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Encroachment of Chaos Material Added!

September 13th, 2009

I spent the last week elbow-deep in code, adding the material from Dave Graffam’s Encroachment of Chaos site. You can find it all under the new, aptly-named “Encroachment” tab, along the site’s link bar above. Or you can just go here and start downloading all of Dave’s WFRP v2 goodness.

I think the addition of Dave’s material makes Winds of Chaos one of the best one-stop resource sites for WFRP v2 on the net. Based on that, and the feedback I’ve received from all of you, I’ve decided to keep the site online for the foreseeable future. In addition, I’m thinking about doing something special for the WFRP v2 community. So keep your eye out here in the next week or two for another exciting announcement.

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WFRP v3

August 27th, 2009

I really don’t know what to make of the new system from FFG. I doubt I’ll buy it, and that makes playing or GMing it nearly impossible. So, what happens to this site, which has been dormant for over a year?

I don’t know. I’ll probably keep it online, although I’ll have to transfer it back to my previous hosting service in a few months. I may dust off my old Stones & Sigils campaign and begin work on it again, now that there won’t be any more official supplements for WFRP v2.

Maybe I’m just getting too old, and the hobby I loved along with my favorite game within it is passing me by. Maybe younger fans will take up the torch. I’m just not sure I care all that much any more. A few years ago I was keenly interested in the v1 vs v2 debate. Now, even the thought of debating the relative strengths and weaknesses of any of the WFRP incarnations is enough to make me nauseated. I mean, I suppose I understand FFG’s need for peripherals like cards and proprietary dice in this age of digital piracy, but I don’t understand why FFG’s customers would need them.

I wish FFG success. Who knows? Maybe custom dice, interlocking cards with “sockets,” and party tension meters are the wave of the future, and not merely the last gasp of print media desperately trying to avoid being replaced by digital.

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Wolph42 Strikes Again

July 22nd, 2008

Good news everyone! Two more tools from Wolph42 today. This time the excel spreadsheets are based on two of Henrik Gronberg’s Liber Fanatica articles from the GM Toolshed.

The first is a book generator, complete with, among other things, quality of writing, age, condition, notable features, and peculiarities of penmanship. It’s perfect for the GM constantly put on the spot by players searching through libraries or (gasp!) private homes.

The second is something we’ve seen before in another form: Henrik’s Inn Generator. This tool is extremely handy for those of us who don’t have internet access while GMing and so are limited to offline tools. It will generate the name, type of establishment, size, costs, what the inn is known for, and even random “inn-cidents.”

Both tools can be found in the Downloads section.

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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.