More Detail About The Lost Outpost

This is the OpenQuest Quickstart Rules + Adventure. If you are new to OpenQuest or a returning old hand wanting to see what’s changed, or simply want to pick up an introductory adventure suitable for newcomers this is for you.

I posted about this when I released it, but here’s a more detailed view, along with some design notes at the end.

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover by Jonny Gray

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover by Jonny Gray

A bit more about what it contains.

The Rules

The Rules is a cut-down selection, that has the basic mechanics explained, one of the three magic systems (personal Magic), a slightly cut down version of Physical Combat (with some of the combat actions left out). In short just enough rules so you can play the Adventure.

The Adventure

The Lost Outpost is set on the borderlands of the Empire of Gatan setting, which is the example in the OpenQuest Rulebook. Intertwined with the numbers you need to run it, there are lots of bits of explanation about the non-player character’s motives and what they are doing in the adventure in the context of their cultures and religious beliefs. I was very keen that the adventure shows that these more intangible things are just as big a driver in play as the numbers on the NPC’s profiles. Even for the “mooks” who are the accompanying warriors of the higher ranking NPCs.

Structure wise it’s a simple three-beat adventure in that the Referee presents the set of the situation in-game, the players explore the encounter area where the situation is, and then with the Referee’s help bring it to a resolution. Within that explanation that I try to show that player choice is central to the Quest plays out at the table.  If this sounds a bit worryingly story-game to you, don’t worry its presented with a reassuringly old-school introduction for both the Players and Referee, an adventure (or Quest as I call it in OQ) made up of six encounters – all placed on this wonderful map by Glynn Seal (of Midderlands fame).

The Garrison House, map by Glynn Seal

The Garrison House, map by Glynn Seal

Take note, this edition of OpenQuest is a lot darker in tone than previous ones and the quickstart reflects that. There’s a section that points out its mature themes in the introduction of the Quickstart. I’m not sure whether this tonal shift has been because of the fact that this edition’s art is black and white, or (more likely) because of the implied Dark Ages/Early Medieval setting, combined with I’m an adult playing with other adults.

Six Pre-made Characters

I used the full character generation rules, with six of the ready-made concepts, to make these starting level characters. From playing them you’ll get a good idea of how powerful new characters are, and what their limitations are. If you choose to continue the adventure, by either using the adventure in the main rulebook or the upcoming adventure pack (The Edge of Empire) you can continue to use them.

Here’s one of them Amon Durak, with comments on the pdf that explain how he works as a starting player character in OpenQuest.

Overall the Quickstart aims to give players new to D100 roleplaying games, a taste of what the full rulebook contains, and how D100 role-playing is different from D20 Level based games.

So if that sounds like something you’d like to use.

Designer’s Notes

This is probably the most involved adventure I’ve written since Life and Death, a three adventure collection that I released for OQ1 and revised slightly for OQ2.

I had three aims with it.

  1. Show how OpenQuest 3rd works.
  2. Provide clear examples to new Referees, and a clear structure that is easy to follow while allowing player choice to be king.
  3. Explain in a show not tell fashion the Empire of Gatan setting, without getting too deep and involved.

It was a struggle to get the three aims of the adventure across without vastly expanding the page count, and necessarily padding it. I think I got there 🙂

On a personal level, I want to be able to point to people new to OQ and say, “that’s what OpenQuest is”. Not have to, recommend they read the rulebook and then a follow on adventure pack to get what the game is all about.

The OpenQuester on YouTube + Podcast

D101 Games now has a YouTube channel. I’ll be posting content as time goes on, but one of the first bits is a chat I had with my OQ collaborator Paul Mitchener, way back in at the end of the OpenQuest Kickstarter in September last year.

If you want just the audio, it’s also available as a podcast, as The OpenQuester Episode 1 – Plans with Dr Mitch.

The Lost Outpost Now Available

I am pleased to say the free pdf version of the OpenQuest 3rd Edtion Quickstart, the Lost Outpost is now available:

This pdf is designed to get players and Referees up and playing OpenQuest, with the minimum of preparation.

It contains the following sections.

  • Characters. A rundown of what an OpenQuest character is made up of, both in terms of numbers and concepts.
  • Quick Rules. A concise version of the OpenQuest rules, enough to play the adventure.
  • Combat. The rules for physical combat.
  • Magic.The basic approach to magic, known as Personal Magic.
  • The Lost Outpost. An introductory adventure set in OpenQuest’s example setting, the Empire of Gatan.
  • A set of six pre-made characters. Players should pick one and get ready to play.

Here’s the cover again by Jonny Gray.

The Lost Outpost, cover by Jonny Gray

The Lost Outpost, cover by Jonny Gray

QO3 Character Sheet now up

I’ve been giving the D101 Games website a bit of a Spring Clean in anticipation of the OQ3 Pre-order (coming very soon) and realised my Files section had disappeared with all the free game aid downloads such as character sheets. A quick bit of fiddling with the site and the Games Downloads section is back up, along with the form fillable pdf version of the OpenQuest 3 character sheet.

So here we go.

OpenQuest 3rd edition character sheet

OpenQuest 3rd edition character sheet

OpenQuest + Quickstart done!

I hit a major personal milestone yesterday OpenQuest is finally done!

After another round of edits, both by me and by the backers, the final pdf is done and off to print proof. Also, the OpenQuest Quickstart Rules + Adventure, The Lost Outpost, is done bar a final check by my editor.  So delivery of final pdfs in the next week or so 🙂

It features this wonderful piece of art by Dan Barker, Granny Tier who is the pc’s patroness in the Lost Outpost.

Granny Tier, by Dan Barker

 

The Duck Crusade in Grogzilla #2

I’ve jumped into Kickstarter’s ZineQuest promotion with Grogzilla #2, which is the follow up to last years…Grogzilla #1 🙂

At the heart of it is an OpenQuest powered adventure called the Duck Crusade, which is a Grimdark Quest with a firm sense of humour, much like the early GW Warhammer Fantasy Battle releases (McDeath for example).  It features the Crusader Ducks of Fort Fury, who are trying to regain their homeland which has been overrun by Cultists of Corruption who worship the Great Terror Lizard, GROGZILLA!

The Duck Crusade is a one-shot adventure, with its own self contained setting and a set of six pre-made duck characters, so you can just pick it up and play it in one to two gaming sessions.

If you fancy backing it, here’s the link

​Dan Barker is on art duties and he’s already produced this illustration which will grace the back cover of the zine.

The Duck Crusade by Dan Barker

OpenQuest 3 is done!

Well, my bit anyway. I’m pleased to announce that OQ 3rd edition, was sent over to its Editor/Proofreader yesterday evening for a final check. Its got a table of contents, an index and a set of cross-references ( “see page xx” ) that are all lovingly hyperlinked in the pdf, which is also fully bookmarked. So I expect that to come back within two weeks, in which time I’ll be sending out pdf’s to backers and opening a pre-order for non-backers.

Jonny Gray on board to illustrate The Saga of the Savage North

I had a day of great excitement yesterday. Not only I’m I 2/3 of the way through cleaning up the 1st layout draft (and I would have been 100% if I hadn’t had to leave the house to travel across the city to get stabbed in the non-dominant arm!) but Jonny Gray, who has done many of the pieces in the main rulebook, is also down to do LOTS of brooding dark B&W art for the Savage North. Which is cool because I was on his Patreon when he had a spell of doing pseudo-Viking and savage Barbarian art, and it inspired me to dust off the Savage North setting and do something with it.

If you are not familiar with Jonny’s work, here’s a gentle reminder.

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover by Jonny Gray

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover © Jonny Gray

Art by Jonny Gray