January was a nice vacation from the site. An interesting lesson in moderation: too much of anything makes you tired of it, and burnout serves no one well. I may declare January to be Welsh Piper vacation month. Seems like a good time of year to recharge.
During the hiatus, I've been tinkering with a few things. First off, I've moved the forums to Google Groups, which is where I had started the Chimera RPG discussion group back in late 2007. I'll state right out that I'm not entirely happy with it, as you can't post files. If you know of a better online "group" alternative, please send your suggestions. In the meantime, the group is linked above--feel free to join up and post your little heart out.
Second, I've been updating Chimera Basic, and the "5th printing" is coming up. The update streamlines a few bits, chief among which is establishing a base Target Number for all Action Rolls, then reflecting action difficulty via AR modifiers. Somewhat esoteric, I know, but I believe those who aren't as close to the game's mechanics as I am will find the change to be more intuitive.
Third, the outline for Spear & Spell, the Chimera fantasy port, is complete. This is essentially my contribution to the OSR, without the plagiarism. Snarky, I know (like the image to the right), but it's time to put my money where my mouth is. It's built completely off the Chimera Basic engine; highlights include race-as-class, more perks, powers (as spells) and monsters, full Ability descriptions and AR results, expanded guidelines for dungeon and wilderness exploration, magic items, mass combat, and a complete dungeon creation system.
Fourth, a super-secret project. At this point, all I will say is this: it involves a domain name that's been long neglected and conspicuous by its lack of content.
Why I'm Really Posting
So I'm thinking about the ol' Rule of 16 for print runs, in which published print booklets would be some multiple of 16 pages long (i.e., 16, 32, 48, 64, 96, 128 pages). I'm sure this is a vestige of the print industry's imposition standards and therefore not strictly applicable in today's Print-On-Demand environment.
Esoteric ponderings of an anal-retentive gamer? Yes, thank you. The long and the short of it is this:
Chimera Basic is 44 pages right now. Seems to me that it could easily be 48. Plus I have some other updates all queued up for the "5th Printing."
Question is: what goes on those extra 4 pages? What's missing that should absolutely be included? Maybe you want more Fighting Maneouvres, or vehicles, rules for opposed roles, expanded info on Abilities, campaign creation tables, whatever. I'm all ears.