In about 11 weeks (since April 15th) I finished the rough of the Manuscript for a new Role-playing game called Oubliette. It’s a gothic/horror/fantasy style game that I’ve affectionately termed “Nightwish the RPG.” Designed around a single, gargantuan castle, the game world is a dumping ground for everything and anything forgotten.
There was once a magnificent castle in medieval Francia. It was miles wide and contained treasures so valuable they were legendary amongst people as far away as the Mongols. Rumor had it that the castle was the home of an ancient pagan god who sat on a throne of electrum and diamonds. The castle’s name was only ever spoken in reverence. But so deep was the mystery surrounding the great castle, that people dismissed it as pure myth, and nothing more. Eventually, it disappeared.
In reality, the castle had been just as interesting. Many powerful men from all over the world came to visit it. It was a nexus for the esoteric arts, where anyone could learn anything for the right price. Its lord was a shrouded figure no one ever actually saw, but who ruled with a cunning but strict hand. Eventually, at the height of the castle’s power, it simply vanished.
An oubliette is a forgetting. It is the place things go when they are lost or discarded. This forgotten castle is Oubliette. It is the home of lost men, forgotten powers, and forbidden magic.
This world is a dangerous one, filled with pain, sorrow and loss. It is not for the faint-hearted. But among the disenfranchised masses, there are those who have not lost hope. They are motivated, passionate, strong, and powerful individuals willing to fight for their beliefs and their survival. These are the heroes and heroines of this world.
Welcome to Oubliette.
-introduction copyright Joe Bush 2008
Obviously the next step is to have the manuscript edited thoroughly. While that’s happening, I’ll be working up the art assets that will go into the final comp. Then I’ll edit everything again, just to be sure. Then, its dealing with the printer and getting it proofed. At that point (some time real soon, hopefully) You’ll be able to buy the book online. Where I get the money for publishing is anyone’s guess at this point.