Words from the Wise (Guys)

Copyright Nicholas HM Caldwell © 2011

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion


To the 144th issue of The Guild Companion, a significant number as Tolkien scholars and fans will know but more of that at the end.

HARP SF - the Long Expected Product

HARP SF received the imprimatur of Aurigas and was published as a commercial pdf on the 16th January 2011 - see http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=87644 where you'll also be able to see a preview of some of the first pages.

With the assistance of the good people at OneBookShelf, I was able to get the good news out to nearly all of the beta and gamma purchasers. Just over half of the beta and gamma purchasers have already downloaded their final pdf. If you were a beta or a gamma purchaser of HARP SF and you have not yet downloaded your shiny new pdf, please check your email accounts and you'll find two emails from me. Some of the email addresses I had for beta and gamma purchasers bounced - see this topic http://www.ironcrown.com/ICEforums/index.php?topic=10638.0 and get in touch please.

Our attention is now focused on getting HARP SF Xtreme published. We've not yet formally triggered its Heisenberg Uncertainty Countdown but work is already far advanced on that product.

HARP Fantasy

Those who have read the new HARP SF book will have a good idea of some of the changes that we will be making at the same time as our rebranding process. When I opened a thread about tweaking HARP Fantasy on the ICE forums, there were a number of requests for changes to the combat system. While I completely agree that seeing the same critical results too often can become repetitive and tiresome, the tweaking and rebranding process is not the right time or place for ripping out the existing combat system and putting in some untested system in its place. If nothing else, it would break compatibility with HARP SF, which we have just released. There will be a new combat system for HARP Fantasy and HARP SF in the future but this will be in a future supplement and will only appear once it has been thoroughly playtested. There are a number of competing paradigms for this holy grail, so no final decision has yet been made either.

I will be revealing the tweaks that we intend to implement into HARP Fantasy on the ICE forums this month.


My new layout expert (yes that means we now have four layout people on various projects) is hard at work evaluating the four core RM Classic products (Character Law, Arms Law, Spell Law, and Creatures & Treasures) for rebranding and print-on-demand. I have already sent him the change lists and I am very hopeful that he will be able to start pushing products through this process very soon.

There are a number of products that were sold only as scanned pdfs by Mjolnir. Aurigas will be having a rummage through the archives just in case a master file is buried in there - there are a lot of CDs and DVDs. Assuming that true master files are not found, I will upload the scanned pdfs into the OneBookShelf so that copies can be purchased legally. At some future point, I would expect that some of these products will be reincarnated in a new form.

Guild Adventurer

At the demand of one of the contributors to the first issue of The Guild Adventurer, one of the scenarios was removed from the product. Fortunately the great people at Harper's Forge had a suitable scenario of the right size that with a minimum of editing could be inserted into the product. Andrew Ridgway worked his magic and TGA#1 is now back on sale (see http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=23297) with a brand-new adventure "The Prisoners of Cherin Keep" for both Rolemaster and HARP. If you have already purchased TGA#1 from OneBookShelf in the past, simply log into your account and redownload the product. If you purchased it from our former store on the ICE site, please locate your receipt and drop me an email so that I can get you sorted out with the revised pdf.

Andrew Ridgway is currently working on ensuring that the revised TGA#1 is suitable for print-on-demand via OneBookShelf.


was the combined age of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins at the time of the long-expected party at Bag End which opens The Lord of The Rings, as I am sure you are all aware. It seems a fitting issue number for me to announce that I will be stepping down from my post as General Editor of The Guild Companion. There are conflicts of interest with my now primary role as Director of Guild Companion Publications Ltd and constraints on my available time, so this is a necessary step and one that I foresaw many months ago.

It has been a lot of fun being the General Editor and I will miss it. I am sure, however, that my successor(s) will maintain and grow the magazine.

Farewell for now ...

I will leave you to enjoy the rest of the issue. We'll be back in March with issue 145, but until then ...

Keep gaming and have fun,
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion & Director of Guild Companion Publications Ltd