So, the Fate Core game supplement I promised to create for my Kickstarter is finished in the first draft.
Originally, I’d intended to write about six thousand words to cover the whole of The Great Way. I added a supplement for Key/Egg as a stretch goal, and figured that would be another 2K words, tops.
Just a few notes. Nothing fancy.
In truth, the first draft is over 45,000 words long. It’s half a novel.
Worse, the sort of writing that games require is very dense; finishing a thousand words in a day was the best I could hope for, and many days I couldn’t manage even that.
Fuck, man. Writing for games is hard.
Now I have to go through again. Not only will I need to revise the text, I’ll have to make sure I’ve got the rules basically correct. After that, I pass it to my GM for his notes.
In the end, it will all be fine, I hope. Fate Core operates on an open license, so I should be able to sell them for a nominal fee. Even better, I hope they’ll be effective promo for the books.
But Kee-rist, this has taken a sizable chunk of my lifetime productivity. I don’t think I’ll be doing this again.