“Once you enter those accursed lands of Carpathia and Transylvania, much of what you believe to be true is lost in their chilling mists and forbidding mountains. That which on the streets of Vienna or Warsaw would seem unbelievable and the product of madness is the stuff of daily life there.”
Absalom Curr, Prague 1894
The talents and powers listed in this new instalment are specific to games played using the IHMN Gothic rules. Some are both powerful and unsettling. It is considered a courtesy to agree with your opponent if you wish to use them in a normal IHMN setting or game.
You may also wish to consider the nature of the company and figures that you assign these talents to. It may not be appropriate for those of good heart to use the many darker talents and powers. Some are also specific to certain creature types such as Vampires and Werewolves.
Note that these have been written after the Gothic Companies were published. When the full version of IHMN Gothic is brought together some may be made as options or requirements for certain companies and individual figures. Until then please use common sense.
Although I am a great lover of silence I live on a large housing estate so this is indeed a rare commodity. When I am writing, painting or otherwise being creative I like to wind up the Spotify gramophone and have music playing in the background.
The choice of music is oh so important. It must somehow relate to what I am doing and if the right track comes along it can double my creative productivity.
For example, when writing material for IHMN my favourite tracks come from Abney Park, a self-confessed steampunk musical cooperative. You really should look them up, especially tracks like Airship Pirate, Building Steam and Steampunk Revolution.
When writing for Dead Simple I prefer something more atmospheric and a regular choice is the soundtrack from the Age of Conan game. It really brings out the Cimmerian in me. Another is the Icelandic band Árstíðir (www.arstidir.com). Remarkable young chaps doing things a way only true-blooded vikings can.
Another favourite for IHMN is anything by Amanda Palmer, a remarkable young lady upon whom I based Lady Helen Quatermain. She is mean, moody and magnificent with sharp often satirical lyrics. I forgive her being a colonial because she is the partner of Neil Gaiman (a writing god).
For modern writing, and quite a bit of my SF wargames output, I generally listen to the four disc boxed set sountrack album of Good Morning Vietnam.
For horror/supernatural its back to basics with early Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Jethro Tull – none of that retreaded stuff any of them did in the nineties and noughties to pay alimony and the mortgage.
So there you have it – what do you listen to? Anything I would be interested in? Spotify is my oyster so my reach is long :)
It has been a while since we featured one of our old friend Skrapwelder’s after action reports, but this one is quite excellent so here goes.
Sir Skrapwelder decided to give his Sarmatian Order an outing against his comrade Leadfool’s Servants of Ra. The full details of the clash are here http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=69317.0, but below are couple of tasters of the troops and the action. Absolutely splendid what!
We have the good news and the bad news.
So let’s get the bad news over first – IHMN Mars Invades will not be in the September issue of Wargames Soldiers and Strategy magazine, it’s just too splendid I understand (Guy said ‘big‘ but I heard ‘splendid‘).
The good news then.
Instead it will be at the heart of a VSF/Steampunk themed edition in January 2015, issue 74 if I am not mistaken. Which seems like a damnably fine thing to me what!
Guy has also rustled up a number of cheerful illustrations of heat rays and slaughter with which to illustrate it.
One of our new Spanish friends, Victor Tejada Hernandez, has started a blog covering the introduction of the new Spanish edition of IHMN to his friends.
As you can see from the pictures below they really have got into creating some great terrain and miniatures.
We shall have to create some Spanish companies in the near future.
You can find this blog here: http://ihmnvic.blogspot.com.es/
Well you have all waited patiently for the ultimate company in IHMN Gothic and here it is in all its electrifying glory.
Ever wished that you could fly, that could fry your enemies with a electrocuting whip, or that you could send automatons to do your bidding? Look no further that Anto and Mihaljo Teslas Travelling Exhibition.
These fine Serbian gentlemen are bringing the white hot light of progress to the benighted peoples of Carpathia and Transylvania and God help any that oppose them in their quest to free their sister, the Nightingale of Belgrade!
You can find the company in the IHMN Gothic page. Do not read unless you are wearing rubber gloves or a Faraday suit.
Those splendid chaps at Meeples & Miniatures have recorded a review of our little game as part of their 130th podcast. Neil Shuck and Mike Whitaker, you are gentlemen and scholars – thank you!
The IHMN Review starts around the 54th minute.
You can find the whole thing here: