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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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Planet profile: Seccanoe

For those of you playing Spacemaster or HARP-SF, I thought this outline of a new planet might give you some inspiration or serve as a backdrop for your next adventure.   Name: Seccanoe Diameter: 14,037km Gravity: 1.2 g Distance from sun: 0.87 au at its closest 1.42 at its furthest Year: 1.13 Earth years (412 Earth days) Rotation period: 21.25 hours Atmosphere: Oxygen rich with carbon and nitrogen Hydrosphere: In ‘winter’ glaciers cover 42% of the surface of the planet with other bodies of water covering a further 5%. During ‘summer’ the glaciers only cover 17% with a further 72% of the planet covered in water. Climate: Extremes of hot and cold depending on season Population: Seccanoe is a rocky planet with an oxygen rich atmosphere orbiting a yellow dwarf star. The star is similar in size to the Earth’s sun but slightly more massive. Seccanoe is one of only three planets orbiting the star and is the closest planet to the sun. Seccanoe has an elliptical orbit with .55 au difference between its closest a

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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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Roleplaying adventure hooks – Science Fiction

  Looking for inspiration for your next science fiction roleplaying adventure? Then look no further! We’ve put together these three adventure hooks to give you some ideas for your next gaming session. Enjoy!     The greater good?   Members of a previously unknown alien race make contact with the PCs and offer them access to ground-breaking technology and all the fame and wealth that will come with it. However, in return, they want the PCs to aid them in a coup on their home planet.   Synopsis   Attracted no doubt by the party’s strength, intellect and desire for wealth and power, a new race offers them new technology in exchange for aiding them in a coup. The PCs will have to wrestle with their morals as these ambassadors clearly do not have good intentions for their home planet. Perhaps there is a way to get the technology and prevent the coup?     Gods among men   Whilst exploring an isolated planet on the outskirts of the galaxy, the party is accosted by a

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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 – 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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