Cyberblues City Deluxe is out! It is the same simple and fast, Fudge-based game but now with an whole new off-the-wall, London-based setting and so, so much new, full-colour artwork. And it is still absolutely free. Click on the link or image below to download.
And here is quick gallery of some on the new artwork.
The Cyborg Queen Victoria Perpetua waves to the crowds from Buckingham palace.
A security patrol
Lobster People on the prowl
A Tax Inspector robot arresting an anarchist
It is customary at this time of year to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. 2017 was pretty quite for Polar Blues Press, I just got a short new adventure out for Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands called The Ballad of Bad Bob McKlusky. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy.
Over the course of the year I’ve been working on something called provisionally Cyberblues London. The blurb goes something like this:
It’s the future. The cyborg Queen Victoria Perpetua rules with an iron grip but her control is slipping over an increasingly divided and rebellious London. Crime is out of control, corporations act with impunity and the people rage against the Queen’s crippling taxes. London Bridge has fallen down. Large parts of London are flooded, the river Thames itself is now the setting for a three-way battle between Royal Navy, pirate crews and mutated river creatures.
But the tourists.. they still come in large numbers.
Cyberblues London started as a spin-off from Cyberblues City but it has grown in something bigger. I quite excited about it. The text is written, I am currently finishing the illustrations of which I’ve included a couple of examples below and I looking forward to sharing this with everyone in the first quarter of 2018.
Another possible candidate for 2018 is Fudgezilla (name to be confirmed). Fudgezilla would basically just be a lightweight, generic and pre-configured adaptation of Fudge optimised for pick up and play sort of gaming. “Pre-configured” is the important word here. It would draw on Fudge implementation I used for from Cyberblues City.
I have mixed feeling about this project in that to some extent I am not sure about generic rules; the fun mechanics to creaete are usually those closely tied to the desired the setting, genre or tone. On the other hand I can see a use for it and it’s like I have it all in my head already, so I might just write a first draft and see how I feel about it afterwards. Should I choose to proceed I could be a reasonably quick job.
Incidentally, if the idea of a lightweight Fudge variant for pickup game is something you’re interested in you might want to keep tabs on the developments at the Fudge Gamer’s Blog https://fudgegamer.blogspot.co.uk/ .
Other than that, merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone.
The Ballad of Bad Bob McKlusky is a free adventure for Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands. The Bounty Hunters are on the trail of a notorious cattle rustler but in the Atomic Wastelands things are never quite that simple.
The adventure is presented in a non-linear fashion as a collection of Clues, Locations and Complications for the GM to assemble as he or she sees fit.
> Download the Ballad of Bad Bob McKlusky today!
More free stuff from Polar Blues Press here: https://ukrpdc.wordpress.com/category/polar-blues-press/
MBAW – the 20th Anniversary Edition
The Mutant Bikers make a spectacular return in this full colour, special 20th Anniversary Edition! Yes, the game really is that old. The rules remain unchanged in this new edition but improvements have been made to the art and layout as fitting for the occasion. Same game, same attitude, same free price!
It’s an anniversary that matters only to me, but today marks two years since I released Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands.
I’ve not done much with BHAW in this past year as I’ve been occupied with Cyberblues City, however I can share an interesting statistic: the number of downloads of the game in its second year match almost exactly those for the first year. Roughly speaking as BHAW is approaching the 1000 download mark and I can see there about 500 last year and 500 this year; one or two each day, every day over two years.
If BHAW weren’t entirely free, I’d be feeling rather smug.
This consistency does surprise me. I would have expected the game’s downloads would have run out of steam by now, especially as I’m not really out there actively promoting it.
There are two things I can point as having boosted interest in the BHAW. The first, earlier this year, was the Mad Max movie. I posted about that before. I found it quite amusing that the spike in download matched the film release so closely.
The other was getting my games listed on E. Chris Garrison’s The Compendium of Free Role Playing Games (http://sillyhatbooks.com/about/games/). This site has been going since 1994 and has clearly quite a following. So much so that it has quickly supplanted RPGNet as the main source of referrals for BHAW.
I suspect it doesn’t hurt that BHAW as awarded the “Cool Game” icon on The Compendium of Free Role Playing Games, which puts the Bounty Hunters on the same category as Ars Magica, GURPS Lite and the current (basic) edition of D&D!
A Very Cyber Christmas
is a free, Christmas-themed adventure for Cyberblues City
. A new children’s TV show called “Santa’s Little Helpers” conceals a secret government programme designed to get young children to spy on their parents under the guise of helping Santa build up his naughty and nice list.
You may also be interested in Going the Distance, another free adventure for Cyberblues City or Night of the Atomic Snowmen, a free Christmas themed adventure for Bounty Hunters of the Atomic Wastelands, always from Polar Blues Press.