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Director’s Briefing – June 2019

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninety-seven Briefing and sixth scheduled Briefing of 2019. Now in the deluge of marking and June teaching.     Website outages   If you are a regular visitor to our website or the forums, you will be aware that we have been suffering a spate of website outages. Apologies for this – we have been trying to work with our hosting provider to identify the root cause. Unfortunately, it is proving hard to do this as the dashboard controls on our side don’t give us the information we need to self-diagnose.     RMU   Aaron has delivered a vast spreadsheet of creature stats for sanity checking. Graham Bottley is devising how to create a RMU Lite from the latest RMU drafts.     HARP Fantasy and HARP SF   I have completed an editorial sweep of the HARP SF Poseidon Gambit draft and it is back with its

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Director’s Briefing – May 2019

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninety-sixth Briefing and fifth scheduled Briefing of 2019. Apologies for its lateness – the semester workload went supernova in the last few weeks – and for the extreme brevity – I have just entered the gap between the end of semester teaching and the arrival of marking/June teaching, so I am sure you would rather I focused on getting projects complete than a lengthy Briefing!     Licenses   I still have a specific license to write for a science-fiction setting, so that we can publish it for HARP and its creator can use it for fiction.     RMU   Aaron remains sane with RMU Creature Law. Graham Bottley is rolling up his sleeves to resume work on a RMU Lite version.     HARP Fantasy and HARP SF   The editorial list of requests for change on HARP Beyond the Veil is with Jon Cassie.   I

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Director’s Briefing – April 2019

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninety-fifth Briefing and fourth scheduled Briefing of 2019.     Licenses   The contract with our new Spanish partners has been formally signed so we can look forward to seeing HARP in Spanish in the future.   Negotiations are underway regarding the German license for Rolemaster.   I have a specific license to write for a science-fiction setting.     RMU   Aaron has managed to update the entire creature stats spreadsheet that underpins RMU Creature Law. He is also still sane. He will now be proceeding into propagating all those changes into the Creature Law drafts.     HARP Fantasy and HARP SF   I have completed my review of the first draft of HARP Beyond the Veil. Lots of really great material in that sourcebook. Naturally I have my editorial list of corrections, suggested addit

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19 tips for running a great tabletop roleplaying game (specifically Rolemaster)

GMing a game can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it much before or if you’re playing with a new group. That’s why we thought you might enjoy some helpful hints and tips on GMing from ICE fans and followers on how to make your game the best it could possibly be.   When I originally asked people to send in their hints and tips for running a great game, I specifically asked for tips on ‘running a great game of Rolemaster’. However, I’m pleased to say that the majority of the tips could just as easily be used when GMing HARP, Spacemaster, HARP-SF or any other tabletop roleplaying game.   So, hopefully you will enjoy these tips and find them useful. If you have any specific questions about running Rolemaster, Spacemaster, HARP, HARP-SF or any ICE game, visit the ICE forum where we have thousands of helpful GMs and fans who may have some advice.   So, without further ado, here are our 19 tips for running a great tabletop roleplaying game (specifically Rolemaster):   Always, a

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Director’s Briefing – March 2019

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninety-fourth Briefing and third scheduled Briefing of 2019.     Licenses   John Seal has been working hard with future licensees (and I have occasionally pitched in with the odd email.) Expect a new Spanish license for HARP to be formally announced soon.     RMU   Continued strong progress is happening with RMU. Aaron has been cross-referencing talents and flaws and enforcing consistency among all the lists. He has updated all of the creatures to reflect corrections to the talents. More work ongoing there.     HARP Fantasy and HARP SF   Terry is reading his way through HARP Garden of Rain for artwork direction purposes, while Joel Lovell has been reworking the author’s maps for us.   The author of HARP Subterfuge has sent through some minor amendments and corrections – which I will d

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Snuggle Monster for HARP

  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have created a new monster and a new spell for you to use in your next HARP adventure. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Snuggle Monster!     SNUGGLE MONSTER   Name: Snuggle Monster Level: 4 Size: Medium BMR Type: Quadruped : Biped BMR: 31:14   # Enc: 1 Outlook: Aggr. Treasure: NNN   DB 54 Hits 96 Init 17   Stamina 91 Will 46 Magic 62   ATTACKS Hug Attack – Medium Crush 77   BLOOD MAGIC   Heart’s desire PP Cost: 6 Spell Type: Utility Range: 50’ RR: Magic Duration: 1 minute/rank Description: Instantly causes the target to believe that the caster is their true love, the being that they most desire and want to be with. The target will be compelled to approach the caster and attempt to woo them.   Scaling Options: Each additional target +3 Additional 50’ +1 + 1 minute +3   SKILLS Acrobatics (5) 44, Brawling (10) 67, Endurance (5) 36, Jumping (12) 71, Navigation (6) 33, Perception (12) 58, Resistance – Magic (1

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Director’s Briefing – January 2019

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome to 2019   Happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to the ninety-second Briefing and the first scheduled Briefing of 2019.   Over the course of 2018, I managed to read Elizabeth Moon’s Paladin’s Legacy quintet, Terry Brook’s Legends of Shannara duology, and multiple Valdemar trilogies from Mercedes Lackey. My holiday reading was the Evermen quartet by James Maxwell and his Shifting Tides quartet. The Evermen cycle features a rune-based magic where spells are inscribed onto surfaces before being invoked through incantation and used by bladesingers for combat and to create multiple forms of constructs. The Shifting Tides is a completely different setting set in an analogue of classical Greece and the wider Mediterranean where ogres, giants, furies, merfolk, sea serpents and dragons are forms taken by shapeshifters – but if they spend too long i

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Director’s Briefing – December 2018

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninety-first Briefing and the twelfth scheduled Briefing of 2018.     Dragonmeet 2018   The ICE team attended the Dragonmeet convention, setting up our stall and bedecking it with enticing products, including both hardcovers and softcovers of Shadow World: Jaiman: Land of Twilight. Dragonmeet continues to grow in size and had its largest number of attendees ever. A very successful convention in terms of sales (we sold out of Jaiman hardcovers and a number of other titles). We also had some useful discussions with three potential authors, a new artist, and another potential foreign language licensee.     Shadow World   Terry is back to work on Shadow World with Haalkitaine manuscript. He is also considering doing a small adventure set in SW Emer.     Rolemaster   Aaron Smalley has joined Jo

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Director’s Briefing – November 2018

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the ninetieth Briefing and the eleventh scheduled Briefing of 2018.     Dragonmeet 2018   A reminder that the ICE team will be attending Dragonmeet convention on Saturday 1st December at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith, London. We look forward to seeing some of you there. Visit the Dragonmeet site at www.dragonmeet.co.uk     Shadow World   Our intention for Dragonmeet is to have Shadow World: Jaiman: Land of Twilight available in both perfectbound softcover and hardcover. Terry has taken a short break from Haalkitaine in order to do the needful preparation of the print masters.   In terms of other Shadow World projects, Terry and I have agreed that the manuscript entitled “Priest-King of Shade” (by BrIan Hanson) will join my editing queue for an editing pass and will then have a canonical approva

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Director’s Brefing – October 2018

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the eighty-ninth Briefing and the tenth scheduled Briefing of 2018. A short Briefing this month as it has been busy in the real-world with the start of a new academic year, but still happy.     Shadow World   While you have been enjoying the second edition of Shadow World: Jaiman: Land of Twilight, Terry has been busy working on Haalkitaine. His approach has been to combine the editing and revising of the existing text with adding new material as he goes along. Terry’s expectation is that the second edition of Haalkitaine will have 100+ pages of new content, with a particular emphasis on groups and people that player-characters might encounter. As an occasional change of pace, he is also making modest progress on Emer IV.     Rolemaster   I don’t have any progress to report on RMU Creature Law this month, bu

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