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catty_big:
Here are the sign-up blurbs for the three scenarios I've come up with so far.

The Harder They Come  is the one in the doc, which is accompanied by extensive GM advice, and which I ran three sessions of at ConTingency in 2018.

Last Will and Testament I came up with while attending ConTingency 2020; unfortunately I didn't have enough time to promote it, although on the day I ended up with one player and we managed a full four hour session - albeit interspersed with discussion and feedback - during which all six of the pregens came into play, and a heart-rending tale involving one of the characters, a naive young girl, and the various people who shaped her life, was told.

Zanka Karjis is Unwell I had the idea for more recently. I wanted a scenario run in politics/intrigue mode, with ruthless, no holds barred power play, machinations and mounting paranoia to bring out one of the signature features of the game. No pregens as yet, but I have some personality types in mind and can easily whip up six characters for it.

Spinachcat:
Why the title "Lands of Plenty"?

Kudos on the public alpha. I think that's a good idea. Sine Nomine did a nearly-full game pre-release of Stars Without Numbers and that proved to be a smart move.

catty_big:

--- Quote ---Why the title "Lands of Plenty"?
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It's one of those expressions like 'God's own country' or 'the City of Light', and is how, historically, the productive central belt (and by extension the whole continent) was referred to. It's also the first line and title of an epic poem by a Chaucer-type figure from the gameworld narrating a journey through it and extolling its beauties, which is now heavily ironic given that it's been ravaged by nearly two hundred years of almost constant war.


--- Quote ---Kudos on the public alpha. I think that's a good idea. Sine Nomine did a nearly-full game pre-release of Stars Without Numbers and that proved to be a smart move.
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Thanks. I think for an unknown indy publisher like me it's the only way, and I note that, since putting it out there, a number of other similar publishers have done the same thing. The only question is whether it's worth at some point producing physical copies or uploading it to OBS on a free or PWYW basis.

Spinachcat:

--- Quote from: catty_big;1125512 ---The only question is whether it's worth at some point producing physical copies or uploading it to OBS on a free or PWYW basis.
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A free Playtest Download is a good idea, especially because they can be marketed to later as customers for the final version full of pretty art and extra text.

As for print copies, I'd spend the money on specific gaming groups where they have committed to X sessions where they will provide detailed feedback for you.

catty_big:

--- Quote from: Spinachcat;1125560 ---A free Playtest Download is a good idea, especially because they can be marketed to later as customers for the final version full of pretty art and extra text.
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Sold, this will almost certainly happen in some form.


--- Quote from: Spinachcat;1125560 ---As for print copies, I'd spend the money on specific gaming groups where they have committed to X sessions where they will provide detailed feedback for you.
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I came to the conclusion a while ago that paying people to playtest my game was the only way it was going to happen, but when I asked about that on forums and FB groups etc., the answer was always 'People will playtest it bc they want to, you shouldn't have to pay them'. Well I tried that and it didn't work, hence the open alpha. Likewise when I asked what game(s) folks would like me to design, I got 'Make the games you want, not what people want you to make', but that didn't work either.

I don't hold out much hope of garnering paid playtesters, but tbf I haven't put out any calls for them, so I don't know if it would work or not; however, it's the only thing I haven't tried so far, so I suppose it's worth a try. Do you have any experience of that yourself, or know of any publishers that have gone down that road successfully?

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