1. Who are you?
The primary user of this account is Ross Leiser, the Founder and Director here at Outlandish Adventure Productions, but there's more! (cont.
We also have an awesome graphic designer: @freeners, as well as a good friend of mine named Ted Bowman, who doesn't have a Twitter for me to link, but just joined the OAP design team.
We're just a group of nerds with weird senses of humor and a love of odd mechanics.
When OAP was founded, we were located in Wilmington, Delaware, US. But, as of January, we've moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
We started with the Sculptor, pictured a couple tweets above, and we've been creating ever since!
Well, we've only really worked on #dnd5e, but that'd probably be our favorite regardless!
...And that gets us all caught up! I'm looking forward to continuing tomorrow! If you want any more info on anything, we'd love to hear from you!
In the base game, I find the advantage/disadvantage system in #dnd5e to be particularly well-designed. Speaking of an OAP mechanic, I love the Odic's spellcasting system; it was so hard to get right, but so satisfying when we finally got it working.
- Come up with a crazy idea for a mechanic
- Decide if it belongs on a race, class, subclass, magic item, or spell
- Iterate on concepts for the option
- Write out mechanics
- Post on reddit.com/r/OutlandishAd… for feedback
- Realize it sucks
Oops, just realized I did that as number 8. Then let's describe routine here:
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast while thinking about D&D
- Work on OAP stuff (design, social media, and networking)
- Eat lunch
- Part-time job to pay bills
- Decompress while thinking about D&D
- Shower while thinking about D&D
- Read before bed
- Go to sleep, dreaming about D&D
For class and archetype designs, I've been heavily inspired by Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman, Anne McCaffrey, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Patricia Briggs, Seanan McGuire, Faith Hunter, and a number of other amazing fantasy authors.
I also find inspiration in TV shows and movies. I mean, the Elementalist is basically ripped straight from Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra. We never would have made the Odic without Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid and the Vikings TV show.
And while the Emergent was actually inspired by our wanting to make a super unique pet class, we realized after revealing it for the first time how similar it is to Stands from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I'm just so inspired by all the creativity in the world.
14. What are yer Dreams & Plans
My dream is to elevate OAP to a sustainable business that I can maintain as a full-time position. My plan to accomplish it includes collaborations, Patreon, and YouTube.
Most of OAP's initial design process is in private, but we switch to a more public model as we continue to design, posting drafts on our Subreddit (reddit.com/r/OutlandishAd…) for feedback, which we then use for future drafts.
We all love reviews and preview critiques. My personal favorite, though, has to be when people tell us about a character they made using our stuff, and how much fun they've been having with it!
fell in love with #dnd5e in the first place with their unbridled enthusiasm and fresh ideas. There are a number of other authors and people I could list; I singled out Kevin Hearne in particular because I just finished the final Iron Druid book last night.