“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” ~ some Christmas song
This time of year tends to be a time of great excitement for most people – and sometimes great angst. As the Holidays grow ever closer, it is too easy to be caught up and pulled in a dozen frantic directions, all trying to get ready for the upcoming festivities.
This year, things are quite different for me, as I have this new project, the Neuroglyph Games website, to write for, while trying to balance the time of tending my blogsite against the rest of life’s “little” responsibilities. But I’m really pleased with how the site has developed over the past few months, and I hope that my Readers have come to enjoy my blogs and reviews as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
And I would like to take this opportunity to send out a big “Thank You” to all the 4e Game Companies that have offered me the chance to review their GSL Products. Reviewing D&D 4e products and writing reviews was not something I originally intended to do on the site, but I have come to find myself enjoying it a great deal, and I certainly hope that the reviews have helped 3rd Party Publishers as well as Players and DMs to support GSL products.
And on the topic of GSL, I am pleased to announce that Neuroglyph Games has finally completed registration with Wizards of the Coast, and can release 3rd Party Products for Dungeons & Dragons 4e under the Gaming System License. The process took a bit longer than I thought it would, but it is very exciting to have the potential to offer 4e Products in addition to my blogs.
But not to worry, I have every intention of continuing to blog about D&D 4e issues, and to review 3rd Party Products as often as I can. In fact, I have this month’s calendar full of product reviews, and even a bit into January!
Stay tuned for Upcoming Releases!
I have been working on two GSL products which I am looking forward to releasing in December and January, and both are designed to be used in almost any D&D 4e World Setting.
The first product is a short mini-adventure written for 1st to 3rd Level Characters called Cursed at the Old Inn, and play-testing on this module has gone very well the past couple weeks. As you might guess from the title, the encounter occurs at an inn, in fact any inn that the DM should choose, and is somewhat of a bar-room brawl with a twist. Cursed at the Old Inn will include a description of the mini-adventure scenario as well as:
- A full-color Inn Map tile
- Improvised Weapon Attack Cards
- And 3 New Monsters
As this is the first product released by Neuroglyph Games, it will be offered FREE of charge, and I hope to have Cursed at the Old Inn out before the end of December 2009.
The second product by Neuroglyph Games, which will be released sometime during January 2010, is a bit more ambitious than a single encounter mini-adventure. The Perilous Secrets of Willford Abbey is the first installment of what I hope to be a multi-part epic adventure series that will be usable in any D&D 4e World Setting. This first adventure, in what I have been calling the Doombringer Saga, has been written for five to six 1st to 3rd Level Characters, and contains eight possible encounters with full-color encounter maps, two skill challenges, and about a dozen new monsters, all wrapped up in an intricate storyline.
Here is the Introduction to the Doombringer Saga, which is still a bit of a work in progress, but I hope that you, my Readers, will enjoy it – and maybe be a bit tantalized:
“No… oh no… but it’s not possible!” Lady Caelynneth cried out, clutching at her long auburn tresses as she tore her gaze from shimmering pool.
The images of Mystic Sages floating serenely in the enchanted waters scattered like shadows before the lamp as the Ritual to consult them came to an abrupt end. Their terrible message confirming her discovery had been delivered.
Sobbing uncontrollably, Caelynneth grabbed up her star charts, and staggered back to her desk, her beautiful fey visage wracked by terror and grief. Her hands shook as they pulled the stopper from the vial of crimson ink, but she stilled them through willpower alone, lest she mar her Working.
From outside the heavy oak door of her Scrying Room, concerned voices called her name, followed by frantic knocking then pounding. But the Lady scarcely heard them as she scribbled on the parchment charts, illuminating the cosmic horror she had just discovered, slashed across the page in a series of blood red glyphs.
Her ears did not hear the final crash that tore the great iron-bound door from its hinges. Nor did she hearken to her would-be rescuers rushing to save her. Gazing at the star chart one final time through tear soaked eyes, all that once was Lady Caelynneth reeled back from that final terrible truth and fled shrieking into some deep dark corner of her own mind.
The servants found their Lady prostrate beside her writing desk, the red-tipped quill still clutched in her hand. Her beautiful fey eyes, ensnared by madness, gazed up through the skylight dome at the shimmering stars… or perhaps at the darkness between them.
Both these products will be published via PDF, and I will have further announcements when they are going to be made available for download. As a long-time DM and Player, it’s very exciting to be able to finally offer my work to others beyond my own gaming groups, and I can’t wait to get these adventures published!
So until next blog… I wish you Happy Gaming!