Fanmade Earthdawn Gamemaster Screen – Update


This GM screen was made by EvilGeniusPrime and he finally provides it to the fans. There was a discussion on the RedBrick forum about the GM screen and it appears that some like it and some fans see need for improvement. So far Evil did a good job and he has implemented all the tables a GM needs.


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The discussion on the RedBrick forum went on and it turns out that two fans were very productive and made, with some advice of arma, two improved/modified versions of the above mentioned Earthdawn 3rd Edition Gamemaster screen.

It is sirserafin’s  version that offers a better resolution than the first version of EvilGeniusPrimes’ GM screen. It is plain, without graphics and the tables are well placed for a good overview. With no-frills. He offers his GM screen, that is based on Evil’s first version, in MS Word format. I made a PDF file out of it, with some minor loss of resolution, but I link to both files. So you have the choice.

But the “GM-Screen-Battle” went on and it was Evil’s turn again, to use sirserafin’s plain version (which has just 5MB) and garnish it with some graphics. This good looking modification of the screen file has now 14MB 12MB and needs some more resources. But as I already said you have the choice which fanmade Earthdawn 3rd Edition GM screen fits your needs best.

So here are the links:

- sirserafin’s plain GM screen MS Word file

- sirserafin’s plain GM screen PDF file

- EvilGeniusPrime’s graphic GM screen PDF file

Quick Blog news #2

Share ButtonI hope the floating social bar on the left will make it easier for you to share articles you like via Twitter, FB or G+. I will test the social bar for a while and then I’ll decide if I keep it or remove it again, depends on usage. So the blog finally provides a better way to spread news, share interesting info or simply +1 some articles on G+. Thoughts and critics on the floating share buttons are welcome.

Lazy Friday video post #2

“There’s always a bigger fish”

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Allen Varneys review of the Spiel 2010

spielemesse-logoThe Spiel 2011 in Essen, Germany starts next week, the so called “biggest game fair event of the world”. But is it really that big and attractive for international visitors? Allen Varney wrote a great article about his trip to the Spiel 2010. “An Innocent at Essen” is the title of his article wherein he compares the Spiel with the Gen Con, provides tips and information for international visitors and summarizes the differences of German/European game fairs and US conventions.

Have a read at the escapist magazine!

Tableau Infractus #10 available for download

This Earthdawn fan work from Drucifer is now in issue #10. Check the interview with the legend Lou Prosperi!


This issue offers:

  • A cover painting by AndrĂ© Bdois
  • The conclusion of Brew Eyes.
  • An Interview with Lou Prosperi
  • A miniatures gallery for Humans
  • And an in depth reference for Familiars, including a PDF Character sheet with fillable locations


- Tableau Infractus #10

- Tableau Infractus Web Archive

The Robert Jordan documentary - The Wit of the Staircase

You know when you land here, that you’re on the Earthdawn Blog and that I am a big fan since many years now.

But my main focus in fantasy reading is on the “Wheel of Time” series written by Robert Jordan. The series (in German) has now reached its 34th book, I thought that I am up to date about what is going on. But lately I stumbled upon an article that told me that a documentary called “The Wit of the Staircase” will be released soon. To be exact the imdb says it will be in theatres on October 18th. I even had no idea that a documentary about the life and works of Robert Jordan is planned or just a few weeks away.

So who’s behind the documentary and is it really coming on October 18th? And what is it about?

The Wit of the Staircase" will focus on Robert Jordan's life - beginning with the writer's early years, growing up in Charleston, his tours of duty in Vietnam, his relationship with his wife and step-son, the creation of The Wheel of Time series and its enormous success; as well as his contributions to the fantasy genre

In 2007 Spiral Entertainment has captured one of the last interviews with Robert Jordan. They work on the documentary since then and the actual state of the film is unknown. The homepage of the producer Hunter Wentworth says:

The editing phase of post production  is beginning to wind down with Hunter finishing the first of several "fine cuts". From here we go to colour grading, sound, music, and visual design. The finish line is visible in the distance!

Unfortunately, this is the current status from summer 2010 and no actual status is known. So I am not sure if the documentary will really be released on October 18th. Let’s hope they get it done.

To get a glimpse on what the documentary looks like have a look at this teaser video from 2008 or have a look at the other videos Spiral Entertainment released on their page.

I'll watch for news of Spiral Entertainment on the release of the documentary and post them here. Of course is your info welcome if you know more about the "Wit of Staircase".

Ship of Tears – First Earthdawn Web Shard now available

The Tableau Infractus archive presents the first Earthdawn web shard called “Ship of Tears” written by Piotr Konieczny. The author Piotr as well as Drucifer of the Tableau Infractus Archive welcome your feedback at the RedBrick forum. Hopefully this will be the start of a great series of web shards.

Ship of Tears

While traveling through Barsaive, the group encounters an adept seeking their help to  dismantle  a  slave  ring.  The  adept  provides  them  with  information  about  an  inn where travelers are abducted, and information on the Theran slave ship that transports the abductees.

Interactive Science Fiction and Fantasy Flowchart

In August I voted at the NPR books Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles, where about 60,000 people participated. Since then I waited to see the results.

And now…..finally I stumbled upon the results. The format of the results is normally presented in Top 100 style, but SFSignal now presents the results of the TOP 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy titles in two versions. One is a flowchart you can navigate thru, the other one is based on the flowchart but it is interactive and navigates you to the fantasy/scifi title that fits your taste.




- SFSignal flowchart

- Interactive flowchart

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