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Seeing as I'm no longer operating under a working title bushel and we have these shiny new forum sub-divisions, I thought I might as well start a new thread about AEON here. For those of you who don't know, AEON is a mechanical reproduction of the ancestor of the games we all love so much in these parts. The reason I'm not referring to it by name is because, like the many retro-clones written for "the world's most popular roleplaying game", AEON is OGL-based and uses the SRD for MRQ1 as a (remote) basis. When I say "mechanical reproduction", that's exactly what AEON does - it reproduces the game play of the old D100 games, not the details of the setting. A great deal of effort has gone into cleaning up the rules to iron out any irregularities or inconsistencies, but - honestly, there are not that many. The first document will be the D100II SRD. This is an editable document, based on the text of the three MRQ1 SRDs. This will be a complete document, containing all the rules necessary for play of, for example, the classic reprints made available again in PDF format on DTRPG. This will also serve as a playtest document for the pretty versions to follow, and it will be available from the BRP Central Downloads area when it's done. The D100II SRD is almost ready. I expected to be further along, but you know how it is - 90% done, 80% to go. Then it's on to the fun of layout and artwork (following up some leads there already) for the actual books, and ... the website, for someone who has no idea what websites even involve ...
Work on AEON Quickstart is going as fast as it possibly can, though in all honesty I think Christmas (2011!) is going to be a tough deadline to meet. To update you on what the Qickstart edition includes: basic character generation, game mechanics, skills and combat - basically, the sort of things players might need to have on hand when sitting around the game table. AEON Quickstart will not have rules on background and previous experience, magic, creatures or treasure; what you might term as 'referee rules'. Nor will there be any interior art, although Ganbat's beautiful cover will be there in black & white. As AEON is not an OGL game, the Quickstart rules do not represent a System Reference Document. However, a copy of the AEON Logo Licence agreement will be included in the back of the book. This is a free licence and extremely easy to use, and it should not put anyone off creating 3rd party supplements for the AEON system. AEON Quickstart will be available in digest-size (5.5 x 8.5") PDF and POD format from the OneBookShelf websites (DriveThruRPG, RPGNow). Oh, and keep an eye out for the updated D100II SRD v1.2, which will be up in the Downloads section by Christmas!