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[Shark Bytes] Article Assignments; Necessary Evil Issue

#1 Postby Cutter XXIII » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:33 am

Hey everyone! We've got a new process for getting issues into shape (yes, the word process implies that I'm not doing it myself anymore), one that will make it possible to get Shark Bytes onto the quarterly schedule I promised a while back. As always, we need your help!

The next issue (after the imminent Deadlands issue) will be chock full of good stuff for Necessary Evil. Here's where you come in -- we already know what articles we need, we just need some brave Savages to write them! It's easy...if you can make a Novice villain for NE and put him into the official stat block format, you can submit to Shark Bytes.

As we get volunteers for various articles, I'll edit this post to reflect current assignments. Once you sign up to do an article, you'll have 30 days to complete it. If real life steps in and prevents you from doing it, no sweat! Just let us know a.s.a.p. so we can assign it to someone else. I've already assigned an article to myself, so you can see what that looks like below.

We may be the current custodians of Shark Bytes, but it really belongs to each and every Savage. I figure this process will put development back where it belongs: in public. You'll be able to see what's coming in the next issue, see which articles have been completed, or just keep tabs on our progress.

Thanks for helping out, everyone, whether by writing or reading! If you have any suggestions for improving this process, please post 'em right in this thread.

Without further ado...

The Necessary Evil Issue

---Artwork---

Commissioned new cover by Storn
Interior Art by Storn (through Creative Commons agreement)

---The Arcane Tome---

We need new Powers and Trappings for villains. Single-power submissions OK.

RECEIVED
New Powers/Trappings, by Mad Tinkerer

---The Edge of Reason---

Need new Edges for villains. Single-Edge submissions OK.

RECEIVED
New Edge, by Savage Jason

---New Recruits---

Ready-to-play starting characters, strictly by the book. Single character submissions OK.

RECEIVED
Novice Villains, by M. A. Cutter

---The Stuff of Legend---

We need a few Legendary super villains (or heroes) for use as NPCs in an NE campaign. Single character submissions OK.

RECEIVED
11 Villains for NE, by Wiggy

--Let Me Tell You a Story...---

NE fiction, game reports, one-paragraph adventure seeds, etc. We need 'em.

RECEIVED
Short adventure notes / plot hooks, by Noshrok Grimskull

---Cryptozoological Society---

The V'Sori can make use of the flora and fauna of their entire empire in their campaign to subjugate Earth. We need the stats on some of these alien creatures! Single creature submissions OK.

RECEIVED
Alien Creatures for NE, by Bretbo

---I Love An Adventure---

Any short adventures for NE out there? Anyone like to try their hand at writing one?

RECEIVED (due January 7, 2008)
The Heist, by Kalan

---Around the World ---

Locations in the world of NE. Where can villains go besides Star City? We need to know.

---What We Talk About When We Talk About Games---

Discuss the game of Savage Worlds itself, by introducing new concepts, and more detailed or alternative explanations and uses for rules.

RECEIVED
Unbelievable Bastards: How to Run a Kick-Butt Necessary Evil Campaign, by M. A. Cutter.

RECEIVED
A GM’s Guide to the V’sori, Omega, and Dr. Destruction, by the inimitable Clint Black.

RECEIVED
New Rule Sidebars (2), by Wiggy

---Rally the Troops!---

Mass Combat in NE!! Is it even possible? Anyone want to take a crack at it?

---Other Articles---

We're always accepting other articles, for settings besides Necessary Evil. Got an idea? Let us know!

So...any volunteers?

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#2 Postby Kalan » Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:51 pm

Good morning/afternoon to ye Cutter :)

I'd be willing to put together either an adventure set in the NE universe, or some short fiction (perhaps both as time allows).

So consider this my official "tossing hat into ring" post :) Hope to hear from ye soon with specifics :)

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#3 Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:04 pm

Does it have to be a full adventure? Or can I contribute a set of short adventure notes / plot hooks as well?
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#4 Postby Cutter XXIII » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:27 pm

Kalan wrote:I'd be willing to put together either an adventure set in the NE universe, or some short fiction (perhaps both as time allows)


Both would be great, but for now I'll put you down for an adventure if that's okay.

Noshrok Grimskull wrote:Does it have to be a full adventure? Or can I contribute a set of short adventure notes / plot hooks as well?


Nope...short, one-paragraph adventure seeds will go under "Let Me Tell You a Story..."

May I put you down for that, Sir? ;)
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#5 Postby Kalan » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:28 pm

Cutter XXIII wrote:
Kalan wrote:I'd be willing to put together either an adventure set in the NE universe, or some short fiction (perhaps both as time allows)


Both would be great, but for now I'll put you down for an adventure if that's okay.



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#6 Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:36 pm

Cutter XXIII wrote:
Noshrok Grimskull wrote:Does it have to be a full adventure? Or can I contribute a set of short adventure notes / plot hooks as well?


Nope...short, one-paragraph adventure seeds will go under "Let Me Tell You a Story..."

May I put you down for that, Sir? ;)

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#7 Postby Cutter XXIII » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:30 pm

All righty...articles assigned! Remember, just because we have an article planned for a given category doesn't mean we won't accept more of the same. In other words, more adventures is cool!

Step right up, folks...who's next? 8)
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#8 Postby Savage Jason » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:46 pm

I flaked on my submission for the Deadlands issue, but I've got a nifty idea for a new edge, and maybe a short story if I can get over the story writing jitters.
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#9 Postby Cutter XXIII » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:35 am

Okay, Jason, I've got you signed up for the Edge. We'd love to see a story too...forget those jitters! :)

This kinda feels like a pledge drive. ;)

Please, please, look into your hearts, find the Necessary Evil that resides there...and give it to us. :jack:
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Re: [Shark Bytes] Article Assignments; Necessary Evil Issue

#10 Postby Bretbo » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:39 am

Cutter XXIII wrote:---Cryptozoological Society---

The V'Sori can make use of the flora and fauna of their entire empire in their campaign to subjugate Earth. We need the stats on some of these alien creatures! Single creature submissions OK.


Sign me up for this one, C-man! I've got ideas. :twisted:

"The Morphians where once the scourge of the galaxy and often meddled in Earth affairs; now they serve the V'sori as counter-intelligence agents...now you REALLY can't trust that villain fighting next to you!"
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#11 Postby Cutter XXIII » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:40 am

You got it, buddy!

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#12 Postby MadTinkerer » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:50 am

I'll do The Arcane Tome... What are the writing guidelines? Formatting requirements?
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#13 Postby Cutter XXIII » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:28 am

Cooll! Thanks, MT!

For Powers and Trappings, just format them as they are in the NE book. No need to use the same fonts or anything; just set them up in the same fashion.

If you have need of stat blocks, there's some current guidelines containing that sort of thing.
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#14 Postby Wiggy » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:37 am

Cutter, please drop me a line at the usual email address. I may have some articles (various types) you can have for the superhero SB issue.


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#15 Postby Cutter XXIII » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:41 am

Wiggy wrote:I may have some articles (various types) you can have for the superhero SB issue.


Thanks Wiggy!

You see that, folks? Get yourself published in the next issue, and your work may stand beside that of the unstoppable Wiggy and the irrepressible Clint Black. :smile:
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#16 Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:42 am

One question:
According to the Submission Guidelines, stat blocks should use the SW:EX melee damage coding, but the NE book itself doesn't... So if I wanted to submit any kind of creature with melee damage, which notation do I use?

Oh, and while I'm here, here's a second question: To whom do I send my stuff? Can I just pick any of the editors at random?
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#17 Postby Bretbo » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:50 am

Go ahead and send your submission to me at bretbo2@yahoo.com. I'm doing an article about creatures/opponents, so if your submission is along those lines than I'm even more "the guy."

As for melee damage, can't speak for the "chief," but I'm sure he'd say to use SW:EX formatting regardless of what version a given setting book is written in.

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#18 Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:21 am

OK, thanks.
Expect to see something in your mailbox soon.
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#19 Postby Wiggy » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:41 pm

Mailed Cutter some optional rules as well. Might be of use to someone (one is a little number crunchy, but still FFF IMHO).


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#20 Postby Cutter XXIII » Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:04 pm

Bretbo wrote:As for melee damage, can't speak for the "chief," but I'm sure he'd say to use SW:EX formatting regardless of what version a given setting book is written in.


He knows me so well... ;)

Wiggy wrote:Mailed Cutter some optional rules as well.


Thanks again for those, Wiggy.

Just popping in to remind those who are working on articles (me too!) that deadlines are rapidly approaching. We will still accept more article proposals too! But we hope to receive some materials on time so we can get to work on editing, layout, and proofing. Thanks, you folks are the best!
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