Thursday, 2 January 2014

2014 Ahoy!

As a few other people have been doing, I thought I'd write a quick post with some D&D / writing intentions for the new year.
  • Continuing my Ix / Dying Sun campaign. The PCs are now hovering at the border of 5th level. By means of advanced XP granting techniques, I'm hoping we'll get into the high levels (15th+), and potentially some epic events, by the end of the year.
  • The Complete Vivimancer is in the process of being illustrated by the illustrious Cadanse D. We're hoping for a late January / early February release on this one.
  • I'd like to release a free PDF supplement of vivimantic material -- adventures, monsters, magic items, random tables, etc (see here for more details). I already have some nice submissions from Derek Holland, Noah Stevens and Alex Schröder, and will add some stuff of my own. If anyone has any ideas for something they'd like to submit, please send it my way!
  • Project codename Wormwood, a micro campaign setting which I've been working on with Greg Gorgonmilk, is bubbling away, and may possibly be ready for publication this year. We're both planning to run some games in the setting soon, in my case probably using the LotFP rules (plus some house rule tweaks).
  • Since finishing the writing of The Complete Vivimancer, I've been contemplating starting on another such supplement. Many different types of specialist wizard have been vying for my attentions... diabolists, elementalists, illusionists, necromancers, thaumaturges... I've even thought about having a go at my own take on the semi-classic alchemist class. In the end, however, it seems like the elementalist has won over. Today, in fact, I have started playing around with spell lists, rules for single-elemental specialists, and ideas for new spells. See below for a little taster.
  • I've also thought about writing a supplement on "priests of specific mythoi" (to use the 2e terminology). I have some vague ideas for this, but nothing committed to virtual paper as yet.
  • And lastly, I have a few ideas for small adventures I'd like to publish in some form. One is actually half-written already, so just needs dusting off and finishing up.
Here's an example of one of the new elementalist spells I've been coming up with. It was inspired by the druidic purify water, but has been adapted and expanded for elementalists.

Level: 1
Duration: Instant
Range: 30'

This spell has the effect of purifying quantities of elemental substances. It can affect matter of all four elements, the exact target chosen as the spell is cast. The effect of the spell varies depending on the element upon which it is cast, as follows.

Air: Poisons are removed from the air in a 10' radius. Alternatively, stale air in a 10' radius area may be refreshed with oxygen, making it once more breathable.

Earth: Impurities in a 2' cubic area of earth, stone or metal are removed. Valuable ores and minerals can thus be cleanly extracted.

Fire: The heat of a single normal (i.e. non-magical) fire of up to one cubic foot per caster level is intensified, burning fuel at twice the normal rate. The affected fire, when used in combat, thus inflicts +1 damage, and gains the ability to harm creatures which are only affected by magic. The flame of a burning torch counts as one cubic foot of fire. Purified fire may also be required by various magical processes.

Water: Up to four gallons of liquid per caster level are rendered safe to drink. Poisons and toxins of all sorts are removed.


  1. Can't wait to see the Complete Vivimancer with artwork! May put some of my unfinished thoughts together for the supplemental material...

    Also - quite curious to see more of your thoughts on the Elementalist. My own thoughts on the subject have changed dramatically after watching the complete run of Avatar - the Last Airbender with my sons...

  2. >Can't wait to see the Complete Vivimancer with artwork!

    Me neither! ;) A PDF will be winging its way to you as soon as it's finished.

    >May put some of my unfinished thoughts together for the supplemental material...

    That would be great, if you get a chance! You mentioned some ideas for monsters before...?

    >My own thoughts on the subject have changed dramatically after watching the complete run of Avatar - the Last Airbender with my sons

    I've never seen any of the Avatar series, but I just had a look at the wikipedia page. It sounds excellent! Time will probably not permit a full viewing, but I might check out a few episodes to get a feeling for it. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Looking forward to the Complete Vivimancer, and would love to see a Complete Elementalist. I've thought about doing exactly that, but am perfectly happy to let you do it. :) Finishing the Illusionist (and other projects) is enough for me. Maybe I'll put up some elemental spells, though....

  4. Also, I just met (and gamed with) Greg Gorgonmilk today (we're about an hour apart). REALLY looking forward to Wormwood now.

  5. Nathan... that's cool you live near Greg! Must be a lot of fun meeting up with other OSR people. (The only OSR people I know of here in Berlin are ones I have created by forcing them to play Labyrinth Lord ;)

    I'll send you a PM re: elementalists...


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