Saturday, December 1, 2018


It's been a loooooong time between posts. But to summarize the machinations of the last year, I've been doing a lot more under-the-hood tinkering with the rules."But why?" you might ask (as I often do of myself).

I spent a lot of time kicking myself about that. So much so that I'd considered scrapping the current work and just returning to a setting only version.

But because I'm always finding new things I want to incorporate--not for the sake of complicating things, mind you.--just the opposite, actually. I find cool thematic ideas I want to incorporate (like funky space travel rules) but I want to keep things tight, so I have to continuously find the simplest solution for those problems. I don't know if I succeed in that path, but at the very least, it's a challenge I enjoy. And when I stop enjoying it, then we're in trouble!

In other news, I have a group of GMs ready to playest without me present. That's a HUGE benefit as I'm the only person to have run it thus far. So that round of playtests may end up being more of a "play-fest" where I get input from from a bunch of folks.

So what does this mean for the publications of Rad Astra? Well, hopefully a volley of lots of playtesting over the next few months. A debut of the new rules at Con of the North in February. And if I can manage to get some decent scratch together...some art.

At the moment the artist who'd agreed to develop concepts has had to take other gigs. I expect I'll need to find some new talent to flesh ideas out soon.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Basic rules are ready!

I've ironed out most of the basic rules, and am currently writing setting material based off that set. I ran a really helpful playtest on November 11. There were a few hiccups with skills and attributes  (I'd thought previously they were ready) that had been bugging players, so their feedback was super helpful in solving those issues.

I've also figured out all the components of the character sheet. I'd still like an artist to take a crack at crafting something cool, but at least I know what needs to be on there.

Feels like progress is being made--chugging along towards publication!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Progress update

Just a quick update to say that the rules for character generation, skill checks, and combat are complete. A few more playtests on magic are needed to refine rules, but I finally settled on a few solutions I'd been batting back and forth.

Progress on art is slooooow. May need to reconsider how that's handled. Switching to more setting work for now, until I get an update from the artist. Still hoping to publish in 2017, but might 2018 if things continue down the same path.

More soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Playtesting and Con prep!

It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I thought I'd share that just last week I held another round of playtesting which went really well. One thing I'd been refining of late was the character generation. And while it still had some rough edges, I think we've ironed those out. I do need to update the player handout though to make things more clear. 

We also had a solid test of the space magic rules. At least, I was confident enough from feedback that I can go ahead and finish the two spellcasting character classes (Astrocaster and Starlocke) and the remaining spell lists. 

Combat was also tested and goes pretty fast and furious! 

Finally, I'll be running a lot of these rules at Con of the North. I think there's still tickets left if you're planning on going this year. If not, at least swing by the Saturday Night Space Opera room and say hello and ask me your questions about the game!