Now that my summer break has begun and Labyrinth is finished, it's time to get Questing Beast back on track.
NEW LOGO: The new logo by Sam Mameli is up on the channel, with our new adorable mascot Quentin. As usual, these art commissions are funded by Patreon, so thank you for your support. It's gone a long way to making the channel look more coherent and appealing.
MAZEGATE: I'll be starting the next Questing Beast game Maze Knights this month. It's the spiritual successor to the (now Mithral best selling!) Maze Rats. Over the last two years of running Maze Rats I've run into a lot of little thing I'd like to tweak, and it's slowly grown into its own thing, incorporating some of the lessons from Knave. The aim is to make it even easier and faster, while expanding the toolkit dramatically.
The long-term plan I have in my head is a large hardback, maybe illustrated by Sam Mameli, where nearly everything is explained visually, on huge, colorful two-page spreads. Graphic design in RPGs has taken some huge leaps forward since Maze Rats, and I want to keep pushing that. It might involve a Kickstarter way down the line somewhere.
Maze Knights playtest docs will be replacing the monthly dungeon I've been doing for the last 13 months. Those have been a ton of fun, but I want to start diverting my energies back into game design.
PATREON TIERS: The patron tiers are being revised. Please read them so you know what your tier entails. Importantly, Maze Knights playtest docs will be available to patrons at the $2 tier or higher.
$1 Maze Rat: Access to the Questing Beast Discord channel.
$2 Guild Dog: Access to the Questing Beast Discord channel and monthly gaming releases. The gaming release might be anything from a one-page dungeon to a new playtest document for whatever game I'm working on. For the time being it will be Maze Knights docs.
$4: Dread Companion: Access to the Questing Beast Discord channel, monthly gaming releases, and a shout-out on my next video.
$8: Questing Knight: Access to the Questing Beast Discord channel, monthly gaming releases, a shout-out on my next video, and a tweet shout-out where I thank you personally.
GOALS: I'm considering removing the next goal (do a review of all three 5e DnD books). It's gotten a bit of mixed reception, and it would take up at least three weeks of Questing Beast reviews. I have a huge backlog of OSR books to review, and I think viewers are more interested in those. Comment below if you disagree.
UPCOMING VIDEOS: The next review is Zzarchov's Adventure Omnibus, which should be up in the next day or two. I'll be shooting for a weekly review schedule again, with maybe some non-review videos thrown in as well. Book reviews you can look forward to include Silent Titans, Black Hack 2e, Dark Streets and Darker Secrets, Forbidden Lands, and Best Left Buried, among many others.
CONVENTIONS: I'll be attending GenCon this year, as well as Crit Hit in Arizona. Feel free to find me and say hi if you'll be there!
Ok, I think that's everything. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!