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Words from the Wise (Guys)

An Editorial Rant


To the forty-seventh issue of The Guild Companion, and a happy new year to all our readers from all the staff of The Guild Companion.

Blasts from the Past

As you may have gathered from reading our discussion boards, The Guild Companion has come to an agreement with the good people at Mjolnir (the new ICE) to republish a selection of ICE's backlist of out-of-print gaming products as PDF products.

First off, certain products will not be eligible for republication. In particular, MERP books are out of bounds. We will also not be republishing classic products where a more modern version exists or a revision is imminent. Thus don't expect PDFs of early editions of Arms Law or Spell Law. Likewise Mentalism Companion and Martial Arts Companion are expected to be reissued as RMFRP products this year by Mjolnir so they won't be appearing as PDFs.

Secondly, this will be a relatively slow process as the original authors have to be tracked down and their books converted into PDFs. If you authored a Rolemaster, Spacemaster, or Shadow World product in the previous millennium, we would appreciate you getting in touch.

So what will be available and when?

We are targeting the complete Rolemaster 2nd Edition Companion series and all the old Spacemaster companions and modules as well as classic Shadow World modules. We hope to be able to reissue Rolemaster Companions I and II as part of the first wave of reincarnated classics.

We are also in discussion with Rich Kirkland and Scott Moore regarding RMSS Castles & Ruins and RMSS Essence Companion. Assuming that the negotiations are concluded to the satisfaction of all concerned, we expect to have RMSS Castles & Ruins and RMSS Essence Companion available for purchase as PDFs within the next couple of months.

Farewell (for now ...)

It's time for me to let you get on with reading this month's issue. We'll be back with more news and more articles in February, but until then ...

Keep gaming and have fun!
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion

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