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  2016.09.16  17.24
Flatland in Indie Games Bundle

The Original Flatland Role Playing Game has been included in a bundle of Independent RPGs currently on offer. As usual all of my income from this will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Update 27/9/16 - the offer is now over, and I've just donated £400 (my share rounded up slightly) to Doctors Without Borders. With Gift Aid that becomes £500, and will hopefully be useful.

 
 


 
  2016.07.01  11.15
Life, the Universe, and Returned Payments

I've just received £42 in returned refunds from PayPal - about two thirds was from people who it turns out don't currently have PayPal accounts set up for the email addresses they'd given me, the rest were people who declined the refund, one of which was my error, a person who'd already said he wanted his money to go to charity. Since I have no good way to chase up the others, all of this money will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Update - paid to Cancer Research UK 6th July 2016. New total for that charity £2342.

If anyone thinks that they should have received a refund please contact me, otherwise I hope that this process is now complete.

 
 


 
  2016.06.20  18.17
Site Update Phase 1

The first part of the site update is now complete - I've put the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM on line as a free zip file (follow the link to it), and added "tip jar" buttons at several points for those who want to support the site and Cancer Research UK. Please be patient if downloading the file takes a while, especially at first, and please try to get it from Megaupload or Dropbox before getting it from this site directly. If I can figure out how to set up a torrent I'll do so.

Phase 2 will be putting all of the CD-ROM contents on line so that they can be read without downloading the entire CD. After that I hope to add more content, and possibly get back to game design.

All of this will take quite a while - please be patient, I hope you'll enjoy the eventual result.

 
 


 
  2016.06.12  21.28
Closing the page on NTLworld

My old NTLworld page finally seems to have gone in the last couple of days. Which means I can finally drop all those annoying warnings about not using it!

But watch my current site for important changes in the next week or so if all goes well.

 
 


 
  2016.06.01  18.22
Forgotten Futures Charity Update, future plans

Since many registered wanted me to give money to charity rather than sending them a partial refund I've just donated £210 to Cancer Research UK, taking the total amount donated since I started supporting the charity to £2300 - additionally they get gift aid on that, currently 25% so that £210 ends up as £262.50

I'm looking at future plans for this site and Forgotten Futures generally, and as an interim step will probably add a tip button and make the 2010 version of the FF CD-ROM available as a free download (directly and via bittorrent) later this month. In the longer term I'll be adding more material and integrating the FF CD-ROM contents (with new material) into the site.

Watch this space for more information as things develop.

Usual warning - if you are reading this on my old NTLWorld site PLEASE use forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead! I no longer have any control over this site and can't delete it, and can't be sure that downloads are safe.

 
 


 
  2016.05.31  19.08
Forgotten Futures refund update

I've now sent PayPal refunds to everyone who didn't reply to my emails. I'm hoping that there won't be any problems and that I haven't missed anyone, please let me know if I'm wrong on either count.

 
 


 
  2016.05.11  22.45
Boardgame Geek Reports the Forgotten Futures Changes

A news story on the Forgotten Futures shareware thing - slightly inaccurate since it implies I'm contacting everyone who has ever registered, which isn't the case, the refund offer only applies to current registered users, but very nicely presented:

http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/53970/gamerati-news-update-09-may-2016

 
 


 
  2016.05.11  16.25
The Beast from 20,000 Bureaucrats

Since some Forgotten Futures users may not be aware of the horror that is VATMOSS, the change in tax law which I ludicrously oversimplified in my previous announcements, see Dave Langford's site:

http://ae.ansible.uk/?id=vatmoss

 
 


 
  2016.05.09  18.58
Forgotten Futures Shareware Registration Ending

I've just sent this email to all current registered users:

Dear Forgotten Futures User

As you probably know, it’s more than five years since the last release
of the game - while I’m still trying to work on another release, I’m
increasingly doubtful that I can realistically promise to get anything
out in the near future. There have also been recent changes in
European and British tax law which would require me to request two
proofs of country of residence for each registration I take (including
renewals of existing registrations) and charge 20% VAT on all
payments; previously my turnover has been below the threshold for VAT
to be levied.

Since registrations have barely paid for the costs of my web site over
the last couple of years, and I don’t want to invade user’s privacy,
I’ve decided to end shareware sale of Forgotten Futures. My current
plan is to put all of the contents of the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM on
line later this year, with a “tip jar” button for voluntary donations
if visitors find it useful. This doesn’t require me to collect
personal information about visitors or collect VAT. My aim is to add
new content periodically, including new games material if I write it.

Since there won’t now be another release of the game in its present
form I want to refund the portion of your last registration fee that
was an advance payment:

£5 for users who downloaded releases
£6 for British users who got releases on CD
£6.50 for European users who got releases on CD
£7.00 for users outside Europe who got releases on CD

If you would prefer to donate some or all of this money to charity
(Cancer Research UK) I will be happy to add it to the funds I’m
collecting; 20% will be added as gift aid when it’s paid to the
charity.

Please contact me to confirm your current email address for PayPal and
receive payment, or donate it to charity - if I don’t hear from you I
will send a PayPal payment to your last registered email address at
the end of May.

If you know any other CURRENT registered user, e.g. of Forgotten
Futures 11 and Forgotten Futures CD-ROM Release 7, I would be grateful
if you could check that they've received this email; I'm pretty sure
that it will be stopped by some people's spam settings.

Thank you for your patience

If you should have received this please contact me - I'm aware that several of the email addresses have bounced messages, for privacy reasons I can't name the people concerned. I'm delighted to say that this has already raised £51 for Cancer Research UK in about 45 minutes!

 
 


 
  2016.05.01  11.58
Registrations Ending

Due to recent changes in European tax laws and other problems I have reluctantly decided not to take any Forgotten Futures registrations until further notice. It's likely that I will eventually go over to a different business model, which does not involve online registration. I'll contact everyone who has registered for the last release and make another announcement as soon as I've reached a final decision.

Meanwhile, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER - I will remove the registration page as soon as I can.

Important - if you are reading this on my old NTLworld site, I won't be able to remove the registration page because I have no way to do so. PLEASE set your bookmarks to forgotten futures.co.uk instead!

 
 


 
  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!



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!

 
 


 
  2014.12.18  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.

 
 


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