A nice little letter from Cebrion on Canonfire!, specifically regarding that site and plans for the new year, but referencing the Oerth Journal as well. Two bits are worth repeating here:
"Launching a fully realized "Canonfire! Chronicles"(working title)
special features format PDF specifically for featuring fully contained
Adventures, select Article collections, Postfest! compilations, map
collections, and similar things.As a part of getting this put in place,
it may be that The Oerth Journal will be re-tasked, similar to what
happened with Dragon Magazine when Dungeon Magazine came onto the
scene. As such, The Oerth Journal would be more like Dragon Magazine,
featuring all of the varied special interest articles that The Oerth
Journal has mostly been known for. Lengthy adventures, really large
gazetteer-style offerings that literally could stand on their own as a
supplement book, and anything not really fitting the format of The
Oerth Journal all that well would be relegated to being featured in
A quick note on this from someone who's been involved in the Oerth
Journal for sometime, namely me: there has been a lot of discussion over
the years (and I do mean -years-) about creating a sort of "Oerth
Journal Presents" imprint to handle exactly the type of content
discussed above. Adventures can be editing nightmares, and reprinting
articles from CF (or other sources) has not been seen as within our
writ. The CFC will put the best of Canonfire back into view, and allow
the OJ to focus on what it does best: providing, new, high-quality,
fan-created content for the World of Greyhawk. It's win all around.
And speaking of "fan-created"...
" It seems to be a popular
misconception that only the work of a few people is published in The
Oerth Journal in particular, but that is simply not true. Anyone
can submit their writing to The Oerth Journal, or to Canonfire!, and
the same can be said of Canonfire! Chronicles once it is launched. And
don?t forget Postfest! too, as that is a great avenue for getting
one's feet wet. That's how I started off myself. Little did I know
what I was getting myself into, but don't let that put you off from
doing so! :D"
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
If there are other sites or boards around the web that you think would be interested in The Oerth Journal, please leave us a note in the comments below, or start your own thread and post a link below! We want to get the word out! I would like to thank Geek Tales for their continuous support and contribution. The same goes for Pai Girl.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Page-wise we're looking good; Highvale will clock in at at least 30 pages, I think, Ket is 10, the magic box is 1, Shaofeng is 6 with lots of room for growth. The adventure is 81 (!!!) pages; font and formatting might drop that to 70 or a little less, but we'll still have to decide what to do about it, assuming it's intended to be published. I think we might be being used as some kind of courier service. I feel so dirty. ;)
Personally, I'd like to see:
- an article about a lesser known deity, or the (unique) servants of a powerful deity - creatures a PC party of moderate level might interact with.
- Articles that deal with mechanical issues & offer rules options are always hard to come by.
- GH specific races in 4e or Pathfinder format is a simple idea.
- 4e domains for GH gods, or anything converting GH material to Pathfinder rules.
- Magic items that aren't artifacts.
- New races, though there are so many cliches this would be a real minefield (dragon-people; cat/badger/dog/animal-people; winged people; half-people; submissions from people that capitalize their Races like Elf and Dwarf; races that are outcast and misunderstood; races that are made up of solitary wandering immortal types (actual or functionally) and apparently breed by releasing spores into the air or something; races that are "like orcs, but different"; races that were created by their god (who is new to Oerth); races that were kicked out by their god (who never acted like this before); races from another planet/plane/sphere/dimension.... The uldra, from Dragon magazine, were a race that worked. IMO.
- Short, simple, adventure sites, at least a paragraph, no longer than a page. Not mapped, just simple descriptions & rumors. Solid locations on the map, not vague.
- Articles describing one hex of the Darlene map.
- Articles tying old (or new) D&D products to Greyhawk.
I'll post the link here absolutely as soon as I get it.
Friday, July 22, 2011
As someone just commented, it's been a very long week (ummm...maybe two months long?) I wish I had more news. The goal at this point is to get OJ 26 out the door (it will probably have no or minimal art), and then see what we have for #27. Right now, the answer is "not alot". Send submissions!
Monday, April 25, 2011
We're not going to announce a release date until it's actually ready to be released, and I'm not going to guarantee these 5 articles - but that's how it appears at the moment.
With that in hand, however, we are starting to look at issue 27. We've had two solid submissions and several proposals, but could use more. We've had requests for a (simple) article assigning 4e domains to the GH gods; I'd also be interested in seeing something that updates the sub-races to 4e rules (ie hill dwarves, wild/valley/high or grey elves, etc). There may be other similar possibilities in Pathfinder, Castles & Crusades, or other rulesets.
OSR submissions would also be welcome - as close relatives of the original D&D rules, OSR articles are easier to adapt to a wide range of editions & rulesets than 4e or Pathfinder.
You don't have to be an expert on Greyhawk lore to submit something, either. The only thing better than reading about GH, in my opinion, is reading the fascinating things other people have done with their GH campaigns, and where they've diverged from "core" canon. If you are stuck on an issue of canon, the sage forum gnomes at Canonfire!, Dragonsfoot, and the Piazza can usually get you an answer in a few short hours.
Finally, not every article has to run 20 pages - if anything ,we need more short articles on everyday things like monsters, spells, magic items, artifacts, adventuring locales, NPCs, and the like.