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Wilderlands of… Science Fiction?

I knew that the Wilderlands of High Fantasy have a reputation of a catch all sword and sorcery setting. Then I looked into it searcing for inspiration for my Discworld campaign, and I find this…
I was never good at probability, but if I calculated right, by random determination of any ruin there seems to be a 0.08 chance for finding an operational nuclear submarine and a 0.01 chance for an operational spacecraft.

Err…

Cool.

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Free Midkemia Press Modules

I just found that Midkemia Press has free downloads of their modules “The Black Tower” and “Towns of the Outlands” available on their website (look at the bottom of the Products page to find them). Especially Towns of the Outlands I was wondering about for years. It’s a supplement with descriptions of six different fantasy towns/villages that can be dropped into pretty much every setting. Useful I think, very, very useful.

It was translated into German back in the 80s, and I think all the Midkemia references were replaced by Midgard ones, Midgard being the first German RPG and desperately in need for supplements.

I never saw the supplement itself, that was long before my time, but I saw ads in other old gaming material advertising it as the translation of “Towns of the Outlands”. And then there was “Die Rache des Frosthexers” (Revenge of the Ice Sorceror) where the author lifted the town of Oswestry directly from the pages of the supplement and used it as a setting in his adventure, just adding a new name and  two or three hooks for the campaign it was part of, but fully acknowledging it as being taken from that supplement. I don’t know why.

Which keeps me thinking, I always thought the idea of a town supplement might be a good idea? Just a supplement with a few hamlets/villages/towns which can be dropped anywhere to provide the backdrop for an adventure. I always had the feeling this might be a good idea.

Updated: Obviously because I’m blind I wrote the name of the company wrong despite having had the cover in front of my eyes