I am not sure of the correct sentiment or words exactly, but I have officially tendered my resignation from Special Operations: Killzone (how does one “resign” from something so wondrously unofficial?). Still. There it is.
Please be assured, the KZ dynamic will continue to thrive over at The Codex Project, and Big Jim has already made several announcements with regard to his forthcoming supplemental works in progress: Killzone Evolution, Evo, Killzone Forlorn Hope, and some more. All of this is tremendously exciting. On top of all this, I suspect there will be some modest revisions to accompany the looming release of 6th edition.
It is, admittedly, with an unfamiliar sense of ambivalence that I now depart from a project into which I have placed so very, very, very much time and such extraordinary sums of energy …but it seems the best path. I am tremendously proud of the refined and professional standard of this fan-based gaming supplement, and I am particularly proud of the game’s showing at AdeptiCon these last two years. The tables were a grand labor of love, but the game itself has really blossomed in ways that I would not have imagined possible just over two years ago when this began.
And for this last year in particular (15 months at least), Joe and Vlad deserve tremendous applause for taking a rough but compelling game and making it function in ways that very few fan supplements ever can/do (thinking on it now, actually, I cannot think of another to rival killzone). I believe those fine fellows will still be making contributions to Killzone in their own particular idiom, and that is, in my opinion, a very good thing for the game.
As mentioned, Big Jim will carry on with these projects, and he has been quite sporting about all of this. Alas. I must be the Ringo to Big Jim’s John. The game has grown and is growing in some wild new directions, and my contributions have taken the entire affair away from the concept that Big Jim initially envisioned with his project. So, as the game’s originator and spiritual core, Jim needs to be able to reassert his presence and to shape the game according to his specific vision. I am genuinely looking forward to see what he and his team produce down the road. There is a lot going on, to be sure.
Perhaps more importantly from my specific point of view, the entire experience has given me generous servings of confidence with which I intend to spread my wings a bit. If I may mix my metaphors further, I might offer that I already have two immense irons in very different fires indeed.
More on those in future posts, coming soon.
Until then, so long Killzone!!! …and thanks for all the fish!
To celebrate, I leave you with a modest collection of my favorite images from these last two years.