Good Sunday everyone!
I have just had a conversation with my wife where she hammered home that right now, all the work I am doing on MaliQuest is a waste of time and space.
This might sound a little harsh, but that's because I have left out the content/context.
You see, at the moment I am tied by legal issues. As much as I may want to, I am unable to push this game any further than a completely free, completely armature Malifaux supplement.
What was suggested was that I put this time and attention into making my own game, using my own IP, my own ruleset which I can send to printers and publishers and have sold in stores.
This would never be a big seller, I would never be able to retire early, but a few £ in my pocket and the ability to have other people be able to play a professional quality version of the game would be a great thing for me and the game.
So here comes the ideas:
The placing, that would stay the same, New Fairbank is just a frontier town, there is nothing particularly 'Malifaux' about it.
The theme: Old West-Steampunk-Horror, despite how apparently tied to Malifaux this is, I would argue it is still open enough. In the miniature market, we have Wild West Exodus, and in the film/comic/anime worlds we have stories like PRIEST which are just this.
Gameplay: I feel that in order to set this game apart it needs to loose the card duel mechanic. This is for many reasons, largely because it's too tied into Malifaux's IP, but also because the duelling system makes each encounter longer than would be ideal.
I think the standard d6 system could work for this, maybe making combat more like the game ZOMBIES!! only with special powers (I mention Zombies!! because its the fastest combat system I've ever seen).
The Loot Deck: this is the IP of MaliQuest. This is what sets this game apart from its existing peers like Descent and D&D.
So what do you think?
Should I stick with MaliQuest and get the 3 expansions out, or should I start focusing on my own version, currently called RichiQuest - Loxley's Lament (joke title)?
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley