Monkey Morning Day 7 Stretch Goal 2 Funded!

In the small wee hours Stretch Goal 2, Defenders of the Dragon Empire a chapter about wuxia characters, funded.

Now its onwards and upwards towards Stretch Goal 6 which is the book of five adventures The Ministry of Thunder. On the way are Stretch Goals 3-5 which are smaller adventures and articles called “Mini Monkeys”. These are going to be released as standlone pdfs after the campaign, but backers get them before general release and if all eight which I have planed fund they will get a collected version called the “Monkey Companion” which Brass Monkey and up will get as a POD version.  Also a couple of Add ons have been added for those of you who want to help the campaign fund and get another one of our story games at a discounted price.

This means to date:

  • Basic Goal Main rulebook, with new art, new content and revised rules.FUNDED!
  • Stretch Goal 1 If you see Buddha on the Road, new adventure in the book and as the basis to a Quick Start Booklet. FUNDED!
  • Stretch Goal 2 Defenders of the Dragon Empire, chapter in the main rulebook about mortal characters FUNDED!

Today I’m going to be pushing publishing the campaign. I’ve got a few interviews to catch up with and at 1:30 GMT/7:30 Central time i’m on RPG.nets IRC chat channel with the lovely Dan Davenport, chatting to one and all about the Monkey the 2nd Incarnation.

So today onwards and upwards! I’m hoping to see the Mini-Monkey Goal of the 8 Immortals fund today and add this popular group of wandering Taoist deities to the game :).

Monkey Morning Day 6 of Kickstarter

As I had expected we are but 4 (average pledges) away from Stretch Goal 2 (Defenders of the Dragon Empire being achieved). About £84 at time of writing, which is about four average backers.

Once that’s out of the way its the book of Adventures , The Ministry of Thunder, and a series of mini-goals (or Mini-Monkeys). before we get there. I shall reveal more when I’ve got breakfast and the school run out of the way (so about 11 GMT time).

But come on Monkey fans, we can do it lets hit Stretch Goal 2 and get some mortal Wuxia kickass action baked into Monkey the 2nd Incarnation 🙂

Monkey Morning Day 5 of Kickstarter.

Good Morning! Monkey Manics!

Things have slowed down yesterday, because people do stuff away from t’internets at weekends I hear, but we are still on track for hitting Stretch Goal 2 Defenders of the Dragon Empire very soon. At time of posting we’re just under £300* away from adding Mortal Wuxia heroes to the world of Monkey.

We also hit the most fortunate number of 8 Golden Monkey’s yesterday. These are the Monkey Manics who have gone in at the high-end pledge, a significant and most welcome contribution to the funding.

I also notice that in the split of backers there’s a large number of Brass Monkeys. To be honest I didn’t expect that at this stage, I put level in so that it was there for later when we had reached the stage of stretch goal standalone books, so people could up grade their pledges to get everything in print. But so many people have put their faith (and money) in the campaign that it’s a significant number. It influenced my decision to make the extra adventure the basis of a separate Quickstart book, which as well as PDF will be available in print. Also because of this that Stretch Goal 3 will be the book of adventures, the Ministry of Thunder a collection of Five Adventures that make up a tale of an immortal detective agency actions on Earth chasing supernatural villains

I’ve also thought up a series of 8 mini-stretch goals, fun little things that I’m calling ‘Monkey Nuts’ 🙂 These are small adventures/encounters/articles that I plan to release as standalone pdfs, to keep interest in the game post release on DriveThruRPG.com as promotional material. We’ll this way Backers will get to see them first ,as they are completed rather than the drip-drip release schedule that non-backers will get them, and if all 8 fund they will get them as pdf/print collection. As stretch goals they will break up the long lonely drives between the bigger more expensive stretch goals.

If you’ve backed thanks for your contribution – things are looking up on the campaign with lots of exciting material to be unlocked soon 🙂

If you’ve not backed and are sitting on the fence, jump off and get pledging. Help us hit those stretch goals and get me committed to producing the extra stuff straight after the main rulebook is done.

Here’s to a good day of funding!

*which in percentage terms is about 70% towards the goal or 15 backers at the average pledge (which is about £20 or so the KS tells me) or 3 (all Golden Monkeys) to 17 (all Little Monkeys)

Kickstarter funded, moving onto stretch goals!

Monkey by Peter Frain

Monkey by Peter Frain

Total victory yesterday on the Kickstarter, its basic goal funded within sixteen hours of its launch!  This happened just before I went to bed and has continued to fund while I was asleep. When I got up this morning it stood at £2275 or 113% funded. Time to drink tea, get off to the day job, and work out which stretch goal to announce later today (probably about 12 GMT which is my lunch time).

If you’re new here you can read more about the game in this series of 23 blog posts I made prior to the game being launched.

 

23 Days of Monkey, Day 2 Meet the Fox Spirits

Fox Spirit by Peter Frain

Animal Spirits are among the character types available for Player Immortals in the game.

This of course Monkey’s Origin, but also famous are the Fox Spirits, who have a reputation for playful mischief and magical elegance.

As well as the narrative aspects of this Origin, Animals Spirits get bonuses from their personality (called Attitudes) since they are more driven by their passions than what they learn in their professions.

Meet Whitetails one of the Player Immortals and a Fox Spirit run by Mr C in my home game. He featured in the 1st Edition this is the chacter updated for the 2nd Incarnation.

Whitetails
Immortal type: Animal Spirit (Fox)
Crime (Weakness):While in the Western Heaven crafty Whitetails tried to steal Lao Tzu’s famous Pills of Immortality. (Theft)
TE:1
Attitudes:
Yin: Agile*
Yang: Cunning
*Whitetails draws two cards for this Dominant Attitudes.
Skills
Street knowledge 2
Kung-Fu 2
Rogue 1
Magical Powers
Flight, Shape change
Magic Fan of the Wind:

I recently came across this film from 2013, The Fox Lover, which is all about a small family of Fox Spirits (or Fox fairies as the translation calls them). More a whimsical and romantic tale than martial arts action blockbuster (although it does have its moments), this tale really shows the sort of personal dilemmas that you can build into a game of Monkey.

Day 2 of 23 Days of Monkey, Kickstarter in 21 days on 8th January 2017.

Monkey Monday: Using the new character generation system

This character generation example follows the new character generation method of five story steps.

Each step is played out one to one with the player, and you go round the table doing each step with each player before moving on to the next step. As you go through each step you build up the story of the character, and for new players you explain the basics of the setting as you are playing the story. No more half and hour monologues from the Narrator explaining the ins and outs of the Western Heaven 🙂

At the end of each story Step, you assign game objects to the character. Game Objects are their Attitudes, their Proffesions, which tell you broadly what skills they have, and Magical Powers/Tools.

Finally you play out an Action, in the form of a challenge to the characters. Cards may or may not be pulled to resolve the action, but if you do you use the Game Objects which are already written down.  Other players sit back and listen, but what we found useful in so far to explain why the group was together was for other players to mention their relationships to the others characters ofstage. For example after the first character told their story of what they did in heaven, the other players mentioned that first character in their stories.

Step 1 Origins

The four elements acted upon a stone egg, and from it a Stone Monkey was born!
He joined a tribe of Monkeys who he meets shortly after.

Origin: Animal Spirit

Monkey’s first Challenge

One day the tribe came across a huge waterfall cascading down a mountain. They were curious. The cheeky stone Monkey, suggested that whoever could jump up to the top of the mountain and see what was there would become king of the tribe. Several large apes tried, but only the Stone Monkey succeeded and became their king!

First Profession: Monkey Kung Fu (Mixed Style)
Attitude: Cheeky(Yin)

Step 2 Going to Heaven

After a while Monkey realised that like all mortals he would grow old and die. This made him sad.One of the Elder Apes seeing the normally exuberant Monkey depressed asked him what was wrong and after Monkey admitted his troubles he suggested that Monkey find a wise Taoist Sage to teach him the arts of immortality. Therefore after travelling the world of mortals he meets the Patriarch who taught him the Taoist magical arts. Monkey gained his religious name “Sage aware of Vacuity”. Predictably the cheeky monkey got in trouble with the Patriarch, and Up in heaven the wise Planet Venus, advisor of Celestial Jade Emperor, took notice of the rise of power of Monkey on Earth and decided it would be a good idea to invite him up to heaven to keep a closer eye on him. Once in heaven The Great Sage of Vacuity was given the position of looking after the Jade Emperor’s horses. There he is given the name “Great Sage Equal to Heaven”.

Monkey’s 2nd Challenge: Keeping his position in Heaven

Eventually Monkey realised that he had been given a position of little importance and run amok in heaven as a result. The Jade Emperor sent his heavenly armies, led by the demon hunter General Li,the Pagoda Throwing General, and his son Prince Natha to subdue the rebellious Monkey. But alas they were soundly defeated and Monkey was only calmed when the Planet Venus offered him the position of guarding the Peaches of Immortality in the Queen Mother of the Western Heaven’s garden.

Second Profession: Taoist Sage (from his studies with the Patriarch, although I could quite have easily picked Rogue for his lazing about in Heaven).
Second Attitude: Rebellious (Yang)

Patron: Planet Venus
Enemies: Prince Natha and General Li the Pagadoa Throwing General

Step 3 Monkey’s Magical Weapon

One day while lazing around the Peach Garden, Monkey casually remarked to the Planet Venus that a guard such as he should have a great weapon to perform his duties. Thewise planet suggested that he visit the Dragon King of the ???? Ocean, who had a great store of magical weapons. Once there the Dragon King eventually showed Monkey the Great Iron Staff of the Pole Star, which could shrink down to the size of a needle or expand to vast size, and being made of star metal was very heavy. Monkey successfully lifted the staff as if it was weightless, and despite protests from the Dragon King took it as his own.

Magical weapon: The Iron Staff of the Pole Star stolen from the Dragon King of the ???? Ocean.

Monkey’s 3rd Challenge keeping hold of the new magical weapon

Eventually the Dragon King arrived in Heaven to protest the theft of the Iron Staff, and Monkey was sent to King Yama’s realm, the 12 Hells where the dead go, as a punishment. Monkey managed to trick his way out by sneaking out of the Hells and erasing his name from King Yama’s book of the dead, which holds the name of everyone who is dead and the time and manner of their death. Just for the fun of it, Monkey also erased the names of several elder monkeys from Water Cave Mountain.

Step 4 Monkey gets expelled from Heaven

Eventually Monkey got in trouble again, this time for eating the Peaches of Immortality just as they had finished their thousand-year ripening and were expected at Queen of Western Heaven’s party. Once again rather than take responsiblity he runs amok in heaven. This time he is subdued by Buddha who hears the sounds of mayhem from the Eastern (Buddhist) Heaven and decides to come over and help his friends in the Western Heaven. He tricks the egotistical Monkey into racing to the end of the Universe,where Monkey graffiti on four pillars, and Back, when in fact he never left Buddha’s hand, as proven by the graffiti on Buddha’s four fingers. Buddha then imprisons him under a mountain, saying that he will stay there until a Buddhist Monk comes along who needs his help and who will redeem him.

Weakness: Undisciplined: You were promoted to the ranks of the celestial Immortals, yet at every opportunity you were rude and unruly. Eventually, the Jade Emperor expelled you from the Western
Heaven, and ordered you to learn humility and manners on Earth.

Step 5 Monkey is imprisoned on Earth.

Monkey spends four hundred years imprisoned under the mountain. He is eventually freed when Tripitaka arrives, and recruits him as the first of his pilgrim helpers on his Journey to the West

Monkey’s final Profession: Rogue, despite Monkey not doing a great deal while trapped under the mountain (Prisoner) would be a dull choice, so for his final profession we are going to choose one that is in keeping with his actions that got him there.

Monkey’s final character sheet looks like this:

Monkey

Origin: Animal Spirit
Attitudes
Yin Cheeky
Yang Rebellious*

*Being of Animal origin Monkey relies a bit more on his natural instincts, which means his Professions below have slightly lower values, but to compensate has a dominant attitude which gives double the card bonus during Actions.

Professions:
Monkey Kung Fu (Mixed Style) 2
Taoist Alchemist 1
Rogue 2
Weakness: Undisciplined

Magic
Magical Weapon: Iron Staff of the Pole Star
Powers: Flight, Shape changing.
Monkey also wears a Golden head band that was placed there by the Goddess Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, so that Tripitaka can use to force him to behave by invoking the Headache Sutra, which causes the headband to painfully constrict.