Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Magique Productions

Our first catch of the day is Thomas Scott of Magique Productions, Ltd. Thomas has produced two excellent modules geared for 1st Edition play and set in his game world of Arkonus, and has many more in the works.

Check out Magique's stuff here.

Scott's two current modules are The Forgotten Isle and Dark Raiders of Misty Ridge.

The covers for these two resemble TSR modules circa 1984-86. While my taste runs a little before that time period, I can appreciate the hard work and attention to detail Thomas Scott has put into the cover designs... covers like that bring up memories of me being a junior or senior in high school and driving all the way to Pickwicks Bookstore in Pine Bluff for my latest D&D fix.

In the next few months, I'm told, two more modules will be released: Advent of Darkness and Mount of Dread... which sounds like a duet to me a la The Sentinel and The Gauntlet. We'll see if I'm right.

An aside oddity: the first thing I recall Magique ever releasing was Young Player's Options. I read this when it first came out, and was skeptical at first, but over time saw the value in it for helping younger players learn the game with less frustration. If you've ever seen a grown player overturn a table when his character was killed... and I have... you can appreciate the frustration level of a nine-year old who wants to play but makes ill-informed choices. Perhaps Thomas' own blurb can explain it better than I can:

A set of optional rules for use in campaigns consisting primarily of younger players. Includes rules for non-perma death, mana, hit point regeneration, and more. Give your young wide-eyed adventurers the heroic advantage they need.

In any case... kudos to Thomas for thinking of the kiddies. It's free, so download it and check it out.

I'm very much looking forward to further products from Thomas Scott and Magique Productions.