Last week I started visiting various 7th Sea fan sites, forums, subreddits, and forums. I signed up and started chatting with fans, doing my best to start engaging with the community and hearing some of their hopes and dreams. Hopefully, I’ve been very clear that I’m just an Assistant Developer and I’m not making any promises. Still, I’ve been baffled by the amount of conjecture and misinformation out there.
Disclaimer: I’m just an Assistant Developer and everything I’m saying here is from my personal perspective. Like any team project things could (and likely will) change. Don’t take any of this as Truth™.
Let me start with the weirdest one.
There is no dice.
Not true. Not even for a minute. The game has had dice from the moment we started writing.
John Wick is completely changing sword schools into abominations.
Sword Schools are changing, but I hardly think they are abominations. Because we’re updating the core system, the sword schools had to change to keep up. Two of the cool things about the new system is: 1) being a swordsman is a lot cheaper than 1st edition, and 2) anyone can jump into a duel, not just swordsmen.
John Wick is completely re-writing all of the countries.
John is not re-writing all the countries. We’re using text from the original game plus new text. Some of the Nations are exactly the same while others are undergoing minor changes. Castille, for example, always felt more like Mexico than Spain, and John is re-writing it to make it feel more like the country that inspired it.
It’s just John Wick writing all of it.
Nope. Michael Curry and I have written since the start and we have many others giving advice. In fact, John is mostly doing Lore work while Mike hammers away at the Mechanics and I fill in blanks.
The new game will be compatible with the old game.
Nope, sorry. John has compared what we’ve done to the Battlestar Galactica version of game design. All the old characters are still there, the premise is the same, the world seems familiar, but a lot is being updated and changed. That said, John has tried to find a way to release some of the old books. Unfortunately, all the original art is gone, which creates a technical problem with reprints. I personally hope it’s something we might be able to pull off.
[Non-English Word] is spelled wrong! Fix it!
We’re consulting with native speakers to “fix” all the strange American versions of native languages.
The new combat system so does not accurately portray combat.
The 1st Edition system didn’t do that, either. We’re more interested in combat being dramatic than accurate.
WHERE THE [expletive deleted] IS AMERICA?!
In the New World sourcebook.
Yeah. There are plans to do a bunch of other continents too. Theah isn’t the center of the world, people.
The Sarmatian Commonwealth is the new Vendel.
What? No. Not even close. The Sarmatian Commonwealth is the first true democracy in Theah. Golden Liberty, people!
Will this Sarmatian Commonwealth actually add anything to the game?
Yes! Golden Liberty! Also, an entire new region to explore and fall in love with. And a new sorcery. And new Hero creation options, new Advantages and other stuff. It’s a full new Nation.
If they’re adding a new Nation it should be [Real World Nation].
Personally, I’m really pushing for us to ditch the thinly veiled analogy to the real world and make Theah a unique setting. But rest assured some other real world nations are being used as inspiration in other places. (John keeps telling me history is a compass, not a map.)
What makes [Real World Nation] stand out so much it deserves to be added as its own nation, while others which arguably had more of an impact on History have to be subsumed into the nations that already exist?
Why does anything get added to anything? We had an idea for it. European History is not the yardstick we’re measuring Thean history with. We respect and appreciate the contributions of other nations to the world we live in, but Theah isn’t Europe and the sooner we stop treating it like it is the quicker we can all start having fun with it.
Kickstarter?! Why would John purchase 7th Sea if he didn’t have the funds to invest in it?
In hopes that he could raise the funds and actually do something with the brand. John isn’t a millionaire. Turns out winning a few RPG Awards doesn’t give you a Brinks Truck.
The [Place] equivalent was going to be called something like [Crazy Name] or something like that.
You’re most likely wrong. Sorry.
John is trying justify a slew of 7th Sea 2.0 books.
We plan on doing a slew of new 7th Sea books, yeah. That’s why John bought the rights back. Is this a bad thing?
I have other things I’ve heard or want to know about!
Ask me in the comments here. I might be able to answer. Or wait for the Kickstarter. I’m sure all your questions will be answered sooner than you think. 😉