Words from the Wise (Guys)

Copyright Nicholas HM Caldwell © 2005

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion


To the eighty-second issue of The Guild Companion. This also happens to be the seventh birthday of The Guild Companion, - yes, we really did start in December 1998, and every single issue can still be found in our achives.

Essence Companion and Castles & Ruins

I am very pleased to report that TGC now has draft versions of the contracts for Essence Companion and Castles & Ruins. We have already circulated these to the relevant parties. Once all three parties (ICE, TGC and the authors) have agreed a final version, we'll get the contracts signed and get these long-delayed and much-awaited reprints back into circulation. The light at the end of the tunnel can finally be seen.

HARP Heroes

I am also very pleased to report that "HARP Heroes", our collection of fully-statted fantasy characters for HARP, now has twenty-four characters and so the set is complete. The contributions are an excellent mix of old favourites and innovative concepts, all of them were well executed. I will now be proceeding to edit the submissions in detail and prepare the complete work for publication.


In last month's editorial, I talked about the problems of sentient aliens in science-fiction role-playing games, particularly those that are intended for use by players. ICE and I had a long and involved series of emails where we thrashed out a new batch of alien concepts. Humanity and our arch-rivals, the Silth, will be joined by five other races. The Krakuren, an invertebrate six-limbed race who can swim, climb, and swing from point to point with equal ease, are back in the core book. The wholly new races are: the Tricerans, strong and territorial reptilian bipeds whose ancestors survived a mass extinction caused by an asteroid impact; the Gorsivans, a race of gliders who have become experts in genetic engineering; the Madji, an intensely competitive and cooperative species on whose homeworld it is always day and never night; and finally the prankster Runcori, who are as intelligent as they are bizarre.

The HARP SF manuscript is now complete in its first draft and has been submitted to ICE. Note this is not the same as being complete in its final version. ICE have yet to complete their editing pass (and as the first draft was claiming to be 160K words, they may be some time!) and after that, there will undoubtedly be some changes that they will need me to make. And then there will be the wailing and gnashing of teeth as we try to figure out how we can get it all into a sensible pagecount, and if not, how we can move material to the SysOp's Guide. And then there's the layout and artwork, but that's not my responsibility!

Farewell for now ...

On behalf of all the staff of the Guild Companion, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Our next issue will be published in January 2006 (!), but until then ...

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