Project Ubi Enters Development Phase

Have you ever curated an anthology? How about curating an anthology that's written collaboratively while writing a GM's sourcebook based on it? Anybody? Beuller?

Well, I'm doing it right now, and it's - uh - it's a lot. It's YUGE.

But it's going pretty well so far, and this week I opened up all the social media pages and made the announcements: Project Ubi is underway!

WTF is Project Ubi? Fair question.

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Building UbiquiCity

A medium-sized metropolis of the early 22nd century, the sprawling development known provincially and colloquially as “UbiquiCity” is one of the latest of the continent’s candidate cities to have completed the civic upgrade – read: modernization via pervasive computing systems and AI controllers – of public and commercial services within its central business district, along with a selected number of urban and suburban districts. These wealthy and powerful districts possess the latest in smart technology, with every building, device and control system connected via the Internet Of Things.

Cars and trucks drive themselves, drones fill the skies, cloud-trained robots perform once-human jobs. Phones, homes, appliances, vehicles, media devices, shops, shelves, products, sidewalks, streetlights, roadsigns and even toilets all communicate with each other electronically, and an artificially-intelligent CitySystem manages the distribution, use and recycling of resources for optimal economy. For the inhabitants of the Ubi Zones, life is sweet. But not everyone in the metropolitan region is so blessed...

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Talking about "Other Borders" @ Legends of Tabletop

I was recently interviewed by John Haremza on the "Legends of Tabletop" podcast. We went into great depth on Other Borders, covering everything from mechanics to melodrama to magical realism.

Thanks to Legends of Tabletop for having me on, and I hope you enjoy the podcast!


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Support the Art of AS IF

Welcome to 2017, and welcome to a new way of supporting the work of As If Productions! Over at Patreon, I've divided my projects up into separate pages, allowing Patrons to choose the projects they're most interested in supporting. Please check 'em out, every bit helps and there's always lots of work to do!

The following projects are seeking your support at Patreon:

  • AsIf - the central AIP Patreon account, aka the skunkworks.
  • DayTrippers - expansions, supplements and adventure modules.
  • Fictioneers - directory of small-press RPGs and Storygames.
  • StoryGameSpace - online PBP system for enhanced literary play.
  • UbiquiCity - collaborative near-future sourcebook and anthology.
  • 3StringGuitar - just what it sounds like.

Random Motivated, Busy, Emotional NPC Generator

This simple generator automatically creates 20 Non-Player Characters suitable for any generic fantasy or swords-in-space adventure, complete with barbaric/alien names. For each character, it answers the following questions:
  1. What social class are they?
  2. What do they want?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. What are they feeling?


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Other Borders - Standalone Edition

Other Borders
Curious about "Other Borders"? Click here to read "Five or So Questions" by Brie Sheldon!

A game of drugs, money and magic in the American southwest

There are borders everyone sees: the looming fence with its sporadic observation platforms, the tags claiming this block or that in the name of a local gang or drug cartel, and the wrought-iron fences surrounding gated communities.

There are borders that are real only in our minds, like the imaginary lines that divide country from country, or one race from another.

But in this little southwestern town, another border reveals itself to those gifted with the power to see it: the veil between the worlds. Even today, the old ways of magic are still taught; spells, curses, visions and transformations are still practiced, and opposing clans are locked in a daily battle that no policia would ever understand.


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