Earthdawn creature: Manra's Dismal Beetle

Short notice:

The Working Class GM offers a little creature on his blog that he made for his Earthdawn campaign. He was so kind to give me permission to share the Manra's Dismal Beetle PDF over here on the blog too.


Earthdawn 3rd Edition - Lost Treasures of the Codex Vol. I - The Spire of Thaumaturgy

What are the 'Lost Treasures of the Codex'?

The 'Lost Treasures of the Codex' is a series of articles on the Earthdawn Blog which will present you source material for Earthdawn 3rd Edition.

The series is called the 'Lost Treasures of the Codex' because the source material was originally part of a submission for the 'Earthdawn Codex' Open Call from RedBrick back in 2007. But it is a shame that this material was never published as the Earthdawn Codex project wasn't realized. That's also a reason why the original author Joeri decided to provide the material to publish it step by step on the Earthdawn Blog.

The series will cover various descriptions of interesting places, new magical weapons, creatures, Earthdawn legends, disciplines and much more, to use in your game.

There will be several volumes of the Lost Treasures. I am revising the original files and texts to create articles and PDFs for Earthdawn fans to use it in their game. The original author Joeri 'Cpt. Cutlass' Winkeler and I thought this would be much better than having the files "rotting on his HDD".

Please keep in mind that the documents are based on Earthdawn 3rd Edition rules! You'll find the PDF-file at the bottom of the article. The PDF will of course be added to the 'Downloads Section' too.

So where to start? Ah of course:

Lost Treasure of the Codex Vol. I

This location is created for adventurers visiting Haven, the corner of Parlainth held and protected by Namegivers. Although it is meant for Havenites, you, as a GM may wish to use them elsewhere. Places like this should be available all over Barsaive where civilization is found. Some simple adjustment in Names and Gamemaster Characters will do the trick.

The Spire of Thaumaturgy

This relative newly erected building lies just outside of Haven bordering the dark, lush jungles surrounding Parlainth. The Spire was build due to popular demand several years after the founding of Haven. The building is a large, squat dome with a broad, spiraling tower in the middle. The tower extends some 12 feet in the air and is topped off with several smaller spires laid out in a haphazardly fashion. Surrounding the building is a 2 feet thick, 5 feet tall wall, completely covered with runes and protective wards. Inside the wall several small herbal gardens seem to flourish unchecked and present and array of exotic flowers and smells.

Earthdawn: The Age of Legend - Character Sheets

The various comments following this request by 'Analogkonsole' on G+ made up a nice selection of links for Character Sheets for Earthdawn: The Age of Legends by Vagrant workshop. I simply think that these links should be listed on the blog over here too, so:

Official Character Sheet by Vagrant Workshop

Official Earthdawn: AoL sheet by Vagrant Workshop


1 page character sheet by Casubon

1 page Character sheet made by casubon - published on forum


2 page Casubon character sheet

2 page version of casubons sheet


Excel character sheet

Excel character sheet by Spiele im Kopf



Earthdawn: Age of Legend overview of the book by Nathan @

Earthdawn 4th Edition timeline - Overview of recent events

Earthdawn 4th Edition timeline

Compared to Earthdawn 3rd Edition the timeline of Earthdawn 4th Edition continued and the Fall of Vivane is for example not the only event that offers new possibilities for adventures.

Overview of recent events

The following overviews (EN/GE) about the recent events of Earthdawn 4th edition, were created by the restless Elidis from the german Earthdawn community. I am as always proud to provide these over here for you:

Spoiler warning for Earthdawn 1st Edition players

The events from the campaigns "Prelude to War" and "Barsaive at War" are already part of the timeline because in Earthdawn 4th edition all these are in the past.


Earthdawn 4th Edition - timeline



Earthdawn 4th Edition - Zeitstrahl

Deutsche Rezension - Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuch 4E


Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuch

​Drüben bei den Teilzeithelden hat sich Klaus das neu erschienene Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuch für Earthdawn 4E von Ulisses Spiele  vorgenommen. Seine ausführliche Rezension beschränkt sich dabei natürlich nicht nur auf das Erscheinungsbild des Spielleiterhandbuch, sondern betrachtet auch verschiedenste inhaltliche Themenbereiche und analysiert die überschaubaren Änderungen zwischen Earthdawn 4E und Earthdawn 3E.

Unter anderem wird allen, die erst kürzlich auf Earthdawn aufmerksam geworden sind, die Welt und ihre Geschichte näher gebracht. Ausserdem wird die Spielleitung im Zeitalter der Legenden in einem extra Abschnitt erkärt und die deutsche Rezension greift neben dem Thema Magische Schätze auch Widersacher und Verbündete auf.

Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuch

Sehr hilfreich:

In seiner deutschen Rezension des Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuchs hat Klaus eine stichpunktartige Zusammenfassung der Änderungen von Earthdawn 4E mit aufgenommen.

Natürlich wird auch das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis des Earthdawn Spielleiter Handbuch betrachet und im Fazit wird für alle, die nur die Quintessenz betrachten wollen, alles zum Buch noch einmal flott zusammengefasst.

Also sofern jemand Informationen zum jüngsten Buch der deutschen Earthdawn 4th Edition Reihe von Ulisses Spiele sucht, wird hier fündig.

Earthdawn: The Age of Legend - Preview by Vagrant Workshop

Age of Legends


Vagrant Workshop, the German publisher of Earthdawn: The Age of Legend, recently released a free PDF preview of the upcoming book on their page. The 12 page PDF contains the 'Getting Started' chapter and of course the book's cover, which is a great displays of Kathy Schad and David M. Wright art skills.

For all of you who didn't read the news about the release of Earthdawn: The Age of Legend or the interview with Carsten Damm and therefore ask themselves, why another publisher is releasing an alternative ruleset for Earthdawn, I can only quote from the preview PDF, to explain the case:

The Age of Legend was designed for those who want a simple and story-oriented game system.

That's why Earthdawn: The Age of Legend is based on FU: The Freeform, Universal RPG game engine by Nathan Russel, to simplify the sometime complicate original Earthdawn Step System.

Official Earthdawn RPG Soundtrack - coming on March 18th 2016

Earthdawn Soundtrack

Update 20th March 2016:

The Earthdawn Soundtrack Album is now available at:


The recent rumors that an official Earthdawn Soundtrack is in the making are actually no rumors!

X Score sc1

The composer duo Konstantine Kazantzis and Jan Haak from X-Score created a professionally produced, official Earthdawn Soundtrack in cooperation with Ulisses Spiele (German Earthdawn publisher)! The duo can look back on a lot of experience in RPG-music as they already created the soundtrack for example for Contact, Space:1889 or Dark Age Wars.

I really have to say that my experiences with music in RPGs, from a Gamemaster perspective, were, how can I say it, 'disappointing'. The only roleplaying music I actually used during my games was from Erdenstern, but the music wasn't a fit for Earthdawn at all. On the other hand I sometimes used Free Nature Sounds to build a little bit of atmosphere. But there was no real fit for Earthdawn when it came to music so far.

In my opinion the official Earthdawn Soundtrack is about to change that.

The 17 tracks on the upcoming official Earthdawn Soundtrack have a total playing time of 72 minutes and they are actually a real fit for Earthdawn.

The songs cover a lot of moods and really transport specific atmospheres for Earthdawn. I realized that, as I heard thru the snippets that are available at Soundcloud. My absolute favorites so far are of course the songs 'Steel and Blood' and 'Onwards to Battle'.


Track list:

  • 1. The Might of Thera - 04:01
  • 2. Lament of Thorns - 04:14
  • 3. Fire and Rage - 03:58
  • 4. Ashes and Smoke - 04:23
  • 5. Steel and Blood - 03:46
  • 6.  Wisdom of the River People - 04:37
  • 7. Jugglers and Thieves - 04:08
  • 8. Haven - 05:20
  • 9. Pulling a Valvidius - 04:12
  • 10. Rooftop Chase - 03:25
  • 11. Ale and Good Company - 02:19
  • 12. Under the Mountain - 03:36
  • 13. King of Stones - 03:36
  • 14. In the Ruins - 03:32
  • 15. Onwards to Battle - 03:41
  • 16. The King Fares North - 05:13
  • 17. Earthdawn Suite - 07:24

Official release date

The album will be released on 18th of March 2016 on iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play as download and of course there will be a physical CD available containing beautiful artwork. I can only recommend to have a look at it when the Soundtrack will be released.


Earthdawn 4th Edition - Sourcebook Travar: The Merchant City

Just to remember you shortly again. The Earthdawn Kickstarter project by FASA, which was launched on January 14th 2014, reached these stretch goals:

  • GM Screen
  • Travar: City of Merchants
  • ED 4E Companion
  • Elven Nations
  • Questors

After release of the Player's and the Gamemaster's Guide in 2015 it was in early January 2016 when information about next sourcebook Travar: The Merchant City was revealed.

It was Allen Farr who wrote an article on G+ to inform about the work, the story and background to develop the the book.


Travar: The Merchant City
Now that Travar is in the development pipeline at FASA Games I thought it was only fair to let you all know about it. Hopefully when it is closer to publication there will be a few previews that can be unleashed. Until then…
The Cover:
The Cover layout isn’t finalised yet, but there should be enough there to give you a good idea of what it will look like when it’s finished……..

Read the full article HERE

The following info should be taken with care:

Several rumours can be found on the net about the release date of the book, like this one here from the FASA Earthdawn forum:


If you didn't fund the Kickstarter project to get a copy of the book, you already could pre-order the book at There they speak of an estimate February, 2016 release……

Earthdawn: The Age of Legend - Interview

Age of Legends

Carsten Damm, author of Earthdawn: The Age of Legend answered several questions in a recent interview with about the upcoming alternative ruleset version for Earthdawn.

Short excerpt:

How does your new Earthdawn: The Age of Legend system support these features?
The main focus in the design phase was to capture that specific “Earthdawn feeling” that made us play this game all those years—but without the crunch and all those excessive ruling baggage the original game has accumulated over the years. The game is light and easy to play……

Read the full interview @

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