Well DreadBall Season 2 is off my desk now, and apart from talking to you guys about all the fun stuff it contains¹ I can shift my focus onto the next project – but what’s that to be?
Well the rest of the year looks like being incredibly busy for me with a raft of projects, both big and small. Most of my time will be spent with new games for Mantic. First off there’s the other two DreadBall sets we talked about in the Kickstarter: Season 3 (Ultimate) and DreadBall Xtreme. They’re both roughed out in principle, and though the details are still fuzzy I know exactly what I want them to do and the extra goodies each one brings to the game. The ink’s barely dry on the Season 2 manuscript and I’m already being nagged for Zee team stats and details of how the Teratons teleport. Have patience folks: it’s all on its way.
However, those two are less than half of what I’ve got booked in for Mantic. There’s Dead Zone coming up really soon too. That’s still largely under wraps, so I can’t tell you much beyond the title and the fact that the first models are back already and they look great! Dead Zone isn’t the only covert project either, as another of them cannot even be named out loud (or else Bad Things happen). That’s a bit of a departure and a rather fun one at that. Crazy, but fun 🙂
Finally², there’s DKH 4.
Those of you who have been following my ramblings for a while³ will know that I’ve been planning this ever since Mantic first published the original Dwarf King’s Hold. Delving back into the archives I found a 2011 piece I wrote about the future of the game which described DKH 4 thusly: “This is the version of DKH you get your groups of adventurers confronting the teeming mass of dungeon denizens…” It’s been a while coming, but now it’s on track for later this year. At least, for me to work on it this year. I never believe release dates anyway 😉
And that’s just Mantic. There are, of course, plenty of other projects I’ve been wanting to do, including the much delayed Eternal Battles. Actually you can blame Dead Zone for most of that delay, but anyway…. I’ll get into the details of what’s going on with EB in another post.
On top of the new stuff I do this year there are a number of games that have already been completed and still languish in various files, unpublished. I’m talking here about things that other companies have, not my own burgeoning filing system. I’ve no idea if, when or in what format they might turn up in the public domain, though it would be very nice to see some of them finally emerge into the daylight, blinking myopically after their long incarceration. I’ll keep you informed if I hear anything on those.
I’d tell you more, but you know how it is. I’m slightly surprised that I can tell you as much as I have here to be honest, and that’s kind of exciting. But if you see me wandering about giggling to myself it might not just be that I’ve finally lost the plot: it could be that I’m having too much fun 🙂
1: More of which tomorrow.
2: Actually these aren’t listed on the order that you’ll see them, so DKH 4 is “finally” only in the sense that I got to it last. Who knows what order they’ll be released in?
3: And those of you that don’t should subscribe so you will in future 🙂