My Complete and Utter GURPS Bibliography

September 1, 2015 2 comments

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When I left Games Workshop in 1990, Steve Jackson Games was one of the first companies I approached for freelance work. I was attracted to GURPS because of the large number of settings it supported, especially in my favorite area of historical fantasy. Since I had studied Viking archaeology at college, the first proposal I sent their way was for GURPS Vikings. It got a very positive response, and led to more work in the same vein. A few rules additions from my sourcebooks also ended up in the core rules. Here’s the list:

Products
GURPS Low-Tech (2011) – contributing author
GURPS Crusades (2010) – co-author
GURPS Faerie (2003) – author
GURPS Vikings, Second Edition (2002) – author
GURPS Middle Ages 1, Second edition (2002) – author
GURPS Best of Pyramid Magazine 2 (2002) – contributing author
GURPS Best of Pyramid Magazine 1 (2001) – contributing author
GURPS Compendium II (2000) – contributing author
GURPS Compendium I (1999) – contributing author
GURPS Middle Ages 1 (1992) – author
GURPS Vikings (1991) – author

Articles
“The Nock Volley Gun,” Pyramid #3/57, July 2013
“The Puckle Gun,” Pyramid #3/52, February 2013
“The Air Loom.” Pyramid #3/32, July 2011
“Templars: The Fighting Priests.” Pyramid #3/19, May 2010
“Mummy Amulets.” Pyramid #3/17, March 2010
“The Vikings in the Atlantic.” Pyramid #3/16, February 2010
“Solomon Kane,” Shadis #40, Sept 1996
“Nastassia’s Wedding,” Pyramid #19, May/June 1996 – available free online: click here
“Terra Incognita: The Ghost Ship,” Pyramid #12, Mar/Apr 1995
“Lady Mijiko’s Holiday,” Pyramid #14, Jul/Aug 1995 – available free online: click here
“Trespasser’s Isle,” Pyramid #16, Nov/Dec 1995 – available free online: click here
“Black Dogs, Church Grims and Hell Hounds,” Roleplayer #30, 1992
“Norse Trolls,” Roleplayer #24, 1991

Other Bibliography Posts

My Complete and Utter Warhammer Bibliography (Warhammer, WFRP, HeroQuest, AHQ)

My Complete and Utter Warhammer 40,000 Bibliography (WH40K, Adeptus Titanicus/Epic Scale)

My Complete and Utter Cthulhu Bibliography

My Complete and Utter D&D/AD&D/d20 Bibliography

The Bundle of Holding

August 26, 2015 Leave a comment

The latest Bundle of Holding features seven titles from Osprey’s Osprey Adventures line: just $16.95 gets you all seven PDF ebooks with a retail value of $104.00. A couple of them are mine, and I’m in some very good company, including Chris Pramas, Phil Masters, and series chief Joseph A. McCullough. Here’s a link: take a look and I think you’ll be impressed.

Thor

Thor: Viking God of Thunder retells the Norse myths and covers Thor’s history from 6th-century Germany through the Viking Age to Marvel’s Avengers. Here’s a link to some of the great reviews it’s received.

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Knights Templar: A Secret History is a roundup of history, rumor, and conspiracy theory surrounding the Templars and the Holy Grail. It even includes a brand new conspiracy theory that I made up, based on actual events and relationships, that could provide a great setting for all kinds of games. You can read more about it here: scroll down to the comments for links to reviews.

The Osprey Adventures line includes a lot of well-researched titles that are ideal as systemless sourcebooks for games. Take a look: you won’t be disappointed.

Some Old Articles

August 25, 2015 1 comment

I’ve been looking through my old credits in preparation for the next instalment in my “Complete and Utter Bibliography” series (which will be either GURPS or Vampire: The Masquerade – any preference?), and I’ve noticed that there are a few articles whose rights have reverted to me. I already posted the AD&D adventure Find the Lady online, but here is a list of the rest.

If anyone is interested in reprinting/republishing any of them, get in touch. Just one caveat: you’ll need to find them yourselves, as I no longer have copies. I guess some of the AD&D stuff might be of interest to OSR publishers, though I’m not sure about the rest.

AD&D

“The King Beneath the Hill,” White Wolf Magazine #26, Apr/May 1991 – multi-system adventure (AD&D/WFRP, maybe others – I can’t remember).

“Race Relations,” GameMaster Publications #4, June 1986 – discussion of nonhuman societies in a fantasy campaign, with Pellinore dwarves as a worked example.

“Defenders of the Faith,” GameMaster Publications #3, March 1986 – discussion of the role of clerics.

“Magic & Mayhem: Viking!” Imagine #30, Sep 1985 – AD&D Norse campaigns.

“Pentjak Silat: Indonesian Martial Arts,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985 – New martial arts and weapons.

“Japanese Bujutsu,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985 – new martial arts and weapons.

“Monsters from the Folklore of the Philippines,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985 – new monsters.

“New Flail Types,” Imagine #20, Nov 1984 – new weapons.

“Magic & Mayhem: Celts,” Imagine #17, Aug 1984 – AD&D Celtic campaigns.

“Sethotep,” Imagine #16, Jul 1984 – Egyptian themed D&D/AD&D/DragonQuest adventure.

“Sobek, God of Marshes and Crocodiles,” Imagine #16, Jul 1984 – new deity in Deities & Demigods format.

“The Taking of Siandabhair,” Imagine #5, Aug 1983 – Celtic themed adventure, reprinted in Imagine Special Edition 1.

“The Tower of Babel,” Pegasus #12, Feb-Mar 1983 – Sound-themed dungeon.

WFRP

“Pit Fighting,” White Wolf Inphobia #57, August 1995 – expanded rules and skills.

GURPS

“Solomon Kane,” Shadis #40, Sept 1996 – Howard’s Puritan hero adapted for GURPS.

Vampire: The Masquerade

“Bloodlines,” Adventures Unlimited #6, Summer 1996 – two new Asian clans: published before Kindred of the East.

“Purgatory,” White Wolf Magazine #28, Aug/Sept 1991 – Vampire nightclub with NPCs and adventure seeds.

Call of Cthulhu

“Out of the Ordinary,” Shadis #41, Oct 1996 – non-Mythos mysteries.

“Mind Over Matter,” Shadis #38, Jul 1996 – psychic abilities.

Other Bibliography Posts

My Complete and Utter Warhammer Bibliography (Warhammer, WFRP, HeroQuest, AHQ)

My Complete and Utter Warhammer 40,000 Bibliography (WH40K, Adeptus Titanicus/Epic Scale)

My Complete and Utter Cthulhu Bibliography

My Complete and Utter D&D/AD&D/d20 Bibliography

Atlatl – A New Weapon for Lustrian Slann

August 19, 2015 3 comments

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The Slann are long gone from Warhammer: I think the last time they were seen was in 3rd edition, back in the 80s. Still, this may be of interest to any Oldhammer fans who have a Slann army.

I’ve known about the Central American atlatl, or spear-thrower, for some time. Basically it’s a stick that slots into the base of a spear-sized, feathered dart and gives the throwing action more force. Just recently, though, I found out a little more thanks to an SCA demonstration, and I was impressed by what this very simple weapon can do. As far as I’ve been able to find out, Citadel never released any Slann atlatl troops, and that’s a shame: from what I’ve learned, they could be quite effective on the battlefield, as well as adding to the Mesoamerican look and feel of a Slann force.

Here are the notes I took at the time, slightly tidied up. I haven’t attempted to derive game stats for Warhammer or WFRP, preferring to leave that to those who are better at such things. Still, I hope you Oldhammer gamers and modelers find this information inspiring, or at least interesting.

Picture borrowed from Richard Keatinge under the WikiMedia  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Picture borrowed from Richard Keatinge under the WikiMedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

In Aztec society, the atlatl was considered a “weapon of the gods.” The troops who used it, called Cuachicque or “shorn ones” (presumably from a distinctive haircut?) were elite warriors who had already captured at least six enemies on the battlefield.

Atlatl darts look like oversized arrows, 4-7 feet long and fletched. The atlatl gives these darts surprising range and hitting power. According to the World Atlatl Association forums, effective range is 10-15 yards/meters but a missile thrown in a high arc can reach as far as 50 yards. This may not sound like much considering that the current Olympic javelin record is almost 100 meters, but the atlatl only needs a one-step run-up and the Olympic javelin is thrown for distance without much regard for accuracy. Experiments have shown that an atlatl dart has significant range and hitting power. Though it cannot pierce a steel breastplate, it could wreak havoc on lightly-armored troops. Here’s a link to an actual test.

Has anyone converted or used Slann atlatl troops in a game? How did they work out? If you have rules for them, please add a link in the comments section. Or maybe we can crowdsource some workable rules right here.

My Complete and Utter D&D/AD&D/d20 Bibliography

August 11, 2015 3 comments

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For me, as for most people, Dungeons & Dragons was the first roleplaying game. I started playing around 1977 and I started writing articles and adventures while I was in college. My first article was published in 1982, and my most recent adventure was published in 2010. Along the way I also wrote a D&D novel and worked on an unsuccessful pitch for a Greyhawk MMO game. Here they all are:

Products

Pathfinder Adventure Path #41: The Thousand Fangs Below, Paizo Publishing 2010 – adventure author
Pathfinder GameMastery Guide, Paizo Publishing 2010 – contributing author
Pathfinder Bestiary 2, Paizo Publishing 2010 – contributing author
Moons of Arksyra, Hypernova Games 2005 – co-author/developer
Mythic Vistas: Eternal Rome, Green Ronin Publishing 2005 – author
Creatures of Freeport, Green Ronin Publishing 2004 – co-author
Tales of Freeport, Green Ronin Publishing 2003 – author
Slaine: Teeth of the Moon Sow, Mongoose Publishing 2002 – author
AD&D Celts Campaign Sourcebook, TSR, Inc. 1992 – author
The Goblins’ Lair, TSR, Inc. 1992 – author

Fiction
Blood and Honor, Wizards of the Coast 2006

Articles
“The Ecology of the Wight,” Dragon, October 2006
“Dead Man’s Quest,” Dungeon, February 2004
“The King Beneath the Hill,” White Wolf Magazine #26, Apr/May 1991
“Race Relations,” GameMaster Publications #4, June 1986
“Nightmare in Green,” White Dwarf #75, Apr 1986
“Defenders of the Faith,” GameMaster Publications #3, March 1986
“Find the Lady,” GameMaster Publications #2, Dec 1985
“Tongue Tied,” White Dwarf #70, Nov 1985
“Poison,” White Dwarf #69, Oct 1985
“Magic & Mayhem: Viking!” Imagine #30, Sep 1985
“Pentjak Silat: Indonesian Martial Arts,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985
“Japanese Bujutsu,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985
“Monsters from the Folklore of the Philippines,” Imagine #25, Apr 1985
“Eye of Newt and Wing of Bat,” White Dwarf #59-63, Dec 1984-April 1985
“New Flail Types,” Imagine #20, Nov 1984
“Magic & Mayhem: Celts,” Imagine #17, Aug 1984
“Sethotep,” Imagine #16, Jul 1984
“Sobek, God of Marshes and Crocodiles,” Imagine #16, Jul 1984
“Drowning Rules,” White Dwarf #51, Apr 1984
“Seeing the Light,” White Dwarf #44, Sep 1983
“The Taking of Siandabhair,” Imagine #5, Aug 1983
“Bujutsu,” White Dwarf #43, Aug 1983
“Extracts from the Uruk-Hai Battle Manual,” White Dwarf #38, Mar 1983
“The Tower of Babel,” Pegasus #12, Feb-Mar 1983
“The City in the Swamp,” White Dwarf #37, Feb 1983
“More Necromantic Abilities,” White Dwarf #36, Jan 1983
“Drug Use and Abuse,” White Dwarf #32, Aug 1982

Other Bibliography Posts

My Complete and Utter Warhammer Bibliography (Warhammer, WFRP, HeroQuest, AHQ)

My Complete and Utter Warhammer 40,000 Bibliography (WH40K, Adeptus Titanicus/Epic Scale)

My Complete and Utter Cthulhu Bibliography

My Complete and Utter GURPS Bibliography

Tales of the Frozen City

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

A little while ago, I was contacted by Joe McCullough at Osprey Publishing with an invitation to contribute to Osprey’s first fiction anthology.

Frozen city

Joe has edited all five of the books I’ve written for Osprey so far*, and I guess he must have liked my work. As well as being one of the most pleasant editors I’ve ever worked with, he’s designed a very nice little fantasy skirmish game called Frostgrave, where wizards of various schools assemble bands of minions to explore and loot an ancient city as it emerges from an icy prison. I got a sneak preview, and it looks like a lot of fun.

Tales of the Frozen City was put together to help support the game, and I’m in some distinguished company in this 11-story collection. There’s Fighting Fantasy historian Jonathan Green, fellow Games Workshop alum Matt Ward, and, as they say, many others. I’m proud to be counted among them.

I just received my author’s copy of the collection, and it looks beautiful. Both electronic and dead-tree versions are available from Osprey and from your favorite retailers and e-tailers. I hope you’ll check it out. Check out the game, too: it looks like a lot of fun.

*My books for Osprey so far:
Thor: Viking God of Thunder (Osprey Myths and Legends)
Theseus and the Minotaur (Osprey Myths and Legends)
Knights Templar: A Secret History (Dark Osprey)
Werewolves: A Hunter’s Guide (Dark Osprey)
Nazi Moonbase (Dark Osprey) – scheduled for April 2016

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