Erika Chappell

is creating Roleplaying Games

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Hi, I'm Erika! I'm known around the internets as open_sketchbook. I write roleplaying games.

I've been playing RPGs since I was 13 years old, and writing them for just about as long. I'm fascinated by the mechanics and concepts of RPGs of all kinds, and I've struck upon a kind of mental formula that keeps me writing and refining.

What kind of RPGs do you write?
I like my games to be highly tailored to the kind of story the game is trying to present; I love learning interesting new systems with strong core mechanics. I want there to be a game made for every kind of story and genre there is, even if it's just a hack of something else. Seeing careful design work go into crafting a system to really make a story shine is real great, and I wanna see as much of that as possible.

Broadly speaking, I write three kinds of games: fun comedy games, often themed after anime or Arnold movies, grim depressing games about war and history, and games that merge the two.
Where can I find your Games?
I sell my games on DriveThruRPG under the label of Newstand Press. It's like a News-Stand, like the place you buy newspapers, but also like, a new beginning, a stand for something novel? I dunno, it felt clever at the time.

You can find my store here.

Why Patreon?

My goal with this Patreon is to release a game once a month. It could be one of my full-sized products, it could be a microgame, it could be something in between. Regardless, I want to have at least one new piece of content out per month, and a financial incentive for that is pretty strong.

I also want to use this Patreon to remind myself to keep people updated on my progress, to set goals and follow through. I'm not the most organized person in the world, so this should help me work on that.

So Watcha Workin' On, Gurl?
It's hard to keep track, but here's what I got in the hopper right now.
  • My current Big Project is a Powered by the Apocalypse game called Flying Circus. It's a dieselpunk fantasy game where you play a company of mercenary heroes flying bizarre biplanes against beasts and bandits, trying to keep one step ahead of bankruptcy and shape a world post- an industrial-age apocalypse into something better than it's imperialistic past. It's got fairly crunchy, yet loose and exciting plane battles, interspersed with drunken wildness and stress-induced mania on the ground. Fly hard, party hard.
  • The eternal project of 5 Across the Heart, a custom system that makes Sailor Moon flavoured Magical Girl stories happen, is right there on the backburner, and will be my next Big Project after Flying Circus. You chase your heart's desire, throw around motes representing your emotional well-being, and transform into your beautiful idealized self!
There's other stuff, but some of it is secret, and some of it is in limbo.
$383 of $460 per month
At this amount, the patreon will fully pay my rent, which will make my life infinitely easier. I'll dedicate that spare time to a weekly post about my progress and RPG theory.
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