Here is our regular mixed bag of roleplaying sites, inspiration
and general weirdness.
First this month we'll take a look at some sites based on Ursula
K LeGuin's Earthsea quartet. The hero is a young wizard called Ged.
He is fated to be the strongest wizard in the world but things
don't quite turn out right.
- Our first link is to The
Dragon Of Solea guide to Earthsea . This is a concordance of
the world of books by Shannon and covers all aspects of Flora and
Fauna covered in the novels as well as the characters and details
of the magic system. This is based on knowing the true names of
- In this respect, Ars Magica seems the perfect game for
roleplaying in Earthsea and that's just what Oskari has done here
- Finally there is a literary analysis of the books, with some
spoilers, at Ursula
K Leguin's Magical World of Earthsea and also a mention from
Andrew Rilstone in an earlier ptg-ptb .
Our next item covers gaming portals from around the world.
Although most of our readers are from the trilogy Aus-UK-US, we are
read in over 30 different countries so here are some slightly more
- First is AEGIS
, a gaming collective in the Phillipines. A wonderful site for
Asian gamers with lots of articles, contacts and free stuff.
- Ankou - a French Gaming
Portal is very busy. There is no shortage of new links each day. If
you want ot know about rpgs in France you could do a lot worse than
- Aussie Jon Kim's
gaming pages do not constitute a portal as such but there is a
huge wealth of material here including much on freeform gaming,
styles of play, the 3 fold model and the FAQ from
rec.games.advocacy. There is also a big list of rpgs and free
- Another portal in Australia is Tom's Roleplayers Guide with
plenty of tips on gaming.
- Moving on to Europe, roleplaying.it is in Italian and carries
a number of free games including the WaRP system , an OGL of Over The
Edge, in Italian!
- Last of this bunch is a labour of love from JL Hicks, the Orphanage Home for Dead
Games . Those seemingly unloved games that have been dropped by
their publishers now have a home to go to. I imagine that a lot of
FASA games will be sadly turning up there soon.
Finally I'd like to show you some of the sites for companies
bringing out new games in the near future:
- Fly From Evil -
A Game of Crime by S. John Ross takes you into the world of
Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, and the
gangster and private eye films of the 1930s and 1940s. I'm really
looking forward to this one.
Creative Systems who brought you Underworld last year are
delving into fiction with the bimonthly Thrilling Tales Issue that
will be supporting the current interest in Pulp fiction. The first
issue features William Murray, Robin Laws and Matt Forbeck.
- Key 20 Publishing - Little Fears is the
role-playing game of childhood terror. Will you avoid the Things
that are out to get you and hold onto your Innocence?
- Godlike is a
word often associated with Pagan Publishing but in this case it
refers to their game of superhero roleplaying during the Second
Transhuman Space , created by David Pulver, is another eagerly
awaited game. It covers the development of mankind in the next
century and its expansion across the Solar System. The best
reference for the concepts is Schismatrix by Bruce
- The Dying Earth
roleplaying game throws players into an ancient world populated by
a desperately extravagant people. Dangerous ruins litter a
landscape old and worn, vast forests play home to inky deodands
while elegant Manses house powerful, yet petty, magicians.