Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


lawrence.whitaker last won the day on April 21

lawrence.whitaker had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

831 Excellent


About lawrence.whitaker

  • Rank


  • RPG Biography
    Co-Owner, The Design Mechanism, Co-Designer of Mythras, RPG writer for 30 years
  • Current games
  • Location
    Grafton, ON, Canada
  • Blurb
  1. Bundle of Holding: Why Mythras?

    Still undecided about our Bundle of Holding? Take a look at our Spark page for details on why there's never been a better time to get into Mythras... https://spark.adobe.com/page/IUUCc2K2BXJ5O/
  2. RQ Land of the Samurai and Price of Honour

    They sound like spells from the MRQ1 Spell Book.
  3. Announcement: Lyonesse

    Vance connects (some) of the Dying Earth magic with Lyonesse. Sandestins are the main sorcery conduit, for example, and there's lots of bizarre apparatus and metaphysics involved, so they're both connected. The art's lovely. Paul Sementilli is a New York based art teacher, and his style is so perfect for this book. Les Edwards has also very kindly licensed us to use some of the beautiful illustrations he did for the Gollancz collected edition a few years ago. They're so nice, I really wanted to use them in the game, and I'm thrilled that we're able to.
  4. Announcement: Lyonesse

    What's even more ironic is that Lyonesse was being considered as a possible setting for RQIV (the AH version) at one point.
  5. Announcement: Lyonesse

    We are delighted to announce the Lyonesse roleplaying game.Jack Vance’s high fantasy masterpiece, Lyonesse, is to be brought to life in a new roleplaying game by The Design Mechanism. Licensed and approved by Spatterlight Press, Lyonesse is a standalone game based on the acclaimed Mythras system. The Lyonesse trilogy – Suldrun’s Garden, The Green Pearl, and Madouc – tells the story of the Elder Isles, and the ambitions of King Casmir of Lyonesse to bring its fractious kingdoms under his sole rule. Casmir is opposed by Aillas of Troicinet, the lover of Casmir’s daughter, Suldrun, and father of Dhrun, a child raised among the fairies of Thripsey Shee and destined to sit on the throne Evandig, which King Casmir believes to be his own destiny.You can read the full press release here: http://thedesignmechanism.com/resources/Press_Releases/Lyonesse%20RPG%20Press%20Release.pdf. More information will be available via:The Design Mechanism Forum: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/designmechanism/Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/designmechanism/G+ Communityhttps://plus.google.com/communities/113034383032729983266MeWe Grouphttps://mewe.com/group/5ac55e9da40f3052f33afe3bJack Vance Websitehttps://jackvance.com
  6. Mongoose RuneQuest I

    Just to clarify, neither Pete nor myself had anything to do with the MRQ1 rules. They happened long before I joined Mongoose. When I did join, Pete and I made some efforts to address the clear issues MRQ1 had, and those fixes eventually turned into a full blown second edition of the rules. But neither of us was involved in the original rule set.
  7. April Releases for Mythras

    Greetings! Spring is springing, and we have two new releases for April. The first is The Fenix Papers, a collection of essays, articles, micro settings, scenarios, and GM/play advice from Pete Nash, and originally presented in the wonderful Swedish RPG magazine Fenix. This vast array of material covers everything from fantasy to horror, steampunk to SF, and is an essential companion for any Mythras GM. The book is lavishly illustrated, presented in full colour, and preserves the layout from the magazine. 115 pages, $15.99 (PDF) http://thedesignmechanism.com/store.php#!/The-Fenix-papers/p/103991591/category=5186110 http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/239142 http://www.lulu.com/shop/pete-nash/the-fenix-papers-tdm111/paperback/product-23591981.html And for Classic Fantasy, we bring you module M2: Moonspike Tower. This is a continuation of the Ettinmarsh setting introduced in module M1: The Terror of Ettinmarsh, and it expands on the eponymous tower, once the province of Kelamaz the Lich, and delves into the tomb lair of the kobolds. This is an excellent introductory adventure for Classic Fantasy characters of ranks 1 and 2, and is completely standalone. 39 pages, $5.99 (PDF) http://thedesignmechanism.com/store.php#!/M2-Moonspike-Tower/p/103991611/category=23403107 http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/239139 http://www.lulu.com/shop/che-webster/tdm506-moonspike-tower/paperback/product-23592125.html
  8. Any interest i new material? Status of License?

    Very glad you like Mythras! We do welcome fan materials, but please note that Mythras isn't OGL like Legend. We have a very simple, straightforward license that you can view on our website - or drop me a line if you have any questions.
  9. After the Vampire Wars - Now Available

    The shadows have always been with us, and so have those who dwell within: the sorcerers, the fae, the lycanthropes and, darkest of them all, the vampires. All have secretly lived alongside humanity, veiled from mortal view, for milennia, but now they are exposed to the light, and the supernatural walks among us. Early in the 21st Century, the US Government discovered the existence of vampires and sought to eradicate them. Thus began the Vampire Wars, killing thousands, and ended only by the triggering of a nuclear warhead. And now, after the Vampire Wars, the world must adjust to a new reality: one where vampires openly walk the streets, where lycanthropes prowl the urban centres, and where sorcerers tout their services from strip malls. In After the Vampire Wars, you play the creatures of the shadows: seers, fae, lycanthropes and, of course, vampires. Each species has its own special powers and abilities, and some possess formidable magical and psychic talents. After the Vampire Wars adapts the Mythras rules to the contemporary era and the urban fantasy genre. It supports a wide range of campaign types: from gritty Noir, to fast and deadly cinematic adventure; from whimsical urban fantasy to passion-fuelled paranormal romance. After the Vampire Wars takes Mythras into new territory and does it with style. Fully compatible with the entire Mythras range, After the Vampire Wars creates a fascinating alternate universe where nothing is quite as it seems and where the supernatural struggles for control with the mundane. Take your first steps into the Shadow World and discover life After the Vampire Wars… TDM600 After the Vampire Wars 150 pages, soft cover Print & PDF $24.95/$12.99 TDM Store: http://thedesignmechanism.com/store.php#!/After-the-Vampire-Wars/p/100910112/category=27615050 Drivethru: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/232478/After-the-Vampire-Wars
  10. After the Vampire Wars - Video Preview

    A video preview of our latest release... https://youtu.be/OCAF_nO7JCE
  11. MiG’s Alive!

    Just to clarify, Mythras isn't, and never has been, reliant on the Mongoose OGL.
  12. Mythras Imperative Now Available

    Yep. As I said, I haven't changed anything, so no idea why the date should've been changed.
  13. Mythras Imperative Now Available

    I don't know... I haven't updated it at all; but you're right, it's showing an update of 8th January. Very strange.
  14. Modern Supernatural RPG for Mythras?

  15. Boxing Day Sale!

    You're right. How very weird. Facebook has actually hijacked our hyperlink. Bastards!