Director’s Briefing – January 2022

Welcome

To the one hundred-and-twenty-sixth Briefing and first scheduled Briefing of 2022, and a very happy and healthy new year to all of you.

My Christmas reading was the duology of novels by Proxima and Ultima by Stephen Baxter, River of Stars (set in an alternate 12th-century Song Dynasty China) and Children of Earth and Sky (set in an alternate Europe). Elsewhere I watched Spiderman: No Way Home and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

A Retrospective on 2021

2021 has been another year dominated by the pandemic.

2021 was the year in which we tragically lost Terry Amthor.

The website issues were successfully resolved with a move to a new hosting provider. HARP Bestiary completed layout and was published in pdf and made it to print in December. HARP Garden of Rain completed layout and has also been published in pdf (with a print master in progress). HARP Beyond the Veil and HARP Subterfuge remain in layout. The full manuscript of HARP Steampunk has arrived. All of the artwork was completed for RMU Arms and Character Law, nearly all is completed for RMU Spell Law, and the commissioning process is well underway for RMU Treasure Law. The RMU Character Companion has been extensively worked on.Although we decided to roll over our Gen Con 2021 spot to 2022, we cautiously attended Dragonmeet.

2022

Looking to our hopes for 2022 in terms of new products.

In HARP, we will progress HARP Garden of Rain to print. Both HARP Beyond the Veil and HARP Subterfuge will be published as they are nearly finished in layout. We also expect to see HARP SF Poseidon Gambit see publication. HARP Steampunk will go to editing and beyond. We received an unexpected adventure module manuscript (Tales from Banecroft) in December, which we will seek to progress through to publication.

Colin and I will continue the Cyradon work in terms of the adventure module refresh.

For Shadow World, I will be working my way carefully through the Emer IV files to piece together Emer IV, Terry’s last full manuscript. We expect to publish Priest-King of Shade and will progress The Night of the Third Moon adventure module through editing, and make further headway on the HARP Handbook for Shadow World.

In RMU, I have now completed a full editing pass on the first volume of Creature Law. It is back with Aaron for some minor corrections and adjustments.Given the artwork status achieved already for Arms and Character Law and Spell Law, both of those will be heading into layout shortly. Expect 2022 to be the year when we publish RMU.

In software, we expect to release a set of ERA datasets for Spacemaster: Privateers.

With a little luck, other projects for HARP and Rolemaster will reach full draft or equivalent status in 2022.

The ongoing pandemic means that conventions remain uncertain. However, we hope that Gen Con 2022 and Dragonmeet 2022 will run in a more normal way, and we will gladly support any fans who are willing to run games at conventions (physical and virtual), through prizes and other assistance.

Until next time

Please stay safe.

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Director, Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd

HARP Bestiary miniatures – Land Monsters

My name is Colin and I’m addicted to minis. I love minis. Any game with minis and I want to own it or at least play it. I love using minis with tabletop roleplaying games and recently lost a couple of hours of my life just browsing custom minis on Etsy. To make sure that time wasn’t completely wasted (and to further sate my mini addiction), I figured I would put together this post.

With the recent release of HARP Bestiary in print, I thought I would put together a selection of minis that I have found on Etsy which could be used to represent some of the monsters in the book. Unfortunately there were so many awesome minis that I was only able to do the land monsters chapter. I hope to do the other chapters in the coming weeks.

Caustic Slime pg 117

Cerberus pg 119

Chimera pg 123

Dire Bear pg 125

Dire Boar pg 126

Fungus Men pg 129

Magmamen pg 137

Manticore pg 138

Rock Worm pg 143

Sphinx pg 146

HARP Bestiary is available now from DrivethruRPG in PDF and in softcover or hardcover formats. Get your copy now.

Director’s Briefing – December 2021

Welcome

To the one hundred-and-twenty-fifth Briefing and eleventh scheduled Briefing of 2021. I hope that you and yours are staying well.

Terry Amthor’s Legacy

A first batch of the files from Terry’s estate have safely arrived. It is a megafolder containing all of Emer IV. I am still working my way through the files to see just how close Terry had come to completion. However this part of Terry’s legacy has been found and we will bring it to complete publication.

More folders will be sent as Terry’s estate executors make sense of the folders.

Dragonmeet 2021

Colin and I attended Dragonmeet on the 4th. Although the organisers indicated that there were more traders present than ever, it felt a smaller and quieter convention, with no surges of fans at any point. But there were still games being played, books sold (by us and other vendors), and we had some very good conversations with fans. Given the latest unhappy developments of Covid in the UK, I think we were fortunate that Dragonmeet was able to happen at all and was as successful as it was.

HARP

We had an unexpected problem with the print version of HARP Bestiary and we had to rejig the print masters to make them behave. Consequently the cycle of fix, upload, validate and get proof copies to check meant we ran out of time to get sufficient copies printed to sell at Dragonmeet. However, we did have softcover and hardcover display copies to show off and I know that Colin was delighted to be able to share pictures of these monster volumes, pun intended.

HARP Bestiary is now available for sale in both print editions through DriveThruRPG.

A softcover proof copy of HARP Garden of Rain arrived a couple of days before Dragonmeet; the hardcover proof was waiting in the letter box when I got home from Dragonmeet. As we were not completely happy with the proofs, we have adjusted the masters again and once we are happy, it too will go on sale.

RMU

We only have one additional image for RMU Spell Law to commission. Colin is now considering what needs to be commissioned for the first volume of RMU Creature Law. I hope to complete my editing pass during the Christmas holidays.

Until next time

As the next scheduled Briefing will be in the new year, all that remains for me to do is wish you a very Merry Christmas (or other holiday of your choice) and again please stay safe so that 2022 is a better year for everyone.

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Director, Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd

Gift Guide 2021

Happy holidays everyone! As is customary this time of year, I have put together a list if things that I think might be good for the ICE fan or tabletop roleplaying game fan in your life.

HARP Garden of Rain

Garden of Rain is designed as a HARP Fantasy adventure module for 4 or more characters of 5th or 6th level. It is also statted for Rolemaster Classic and Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying.

The community of Vallegarde, a once prosperous village in a remote mountain valley, is beset by freak rainstorms that threaten to drown all its inhabitants in an unstoppable flood. Arriving in the nick of time, daring adventurers have the chance to save the villagers from watery death and win a temporary reprieve. Unravelling the mystery behind the unceasing rains and thwarting the supernatural foes of Vallegarde will be a test of wits, martial prowess and magic for true heroes.

Garden of Rain may be used as a standalone adventure module to slot into the GM’s existing campaign world.

HARP Garden of Rain is available now as a pdf and will be available in print very soon.

Lord of the Rings You Shall Not Pass Adult Ugly Sweater

I don’t know why they refer to it as an ‘ugly’ sweater. I think it’s beautiful. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with this wonderful Tolkien inspired sweater.

You can also get another Lord of the Rings jumper called ‘Mordor’ but I would say that one is less festive than this Moria version.

Dice jail for misbehaving dice

As anyone who has ever gamed with me will tell you, I have the worst luck when it comes to rolling dice. I don’t know what I did to anger the dice gods, but they take every opportunity to smite me. If I put every misbehaving dice into a dice jail, I would very soon have no dice at all. Even so… These are beautiful and I want them.

These dice jails come in a variety of different styles and sizes and I think they’re just swell!

Dice stocking filled with goodies

I added this dice stocking to the list when I thought it was just a really nice stocking for fans of dice and tabletop roleplaying games. On closer inspection though, it will also contain a minimum 2 sets of dice, a method of storage and lots of other goodies.

A great gift for people who don’t have a stocking and don’t have any ideas what to put in a stocking.

HARP Bestiary

Ready your weapons and your spells to battle the fiends, dangerous and diabolical, described in this tome. Learn of the mundane and supernatural perils that prowl the wildernesses of the world, of the mighty denizens of the seas and oceans, and of the winged beasts soaring on the winds above.

Created for HARP Fantasy, HARP Bestiary contains descriptions, stats and adventure notes for 79 animals, 56 monsters, 4 weres, 14 dragons, 19 undead, 24 elementals, 26 demons and new talents, spells and overlays to create your own monsters.

HARP Bestiary is available now as a pdf and will be available very soon in print.

HARP Bestiary cover

Recipes from the world of Tolkien

Ever wondered what Lembas Bread, Cram, or Beorn’s Honey Cakes might taste like?

From Crickhollow Apple Loaf, Pippin’s Minas Tirith Lunch, and Brandywine Fish Pie to Dwarven Spiced Pickled Beetroot, Westfarthing Fairings, and Beorn’s Twice-Baked Cakes, Recipes from the World of Tolkien includes over 75 mouth-watering recipes that will take you on a journey through Middle-earth, delivering a treat for your taste buds and your imagination.

This collection of delicious recipes also features stunning illustrations and artwork throughout, as well as short feature essays that explore the compelling role of food in Tolkien’s works. This is the perfect, must-have addition to any Tolkien fan’s bookshelf.

It’s hard to tell how good this book is without owning it myself, but I love the idea of it.

Fantasy Grounds

Fantasy Grounds is just an absolutely brilliant way of playing Rolemaster Classic with friends who can’t all be around a table. This Virtual Table Top takes care of all elements of tabletop gaming, is easy to use, and has a very active development team regularly bringing out updates, improvements and new add ons.

ERA for Rolemaster Arms Law for Rolemaster Classic esupport database

ERA for Rolemaster RMFRP Arms Law (2003)

This product is an add-on feature package for ERA for Rolemaster.

With ERA you can create Rolemaster characters and then manage their adventures. Players can also monitor their characters from their mobile devices as the action progresses. But no adventure is complete without some gritty combat. Blows must be dealt, and damage resolved. In the free base ERA product you will find 2 sample weapons and 3 critical tables.

This feature package adds all attack and critical tables in RMFRP Arms Law (2003). Arm your characters with weapons from the sling to the battle axe, and your monsters with 11 different natural attacks. Or just go bare handed with martial arts strikes or throws. For increased damage, deal some of Rolemaster’s acclaimed criticals.

Hobbit Door Wreaths

Coming in a range of colours and designs, these door wreaths could be used all year round. Evoking the idea of the round doors on hobbit holes seen in the recent Tolkien inspired movies, these would be a great gift for any Middle Earth Role Playing or general Tolkien fans.

Dice set bath bombs

This site has a wide selection of different dice shaped bath bombs. The even cooler thing? They come with dice inside!

I won’t be held responsible for any injuries that may occur by people forgetting that there are now dice in the bath and sitting on them. Despite the obvious risks though, they’re great fun for any dice or gaming fans and they even come in D10s!

Please don’t kill my character T-shirt

This just seems like something that every Rolemaster player should own.

It comes in a range of different colours and sizes and I’m almost certain will have absolutely no affect on any GMs…It looks cool though.

Director’s Briefing – November 2021

Welcome

To the one hundred-and-twenty-fourth Briefing and tenth scheduled Briefing of 2021. I hope that you and yours are staying well.

Terry Amthor RIP

Terry’s sister, Tamara, has been in touch. Terry’s online obituary is at https://obituaries.virginiacremate.com/obituaries/charlottesville-va/terry-amthor-10382639.  Terry did not want a memorial service, so Tamara is encouraging friends and fans to post either on the obituary page or on Terry’s Facebook page.

Dragonmeet 2021

All being well, we will be attending Dragonmeet on the 4th December at the Novotel Hammersmith. Full details of the convention can be found at www.dragonmeet.co.uk

If you are planning on running a Rolemaster, HARP, Shadow World or Spacemaster or any other ICE game, please let Colin know. If you are attending, please drop by our stand for a chat.

HARP

Nick Morawitz has made vast progress on the layout of HARP Beyond the Veil such that it requires only a few tiny touchups before it can be published. He has also made good progress on HARP Subterfuge.

I have, however, cruelly interrupted him to return to the errata fixes on HARP Bestiary and the creation of new print masters. It is going to be a close run thing on whether we can get HARP Bestiary approved by Lightning Source and copies ready for Dragonmeet. We will also attempt to race HARP Garden of Rain to print for Dragonmeet.

RMU

More artwork has arrived for RMU Spell Law and Colin has been quietly commissioning artwork for RMU Treasure Law. I am stealthily working my way through RMU Creature Law.

Until next time

Please stay safe.

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Director, Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd

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Director’s Briefing – October 2021

Welcome

To the one hundred-and-twenty-third Briefing and ninth scheduled Briefing of 2021. I hope that you and yours are staying well.

Terry Amthor RIP

As you have undoubtedly heard, Terry Amthor has passed away. I still cannot really believe that we have lost him. It feels like we have lost our very own Tolkien, but a Tolkien whom we all knew as a friend, not just as a creative genius.

Terry lives on in his work, through his contributions to Rolemaster, Spacemaster, Middle-Earth, and, most especially, in his most glorious creation Shadow World.

Shadow World

I know many of you have been wondering what will happen to Shadow World. Terry’s Estate have been in contact and are seeking to locate all of his manuscripts for us. We hope that their search will be successful.

We will continue to publish new Shadow World modules from other carefully selected writers, with Priest-King of Shade scheduled to be first. We will support Shadow World in both RMU and HARP.

HARP

Speaking of HARP, the HARP Garden of Rain adventure module was released at the start of October. Although it is formally named as part of the HARP line, it is statted for RM Classic and RMSS/FRP. We hope that you will find it a useful addition to your collection of ready to run adventures. If you find any errors, please let us know and we will remedy as part of the creation of the print masters.

We are expecting to create the print masters for HARP Bestiary shortly. Nick Morawitz has been undertaking a layout pass on HARP Beyond the Veil and has taken over the layout work on HARP Subterfuge.

RMU

I am back on the case of RMU Creature Law.

Until next time

Please stay safe.

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Director, Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd

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Iron Crown Enterprises Announcement

To all in the ICE family

It is with the greatest sadness that we must inform you that the incomparable Terry Amthor has died. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his sister Tamara, his family and his friends.

The cause and circumstances of his death are still under investigation, so we cannot provide any details on this and will defer to his family on what they choose to disclose in due course.

Terry was a founder member of the original ICE and a cocreator of Rolemaster and Spacemaster, writing and contributing to many of its most iconic products, and to some of the most exceptional 1st edition Middle-earth modules. Most of all, he has shaped our imaginations with his masterful Shadow World epic fantasy setting. He continued to develop Kulthea through his own Eidolon Studio company, before joining forces with Guild Companion Publications to create new sourcebooks and adventures bringing ever more of Shadow World to life, and working as our layout guru for most of our other products.  

Author, designer, world builder, and friend, Terry’s genius has enriched our lives for decades. His creations will continue to inspire us all for years to come.

Rest in peace, Terry.

Nicholas, Colin, John and Thom

HARP Garden of Rain is out now!

Iron Crown Enterprises are thrilled to announce the release of HARP Garden of Rain for High Adventure Role Playing (HARP).

This is a BRAND NEW adventure for the HARP Fantasy system and is designed for 4 or more characters of 5th or 6th level. It is also statted for Rolemaster Classic and Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying.

It is available now exclusively from DrivethruRPG for an introductory price of just $10 instead of the usual price of $12.

Once we’ve caught all thoughs pesky errata in the pdf, we’ll then be making it available in print.

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Director’s Briefing – September 2021

Welcome

To the one hundred-and-twenty-second Briefing and eighth scheduled Briefing of 2021. I hope that you and yours are staying well.

Apologies for August

Apologies for the absence of an August Briefing. I finally managed to have a break at the start of August and exhaustion caught up with me hard. A moral – I need to ensure that I get my leave more regularly – I will blame the pandemic for making that very difficult in the past two years or so. Alas, I returned to various work crises and by the time they were under control, it was too late for the briefing to be useful. Back to normal now.

HARP

Brad sent in the additional stats for the NPCs and these have now been included in the HARP Garden of Rain pdf. We are currently reworking the key of one of the maps but once that is done, we will release the pdf version.

RMU

The artwork for RMU Arms & Character Law and RMU Spell Law has continued to arrive. Additional artwork has been commissioned for RMU Treasure Law.

Until next time

Please stay safe.

Best wishes,

Nicholas

Director, Iron Crown Enterprises Ltd