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Only Mostly Dead

Well, that went by quickly.

It's been a couple of very challenging months here. I've been able to dive into TA sporadically. But it's not uncommon at this point for my work hours to be 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later. So time has been at a premium the last few months.

Here's a brief update to remind everybody that I am still, in fact, working on this.


  • I did not make it. I was on a plane with my 7-year-old and 5-year-old to fly them to the grandparents. I was optimistic that this would free up some time for the book but it didn't work out that way.

As far as the book, here's where it stands.

The Good

  • I'm about a third of the way through re-writing the monsters. The new format works fairly well for me and exists in some strange place in between DCC RPG, 13th Age, and Dungeon World.
  • As part of the Monsters section, I'm working on the Advanced Rule Options as well. This where the infamous "cleavage rule" joins us. The primary reason for working on them together is that some of the monsters have interesting things to do when combined with some of the AROs. And don't worry, the AROs are pretty limited in scope. And all entirely optional.

The Bad

  • I'm just slammed at the day job right now. So I'm forced to work on TA in short increments -- 30 minutes here, 15 minutes there. You get the picture. It's not progressing along at all like I'd planned. I was hoping that the Monsters section would be done (or approaching done) by now.

The Ugly

  • Not much ugly to report this time around.


  1. Hi Scott,

    Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying reading TA so far (having now picked up a hardback copy). It's certainly going to be something I run but will probably wait for the other two books before I do. Excellent stuff and keep up the good work. I hope you get some quality time soon to focus on taking it forward.

  2. Are there any TA character sheets and/or Zero level TA character sheets available anywhere? I have the TA PDF from Drive Thru RPG, but when I attempt to print out the character sheet from there it comes out pixelated??? Though I can see it fine in the PDF, any help would be appreciated, thanks!

    Hoping to run a TA funnel soon!

  3. Hi Mighty Eroc.

    I'm sorry that the PDF character sheet is coming out blurry.

    Here's a link to another version of that character sheet. I hope it's better...

    If not, here's another character sheet I found out on the internet. It's by a Penny Arcade user named Orikashigitae. It's awesome. In some ways, I prefer it to the original.

    Please let me know if you're having trouble with those links.


    1. Those are great! I'll let you know how it plays out against Dr. Frankenstein.


    2. Barring my own mess-ups! Our first adventure was a hit! Note: don't let zero levels fill out the mad-lib until after they survive....
      We only had one death, poor Dr. Victor Acula sacrificed himself so the other players could escape the mountain. You can see more at
      Great game can't wait for more! Ordered the softcover as well!

  4. Scott, may we have Update: the Updatening?

  5. Lol.

    I'll try to put one together over the next few days.

  6. Did you have plans to do a GM screen?


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