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Venleitche Weekly Update 2019-12-02

​This link redirects to a public post on my Patreon with the development tracking spreadsheet. ​

We are up ten pages this week, partly due to addition of a new party of example characters. I'm proposing to have two parties of pregen characters in the manual, one rural and one urban, and alternate between them in the example text throughout. I'm also thinking of doing two one-scene short fiction pieces, one with each group, so as to have not only the actual-play examples with mechanics, but an immersion into the game world with each. As always, see the Wordcount, Changelog, and To-Do tabs for the latest details. This revision of the spreadsheet also adds a tab for the example characters, listing the two parties for GM / developer reference. Yes, you get access to some of my working notes. Patrons will get the manual five minutes after this post goes up. As always, thank you for your interest.
#gamedev #mechanics #patreon #rpgs #ttrpg


1879: What Do Trolls Eat?

1879 Blog: In which we discuss military rations for Big People, and compare troll rations to Earthdawn's dwarven mine rations. Spoiler: nobody likes either of them. #fasa1879 #steampunk #ttrpg #rpgs #mechanics


1879: New Personality!

1879: New Personality! Dr. Olga Vyshenko, a Unificationist, specializes in electricity and light, and builds high-energy weapons for an enigmatic noble with seemingly unlimited funds. #steampunk #ttrpg #rpgs #fasa1879


1879 New Product!

New Product! Simeon d'Hivers, Personality 6 for #FASA1879, an 11 page dossier with Backstory, Connections, Adventure Hooks, and steamweird Goodies, because everyone needs to know a fixer working on the edge of the government, right? Of course you do! Click through to! #ttrpg #rpgs #steampunk


Writing Session 2019-11-19

744 words on Ikerlari Kaiet Xaparrarte, an Investigator who looks into possible arcane crimes and fraud masquerading as the supernatural for the Basque government. This will be #fasa1879 Personality 12, the one that finishes the first series. Proposed: Series 2, Villains; Series 3, Historical Personages. #amwriting #writing #ttrpg #rpgs


Venleitche Weekly Update 2019-11-18

#Venleitche weekly tracking sheet at has this week's wordcount, todo list, and changelog for my Dynamic Balances #patreon game progress. The game itself is restricted to the patrons but the spreadsheet is public in the interest of transparency. #amwriting #writing #ttrpg #rpgs


1879: Things That Go Bang

1879: Things That Go Bang: In which we discuss firearms and how they work in the CoreStep mechanic, and present diverse historical notes of interest. #ttrpg #rpgs #steampunk #fasa1879


Hattie Strathmore, Journalist

Not a lot of writing time today, but I got 825 words in on the next Personality for #fasa1879 - an older snark woman, political and economic Journalist for the Sydney Herald. She still needs a lot of Backstory, and I haven't started her character sheet yet. #ttrpg #rpgs #amwriting #writing #steampunk


Venleitche Weekly Update 2019-11-11

At this link please find the Dynamic Balances / Venleitche tracking sheet as of today, set to public in the interest of transparency. The compiled manual is at 120 pages as of this release. See the Wordcount, Changelog, and Todo tabs for more information. Patrons will receive a post timed for 5 minutes after this one with the actual development compile for their review.


1879: The Ride of Kiposkodeyl

1879: A legend of the Saurids, of how the separatists of the Gruv reached back to their ancestral home during the War of the Machine People #steampunk #fasa1879 #rpgs #ttrpg #fantasy


Venleitche: Progress Report 2019-11-04

Venleitche, my #patreon game, has posted its weekly tracking spreadsheet at - no page count increase this week, but significant revisions to the character build system, sample characters rebuilt to the new rules, and revisions throughout the book for terminology. #ttrpg #venleitche #writing #amwriting


1879: The Levellers

1879: Here's the full writeup on the Levellers, labour organizers with multiple incarnations in British history, from the forthcoming 1879 Players Companion. #ttrpg #fasa1879 #steampunk #labor #union


Venleitche Beta Testing Open!

Beta Release: The Venleitche / Dynamic Balances character build system is now open for testing! Development tracking spreadsheet at has wordcount, page count, changelog, & ToDo for this week's compile. Patronage starts at US$1! #patreon #ttrpg #rpg #amwriting #writing


1879: NYC Campaign Actual Play

1879: Actual Play NYC this episode has the players organizing a Mission: Impossible type scheme with the Levellers and the sandhogs to gang up on the smoke demon and put an end to it. Transcript at #fasa1879 #ttrpg #rpg #victorian #nyc #steampunk #brooklyn


Venleitche Progress Report 2019-10-21

The weekly compile of #Venleitche, my #Patreon #ttrpg, has been released to the patrons. The dev tracking spreadsheet is public at in the interests of transparency. The game is now 113 pages, 93% of original targeted wordcount. This is likely to expand from 128 pages to 192 pages to allow for sample adventures and characters. One dollar gets you access to the dev compile. Higher tiers get to playtest and get printed copies of the final work. #amwriting #writing


RIvenWord, the Bringer of Secrets

New post on #Itch delving Further Into the Darkness of the #Venleitche gameworld, brought over from my #Patreon. Meet RivenWord. #ttrpg #rpg #indie #monsters #gamedev #games

Click here:


1879: The Great Ones Remember

Who are the Great Families of the Gruv? Don't forget that we're nearing December. Clickthru: #fasa1879 #victorian #steampunk #ttrpg #rpg #games #gaming


Venleitche: The Honesty of the Blacksmith

Here's a public post from my #Patreon that shows how the Dynamic Balances game mechanic reinforces the legend in the Venleitche game world that blacksmiths cannot lie.
#Patreon #gamedev #mechanics #patreon #rpg #ttrpg


Patreon Report Released

Report released: the word-count by chapter tracking spreadsheet for my #patreon system, Dynamic Balances, and its first game, Venleitche, has been posted at . In the interests of transparency, I've made this spreadsheet public. It now includes a changelog, a step forward in treating my #patreon as a code project. I'm already delivering a weekly pre-release compile to my patrons. Ignore the Tiers, I made a rookie mistake with them. All patrons get the weekly compile. Higher-paying patrons will have dibs on playtesting. Anyone at a higher tier, or at a lower tier for a long time, will get a printed copy of the final product. #ttrpg #rpg #roleplaying


1879: A little more arsenic anyone?

Let's talk a little more about poison, and why it was such a big deal in the 19th century. #ttrpg #rpg #steampunk #fasa1879 #arsenic #victorian