The Knight from Norwich

Grumpy old man of the Hobby. A title I wear with pride, fortunately married to a wonderful Gamer Woman who prevents me from going too far of the rails for too long. Day job is for Wilkinson’s Tea & Coffee Merchants. Yes, I am a Brit that prefers coffee married to the American that prefers tea. I am sure some Karma got utterly screwed up in their somewhere.

In addition to RPG’s I am a Hobby author and occasional Web designer. The wife and I have one book on Amazon and one day we’ll get enough focus and time for the sequel I am sure…

RPG player since 1979 or thereabouts (my memory is hazy about that long ago LOL). Was part of the DCC Beta Test (yes, I am an official Play-test Hero, and no, Joe Goodman did NOT tell us all we were being listed, he sprang that on us like one of his dungeon surprises) and been GM’ing games on and off since 2011. Currently back in the old home town of Norwich (Norfolk UK) sharing GM duties on Wednesday nights at Athena Games.

Current DCC Campaign is chronicled here for the terminally interested. I do enjoy novelising the Sessions when its my turn to GM. Not sure if the players do but hey…

The three of my personal characters that sum me up are:

Caswallon – Paladin and all around good Guy.

Ducaster – Rogue that dabbles in a bit of magic and often gets in over his head.

Zathabar – Sorcerer and master of the Arts Sinister.

Guess which one I channel the most when I do DCC….

Salubriations,

Giles Othen

Review Week!

The Knights in the North have been up and running for a half a year! Hoo-rah!

To celebrate, I’ve updated the site icon with a shiny, new logo from Danny Prescott. Keep your eyes peeled for more art from him, we’ve got a few pieces stashed away just waiting for the article that’ll do them justice.

I must say, I never really expected things to go this well when I started the blog, drunk and bored in Poland last summer, nursing a badly broken heart to boot. We’ve grown, and managed to reliably pump out content, despite all sorts of shifts and shakes in our personal lives.

I’ll be going through my old articles this week, and applying fixes and tweaks here and there. I’ll add a list below once I’m done with the process (which might take more than a week to be honest).

And finally, thanks to everyone who’s participated so far, with a special nod to Markus for providing stellar content weekly for a while now.

Incidentally (but appropriately) this is apparently our 50th post on the site! Hoo-rah again! And onward to bigger and better things! (List of edits behind the jump.)

Cheers,

AMP Continue reading “Review Week!”

The First Knight in the North

“Now, I’ve seen that guy. ‘E keeps comin’ back for drinks ‘ere, talkin’ about something called ‘Polish gas station vodka’. Only goes away once I sell ‘im the strongest bottle of dwarven rotgut an’ a jug of apple juice.

I’ll tell you a secret… I’ve started watering down ‘is drinks! He never notices, and I sorta like them ramblins ‘e comes up with… Never ‘ad much of a skill at translitterating accents, no ‘e din’t, but at least ‘e tries.” Continue reading “The First Knight in the North”

A Portal Opens…

…and a hand appears, thrusting out a pile of yellowed notes and tables.

“Here! Maybe you can use these random knick-knack charts I made? Or this map of a ruined tower in a strange bog somewhere in the southeast? Or this list of halfling names? Any takers?”

Welcome to the Knights in the North -blog.

I’ve set up this site because I realised that I produce quite a bunch of all sorts of content for my own games: charts, tables, maps, rulesets and more. Most of this stuff just gets used at my own table, and then forgotten and left by the wayside. A plethora of perfectly serviceable, if a little unpolished, play material, lost in old notebooks and my Google Drive folders.

I discussed this sad situation with some of my gamemaster friends a while back, and they too were shedding material and content constantly.

And, after about a half a year of mulling things over and trying to get to the point, I’ve finally set up this blog today, to serve as a repository and source for all this material.

I’ll start by posting a bunch of resources I made for a Dungeon Crawl Classics -campaign I ran recently. I might also post the chronicle of that story, since it’s mostly written down already, and I can structure my work process easier that way.

Also, I’ve talked to some of my GM friends about this project, and they might join in with their own stories and resources eventually. For now, I’ll just focus on getting this show up and running.

Cheers,

AMP