Map and RPGs

Starshadw at aol.com Starshadw at aol.com
Tue Jun 4 20:31:01 PDT 2002

Bringing Tolkien back up, I for one am like Bilbo - I love maps.  I love 
them, be they highly detailed or sketchy.  Obviously, because I am 
anal-retentive and detail-oriented, the more details on the map, the better.  
So that places me firmly in the camp of those who would really like a good 

One of the reasons I'd like a good map bring me to my second point.  I had 
contemplated sending a private Email to Mr. Brust, but then thought this 
would be a much better way to get an answer since, if the answer is "Yes, 
more power to you" then everyone here would know (and might then express an 
interest in participating), and if the answer is, "No, and what drug were you 
on when you thought of this?" then everyone would also know and hopefully the 
question wouldn't get asked again. :)

I would dearly love to create a website where people could role-play 
(original characters only - any characters in the novels themselves would 
only show up as NPCs and would not be available for players to role-play) in 
Mr. Brust's world: what I see right now would have both chat- and 
message-based components.  I have not decided what game system to go with 
yet: the sorcery is kinda giving me fits, so I'm trying to come up with 
something that allows for the incredible flexibility yet also deals with the 
limitations.  In fact, if it ever happens, it's entirely possible I may use 
components from different systems....White Wolf's magic system might work 
here, whereas a D&D or GURPS system would work for the other aspects of the 

Anyhow, to get back to the actual question (for Mr. Brust):  it is 
permissible to do this?  I know there are many authors who are twitchy on 
this (because of copyright isues), so I don't want to do it if you do not 
care for the idea.  I do know there is one MUSH/MUD out there, but that 
particular type of RPGing has never appealed to me.

Frankly, I'm not even sure if what I envision is even possible, but I 
certainly don't want to pour more energy into thinking about it if it's not 
even a possibility.


-still waiting for the paperback version of Issola to come out-