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Guild Adventurer #3 Ransom Begins

Latest Announcement from Nicholas HM Caldwell of the Guild Companion:

We are pleased to announce that The Guild Adventurer Issue #3 is now ready to be ransomed. We will be running a simple honor-based system for pledges. You simply send me an email at editor @ guildcompanion dot com and let me know if you are willing to pledge to buy one or more copies and give me the name by which you wish to be acknowledged as a Patron of TGA #3.

The Guild Adventurer #3 will feature the following:
The Keeper of the Thorn (for Shadow World and Rolemaster (all editions), by Terry Amthor)
The Quiet Time (for Echoes of Heaven and Rolemaster/HARP, by Robert Defendi)
Identity Theft (for Spacemaster: Privateers, by Robert Defendi)
Dust to Dust (for Rolemaster (all editions), by Marc Rosen)
Sweating the Small Stuff: Money (GMing advice and adventure ideas, by Laura Trauth and Terence Wynne)

with art by Rick Hansen and layout by Andrew Ridgway.

The pdf price for TGA#3 will be 8 US dollars, and we are seeking 100 pledges.

Best wishes,
Nicholas

Brent’s Sweet and Hot Chili

One of the dishes that I like to cook is Chili.  I’ve been messing with various combinations for years and I have come up with one variation that people seem to like alot and I’ve decided to share.  Now, I will say that I very seldom actually follow a recipe, so keep in mind that any amounts listed below are estimates at best. I also tend to raid the fridge and throw in extra items that seem like they might be interesting.
This particular recipe makes a sweet tasting chili which has some heat that kicks in shortly after.
I’ve listed a couple of particular brands for some of the ingredients for the items where I think it makes a difference.  Chances are that those items might not be available everywhere, but I’m sure an appropriate substitution can be found.

1 bottle or can of your favorite beer or other beverage.  Some people like to add this to their chili, I don’t, it’s just for drinking while stirring the pot.

1 kg (2 lbs) of Ground Bison, Beef, or Turkey.  Other meats may work well too, but these are the ones I’ve tried.
2 cans Campbells Tomato with Basil & Oregano Soup
2 cans Heinz Maple Style Beans (398 ml)
2 cans Red Kidney Beans
1 can Pineapple Tidbits
250 ml (1 cup) Cattle Boyz Honey Hot BBQ Sauce
75 ml (1/4 cup) Renee’s Gourmet Roasted Garlic & Honey Sauce
15 ml (1 Tablespoon) Chipotle Chili Powder
75 ml (1/4 cup) Dehydrated Onion Flakes
400 gr (14 oz) Fresh sliced White Mushrooms

Brown the meat on high, adding in the Mushrooms and the Dehydrated Onion Flakes.
Once the meat is browned, add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring to mix.  I include the juice from the Pineapple Tidbits, but if you are short on time you can remove the juice first to keep the chili thicker.

Once the Chili starts bubbling, turn it down to medium or low and simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

I like the Renee’s sauce because it has a fairly high garlic content, if you end up using a different Honey Garlic sauce you might want to add some additional roasted garlic.  Someday I’ll come up with my own Sauce from scratch to replace the Renee’s and Cattle Boyz but that’s way down the road.  I used to use Uncle Bens Sweet and Sour Stir Fry sauce and added garlic, but that particular brand got discontinued.
The Chipotle Chili Powder is the primary source of heat, so if you prefer a hotter chili you can add more of that. The amount listed makes for a fairly mild heat content. 
Some people prefer a stronger tomatoe flavor, an additional can of Tomatoe paste or soup can easily be added, I’ve also found that adding a cup of Medium Chunky Salsa works well too.

Cloudlords of Tanara – NPC stats for RMSS/RMFRP

I’ve updated the Shadow World Characters page to include links to the spreadsheets for the NPC’s from the CloudLords of Tanara module. This spreadsheets convert the stats for the NPCS from Rolemaster Second Edition (RM2) to Rolemaster Standard System (RMSS) or Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying (RMFRP)

RMX/RMC Master Skill Cost List

Created a new page under Articles and Indexes which contains a list of the skill costs for all of the Professions in Rolemaster Express / Rolemaster Classic

http://www.icewebring.com/articles-and-indexes/rmxrmc-master-skill-cost-list/

To Do List

It’s been awhile since I posted a ToDo List, so here we go:

Now that HARP Sci Fi is finalized, at least as far as the rules go, I’d like to redo the Characters and NPC’s from my playtest group and post them using the most recent Open Office Character Sheet. I think I’ll do each character up to 5th level and post the sheet for each level.

The other continuing project is to do up a set of stats for using the Selkies Secret adventure in Rolemaster Express / Rolemaster Classic. I’ve done up Selkies as a Race for RMX/RMC and done up the Aquatic Culture for RMX/RMC as well. I’ve submitted those to the Guild Companion and they should be showing in the October issue. Then need to create the NPC’s and Creatures for the adventure as well as look for any references to skills and other things that might need updating.

Once the RM2/RMX/RMC conversion is done, doing a RMSS/RMFRP should be relatively straight forward.

I’m not sure at this point what will happen with that when I am done. Either a Guild Companion article or maybe a Guild Adventurer appendix or something. I’d also like to have the maps of the ships presented in a larger format as well.

I also am doing preliminary work on a Battlestar Galactica adventure, I’ll probably stat it for HARP Sci Fi, but possibly for the BSG RPG as well. I did do an initial posting on RPG Forums to see if there was any interest in running it on-line and the results were disappointing, but I’m planning on continuing with it anyway. Because it’s a licensed property I don’t know if I’ll be able to publish it as an article anywhere, but I’ll look into that when I actually have something completed.

Another project is to revisit the article “Converting Professions from RMSS/RMFRP to Rolemaster Classic” that I did for ICE. Now that Rolemaster Companion I has been rereleased it would be a good opportunity to update that article, and perhaps include a master conversion list. If I do it as a Guild Companion follow up article then I can probably include references to some of the material that was off limits as an official ICE product. The original article can be found at: http://www.ironcrown.com/ICEforums/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item58

As for changes with the Website itself, there isn’t likely going to be any noticable changes anytime soon. Most of the work I’m doing on it now is in the background getting set up for future enhancements. Primarily rearranging some of the tables and getting additional information moved from static pages into the database. Probably a couple years worth of work at my current rate.

One thing I will be doing is finishing a sweep of the existing pages and fixing any dead links and getting some of the remaining articles reformatted properly.

On a totally non game related front, I’m also working on converting alot of my old cassettes and albums to MP3’s so I can listen to them on my IPod. Somewhat labour intensive, but I’ve got alot of obscure stuff that’s never been released on CD or Itunes.

Site back up

The site is now back up after being down for about three days due to some technical difficulties with the databases. Everything should be working fine again, sorry for an inconvenience.

Links Page Updated

Updated the Links page and slightly rearranged the left hand sidebar.

Big News from The Guild Companion

Rolemaster Companion I

Rolemaster Companion I is back.

Digitally remastered and with updates for Rolemaster Classic, Rolemaster Companion I is a must for all Rolemaster (2nd Edition and Classic) fans.

With 118 individual spells (from 1st to 75th level), 31 spell lists, Arcane Magic, additional races, legendary monsters including the devastating Black Reaver, intelligent artifacts, rules for making magical items, a condensed combat system for super fast resolution, the city population generator, smoothed stat bonuses, and nine professions including the Archmage, the Druid, the Nightblade and the Paladin, the greatest fantasy role-playing system just got even better.

Don’t miss out.
http://guild.ironcrown.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=121&products_id=504


Updated Character Set

Ran a conversion to change the default Character Set for WordPress and the other Databases on the site to be utf8. This should now properly display some of the special characters in the names of the products, particularly the Translated products. Hopefully the conversion hasn’t done anything odd to any of the other items on the site.

MERP Printing & Edition Reference

Guy Fullerton has put together an excellent page which describes the differences between various printings of many of the MERP products produced over the years. Definitely worth checking out for you Middle Earth Roleplaying Game collectors.

http://homepage.mac.com/guyf/MERP/PrintingEditionReference.html