Tome of Knowledge

Tome of Knowledge

Thoughts from the field

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Thu, March 27, 2014 10:14:29

So I was going through my podcasts (three weeks behind at the moment) and i was amazed to hear that wizards had announced the cost of the new books for D&D at $50 each. This would translate to about £40 each in the UK - way above what is reasonable. The guys from the Haste podcast then announced they would get theirs from Amazon at a fraction of the price. But what does this mean? Amazon sell cheap but there is always a few weeks additional wait. They also have an unhealthy monopoly of the business and there are already too many independent shops struggling. I will probably get mine through IGUK, an excellent site who offer competitive prices. But what price is too much? With a lot of choices out there, does a new edition of D&D automatically mean they can charge what they want? Will you pay??

An interesting update from Orin Rakath – read it here! What is “real” in the interpretation of women’s gear in fantasy art? Thankfully we are away from the chainmail bikinis of the ‘80s, but what is realistic for them to wear? The folks from Orin are looking at LARP gear for inspiration. Take a look and see what you think. They are so close to funding this project, it would be great to see them over the line….

Also I have reviewed Mindjammer by Sarah Newton and listened to a fantastic interview with her on GMS Magazine (I recommend this as the host Paco is a top guy). It was very interesting to hear her take on the setting and the Fate rules. These are very simple and flexible rules that I think allow a lot of strong player interaction and interesting storytelling. I can’t wait to get my copy!!

Take Care – hope to see some of you in Birmingham at the end of May for the UKGames Expo.

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Chronicles of Future Earth

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Mon, March 24, 2014 13:14:53
Hi - our friends over at Modiphius has sent the following release that some of you may be interested in.....

The Chronicles of Future Earth RPG Setting Sourcebook


"In the last centuries of the Fifth Cycliad, a great malaise began to descend on the lands of humankind. The great civilisations of Earth, which for aeons had seemed on the verge of slumber, now finally began to rot from within. From the edges of the world the ever-present enemies drew close, their hungry claws poised to tear apart the delicate flesh of a fruit a hundred millennia in the harvesting. And all around, a cry arose for heroes, to stand against the dying of the light and save the world from the sins of its past."

"Some said that it was the end of days. Some said that it was only the beginning. These pages tell the history of that time yet to come. These are the Chronicles of Future Earth."

Mindjammer Press and The Design Mechanism are delighted to announce that The Chronicles of Future Earth science-fantasy roleplaying setting is back, in an all-new full-size hardback edition for the 6th edition of the RuneQuest game.

The Earth we know is gone, forgotten in the depths of time. In its place is a world of mystery and danger, steeped in a thousand centuries of history and legend, where humankind brushes shoulders with beings and creatures strange and monstrous. The Venerable Autocracy of Sakara, the greatest - and oldest - of the Springtide Civilisations, rules over half the world, led by an immortal God-Emperor whose very word is law. It's a world of deep, dark forests, brooding mountains, timeworn ruins haunted with the ghosts of the past and the weird monsters of the future. Arcane sorcerers explore strange dimensions, terrible priests wield powers from godlike extradimensional intelligences, and mighty soldiers forge new histories from the ruins of the past. It's a time of danger, reckoning, and adventure. Welcome to The Chronicles of Future Earth.

The Chronicles of Future Earth is a 296-page hardback supplement for the RuneQuest 6th edition game, detailing the cultures, peoples, and creatures of the Venerable Autocracy of Sakara, the oldest of the Springtide Civilisations. With extensive histories, maps, and background, rules for ancient treasures and technologies dug from the depths of the earth, and much more, The Chronicles of Future Earth is the first in a new line of RuneQuest supplements produced by Mindjammer Press, providing everything you need to adventure amid exotic civilisations and the ruins of an ancient past in the unimaginably distant future.

"I've been waiting to produce a full-size sourcebook for The Chronicles of Future Earth for several years," says ENnie Award-winning RPG author Sarah Newton (Mindjammer, Monsters & Magic, Achtung! Cthulhu, Burn Shift, Legends of Anglerre), creator of the Chronicles. "RuneQuest 6th edition represents the cutting edge of the d100 system, and is a perfect ruleset for this new expanded edition. I'm really excited to see what the combined forces of RuneQuest 6 and The Chronicles of Future Earth can produce!"

Lawrence Whitaker, co-owner of The Design Mechanism, said: "We're delighted that Mindjammer Press chose RuneQuest 6 as the engine for The Chronicles of Future Earth. It's a wonderful setting and fits perfectly with the RuneQuest ethos. We are very much looking forward to seeing how Sarah and the Mindjammer Press team use the RuneQuest rules for Chronicles and are very happy to be working with them at long last."

The Chronicles of Future Earth will be published by Mindjammer Press and distributed by Modiphius Entertainment Ltd. Scheduled for release Winter 2014/15.

MINDJAMMER PRESS is a British games publisher founded by ENnie award-winning author Sarah Newton (Mindjammer, Achtung! Cthulhu, Monsters & Magic, Legends of Anglerre, Fate Core - Burn Shift, The Chronicles of Future Earth) and Chris McWilliam to produce roleplaying games and related fiction, including: the transhuman science-fiction roleplaying game Mindjammer for Fate Core, and its series of supplements and novels; The Chronicles of Future Earth; and Monsters & Magic. Find out more about Mindjammer Press at or follow them on Twitter @MindjammerPress or Facebook (, or by email at

THE DESIGN MECHANISM is the company founded by Lawrence Whitaker and ENnie award-winning author Pete Nash to produce the latest edition of RuneQuest. Since its release in June 2012 RuneQuest 6 has gone from strength to strength winning critical acclaim from within the industry. Find out more about The Design Mechanism at, Facebook at, and on G+ (Communities: The Design Mechanism).

The Chronicles of Future Earth is coming Winter 2014/15 from Modiphius Entertainment. Find out more at

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New RPG on Kickstarter

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Thu, March 20, 2014 15:53:32

I have just found this exciting new RPG on Kickstarter - here

Here is the info from the kickstarter:

This epic tabletop RPG campaign takes places in the mystical land of Orin Rakatha, a land ravaged by abhorrent creatures, warring nations and powerful magic. Where the only sanctuary can be found within magical sentient towers that the people band together to live within. To survive they must comply with the laws of the Mystics that rule the lands, overcome the ever-changing landscape and maintain enough wealth and power to retain the sanctuary of their tower; which protects them from the cleansing mists.

The kickstarter ends on 1st April and they are still a bit away from the funding goal. I have backed and so please have a look and see what you think.

In the very near future i will add a page to support this new RPG - just as i did for Modiphius. In the meantime - spread the word


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Free E-Books

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Fri, March 14, 2014 11:56:46

These are some free e-books that might help your campaign along - don't forget to visit the DM Lab where there are a lot of cool tips and links to great places around the web!

How To Run Your Campaign Using MyInfo - Video Course

1,372 Roadside Encounter Ideas

7 Ways to Instantly Improve Your GMing

650 Fantasy City Hooks

88 Five Room Dungeons

How to Create Wonders of Your Own World

Thinking Fast On Your Feet

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More from UK Expo

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Fri, March 14, 2014 08:23:40
Hi everyone

This is the press release for the UKBoardgame Expo. Hope many of you can make it over to Birmingham at the end of May. If you do please pop over the to Thirstyknight stand and say hi!!

Climb on Board for the UK’s largest Hobby Games Convention

Board Games are back! Thousands of families are discovering a new generation of table top games that are fresh, exciting and just plain fun. If you think board games are limited to Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble think again. An annual Expo of all the latest non-electronic games returns to the Hilton Metropole Hotel, NEC at the end of May. When the doors open 5000+ visitors will descend on the hotel to explore 100+ trade stands, sit down and try out hundreds of new games or enter National Championships for the chance to be crowned the UK Champion. UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof:

Card Games
Role-playing Games
Miniature Games
Family games

The organizers have worked hard to create a fun event which will appeal to families and the general public as well as the Hobby Games enthusiast. These are the main elements:

Tournaments and Championships in the most popular game systems. Prizes include all
expenses paid trips to World Finals in Berlin, Paris and the USA.
Newest games and releases on show.
The largest Hobby Games trade fair in the UK.
Family Zone - lots for the kids to do
Authors and artists
Participation and Demonstration Games - No need to know the rules in advance.
Costumed Groups

Guests this year include Red Dwarf star Chris Barrie, Material World Presenter Quentin Cooper, game design legends Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, Roleplaying veterans Monte Cook, the King of Cooperative Games, Matt Leacock as well as one of the world’s most prolific board game designers Reiner Knizia.

Seminars and Talks on hot topics in tabletop gaming and guides on designing and publishing your own games and books and using crowd funding.

Space for Open Gaming and the largest Roleplaying Games schedule in the UK.
UK Games Expo is open to the public. You can book in advance OR just turn up and pay on the day.

Details UK Games Expo is on Friday 30th May, Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014 at the NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel. Adults tickets from £9, Family Tickets from £22. 10’s and under get in free. Visitors can arrange accommodation via a special rate.

Full details on

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A quick update

March 2014Posted by Sir Keith Wed, March 05, 2014 10:31:41
Hi all,

Hope everyone is good and your games are progressing well. If not then there is a lot of good tips in the DM Lab, that i am continuing to update with selected ideas and resources from around the web. I have also updated all the pathfinder adventure paths and you can now look to find resources here for each AP. However if you have better resources or links please post them and share with us all!!

I am now doing some reviews of Achtung Cthulhu and also Mindjammer. I have other reviews being done for D&D and will be now updating that part of the web with more reviews, resources etc.

In regards to kickstarter, there are still some great ones out there and I really recommend looking at Mutant Chronicles and Shadows of Esteren. I have all the Shadows products so far and will also be reviewing these over the next few weeks.

Finally i have linked to a site that shows events throughout the year. Please have a look as this is a fantastic resource and i have linked there rather than reinventing the wheel. However if you want me to publish your event then drop me a line. I am more than happy to help to promote and assist at any event, if possible.

Do keep gaming and will update soon....


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