Trawling the net… the WFRP web radar (Part 3)

Ladies an Gentlemen,these are uncertain times. Once more, a publishing company of the WFRP game drops stops publishing material for this game (as you can read here). And just perhaps, another publishing company may step in… this is far from being a fact, but you can make up your own mind when you read this.

While new official material may become rare again in the foreseeable future, let us have a look on what WFRP fans created and offer to us:

Recent mentionable updates of English WFRP web sites…

Black Industries offers a number of additions to the WFRP world in terms of new material: a new Marienburg district called Goudberg is online, the old scenario “The Oldenhaller Contract” from the first rulebook got an overhaul to v2 and another scenario called “Stage Fright”has been silently added to the scenario page.

Mad Alfred‘s web site got updated once more: two maps (Dwarven settlement of Karak Hirn and its surroundings) have been added there (and Alfred gives a hint that he wants to produce a Karak Hirn sourcebook and a sourcebook manuscript on the city of Pfeildorf can be found here.

A new weblog called “whrp_chronicles” introduces a new WFRP campaign called “Favours and Fortune” set in Wurtbadt.

The Liber Fanatica web site is not only up and running again, but also has seen some new material and new sections: Hidden Addenda, Apocrypha, Inner Sanctum guestbook, the development forum. Three Old world slang documents, three new maps (Leicheberg, Riverside Town plus Ruined Village and Castle) and a new flooplan of a Fortified Inn.

A new forum for WFRP and Dark Herey has been brought online…

On the U.K. Shadow Warriors web site, the first few bits on a new campaign called “The Outsiders” can be found. And there are new bits’n’pieces on the “The Petrum Expedition” campaign.

The author of the KALEVALA HAMMER web site remains very active (compliments, man). The Nuln map and its Checklist text have been update to v1.3, the document on Old World animals got updated, too (v1.7), as well as the one on Norscan religion (to v1.2). Many of the WFRP Web radar links have been pasted into that site’s link index (which is fine). A brand-new section called “Beastiary” contains two documents on Kraken and Liches. Finally, the Alcohol & Tobacco document got a grammar refresh and a small update on Dwarves brews (v1.2).

Then there is a nice web page (thanks for the hint) which gives an overview about all WFRP v2 careers linked together by exits and entrances. Please visit it to see if it is of use for you.

Recent mentionable updates of Non-English WFRP web sites…

To catch up with the material available on the German “Die Alte Welt” Forum, I present the following to you (please remember to register to access most of these pages): Der Highwayman (short story), new additions to a campaign narration thread, an Errata web page for German WFRP products, the adventure “Die rosa Feder”, an artifact called “Ring der sicheren Hand”, an introductory scenario for The Enemy Within (Der Innere Feind) campaign called “Eine Nacht im Wald” (A night in the woods), and an encounter called “Blutige Strassen” (Bloody Streets) which is meant to be played during the course of The Enemy Within campaign, too. Finally, a document containing a sermon of a priest of Ulric.The German Feder und Schwert web site offers a new download for WFRP gamers: nicely designed sheet detailing the Slave Hunter career.

While I am not sure whether this is actually new material, I did not want to miss to present to you a German list of all starting careers with restrictions and alternatives.

The Italian fanzine AnonimaGidierre web site announces issue 59 of its paper magazine and foretells that it will contain a WFRP adventure with the title “Sono tutti miei figli”. If you want to contact Sandro to order this issue, you can write him an email or try to write him a letter (Sandro Campatelli, via di Brozzi 352, 50145 Firenze, Italy) and you can preview the title page of that fanzine issue.

Good news also from the Italian web site Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay – La Locanda delle due Lune. They released PDF documents on three new Elven and two Human careers, five pricelists (or lists on equipment), a Nehekhara background article, plus articles on Chaos abilites, Arms, Dwarven religion and Chaos creatures. Finally, a nice and huge map in which most of the famous Andreas Blicher maps are  merged into one big map can be downloaded, too.

Good news on adventure material also from the French frontier: The SDEN web site holds three new scenarios: Le silence est une Vertu (set near Bordeleaux in Bretonnia) in Word format (PDF download here), Les Epouvantés (Word, PDF download here) and Las Plagas (again, Word format, PDF download here). Also, the French The Outdreamers web site holds two scenarios called “Un Rat peut en cacher un autre” and “Une Chasse glaciale” which comes as an Adobe Flash document.

The Spanish IGAROL web site presents some new documents for download: Chapters 1 and 2 of “La vida de Sigmar”, a scenario called “Esta vieja casa” (This Old House) and a new rules document called “Tabla de comportamiento durante el sueño”.

Recent mentionable updates that just did not happen…

… still waiting for the latest “Heraldo de Altdorf” (HdA) and “Warpstone” issues. Rumours have it that Warpstone is at the printers at the moment.

… we can drop Black Industries and Liber Fanatica from last months lists. BI announced, that their last WFRP product “Thousand Thrones” will come out later this year and then they will stop RPG production. Liber Fanatica web site is online again (see above).

… News on FFD taking over WFRP publication (yet?).

Thank you for your attention

Oliver Rosenkranz

WFRP veteran

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Trawling the net… the WFRP web radar (special issue)

*** SPECIAL REPORT *** SPECIAL REPORT *** SPECIAL REPORT ***

According to an announcement of Black Industries – publisher of English WFRP material – BI will stop producing game material for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay very soon. Dave Allen stated in the BI forum, that they will release “Thousand Thrones” as a final WFRP product.

At the moment, it cannot be said, if Green Ronin or some other company will step in, or what will happen to the WFRP publishing license…

Bad news, sad news… BI did a good job on publishing WFRP stuff, but it seems they weren’t as successful (commercially compared to the novel publication of Black Library) as to continue publishing WFRP game material.

*** END OF SPECIAL REPORT *** END OF SPECIAL REPORT ***

Trawling the net… the WFRP web radar (Part 2)

This column is back again. Thank you for all the positive responses/comments. It’s nice to know that you actually use the WFRP web radar.

With the second issue of the regular column “The WFRP web radar” which you are reading now, WFRP web sites have been added to the radar, so please bear with me if some of the additions from those sites are not brand new, but new enough if you missed them.

To save me from the witch hunters, let me say that the owners of the web sites mentioned below and authors of new material all credit that belongs to them. They deserve it. I send all of you a big hug.

Okay, let’s roll…

Recent mentionable updates of English WFRP web sites…

…leads us to the Kalevala Hammer web site with just one more update to the famous Norsca map (v1.6 this time), a list of carnivals & festivals which the author just started to collect plus the initial version of a map of Nuln plus an agenda of sources for this map.

The great tool NPC generator was updated to version 1.22 (from 1.19) with bug fixes and weapon stats listed with an NPCs weapons at the Malleus Maleficarium website.

Someone at the forum of the Black Industries web site came up with a great fan work about witchery called “Children of the Wyrd” (PDF direct link here).

The Shadow Warriors Role-Playing Club presents two additional session summaries for their ongoing Tim Eccles’ campaign “Things to Do in Carroburg Before you Die”. Plus, Tim started just another campaign: “The Petrum Expedition”.

Big announcement at the Warpstone magazine website: Issue 27 of my all-time-favorite fanzine for WFRP will be out “soon”. You can see the title page plus a summary page already.

Recent mentionable updates of Non-English WFRP web sites…

The German website Imdacil added three german documents to their download section: a character sheet, some basic tables for stats and fitting translations for most of the WFRP-related vocabulary. You have to be registered to download something though.

On the German WFRP forum “Die Alte Welt” a short skirmish game for Warhammer fans was posted: Gangs of Altdorf (main document plus additions).

IGAROL’s (Spanish web site) downloads are working again, so they are on the radar now with an NPC called Karlten, a couple of Spanish translations of rules material already available in English and a Spanish character sheet for WFRP. There are further additions, but those were blatantly copied from other sources.

The French web site Chaodisque contains three new WFRP downloads: the game supplement “Camps Nouveau”, a short story and fourty maps. The first two items can be downloaded from La Scénariothèque, too.

There, you can find new additions for our favorite game: three character sheets (one for WFRPv1 and one for WFRPv2, plus one from another source, plus those mentioned above.

Again, the Italian WFRP resource web site Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay – La Locanda delle due Lune offers many new PDF downloads. Since the last web radar, six articles hit the shelves: two elven careers, one dwarven career, an official Italian Q&A document, the first part of an equipment price list and a Timeline. And there’s a map for use with Warhammer, though the summary on the download page says that it’s not compatible with WFRP.

The Spanish web site Heraldo de Altdorf (HdA) registered a new web domain for easy reference: http://www.heraldodealtdorf.es .

And there’s news from the Scandinavian frontier: I discovered (but cannot read) two new Finnish – rather active – WFRP web sites, the web log “Kirottujen sivupoluilla” and a campaign journal web site. Please judge by yourself if they contain anything worth your attention.

Recent mentionable updates that just did not happen…

Well, actually this is slippery ground, so I want to say sorry to anybody who does not agree to the following:

Okay, everything mentioned at that point in the last web radar column is still true. Black Industries did not do any WFRP preview of 2008 WFRP products (though a fan-initiated forum thread thread can be found about this), and other games seem to have BI’s main focus right now. I haven’t heard anything from Roysten Crow and the ending of his Fragments of Twilight campaign, and Liber Fanatica is still down. I saw a note on a BI forum proposing that this would only be the case for a short number of days, but time tells us otherwise.

The glorious exception and therefore duly complimented is the Warpstone magazine.

Further updates that just did not happen: I am still looking for volunteers who scan certain WFRP web forums for interesting items which may be mentionable for all. Those groups or individuals should be able to provide a summary every month or so.

Have fun.

Oliver Rosenkranz

WFRP veteran and host of www.wfrp.de

Trawling the net… the WFRP web radar (Part 1)

What is best about the internet for a WFRP gamer? It’s XXXL, you can find hundreds of web sites, dozens of blogs and forums for your favorite game.

What is worst about the internet for a WFRP gamer? Yeah, you guessed it… It’s XXXL. If you want to hunt down the latest WFRP web material, you have to visit hundreds of – often infrequently updated – websites, read dozens of blogs and scan numerous web forums not to miss any new material for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

With the debut issue of the regular column “The WFRP web radar” which you are reading now, I want to give you a brief summary of What’s  New for WFRP on the net for assorted web sites.

To save me from the witch hunters, let me say that I don’t want to cover all possible WFRP web sites – only the ones that have had a number of updates in the not-so-far-away past – and that I want to give the owners of those web sites and authors of new material all credit that belongs to them. They deserve it.

Okay, let’s roll…

Recent mentionable updates of English WFRP web sites…

…include The Altdorf Correspondent with its’ iAltdorf update in December 2007 (iAltdorf is a cool PDF map of Altdorf with layers if you don’t know it yet) and a new Altdorf NPC in November 2007.

The makers of the Black Industries web site bring us the final results and downloads of the 2007 scenario contest, updates to the Paleisbuurt district and to Guilderveld of the online supplement for the city of Marienburg, plus a great new map of Kislev.

The Grim and Peril campaign blog got updated in November 2007 with a new session report titled “The Mask of Slaanesh”. Please leave a comment if you have something to say.

A web site called Kalevala Hammer brings us a new game master supplement about tobacco and alcohol (version 1.1), updates to their Gotrek & Felix timeline plus a brand-new version of a map of Norsca (version 1.5, please read this learn about all the fixes and expansions of this map version).

Last month Mad Alfred created two more of his excellent maps: Pfeildorf and its surroundings.

Two RPG session posters, some item handouts of a magical box, various updates for the NPC generator (version 1.19), some artwork and a description of the fortress of Castle Lenkster were added to the Malleus Maleficarium website.

The Shadow Warriors Role-Playing Club presents three new session summaries for their ongoing Tim Eccles’ campaign “Things to Do in Carroburg Before you Die”.

In the forum of the Warpstone magazine website, Robin Low posted what he did as an Ostland sourcebook proposal for Hogshead Publishing which he never introduced to them.

The Encroachment of Chaos website delivered some blank sheets of parchments as a PDF as basis for your own handouts.

The Winds of Chaos website reported about an online tool called “Warhammer Fantasy Crit Roller”.

Recent mentionable updates of Non-English WFRP web sites…

The German website Dimension of Roleplaying added a revamped version of their WFRPv2 campaign “Nach dem Sturm” to their download section.

The German paper magazine Mephisto presents its issue #39 which contains the WFRP scenario “Endspiel”. This issue as well as other back issues containing WFRP scenario can be ordered via an online shop.

The pearls of several years of WFRP publications in the French RPG magazines Casus Belli and Backstab can be downloaded here as PDF.

Five game supplements have been uploaded to the French website Le Gazette de Nuln: two about combat, one about sorcery and an add-on for an old Casus Belli scenario, plus a document titled “Feuille de personnage En couleur graphique”.

The French web archive La Scénariothèque is home of legions of game supplements and scenarii. The lastest scenario called Le Roi de l’Hiver was uploaded in November 2007.

The French SDEN website holds two new WFRP articles since December 2007: the French translations of the final installment of Roysten Crow’s Lustria campaign and of the short story “Birth of a Slayer”.

The Italian WFRP resource web site Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay – La Locanda delle due Lune offers many PDF documents for user download. Many articles were added in November/December 2007 / January 2008. Most of them being career descriptions (Nipponese, Elven, Prostitutes, Military captains, for example), but also a stat conversion document for the official adventure The Dying of the Light for WFRPv2, an article on Khypris, a magic addendum, the official errata, etc…

No news from the Spanish web sites I know. I do not scan for Polish web sites, but I know that the Polish WFRP community is a very active one. Feel free to contact me if you want to contribute further sites that are regularly updated.

As for the various WFRP forums, I don’t regularly scan them, so if anybody wants to volunteer to summarize the latest highlights of his/her favorite WFRP forum, please contact me, too.

Recent mentionable updates that just did not happen…

Well, actually this is slippery ground, so I want to say sorry to anybody who does not agree to the following:

          Black Industries website: Preview of 2008 WFRP products, one product per year seems a bit odd, even with WH40K-RPG and other RPGs on their schedule.

          Roysten Crow’s website: Final installment of The Fragments of Twilight campaign. The campaign is great, but where is the big final ending of it?

          WFRP.de website: A final answer to the question: Is the WFRP Adventure Collection dead or not? Well, oops, this belongs to me… I’ll write something about this at a later point in this weblog.

          Liber Fanatica website: somebody missed to renew the domain name registration, so the domain expired and is not available at the moment.

          Most non-english web sites for WFRP: web site and content is non-english in almost all cases. Google translation service is not yet prepared to cover this, maybe we can lure somebody into translating certain highlights?!

          Warpstone magazine website: The upcoming Warpstone issue is overdue… isn’t it?

Well, that’s it for the premiere issue of the WFRP web radar. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it.

Have fun.

Oliver Rosenkranz

WFRP veteran and owner of www.wfrp.de

Welcome to a WFRP veteran’s Weblog…

Welcome to this “blog”. It’s mainly about Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP). This is not a typical weblog where I write about about my personal gaming experiences.

This WFRP weblog will be filled with news in a number of categories.

One of them will be “WFRP Web Radar” where I will report changes of certain WFRP web sites that report their updates here. I will contact the owners of web sites that got under my radar

Another one will be “WFRP review zone” where I will write short summaries and reviews of what I think of WFRP material that can be downloaded from the net or bought.

I do have a couple of other ideas that I am playing with. I will write about them when they get more concrete…

Oliver Rosenkranz    —  WFRP veteran and owner of http://www.wfrp.de