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Wolph42’s Tools of the Trade

July 7th, 2008

Wolph42 has developed a few tools for the computer-savvy WFRP Gamesmaster who owns a copy of Microsoft’s Excel. The first is a trade tool based on the rules found in “Death on the Reik,” complete with MadAlfred’s Imperial and non-Imperial Gazetteers (used with permission). The second tool is handy for keeping track of large combats, quickly resolving blind opposed tests, and quite a bit else.

Check them out in the Downloads section!

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joe.caffeinated’s Inns of the Empire

June 19th, 2008

Have your PCs ever stood in front of a tavern, squinting at the shingle to read the faded print, while you cast about in a desperate search for an appropriately WFRPish name for that establishment?

joe.caffeinated does you one better. He constructs the entire inn for you, complete with number of beds, price of food and drink, and even gives ideas for events within — based on Henrik Gronberg’s wonderfully detailed Liber Fanatica article and the fantasy names found at hackslash.net, all wrapped in a gorgeous Web 2.0 interface.

So head on over to Inns of the Empire and kick the tires. It’s the kind of thing I wish I had back when I was actively GMing, and it’s one of the first places I’ll go when I take it up again.

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Josef’s Extended Crits

June 12th, 2008

Josef recently sent me a rough draft of his work in progress, a revision and expansion of his prior Critical Hit Charts, which were already amazingly detailed. Instead of hunting through multiple pages of various forum threads, you can find it in the Downloads Section, or here as a direct link.

Keep in mind this is only a preliminary version. I’ll keep you posted on the final version, as soon as I hear from Josef.

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Fan-made Character Folio

June 2nd, 2008

A while back — a long while back now — Robert Feuillerat sent me his creation: the first full-fledged fan-made WFRP character folio I’ve seen. Back then, Black Industries had its own folio for sale, and I didn’t want to step on any toes. So I sent it off to GW legal, but unfortunately never received a response.

Robert got back in touch with me just a few days ago with his revised version. Now that BI is defunct and their folio no longer actively supported, I don’t see any reason to withhold the work. You can find it in the Downloads section.

Robert has done a bang-up job, so if you’d like to share your kudos or if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact him at his email address, or leave some feedback at the FFG forums thread. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.

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Floorplans

April 20th, 2008

Does anyone remember Games Workshop’s Dungeon Floor Plans series?

Dungeon LairsDungeon RoomsCavernsHorrors

Reminiscent of that great series, Stephen Cranston and Simon Lloyd have designed some beautiful prints, so that your players may visualize the place where they lose all their Fate Points.

Cranston & Lloyd’s floorplans can be found in the Maps section. They are free to download, but are not to be redistributed or sold. An example of what you can do with the floorplans is below the fold.

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Kalevala Hammer

March 13th, 2008

From time to time I get emails about WFRP sites or come across them while trawling the web, but this one stands out. Kalevala Hammer is a fantastic site with a detailed, high-resolution map of Norsca, articles with rules and bestiary expansions, and an exhaustively-researched timeline culled from a broad array of Warhammer sources. In addition, it may have the most extensive WFRP-related links page I’ve ever seen.

I added it to my Resources list to the right. It’s worth checking out for the map of Norsca alone.

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Need a Name?

March 10th, 2008

Last week I received an email about a WFRP name generator site. I liked it — I especially liked that you could choose between Elvish, Nordic, Orcish, German, and English-sounding names — but I wanted the names to sound more Imperial, more WFRPish. So I emailed them back with a few sites that had actual tax records from Germanic villages in the 15th century — these are the sites that I relied on for names used in Noblesse Oblige and Dead Ringer.

Amazingly, they spent the weekend coding in the new names. So, if you’re looking for a great resource to name your Orcs, Elves, and Imperials, look no further than Fantasy Names Generator.

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In the Pipeline

March 9th, 2008

Josef is at it again, working on an amazingly detailed reworking of his Critical Hits, including revised entries on injuries and healing. It really has to be seen to be believed, with descriptions of normal anatomy (suitable for the layman) as a basis for how badly things can go wrong, and how to fix the problem when they inevitably do.

When he’s finished, the results will be posted here, but while he’s working, I’m sure he’d appreciate any feedback you’d like to give. So head on over to his thread at the FFG forums and let him know what you think.

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On the Resurrection of WFRP

February 25th, 2008

Things move fast in the roleplaying world. A few days ago, GW announced that the license to WFRP (and WH40k) has passed to Fantasy Flight Games. I don’t know anything about FFG, but what I’ve read seems promising.

The fact that WFRP will continue to be officially supported in any capacity is excellent news for all of us. I wish FFG the best of luck, and congratulations. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

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On the Passing of WFRP, 2e

January 30th, 2008

The excellent run of Black Industries is soon to come to an end. Dave Allen announced here that BI is going to fold this year. Apparently The Thousand Thrones, which I wrote a chapter of, will be the final WFRP product released.

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