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  2015.12.22  19.58
Xmas Card 2015

This is a little different to my usual Xmas cards because I've been unable to find any especially good magazine illustrations this time; instead I've gone with a photo I took a few days ago, lightly processed for that Xmas card look.

The card is here - Print double sided if possible:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47268960/xmas_2015.pdf

The illustration is here, if you want to use it for anything else

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47268960/xmas_2015.jpg

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.11.17  20.30
Dragonmeet Games Update

Due to circumstances beyond my control I will only be running an afternoon game session at Dragonmeet:

The Pirates - In An Adventure With Aliens
Diana: Warrior Princess rules


With Earth under attack by deadly aliens, Queen Buttercup of the former People’s Republic of Florin decides to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to any pirate or privateer prepared to rise to the challenge. The adventurers are retired pirates, immortal and bored; this might be their chance for new adventures, if they can sort out a few minor problems such as not actually owning any ships. And there might even be money in it, anyone who calls themselves “gold” and flies around in pyramids probably has some treasure lying around…

4-6 players, 2-3 hours.

Note - this was inspired by a management game run by SF author Jo Walton (author of Tooth and Claw on which FFX was based, and other fine books) at a con many years ago, in which a crack team of experts had to rebuild Florin's economy, and ended up getting the Dread Pirate Roberts to do most of the heavy lifting.

Many apologies to anyone who was planning to play in the morning session.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.10.21  20.01
Dragonmeet Games

This year's Dragonmeet games:

Morning

Bring Them Back Alive
Forgotten Futures – Empire of Earth


London Zoo was razed during the Sirian War, but with the war over the Zoological Society has decided to rebuild on a grand scale. Needless to say, some animals will be needed… not just from Earth, but from the other planets. Several lucrative contracts are available, and may appeal to adventurers who find themselves a little strapped for cash. Of course there are likely to be a few small problems…

4-6 players, 2-3 hours.


Afternoon

The Pirates - In An Adventure With Aliens
Diana: Warrior Princess rules


With Earth under attack by deadly aliens, Queen Buttercup of the former People’s Republic of Florin decides to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to any pirate or privateer prepared to rise to the challenge. The adventurers are retired pirates, immortal and bored; this might be their chance for new adventures, if they can sort out a few minor problems such as not actually owning any ships. And there might even be money in it, anyone who calls themselves “gold” and flies around in pyramids probably has some treasure lying around…

4-6 players, 2-3 hours.

Note - this was inspired by a management game run by SF author Jo Walton (author of Tooth and Claw on which FFX was based, and other fine books) at a con many years ago, in which a crack team of experts had to rebuild Florin's economy, and ended up getting the Dread Pirate Roberts to do most of the heavy lifting.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.08.12  21.57
Doctor Nikola

I recently bought a copy of Guy Boothby's A Bid For Fortune which has a frontispiece missing from my previous copy, and it's absolutely wonderful. Click image for a larger version I've uploaded to Wikimedia Commons:



They don't make villains like that any more, you just can't get the wood. (Stanley L Wood, the illustrator, in this case.)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.07.18  21.19
Errata - The Lost World

I've come across a couple of formatting errors and a misplaced image in The Lost World. A corrected version is now on line:

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff3/lworld.htm

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.06.07  22.58
Errata - The Horror of the Heights

I've been notified of a small error in the etext of The Horror of the Heights; at some point between its original publication in 1913 and the creation of my version the word Homburg was replaced by Hamburg, making a geographical reference in the story somewhat implausible. I'm not sure if this is an error in the book I scanned for the original files, or my own OCR error, apologies either way. It's now corrected on this site.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.05.08  20.26
Alternative War of the Worlds Martians

Currently up for auction - the original drawings for a set of illustrations that were in a 1906 printing of The War of the Worlds by artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa, which are in some cases better than the Warwick Goble illustrations of 1897 - Wells liked them anyway. Lots of pictures, scroll down the page. Yours for an initial bid of £350,000, more likely a million or two.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3066374/Original-drawings-depicting-iconic-Martians-HG-Wells-s-sci-fi-masterpiece-War-Worlds-sale-350-000.html

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2015.05.05  12.31
Victoriana Bundle

If you like Forgotten Futures this may be of interest. The Bundle of Holding site which recently included Diana: Warrior Princess in one of its packages
http://bundleofholding.com
now has the Victoriana Bundle, featuring the Cubicle 7 Entertainment RPG of Victorian high adventure, gothic fantasy magic, and steampunk engineering. This offer runs until Monday, May 18.

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/Victoriana

PLAYER'S COLLECTION (US$12.95 - retail value $48)
- Victoriana 3e corebook (retail $25)
- + The Spring-Heeled Menace (free)
- Marvels of Science and Steampunk ($18)
- Darwin's Catalogue - Beastmen of Britain ($5)
GAMEMASTER'S COLLECTION (threshold starts at $27.95 - retail $86)
- Liber Magica ($18)
- Streets of Shadow ($18)
- The Smoke ($15)
- The Havering Adventures ($15)
- Jewel of the Empire ($20)

More titles will be added as time goes by, but the price goes up. If you buy early, you still get all the books that will be added later. See their site for full details of how this works.

 
 


 
  2015.04.02  00.08
Bundle of Laughs

Diana: Warrior Princess is one of several RPGs included in the Bundle of Laughs, a collection of comedic RPGs on sale, partly in aid of charity, until April 14th 2015. The basic starter payment of $6.95 gets you
- Murphy's World
- Critical! Go Westerly
- Diana: Warrior Princess
- Elfs

An additional payment ($15.36 and up) gets you
- Kobolds Ate My Baby
- Low Life: Rise of the Lowly
- Bob, Lord of Evil
- Demon Hunters

You'll need a Drivethru RPG account to download the games

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Laughs

10% of the proceeds after gateway costs will be donated to the charity Reading is Fundamental.
http://www.rif.org/us/about-rif.htm

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2014.12.21  02.13
Season's Greetings

My online card for this year is here, as usual a blast from the late Victorian past.

http://forgottenfutures.co.uk/album/xmas%202014.pdf

Hope you all have a lovely holiday!



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  2014.12.18  15.37
Legacy, Superhero role playing in the United Kingdom

There's currently a Kickstarter to reprint scenarios that were published in the 1980s for Squadron UK, the system formerly known as Golden Heroes, including my own Queen Victoria and the Holy Grail. The goals etc. look reasonably realistic, if you're interested in seeing a reprint you might want to support it.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeing this at my old Ntlworld site please be aware that I no longer have any way to maintain the content, or ensure that it doesn't carry viruses. Please go to forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  2014.07.02  20.06
Continuum 2014 Scenarios

These are the scenarios I'll be running at Continuum 2014 at the end of July - I've run both before at other cons, so please don't sign up if you've played in them before.

Saturday Morning
Adventure title: Pyramid Scheme
System: Forgotten Futures
4-6 Players, pregenerated characters
Summary: In the aftermath of the Sirian invasion there are some unusual opportunities for entrepreneurs. Some of them seem too good to be true... but why on Earth would the government pay anyone to dismantle and ship a pyramid to Mars? This is a test of a new setting and scenario and some delays and problems are possible.

This is another test of the setting for Forgotten Futures XII. I previously ran this at Dragonmeet 2013.

Sunday Afternoon
Adventure Title: Monster Mash
System: Diana: Warrior Princess
4-6 players
Adventure Description: America, the 1950s. You just want to meet with your friends, chug a few beers or some blood or brains, and maybe go out and terrorize the neighbourhood a little. But the locals seem to have weird objections. Well, that's what being a monster is all about, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but somehow it always hurts. But not as much as you're going to hurt the locals...
Note: this is a play-test of a system variant and adventure still in development, occasional rough patches are possible. I've run this once before at Dragonmeet 2012.

 
 


 
  2014.04.11  21.21
Victorian London

A useful resource for Forgotten Futures:

This map superimposes Google maps and Victorian Ordnance survey maps of London circa 1893-1896. I've already found some interesting surprises including a row of houses across the road from my house that was demolished to make room for railway lines some time between then and the 1940s.

http://maps.google.com/gallery/details?id=zs2aHyi7W8Ek.kggHTef2F49I&hl=enormous

Some more web sites with old maps:

1746 and 1869-80 surveys
http://www.locatinglondon.org/index.html

Scotland (and the rest of the UK) - lots of different maps
http://maps.nls.uk/

OS maps:
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/map.aspx

Aerial images, 1919-1953:
http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/

 
 


 
  2013.12.24  09.27
PDF character record

I've made a simple PDF character record form; to use it, download it then type into the boxes using Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or any other PDF reader that supports data entry into forms. The first page should have room for most character details; the second is just a follow-on page with a single big text field. Save it under the character name. I haven't locked or encrypted it, so if you have Acrobat or another PDF creation program that supports forms you can mess around with the format, but please don't put modified versions on line. File size is 74k.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to include a way of putting a picture of the character into the record - that needs Acrobat Pro, which costs several more arms and legs than I can afford.

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/blank_record.pdf

This seems to work correctly, please let me know if you have any problems.

 
 


 
  2013.12.17  21.23
British Library - LOTS of illustrations on line

The British Library has put a load of illustrations from books on line for free use, as a huge flickr set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/

For example, one of the first I found was a larger version of this:

an illustration from The Angel of the Revolution - I have larger versions on the FF CD-ROM, but there isn't room on this site.

At the moment the quantity is vast and tagging is minimal, actually finding anything is difficult. But if enough people take an interest it ought to eventually be a very useful resource.

 
 


 
  2013.12.09  23.46
Xmas Card 2013

This year's Xmas card is on line here.

The illustration is here.

Wishing everyone best wishes for the holidays, and a Happy New Year.

 
 


 
  2013.12.06  17.58
Quart, Meet Pint Pot...

I've run into a small hiccup with the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM; the next release, version 8, is already too big to fit on a single CD-ROM, and is nowhere near finished! I've got a LOT more material to add.

While I could take things off the disk, I don't think that's fair to users. Instead I'm planning to go over to DVD-R for the next release. This would let me include more without too many worries about space, and wouldn't add additional postal costs.

The Forgotten Futures RPG distribution disks are a lot smaller and for now at least will stay on CD.

This isn't an immediate crisis since I'm running massively late and the next release of the game is still a long way off - apologies to everyone for the endless delays - but I need to start sorting it out. To begin with, it would help if I had some idea how many people will actually run into problems with this. If you think it will cause difficulties - e.g., if you don't download the CD contents and can't read data DVDs - please email me and let me know.

 
 


 
  2013.11.12  14.47
Educational use?

I posted this a couple of years ago, but in case you missed it...

Are you using any of the Forgotten Futures material for educational purposes? If so I'd be VERY interested in knowing what subject, syllabus, etc. you're using it for. If you've developed work sheets or other educational resources related to this material I would very much like to put them on line - I can't actually pay anything for them, but it's a good opportunity to give your school, college, whatever a teeny amount of publicity, and you may be helping others to expand their syllabuses (syllabi?)

Please contact me via the usual address, myfirstname dot mylastname at gmail dot com, if you have anything I can use.

 
 


 
  2013.11.11  21.08
This year's Dragonmeet adventures

I've just been reminded that I haven't announced the games I'll be running at this year's Dragonmeet in London on December 7th.

Adventure title: Pyramid Scheme
System: Forgotten Futures
AM Slot
4-6 Players, pregenerated characters
Summary: In the aftermath of the Sirian invasion there are some unusual opportunities for entrepreneurs. Some of them seem too good to be true... but why on Earth would the government pay anyone to dismantle and ship a pyramid to Mars? This is a test of a new setting and scenario and some delays and problems are possible.

This is another test of the setting for Forgotten Futures XII.

Adventure Title: It's The End of the World As We Know It...
System: Diana: Warrior Princess
PM Slot
4-6 Players
Summary: The world is ending, the human race is dying... and the adventurers need to get to the one place on Earth that gives them a hope of survival. If they all pull together they might even make it... but as usual things really aren't that simple. This is a test of a new scenario and system variant and some delays and problems are possible.

This is another test of the Fanfic RPG variant of the Diana: Warrior Princess rules.

Hopefully this will be a lot of fun, if my voice just holds out, and I hope that I'll see some of you there.

 
 


 
  2013.10.22  19.14
With the Night Mail and As Easy as A.B.C.

Further to my recent post; as well as updating As Easy as A.B.C. with pictures from its original publication, I've taken another look at the first story of the sequence, With the Night Mail and fixed a lot of small errors. I've also put together a PDF of both stories with the best illustrations. All of which can be found on line here:

All files
http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff1

PDF
http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff1/nm-abc.pdf

Update 23/10/13 - Since this was posted I've fixed a few problems and added another colour illustration to the PDF. If you copied it in the first few hours please download it again, there are some real improvements.

Update 4/11/13 - fixed three minor PDF errors (pages 1, 7, and 21 if you wish to reprint them). Also reduces file size slightly.

 
 


 
  2013.10.16  11.03
As Easy as A.B.C. - Illustrated!

I've been able to get a copy of the original magazine publication of Kipling's As Easy As A.B.C., and scans are now on line. There are some minor textual differences between this and later versions, listed at the end of the story.

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff1/abc.htm

 
 


 
  2013.09.21  10.10
More new articles, and one that got away for now

At the prodding of Roger Todd, who has gone through vast quantities of old magazines so that you don't have to, and suggested some material I'd previously missed, I've been putting some more Victorian and Edwardian articles on line. As always open them in a new window/tab, some of the illos are big! Please let me know if you spot any typos, OCR errors, etc.

From Pearson's Magazine:

The Gentle Art of Killing. A "light-hearted" history of rifles, with some interesting predictions of their future.

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/library/killing/killing.htm

A visit to the Yerkes observatory - The Greatest Telescope on Earth by Walter George Bell

http://forgottenfutures.com/library/telescope/telescope.htm

A look at transatlantic cables, including pictures of the "telegraphic alphabet", punched tape messages, equipment used to lay cables and receive messages, etc. etc.

http://forgottenfutures.com/library/telegraph/telegraph.htm

Under Water in a Diving Torpedo Boat - an 1899 account of the Holland submarine and a brief glimpse of French experiments.

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/library/sub/sub.htm

And from The Strand Magazine

An engagingly loopy and (despite appearing in April 1903) I suspect seriously-intended) proposal to build an enduring tomb and monument of the Empire in London.

http://forgottenfutures.com/library/monument/monument.htm

And one that got away...

An article which I unfortunately couldn't put on line is The English Home of the Future, from The Strand Magazine in 1903, which contains contributions by several eminent architects and an essay by H.G. Wells. Unfortunately Wells is still in European copyright and the current copyright holders want me to pay £100 to use it, so it isn't going to happen until September 2016, when his copyright expires. If this article happens to be on line in an area where it doesn't violate copyright laws please let me know, and I'll add a link to it.

 
 


 
  2013.09.16  11.49
War on the Water - George Griffith & Fred T. Jane

Newly added; an 1896 article by George Griffith, with illustrations by Fred T. Jane (of Jane's Fighting Ships fame), predicting the future of naval warfare.

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/library/warwater/warwater.htm

 
 


 
  2013.08.06  18.39
Dragon Coins

Several years ago, to publicise Forgotten Futures X, I printed a couple of hundred dragon coins in six designs and hid them around a convention site. Anyone who found all six designs got a copy of the distribution CD. Some of the designs ended up in the back of the RPG, others were used in the cover illustrations, but I never got around to putting them on line as a printable sheet until now. The coins are single sided, the second side was an ad for the game, but should still be useful as game counters etc., and I think they're quite pretty - most of the illustrations are by Hugo award winning artist Sue Mason.

I'll link to them on the FF X page eventually, but for now this link will work:

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff10/coins.pdf

The file is about 135k, A4 page format.

 
 


 
  2013.06.27  21.41
The Original Flatland Role Playing Game (The Flattened Remix)

Sales of The Original Flatland Role Playing Game, which is sold in aid of Doctors Without Borders, have been slow recently. I've decided to try an experiment; I've put the complete game rules and two adventures on line as a free download, omitting another adventure and some adventure outlines, the cutout characters, the wargame, the "serious scientific stuff", the novel, etc. I'm hoping that this will be enough of a "taster" that people will be tempted to buy the complete game. It's a bit over a megabyte download, accessible here:

http://www.forgottenfutures.co.uk/flatland_lite.pdf

If you like it, why not buy the complete game from e23 or Drivethru RPG and support Doctors Without Borders?

And don't forget that there's a Forgotten Futures / Flatland crossover adventure in The Forgotten Futures Compendium:

http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/compend/compend.pdf

 
 


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