Friday, March 18, 2011


I finished The Three of Swords last night, the first half of the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories from Fritz Leiber.  For those of you who do not know the stories, Fafhrd is a northern barbarian, and the Grey Mouser is a thief type, and together they roam around Nehwon having adventures.  Some of the stories in the book are lusty and bloody featuring wenches and sword play, and others are more creepy stories featuring just the two "heros" and some magical enemies.  Tons of inspiration for games, either as skirmish situations, or for role playing.  The city of Lanhkmar in particular is very inspiring for "huge old dark rotten city", and thieves guilds.

Casting about for a map of Nehwon, the world in which they live (mostly), I came across this site, which not only has a whole set of maps, but also has a ton of gaming material.  The World of Newhon is a pretty good one for gaming, because it is already "sword and sorcery" ready, has a number of countries and city states, races, magic etc.  As a bonus, Newhon is only sketched in by the author, leaving plenty of scope for invention.

Anyway, next up is a Hawkmoon story, The Mad God's Amulet, by Michael Moorcock, which will be the first fantasy I have read by him.  Previously I have read The Nomad of Time, which is more Edwardian interwar Scifi. This one is also actually a book I own for once, as typically I read books from the library.  (or in the case of the The Three of Swords, ordered through the local library from another city)

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