August 20th, 2019

marcus 2013

Home again home again...

I haven't been especially good about blogging from the Worldcon, but there hasn't really been a lot to say - lots of queuing, though the rest of the con was better than Friday because they got various people to keep the queues under control a bit - didn't always get to see my first choice, but there was enough variety that I almost always found something of interest. Enjoyed myself enough that I think it was worthwhile, and I'll probably go to another Euro Worldcon if it happens.

So, a little earlier than I really needed to, I left Trinity College this morning and headed home. The journey was OK - plane was delayed about 25 minutes but otherwise OK, and I didn't get soaked at any stage; in fact it's now fairly sunny in London.

I didn't use nearly as much cash as expected - didn't spend a lot in the book room or go out for any hugely extravagant meals, and had access to a kitchenette at the college - I ate a Tesco chicken jalfrezi ready-meal one evening, a Subway meal another, and had cheaper options at the local burger place etc. Even failed in my one attempt to buy someone a drink, because someone intercepted me to chat as we walked into the bar and by the time I turned around Charlie had disappeared. Also walked every day and didn't use public transport apart from the airport bus.

As a result I've come home with just over 200 Euros. My feeling on this is that unless I particularly need the money (or it looks like something horrible is happening to the Euro) I'll leave them as Euros for now, because the pound will probably drop a fair bit before I need Euros again. Am I being sensible here, or should I rush back and change them for patriotic British plastic?

I took a few touristy photos, mostly of the Liffey etc., and will post the best of them to Flickr tonight. I'll add a link when they're up.

Later - photos are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868539@N02/albums/72157710449772506

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marcus 2013

Two more RPG bundle offers - Mythras

Mythras is an RPG derived from Runequest (but not using the Gloranthan background of the original game) which covers a wide range of genres. One offer is a repeat from last year, the other all new:


Mythras Core

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MythrasCore

This is one of two offers now in progress featuring Mythras, the acclaimed Design Mechanism version of one of the greatest FRPGs ever published, RuneQuest. This offer revives and renames our April 2018 Mythras Bundle with the core rulebook and early supplements; if you're new to the game, start here first. And we've added an all-new Mythras Worlds companion with recent supplements and adventures, including the acclaimed Mythic Constantinople, several books set in the fantasy world of Thennla, and much more.

In 2012 Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash of The Design Mechanism published their landmark edition of one of the greatest fantasy RPGs ever published, the classic skill-based percentile system RuneQuest. We presented The Design Mechanism edition as RuneQuest 6 in February 2014 and again in December 2014. In July 2016, after the RQ license lapsed, The Design Mechanism rebranded the game as Mythras. The renamed and updated Mythras rulebook has new interior artwork and layout, along with some new Special Effects, small tweaks to the rules, and Spirit Combat Effects -- though if you bought the original RQ6 rulebook, you don't need this rebranded version.

The company explained the new name on Tapatalk: "Why did we choose 'Mythras' as a name? First, the game has always been about adventuring in mythic landscapes, with characters shaping their own stories, creating their legends and forging their own myths. It comes from the authors' deep love of real world myths and ancient stories and so is the natural starting point for a new name. Next comes Mithra or Mithras, a deity found in Persian, Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythologies. Mithras is a god of warriors, a divine protector of oaths and covenants, a protector of cattle and of waters. In the Zoroastrian Avestas, he is described as Mithra of Wide Pastures, of the Thousand Ears, and of the Myriad Eyes. Bringing these two sources together gives us Mythras, a game concerned with myths, protectors, oaths, great deeds and wonderful stories -- the perfect name for our game system."

Today Mythras enjoys a wide range of supplements and adventures featuring swords and sorcery, history and myth, science fiction and urban horror. For instance, the Mythras system underpins the licensed Luther Arkwright and M-Space science fiction rules. This bargain-priced revival covers everything from classic dungeon-crawling fantasy to mythic history to science fiction.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$99. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all five titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks including the 304-page Mythras core rulebook, three adventures -- Madness & Other Colours, Xamoxis' Cleansing, and A Gift From Shamash (that last one is even science fiction!) -- and the 336-page Classic Fantasy supplement (Old School dungeon crawls in Mythras!).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $57, including Mythic Britain (and the Mythic Britain Companion), Mythic Rome (plus the Mythic Rome Maps), the Classic Fantasy Expert Set, and three Classic Fantasy adventures: These Violent Delights, The Terror of Ettinmarsh, and Tomb of the Mad Wizard.

Mythras Worlds


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MythrasWorlds

This all-new Mythras Worlds Bundle companion presents recent supplements and adventures, including the acclaimed Mythic Constantinople, several books set in the fantasy world of Thennla, and much more.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase of these two offers (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Mythras designers Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$109.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $41.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the modern supernatural setting After the Vampire Wars (retail price $10); the Mythras article collection The Fenix Papers (retail $16); two Classic Fantasy modules, G2 The Lonely Lighthouse (retail $6) and M2 Moonspike Tower (retail $4.50); and the Mythras GM Screen (retail $5).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $68, including Mythic Constantinople (retail $10.50), plus its companion adventure Life's Long Consequences (retail $5) and the Mythic Constantinople Map Pack (retail $1.50); the Mythic Britain location supplements Logres (retail price $15) and Waterlands (retail $6); and a group of titles that detail the fantasy campaign setting Thennla: Shores of Korantia (retail $15) (plus The Taskan Empire, retail $6, and the Thennla sourcebook (Pay What You Want), and two Thennla adventures -- Khakun Shrugs (retail $4) and The Arakuline Tribute (retail $5).

Mythras resources


Last time I said:

My impression from a relatively swift look is that what we have here is a rehash of the Runequest / Basic Role Playing rules generalised for all settings. There's really nothing wrong with that, except for all of the existing versions of these rules that have loyal adherents out there who may not want to make the change. And without the Gloranthan setting it feels a little unfocused; there isn't anything that screams "I must play in this setting with these rules," which is what gave Chaosium the huge user base that learned to love Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Ringworld, and all of the other variants that kept Chaosium afloat. There are lots of other SF games, old school fantasy games, historical fantasy games, etc. etc. Additionally, it's now a relatively old game mechanic, with features such as the use of a load of different dice types that many recent games have discarded.

Having said that, there's really nothing wrong with it if you want this sort of system, and as usual with these bundle offers you're getting a good few dead tree equivalents pretty cheaply. Recommended, if you need something like this.

I don't think this new offer changes any of this - the new material is a good deal for those who already like the system and adds more campaign settings for it. The original game is still good if you like that sort of thing.
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