Dudes of Legend: How to Be Fucking Awesome

I tread fairly light on my day job here. There are a lot of reasons… mostly, I don’t want to focus as much on the business side of gaming here. I want to talk theory1 and love and mad ideas.

Dudes of Legend changes that. Because this is a product that’s entirely made out of our love and mad ideas. Or possibly our love and bad ideas.

Dudes of Legend: How to be Fucking Awesome

Dudes of Legend: How to be Fucking Awesome

Back when White Wolf did our Monday Meetings2, we had this running joke. See, we had a product that was really hard to name, and Mike Chaney suggested we call it “Dudes of Legend.” Afterwards, he suggested that name for every untitled book.

When we were talking about what to do for April Fools, somebody cracked the joke again. And then somebody said “Mike Chaney’s World of Darkness.” And that brought back reminiscing about Mike’s previous joke product, Street Fighter: Contenders, and how derangedly awesome that was.3

And we were all like, “yeah, people4 totally played the World of Darkness like that, too. Why the hell don’t we ever do anything for them?”

Eddy’s a voice of both sanity and silliness, so he put his foot down. He was all “Okay, I’ll do your book of robots, strippers, and bears, but I’m going to do it proper. With a real author, and, like, real rules.”

Eddy had to present it to management. Even with our management 5, that must have been awkward.6

So Eddy took the project to Chuck “Beardmonger” Wendig, who’s pretty much the definitive World of Darkness writer. And his conditions were stuff like “it has to reference Parker Lewis” and “you guys are comping the pterodactyls.” But we could tell he was digging it.

And then this… thing… showed up. This lunatic rant of a sourcebook that’s everything we always wanted to say but never had the words. Like a Lady Gaga video of a World of Darkness supplement. Like, a supplement you could probably stat every Lady Gaga video with. Not to mention Ziggy Stardust. And Dar the Beastmaster. And then they could meet your vampires and play house.

My involvement in this one was very light, but it’s perhaps the biggest “fuck yeah” of my tenure at White Wolf. It says something about all of us who picked up this dark little game in the nineties and stared deep into our own souls and then rocked the hell out.

If you want to know who the current generation of people working the World of Darkness are, there is no finer $0.697 you can spend.

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  1. Oh, Jesus, did I say theory? Are you going to abandon me now?
  2. We replaced them with daily “standups,” if our business processes really interest you. In which case, SCRUM! SCRUM FOR THE SCRUM GOD!
  3. Shut up. It was.
  4. Us
  5. Aaron “The Voss Man” Voss and Rich “Admiral Kirk” Thomas
  6. Or maybe they were just glad we weren’t going to send back perfectly good art with notes that said “not enough wang” like last year.
  7. 88 Icelandic Krona

6 Responses to “Dudes of Legend: How to Be Fucking Awesome”

  1. Eddy

    I have never been more terrified than when I had to send the first draft to Aaron and Rich to review. I was sure I was going to be told that we went too far. But when Rich said “You have to sell this for 69 cents,” I knew it was going to be legendary. With dudes.

  2. Kelley

    I love your footnotes. And this entry made me laugh out loud. A wonderful and so truthful read.

  3. Chuck

    I’m making a note here: “Huge penis.”

    No, wait, that can’t be right.

    Success! Yes. “Success.”

    — c.

  4. Redford Blade

    Absolutely wonderful. This is the supplement that will get my group playing NWoD.

    By the way, I don’t suppose you could tell us what product started the “Dudes of Legend” gag? My first thought was Exalted, but I might be thinking too recently.

  5. Eddy Webb

    I’m going to work on a Dudes of Legend postmortem here soon, but it wasn’t any particular product.

  6. Röma

    … a cookie made of epic win to you good sir!

    Unicorns with Streetwise (Gang Signs) made me almost piss myself.

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