By PJ Schnyder
Steampunk? Role-playing game? The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences?
I’ve been a part of the steampunk community for a couple of years now, with two short stories published (Evie’s Gift and A Swan in Siam). I’ve written more and look forward to the day those stories are available, but all good things come with time, do they not?
In the meantime, I’d continue working on my various series in other genres and build my offerings for my readers.
Then I was approached with a most unique steampunk opportunity. When Galileo Games asked me to join the team as the writer of a role playing game adaptation of one of my favorite steampunk series, I immediately accepted. Then I bounced around and did a happy dance. Aiyeee!
Writing a role playing game is very different from writing a novel, novella, or even a short story. There’s a different structure to presenting the game, for one thing. Crafting the setting, world building, and character creation is more about “telling” in an engaging way than about “showing” the reader. Beyond the technical writing aspect, I wanted to create a role playing game that would draw people in, tease them into playing, even if they’d never played such a game before.
Have you ever read a book and daydreamt of being a character in that world? Come, role play, and become an Agent of the Ministry Initiative.
The Ministry Initiative is based on the incredible steampunk books of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine. Not only do I get to poke Tee and Pip for details on the fantastic world they’ve created, but I also get sneak peeks into what’s in store for our brave agents, Books and Braun. 😉
As a part of this incredible creative team, I can tell you we’ve got a lot of wonderful things in store. There’s an entire anthology of new short stories in the works, with contributions from incredible authors such as Kady Cross, Leanna Renee Hieber, Tiffany Trent, Tracy Hickman…and so many more! This anthology, the Ministry Protocol, will launch alongside the role playing game I’m writing, the Ministry Initiative, in a month-long Kickstarter event beginning on May 15th. Supporters of the Kickstarter will have access to unique rewards and fun insight into the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.
As a little pre-game to the big events, I’m doing a giveaway right here, right now. Enter to win your choice of an ecopy of one my steampunk short stories: Evie’s Gift or A Swan in Siam. Hope you enjoy!
Grab your goggles, pull your corset strings tight, and get ready for one heck of an adventure in the coming months. 😉
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