Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday is Sundered Empire Day

That's what it seems like, anyway. Today the postman dropped off the research materials for my Mapping Beyond the Flanaess project, as I'm now moving into the territory that was used as the setting for the Chainmail miniatures game from 2001/2002, known as the Sundered Empire. It sits in the northwestern corner of Oerik, and fits in pretty nicely with the rest of the info we have. I was able to snatch up the three books I needed from eBay at low low prices. So I'll start to scour the three books; Blood & Darkness, Fire & Ice, and the Ghostwind Campaign for any suitable information, and begin to press on westward with the mapping. Woo-hoo!

Open Playtest Ends May 1st

With the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign for Adventures Dark and Deep™: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore (and a big THANK YOU again to everyone who pledged!), the open playtest for the full-blown game can move into the next phase. The full stand-alone Adventures Dark and Deep™ game consists of three books; the Players Manual (currently 266 pages without art), Game Masters Toolkit (144 pages), and Bestiary (358 pages).

As of May 1, the playtest versions of the books will no longer be available for free download. The open playtest began on December 11, 2010, making it approximately a year and a half in length.

Naturally, I hope everyone who has downloaded the books (all of which are currently standing at v1.2, with no plans for any further versions) will continue to play the game and provide feedback on the Adventures Dark and Deep™ forums. But as of May 1, no new playtesters will be added.

The current planned release date for all three books is Summer of 2013. As you might expect, that's subject to change.

For those who might not know, Adventures Dark and Deep™ is an attempt to explore what the game might have looked like if Gary Gygax had been allowed to keep developing it, based on several articles in Dragon magazine, numerous bits of information given in various online fora, and other writings. This is a best-guess based on the information available, the result of years of research and an open playtest that's lasted for more than a year and a half. Everything comes from his public statements; there's no insider information at work.