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About lawrence.whitaker

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    Co-Owner, The Design Mechanism, Co-Designer of Mythras, RPG writer for 30 years
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  1. Raiders of R'lyeh!

    We've had a look at 'Raiders of R'lyeh' and, despite the OGL references and acknowledgements, the biggest influence very much appears to be RQ6/Mythras. Many of the mechanics and much of the structure is very clearly and identifiably based on Mythras (and the Firearms supplement) rather than Legend or OQ. The author has made sure there's no copyright infringement where text is concerned, so we don't have any particular issues in that regard, but we are a little disappointed that there's been no direct acknowledgement of The Design Mechanism's influence given how closely RoR hues to the our game's structure and a whole host of its mechanics. Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the Edwardian setting looks evocative, intriguing and a refreshing place for adventure. We wish them well with the game.
  2. Mythras Monthly Scenario: The Arakuline Tribute

    The Arakuline Tribute is a Mythras fantasy scenario for Thennla (but easily usable in any fantasy world) involving the characters in the hunt for the fabled tribute of the Arakuline tribe, stolen by outlaws many years before. The tribute included the prized King Boar Shield, war totem of the Arakuline, and still sought after by many. The Boromog tribe believe the shield and tribute have been found in the Tumbrian Forest, and a party is sent to investigate. But the Tumbrian Forest belongs to three powerful supernatural entities and the robber god Landano. Can the characters negotiate these hazards and recover the shield and rest of the treasure?$4.99 PDF only, $9.99 POD. http://thedesignmechanism.com/store.php#!/The-Arakuline-Tribute-PDF-only/p/90579401/category=24197110 http://www.lulu.com/shop/bruce-turner/the-arakuline-tribute/paperback/product-23309431.html
  3. Mythras Monthly Scenario July - Tomb of the Mad Wizard

    There are all kinds of analytics packages and services out there, all charging premium prices to tell you how internet coverage is affecting your sales. However, there are a few things that we do know without having to rely on such services... 1. There aren't enough product reviews generally on independent, widely read sites such as RPGnet, Boardgamegeek and ENworld. There certainly aren't enough reviews of our own products either. 2. While there may be reviews on blogs, these really don't attract a lot of foot traffic. So where a review goes first DOES matter. One review on a well-read site is worth a dozen reviews on a dozen blogs. 3. Publishing a review on our own site and forum is helpful, but preaching largely to the converted. Growth comes through new customers and enthusiasts, so reviews appearing where such people go to look is very important. 4. Reviewing is a skill that needs to be developed. A good review is balanced, detailed (but not overly so) and objective. While a really positive review is terrific, a gushing one paragraph review can do more harm than good because it's not taken seriously. 5. People definitely read reviews on sites where they buy things - Drivethru and RPGnow being to two most influential - and act on them. It's easy to post a review, and these things translate into metrics that we can analyse through a whole bunch of tools DTRPG provides. So reviews DTRPG are very, very valuable. Hope this helps.
  4. Mythras Monthly Scenario July - Tomb of the Mad Wizard

    You can certainly post a review on the Design Mechanism Forum - see the main website for the link. I'd also recommend posting reviews on Drivethru, RPGnet, RPGsite and ENWorld.
  5. Gen Con 2017

    That's a shame. We'll be happy to sell you a copy of Luther Arkwright directly though.
  6. Gen Con 2017

    How did the game go? I know you had some concerns fitting it into a 3 hour slot.
  7. Pretty sneaky, guys

    I think Chad Bowser is working on a Russian setting to be published under the Mythras Gateway.
  8. Gen Con 2017

    We distribute through Alliance in the US, and they deal with hundreds of stores. I honestly can't say who'll be there with any of our titles.
  9. Gen Con 2017

    Sadly we won't be there. Unless you've regularly exhibited before, there's a waiting list for booths, and some of the booths are tucked away in corners of the trade hall where few people venture. This makes it difficult to cover one's costs and, without a full team of people to manage the booth, a hell of a lot of hard work. We'll be there in spirit. I'm sure there will be some retailers with our games, but there won't be a dedicated presence from us.
  10. Mythras Monthly Scenario July - Tomb of the Mad Wizard

    They will be added to the PDF, but inserting them into the main text will require a reasonable amount of layout work, which will take time, so it's likely that they'll remain as additional pages and the free downloads.
  11. Mythras Monthly Scenario July - Tomb of the Mad Wizard

    Darksong's magic conspired to curse the release of N1: Tomb of the Mad Wizard, displacing two maps to the aether. We have located them and brought them back to the Prime Material Plane and you can access them from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pjxz1076pp4oq3c/AADI5UTYjkJBKUF0wVpeveKXa?dl=0 They will also be added to our website in the Downloads section very soon.
  12. Mythras Monthly Scenario July - Tomb of the Mad Wizard

    And the same is true if you order a physical copy from Aeon (who handle our Antipodean fulfilment) - they too will give you the PDF free of charge when you buy from them.
  13. July's scenario is for Classic Fantasy - this month, N1: Tomb of the Mad Wizard, by Ian Fletcher Even to this day, the bards sing of the rise and fall of the wizard Darksong. Said to have fallen in love with a dark elf in youth, he scoured the world for the secrets of immortality, refusing to leave her side. His quest led him into darkness, and his spirit withered while his power grew. He became a tyrant, and his tower became a den of evil and hedonism. Far and wide was Darksong feared, and his armies ravaged the land in their hunt for his artefacts of power. Trapped in a mountain vale as the winter snows bite deep, Intuosa the Elven scholar talks of Guenever, her bloodline, and how he intends to trace her lineage through the village of Rovsgood. And he whispers the name Darksong, a wizard in search of immortality who became a tyrant and paid a dreadful price. Will the adventurers aid Intuosa? What of the legends of the Mad Wizard? The bitter snows are, perhaps, the least of their worries. Tomb of the Mad Wizard is for Ranks 2-3 and provides a complete environment for adventure, offering many hours of exploration in the Mad Wizard’s Vale and beyond. $4.99 PDF, $9.99 Lulu POD, and available from the following fine sites: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/217172/N1-Tomb-of-the-Mad-Wizard?src=newest http://www.lulu.com/shop/ian-fletcher/classic-fantasy-n1-tomb-of-the-mad-wizard/paperback/product-23267797.html http://thedesignmechanism.com/products.php#!/N1-Tomb-of-the-Mad-Wizard/p/88446235/category=23403107 http://www.aeongamespublishing.co.uk/product/tomb-of-the-mad-wizard-classic-fantasy-adventure-module-n1/40825/
  14. New Classic Fantasy Adventure

    With all the clamour around the Christmas in July Sale, we didn't want to bombard people with notices. 'Mad Wizard' went live yesterday, the announcements start today.
  15. Christmas in July!

    It's Christmas in July, over at DrivethruRPG, and you can get 25% off the listed price of lots of Mythras titles - including the core rules, the Mythics supplements, Thennla, Classic Fantasy, and our Monthly Modules! It's a whole Summer Santa Swag Bag of Saving, so drop over to... http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4057/Design-Mechanism And grab yourself some Mythraic Goodness...!