Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hump-day Hildebrandt: A Familiar Scene

Tomorrow I intend to get some info out about an upcoming Con that I promised +Roy Snyder I would get out.  For now, I'm knee deep in Goldenrod and have to get back to work.  The combat booklet continues to grow with options and revisions of old tried and true systems.  That said, as it grows every time that I think it's ready to turn in to +John Reyst, I think that I should take some suggestions for rulings/rules that people would like to see available for Swords & Wizardry, OD&D and any Original Edition clones.  I answered a question about handling mounted combat that +Kevin Searle asked in the Swords & Wizardry community.  I  used a rule that I have already polished up in the manuscript and it got me to thinking that, maybe, I should be asking the OSR community what they would like to see, while I'm adding to the MS at the moment.  This will let me know if I'm on the right track, and get rules that you want to see in print.  Keep rules requests to combat for the time being.  You can ask right here.  

Until next time, enjoy this Hildebrandt painting that seems to be very familiar...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wintercon and A Brief Update

Hi, I'm +R.J. Thompson.  You might know me from such things as this blog that I used to update.  Work, parenthood and work on the Goldenrod Conventions books have had me very busy and very exhausted.  Some of you may have noticed the lack of the weekly update.  Truth be told, I've had mostly days that have been 17 - 19 hours long with the exception of Sundays for most of this month.  Half of the day is work, followed by dinner and homework with the girl.  Then it's time to get her ready for bed, occasionally with about 20 minutes to sit down and regain my composure.  After she is in bed, it's off to the computer and research materials to crank away at the Goldenrod Conventions booklets for the Sword & Wizardry SRD. 
Personal workload aside, the first Goldenrod book is looking splendiferous.  It's quite different than what I originally set out to have in this one, due to the amount of material that has gone into it.  The Guide to Arms & Combat is now strictly a book of Combat rules, options, strategies and systems.  Each of these is modular in nature and does not require any other rule to make it usable in a Swords & Wizardry or other OSR game.  Anyway, it's nearly done... again.  It keeps growing, but I think it's growth is now complete.  I'll update on these books again soon.
In other news Wintercon is happening in Auburn Hills MI this weekend.  Some of the same folks that brought you the OSR Track at U-Con this year will be taking over the cafeteria area on the OCC campus to bring you some great stuff.  I will personally be at the con running "Ghost Tower of Inverness" using my Goldenrod rules.  +Adam Muszkiewicz will be there, possibly running some pick up games and +Andrew Moss  will be in running Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea.  If you're in the area and want to come play or run a pick up game, definitely come on down!  It promises to be a fun day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hump-day Hildebrandt

It's been a busy holiday season here.  The real world job kept me plenty busy.  We worked weekends when we assumed we would have five day holiday weekends. This caused me to drop behind schedule on the Goldenrod Combat & Weapons optional rules pack for Swords & Wizardry that I've been working on.  That said,  I have gotten some work done on it.  A little more polish and it will be in the hands of +John Reyst to get up for sale on the Swords & Wizardry SRD.  I estimate that I'll have it off to him this weekend, or early next week if we work.  I did get in a couple sessions test playing my Goldenrod S&W funnel rules.  They're a bit heavier than what we see in DCC, but with the second play test, I think with a little more polish they'll be ready to write up.  +Christopher Arendt has been pretty tied up as well with the holidays and a new job, but is working on the S&W Compatible logo again.  I'll keep everyone posted on that as well.  Until you can buy the Goldenrod Guide to Arms & Combat, enjoy this combat:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hump-day Hildebrandt - A Christmas Carol

Happy Holidays!  Hanukah starts today, Krampus Night and St. Nick's have already past.  The Solstice/Yule, Christmas, and the Twelve Days are on the way.  Good times.  At present, I am deep into writing the first piece of the "Goldenrod Conventions" for the Swords & Wizardry SRD!  Many thanks to +John Reyst for giving me a shot here.  Additionally, the S&W Compatible Logo is still underway.  I will make a grand announcement upon it's completion.  Until then, Scrooge:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hump-day Hildebrandt and An Update

Good evening.  I apologize for my lack of posting in the past week.  Last week I was a bit ill, and things kicked up a bit at work.  That did not bode well for me.  As an update, the Swords & Wizardry Compatible creative commons logo is currently being worked on.   With the holidays upon us and writing needing to be done for the first Goldenrod booklets, I will likely not be posting very often in the next couple weeks.  Couple that with the fact that I have a child with a birthday just days before Christmas.  It's going to be a busy month.  Anyhoo... with winter upon us, I give you Hoth.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Swords & Wizardry Logo Design Contest Winners

So, I've had plenty of time to go over things, and it's time to announce the winners of the Swords & Wizardry Compatible Logo Design Contest.  As I had said before, I had some ideas of my own that we were tinkering with.  We've looked at a couple of the ideas presented to us, and I've mashed up my idea with the 1st place idea!  I think you'll like it, once we get a final version up.  After we have it completed, I will unveil it here.
1st place goes to Ken Johnson.  Ken, you have an email asking for your address so I can get your prizes out.
2nd place goes to +Erik Tenkar.  I actually had a very  similar idea to the one you submitted.  So, care to share what it feels like to be on the receiving end of one of these  contests?
3rd place goes to +James Spahn.  I really love the idea behind this submission.  I just don't think that it will work as a logo, as the logo will end up being too small to read in this format, on some works.
Curious as to what the submissions were?  I'll reveal that when the logo itself is revealed in the coming weeks.