(Or whatever other creative pursuit you may be engaged in today.)
DEATHNOWRIMO 2017 is live on Discord (all day) and Twitter (until I go to bed, and then Miki picks up the reins some hours later). Our Extra Life charity stream begins at 10AM EST and ends at 11AM EST tomorrow–yes, we’re packing 25 hours of games into our stream, for the kids, and for you! Catch those on our Twitch page starting at 10AM EST, and check out our Extra Life page to help kids at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center!
BloodLetterPress compatriots, the blessed month of Halloween has come and gone, and the long, dark hour of National Novel Writing Month is upon us. Fear not the empty document, compatriots: it is prime DEATHWRITE season, and we are here to help you bring forth words from the deepest reaches of your imaginations.
The creators of DEATHWRITE have furnished you with a Discord channel, so that you may commiserate with BLP contributors and others who have chosen this undertaking. Organize word sprints, swap ideas, beseech your fellows for feedback or inspiration, organize your own DEATHWRITEs at home and abroad, and feel the certainty of knowing that this struggle is not yours alone.
Additionally, BloodLetterPress invites you to participate in DEATHNOWRIMO: PUNISH YOUR NOVEL, a DEATHWRITE event dedicated to participants of National Novel Writing Month, on Sunday, November 19th, starting at midnight Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5:00). This event coincides with our Extra Life charity stream.
Until then, compatriots, go boldly forth, unburdened by your inner editors.
BloodLetterPress (represented by Miki and myself) made our live debut at JiffyCon this weekend! Here’s some of the cool stuff we did.
We kicked off the morning by playing a game of Fuel Priest, a dieselpunk RPG in development by Timeless Caverns. I personally think dieselpunk is a criminally underrated genre (and am working on a dieselpunk setting of my own), so I was excited enough by the concept of Fuel Priest when we sat down to play, but if I had known what I was in for, I would have been practically ravenous for this game. In the 34 pages of their current design, the folks at Timeless Caverns have created a game driven by hope, desperation, and reverence, where characters are defined by their kinship with their tools and their various interpretations of a common dogma. It’s a work of elegant design married to exciting and timely narrative themes, and I can’t wait to play it again, or see the next step in its evolution.
From there, we ate a quick lunch, and Miki went to play Brodie’s Here Is My Power Button, which I’ll let them write about. After navigating a logistical hall of mirrors, I found myself playing Elliot Baker’s Tiny and Chrome, a Lego-based car combat game in homage to Mad Max: Fury Road. While I don’t speak from a wealth of experience, this was easily the most fun I have ever had playing a miniatures game—intuitive rules ensured that each turn passed quickly, and playing with five other people meant that the board state changed explosively every round.
And, finally, we ran a game of our own Stars Fall Up! I did a terrible job of explaining the rules, but it didn’t take long for our shared story to take off into a madcap Pilot City full of gondolas and ziplines, werewolf law, and suspicious turtles, which culminated in a boss battle against a Voltron made of Radio Shacks beneath a total eclipse of Planet Marsha. Huge thanks to Dylan, Brodie, and Aaron for checking out our game and lending your splendid imaginations to our evening! And huge thanks as well to Modern Myths and the organizers of JiffyCon 2017, for giving us the infrastructure we needed to expand our community, meet new people, and feel like Real Life Professionals!
BloodLetterPress careens forward into November with more fresh content coming to you a couple times a week here on our website. Our Extra Life fundraiser culminates on November 14th in a 24-hour video game stream on our Twitch channel, which coincides with a DEATHWRITE: DEATHNOWRIMO 2017 EDITION for you writers out there. Until then, we hope your Halloween is the best ever!
So, BLP hosted its first DEATHWRITE yesterday (4/23/17) with a fully-functioning site and social media channels.
As for me, I ended up not even breaking 3k. But that’s alright, because I still got three articles written, that y’all will be seeing here in the coming weeks. My goal this time was not to produce a quantity of content in an aim for 10k; I wanted to take the content I had already produced from past DEATHWRITEs and polish it up into something I felt good about publishing.
I can’t speak for our other Contributors directly, but it seems all who participated had satisfying results, though no one got near the 10k mark this time. A friend of ours came over and made good headway on penciling for a new comic.
I wanted to write this to show that even though DEATHWRITE calls upon participants to “produce without excuse”, the spirit of the event lies in pushing yourself to make something that you might not have otherwise. To turn those “I should”s into “I did”s. We want anyone who’s interested in DEATHWRITE to feel encouraged to participate, rather than be daunted by the scale of the challenge. If you have something you want to make, come write it. Draw it. Record it. Plan it. We’ll be here.