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Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 06, 2016, 07:52:59 AM
I've previously used this thread (http://www.therpgsite.com/showthread.php?t=28719) but I haven't been able to get the thread title changed and so decided to start a new thread instead.

Regardless, heres the first post of the new year.

New Year, Same Goals

Welcome to 2016 folks!

In the first post of the year goals are discussed, though the overriding one is getting Frozen Skies done and out. Also some non-Frozen Skies projects are talked about as well.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/01/new-year-same-goals.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 13, 2016, 04:21:29 PM
Setting Idea: Deepwatch

Right, little bit of a new mini-series.

Last week mentioned about a few setting ideas I had plans to work on after Frozen Skies, the 'Deepwatch' one proved to be the most popular one and so it gets showcased first. So here is a general overview, listing inspiration and some ideas I have about it.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/01/setting-idea-deepwatch.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 20, 2016, 12:59:43 PM
Setting Idea: Weird Wars; Home Front

The second in a series of setting ideas on the 'Would Like To Do Someday' list.

Admittedly this one has changed a bit from the initial idea, though the core aspect of a British supernatural horror setting remains. Regardless it'll follow the same format as last week's post.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/01/setting-idea-weird-wars-home-front.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 27, 2016, 04:14:26 PM
Setting Idea: Forsaken

Third instalment of the 'Settings That I'd Love To Do...Some Day' series.

This one is bit of a break from the mostly Dieselpunk-ish theme that Utherwald has gone with thus far, namely delving more into Fantasy. At the same time I intend it to have elements of horror and be set set in a semi-ruined city, though at the same time it has to stand out somehow. Perhaps a sort of Clockpunk setting?

Regardless, heres my initial thoughts on it in the same format as the others.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/01/setting-idea-forsaken.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 03, 2016, 09:02:35 AM
Setting Idea: Scavengers

The fourth and quite probably the last entry, at least for the time being, in the "Stuff I'd Like To Do...Someday" series.

There probably will be a recap post of the various setting ideas next week before the focus returns back to Frozen Skies and the world of Darmonica. This week we take a look at an idea for a SciFi setting, a big departure from the various setting ideas but at the same time not all that different.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/02/setting-idea-scavengers.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 24, 2016, 09:44:02 AM
And We're Back!

As mentioned in the last post there was going to be a break and posting would resume on the 24th Feb, so here we are.

I did promise a recap of the setting ideas that I had posted about over the past couple of months, that I'll probably do but with some revision of one or two of the ideas. In addition I'll post a handful more ideas, these are really just basic ideas that aren't as fleshed out as the others.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/02/and-were-back.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 02, 2016, 08:06:43 AM
Skyships: Bayleaf-class Freighter

And so we return to Frozen Skies, which I'll be the first to admit has fallen to the wayside a bit due to new job, Chirstmas, training courses and most recently a new baby. Over the next few months things should settle down a bit and I'll be able to devote more time to Frozen Skies beyond the weekly blog posts (though those posts have helped somewhat).

Skyships haven't been fleshed out that much and thus far we've only had one example, but little else. This week I seek to address that a little bit...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/03/skyships-bayleaf-class-freighter.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 09, 2016, 02:08:54 PM
Rogue's Gallery: Sky Captain Patrick Wade

Tis been a while since I last did a Rogue's Gallery entry and so figured it was high time that I made a new entry.

With a recent entry about Skyships this character seemed the perfect choice for this week's post. One that could be a key ally, ruthless rival or fearsome foe depending on the players' actions in your game of Frozen Skies.

So I present to you, Alyeska's self-styled premier pirate hunter; Sky Captain Patrick Wade.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/03/rogues-gallery-sky-captain-patrick-wade.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 16, 2016, 05:38:45 PM
Revised Aircraft Thoughts

Recently gotten hold of the Pulp Gear Toolkit and it has prompted some thought on the air combat rules I've been developing for Frozen Skies.

So this week its a basic run-through of the Frozen Skies air combat rules with updates where needed.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/03/revised-aircraft-thoughts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 23, 2016, 03:37:46 PM
Weird Wars: Home Front

I've previously posted about my Home Front setting idea for Savage Worlds' Weird Wars, basically the British Home Front of WW2 in the Weird Wars setting. Recently I had a few more ideas prompted by the release of World War Cthulhu London by Crucible 7 Entertainment, part of their own World War Cthulhu which is similar to Actung Cthulhu but it is more expanded to include other 20th Century conflicts.

So this week is the ideas I've had and some adventure seeds.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/03/weird-wars-home-front.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 30, 2016, 08:23:28 AM
Alyeskan Gazetteer: Roth Island

The Gazetteer returns and ventures out into the wilds of the northern tundra, a mysterious and wildly inhospitable place where death and the biting cold are the only certainties.

The focus this week is on the cursed Roth Island and its abandoned outpost, though maybe not quite as abandoned as first thought...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/03/alyeskan-gazetteer-roth-island.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 06, 2016, 05:50:08 PM
Skyship Design Thoughts

Bit of a recent windfall of cash has meant money to throw at more artwork and get me a step closer to Frozen Skies getting properly released. Hoping over the next few weeks to show a preview of one of the new pieces of artwork I've had commissioned, but this week I wish to talk a little about another piece of artwork thats in the pipeline.

That of a Skyship.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/04/skyship-design-thoughts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 13, 2016, 04:08:10 PM
Skyships "Full Power To Engines!"

A follow-on from last week's post, prompted by a comment made by Perry Chalmers (thanks for the idea). Effectively settled upon an engine design and means of propulsion, one that ties into the Weird Science angle of the setting and makes use of the so-called 'glimmer rock'. At the same time it also rather beautifully ties into the method to make the skyships actually fly through the air.

But before we delve into all that I just wish to announce that on the Patreon page I'll be making a Patrons-only post within the next couple of weeks. The link to the Patreon page can be found in the links on the right hand side of the blog and just $1 will grant access to the Patron only posts made there.

Below (or via link below) is the meat of this week's post.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/04/skyships-full-power-to-engines.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 20, 2016, 03:38:17 PM
April 2016 Update

Another case of "Hey, haven't done one of these posts in a while..." sort of deal, plus stuff has happened since the last post of this type. I also wanted to give an update on and confirm some event details.

So, without further delays...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/04/april-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 28, 2016, 04:43:14 PM
Might Makes Right: The Artian Confederation

Another of Darmonica's great powers was a nation birthed in the forge of war over a century ago and unsurprisingly has a very militant culture. Named after Ares, the Darmonican deity of warfare, the Artian Confederation ranks high in military might and could quite easily give the Commonwealth a run for its money. For now its attention is divided between its eastern border with the Iron Collective and maintaining control over Tylander territory that it has occupied since the end of the Great Darmonican War, though it does have ambitions further afield.

Those ambitions include Alyeska.

Also Utherwald will be at Diceni this Sunday and there is a WIP snapshot of some artwork in this week's post.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/04/might-makes-right-artian-confederation.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 04, 2016, 04:04:46 PM
For Freedom  Past Glories: Tyland Free State

Having covered the Artian Confederation last week it is only right that we take a look at the Tyland Free State, a nation that is a sad relic of its former glory. No other nation in Darmonica has played such a major role in its history and ended up falling so low. For nearly a decade it has endured occupation and humiliation whilst harbouring a strong regret of all that has been lost. It is also a dangerous place where gunfights in the streets and bombings aren't unheard of.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/05/for-freedom-and-past-glories-tyland.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 11, 2016, 04:26:54 PM
Life In The Wulflands

A fair bit on the Wulflands and even more on the Wulvers has been covered as well as other parts of Alyeska. Even gone into some detail on general life in Alyeska such as entertainment, festivals and means of communications. Plus life in the Iron Collective has been discussed, but only a general overview has been posted regarding the Wulflands.

So what is life like for the average Wulflander?

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/05/life-in-wulflands.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 18, 2016, 03:54:32 PM
May 2016 Update

Another month and another update.

Short version is that things are progressing well, least with regards to Frozen Skies. Also wished to discuss the rest of the events that Utherwald will be attending this year and some events that I'd like to attend next year. Finally theres some other stuff thats being considered and a treat in the form of artwork.

Now Read On...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/05/may-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 25, 2016, 04:18:22 PM
Gasbags

As you've may or may not have gathered aerial travel is a big thing in the world of Darmonica, especially frontier regions like Alyeska. Talked a little about aircraft and a huge amount on skyships, but another type of airship has only been mentioned in passing. This type is effectively the zeppelins and blimps of our own world but in Darmonica itself they form the backbone of long distance air travel and bulk carriage.

So strap on your flying cap as we take a leisurely look at Darmonica's so-called 'gasbags'.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/05/gasbags.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 01, 2016, 02:27:47 PM
Lurkers In The Shadows

The civilisation that was the Ancient Terrans collapsed almost two thousand years ago following some cataclysmic event, but details on what actually happened are scarce. Likewise information on the Ancient Terrans have been collected piece by piece over the centuries since the 'Fall', but even this is fragmented and woefully incomplete. What is known is that the Ancient Terrans had access to technology far in advance of anything that currently exists in Darmonica, but nothing that could've prevented their doom.

...Right?

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/06/lurkers-in-shadows.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 08, 2016, 06:12:50 PM
Alyeskan Gazetteer: Forlorn Thule

Off the eastern coast of Alyeska is an archipelago of rocky islands stretching out as a long chain into the great ocean known as The Needles. Amongst these outcrops of rocks lies Alyeska's Theda Air Station, better known as 'Forlorn Thule' by those stationed there.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/06/alyeskan-gazetteer-forlorn-thule.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 16, 2016, 07:01:27 AM
Creed, Cults & The Occult

First off, apologies for this week's post being a day late. Was too busy to get it done on time, though keep an eye on the Facebook page for PSA updates if the blog post is going to be late. To sort of make up for it I've done a Patrons Only post over on the Patreon page showing a new finished piece of artwork for Frozen Skies.

Secondly, this week's blog post!

I've only talked a little about religion in Darmonica, think thus far I've only mentioned that there are a number of deities that people pay homage to. Likewise I believe that only two major religions have been stated, the Cult of the Great Maker and the Order of the Great Machine. Taran and Ares are two other deities that have been stated and given some basic details, though a full list of deities will be done at a later date.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/06/creed-cults-occult.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 22, 2016, 01:28:16 PM
June 2016 Update

Little bit of a short post this week.

Not much to report compared to last time, things are now plodding along.

Yes, plodding along...

(Though there is new artwork!)

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/06/june-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 29, 2016, 11:08:34 AM
Air Combat Playtest

With only half the group in attendance for this week's Game Night ended up doing a quick and dirty playtest of the Air Combat Rules for Frozen Skies. A couple of things sprang up as we did a quick dogfight and prompted some thoughts for a couple of additions to the rules, also waiting to see whether the players had any thoughts as well.

Regardless this week sharing the Setting Rules as they currently stand along with the proposed additions.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/06/air-combat-playtest.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 06, 2016, 03:19:40 PM
Creature Feature: Cloudhaunts

Another "Hey, I haven't done this in a while" type of post, in this case a Creature Feature to fill out the Bestiary of Frozen Skies a little bit more. The subject for this week is a creature dreaded and cursed by aviators all over Darmonica, it is a bane for those who often fly in skies frequently shrouded by clod or fog.

Meet the Cloudhaunt.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/07/creature-feature-cloudhaunts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 13, 2016, 04:28:16 PM
Aircraft of the Commonwealth Air Force

The Commonwealth Air Force is probably the more visible aspect of the Commonwealth's military in Alyeska, its aircraft can be seen in the skies and at countless airfields across the Continent. Many different types of aircraft are operated by the CAF ranging from fighters through to transports and heavy bombers as well as the Commonwealth's military skyships. This week we'll take a look at the aircraft the CAF uses in Alyeska.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/07/aircraft-of-commonwealth-air-force.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 20, 2016, 03:45:48 PM
Skies of Crimson

Its been mentioned countless times that sky piracy exists in Darmonica, not surprising that the Crimson Skies series of games was a big inspiration for Frozen Skies. Though I've never really gone into much detail about them, how they operate or covered some of the (in)famous scoundrels of the wild blue yonder.

Keep yer eyes sharp as we head off into skies of crimson.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/07/skies-of-crimson.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 27, 2016, 05:08:18 PM
Royal Aero-Marines

Getting skyjacked by air pirates is constant threat for those that fly the skies of Darmonica, especially since during the War it was not unheard of military skyships being boarded. Much like the sailing ships of old, skyships can often be seen carrying a detachment of soldiers known as 'aero-marines'. These aero-marines serve on both military and civilian skyships, though the latter tends to belong to private security companies or corporate militias.

The best known of all of the aero-marine forces that exist in Darmonica is the Commonwealth's Royal Aero-Marines.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/07/royal-aero-marines.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 03, 2016, 01:00:35 PM
Rogue's Gallery: Madame Orla

In Alyeska there but a handful of individuals who wield great influence yet lie a step away from the public limelight, preferring to work partially behind the scenes. Madame Orla is one such person, well known as both the owner of a certain infamous 'house' and information broker.

There is more to the Madame than meets the eye.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/08/rogues-gallery-madame-orla.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 10, 2016, 08:45:32 AM
Alyeskan Tales: Wulf's Cry

This week is something a little different and quite possibly the start of another anti-series of posts much like the Gazetteer and Rogue's Gallery posts. 'Alyeskan Tales', as this new series is going to be called, is intended to cover the various adventure ideas I have for the Frozen Skies setting. These adventures will be a bit rough and ready, though they probably will be polished up at a later date especially if I get feedback.

So without further ado allow me to introduce...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/08/alyeskan-tales-wulfs-cry.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 17, 2016, 04:26:21 PM
Commonwealth Rocket Group

Weird Science has already been mentioned as being the main Arcane Background in the Frozen Skies setting, there are possibly others that may be covered at a later date. Course using Arcane Backgrounds in Frozen Skies will be optional depending on what sort of game the GM wishes to run, though I still wish for there to play up the 'Pulp Science' aspect.

Enter the Commonwealth Rocket Group.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/08/commonwealth-rocket-group.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 24, 2016, 07:50:57 AM
Setting Idea: Keep The Home Fires Burning

Another setting idea and thus entry on the 'Would Like To Do Someday' list.

This one is fairly similar to the concept of the Weird Wars: Home Front idea, arguably it can be said it is aside from some minor details. The main difference would be the backdrop of 1918 London at the end of the First World War and the Spanish Flu epidemic.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/08/setting-idea-keep-home-fires-burning.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 31, 2016, 09:22:21 AM
An Aviator's Rest

The main focus of Frozen Skies is unsurprisingly aviators and their aircraft, plus a fair amount of time spent in the wild blue yonder. There are going to be times when the characters will find themselves with their feet firmly rooted on the ground over the course of their adventures, a good part of that will probably be at various different aerodromes. These aerodromes can range from the 'air stations' of the Commonwealth Air Force through to airstrips serving remote settlements in the Alyeskan wilderness, but the PCs can expect to visit each type at one time or another.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/08/an-aviators-rest.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 07, 2016, 12:18:29 PM
Crime Is Our Business

Where there is law there will most certainly be crime despite the best efforts of the authorities. Crime also has a habit of thriving where the law is weak, particularly frontier areas like Alyeska for example. Pickpockets and house burglars tend to be expected in civilised areas, but these are often low key and could sometimes be a lone operators. Criminal groups tend to be responsible for a wider range and higher level of crime, one such organisation is infamous amongst Darmonica's criminal underworld.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/09/crime-is-our-business.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 14, 2016, 01:08:41 PM
Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand Part 1

This is a multi-part Alyeskan Tales with a new part going up each week until the campaign is finished.

Its envisioned for there to be three parts covering an adventure where the players are first hired to track down an item out in the Wulflands, only for them to get double crossed. The second act will see the players trying to get even and track down their rivals who stole the item in question, eventually ending up in the sky pirate haven of Broken Spires. Final act will hopefully see the players recover the item and attempt to flee the Spires as other parties move in to gain the item for their own ends.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/09/alyeskan-tales-fools-errand-part-1.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 21, 2016, 12:27:14 PM
September 2016 Update

Update time!

Basically a quick roundup of whats happening with Utherwald Press at the moment, whats in the works and final conventions of the year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/09/september-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 28, 2016, 12:25:14 PM
Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand Part 2

Part Two of the Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand series.

In the first instalment the players were commissioned by the crime boss Ferret to retrieve an item from a ghost town out in the Wulflands. Though despite finding the item in question the players will return empty handed, leaving their employer less than impressed.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/09/alyeskan-tales-fools-errand-part-2.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 05, 2016, 10:15:29 AM
Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand Part 3

Part Three of the Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand series.

Originally commissioned to retrieve an item from a ghost town in the Wulflands, the team have found itself betrayed after said item was stolen from them. Facing a crime lord's wrath unless they could get the item back the characters have been on the trial of the thief, though they have learnt that there are other interested parties also looking for the item.

Now the character's path leads them to the Bastion Peaks.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/10/alyeskan-tales-fools-errand-part-3.html

Also, come visit us at NOR-CON in Norwich this Saturday (8th October).
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 12, 2016, 11:33:52 AM
Alyeskan Tales: Fool's Errand Part 4

Here be the fourth and final instalment of the Fool's Errand series of adventures.

We have seen our heroes sent out to the Wulflands to retrieve an item only for the job to go south when a rival crew and some even less friendly critters showed up. Forced to return empty handed to their crime lord employer, our heroes were given the chance of redemption (in their boss' eyes at least) and tasked with recovering the item. Their chase has led them on a path of peril to the Bastion Peaks and to the hive of scum and villainy known as Broken Spires...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/10/alyeskan-tales-fools-errand-part-4.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 19, 2016, 07:33:10 AM
More Aircraft Thoughts

Work on Frozen Skies has admittedly slowed down a bit over the summer due to various factors, least with the blog I've still been able to produce content and ideas. The recent Fool's Errand adventure series is a prime example of this and I'm looking to do a few more adventures of varying lengths to give people more options to play with. Though this week's topic is prompted by a recent question over on the Savage Worlds Google+ group.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/10/more-aircraft-thoughts.html

Come and see us at Exilicon in Cambridge this Saturday!
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 26, 2016, 08:20:17 AM
The Cloud Runner

Back in the mists of time I put together a book of short stories called Alyeskan Tales, a sort of fiction companion for Frozen Skies if you will. One of the stories was called 'The Alyeskan Job' and concerned the crew of a cargo plane called the Grey Bonxie and was intended to be the beginnings of a series that would be called 'Tales of the Grey Bonxie'. Well time moves on and ideas change, prompting a retcon of the original Grey Bonxie idea.

So this week we're meeting the crew of the...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/10/the-cloud-runner.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 02, 2016, 02:09:14 PM
Going Gyro

Conventional aircraft have been covered along with airships of various descriptions, yet there is a type that has only been mentioned but never given much detail. In Darmonica these aircraft are known collectively as 'gyros' but they are effectively helicopters. They aren't that common in Alyeska and the few examples that do exist are in military service, primarily for the use of the Wulfbane Commandos.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/11/going-gyro.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 08, 2016, 01:13:41 PM
November 2016 Update

Been a couple of months since the last update and people have been asking how things are going.

So heres a round-up of things, thats also a day early!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/11/november-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 16, 2016, 06:04:43 AM
The Wild Blue Yonder

Mentioned that cargo planes are quite common in the skies of Alyeska, plus its envisioned that alot of Frozen Skies groups will be based around a cargo plane of some description. Originally I was looking at using the stats for a C-47 Dakota from Weird Wars, though with the aircraft creation rules its probably a better idea doing one or two from scratch.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/11/the-wild-blue-yonder.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 23, 2016, 06:02:09 AM
More Lurker Thoughts

The Ancient Terrans are a key part of Frozen Skies' background, primarily for the setting's history and as a source of adventure hooks. There is also the chance for players to actually meet some Ancient Terrans, known as 'Lurkers', though admittedly probably not in a friendly manner. Since the last post about them, I've had a few more thoughts regarding them.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/11/more-lurker-thoughts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 30, 2016, 10:17:39 AM
Trail of Commerce

Though the main focus of Frozen Skies is obviously aviation, there are other aspects of Alyeska that may appeal to players and some have been mentioned previously. Though aviators and their aircraft are considered vital, there are those who consider themselves equally important if not more so at keeping the lifeblood of trade in Alyeska going. Theirs is a less glamorous life trekking across the frozen wastes, fending off beasts and raiders alike to help keep the flow of commerce open. These are men, and women, known as Free Traders.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/11/trial-of-commerce.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 07, 2016, 05:57:27 AM
Alyeskan Gazetteer: Fort Cathmore

In last week's post I mentioned about trading posts that are scattered across the length and breath of Alyeska. About how they're located along established routes and offer safe-havens, offering lodgings, warm meals and supplies to wary travellers. We're also a little overdue a Gazetteer post, so naturally the two seem to go together quite well.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/12/alyeskan-gazetteer-fort-cathmore.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 14, 2016, 07:18:43 AM
December 2016 Update

2016 is drawing to a close and soon we'll be in a brand new year, looking back I feel that I've made a bit of progress in getting Frozen Skies closer to release. This week's post is mainly about plans going forward and what to expect next year, and also a quick PSA that there won't be a post on the 28th December as I wish to take a break over the Festive period.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/12/december-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 21, 2016, 06:33:47 AM
The Shrouded Days

As we enter the Winter Holidays, figured its a good a time as any to delve into Alyeska's equivalent known the Shrouded Days. The Shrouded Days are tied to the Midwinters Festival celebrated across the rest of Darmonica, in some respects they are considered to be the local Alyeskan observation of Midwinters.

Also, a reminder that there will be no post next week (28th Dec).

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, Happy Holidays!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2016/12/the-shrouded-days.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 04, 2017, 07:26:36 AM
Creature Feature: Scavvers

We're kicking off the New Year with a new Creature Feature!

This week we'll be taking a look at a critter that can be found all over Darmonica, one that is widely as nuisance vermin. In the coming weeks I hope to get a posting schedule sorted, basically structure what I'm going to be posting each week. Monthly updates and planning notes/session reports of my Frozen Skies campaign will probably form the backbone of this with a mixture of new monsters, locations, setting notes, etc.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/01/creature-feature-scavvers.html
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Post by: stormwell on January 11, 2017, 05:34:24 AM
The Iron Road

Prior to the arrival of aircraft, another form of transport was expected to be king in Alyeska; Railways.

Though eclipsed by the raise of air travels, the railways made a mark on Alyeska's history and still plays a valuable role to this day. Whilst everyone agrees that aircraft can fly cargo almost anywhere throughout Alyeska, the railways can carry almost anything. There are some cargoes that are better suited to carriage along the iron road than through the air.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/01/the-iron-road.html
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Post by: stormwell on January 18, 2017, 05:37:34 AM
January 2017 Update

We're a few weeks into 2017 and already plans for the year are beginning to take shape.This week's post mainly concerns convention appearances, primarily trade stands and perhaps events I may run during the convention/show.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/01/january-2017-update.html
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Post by: stormwell on January 25, 2017, 08:03:55 AM
A Fool's Errand

Last night got to run the first part of my Fool's Errand campaign, though time constraints meant for a short gaming session. As ever there was one or two things that I didn't account for, though thankfully didn't have to wing things that much. Regardless heres the session report followed by some thoughts.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/01/a-fools-errand.html
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Post by: stormwell on February 01, 2017, 06:26:37 AM
Alyeskan Tales: Wreck of the Skellig

It was a bit tricky trying to decide what category to fit this week's post under, ultimately went for an Alyeskan Tales post in the form of an adventure hook. This week's post is also part of a little experiment, mainly related to social media, but means going forward most posts will probably have a picture of some description attached.

Across Alyeska there are many tales and legends that grace the circuit of bar-room talks, typically spoken about on long dark evenings. Some are told as cautionary tales, others as some light entertainment to pass the time whilst the weather's foul. There is a kind of magic to these fables as a kind of hush falls upon the tavern as the drinkers listen to the words as they are spoken, for there is sometimes a grain of truth that may lead to a rich pay off.

One such tale is that of the...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/02/alyeskan-tales-wreck-of-skellig.html
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Post by: stormwell on February 08, 2017, 05:34:25 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Garian Hist, Ex-Aero-Marine Turned Freebooter

The Great Darmonican War left its mark on a great many men and women, some found fame whereas others were left little more than broken shells. All bear scars of some form or another, shaped by the experiences they endured during the conflict.

Then there are some like Garian Hist who were reborn amidst the carnage of battle.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/02/rogues-gallery-garian-hist-ex-aero.html
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Post by: stormwell on February 15, 2017, 09:25:55 AM
Setting Idea: The Blue Lamp

This week's post is a Setting Idea I've recently had, one that is a sort of British counterpart to A Thin Blue Line. The Blue Lamp is reference to the lamps that sit outside the entrance to British police stations, first used in Victorian times and are still in widespread use today. This is important as the setting is intended to be partially historical and partially modern day, but I'll explain further on.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/02/setting-idea-blue-lamp.html
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Post by: stormwell on February 22, 2017, 06:09:27 AM
Frozen Skies Ideas Feb 2017

As work progresses on trying to get Frozen Skies finished and released this year ideas crop up for new content and options. The fluff side of things is mostly nailed down save for a bit of polish here and there. On the other hand a bit of work is still required on the mechanics, primarily character creation options. So this week I'm presenting some Edges and Hindrances for feedback.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/02/frozen-skies-ideas-feb-2017.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 01, 2017, 11:01:24 AM
March 2017 Update

First post in March and little bit of a short one.

Really a quick look at how things are shaping up regarding Frozen Skies and plans, such as conventions, for the rest of this year. In addition I'll be doing a follow-on to last week's post in relation to feedback received.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/march-2017-update.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 08, 2017, 08:44:22 AM
Skykin

Some time ago I mentioned there was an off-shoot of the Genchi called the Skykin, who still still feel the lure of the skies as felt by their Windryder cousins. This week we'll take a closer look at them, see how they live and how they would interact with player characters. In addition, there are one or two suggestions for playing a Skykin character.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/skykin.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 15, 2017, 09:00:01 AM
Got Gear?

Work progresses on Frozen Skies and the various sections get completed in turn. Some are virtually complete save for editing and proofreading, others require a little bit of work to bring them up to scratch. The gear & goods segment falls in the latter section and is our topic for this week.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/got-gear.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 15, 2017, 09:02:35 AM
Got Gear?

Work progresses on Frozen Skies and the various sections get completed in turn. Some are virtually complete save for editing and proofreading, others require a little bit of work to bring them up to scratch. The gear & goods segment falls in the latter section and is our topic for this week.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/got-gear.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 22, 2017, 11:04:36 AM
Regal-class Skyship

Talked a fair bit about Skyships, but haven't really said much beyond how they work. Thus far I've posted about the Bayleaf freighter and the B-class frigate, this week I'll be posting another Skyship in the form of the Regal-class light cruiser (which has been mentioned previously).

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/regal-class-skyship.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 29, 2017, 10:50:32 AM
Cloudhaunts Revisited

Almost a year ago I posted about a creature called a Cloudhaunt, recently looked over it again decided some changes are warranted. Some of its special abilities have been changed and I've changed its description since I wasn't happy with what I had. Hopefully it means a much better creature for games of Frozen Skies.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/03/cloudhaunts-revisited.html
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Post by: stormwell on April 05, 2017, 06:48:34 AM
Vehicle Combat: Sword vs Tank

After revising the Cloudhaunts recently, one thing I noticed is that there doesn't seem to be much regarding vehicles and melee combat. This is fairly important since Cloudhaunts attack vehicles (aircraft in this case) and only have their claws to attack with. Obviously a means of handling this needed to be thought of, something that sparked off one or two other ideas.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/04/vehicle-combat-sword-vs-tank.html
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Post by: stormwell on April 12, 2017, 11:27:24 AM
April 2017 Update

We've over quarter of the way into a year that seems to be rapidly galloping by as various things start coming together and begin to bear fruit. Certainly feeling that I'm hell of alot closer to finally getting Frozen Skies released to the point where I'm partially-excited/partially-scared by the prospect. Also being a new month and all figured its high time for an update post.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/04/april-2017-update.html
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Post by: stormwell on April 19, 2017, 08:10:38 AM
Alyeskan Tales: Things Never Go Smooth

The last real big piece of writing left to do for Frozen Skies is the adventures section, I'm mulling putting in Firewater & Ice in addition to Fool's Errand. But I still need some more adventures and an adventure generator. This week I'm looking to partially address the former.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/04/alyeskan-tales-things-never-go-smooth.html
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Post by: stormwell on April 26, 2017, 11:28:19 AM
Frozen Skies Ideas April 2017

As playtests take place and I check through what I've written for Frozen Skies I've discovered that theres been bits I've missed by accident or stuff that I could add. So this week is a couple of items that could be useful for characters in Frozen Skies even if they have specific uses. Where possible I've tried to use existing rules for Savage Worlds, but where I haven't been able to find anything suitable I've had to come up with my own experimental rules.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/04/frozen-skies-ideas-april-2017.html
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Post by: stormwell on May 03, 2017, 08:14:24 AM
Cold War Skirmishes

This is a side project initially started to practice stating up vehicles for Savage Worlds, though has since grown into a project in its own right. The basic premise is a series of books to cover the lesser well known conflicts of the Cold War period, give stats for equipment used and suggest game/campaign ideas (Weird Wars related or otherwise). The intention is to use existing Savage Worlds material where I can, but obviously fill in the gaps where I have to.

Also included some extra material for use with Tour of Darkness games.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/05/cold-war-skirmishes.html
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Post by: stormwell on May 11, 2017, 12:24:59 PM
May 2017 Update

Up bit later than I'd like.

OK, a decent amount to report this week.

We'll be taking a look at current progress on Frozen Skies and, on a slightly related note, plans fot his year's UK Games Expo. In addition there will be a look at what to expect after Frozen Skies is finally released.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/05/may-2017-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 17, 2017, 10:32:00 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: L1A1 SLR

Another Cold War Skirmishes instalment, this time a look at a battle rifle that was the standard issue rifle for much of the British Commonwealth during the Cold War period: The semi-automatic L1A1 SLR

The SLR as it was simply known ("inch pattern" FAL in the USA) was a British version of the Belgium FN FAL, and was used in numerous conflicts including the Falklands where it was used against Argentine FN FALs. Fans of Doctor Who may recognise the SLR as being the rifle used by UNIT soldiers during the 1970s.

Includes brief overview of the L1A1 SLR and modifications/variants.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/05/cold-war-skirmishes-l1a1-slr.html
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Post by: stormwell on May 24, 2017, 04:58:25 AM
Money, Money, Money

As Frozen Skies nears completion, I'm gonna take a closer look at small details of the setting to flesh things out a little for those who have picked up the Setting Primer. This is mainly intended to tie people over until the main book is released, also to see how the proposed coinage system works.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/05/money-money-money.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 07, 2017, 11:39:09 AM
Post UKGE Report 2017

Its been a couple of days since we got back from this year's UK Games Expo.

It was good to be back after having to skip it last year and meeting people again, certainly to make sure Utherwald is there again next year. Already plans for next year are being made.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/06/post-ukge-report-2017.html
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Post by: stormwell on June 14, 2017, 09:48:25 AM
June 2017 Update

Right, time for the monthly update.

With UK Games Expo done and dusted for another year the focus can now be directed once more at Frozen Skies and the other projects that are in the works. So this week entails progress report on the status of Frozen Skies and some ideas for related projects.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/06/june-2017-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 21, 2017, 12:53:21 PM
Cold War Skirmishes: The Gurkhas

The British Army has contained many famous units throughout its long history, ranging from the 95th Rifles of the Napoleonic era through to the SAS. Counted amongst them is the Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers who have fought alongside the British forces since the first Gurkha unit was raised in 1815 following the Anglo-Nepalese War. This week we'll be covering the British Army's Gurkha units during the Cold War period, featuring an brief overview of their history, training and some role play material and suggestions.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/06/cold-war-skirmishes-gurkhas.html
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Post by: stormwell on June 28, 2017, 09:40:48 AM
Armed Rovers Redux

A couple of years back I posted a little about the Alyeskan Outriders, though I didn't post much in the way of details back then. Recent work on a remotely related project and related research means that I am able to present the Outriders in a more organised format. Consider this an update of the original post on the Outriders.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/06/armed-rover-reduex.html
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Post by: stormwell on July 05, 2017, 08:20:32 AM
July 2017 Update

We're over halfway through the year now and pretty much on the verge of finally getting Frozen Skies released. So really this week its a case of a quick round up of how things currently stand. Also a quick PSA; There will be no posts on the 2nd and 9th of August since I'll be taking a much needed break.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/07/july-2016-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 12, 2017, 11:45:01 AM
Arctic Airmen

To many the image of a dashing fighter pilot is what they conjure up when they hear the words; 'military airman'. Less glamorous as the bomber and transport pilots who are just as important but receive less coverage in the press. Almost completely overlooked is those who fly the long range patrol aircraft, often for hours on end in some of the remote places of the world. In Alyeska this is the men of No.210 Squadron who are tasked with wide ranging patrols off Alyeska's coastline.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/07/arctic-airmen.html
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Post by: stormwell on July 19, 2017, 01:58:13 PM
Cold War Skirmishes: The EM-2 Rifle

Short post this week given I'm a bit pressed for time.

We take a look at the British EM-2 Rifle, an experimental assault rifle designed in the late 1940s to replace the Lee-Enfield. It proved to be short lived due to the politics of the time and the SA80 is considered its spiritual successor due to their similar appearances.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/07/cold-war-skirmishes-em-2-rifle.html
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Post by: stormwell on July 26, 2017, 11:56:05 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Petro Broklaw

Alyeska is home to many who are on the run from their past, either seeking to start over or just keep a step ahead of whoever is after them. The Great Darmonican War and its aftermath saw something of a surge in such persons, each one forced into exile for one reason or another. Petro Broklaw is one of many Sodkans who have settled in Alyeska, especially after the rise of the Iron Collective in their old homeland.

Quick PSA: No new blog posts until 16th August since I'm taking bit of a break.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/07/rogues-gallery-petro-broklaw.html
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Post by: stormwell on August 16, 2017, 06:24:01 AM
Skies of Crimson Brainstorm

With Frozen Skies currently in layout and a (hopeful) release of some point in the next 2-3 months, its time to take a look at a future project. Skies of Crimson is one of those future project and is a supplement for Frozen Skies that focuses mainly on the sky pirates aspect of the setting. This week's post is more of a brainstorm/list of initial ideas of stuff that I'd like to include in the book, course there's no telling what may end up in the final product.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/08/skies-of-crimson-brainstorm.html
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Post by: stormwell on August 23, 2017, 09:47:11 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: Odd Angry Shot

So last week we took a look at a few ideas I had for Skies of Crimson, this week we return to Cold War Skirmishes and delve deep into the jungles of Vietnam with the ANZACs. Odd Angry Shot is the name of this book, covering the Australians and New Zealanders in a conflict that was dominated by the Americans. This should hopefully form a good starting off point for the Cold War Skirmishes line.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/08/cold-war-skirmishes-odd-angry-shot.html
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Post by: stormwell on August 30, 2017, 05:54:54 AM
A Surprise Announcement!

Mentioned that I'm hoping to release Frozen Skies soon-ish, especially since the writing and layout work is pretty much done. No word on an actual release date as of yet, mainly because I don't want to commit to something unless I'm pretty certain that it'll be met. However, I do have bit of a surprise announcement to make....

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/08/a-surprise-announcement.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 06, 2017, 12:35:29 PM
Alyeskan Tales: A Dragonhawk In Hand

Some time ago I posted about both the Windryders and their Dragonhawk mounts, both have evolved a little since I originally post about them but that isn't going to be the subject of this week's blog post. I'm going to be running a Frozen Skies campaign some in the next few months and my players have expressed some interest in the Windryders and I've been thinking of ways to use them. So an Alyeskan Tales post fits best as a series of adventure hooks, some which may make their way into the campaign but otherwise all are free to use for anyone who wishes.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/09/alyeskan-tales-dragonhawk-in-hand.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 11, 2017, 11:18:45 AM
September 2017 Update

Many things afoot....

A few things to cover this week including change of schedule, Kickstarter news and a new Facebook group for Frozen Skies. In addition some details about a Frozen Skies campaign that I should be running soon as well as a few one shots.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/09/september-2017-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 18, 2017, 05:40:41 AM
Frozen Skies: The Campaign

Mentioned previously that my group is gearing up to do a Frozen Skies campaign, one that I hope to post a bit about as the group progresses through it. A bit of prep work is still required, though thanks to the players I have a framework to begin with (more on that below). Not sure as to when the campaign will actually start, I'm currently running a Fallout New Vegas based Savage Worlds game and to take a break from being GM for a little bit whilst somebody else runs a campaign.

And remember folks, the Kickstarter starts Monday 2nd October!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/09/frozen-skies-campaign.html
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Post by: stormwell on September 26, 2017, 11:20:57 AM
Forsaken Space

Up a day later than planned, Man Flu will kinda do that to a guy's schedule.

Recently found myself thinking about a setting idea I posted about early last year, basically fleshing it out a bit more. The core idea remains unchanged, just thought of a few addition to better round out the idea and make it more interesting. Also settled upon the name of 'Forsaken Space' for the setting.

Frozen Skies Kickstarter next Monday (2nd October), 5pm Brit time (12 noon US East Coast).

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/09/forsaken-space.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 09, 2017, 11:35:47 AM
Northern Ghosts

One of the things I wanted to do with Frozen Skies is maintain Alyeska's frontier feel; it is sparsely populated with a scattering of settlements rather than grand cities. Man has tried to tame this land but the land has pushed back in various different ways, leaving abandoned remnants of broken hopes and dreams. These are various ghost towns that can be found across Alyeska, any of which can be worked into an adventure.

On a side note, just (at time of writing) £400 left to go on the Frozen Skies Kickstarter.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/10/northern-ghosts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 16, 2017, 11:34:54 AM
Rogue's Gallery: The Banshees

There are many sky pirate outfits that operate across the face of Darmonica, Alyeska is no exception given that it is home to the notorious pirate haven of Broken Spires. One outfit known as the Tundra Wolves has already been mentioned, though this week I want to take a look at an another outfit; The all-female outfit known as the Banshees.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/10/rogues-gallery-banshees.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 23, 2017, 11:44:03 AM
October 2017 Update

Right, update time.

We're getting towards the end of the year and Frozen Skies is getting pretty darn close to being released, though it is still a case of "so close yet so far". The news is mainly going to be about the Kickstarter, though I do have a couple of other things to talk about.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/10/october-2017-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 30, 2017, 01:06:51 PM
The Airman's Gazetteer: The Commonwealth

One of the Q&As I've done in relation to the Kickstarter had people asking about the rest of the world of Darmonica beyond the shores of Alyeska. I've covered the various nations of the world to a limited degree, but nothing in depth. The most obvious one to start with is the Commonwealth (which I've posted about before) since that is the nation that currently has the most influence over Alyeska. Gradually I'll cover the other nations in turn should this mini-series proves to be popular, but hopefully it'll prove useful for those who wish to take their games of Frozen Skies beyond Alyeska and explore the rest of the world of Darmonica.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/10/the-airmans-gazetteer-commonwealth.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 06, 2017, 12:19:17 PM
The Airman's Gazetteer: The Free State

Currently our series, which covers the various nations of Darmonica in a greater detail, we take a look at the Tyland Free State. Formerly the Kingdom of Tyland, it now little more than a sad rump of a nation still struggling with the aftermath of defeat. It also faces an uncertain future as parts of its territory remain occupied by powers that may possibly clash with one another before long.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/11/the-airmans-gazetteer-free-state.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 13, 2017, 12:00:17 PM
The Airman's Gazetteer: The Artian Confederation

Continuing the Airman's Gazetteer series is the Artian Confederation, a victor of the Great Darmonican War that now has little opportunity to enjoy the spoils of war. It has troops tied down on either occupation duties or keeping a wary eye on its eastern frontiers, what more relations with its wartime ally the Commonwealth have been growing increasingly tense. It has a very militant culture and outlook, though that could cause trouble in the near future.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/11/the-airmans-gazetteer-artian.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 20, 2017, 10:36:11 AM
November 2017 Update

Right, Update Time!

Bit of a break from the Airman's Gazetteer series, though that will return in a couple of weeks. The Kickstarter ended successfully, though we just scraped in over the target. So now work carries on behind the scenes getting more artwork done, sorting out extra content and doing a bit of spit and polish to get Frozen Skies ready for release. So quick round up of how things stand, some game news and an extra treat.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/11/november-2017-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 27, 2017, 05:19:52 AM
Things Never Go Smooth

Remember last week when I said I'd be running a Frozen Skies one shot at the local university's games society?

Unfortunately it ended up being cancelled, though with the prospect of being rescheduled at a later date. My plan was originally going to be writing up the post-game session report for this week's blog post, instead I'll be writing up what I'd intended to run. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/11/things-never-go-smooth.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 04, 2017, 07:30:43 AM
The Airman's Gazetteer: The Iron Collective

This week we return to the Airman's Gazetteer with a look at a nation that's already been extensively covered; the Iron Collective.

This isolationist, technological theocracy is viewed with a great deal of wariness by the other nations of Darmonica. It has refused to maintain any diplomatic relation. Its goals and motives are unknown, the regime refuses to let any of its citizens be exposed to any external influence. All everyone can do is keep a close eye on the Iron Collective.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/12/the-airmans-gazetteer-iron-collective.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 11, 2017, 12:26:57 PM
The Airman's Gazetteer: Union of Sodkan Republics

After looking at the Iron Collective last week, we now head south to the Union of Sodkan Republics; a loose alliance of small nations paranoid both by their big neighbour to the north and each other. They argue to be the successors to the Holy Sodkan Empire, something the rest of Darmonica is happy to accept. Though, many doubt how well the Union will stand when the Iron Guard march south.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/12/the-airmans-gazetteer-union-of-sodkan.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 18, 2017, 10:29:28 AM
The Airman's Gazetteer: The Coalition

The Airman's Gazetteer series continues with a look at the Coalition, a nation ruled over by merchants and corporate entities.

This is also the final blog post of 2017; with the next two weeks being Christmas and New Years respectively normal service will resume on Monday 8th Jan. A two week long break will hopefully mean fair progress will be made on the Kickstarter related content. In the mean time, Happy Holidays for whatever you celebrate at this time of the year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2017/12/the-airmans-gazetteer-coalition.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 08, 2018, 11:27:08 AM
The Airman's Gazetteer: Sultanate of Taramate

Lying across the Mammut Sea south of the 'core' nations of Darmonica is the ancient kingdom known as the Sultanate of Taramate. It is said to be older than the Kingdom of Tyland, though much about the Sultanate is veiled in secrecy. Outsiders are generally restricted to a handful of ports on the Mammut Sea coast, though permission had grudgingly been given for a small number of expeditions to the interior over the years. Recently relations have been struck with the Artian Confederation and a small but growing Artian military presence has been established.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/01/the-airmans-gazetteer-sultanate-of.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 15, 2018, 05:44:27 AM
The Airman's Gazetteer: Pamdinia

Nestled to the south of the Artian Confederation is one of Darmonica's few surviving small countries; Pamdinia.

Wedged in between the Mammut Sea to its south and the Odin Mountain Range to the north, Pamdinia is a long but narrow country with few natural resources. It managed to stay neutral during the Great Darmonican War, primarily due to its status as a major trading partner of the Sultanate of Taramate and the strong Pamdinian Navy.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/01/the-airmans-gazetteer-pamdinia.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 22, 2018, 11:36:07 AM
The Airman's Gazetteer: Back of Beyond

Now that the 'core' nations of Darmonica have been covered we come to the last entry in the Airman's Gazetteer series; The more distant but relatively unknown reaches of Darmonica.

The major powers of Darmonica are aware that distant lands lie well beyond their borders, though the details are sketchy at best. Some lands have been discovered and explored a little, others are only known thanks to travelers from foreign parts. There is also the prospect of remnant enclaves of Ancient Terrans waiting to be found.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/01/the-airmans-gazetteer-back-of-beyond.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 29, 2018, 11:49:55 AM
January 2018 Update

First update of the new year.

The biggest thing is progress with the Kickstarter fulfillment, something thats taken a shift forwards and is probably of interest to a few people. There is a couple of other things that tie into the Kickstarter which some details about will be posted. Lastly there will be some stuff concerning what Utherwald Press has planned for this year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/01/january-2018-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 05, 2018, 07:03:39 AM
Rogue's Gallery: The Black Talons

Herein we return to highlighting denizens and persons of note that inhabit the frigid land of Alyeska.

Whilst a great many good natured souls call Alyeska home, there are a few who bear dark stains. Bandits and sky pirates immediately spring to mind, the newsheets certainly help keep them front and center in people's minds. There is another group, a group infamous for its bloody reign of terror in the Alyeskan wilderness.

They are a band of Windryders who call themselves the Black Talons.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/02/rogues-gallery-black-talons.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 12, 2018, 05:07:37 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Genchi Clubmen

A second Rogue's Gallery in a row?

What madness is this?

Its part of some ideas I've to further flesh out and develop the world of Darmonica to make it seem more like a living, breathing world. The recent Airman's Gazetteer series was part of this and so will be a few Rogue's Gallery posts. This week's post expands a bit on Genchi culture and provides potential allies or enemies for the characters to encounter.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/02/rogues-gallery-genchi-clubmen.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 19, 2018, 05:48:00 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Fayra Lockwood

Whilst there are hundreds, if not thousands, of souls living in Alyeska only a few wield any degree of influence on the world around them. Some are in positions of power, others rely on might and bloodshed. There are some who are most subtle, yet their actions still send ripples across Alyeska and even beyond. One of these people is the Commonwealth's top agent in Alyeska and the Queen's personal troubleshooter; Fayra Lockwood.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/02/rogues-gallery-fayra-lockwood.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 26, 2018, 11:04:12 AM
Sodkan Imperial Remnants

Prior to the Great Darmonican War, the Holy Sodkan Empire was considered one of the 'great powers' of Darmonica and held sway over extensive territories. During the course of the war, the Empire suffered huge reversal of fortune and splintered into the Iron Collective and the Union of Sodkan Republics. There are many who mourn the lost of the Empire, there are also others who seek its restoration.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/02/sodkan-imperial-remnants.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 05, 2018, 07:02:59 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: Sterling SMG

This week we take a break from Frozen Skies and do a Cold War Skirmishes instalment.

We'll be taking a look at the Sterling SMG, the British Army's submachine gun that served alongside the L1A1 SLR for much of the Cold War period. It was used by a number of other countries in a number of different conflicts (including both sides of the Falklands War). Star Wars fans may recognize the Sterling as being the basis for the blaster used by Imperial Stormtroopers in the Original Trilogy.

As ever, brief overview of the weapon and modifications/variants.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/03/cold-war-skirmishes-sterling-smg.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 12, 2018, 11:28:22 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: Dispatch #1

Recently took a break from Frozen Skies related topics and did a Cold War Skirmishes installment, one that seems to have been hugely popular. So this week figured I would discuss the current plans for the Cold War Skirmishes line. Basically covering what is being worked on and whats in the pipeline for the future.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/03/cold-war-skirmishes-dispatch-1.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 19, 2018, 06:04:54 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: Blackburn Buccaneer

This week we're doing something a little different for Cold War Skirmishes, we're gonna try and stat up an aircraft.

Our candidate is the Blackburn Buccaneer, a British carrier-borne attack aircraft designed in the 1950s for the Royal Navy to counter a new generation of Soviet warships. Used by the Fleet Air Arm, RAF and South African Air Force seeing combat action in both the Gulf War of 1991 and the South African Border War. They also put in appearances at the US' Exercise RED FLAG from 1977 through to 1983.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/03/cold-war-skirmishes-blackburn-buccaneer.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 26, 2018, 12:10:22 PM
March 2018 Update

Tis been a couple of months since out last update, so its kinda high time for a new one.

There is some news regarding the Kickstarter, chiefly how things are progressing on that front. There has also been some movement on the Cold War Skirmishes front as well. Finally, reports on the deployment of Utherwald Press later in the year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/03/march-2018-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 02, 2018, 11:33:57 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Kaelin Madigan

Alyeska is a land of ample opportunity; some toil the land for the fruit of the earth whilst others seek precious minerals beneath it. For every soul seeking to make an honest living, there are many who seek to part fools from their gold through dishonest means. Thieves and bandits are a common plight in civilized lands, but there is another kind of scoundrel that is on the raise who uses trickery and deceit to get what they want.

Kaelin Madigan is one such person, using every trick up her sleeve to fleece others out of their heard earn coin.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/04/rogues-gallery-kaelin-madigan.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 09, 2018, 08:17:17 AM
Alyeskan Gazetteer: Grimsport

Alyeska is home to be many settlements; some little more than mining camps whilst others are fully fledged towns. Most were founded either in areas rich with natural resources or close to readily available water. All usually have some sort of reputation for good or ill; Grimsport sits within the latter.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/04/alyeskan-gazetteer-grimsport.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 16, 2018, 10:10:35 AM
Setting Idea: The Gwentshire Chronicles

Whats this? Another Setting Idea and entry on the 'Would Like To Do Someday' List?!

Been toying for some time with the idea of a British supernatural/horror setting, but so far I've struggled with a way of making it stand out. Recently I believe that I've finally cracked it; One location (a fictional English county) but with the option of different time periods.

Basically means that a game in the setting can be set at any period throughout history, from Roman and Medieval times through the Victorian period to the World Wars and 21st Century.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/04/setting-idea-gwentshire-chronicles.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 23, 2018, 10:21:46 AM
The County of Gwentshire

As the Gwentshire Chronicles setting idea seems to have been a big hit I've decided to do a follow-up post. Its a general overview of the County of Gwentshire, noting places of interests. It also gives a rough idea of the geographic layout of the county along with little glimpses at its history.

Expect further posts as I explore some concepts for the setting, though people have asked about cross-generational stuff.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/04/the-county-of-gwentshire.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 30, 2018, 05:05:17 AM
April 2018 Update

We're over a quarter of the way into the year and its looking like Frozen Skies will soon be ready. Though still a bit quiet on the events front and other big announcements, but there is a little bit of news there. Plus there is other Frozen Skies related news that may be of interest to folk.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/04/april-2018-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 07, 2018, 06:48:35 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: The Mist-Bound

We're returning to the County of Gwentshire and taking a look at a few ideas concerning the Mist-Bound. This group of entities serve as sentinels, standing guard against otherworldly beings trying to break through the weak point in reality located in Gwentshire.

Doing things a little differently this week by having this week's post up on Patreon before it goes live on the blog.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/05/the-gwentshire-chronicles-mist-bound.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 14, 2018, 10:37:14 AM
Frozen Skies Session Zero: Taking Flight

Some back I mentioned about running a Frozen Skies campaign, recently had a character creation session or 'Session Zero' if you will. Partially because we had a new player and partial because it had been a while since we last played anything Savage Worlds related, we did a short combat to get to grips with how everything works. So this week's post will be a rundown of the characters and an after action report of the brief combat. Going forward, I'll be alternating between campaign posts and Utherwald Press related posts.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/05/frozen-skies-session-zero-taking-flight.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 21, 2018, 04:45:58 AM
Frozen Skies: Expanded Airship Rules Ideas

So running a Frozen Skies campaign gives me the opportunity to try stuff out beyond the typical scope of a one shot adventure. One of the ideas that I wish to develop and playtest is expanded rules for airships and combat involving them. This will of course feed into Skies of Crimson, the next book that is planned for Frozen Skies.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/05/frozen-skies-expanded-airship-rules.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 28, 2018, 10:22:16 AM
Frozen Skies Session One: Getting Airborne

After the 'warm-up' session a couple of weeks back, the group began its first proper session of the campaign. This was where the group got their characters established and how they worked (or not worked) together as a team. It was also interesting in that there was some unexpected aerial combat, though more on that later on.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/05/frozen-skies-session-one-getting.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 04, 2018, 10:32:36 AM
Update June 2018

Bit of an exciting time at present as Frozen Skies finally comes together. So the main topic this week is the timeline for Frozen Skies' release. Additionally, I'll talk about future plans which include future products, etc.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/06/update-june-2018.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 11, 2018, 10:42:08 AM
Frozen Skies Session Two: Flying Murder Hobos

Continuing on from the last session, our intrepid band of layabouts find themselves lurching from one spot of trouble to another. Along the way they make contact with Alyeska's criminal underworld, get blacklisted from drinking establishments, add a town to their 'never visit again' list and end up in the sky pirate haven of Broken Spires.

Oh, and a possible date with the law in the immediate future.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/06/frozen-skies-session-two-flying-murder.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 18, 2018, 04:39:58 PM
Rogue's Gallery: Marauders

Alyeska is home to many outlaws; the most infamous of these are the sky pirates that have been romanticised by the newsheets. Bandits aren't unheard, though they are not seen as exciting and tend to receive considerably less attention in the press. Then there are the motorcycle raider gangs known as 'Marauders'.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Frozen Skies will go on sale this coming Wednesday!!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/06/rogues-gallery-marauders.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 25, 2018, 05:42:31 PM
Frozen Skies Session Three: Beneath The Spires

Session the Third in the ongoing Frozen Skies campaign, one of the players wasn't able to make and I didn't want to run what I had planned without them. So put a few options to the rest of the group and it was decided to do a side adventure instead...well ended up being more of a mis-adventure.

Don't suppose I've ever seen so many failed rolls in a single game session.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/06/frozen-skies-session-three-beneath.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 02, 2018, 04:47:20 AM
Challenge Accepted

Recently Utherwald Press reached over a 100 likes on Facebook.

To celebrate this achievement I offered to either an adventure, location, item or NPC based upon a one or two word prompt. I was expecting some interesting responses and I wasn't disappointed, though they were surprising all the same. So...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/07/challenge-accepted.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 09, 2018, 12:10:47 PM
Frozen Skies Session 4: Unexpected Allies And Likely Foes

Go Forth With Session Four!

A full house again as Tag's player joined us after having to miss the last session, thus enabling much advancement and development of plot. These past couple of sessions have proven that great flexibility as a GM is required as what I had planned to happen and what ended up happening because of circumstance were two different things. Though managed to get things pretty close to being back on track in this last session, so feeling a little bit of a sense of achievement with that.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/07/frozen-skies-session-4-unexpected.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 16, 2018, 03:39:47 AM
Rogue's Gallery: The Tundra Wolves

There are many sky pirate outfits in Alyeska, ranging from little more than bandits with a couple of planes through to successful gangs with their own airships. A group known as the Banshees have already been covered and have even made an appearance in the Frozen Skies campaign that I'm currently running. Another gang that has featured in the campaign and have only been mentioned previously; The Tundra Wolves

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/07/rogues-gallery-tundra-wolves.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 23, 2018, 10:00:47 AM
Brokers of Secrets

This particular post was going to be another instalment of the Frozen Skies campaign I'm running. However, half the group wasn't able to make and so the session got cancelled. Hopefully in two weeks time it'll be the next bit of the campaign.

In the meantime, I've had to think of a different topic for this week's post...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/07/brokers-of-secrets.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 30, 2018, 09:23:02 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: Ald Jack

With Frozen Skies out I can relax a little and turn my attention to other setting ideas, something that I intend to do every so often. This time its the turn of the Gwentshire Chronicles, chiefly a look at another of the key characters in the setting; Ald Jack

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/07/the-gwentshire-chronicles-ald-jack.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 06, 2018, 05:17:14 AM
Cold War Skirmishes: Flashpoint Belize

Continuing on with taking a look at other settings and products that Utherwald has in the works. This week it is the turn of Cold War Skirmishes and we'll be taking a look at a potential conflict that almost erupted in Central America during the early 1970s. As ever the post will feature a overview of the military situation, offer adventure ideas and suggested NPC stats.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/08/cold-war-skirmishes-flashpoint-belize.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 13, 2018, 09:45:43 AM
Forsaken Space: Wreck Generator

This week we're continuing with revisiting the other settings in the works from Utherwald Press. Taking the spotlight this time round is Forsaken Space; scavengers braving haunted wrecks in a SciFi Horror setting.

To help kickstart your ForSpace games, heres a wreck generator.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/08/forsaken-space-wreck-generator.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 20, 2018, 09:52:19 AM
Frozen Skies Session 5: "Trust me, I'm a drunk!"

After a break off over a month, the crew of the airship Waylander are back flying the Frozen Skies!

For one reason or another, the entire group hasn't been able to get together over the past month. One session got cancelled and the following ended up being a Savage 40K one-shot, but the whole crew is back in Alyeska. The group seemed to be happy getting back into the swing of things, though one of the players has ended up changing characters (more on that in a bit). This week, though slow to begin with, was a fun session.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/08/frozen-skies-session-5-trust-me-im-drunk.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 27, 2018, 10:15:08 AM
Setting Overview: Darkwatch

Darkwatch is the combination of two Setting Ideas; Forsaken and Deepwatch.

The core of Darkwatch is still the original idea for Forsaken, except I've decided to make subterranean elements a stronger part of the setting. Also envisioning Darkwatch to play as a reverse resistance campaign; the player characters are part of the occupation forces attempting to root out the resistance cells of the enemy forces still lurking in the city.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/08/setting-overview-darkwatch.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 03, 2018, 10:23:29 AM
Frozen Skies Session 6: Going Down To Grimsport

The adventures of the airship Waylander and its crew continue.

Combat proved to be surprisingly absent this session, though some critical plot development took place setting things up for other things to occur later on. Highlights include; the introduction of a new player character, visiting a town with an ill-reputation, meeting an NPC who'll become important later on...oh and the characters themselves being arrested.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/09/frozen-skies-session-6-going-down-to.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 10, 2018, 04:11:21 PM
Keep The Home Fires Burning

This week we're looking at another of the planned settings for Utherwald Press and, fittingly enough as I have a cold, its Keep The Home Fires Burning.

It'll pretty much be a few ideas I have in mind for the setting, concepts and possible rules. There will also be an insight in how character players interact with the setting along with a couple of adventure hooks.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/09/keep-home-fires-burning.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 17, 2018, 05:21:58 PM
Frozen Skies Session 7: This Is Fine

Last time we joined the crew of the airship Waylander, two of their fellows had ended up in a police cell as the law tried to get the entire crew booked for smuggling. Though the law would be frustrated in its efforts, it does have other tricks up its sleeves. One of the detained crew members has to face a court martial, the other had urgent summons from home to face an equally dreadful matter.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/09/frozen-skies-session-7-this-is-fine.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 24, 2018, 11:50:25 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: The Laine Collection

Sometimes, its amazing where you pick up ideas from.

Recently visited the Lynn Museum in Kings Lynn, which proved to be interesting and a gold mine for ideas. The museum had in display a collection of curiosities amassed by the artist and explorer Thomas Baines. The collections features curios from Africa, Australia and even South-East Asia. There was also some stuff on the English Civil War and the Siege of Kings Lynn, another source of ideas which I'll write about in the near future.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/09/the-gwentshire-chronicles-laine.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 01, 2018, 04:48:19 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 8: Tussle With The Dark Claws

The adventures of the Airship Waylander continue!

Last time the crew of the Waylander had been contracted by the Royal Alyeskan Air Police to transport a prisoner from the remote town of Prospector's Reach for trial in Gravenburgh. Things had gone well, too well for the characters' liking, least until they came under attack from some sky pirates. The scoundrels of the sky were fended off, though the characters' own fighters were almost wrecked.

This week we tried something a little different and used paper tokens for the aerial combat.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/10/frozen-skies-episode-8-tussle-with-dark.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 08, 2018, 10:30:20 AM
Frozen Skies: SWADE Edition

So a new edition of Savage Worlds recently got announced, mostly consisting of tweaks here and there with new rules. Like a lot of people I've closely been following the previews that have been seen so far, but nothing that seems to majorly effect Frozen Skies. Though ultimately we'll have to wait until the release of the new rules after the Kickstarter later this month.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/10/frozen-skies-swade-edition.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 15, 2018, 04:52:36 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 9: Home (Isles) Bound

After their tussle with the Dark Claws, the crew of the Waylander opt to head to the Commonwealth's Home Isles to answer the summons of Reginald's father. Did mean that Herbert's court martial was postponed again for another session, this was a necessity as one of the players was out of the country and had asked to be present for the court martial. Though it did mean that the players got to visit and learn more about the world outside of Alyeska.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/10/frozen-skies-episode-9-home-isles-bound.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 22, 2018, 03:02:21 PM
The Skywrights Guild

Since it featured in the most recent session of the Frozen Skies campaign has has already been mentioned a few times on the blog, figured its time to detail the Skywrights Guild. It is a powerful organisation, able to build and maintain a fleet of airships, and wields a fair amount of influence. Whilst it dominates the airship market, it isn't without rivals.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/10/the-skywrights-guild.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 29, 2018, 11:58:12 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 10: Venture Edition

Last week, the crew of the Waylander headed to the Commonwealth's Home Isles to answer the summons of Reginald's father. The family reunion proved to be short and bitter sweet as Reginald found himself being disowned by his family in addition to their lodgings being burned down under somewhat hazy circumstances. It was finally decided to take care of some outstanding business and head back to Alyeska to get Herbert's court martial out of the way.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/10/frozen-skies-episode-10-venture-edition.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 05, 2018, 10:57:18 AM
Darkwatch: Welcome to Ravenscroft

Couple of months back I was going over ideas for various setting ideas other than Frozen Skies, this included a dark fantasy setting called Darkwatch. I'm still hashing out ideas and getting details set down in concrete. Part of this is finally naming and getting down some details on the city thats the core of the setting.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/11/darkwatch-welcome-to-ravenscroft.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 12, 2018, 10:57:27 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 11: Of Leaders and Trailers

Last time on Adventures of the Waylander, the crew had dealt with the military court martial of ship's doctor Herbert Schilling. They had also come across an air hulk in the ocean crossing on their return back to Alyeska, managing to successfully tow the derelict airship back to port. This session saw the tying up of loose ends and making decisions that will affect the crew's future.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/11/frozen-skes-episode-11-of-leaders-and.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 19, 2018, 11:10:15 AM
The Shackletons

The world of Darmonica boasts many different organisations, ranging from small outfits to transnational corporate entities. Each one has varying levels of influence and reach, all determining their impact upon the world. One organisation that has made a name for itself (though some say infamously so) is the Shackleton Detective Agency.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/11/the-shackletons.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 26, 2018, 05:22:37 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 12: Paranoia Keeps Us Apart

Last time, the crew had an encounter with the Shackleton Detective Agency who had a bounty warrant for one of the crew. They had also had made some serious plans about their future, achieving the long-term goal of one of the characters. This session saw the Shackletons being dealt with and the crew's own paranoia driving events and resulting in player vs player combat.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/11/frozen-skies-episode-12-paranoia-keeps.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 03, 2018, 10:38:52 AM
What Is...Aerothium

With a new edition of Savage Worlds on the horizon, I've been going through and updating Frozen Skies to reflect the new rules. Alot of this has been mostly changes to stats, Edges and Hindrances. It is also a golden opportunity to go through the fluff of the setting, edit and improve the parts I'm not 100% happy with. The objective of this is to try and make the fluff more clear by tracking down and rewriting the contradictions about the setting, basically to make things a little less disjointed. The first of this so-called "What Is...?" series is a look at the lifting gas of the air vessels found within the setting; AEROTHIUM.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/12/what-isaerothium.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 10, 2018, 10:39:24 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 13: Tomb of Ice and Metal

Now flying the airship Stormrider following efforts last time to chart a new course for the crew's future, it was time to conduct their first venture with the new aero-vessel. Though it wasn't entirely plain sailing as there was dragonhawk related shenanigans, including an encounter with a flock of wild dragonhawks. The glory of finding an Alyeskan legend was tempered by the death of a key member of the crew.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/12/frozen-skies-episode-13-tomb-of-ice-and.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 17, 2018, 02:14:06 PM
Frozen Skies Adventure Edition

So Savage Worlds Adventure Edition has been released (at least to Kickstarter backers at time of writing) and the non-disclosure agreement lifted, means I'm free to talk about how SWADE will effect Frozen Skies. Stated previously that I'll be doing an Update & Errata PDF dubbed 'Black Ice', basically covering the changes to Frozen Skies that will be incorporated into the SWADE version. So this week we'll be taking a look at some of those changes and one or two new ideas.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/12/frozen-skies-adventure-edition.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 24, 2018, 11:35:43 AM
Death's Chase: SWADE Edition

Part of the process of updating Frozen Skies to SWADE includes going over various rules. This includes the rules for the Death's Chase air race, basically adapting it for the new Chase rules. Recently got the chance to playtest it, so this week's post is the setup and how things worked out.

Additionally; Happy Holidays folk, will be taking a break until the New Year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2018/12/deaths-chase-swade-edition.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 07, 2019, 02:17:04 AM
The Commonwealth Revisited

Welcome to 2019!

Currently working on getting Frozen Skies updated to SWADE, going through and changing rules where needed so that they're in-line with the newest edition of Savage Worlds. Though its got me thinking about the setting more, in particular its background and world history with the view of tightening it up and making things clearer. There are a few areas of the fluff that I'd like to improve and develop upon, make things more coherent in their details. The Commonwealth is something I wish to take another look at and incorporate some ideas and changes.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/01/the-commonwealth-revisited.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 14, 2019, 05:06:56 AM
Frozen Skies Session 14: The Expendables

After a break due to Christmas and New Years, the group met up again to continue the campaign...though we were short a couple of players. We picked things up from where we'd left off, the immediate aftermath of Tag's death and the surviving crew needing to escape the wrecked skyship. It was a chance to use the Chase Rules from SWADE, which I'll give my thoughts on later, and the crew then made their next move.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/01/frozen-skies-session-14-expendables.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 21, 2019, 05:36:11 AM
Rogue's Gallery SWADE-ified

For those who have been following on social media, you'll be aware that I'm currently working on getting Frozen Skies updated to the new Adventure Edition of Savage Worlds. A draft of the update document (dubbed 'Black Ice') has also been shared and covers rules and gear, etc. The biggest task is updating the various NPCs due to changes to skills, Hindrances and Edges. Decided to redo a character previously posted on the blog, partially as some practice and partially to showcase differences.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/01/rogues-gallery-swade-ified.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 28, 2019, 05:39:05 AM
Frozen Skies Session 15: My Heart Will G-...Oh

After escaping the icebound wrecked skyship and Alex cementing his position as captain, the crew set about completing the second of Andrei's tasks. This entailed the crew indulging in a bit of sky piracy, though with almost disastrous results. Other highlights include a character dispatching their hated foe and a new member to the crew.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/01/frozen-skies-session-15-my-heart-will-g.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 04, 2019, 05:42:57 PM
Update Feb 2019

Well, its been a while since an update was posted.

Now we've settled into a new year its probably an idea to make a post about whats planned for Utherwald in 2019. The big news is probably going to be Frozen Skies and SWADE related, but some other stuff will be covered.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/02/update-feb-2019.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 11, 2019, 05:26:53 PM
Frozen Skies Episode 16: Revenge of the Burning Knives

Last time our intrepid crew pulled off an airship heist and framed a rival gang for the crime in the process. For one character it really was the chance to shine...and almost die in the process. It was also the opportunity for a new character to join the crew, filling a spot that had recently and tragedy been made vacant.

This week the crew were in for an unexpected and potentially nasty surprise...

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/02/frozen-skies-episode-16-revenge-of.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 18, 2019, 04:27:45 AM
Commonwealth Revisited Part Two

Quick follow-on post this week to a post from last month, which detailed some changes that I wished to make to the Commonwealth. Wanted to go with a more Celtic feel for the nation, something that I hope the changes help capture. So, without further ado, I present a revised version of the Commonwealth.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/02/commonwealth-revisited-part-two.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 25, 2019, 10:23:02 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 17: Express Train to Trouble

After dealing with the Burning Knives gang, the crew set about preparing themselves for Andrei's latest job; a train heist. Though the crew managed to pull it off, it proved to be a case of 'Things Never Go Smooth'.  One of the characters has developed doubts over the recent activities of the crew and some resentment of the latest addition to the crew.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/02/frozen-skies-episode-17-express-train.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 04, 2019, 10:01:56 AM
Cold War Skirmishes SWADE Update

This week we're heading back to Cold War Skirmishes, mainly going over some stuff and updating them to SWADE. Recently released an adventure through the Savage Worlds Adventurer's Guild called Operation Thule; Set during the 1982 Falklands Conflict and featuring some Weird elements to showcase the potential of what came be run in the…erm…'setting'. This post builds upon Operation Thule by providing extra gear and vehicles to broaden the scope for a British military based game during the Cold War period. Do intend to cover the other powers and nations such as the Soviet Union and USA; I know more about the British military, which makes it a better starting point for me.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/03/cold-war-skirmishes-swade-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 11, 2019, 06:16:10 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 18: Casino Royale

Following on from the train heist, the crew ended up in a casino....though not for another heist. This was the crew's first shot at bounty hunting, which they managed to successfully pull off. It proved to be Beginner's Luck and the Jackpot for one of the characters, whilst another may have brought the wrath of the local taxi drivers' union down upon the crew.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/03/frozen-skies-episode-18-casino-royale.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 18, 2019, 12:50:50 PM
Commonwealth Revisited: The Royal Aero-Fleet

Part of an ongoing mini-series where I take a look at the fluff of the wider world of Frozen Skies and possibly revise it. As the main power in Alyeska, it made sense to start with the Commonwealth particularly as there were some parts of it that I wasn't fully happy with. The next step was looking at the Commonwealth's military and making changes where I had new ideas, in this instance a complete revision of the Commonwealth's air forces.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/03/commonwealth-revisited-royal-aero-fleet.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 25, 2019, 05:43:31 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 19: The Spitsworth Redemption, Part I

Last time saw the crew hit the casinos in search of a bounty, efforts that were nearly ruined by a certain doctor who sometimes let his mouth run off when it really shouldn't. Fortunately one character had one heck of a beginner's luck at the tables and they managed to capture the bounty. Though there is a looming vendetta from a taxi driver's union.

This week saw the crew put a plan into action to put a character back in their family's good standing...well last man standing far as the will is concerned.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/03/frozen-skies-episode-19-spitsworth.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 01, 2019, 11:55:01 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Queen Lothwyn

An ongoing project at the moment is going through and nailing the background lore for the wider world of the Frozen Skies setting.  Part of this has included a series of recent posts covering a revision of the Commonwealth and part of its military in the form of the Royal Aero-Fleet. Plan to do a few more posts concerning the Commonwealth, but realized that I haven't written much about the most important person in the Commonwealth: Queen Lothwyn II.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/04/rogues-gallery-queen-lothwyn.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 08, 2019, 09:53:28 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 20: Two Pints of Cider and a SMG

Previously, the crew put their plan into action to restore Reginald to his family's good graces...or at least to gain unrestricted access to the Spitsworth family wealth. This week was the next stage of the plan, one that concerned Reginald's sister Elisa. The hope was to convince her to come along and stage a kidnapping and then rescue by Reginald. As it turned out, things really go to plan nor as expected.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/04/frozen-skies-episode-20-two-pints-of.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 15, 2019, 04:32:58 AM
Commonwealth Revisited: The Garda

Continuing the effort to take another look at the Commonwealth and make revisions where needed, we take a look at the Commonwealth's national police force; the Garda.

We take a look at the Garda's origins and how it became the force it is today. In addition, we'll also take a look at the Garda's current roles and some ideas for including the Garda in your games of Frozen Skies.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/04/commonwealth-revisited-garda.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 22, 2019, 04:57:20 AM
Frozen Skies Episode 21: Endgame

So after a lunchtime shoot-out in a country pub, the crew prepared themselves for an assault on Spitsworth Manor. Expecting a recreation of the Forlorn Hope or the Charge of the Light Brigade, almost nobody could've expected the explosive finale. It was a night to remember, one filled with ferocious battle, fiery destruction and the fall of many a great name.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/04/frozen-skies-episode-21-endgame.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 29, 2019, 12:01:36 PM
Frozen Skies: The Spitsworth Family

What started as a background detail for a character morphed into a plotline that ended up driving a campaign forward. This week, as part of a series of posts related to my now finished campaign, will focus on the Spitsworth family. Included will be a brief description of its members, plus some extra details that'll flesh out the family even more.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/04/frozen-skies-spitsworth-family.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 06, 2019, 02:26:53 AM
Frozen Skies: The Broken Spires Conspiracy

There are a handful of plotlines I had planned for my Frozen Skies campaign, but never got the chance to do much with these. Big focus of some of these revolved around the sky pirate haven of Broken Spires; which got teased but no follow through. So this week we'll take a look at these and what could possibly had happened had the campaign continued.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/05/frozen-skies-broken-spires-conspiracy.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 13, 2019, 02:52:07 AM
Frozen Skies: Post-Campaign Thoughts

Certainly a few things that I could've done differently or better with my Frozen Skies campaign, things I'm sure that my players can pitch in on. So this week I'm taking the chance to address the things that come to mind for me and what, if possible, could've been changed. Will also post about ideas I have forming for my next Frozen Skies campaign, no matter the format that takes.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/05/frozen-skies-post-campaign-thoughts.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 20, 2019, 03:03:04 AM
Update May 2019

So...its been a wee while since an update on things was posted.

The big thing most people are going to be interested in is what is currently happening with Frozen Skies, chiefly the update to SWADE. Also covered will be plans for the future, new products and potential events. There will also be a small announcement, so hang around for that.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/05/update-may-2019.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 27, 2019, 11:14:33 AM
Weird Science Update!

A recent conversion has prompted a look and some ideas how Weird Science works in Frozen Skies under the SWADE rules. How Power Points and Devices work now warranted a rethink for Frozen Skies. Hoping to preserve the differences between Glim-Tech and Ancient Terran devices, if anything to reflect their own style and theme.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/05/weird-science-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 03, 2019, 02:40:54 AM
Aerial HEXfight!

Organising a Play-By-Post game of Frozen Skies has prompted thought over how to handle aerial combat in this medium. Theatre of the mind's eye I feel wouldn't work as well as I feel things would get too confusing with positioning. So some sort of map seems the best option, but again that has it limitations. Fortunately I think I found a decent compromise for what I'm looking for.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/06/aerial-hexfight.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 10, 2019, 03:16:30 AM
Keep The Home Fires Burning: Setting Rules

Its been a while since I've posted anything for Keep The Home Fires Burning, though I've had a few ideas on how I want various Setting Rules to work. The Adventure Edition of Savage Worlds also provides a good excuse to look again at this setting idea. Once Frozen Skies has been updated for SWADE and an updated book released, I hope to come back to this setting in hopes of producing either a Jumpstart or Mini-Setting for it.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/06/keep-home-fires-burning-setting-rules.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 17, 2019, 03:00:32 AM
More Aircraft For SWADE

Getting a blog post done this week has proven to be a struggle, though still wanted to produce something. Ended up opting to update some other aircraft to SWADE, the aircraft in question were extra cargo planes written over a couple of years ago. Hoping next week to have something more substantial.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/06/more-aircraft-for-swade.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on June 24, 2019, 11:47:55 AM
Rogue's Gallery: Andrei Dunlyfe

The world of Darmonica has a wide cast of characters who call it home, some are mere specks by the wayside whilst others exert influence far beyond the reckoning of most folk. Of the latter most are diplomats or heads of states, others work from the shadows to subtly nudge events in a particular direction. Andrei Dunlyfe is a man accustomed to working in the shadows, though currently a so-called 'Broker of Secrets' he was formerly a spymaster of the Kingdom of Tyland.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/06/rogues-gallery-andrei-dunlyfe.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 01, 2019, 02:53:03 AM
The Wulftouched Revisited

Updating Frozen Skies to a new version of Savage Worlds has made me consider various things in the setting that need revising or expanded upon. One of those things that have recently crossed my mind was the Wulftouched; aside from a Hindrance they haven't really been touched upon in the setting that much. So this week is a few ideas I've had to expand on the Wulftouched, hopefully to try and make it more appealing beyond just a Hindrance.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/07/the-wulftouched-revisited.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 08, 2019, 10:33:54 AM
The Wulftouched Overhauled

So mentioned last week that I was taking another look at the Wulftouched, mainly because I wanted to change how they work in the rules. Had some feedback on my initial ideas and some time to think over it, certainly looking like basing the Wulftouched's mechanics on the Harrowed from Deadlands is something worth perusing. So this week is an attempt at getting some rules down for the Wulftouched and a few Edges.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/07/the-wulftouched-overhauled.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 15, 2019, 03:46:39 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: Setting Rules

As mentioned previously, the forthcoming new edition of Savage Worlds gives me an excuse to revisit some of my other setting ideas. This week is the turn of The Gwentshire Chronicles, a supernatural horror set in a fictional county in the West Country of England during different time periods. This post will have some setting rules and Edges, plus a side note on Gear.

PSA: Due to a family vacation, there will be no post next week.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/07/the-gwentshire-chronicles-setting-rules.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on July 29, 2019, 10:12:34 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: The Rolfe Sisters

Back after spending a week in the West Riding of Yorkshire, more accurately in Brontë Country. There was certainly plenty to see and do in the area, also plenty of inspiration for various settings that I am working on. In particular the Brontë Sisters provide a source of inspiration for the Gwentshire Chronicles, namely in the form of the Rolfe Sisters.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/07/the-gwentshire-chronicles-rolfe-sisters.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 05, 2019, 05:11:54 AM
The Gwentshire Chronicles: Crostwick Combe

A third Gwentshire related in a row? What madness is this?!

On little bit of a roll with ideas for the Gwentshire Chronicles setting, this week it is a location. Since Gwentshire is meant to be roughly located where North Somerset is, it shares some geographical features with its real life counterpart. One of those features is a combe, effectively a small valley through which a watercourse does not run. In Gwentshire there are many combes, the most notorious of which is Crostwick Combe.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/08/the-gwentshire-chronicles-crostwick.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 12, 2019, 09:38:38 AM
Frozen Skies: Mariners of the Air

Aaand we're back to Frozen Skies.

This is an idea that I've been considering for some time, mainly as an alternative way to managing NPC crewmen in the Frozen Skies campaign that I ran but struggle to come up with something at the time. Currently preparing to run a game in a different setting and system, one that involves spaceships and a degree of crew management. This other game prompted a train of thought and I've think I've come up with something that'll work for Frozen Skies.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/08/frozen-skies-mariners-of-air.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 19, 2019, 09:46:56 AM
Frozen Skies: The Gardaí Aeir (Air Guard)

I've mentioned a few times already, part of the process of updating Frozen Skies to SWADE is making some revisions to the setting's lore. I've already revisited the Commonwealth with the intention of giving it a more Irish/Celtic flair, including having a national police force called the Garda. This week sees some changes to Alyeska, chiefly renaming the Royal Alyeskan Air Police to the Gardaí Aeir Alyeska.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/08/frozen-skies-gardai-aeir-air-guard.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on August 26, 2019, 10:42:33 AM
Frozen Skies: The Phantom Skyship

OK, something a little different this week.

This is a piece of in-setting fluff, usable as an adventure hook or a red herring in a campaign. It may or may not be used to fuel the plot of the Frozen Skies setting. Depending on how well it is received, I may do more like it.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/08/frozen-skies-phantom-skyship.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 02, 2019, 05:13:24 AM
Frozen Skies: A Classified Report

Last week's post of some in-setting fluff proved to be a big hit, so here is a sequel of a sorts. If this proves to be as popular I'll certainly see about doing some more along similar lines. There is potential to do newspaper articles, letters, extracts from books and other pieces.

So if you want to see more of this, then please let me and in particular the sort of stuff you want to see.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/09/frozen-skies-classified-report.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 09, 2019, 12:26:15 PM
The Man Who Would Be King

Already mentioned that part of the process of updating Frozen Skies to SWADE is making some changes and revisions to the setting, the intent to tighten up and make clearer the background lore. This has included giving the Commonwealth more of an Irish/Celtic feel by making some changes to how it is structured and providing Gaelic based names for different titles and organisations. This week we turn to Alyeska and a complete overhaul of the Lord-Governor.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/09/the-man-who-would-be-king.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 16, 2019, 10:35:03 AM
Frozen Skies: A Proposal

In what seems to now be part of an ongoing series, I now present the latest instalment in the Phantom Skyskip Saga. This week's entry is a communique from the commander of the Aero-Fleet's Alyeska Command to the High Lord of Alyeska, whom we covered last week. Here the Royal Aero-Fleet approaches the viceroy of Alyeska with a proposal regarding the mysterious airship.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/09/frozen-skies-proposal.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 23, 2019, 02:53:45 AM
Alyeskan Gazetteer: The Wulf Coast

Been a while since I've done a Gazetteer post, but wished to return to this series and further explore the untamed wilds of Alyeska. Hopefully this end will provide plenty of fodder for people's games and perhaps even spawn an interesting campaign or two. Either way, tis an excellent opportunity to expand the 'map' as it were.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/09/alyeskan-gazetteer-wulf-coast.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on September 30, 2019, 11:08:38 AM
Rogue's Gallery: The Kenworth Street Runners

Oh hey, something else that hasn't been done in a while.

This week's post showcases potential allies or foes for the player characters when they've attracted the attention of the authorities. It is also a powerful group that's not to be trifled with, similar in some respects to the Agents and Rangers from Deadlands.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/09/rogues-gallery-kenworth-street-runners.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 07, 2019, 11:18:56 AM
Landships!

Little bit of a short post this week, working overtime at the day-job and thus I have less free time. This is an idea that I've had brewing for a while and a question on the Unofficial Savage Worlds Discord prompted me to finally post it. Hopefully this will give people more options and ideas for their Frozen Skies whilst expanding the availability of land vehicles.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/10/landships.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 14, 2019, 09:45:32 AM
Darkwatch: Savage Threats

In which we returnth to the war-ruined city of Ravenscroft and brave its darkened streets with the men and women of the Darkwatch. This week we take a look at some of the threats and foes that the Darkwatch faces and the ways and means that the Darkwatch has come up with to counter said threats.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/10/darkwatch-savage-threats.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 21, 2019, 12:05:15 PM
Tyland Revisited

By now most folk should be aware that part of my efforts to get Frozen Skies updated to SWADE is going through and revisiting some of the lore of the world. This has included tightening things up a little or completely overhauling and revising others. This week is the turn of the Tyland Free State.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/10/tyland-revisited.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on October 28, 2019, 06:09:18 AM
Frozen Skies Update

This week is an update on the current status of Frozen Skies and its update to SWADE. Been posting ideas about some changes to the setting, haven't haven't covered the mechanics side of things all that much. So taking the opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on how things currently sit.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/10/frozen-skies-update.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 04, 2019, 10:13:46 AM
New Aircraft: The Trodaí Fighter

Bit of a short post and a minor treat this week, though little bit of a challenge for myself. So this week's post features a new aircraft, one that sits between the Hornet and Kestrel in terms of capability. This is deliberately intended to be an 'inferior' aircraft, a design long since chucked onto the scrap heap and thus more likely to be found in the hands of sky pirates than the Commonwealth's frontline fighters.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/11/new-aircraft-trodai-fighter.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 11, 2019, 09:50:32 AM
New Aircraft: The Raven Fighter

Another week where I've found myself short on time to do a longer post, so instead its another new aircraft. This is suppose to be on the other end of the scale to the Trodaí Fighter that got featured last week, a new design in the setting that hasn't even reached the production stage. Hopefully it represents a more radical design that fits firmly in the Dieselpunk theme.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/11/new-aircraft-raven-fighter.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 18, 2019, 12:07:36 PM
The Airman's Gazetteer: Colony of Orduesh

Little bit of a chance of pace, a return to the Airman's Gazetteer series to expand the world of Darmonica. This week is a look at something that has been mentioned previously; the Commonwealth Colony of Orduesh. This desert outpost is surrounded by hostile lands and border skirmishes are a way of life, yet the Commonwealth still holds onto it.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/11/the-airmans-gazetteer-colony-of-orduesh.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on November 25, 2019, 03:58:43 AM
Keep The Home Fires Burning: Mortuary Troubles

This week we dip back into Keep The Home Fires Burning, a setting that we've only infrequently looked at. Trying my hand at an adventure in the KTHFB setting, something thats been kicking around in my head for a while. The basis overview is that the characters have been sent to a hospital where corpses have been stolen from the hospital's morgue, though the truth behind the thief is more horrible than the characters realise.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/11/keep-home-fires-burning-mortuary.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 02, 2019, 03:40:57 AM
New Aircraft: Iolar Light Bomber

Another new aircraft, though this week I set myself bit of a challenge to recreate the de Havilland Mosquito or get as close as possible. Though its ended up being a slightly faster version of the Argentine I.Ae.24 Calquin Light Bomber, apparently an aircraft patterned after and is a 'look-alike' for the Mosquito.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/12/new-aircraft-iolar-light-bomber.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 09, 2019, 11:04:05 AM
The Iron Collective Revisited

This week it is the turn of the Iron Collective to receive the 'Revisited' treatment. Again this is another nation that I'm largely happy with how it currently stands, save perhaps for tweaks and refinements here and there. Though I do have an idea for a possibly big addition to the lore of the Iron Collective.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/12/the-iron-collective-revisited.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 16, 2019, 10:24:28 AM
Operation Thule: After Action Report

Recently got to run my Operation Thule adventure that I released for SWAG, a Weird Wars style adventure set in the early '80s. It was also my first proper adventure that I've run under SWADE, which despite the changes from SWD felt like coming back to an old friend. Certainly made a nice change from the Rogue Trader game I've been running for the past few months.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/12/operation-thule-after-action-report.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on December 23, 2019, 11:07:29 AM
Frozen Skies: The Duskfall Run

So 2019 is drawing to a close and we head into the festive season, typically a time of giving. As this is going to be the final post of the year, heres a gift in the form of a new adventure that is also themed for this time of year. This adventure is set at the start of a period known as the Shrouded Days, a time of polar night in the far north of Alyeska marked by the Exodus as a large number of people head south.

Until the New Year, Happy Holidays!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2019/12/frozen-skies-duskfall-run.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on January 06, 2020, 05:24:59 AM
State of the Press 2020

Its the beginning of a new year, and decade, so time to reveal how things currently stand with Utherwald Press. There are some changes ahead, though I'm going to have to be a little personal here in order to give context and explain my decisions behind the changes. Though I will also be setting out my goals for what I want to achieve this year, something which I am hopeful I will achieve.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/01/state-of-press-2020.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on February 03, 2020, 04:41:05 AM
State of the Press: February 2020

So here we are, now getting into February as the year marches onwards to spring. This also means a new post from Utherwald Press as part of the monthly schedule it's now operating on. This month I have a couple of things to talk about, so stay tuned.

Like this new monthly format? Got suggestions? Please comment!

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/02/state-of-press-february-2020.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on March 02, 2020, 11:01:06 AM
March 2020: Airborne Musings

New month, new post.

Stated last month that I was looking at the air combat system for Frozen Skies, part of the overall process of updating it for SWADE. This month is my thoughts I've had regarding this over the previous month. Also, stay tuned for news of the next event Utherwald is attending this year.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/03/march-2020-airborne-musings.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on April 06, 2020, 05:00:43 AM
April 2020: Airships Ahoy!

With the release of the new Vehicle Guide from Pinnacle I was able to go through and adjust vehicle stats in Frozen Skies where needed. More interestingly, the Vehicle Guide had stats for airships which has enabled me to update airship and skyship stats for Frozen Skies. So this month features updated stats and some more thoughts regarding air combat.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/04/april-2020-airships-ahoy.html
Title: Utherwald Press News Thread
Post by: stormwell on May 04, 2020, 05:51:14 AM
May 2020: Call Ye The Faithful

Kinda befitting that I'm writing this on Beltane (the Gaelic May Day festival), particularly since this month I'm writing about the Celtic inspirations for the Commonwealth's culture and society in Frozen Skies. Been thinking about religion with regards to the Commonwealth and I've had some ideas kicking around in my head. It draws on Celtic polyteism but it incorporates some ideas I've had about how it could've evolved.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/05/may-2020-call-ye-faithful.html
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Post by: stormwell on June 01, 2020, 05:11:30 AM
June 2020: CWS: The Bratty Man Cometh

Recently came across something rather interesting and being a while since I last did a Cold War Skirmishes post, it is something too good not to post. If things go to plan, this is likely to be the first of two posts this month, the second post will be a write-up of a playtest of Frozen Skies' air combat rules and should be expected some point round the 15th June. Also, if you wish to support me or get access to new posts ahead of the crowd then please consider checking out my Patreon.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/06/june-2020-cws-bratty-man-cometh.html
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Post by: stormwell on June 15, 2020, 08:44:20 AM
June 2020 Extra: Air Combat Playtest

Couple of days before the writing of this post (and around a couple of weeks before it goes live), I did a playtest via Roll20 of Frozen Skies' air combat rules against the backdrop of the launch of SpaceX. It was nice getting back to playing Savage Worlds properly (admittedly in a virtual setting) and a chance to see how well the air combat rules worked. Cannot say whether the virtual format aided or impeded things, though things seemed to go well enough.

If you wish to support me or like extra content, please consider checking out my Patreon page.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/06/june-2020-extra-air-combat-playtest.html
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Post by: stormwell on July 06, 2020, 08:28:41 AM
The Coalition Revised

Another instalment in the Revisited/Revised series where I look again at the background fluff as part of the update process for SWADE. This month it is the turn of the Coalition, a state that I wish to alter to allow greater potential for plot lines. This will hopefully make it a more interesting nation for players as well.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/07/the-colaition-revised.html
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Post by: stormwell on August 03, 2020, 10:43:24 AM
August 2020: Banshee's Wail

OK, something a little different this month.

This is going to be a two-parter, this post in particular features updated stats for the all-female Banshees sky pirate gang. The follow-on post will hopefully be an adventure centered round them, perhaps a one sheet style adventure or perhaps something longer. Depending on how popular this is, I may see about doing more of this sort of thing.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/08/august-2020-banshees-wail.html
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Post by: stormwell on September 07, 2020, 04:32:53 AM
September 2020: Banshee Down

So in last month's post I promised that the follow-on post would be an adventure.

And so here we are, an adventure involving the pirate gang known as the Banshees. It is a standalone adventure that can easily be fitted into an ongoing campaign or serve equally well as a one-shot, though the main focus is air combat which is something to be taken into consideration. Depending how well this does, I'll certainly consider doing more content along similar lines either in the form of a series of linked adventures or more updated character stats and companion adventure.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/09/september-2020-banshee-down.html
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Post by: stormwell on October 05, 2020, 06:39:34 AM
State of the Press October 2020

Tis been a while since I've posted an update on what's happening with Utherwald Press, especially with the year that 2020 has turned out to be. There is some Frozen Skies news that goes hand-in-hand with some personal, behind the scenes development that'll be of interest to folk.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/10/state-of-press-october-2020.html
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Post by: stormwell on October 26, 2020, 01:36:24 PM
Halloween 2020 Special: Last Town Before The White

Welcome to Utherwald's Halloween 2020 Special.

This week's blog post is an adventure for Frozen Skies with bit of a horror theme, the basic aim is for a Halloween one shot though could still be inserted into a campaign. If this is received well I'll try to do more themed adventures, possibly for Frozen Skies or for other adventures.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/10/halloween-2020-special-last-town-before.html
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Post by: stormwell on November 02, 2020, 08:39:33 AM
November 2020: Skywright's Guild Revamp

This month's post was prompted in part by a rethink of the relationship between skyships and airships in Frozen Skies and in part by a suggestion by user MicaMoo on the Unofficial Savage Worlds Discord. Hopefully this will ultimately expand couple of aspects of the setting and give one or two things greater importance within the world. Overall, something that adds to the setting.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/11/november-2020-skywrights-guild-revamp.html
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Post by: stormwell on December 07, 2020, 04:16:46 AM
December 2020: Flight of Mercy

We're coming to the end of an unprecedented year and entering what is a traditionally a time to share with loved ones and of gift giving in addition to spreading cheer and hope. This is going to be my last blog post of the year and the next one isn't likely to appear until mid-January, so in the spirit of gift giving I'm giving you lot an adventure for Frozen Skies. This is in part inspired by the 1925 Nome Serum Run, least to the point of a remote snowbound settlement requiring urgent supplies. Still, I hope the adventure provides a fun and interesting game for those that play it.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2020/12/december-2020-flight-of-mercy.html
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Post by: stormwell on January 04, 2021, 05:21:41 AM
January 2021: Through The Looking Glass

New Year, new post.

Hopefully bit of an interesting read to start off 2021, namely some alternative takes on the setting of Frozen Skies. Some of these stem from ideas I've had over the years as I developed the setting, others were suggestions offered by folk who had come up with their own interpretations. All of these are pretty fair game for folk to use for their own version of Frozen Skies, though if there is overwhelming interest in a particular one I may see about developing it further.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/01/january-2021-through-looking-glass.html?fbclid=IwAR3TLot81Aygb07KJuqzM3Dq8j3QTkNs2LxFGgCsuRfzAwsBtxjEXjepGx0
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Post by: stormwell on February 01, 2021, 05:39:17 AM
February 2021: Frozen Skies Thoughts

There are times when the inspiration particle strikes and hit upon an idea whether something would work in a RPG project of mine, be it Frozen Skies or something else. In this instance it's a couple of things from Deadlands Lost Colony that I'd like to adapt for Frozen Skies. Whether I'll be able to include them in Frozen Skies remains to be seen, though I'll go over what they are regardless.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/02/february-2021-frozen-skies-thoughts.html
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Post by: stormwell on March 01, 2021, 05:18:02 AM
March 2021: Bravo November

This week is bit of a break from Frozen Skies, instead we're focusing on one of my various other setting ideas. In this instance it's the turn of Cold War Skirmishes, a project that covers the Cold War period between 1945 and 1991. The aim is to cover various nations and conflicts, particularly the lesser well-known ones. This particular post is something I've planned to do for a while and concerns a Chinook helicopter in British service; Bravo November.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/03/march-2021-bravo-november.html
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Post by: stormwell on April 05, 2021, 05:35:13 AM
April 2021: Forsaken Revisited

For a while I've had ideas for other settings beside Frozen Skies, settings that I've posted about time and time again. One of these has been a Dark SciFi that I'd dubbed Forsaken Space, which revolved around a single system where wrecked spaceships seem to be drawn to. Though I'm mulling going into a different direction with it, hence this post.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/04/april-2021-forsaken-revisited.html
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Post by: stormwell on May 03, 2021, 05:22:17 AM
May 2021: Clan of the Fallen

This month we return to the world of Frozen Skies by building some background lore, something that could possibly be used in games of Frozen Skies. It builds upon the clan society of the Commonwealth that I was aiming for, in addition introduces a plot angle for people to play with. Hopefully it'll be something that folk will find interesting and, if the reception is good, I'll see about doing more of these lore/plot-hook posts.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/04/may-2021-clan-of-fallen.html
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Post by: stormwell on June 07, 2021, 05:16:18 AM
June 2021: State of the Press

Good grief, almost halfway through the year.

We're now heading into summer (or winter for those readers residing in the southern hemisphere) as signalled by it not raining for more than five minutes here in the UK, so it seems like a good enough excuse for an update on things. It'll be a short post, covering Frozen Skies and some personal stuff that still effect things.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/06/june-2021-state-of-press.html
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Post by: stormwell on July 05, 2021, 04:52:50 AM
July 2021: To Pay Donn's Toll

This month we're back in the world of Frozen Skies with a look at an idea for some background lore for the setting. The genesis of this stems from a recent discussion about the portrayal of the afterlife in fantasy settings and various different cultures. Focusing on the Commonwealth here whose beliefs are rooted in Celtic mythology but altered and adapted to fit the setting.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/07/july-2021-to-pay-donns-toll.html
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Post by: stormwell on August 02, 2021, 11:53:21 AM
August 2021: Alyeskan Gazetteer - Scrapper's Island

Certainly been a while since we've had a Gazetteer post, so probably high time that was addressed. As ever this serves to explore the untamed wilds and expand the map of Alyeska, thus providing more fodder for people's games of Frozen Skies. In this month's entry we take a look at one of many ventures that failed to live up to their investor's expectations.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/08/august-2021-alyeskan-gazetteer.html
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Post by: stormwell on September 06, 2021, 04:44:08 AM
September 2021: Lionheart

As summer gives away to autumn and the final few months of the year, perhaps a good time to announce a project I've begun which I hope to have finished before the year's end. It's a supplement for Cold War Skirmishes that I hope to release via the Savage Worlds Adventurer's Guild on DriveThruRPG and may form the general format for CWS related products going forward.

Oh and SWAGtember III: Return of the SWAG Bundle is how out. Check it out to find a ton of great community created content and my Operation Thule adventure.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/09/september-2021-lionheart.html
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Post by: stormwell on October 04, 2021, 12:30:29 PM
October 2021: Savage Skies

Recently had the chance to do a one shot where we ended up running an air combat for Frozen Skies, again it seemed like the air combat rules had a solid foundation and the hex grid certainly seems like the way forward. That said, it was also an opportunity to get some more feedback from my players and brainstorm ideas for possible revisions and improvements. As it turned out there were some good ideas to make movement more clearer and keeping it true to the Fast Furious Fun motto of Savage Worlds.

http://www.utherwaldpress.com/2021/10/october-2021-savage-skies.html