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April 1st, 2007

06:54 pm - New Playtest Draft!
I really should update more often...

On the other hand, this update is a fairly big one - I've uploaded a new playtest draft in PDF form, which you can download here. It now exceeds 120,000 words in length... and that doesn't include the new Table of Contents or the index!

This time I have formatted the entire manuscript in LaTeX, and the final product will also be done with LaTeX. The formatting still has a few rough spots, and I still need to do some serious proofreading and working out some other problems... but I think you'll agree that this is a vast improvement over the previous version.


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June 26th, 2006

11:31 am - Latest updates
Lots of new material has accumulated since I last posted here. But a few items stand out:

- New maps! I have created a map that shows the political boundaries, and another one that shows the location of every single city detailed so far - 147, all in all - as well as some terrain features (major mountain chains and rivers).

- A new rule system for membership in organizations and secret societies based on the d20 Modern Wealth System. This provides game mechanical benefits to joining an organization, and it also gives PCs ideas on what they can do to increase their position in it.

- A new PDF Playtest Draft ready for downloading! This includes all the new material, and is now 97,000 words and 220 pages long...

Have fun!

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April 16th, 2006

06:27 pm - To be continued...
And here is my second strip:

I have to build up a buffer of strips so that I can have a fairly regular update schedule...

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10:51 am - Urbis - The Webcomic?
This might be a case of temporary insanity, but...

I bought a graphics tablet this Thursday, and I have been busy practicing with it ever since. My drawings are still rather amateurish - I haven't done anything in this vein for ten years - but if I keep at it, I might eventually be good enough to do some illustrations for Urbis on my own, which would significantly cut down on the cost of creating the final product.

And now I have decided on a way of practicing Urbis-related art: I am going to create a webcomic based on Urbis!

I am currently waiting for my application for a ComicGenesis account to pass. In the meantime, you can take a look at my first strip:

I don't know how long this project will hold my interest, but hopefully for long enough to create a short story of sorts...

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March 5th, 2006

09:40 pm - Update
Updated the Cosmology, Gol Grungor, Hobgoblin Dominions, New Monsters and Verdant Coast sections.

The Cosmology and the New Monsters sections introduce a new kind of entity: The Fair Folk. I always thought that wee little pixies shouldn't be all there is to faeries, and I liked the interpretations of both Terry Pratchett and the Exalted RPG, so I set out to create something similar. The Fair Folk template isn't quite finished yet, but I am working on it.

I was never quite happy with the Verdant Coast so far. Geography demanded that I had several regions to fill out in the local equivalent of Africa. The Snake Kingdoms and the Star Mountains already had their own shticks. Malundi was classical pulp Africa with dinosaurs and lost cities (though the natives are rather more civilized than in most of the pulps). But what, then, was left over for the Verdant Coast?

Now I had an idea: The Verdant Coast was originally a vast elven kingdom with human slaves, until one day the humans rebelled and threw off their oppressors. This allows me to use all sorts of nifty parallels to the history of Colonization and its aftereffects, with the added bonus that the elves still live there as a despised and spiteful minority. And it allows me to drop some more hints to what elves have been up to in ancient times...

Finally, I've started to work on something new: The city of Dartmouth. Many people have been clamoring for a detailed city-state so that they can see just how everything works on a smaller scale. Well, Dartmouth is going to be that "sample city" (mostly because I used it as the home base for my short playtest campaign), and I hope that write-up will answer a few questions about the nature of the city-states of Urbis. There isn't much in that section yet, but give it time...

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05:53 pm - The Urbis Mailing List is now online!
Due to popular demand, I have set up an Urbis Mailing List over at Yahoo! Groups. This list is dedicated to general discussion and development of the setting, and you are all welcome to join it.

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March 3rd, 2006

09:21 pm - Urbis on the Dragon's Landing Podcast!
That's right. Urbis has been reviewed by the good folks over at the Dragon's Landing Inn, and they have some very nice things to say about it on their podcast. The relevant segment is in their 32rd episode, and it starts at approximately 19:50.

For those of you who have stumbled across Urbis thanks to the podcast, welcome! I hope you like what you have seen, and if you do, I encourage you to participate in the discussion here so that Urbis can be expanded and polished further.

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February 11th, 2006

07:33 pm - Update
Minor updates to the Gol Algor, Narevoreen (can you spot the Tolkien references?), Norfjell Wastes and Siebenbund sections.

In other news, while apparently quite a few people have downloaded the PDF draft according to my usage statistics, the amount of feedback I have received since then amounts to precisely zero.


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November 21st, 2005

03:36 pm - In other news...
I've just noticed that some kind soul has added Urbis to the ENWorld Links Directory. You can find the entry here.

I have also noticed that apparently you can rate the link, and also add your opinions to the link by clicking on the "New Reply" button. Of course, as the creator of Urbis it would be unethical for me to rate my own website, but you all are of course under no such restrictions.

Hint, hint.

Oh, and if you know of any other RPG link directories that don't link to Urbis, please tell me about it so that I can rectify this situation...

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November 18th, 2005

09:43 pm - Urbis available as PDF!
Since so many people have been asking for it, I have finally relented and converted all existing material for Urbis into one giant PDF file, which you can download here.

Just remember to give me some more feedback now that you have it all in an easily printable format... ;-)

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