to make games to appeal to many tastes, I'll make games that I would love to play, like I did with BattleMaster. There is nothing in the game that is not there because I thought it would make the game more fun.


 So if you have some skills in React, Vue, Angular or whatever, in frontend or graphics design - for a web client,or if you have some skill in Unity 3D, for a 3D standalone client,then post below and let's see if we can get together one or three people for a small team. My ideal size is about 4 people. Less and the whole project is in danger of falling apart if someone leaves, more and it becomes difficult to manage everyone.
I'll also share with you the game design concept. Yes, I do have an actual game in my mind already...

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BM General Discussion / I want your BM Stories !
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:32:06 PM »
A wild idea that struck me, I've prepared a catcher and now I'm trying to see how many other people think it's a good idea:
https://github.com/tvogt/battletales

There have been several writings around BM over the years, including a few actual writers. Many people have expressed interest in writing out their character or family stories. Now you can, and it is quite easy, too.
If there's interest, I can come up with a simple instruction on how to actually do it.

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[explorers] Mission Control / Now Available for Download !
« on: April 14, 2018, 07:06:56 AM »
The [explorers] Core Rulebook has been released !

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/239487/explorers-Core-Rulebook

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Legends / Resources
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:20:54 PM »
Collection of resources that I might use for the full version:


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Work in Progress / Prime Sources
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:07:01 PM »
To jump-start the game a little more, I am adding Prime Sources that you can discover in your stories by simply writing about them:

  • deep in the Lakewood forest
  • near the crater lake of The Iron Kettle
  • at the waterfall where White Rush leaves the Central Mountains
  • on one of the islands in the Keahi Archipelago



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Black Forest / New Build !
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:18:03 AM »
A new build has been published on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/523070/Black_Forest/

Yes, the game is alive! A new important feature ("instant action") has been added, the gold store has been removed, bugs have been fixed... just go and download, and join a game or three.

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Legends / Feedback and Discussion
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:31:23 AM »
I'd like to have a topic for your feedback and first thoughts. For this, please imagine that the game had its own frontend, either web-based or as a standalone program, so polls would start automatically, you could draw your features on the map directly with a tool, chapters and stories would be automatically sorted, there would be an "inventory" of all creations to check and your prime and purity would be calculated automatically. So basically, don't focus on issues that are caused by the test being run on a forum.

What do you think?

What do you like?

What needs to be improved?

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Work in Progress / Wanted: Fear the Gods, Chapter 2
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:26:34 AM »
Anyone feel like continuing that story?

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Work in Progress / Active Stories
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:49:28 AM »
List of stories that are currently in progress, or waiting for someone to write the next chapter:

  • Creation Myth
  • The City States
  • Fear the Gods
  • The Color Green

Please post updates and corrections below. If your story is missing, please add it or check into which story it fits.




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Legends of the World / Fear The Gods
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:13:09 PM »
Tempus walked on the newly created land, near the central mountains [create mountain range, 1 Purity](1). Everything was fresh and new, but despite this, it felt like it had existed forever, having been created in such a way.

There was smoke down in the valley, near the Ubkanti river [create river, 1 Purity] flowing towards the north. A village was there, called "Gofu", and it was full of people. [create village, 1 Prime] They were just the way he remembered them from a time before all time. Dirty and smelly. He didn't like humans much. Actually, Tempus didn't like anything very much. "Pah", he said, concisely summing up his opinion on them, as he walked through the village. But despite his efforts, the villagers flocked to him, watching. They had never seen a clean person before? He wondered.

Actually, they had. Once a week they would bathe in the river. They just had never seen a person with light coming out of him before. Tempus was still inexperienced in controlling the energy flow in this new world, and some of it leaked.

By the time he had reached the village center, they were falling to the floor, praying to him, asking for healing, good harvest or many children. Their begging and whining disgusted Tempus, who had become a grumpy old man. Very, very old and very, very grumpy.

One of the villagers was especially obnoxious and came forward to touch the figure of light, hoping to get a godly shine of light for himself. He startled Tempus who had closed his eyes for a moment, trying to shut out the smell, the sight and everything. With a gesture of a hand and quite a bit less control of energy than he had planned, bathing the boy and a straight line behind him that went through two huts until it hit the river, into a bright wall of fire. The screaming mixed, that of pain from the boy and that of surprise from the rest of the villagers. They had never seen such violence before. In fact, they had never seen anything before, as they had probably been created not a month ago, but they did not remember their creation and honestly believed that they and their ancestors had always lived in this valley [village attribute: ancient history, 1 Prime].

An old woman turned to Tempus and fell even more deep on the floor. "Oh great one, what have we done to spark your anger? Spare us! We will give you anything!"

"Dirt", Tempus answered, to the puzzled looks of the villagers. He realized they didn't understand the insult and thought he was asking for offerings of dirt, so he added: "You are just dirt. The gods despise you. Get out of my way!"

He stormed off.

Behind him, the villagers were beginning to tell tales of the angry gods and how mankind needs to protect itself from them. [village attribute: fearful of gods, 1 Prime].


(1) they will simply be called "Central Mountains", but different people will call them this in theirs various tongues.

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Work in Progress / Fear The Gods, Chapter 1
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:06:39 AM »
Tempus walked on the newly created land, near the central mountains [create mountain range, 1 Purity](1). Everything was fresh and new, but despite this, it felt like it had existed forever, having been created in such a way.

There was smoke down in the valley, near the Ubkanti river [create river, 1 Purity] flowing towards the north. A village was there, called "Gofu", and it was full of people. [create village, 1 Prime] They were just the way he remembered them from a time before all time. Dirty and smelly. He didn't like humans much. Actually, Tempus didn't like anything very much. "Pah", he said, concisely summing up his opinion on them, as he walked through the village. But despite his efforts, the villagers flocked to him, watching. They had never seen a clean person before? He wondered.

Actually, they had. Once a week they would bathe in the river. They just had never seen a person with light coming out of him before. Tempus was still inexperienced in controlling the energy flow in this new world, and some of it leaked.

By the time he had reached the village center, they were falling to the floor, praying to him, asking for healing, good harvest or many children. Their begging and whining disgusted Tempus, who had become a grumpy old man. Very, very old and very, very grumpy.

One of the villagers was especially obnoxious and came forward to touch the figure of light, hoping to get a godly shine of light for himself. He startled Tempus who had closed his eyes for a moment, trying to shut out the smell, the sight and everything. With a gesture of a hand and quite a bit less control of energy than he had planned, bathing the boy and a straight line behind him that went through two huts until it hit the river, into a bright wall of fire. The screaming mixed, that of pain from the boy and that of surprise from the rest of the villagers. They had never seen such violence before. In fact, they had never seen anything before, as they had probably been created not a month ago, but they did not remember their creation and honestly believed that they and their ancestors had always lived in this valley [village attribute: ancient history, 1 Prime].

An old woman turned to Tempus and fell even more deep on the floor. "Oh great one, what have we done to spark your anger? Spare us! We will give you anything!"

"Dirt", Tempus answered, to the puzzled looks of the villagers. He realized they didn't understand the insult and thought he was asking for offerings of dirt, so he added: "You are just dirt. The gods despise you. Get out of my way!"

He stormed off.

Behind him, the villagers were beginning to tell tales of the angry gods and how mankind needs to protect itself from them. [village attribute: fearful of gods, 1 Prime].


(1) they will simply be called "Central Mountains", but different people will call them this in theirs various tongues.

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Legends / World Map
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:11:41 AM »
Here is the current world map. This post will be continuously updated whenever the map changes, so you can always find the current map here (due to caching, it might take a while to update after changes):


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Rules / MOVED: Creating Map Features (continents, rivers, etc.)
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:22:52 PM »

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Characters / Tempus
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:49:37 AM »
"Pah, Youngsters!", the ancient being thought to itself upon opening his eyes on yet another universe. He had been through more than one already, starting his life as a mere mortal and later becoming a powerful mage, powerful enough to survive the end of the world and be reborn as a god into the next one. Maybe there had been others beyond that, maybe even many? His memory was not what it used to be, a side-effect of achieving immortality late in mortal life.

His resentment of basically everyone and everything else had clung with him through his incarnations.

Tempus looked around, and the world was barren.

"Really? They can't even get the most simply things done before waking an old man?"

Someone in the last universe had called him "grumpy". He had shown him what grumpy looks like.

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