[tinyprg] Steel Blossom Dreams

When I put Nine Black Jewel Moons together, I asked my flatmate if there were any other kind of implied setting I might tinker with; their answer is best summarized as “Legend Of The 5 Rings, but with more yokai and maybe more not!Japan fantasy”.

I tossed around the idea along with the other things I’ve herded cats around for, since another reskin would be fairly straightforward.  The upheaval around FFG’s rpg department in the tail end of last year gave me a bit of a jolt (and prompted the silliness of the “family name” tables in the finished PocketMod) … and then the fantasy!Japan collided with my budding idea of trying to make settings or adventures of various scopes to also fit the format, and months later here we are.

Steel Blossom Dreams needs Nine Black Jewel Moons, as the rules are in that PocketMod, and I’ve tried to use as many English-equivalent terms as possible to cut down on explanations in a very limited space; this is most obvious in the antagonist lists (so, “sickle weasel” instead of “kamaitachi”, for example).  Arguably by the nature of the beast it would be easy to take the basicness of SBD and have it all look like any fantasy you might like, I suppose.

Six Swords Rising is a tiny setting overview that is rules-free and, technically, can work with whatever you want to use it with.

Steel Blossom Dreams

Six Swords Rising

I’m sort of considering trying to moosh the rules portions (+ magic talents and such) from NBJM and these two iterations together into a little zine thing, but I haven’t decided yet.  It’d probably still be pretty bare-bones, but all the parts would be in one place?

Nine Black Jewel Moons: Scattered Jewels

Well, I have done the thing, or at least a thing — a companion document of sorts for Nine Black Jewel Moons.  Scattered Jewels has two small rules options, some enchantments and prodigies of the primordia, more ideas for antagonists, a scatter of NPCs and a few brief sketches of new places beyond the Edge of the world.

Scattered Jewels

I have an idea or two for a small adventure I could fit on a pocketmod that would use Jewel Moons, if not quite~ the setting itself, being much smaller in scope.  We’ll see if I can figure it out?

A companion with some ideas for Neon Burning Skies is, at least, almost finished …

Nine Black Jewel Moons and Burning Neon Skies

In the summer, I put together a fantasy minirpg inspired by The Black Hack, Wander, Microlite20, Searchers Of The Unknown, and such — and tried to imply a setting in the process — while squeezing it into a PocketMod.

Then I reskinned it into a cyberpunk version, and posted both of them on Twitter for download.

Twitter being what it is, though, and with continued hopes that I might make PocketMod companions for these (or even another reskin, if I can talk myself into it), I offer GoogleDrive links here:

Nine Black Jewel Moons

Burning Neon Skies