Featuring the first piece of artwork funded by our generous patrons, this issue of our Bits & Pieces article series introduces a secret ingredient of Vagrant society, a weird substance oiling the gears of their chaotic lifestyle. Because who cares about side effects?
One of the features of the Earthdawn setting is the magician's use of spell matrices, to protect them from the harmful magical energies and astral taint the Horrors brought into the world. In the Step System, spell matrices mainly serve as a mechanic for restricting the number of spells a magician can cast safely. The simple rules in Earthdawn: The Age of Legend do not necessarily require restricting spells, so the use of spell matrices is implicit: there is no mechanical impact unless your story has actual demand for such detail.
Some of you still want spell matrices to be more prominent in their games, however, so the following optional rules add mechanical detail to all magician characters. They also change the way spells affect the narrative of your game.
Teilzeithelden.de just published a german-language playtest review of the game. In case you wonder, the german translation is well underway (two thirds have been moved to editing already, with the remaining chapters following soon).
The review also links to an automated Excel character sheet created by the author (in english!).
Somewhere in early 2015, I reached out to Ole Peder Giæver to hear if he and Martin Bull Gudmundsen were interested in writing an adventure or two as follow-up to their surreal roleplaying game Itras By. Itras By is one of our best-selling books, so making more of that would satisfy a certain demand.
A few months later, Ole came back to me with a different vision--a sourcebook containing a variety of contributions from several authors. A wild mix of material: varied, eclectic, slightly subversive, and useful or inspiring to readers, players, and gamemasters of Itras By. How could I say no?
Now, over a year later, our company inbox is overflowing with contributions. Ole and his team of collaborators--dozens of writers and illustrators--have worked hard to create Itras By: The Menagerie. We have no idea of what the final page count will turn out to be at this point, but since the ball is now in our court, we will make sure this book gets all the love it needs and the looks it deserves.
The PDF of the Equinox Match System Guide has been updated with proper bookmarks and layers for easier printing. The PDF has also been recompiled to display on more readers and comes in a smaller file size. We squashed a number of smaller errata along the way.