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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn RPG?
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:30:35 PM »
Crafty's Mistborn forum

I attended the Crafty Games Q&A session at GenCon and got the skinny, but you can too. It's not alleged, it's happening.  ;D

Brandon Sanderson / Mistborn RPG at GenCon
« on: August 17, 2009, 05:39:38 PM »
No, it wasn't there. ;D I did however get to spend time with the Crafty Games developers and gain insight into the philosophy behind the game. It will not use Spycraft, Mastercraft, or Fantasycraft (awesome book though). The system will be not so much tactical as descriptive and "literary", yet it will still be a game with good and bad outcomes for a given situation.

The Q&A session was filmed and will be on YouTube. When it's up, if no one beats me to it I'll post a link.

Thanks to Patrick and Alex for a great time!

Brandon Sanderson / HoA paperback cover
« on: April 29, 2009, 09:41:42 PM »
I know I'm late to the party, but I have to say that I vastly prefer the paperback cover art to the hardcover. To be honest, I'd love to get the first two as prints. The third? I can't find a decent picture of it but it looks tasty from the tiny Amazon thumbnail.

Wait...found one!

I don't know if Christian McGrath is the artist. I liked the HoA hardcover more than the others, but far less than the paperbacks. I haven't read Warbreaker but its cover looks very, very nice.

Anyone who has the book, or who can find the blasted information on the tubes, clue me in on the cover artist's identity?


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Raising the flag [Mistborn RPG!]
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:35:43 PM »
Should we discuss the Mistborn RPG here or at Crafty's Mistborn forum (

Thanks, looking forward to gaming with you guys!

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EDIT: Stupid typos! You weren't supposed to see any of that. What will my evil, robotic, and immensely slimy alien overlords do to me now that their secret is revealed? If only I had Allomancy! :'(

Brandon Sanderson / How long after HoA does the paperback come out?
« on: September 11, 2008, 03:22:20 AM »
I want the hardcover. I do. But it's not Christian McGrath's artwork. ;) I'll probably end up buying HoA on the 14th of October anyway.

Still, anyone know?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Cover art for Mistborn 3
« on: August 07, 2008, 03:58:32 AM »
Searched this site using Google and the board's built-in search function, and looked through the first five pages. I believe I had seen that thread earlier this year, but I was hoping for news. I don't want to wait for the paperback but I like McGrath's art so much I'll cheerlead for it any chance I get.

Brandon Sanderson / Cover art for Mistborn 3
« on: August 06, 2008, 10:45:30 PM »
Sorry I only skimmed the first 5 pages of the forum. ;)

is the cover art for HoA currenlty up on Amazon the final artwork? I love what Christian McGrath has done for the first two. I want prints!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« on: May 06, 2008, 02:04:12 PM »
Since my hard cover copy got destroyed *cough*notbitter*cough*, I've been meaning to pick up another. Of the many covers for the trilogy this is the best I've seen so far, definitely picking this one up.

I followed Gnarly's tack. My wife picked up Elantris when I noticed the cover, I've not read it yet. But Mistborn? I snagged it right away due to the cover. Not so much with the liking of this one.

Pet peeve: Covers that don't match the book. If the reaper and the crows play no significant role, I don't think they should be there.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Roleplaying Mistborn?
« on: November 28, 2006, 08:32:48 PM »
Fellfrosch, link?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Roleplaying Mistborn?
« on: November 22, 2006, 06:37:02 PM »
I'm going back to Exalted again now that I've got a few more games under my belt. It's maybe a bit more complex then is needed here, but there's a huge amount that can be trimmed. Movement is never "okay, your turn, you can move and take an action". You can always move, even while other things are happening. Permanent Essence rating can be the "strength" of a *-mancer, while the Charm trees are cut back to one per metal per discipline (Allomancy: Ironpushing, Feruchemy: Steelstuff) and I imagine that the trees won't be very long. Abilities representing knowledge of *-mancy are needed, though there could also be ones for a particular metal. Mass combat is great and all, but is done such that the skills of commanders are merely enhanced by their troops. Hard to explain, but the book describes armies as being "worn" by commanders. Mechanically it works out. The whole system has enough situational modifiers to be quite gritty, but you can junk those and keep right on going. It's granular enough to handle gritty, yet doesn't suffer if you take much of the gritty out for a more cinematic feel.

I say Exalted only because I don't feel d20 is a good choice and Exalted is the only other RPG I'm currently playing. I will try to get a hold of Feng Shui, a current draft of FATE Generic, and any other system I can think of. It's too rich of a world not to try to wrap a RPG around. 8)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: If Mistborn was a movie. . . .
« on: November 17, 2006, 09:29:59 AM »
Need creepy scary?

Christopher Walken. Re: Prophecy I. :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Come to Dallas... :}
« on: November 14, 2006, 09:30:38 AM »
Yeah, Williams' rather long "trilogy" 8) is quite engrossing. Mistborn has a similar epic feel, but...sharper. That's the only word I can conjure.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Roleplaying Mistborn?
« on: November 13, 2006, 03:56:54 PM »
FATE isn't just words on a sheet. I've coded the first and only, to my knowledge, MUSH incarnation of the FATE system with the help of one of the developers. Customized it to Star Trek and had a hell of a good system. If it can work for warp drives, it can work for Allomancy. We had psionics in there, too. And if your FATE GM doesn't distinguish between small vegetables and swords, you need a new one.

I beg to differ on Exalted's glacial pace of combat. If you're speaking to 1st edition, I'm afraid I've no experience with that. Our group of 6 players + GM manages 2nd edition just fine. Two of us are crunch monkeys (GM + myself), two have never roleplayed before, and the other two want roleplaying with as few crunchy bits as possible. It works very well, and relatively quickly when compared to d20.

Rules lite isn't necessarily a goal. Rules minimum is more what I'm shooting for: the minimum necessary to portray allomantic combat between multiple Mistborn, which is the most complex situation I can think of. d20 doesn't allow for the flexibility that is allomancy

I'm certainly open to other systems, but I have a love/hate thing with d20. I play and run it, I like it for what it is, but I hate that it's so damn difficult to get it to do anything but what it was meant to do.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Roleplaying Mistborn?
« on: November 13, 2006, 10:37:31 AM »
d20 focuses on combat. It can be roleplayed, and I've done it lots of times myself. But it's more difficult than a number of other systems.

Ones off the top of my head:

Exalted: Very few charms but make them allomantic, feromantic or whatever other powers pop up. System is more granular than d20. This is a good thing.

FATE: FATE can handle anything. It seems especially suited to the world of Mistborn because of the fluidity of the system.

PTA/Prime Time Adventures: I've only played this, not run it, but I think it's worth a shot. Similar to FATE in many respects, the concepts of breaking things down into episodes and screen presence can be useful. Not sure if the system as a whole would work, but choice parts of it are certainly yoinkable.

More as I recall it.

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