Dragons of La Rossa progress

Text for Dragons of La Rossa (previously the planned title was Dragons of Bologna)  is mostly done, and soon I will start formatting it in inDesign.  I’ve also begun work on the art for the book as well.  All this means that so far it is right on track to be completed by May.

The text of the expanded core rulebook & setting guide for Leaves of Chiaroscuro for the Fate RPG is moving along nicely as well.  Though, the scope of it has grown so I’m less certain of when this will be finished, I don’t believe this to be all negative; it means the book will have a much richer setting (focusing still on Renaissance Italy) and more stunts and other goodies than initially planned for.

lacerta dragon

A lacerta (player character species) sketch.

Influences and Inspiration Sources

Leaves of Chiaroscuro, like other RPGs, draws upon a variety of influences.  Today I’ve decided to go through and list those.  This is, however, not an exhaustive list!  I’m sure that there are influences that have crept in without anyone even noticing it yet and there may be some not coming to mind at the moment which I’ll end up adding later.  I can only speak on my own influences, of course, were the co-author of the first adventure & quickstart (Jason Lada) writing this list, I’m sure they’d have different ones.

  • Real world history – a wide variety of real world history and lore is the primary influence for Leaves of Chiaroscuro.  Most obviously the Italian Renaissance is the primary basis for the setting.
  • Religion and lore -the game draws from a variety of real-world lore, including the Greco-Roman traditions, the various Abrahamic traditions (naturally Catholicism but also Kabbalah)  and even others here and there such as Egyptian.
  • Planescape – The D&D multiverse is an absolute favorite of mine; full of strange creatures (and especially for the standards of its time strange races to play), faction politics, and many strange wonderful (or terrifying, or simply strange) worlds to explore.  It was an incredibly rich and gonzo sort of setting.

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The Dragon’s Dream (fiction blurb)

The following is a fiction blurb  for the Leave of Chiaroscuro RPG setting.  This originated from the LoCo system playtest document. I plan to include a series of these.

Jocobo had been having the dreams since he was just a very small boy. Dreams of flying, dreams of mountains upon mountains of gold, all his.  Doesn’t everyone dream of things like flying and being rich though? The closest a farm boy like he could ever hope to get to being rich was in his dreams. Continue reading