I notice I haven’t blogged here in A Very Long Time. So, a quick note about what I’ve been up to recently.
In editing and proofreading work, I’ve worked on a few Warhammer rpg products: the Enemy Within campaign book and its Companion, and a couple of the Ubersreik mini-adventures. I’ve also edited a couple of short products for Liminal, the modern-fantasy-in-Britain rpg from Wordplay Games.
And, of course, I was proofreading the second edition of The One Ring, the official Middle-earth rpg. That was in the final stretch when licensing difficulties led to the project, and the line, being cancelled. A bit of a blow, not least because I was looking forward to using the book myself. (And, let’s be honest, if there’s any project a fantasy nerd wants their name in the credits for…) It did rekindle my interest in the game line though, so I’ve been acquiring books before they went away and hope to run it locally.
Because the pipeline takes a while to go from text to finished book, I just saw that one of the John Carter setting era books I proofread is now out. I think that’s the one that made me think of a Firefly-style (or Star Trek, Blake’s 7, etc) campaign zooming around the skies of Mars…
Went to Dragonmeet in London at the end of November. Of course the railway network saw me coming and laid on maximum disruption for that day (as well as freezing weather). So I arrived late and frazzled, but eventually rebooted and enjoyed meeting up with friends from the wild world of gamery.
In terms of any future releases from Silver Branch itself – I don’t have anything new planned. Nothing has caught my interest in a while, and that’s partly due to general life stuff eroding my energy (gradually improving). I did throw out a couple of small pdf things last year, and more of that might happen.
The one thing that is conspicuously still sitting there waiting for me is the GM’s book/otherworld book for Albion. That has also been waiting (in partial notes form) for A Very Long Time, as a thing that tells people outside my head important stuff about the vision of the game world. I think this year is the time to either do it or let it go… I nearly jumped into it over Christmas, but lurgy etc. Would be open to friendly prodding about more Albion stuff…
I also realised that Jaws of the Six Serpents was ten years old last year. By the gods! Maybe I should have done some sort of barbarian party.
As a gaming-related update, I’ll also record the closure of my friendly local game store, Chimera, in October. Located 15 mins walk from my house, it made important things really frickin’ easy during a period of variable mental resources, meaning that I got to play and run games more than ever before (and get out of the house etc). So another toast to Andy and Heather and the Chimera community. And part of my new year quasiresolutional substrate is to keep those connections and build new ones.
Happy new year!