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blackyinkin last won the day on August 30

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  • RPG Biography
    I have roleplayed since 1981. I have written, illustrated and art directed for Moon Design, Issaries, Chaosium, Mongoose and several fanzines. I work as a freelance artist and have worked on many RQ, BRP and HQ projects.
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    RuneQuest, Call of Cthulhu, Deadlands and D&D
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    Sandbach, Cheshire
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    I am a genius didn't ya know?

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  1. Hi folks, the Paper Wars project still remains under the copyright of The Unspoken Word so please don’t distribute. The intention is to make it available as a Jonstown Compendium Project, however it’s a multiple artist project and I’m waiting for consent from one I the artists before I can go ahead. Dario and I are discussing developing the project further but both of us are engaged in other projects at the moment. I will keep you posted. If you want more information PM me. Simon Bray
  2. The Furthest Map is going to be down the line, so keep your ears open. At present I’m working with Peter HT on another cool Tarsh project that’ll see JC.
  3. The new revised map of Furthest is almost complete, I’m just making some changes to bring it in line with the original article in Tarsh in Flames. I’m also presently working with another writer to bring to life Copper Town. One factor that delayed this work was some of the comments made on this forum. Thank to those who defended my position. At the time I was Unwell for over six months and struggle to draw. Jeff saw the new map two days ago and approved if it. My aim would be to create an expanded gazetteer and notes to publish on JC. For now I’ll post a shot of several blocks of the city. There are 67 blocks in total, plus a large river port, Furthest outside the walls, the Field of Swords, farmlands in this piece. Every component was created by hand, by yours truly. Remember this is a tiny zoom in of a huge map.
  4. I don’t have access to my notes at the moment but I wrote a freeform called The Fortunate Strangulations in which Gebel and Garambyanga (so? I’m sleepy) we’re key figures. I also ran a campaign called the Seven Swords of Tolat where one of the pcs was Gebel and the others were followers of Tolat in other guises. Notably Red Tiger (represented by a Hsa Tiger Hsunchen Shaman) Bronze Treasure (a Praxian “Mountain Man” who lost his mount) Shargash (a lunar explorer) and the Fronelan version (a former Wolf Pirate captive), there were also a sacred sword dancer of Tolat and an Amazon musician who had of course been a lover of Tolat. Added to the mix was a Black Sun Wizard, who lied and pretended he worshipped Tolat another way. The campaign was of the epic level, they fought in the defence of Melib, during the attack they entered the temple of the Red Sword to not only discover it had gone, but had done so long ago. They ventured first to Teshnos to try to find more information and were tricked into going to the Plateau of statues to find stolen knowledge from the Crystal skull, resulting in battles with Boggles and chaos. They were given cryptic clues and encounter Loper people who told them secrets. They aimed to travel west but were caught in storms, they were captured by Vormain pirates and forced to be assassins in a succession war. Again they learned secrets and travelled to several islands amongst the East Isles. They reached Teleos and again encountered Wolf Pirates, Harrek and Garath Swordsharp. from there to Maslo, then Laskal where they were captured by Vadeli, split up and sold as slaves to several Fonritan masters, eventually meeting Garambyanga... sadly that’s where things ended due to real life.
  5. Thank you so much Newt, our copy arrived today. Becky was really pleased. We behave a new Crucible of the Dragons game on Monday, I forgot how much I love this system and how quick and flexible it is!
  6. Does anyone in the UK have a spare copy of OpenQuest Deluxe? The one with the grey cover with a pale warrior and dragon on it? My daughter is getting into RPGs, along with her friends. They wanted to play OQ because I’d worked on it and i’d love them to have the version with my art in. If you do have one going and the price isn’t silly please let me know, it would make my daughter so happy.
  7. I do have a map, but it’s still got room for an update. It’s one that Jeff and I have worked on based on the original maps by Greg and the version that appeared in Tarsh in Flames. It will be available once I get my world in order.
  8. Sadly Tarsh Liberated is a project long gone and forgotten. In relation to the two covers, it was cheaper to do the reprint with a monochrome cover, Tarsh in Flames sold out so quickly we had to do a rapid turn around reprint. Tarsh in Flames was always a project I loved - especially working with Greg. Note that the map of furthest was done in direct contact with Greg - he provided the original drawings and the majority of the street names (the position of the temples to the streets was vital to him).
  9. OQ 3 would be a great addition to the stable. I’d like to see something that shows the other clever ways the system can be used. I’ve run OQ for god only knows how many genres, used the battle magic to represent feats, psychic talents, natural abilities and computer programs. It’s always been a clean and very adaptable system, which is quick to learn. I think that’s it’s strength over all the other BRP games.
  10. The climactic battle at the end of our epic 10 player RQ scenario. Note the players running away. Below are some of my minis, including my conversions.
  11. My new players, all young, hip and never having encountered Glorantha before gladly lapped up Glorantha, Ducks and Baboons after playing one session of RuneQuest. They’re no different to my Gnome Arcane Trickster, our Tiefling Monster-Hunter, our Goliath Barbarian, Half-Orc Paladin or all matter of other gaming weirdness. Hell I once was involved in a game where Dan Barker played Bruce Campbell’s Chin!
  12. Hi guys, if you’re looking for the Bray Map of Heortland, just say hi. I think I can get hind of the map. I may still have the original art files. I have got several of the original maps and copies of them in my studio. We did Heortland, Imther, Pavis County, Tarsh, Dagori Inkarth, The Wastes, Esrolia, Mirins Cross and Pamaltela in total. Oh and of course the Lunar Empire. I still have a few of these available. Ask me if you’re interested. Simon Bray
  13. Has anyone else tried to print off the pdf? I have and have had repeated issues, several pages throughout the text halt the printing process or cause printer corruptions. I’ve checked my printer (Ricoh Aticio MP c2050) with other PDFs over similar complexity and size with no problems. I’ve so far been unable to print beyond page 140. Pages 8, 28, 44 and 141 have caused the problems with the last one causing a massive print error. I struggle to read on computers and iPads and hate their use at the gaming table, plus you can’t show off a pdf to your Mum as well as you can a book. please can anyone help?
  14. The shamanism rules were written to try and convey the way characters in RuneQuest 1&2 were able to capture spirits, while at the time giving you the ability to have shamans operate as a more powerful entity. The Shaman gains more powerful abilities to capture spirits, you can try binding a spirit as a non-shaman but good luck to you! The shamaism rules were written at quite short notice there are things I would have done a little better, however they remain relatively robust and maintain the feel of older BRP games. I expanded shamanism for my OQ Glorantha campaign, allowing fir more complex shamanism such as Hsunchen Animal Totem shamanism, Praxian Shamanism and Troll Magics. They were fun fast and playable...I may remove the Glorantha from them and post them here (then again I might just put them up as they stand).
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