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The Guns of Karrnath?

My Eberron project, The Forge of War, has been officially announced, so I guess I can discuss it here, insofar as my NDA allows.
  • Yes, it's an Eberron book about the Last War.

  • Yes, I wrote it with mouseferatu and James Wyatt.

  • Yes, I wrote a lot of history and battle descriptions, as well as a little crunch.

  • James and I politely disagreed about some questions of historical motives (and as the in-house guy, I'm sure he gets the last word).

  • I patched up the gaps of Eberron's timeline, and I think people are in for a few surprises.


That about covers it; beyond that, I'm off the NDA, I think.

It's a project I enjoyed, but despite spending a fair amount of time sorting through the fine points and contradictions of the setting, Eberron hasn't quite won me over. Maybe it's just because I've been reading so much darker stuff lately (Poe, Stross, and Mieville), but Eberron's pretensions to noir aren't cutting it for me. Halflings on dinosaurs, magic trains, and the evil cardinals of the Silver Flame all add up to "slightly campy pulp" to me, not noir. That said, The Forge of War plays it straight: no jokes, no humor, downplay the goofy elements as much as possible. It's a military-focussed book, written to detail and incorporate the defining events of the setting. I'll be very curious to hear what people say about it.

Part of me wants to write an all-warforged Eberron one-shot done up in a Sgt. Rock or Nick Fury style, maybe for Open Design, maybe just to run for a local group. Everyone goes out in a blaze of glory!

Comments

the_monkey_king
Nov. 24th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, the setting lacks a core narrative, and I always get the feeling that the hard design choices were never made (hmmm: dinosaurs or steamtech — let's have both!).

The kitchen sink approach has some appeal, of course, but the Realms already does that and does it well. Eberron seems muddled rather than open-ended. And that noir hype/marketing talk (since abandoned?) raised my hopes for the setting and then dashed them.

I know the Eberron campaign that I would want to run. But the products to date don't support it. I like to think that Forge of War may steer things in a direction that more people like.
wahcrysob
Nov. 24th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Eberron has always seemed interesting to me, but I've yet to get into it. I'm very much into steampunk and noir, and that was the big draw, although this talk of abandoned noir marketing does not bode well to me.

I can vouch for the kitchen sink approach with Exalted, which comes off as pretty cohesive (for the most part) and it allows for a lot of differant stories. Having no experiance with Eberron though, I really can't argue one way or the other for it.

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