Project Doomsday: Design Journal #2

Aha, I bet you thought I forgot about this little beast! No way. How could I? The holiday rush meant I missed last month's update, but I'm back with another monthly roundup of progress on Project Doomsday.

Admittedly, Doomsday has been a bit on the back burner since my first Journal entry, owing to other, more pressing writing commitments being finished up as well as starting two new campaigns for the Order. But this world is never far from my mind, and I managed to keep one foot in the fire (and mix metaphors at the same time!) by crafting a music mix, which is always one of my first steps for any big creative project.

Appropriately, the mix grew out of one I made for Savage RIFTS a couple years ago that, much my like my experience with that particular line, was almost there but never quite gelled. The DNA of that original mix is still present in the new mix, but to it I have added a healthy dose of synthwave, Europop, and more overt post-apocalyptic and cyberpunky nods.

I've also given a lot of thought to which system I want to use to power this setting. As I mentioned in my last post, I was waffling between using White Star for an OSR-flavored setting versus something D6-powered.

In the end, I decided to give D6 a shot—specifically Gallant Knight GamesTiny D6 system. Having a working relationship with GKG certainly helped solidify the decision in my mind, but I also like the low barrier to entry that the Tiny D6 line offers. By combining Tiny DungeonTiny Frontiers, and the forthcoming Tiny Wastelands, I figure I've got my multi-genre needs covered nicely. And if I later choose to do so, I can expand the setting into an "Advanced" version that uses more of the options offered by the Open D6 system. But since, for now, I want to focus on world-building, a rules-lite base is a good choice. I'll just have to try and restrain myself from adding too many mechanical bells and whistles...

Speaking of world-building, next month's Journal should feature a nice big chunk o' that (if I don't get snowed under by other projects!).

Until then!