Derby Drama

Created by Libby Horacek

A tabletop role-playing game about the drama and excitement of skating in a roller derby bout.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Orders lock soon! Plus update on progress
5 days ago – Thu, Aug 06, 2020 at 07:46:28 PM

In a couple days, I'll lock orders so that I can get the complete list of names for the layout of the book. There are still 26 backers outstanding - your name will not be in the zine unless you complete the survey this week! If you haven't completed it because you don't have money for shipping, you can reduce your reward to a lower level on BackerKit, or contact me for other options. I know y'all pledged pre-COVID and I don't want this game to be any hardship!

When it comes to progress - I've bought and packaged all the dice and completed half of the stress tokens!

A big pile of packaged dice and tokens!

I've also started laminating all the scoreboards. The scoreboards fold in half for easy storage with your zines.

I'm working on the layouts now. Liz Pavlovic is no longer doing the layout for Holler Derby, due to COVID-delay-related scheduling problems, but she is making an illustration for the zine!

As always, thank you all, and let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns! <3

Backer surveys, editing and playtests, stress tokens
17 days ago – Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 05:01:49 PM

Hi everyone, things are starting to come together! The rules and settings are almost finished, I've started working on layout, and I've ordered all the dice and reusable scorecards. Still plenty to do, but also lots of progress made!

Backer surveys

There are still 33 people who haven't completed their surveys. If you haven't completed your survey by August 1, your name won't be listed in the book, so please complete it!

Here's a preview of what a page of the Thank You section might end up looking like:

If you want your name to appear under the "Skaters", "Officials", or "Volunteers" sections, please note that in your survey answer. You can edit your survey any time by using the link from the BackerKit email. 

Editing and playtests

I'm really excited to be working with Noella Handley of Wildhawk Editing on this project! They've been a hugely helpful feedback, including an incredibly useful editorial playtest.

The rules are now in the proofreading stage but I'm running just a few more playtests to test out a couple tweaks. These playtests will be next weekend in Gen Con's First Exposure Playtest Hall.

Stress tokens

I'm still working on making all the stress tokens! I knew it was going to be a large undertaking, but I definitely underestimated it. I think I've made about a thousand tokens, so I'm around half done. They are very handmade. Here's a look at my work space and progress with these things, if you're curious.

A - The finished tokens, in separate bags by color

B - Tokens that have been cast but still need edges cleaned up

C - Mica for the gold bolts. I've switched from white resin to resin tinted with mica so I don't have to use primer or as much gold paint.

D - Ice Resin tint. I love these colors!

E - One of my old silicone molds, made using Smooth-On Mold Star silicone. I'm retiring this one because chunks around the corners of the bolts have been torn out.

F - Setting up to create my next mold. Unfortunately I've lost some of the original bolt charms so I'm making copies from copies now.

G - The resin I currently use is Smooth-On Smooth Cast 326, which is a translucent resin that cures in about an hour.

H - My earliest casts, from March. They're kinda stubby because I wasn't good at getting the resin to fill the corners of the mold.

I - When I started casting again in June, the results were very weird. The plastic was almost opaque and kinda... foamy?? I thought the resin had gone off, so I called the wonderful folks at The Compleat Sculptor for advice. They said that it was the heat and humidity! I was originally using a very quick-curing resin, so I decided to try a longer-curing resin.

J - Here's what the casts look like now that I'm using the longer-curing resin. So much better! I'm also using a little less tint since that seems to improve the curing process.

K - Originally I was using white resin for the gold bolts. I used white plastic primer, then spray painted a thick coat of gold. It was a pain and took forever.

L - Now I'm using mica in the resin for the gold bolts, so they're already gold. However, they aren't shiny. So I'm still spraying with a coat of gold paint afterward.

Sending surveys today! And preorder store!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Jul 03, 2020 at 07:21:18 PM

Hi everyone, I sent out the "smoke test" survey to a small percentage of backers yesterday to make sure that the survey isn't too confusing or broken. It worked well - thank you to the folks who have already filled it out! - and today I'm going to send the remaining surveys! Please let me know if you have any questions at all about the surveys. 

In addition, the preorder store is now open! If you know anyone who missed the Kickstarter but wants the game, please send them the link! The preorder store also has the beautiful stickers designed by Ickypatchi exclusively for Derby Drama. Backers will get one free sticker or you can purchase the full set as an add-on.

Thanks again for your support! Can't wait to get all you lovely folks' names and put them in the zine!

Updated timeline plus surveys
about 1 month ago – Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 05:55:27 AM

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Video from single-player playtest & sticker art preview
about 2 months ago – Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 09:17:42 PM

I've put a video of my single-player run-through of the game up on YouTube! I had a lot of fun working on the stream, so I'm going to keep doing these on my Twitch channel, at least each Wednesday. I'm probably going to work on art and layout mostly, but I might try another multiplayer playtest now that I'm getting more comfortable with streaming.

I also commissioned some sticker art from Gum and the early sketches are looking so good!!

I can't wait to share the final product with y'all!