Thanks to Games From Folktales

Timothy Ferguson, an inspiration and great help to me with my writing, has kindly posted about this blog over at Games from Folktales. Given that “My Life as a Grog” was inspired by his own blog, it’s much appreciated.

Therefore in a blatant attempt at self-reciprocating back-scratching, I’d strongly suggest you check out his blog in kind to see where I’m headed with this (and then of course come back here and keep reading!)

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The Cradle and the Crescent – now in PDF!

Newsflash just today on the Atlas Games website – my first ArM5 supplement, The Cradle and the Crescent is now available for download as a PDF from e23 (the digital store for Warehouse 23)!

I’m very excited by this for two reasons.

Firstly it means the first print run has sold out – as an author that’s particularly gratifying that people like your work and that your ideas are truly “out there in the wild”. Second and perhaps more practically relevant, it means that I can store the book on my laptop in future, which means less lugging hardcovers around and makes it much easier to research for future writing projects (a process I’ll discuss at a later date hopefully).

At 192 pages, that works out to less than 10c per page, amazing value IMO, but I’m possibly biased.  If that doesn’t sell you, check out the free preview of the ToC and part of the Introduction & Sagas chapter and/or head over to my comments on the writing process and further concepts and ideas cut from the final draft.

Return to the Sands – Revisiting the Levant Tribunal in ArM5

Blood & SandI’ve just added some material here under the likely-to-be-ever-growing Mythic Levant section. It’s a collection of ArM5 conversion notes and additional material for Niall Christie’s ArM4 supplement Blood and Sand: the Levant Tribunal, which is one of my favourite Ars books of all time.

With the advent of The Cradle and the Crescent, there now exist updated rules for sahir, the Jinn  and other Middle Eastern concepts that need addressing.

I hereby beg forgiveness from Niall for “getting out the red pen” and striking though much of his creation in my attempt to update this “classic”!

The Other Republics…

It always irritates me how much attention Venice gets. Sure, it’s a fascinating city with an intriguing past and an influence beyond what its humble origins would suggest, but it’s not necessarily the only option when it comes to an urban port setting. Even if it is admittedly the obvious first choice of many, the Serenissima does not appeal to me greatly.

Call it sour grapes if you like, but I think that the other Maritime Republics (Genoa, Pisa and to a lesser extent perhaps Amalfi, Getae and Lucca) deserve more of a mention and can provide equal, if not greater, potential for stories.

I particularly like Genoa as an alternative to Venice – its a theme I intend to expand upon more on in the weeks to come on this site and hopefully in published form.

Woodcut from Hartmann Schedel’s Weltchronik (Nürnberg 1493), fol. lviii verso
(Wikimedia Commons)