As I announced some time ago, the next topic of "Earthdawn World Wide" will be Poland. Finally I am proud that a lot of people from the polish Earthdawn community helped me to get together those information about the Earthdawn scene in Poland. Special thanks go to Sethariel.
The polish Earthdawn community is active on various websites, but there are three main websites, that cooperate Earthdawn.pl, Kaer Earthdawn and Akademia Wiedzy. The following description of the history and the content of the 3 websites was written and sent to me by Sethariel.
Earthdawn.pl was the first polish website related to Earthdawn. It started in the end of 1999 and in the beginning it was only a page of the Official Polish Earthdawn Mailing Group. It had a list of members, some most important info's about ED and about the Mailing Group. Andrzej Swędrzyński was the person who organized the site and the mailing group. As time went by earthdawn.pl started to organize an Earthdawn Play by E-Mail (PbM) game, and started to include some earthdawn fanmade material. First there were stories created by the members of the PbM, and then some scenarios and other stuff was created. Earthdawn.pl always had of course news about the most important things concerning earthdawn in Poland. If a new earthdawn book was published in Poland, earthdawn.pl always had information about it. Earthdawn.pl also had a big list of links to polish and English earthdawn fan sites. This role of earthdawn.pl hasn't changed since then.
Another role was converting English earthdawn material into polish language. This had started even before Earthdawn was published in Poland, as earthdawn fans made a big contribution to the translation of the whole system and earthdawn mechanics. In 2000 members of earthdawn.pl contacted Benjamin Legangneux, the author of EDCG and got a permission to translate his program into polish. The result came quite quickly. In 2002 earthdawn.pl translating team translated James D. Flowers Earthdawn Downtime System (System Czasu Wolnego). In 2003 earthdawn.pl took care of earthdawn IRC channel. The channel exists until today, has its own page and is taken care of by other fans. In 2004, earthdawn.pl organized with Kaer Earthdawn (section of polter.pl site) an Earthdawn Competition searching for text describing a random place in Barsaive. Not many were sent, but they were of good quality. The 3 winning texts are available on earthdawn.pl site and on Kaer Earthdawn. In the meantime earthdawn.pl started to include some English published sourcebooks reviews. In 2005 the "Codex Arcanus" of Earthdawn Publishing Trust was translated into polish.
In 2006 Earthdawn.pl Forum was created. It's quite active till now. Earthdawn.pl has changed a lot during its existence in the web, the layout changed, people responsible for the site changed but the site remained during that time a place where all polish ED loving fans meet.
In 2004 a section of Earthdawn on Poltergeist site (polter.pl) was created. It was called Kaer Earthdawn and is active till today. It had some breaks due to lack of redactors. It was very active in 2004-2005 when Rheged was the main redactor, In 2005-2006 it was run by other redactor - Chavez. In 2009 it was taken by Mariusz "Kot" (or Mackotek) Butrykowski and is very active now. Since the beginning of 2009 an unwritten agreement of partnership with earthdawn.pl and Akademia Wiedzy on Moorhold.net site was made. The articles are published quite regularly, every week or every two weeks on every site.
Akademia Wiedzy (The Academy of Knowledge) has a similar history like Kaer Earthdawn. It was created in 2004-2005 not sure. But it was being reconstructed many times when one redactor left and there was no one to take care of its Earthdawn section. Akademia Wiedzy is a section of Moorhold.net site. Akademia Wiedzy has an untypical atmosphere because it is run like a Theran School of Magic, where information from the World of Earthdawn is gathered. Akademia Wiedzy includes also most important Earthdawn related news and information about polish and world earthdawn fandom. The articles are published more or less once a month. There are plans to take all of the material on Akademia Wiedzy and make a fanbook. The redactors now are Marek 'Nixos" Widz. There is a quite good partnership between Akademia Wiedzy and earthdawn.pl. Some of the earthdawn.pl members were correctors of the texts published there. Kaer Earthdawn on Polter.pl keeps informing about any new articles published on Akademia Wiedzy.
Beside those 3 sites other interesting sites appeared: Inkluz.pl (home of a once very popular fanzin with a section of Earthdawn run by Encefalograf, unfortunately not active since 2005), ED Corner, gerion.pl, Ajfel's site - active till 2006, Earthdawn section on Wrota Wyobrazni (inactive), Pradera's site (provides the great Travelling Calculator that I already introduced in this post), Parlainth, Wrota, Earthdawn section on Elixir, Wieża Snów (home of a fanzin that used to include Earthdawn related articles) and of course some other smaller fansites. There was also an Earthdawn Wiki Project. It developed very slowly and it develops very slowly till today. It can now be found on Wikia.
For most Earthdawn fans the fanworks of EDPT or the german "Foliant des Abenteurers" are well known. But the polish community also created their own fanworks, that are well known there. I received some info's about two fanworks or -projects in Poland that cover various topics.
Additionally I received a pdf preview of "Kronika Skradzionych Legend" and further preview pics of the content. Thanks for the explanation and the preview go to Nixos and Dziewic.
A lot of fanmade material has been published in "Magia i Miecz", the first and longest lasting RPG magazine in Poland (1993-2002). It is dead now since 7 years and had 103 editions. But as it was alive, it contained a lot of Earthdawn material. For example translations of articles from Earthdawn Journal, new polish articles and polish Earthdawn adventure scenarios, including scenarios from "Powietrzny Okręt". A very good campaign called "Pachnidło" (Perfume), with a plot about the perfumers in Throal. There was also some material in newer magazines like "Portal" (also dead, but its company still supports other RPG publications including their own RPG systems) or "Gwiezdny Pirat" (Star Pirate), but they contain a lot of stories and don't provide the quality "Magia i Miecz" did.
The fanworks that I mentioned first should be honored much more, especially when you look at the situation concerning Earthdawn publishers in Poland. There is no official Earthdawn publisher anymore and that since 7!!! years now. The former publishing company was "Wydawnictwo MAG". The last book they published was Horrors in 2002, then they decided to drop any RPG line and started to publish literature only.
Currently the polish Earthdawn community is without a publisher and that since a long time. But various books from FASA have been translated and were published in Poland by Wydawnictwo MAG. Here's a list of the translated and published Earthdawn books in Poland:
For me it is incredible how Earthdawn survived in Poland and has still such a strong fan community, without a publisher far and wide. I think the new 3rd edition of Red Brick is the perfect chance for a polish publisher to translate Earthdawn and give the polish community back what they deserve: Polish Earthdawn books!!!
I want to thank again all the supporters that helped me with this article. I know it took me a while to complete it. But nevertheless I hope I was able to provide enough informations about the polish community and the history of Earthdawn in Poland.
Kłaniam się nisko!