This is just a brief note on the world building and setting of Coyote & Crow. The setting is built around an alternate history, one that deviated from our own real world history around the year 1400CE. From there, everything changed after a massive climate disaster. The core game focuses its storytelling lens on the people indigenous to North America and includes short descriptions of the alternate fates of the people of MesoAmerica, South America and the Caribbean Islands. Our hope is to expand out the story of those people in future tomes with writers from those areas and have them use our core book as a launching pad for telling their own alternate stories.
What we, the writers, don’t talk about is what happened to everyone else in the world. Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, none of those places features in this book. There are “in world” reasons for this that the people of our fictional Americas speculate on and you’re welcome to explore the fates of those other places as you play the game. But there are also two practical reasons for leaving them out in terms of our game creation.
First, as mentioned above, we didn’t even have enough space to be able to talk about all of the people and places in the Americas that we wanted to, let alone the rest of the world. The book is already coming in a 450 pages and I can tell you honestly, that I’m fighting every day to keep my writers from wanting to include even more content. Rarely does a day go by where I don’t say to someone, “That’s a great idea but we don’t have room in the core book. Let’s save it for an expansion.” I think. in our digital age, it’s easy for us to forget how vast North America actually is. Our core book focuses on a single city, Cahokia, because trying to fill out everything on this continent just couldn’t be done in a single book, any more than a single history book can properly capture all of history. We can, and hopefully will, create a vast collection of books that never even have to leave this continent, full of rich history, mythology and storytelling potential. And we’ll also hopefully bring you books centered around MesoAmerica, South America and the Caribbean.
But the other reason we don’t include descriptions of the history or people of the other continents in Coyote & Crow is more important. It’s not their story.
Let me say that again.
It’s not their story.
It’s really as simple as that.Coyote And Crow News ||
Mooway! (That’s Chahi for Hello!)
We’re announcing our first official Coyote & Crow public appearance for GenCon Pop-Up 2021! This event comes with a lot of stipulations and important caveats, so please read carefully!
- Who: Anyone with a GenCon Pop-Up Badge
- What: Anyone who wants to meet me (Connor Alexander), Derek Pounds (one of our writers), wants to buy some limited edition art prints, or play in a limited seating new adventure from Derek Pounds.
- Where: Meeples Games in (West) Seattle ( www.meeplesgames.com, 3727 California Ave SW #2b, Seattle, WA 98116)
- When: Saturday, September 18 from 12pm-7pm (The booth will be there the whole time, but Derek’s adventure will run from 1pm until it finishes)
Let’s talk about dice. Less about the mechanical use of them in Coyote & Crow and more about the physical objects. Specifically, I want to talk about accessibility, availability, prices, and our company goals. This is a bit of a deep dive so content warning for deep level nerdery.(more…) Coyote And Crow News || Tags: coyote, coyote & crow, coyote and crow, crow, d12, dice, indian, indigenous, indigenous futurism, indigipunk, native american
It’s been a busy month! I hope you’re all well, safe, and vaccinated. There are a ton of things going on over here at Coyote & Crow. Let’s jump into news about the core rule book development first, then we’ll talk about other C&C products, drop a big announcement, and lastly get into some details on Gifts and Burdens, my favorite game mechanic within Coyote & Crow.(more…) Coyote And Crow News ||
We’re marching ever forward, folks. Let’s jump right into all of the news.(more…) Coyote And Crow News ||
Things are moving at a break neck pace, folks. There’s so much happening that it’s hard for me to summarize it all while also conveying how cool and exciting each of these things is. So, I’m splitting this up into two parts really. We’ll talk about the where we’re at with production of everything related to the Kickstarter and other upcoming news. Then we’ll jump in to more game development discussion.
But first! A quick note! We’ve locked down current orders. Don’t worry, you can still pre-order or make late pledges through BackerKit and we haven’t locked down addresses yet. We’ll do that much later. So if you’re moving or not sure yet where you need your personal book shipped to, you have plenty of time. Also, please fill out your surveys if you haven’t yet. There are still around 1500 of you out there. Don’t make me wag my finger.(more…) Coyote And Crow News ||
Hey folks! This is going to be an ongoing post where I’ll list currently available opportunities to work with the Coyote & Crow team and help us publish great games and content. A few things I want to cover right out of the gate that are relevant to all current and future positions:
- Native Americans/First Nations folks of all experience levels are encouraged to apply for any/all positions they feel they’re qualified for.
- Non-Natives are welcome to apply for any positions that aren’t called out as Native only positions.
- We pay at least competitive rates for the hobby game industry and we strive to pay better than the average.
- All positions are short term contract positions (for now).
- All positions are remote/work from home.
- Please pay close attention to the application process (ignoring it will move you to the bottom of the list).
- We prefer folks working within the United States but will consider applicants outside of the US.
This weekend has seen some big stuff go down. Our surveys are going out. I’ve finally said goodbye to my day job, which was a tremendous shift for me. And in terms of Coyote & Crow, I’m finally dialing in what we’re internally referring to as the third draft of the game. Next is going to be a round of play testing and fine tuning of rules, some re-writes and minor additions, and the start of a whole lot of art direction.(more…) Coyote And Crow News ||
Hey folks, this post will be an ongoing list of places where Coyote and Crow is mentioned in some form other in media. From just a nod, to an interview, review, podcast, whatever. Basically, any place you can learn more about our game and our team outside of Coyote and Crow’s own channels. We’ll work to update this continuously as more media comes in!
If you are a writer/reviewer/media outlet and would like to do something with Coyote and Crow, please contact us through this site.(more…) Coyote And Crow News || Tags: coyote, coyote & crow, coyote and crow, crow, first nations, game, indian, indigenous, native, native american, role playing, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, ttrpg
So many updates for you. First off, if you haven’t heard by now, Coyote and Crow is Live On Kickstarter MARCH 2nd! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/connoralexander/coyote-and-crow/ Please sign up there for notifications and/or for our newsletter HERE.
We’re also going to have a separate post that will detail all of the places you can read or hear more about the game through other sources (podcasts, interviews, etc). We’ll update that post with new links as they become available.(more…) Coyote And Crow News || Tags: connor alexander, first nations, gaming, indigneous, native, native american, role playing, rpg, tabletop, ttrpg