Post by Vile Traveller on Feb 20, 2016 20:27:11 GMT -6
Firstly, I must offer my humble thanks to our landlord Finarvyn for letting me have my own corner of these marvellous boards for discussion of the BLUEHOLME™ Project. It's a truly happy place in my mind-map of the intertubes, and it's a joy and a privilege to talk to you all.
Okay, down to business. Fin suggested that a "what is it" post might be useful to have at the top of the forum, so here we are. Well, the simple answer is this (to paraphrase Matthew's post from Dragonsfoot):
BLUEHOLME™ Prentice Rules is a close emulation of Holmes for levels 1-3.
BLUEHOLME™ Compleat Rules covers levels 1-20 in the Holmes style, based on the Blue Book as well as his other books, articles, and short stories. It builds on the elements that set Holmes apart from the other editions, such as scroll creation and non-portable magic books, as well as concepts like allowing players to play pretty much any race. In terms of content, it expands on Prentice (and the Blue Book) by introducing additional elements, but only if they are mentioned by Holmes in his writings. These are not necessarily identical to their counterparts in OD&D, Strategic Review, or Dragon Magazine - the intent is always to stay with the "Spirit of Holmes".
Additional classes: assassins, druids, illusionists, monks, paladins, and rangers
Additional monsters mentioned by Holmes, e.g. Angles, Cyclopians, Dreenoi, Green Grabbers
Not in the rules, but in the adventures, a setting based on the Outdoor Survival map and the OD&D implied setting detailed by Wayne Rossi, incorporating locations taken - you've guessed it - from Holmes's writings.
To sum up, the BLUEHOLME™ Project will bring to the table another, but hopefully distinctively different, flavour of OSR play based on Dr J. Eric Holmes's vision world's most popular role-playing game.
Hey Vile? How soon will the Compleat Rules are done? Love the Prentice Rules and Holmes as well. Keep up the good work! Cheers
The Compleat Rules are dead*, long live the Journeymanne Rules! The artwork is rolling in and the stretch goals are being worked on, so far everything looks on schedule for an August launch of the BLUEHOLME™ Journeymanne Rules PDF in August. The book will go print-on-demand at the end of the year once people have had a chance to spot the inevitable errata.
*Journeymanne is what Compleat was going to be, but without the extra sub-classes. They were just taking too long to get right. I'll probably release them öne-by-one, as-and-when, under the collective title of Maester Classes.
See what I did there? Prentice? Journeymanne? Maester?
While I totally like the idea of new art in my opinion yourself and John Stater are the masters of using classic fantasy art from awesome illustrators of days passed like Ford to really evoke a classic feel. Sometimes you see these pieces tossed in here and there in a mishmash, but you two do it with the flair to convey an atmosphere.