One of my earliest childhood memories is my pouring over the maps in the Hobbit. I loved tracing Bilbo’s journey across the Misty Mountains, through Mirkwood, and finally to the Lonely Mountain. Even more I enjoyed the map of the Misty Mountain, the same map that Thorin and company possessed, with moonletters and all (though mine showed up even by the light of day). This made me feel connected to the story. I saw the same thing the characters did.
The Runewild has made me think about why I like fey in gaming and fiction. One reason I like them is that they have a prefect balance of the familiar and the strange. I often see enemies like orcs as being just humans with pointy teeth and a bad attitude. At the other end of the spectrum, aberrations like aboleth are so strange they are hard to relate to. Fey seem similar: most look humanoid and do human-ish things like hold courts and throw parties, but how many stories exist of people who attend a fey party getting trapped or discovering that forty years have passed?
We thought you would like to know that we are now running a Kickstarter campaign for our newest book, the Runewild.
The Runewild is a dark fairy-tale sandbox setting for use with 5th Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. Designed for character levels 1 through 10, it provides locations, encounters, and NPCs to support a campaign lasting months or years, or to be adapted into other campaigns. The book includes: Continue reading