Archive for December, 2020

End of Year Notes for 2020

December 27, 2020

It’s taken almost a year, but the name of this blog has been revised to drop the “House” in the old Antherwyck House Games (it’s just Antherwyck Games, now) as noted at the beginning of 2020. Like much of the world, Antherwyck effectively went on hiatus for most of 2020. But, a couple things are shaking loose, and I’ve posted a couple things in recent days.

There was recent news at the beginning of December that Froth is returning with Thought Eater, and that will be a very welcome return!  That prompts me to share my current gaming podcast list.  With most of these, I have been a fairly regular listener for a while:

Like a lot of other folks, I think that podcasts have supplanted the community connections that I’d developed from Google+ communities.  But, there’s a lot less feedback in the audio format than there was in G+.  There needs to be a better way for doing feedback for podcasts.  I’m not inclined to start recording audio, but I’m going to try to be a more responsive listener, and let the folks making these podcasts know I’m listening, and have some thoughts on their programs.

Other than that general plan, I don’t want to say anything about upcoming plans, or things I’d like to be doing. In the past, when I’ve done that, and then they don’t come to fruition as quickly as I’d thought, it looks like a bunch of incomplete projects.  So, while I hope to do some things in the coming year, and have more output than in this year, I don’t want to make any promises until I have something in hand.

So stay tuned.

Near Space Map

December 24, 2020

The focus here is more on fantasy games and maps than on science-fiction. But, this is well worth pointing out, even if it’s not my work: a new map of the nearest stars to the Earth.

ClosestStars-clip

The map of The Closest Stars corresponds very closely to the near-space poster map that was included with the Universe role-playing game by SPI.  The Closest Stars is a 10 parsec radius; the SPI Universe map is a 30 light-year radius, so they’re pretty comparable in the area they cover.

I haven’t done a comparison between the two to see how compatible they are.  But, I assume one could adapt and interpolate the basic information from the Universe map, to be able to use the new one.

Section Dungeon

December 19, 2020

Well, hello folks! It’s been a while. A couple of seasons, even.

Inspiration for drawing, or much of anything, has been lacking the last several months. But then, this kinda fell out of nowhere, yesterday. And today, I did some further work and then inked it.

To use this for an actual adventure, the rooms to be explored are implied by the doors and passages shown off of the halls, so there are more than a half dozen identifiable rooms plus other chambers and spaces, so a variety of options are available.

As usual, feel free to use for any non-commercial purpose, or contact me if you’d like to use this on a commercial project, or if you would like to commission a custom piece.