Battle Bookmark KS Launch!

Over the course of the past year, I’ve had many, many requests for further combat rules for the game:

  • “What happens when a group gangs up on someone?”
  • “What about ranged combat?”
  • “When’s a fighter dead?”
  • “Can I run away?” and such.
  • Today, Kickstarter approved a “Make 100” project for a Battle Bookmark to answer those questions and more. I’d appreciate your passing the word, if you would.

Click the Kickstarter image to the right for more info. Thanks!

Seems Like Forever Ago

These #charactercreationchallenge memories have been popping up on my Facebook timeline this month. And today I suddenly remembered that posting them was a slow, painful climb back from three months of depression so severe that for the first time in my career I couldn’t write at all.

That seems like forever ago. So much has been published since.

The Character Creation Challenge posts that January three years ago led to a Zine Quest project in February that year for D6xD6 Dungeons, followed since by the Bauner Coast campaign setting, several new D6xD6 6-pagers, an anthology of D13 adventures, and 11 Bookmark No HP RPG titles. Along with some YouTube solo play videos and quite a few in-depth blog posts on social subjects.

Next month’s Zine Quest will be a D6xD6 2e. This month I may yet get a Make 100 KS project for a Battle Bookmark in progress. While I continue to chip away at a 21-card adventure deck for the bookmark product line, promised to last year’s Make 100 backers. There’s also a D6xD6 Dungeons Solo book already written that just needs a developmental pass.

So, three months in the abyss, a painful climb out, and three years of productivity since. Three years filled with fun with other gamers and overall joy.

Clinical anxiety and depression will always dog my heels; that’s just the nature of brain chemistry. But the old dog is learning new tricks of self-awareness ala Thomas Covenant, together with balancing some new meds.

And practicing my craft. Writers write. Game designers design. Those things are my connection to the world, and I’m grateful for every single one of you reading these words. For every person who has encouraged that work in whatever way.

Thank you for three years of hope. I wish you the very same, now and in the future.

Sincerely,

—Les

My Gary Con 2024 Events Are Go!

As of today, the five events I submitted to run at Gary Con are officially scheduled! (I’m very happy to see that all are slated for the same table in the same room—GWD-261 in Galewood D—which makes one less thing for me to remember, letting me focus on the fun!)

One note: I’ve intentionally designed Lester Smith Games RPGs for “Show up at the table and we’ll design a character in the first few minutes.” To my mind, character design is part of role-play, players better connect with someone they make, and my character rules are easy enough to do that quickly. The rest of the rules come up naturally during play; over the decades I’ve developed a strategy for jumping right in and learning as we go. And I love gaming with new players and old alike.

(I’ve no D13 RGP events slated this year, but I’ll bring a few of limited premium edition for just in case. And I’m slated to play in a celeb AD&D game Friday night. More news about that soon, I hope.)

Here’s my event schedule, should you wish to sign up for one when registration opens.

Bookmark the Stars: First Contact on Fumalsamakah

Thursday from 13:00 to 16:50

A subspace broadcast is detected from the unsurveyed Beta Piscium system, thought to be uninhabited. Yours is the nearest vessel, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fame. What mysteries await you near this backwater star?

This expansion of the Bookmark HP RPG is as heavily influenced by the Lensman series and C. J. Cherryh’s Pride of Chanur novels as by Star Trek, so truly alien characters are welcome.

Bookmark Cthulhu: The Gibbering Nightmare

Friday from 12:00 to 15:50

The halls of Arkham Sanitarium are awash with mindless gibbering, and its wards are growing overfilled with new patients each morning. Can you uncover the reasons for this outbreak of madness and bring it to an end?

Not your father’s Lovecraftian setting, Bookmark Cthulhu builds on dread instead of insanity, which I figure is more in keeping with Lovecraft’s actual work. (No insult intended to other RPGs.)

Ghost of a Chance: An Undying Will

Saturday from 12:00 to 15:50

On your deathbed, you revised your will. On the way to file it, your executor was killed. Now a deadbeat relative stands to inherit! Will you exert your will to assert your Will from beyond the grave?

Using the as-yet-unpublished D6xD6 2e Zine Edition! (A February KS “Zine Quest” project. More news about that in a blog post soon.)

Fairytale Fubar: Ghost Wolves of Grimwald

Sunday from 12:00 to 13:50

Queen Goffin has received no emissary with tribute from Duke Grimwald this year. Will you enter Grimwald Forest to discover why? More importantly, will you return as her Champion, her Fool, or not at all?

An experiment with using the Fairytale Fubar card game rules as a three-act role-playing adventure!

Bookmark Supers: Save Our Safes!

Sunday from 14:00 to 16:50

Businesses in Belleview City are being robbed, their doors smashed and safes removed. When the police receive a prediction from your old nemesis Forsyte, they ask for your help. Can you trust Forsyte’s tip?

Last year’s Bookmark Supers! introduced Forsyte, a supervillain who can predict the future and  react to your actions before you act. Just what is she up to this time around?

Racing Thanatos

Photo by Prometheus ? on Unsplash

Slooowly recovering from this intestinal flu bug. Sleeping most of the time. It’s taking a toll on my limbic system. Which is to say that inactivity triggers my clinical depression.

Not complainin’; just reportin’.

Meanwhile, the bookmarks continue to do well. The Bookmark Dragon Dice RPG has become a DriveThruRPG Copper Best Seller (which means the entire dozen bookmark titles are now best-sellers), and the Paranormal Wordbookmark has risen to Silver!

Next on my agenda:

  • Finish the 21-card adventure deck for previous Kickstarter backers.
  • Turn Battle Bookmark notes into text for play-test.
  • Take another trimming pass through D6xD6 e2 to get it down to 48 pages in time for February’s KS Zine Quest.
  • Turn notes for Ann Christy‘s Neverending End of the World novel into a bookmark RPG. (I asked, because it’s a wonderful novel. And I love her handling of language as much as LeGuin’s.)
  • Build a D6xD6 player’s mini-deck for use with the GameMaster’s Apprentice and HandiQuest pack.
  • Do the same for D13—which also means formalizing a way of using GMA as tarot or poker cards.
  • Somewhere in the midst of all that, record a pair of video demos of playing D&D modules with D6xD6 and Bookmark HP RPGs.
  • And then recheck my list of future projects. Especially things I’ve promised.

(There’s construction & maintenance work to be tinkered with around the homestead, too. I never forget, Jennifer.)

How’s that for a footrace, Grim Reaper?