Wear & Tear is Now Available!

By | October 4, 2014

Hello and happy October!

I am thrilled to announce that Room 209 Gaming’s first published product, Wear & Tear: Item Maintenance for any Roleplaying Game is now available exclusively at DriveThruRPG!

This product is designed to be used with a variety of systems, and is intended to help players and GMs alike turn item maintenance into a fun and sometimes-unpredictable game.  Get breathed on by a dragon?  Perhaps your equipment now reeks of brimstone!  Or maybe that ancient sword you picked up at the bottom of a dungeon only has one more fight left in it.  If you’re clever, you might even leave gear that’s decayed too much for your enemies to find and try to wield, knowing you’ll have an easier time fighting them as a result.

Ray Watters, the writer of this product, was inspired by a thread on Reddit to resurrect an old idea he’d had for equipment maintenance and decay.  We initially discussed it in terms of Forthright Open Roleplay, but didn’t feel like it would be a good fit for that core rulebook.  We still loved the idea, though, so Ray wrote up his ideas as a plugin for any game that you might want to use them with.  We’ve hammered and reshaped these rules until we felt they were very clear and easy-to-use.

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Juan Carlos Ochoa, who illustrated the lovely piece on the cover, and to Sarah Perry-Shipp, who assisted with editing and layout.  Our cover design was inspired by old-school module covers, with their half-page illustrations and writeups on the cover, but with a modern twist.

Two things I’m especially proud of with this product are the licensing and the mobile support:

  • Creative Commons Licensing:  Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which means other creators can take these ideas and run with them, incorporating them into their own systems or expanding them further by adding new ideas to the tables already available in Wear & Tear.  We have always been supporters of the idea that the rules must be free to evolve, and Creative Commons is, we feel, the best way to accomplish that goal.
  • Separate Desktop and Mobile PDFs:  A download of Wear & Tear will give you both a four-page, two-column PDF of the rules for desktop printing, and a 12-page, single-column version for ease of use on your mobile platform of choice.  We’re committed to supporting both users who want to print our products and users who want to use our products on tablets or other such devices, and our goal is to make it as easy as we can for everybody to get what they want.

Please check out our first product and let us know what you think!  It’s Pay What You Want, so you can try before you buy.  And if it turns out you like it, we appreciate your support!