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Evan Franke

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A really excellent idea!
Hello everyone!

In 2003, I met GandalfofBorg on the Decipher web boards - the company who designed the CODA system based Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game.

Together, we started a monthly webzine that focused on game play for that system - whether it was rules clarifications, fan creations, Middle-earth details, or whatever. The zine was a great success and carried on into its 80th plus issue - over 7 years! Matt and I had stepped down from the webzine prior to it running its course, turning it over to some new caretakers who kept it going until the system lost most interest. Still, it was a thrill to see it keep going as long as it did.

Thus I come to the point of this post.

I am thinking about re-initiating the Hall of Fire webzine for the The One Ring game system. I am probing for interest from you all to see if it is worth the investment in time. Once more, the webzine would be a player contribution zine that is specifically for The One Ring mechanics. Anyone will be able to submit their own article, creation, adventures, etc.

Where the former Hall of Fire was a monthly release, I think that I will limit the new zine to a quarterly release. It will be less taxing on the staff and will allow for more contributions to be gathered.

Now as for anyone interested in helping with this project? We will be putting the same amount of care and professionalism into the new webzine PDF product that was in the original.

Some might say, why create a new (or at least re-initiate a former) webzine? There are already zines out there that focus on Middle-earth (i.e. Other Hands). Yes, the Other Hands has always been an option for Middle-earth writing and creation, but it does not necessarily focus on The One Ring game system. So, why not a new, or former, webzine?

Here is an outline and description of The Hall of Fire's content:

Reader opinions, observations, and questions about the webzine

It's All Optional
House rules that have been created by players to help streamline problematic mechanics, or to open new options in the game

Adventuring In
The many different realms within Middle-Earth and their chronicle potential

Fan Flavour
Fan made cultures, callings, backgrounds, traits, spells, weapons, etc.

Allies and Adversaries
Featured NPC descriptions for our favorite characters that haven't been seen in any products or new NPC's created by fans

Featured Creatures
Fan created fell beasts and other creatures that have not been seen in any product

The Road Goes Ever On
Mini or side adventures submitted by fans and writers

Trusted Locales
Locations throughout Middle-earth where the companions might take refuge and spend a Fellowship phase

Calling All Gamers!
A section dedicated to advertising for game openings (local and online), RPG events, and more!

Treasure Trove
Short details and reviews of product releases along with what has been released thus far

What's Out There?
Links to major RPG websites for The One Ring here if you would find such content of worth. I will judge whether to initiate the zine based on how much response I receive. Also post here if you are interested in becoming a regular contributor to the webzine. I will be doing the layout, as I had done back in the previous iteration of the zine, but can always use help of artists and individuals who are good with design.

The product will have no monetary value and the time invested will be on a voluntary basis. There is a payoff, though. It is seeing and hearing all of the appreciation from readers and contributors who keep the game and the zine alive.

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Had a thoroughly nerdy Friday night watching the Stream of Annihilation and painting this Silver Dragon. It came out okay, though I need to take a better picture of it.

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Scouting for illustrators. If your pro illustration portfolio includes contemporary horror work, please hit me up with the link.

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Just got pointed to Professor Jackson Crawford (by the great Matt Colville's latest video ( Dr. Crawford is currently a lecturer at UC Berkeley. He's a cowboy, he knows Vikings and is an expert in ancient Scandinavian language, culture and mythology. He is maybe not yet as polished as The Tolkien Professor (, but I think he is getting there. If you want to know about Odin, Loki and Thor and their people, you should check this guy out:

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Ran some D&D recently, had fun, learned some lessons.

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One-Night D&D-The Haunted Castle (and the lessons therefrom)
Hello internet, my irregular publishing of entries marches on . . . irregularly. On Saturday, I ran a short scenario of my own devising for a "pick up" game of Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons. The game worked out well enough that I likely may run this scen...

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Do you feel lucky?

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Good news: My Adventures in Middle-Earth Player's Guide arrived!

Bad news: I also received someone else's copy of Adventures in Middle-Earth Player's Guide also arrived. I am sad because they are probably sad. Mix up at the distribution center it looks like.

Have contacted Cubicle 7 to look at options. Would take it to the guy, but he lives far be or six states up the coast, so not an option.

Big human enterprises make mistakes. They can distinguish themselves by how the resolve them.

Wish us all luck.

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Old and New Combined: A Vision for New D&D Adventures (Part 1)
When I wrote the epilog to the Nine Vessels of Magic
campaign, it was to conclude the our adventures.  I wrote an end of sorts to everyone’s story.  It was a narrative set some two hundred and
seventy-five years after the conclusion of the campaign.   Calad...
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