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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!

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halo_ov_fire
Jul. 8th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Titles
People often assume the Purge was an instance of "helpless lycanthropes being hunted down one by one by ruthless soldiers of the Silver Flame.

There's a good chance people assume this based on our own perceptions of religion and its ties to history. This is often reinforced by what we see today (far too frequently) on the news. A car bomb here, a matyr there ...and I think people tend to just assume that the targets are innocents. The very phrase "Witchhunt" in today's lexicon often conjures images of people being accused for crimes they didn't commit.

As for this element in the game, I've had a lot of fun with it. I had (before I moved to the Middle East) a group I was running with a shifter that just assumed that all other shifters were innocents and all members of the CotSF were racists bent on his very destruction. He didn't take into consideration that there *are" very evil werewolves out there who delight in killing the innocent. He had his opinion and he stuck to it. This made for fun role-playing, and only went on to emphasise a very real problem. Choosing a side and ignoring that there are shades of grey in every situation.

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