First I needed a break from producing HOW material--the Terrors & Treasures book really burned me out. That creative burnout combined with a real job workload that is even crazier this year than last and of course making time with family and friends...the result is we get less output this year.
So to clear my head for HOW projects--I chose to finish revamping my ode to Star Trek...Far Trek RPG. The new revised version has been in the on and off again revising stages for years, but I took the time on flights to grind it out and complete it.
It's being edited now so my hope is the revised edition Far Trek will be out by the end of July. It's will be a free PDF download...and for a VERY limited time (less than 24 hrs) I will make a print copy (at no profit) available on Lulu. I'll post here when that goes up in case you want one.
So my hope was by "turning some different gears" I could unstick the creative HOW gears and get them turning again. I'd say it is working.
So what I am currently at work on is Blades & Black Magic--I've torn down the work I already did on this and am doing a lot of revising and additions. B&BM will be a gritty S&S style sourcebook and in fact have a basic set of HOW rules in it--think of it as Melee+Wizard type of rules. The biggest change will be the elimination of EN as an attribute in the B&BM setting. Magic will be cast as blood loss/wounding --and there is no EN stat to absorb damage.
There will be a complete setting, countries, new "black magic" spells and character creation will be different--I'd say it would be more like Traveller in concept. You pick (or roll) for your home land, then pick or roll for your class (adventurer/sorcerer) then you roll on a chart for your skills or attribute upgrades.
So what's my goal with this? one word--Conan
I want to create a Conan type setting and world book that will allow for S&S style gaming and world with the HOW system. For the current HOW player--it will have new spells, a setting and a different take on character creation. For a new HOW player, it's all the basic nuts and bolts needed to game out of one book but can be expanded with the full rules book, Terrors & Treasures book, Magi Carta book etc.
So while I know it's terrible to have to wait and (just like you) I'd like to have something new in my hand right now--these things take time.
As a one knucklehead operation, done in the strange times when inspiration and opportunity intersect, I hope that despite the gaps and waiting you find the results worthwhile. As always, and as always truly meant, I very much appreciate your patience, time and support.