The Complete Canal Priests Of Mars is now available!The original publication of Canal Priests Of Mars cut slightly over a third of author Marcus L. Rowland's manuscript to fit GDW's adventure format. The Complete Canal Priests Of Mars restores the cut material, features all new artwork by Paul Daly, and adds many useful player handouts. Enjoy the "author's cut" of a classic Space 1889 adventure, or experience it for the first time!
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Normally the editor of TRMGS, Mark Clark, writes the Ether Society News, but I have a bunch of announcements to make about Space: 1889 and related material, so yours truly, Matt Goodman, publisher of TRMGS and president of Heliograph, Inc., is writing this installment.
After releasing weekly articles for eight months, we stumbled a bit in March and skipped a few. This was largely due to me getting some icky bug right before the GAMA Trade Show (more on the GTS later) and then being really busy with other problems afterwards. But we should be back on track now, and we're making it up with five(!) new articles this week.
The big annoucement I promised before going off to GTS? Space: 1889 will be back in print this summer. Under an agreement with Frank Chadwick, Heliograph will be reprinting all of the GDW Space: 1889 titles with one exception: The Soldier's Companion. Frank is writing an update to that book tenatively titled Colonial Glory, release date TBD. CG won't have the Victorian science fiction bits in it (tripods, etc), but if the Space: 1889 reprints sell well, they may release an expansion, or we may print the additional rules in TRMGS.
The other titles will be available this summer, barring printing disasters. They'll all be softcover books with black and white interiors (no interior color, sorry!), but unlike other Heliograph books, they will be full size reprints (8.25" by 11"). They're all currently at the printer, but there are some problems that may take some time to sort out, but the books should definitely be available by Origins (mid-July). The shorter books will be released in "double adventure" format, where the book has both covers from the originals.
|HG1901||Tales from the Ether & More Tales from the Ether||$19.95||1-930658-01-X|
|HG1902||Beastmen of Mars & Canal Priests of Mars||$19.95||1-930658-03-6|
|HG1903||Caravans of Mars & Steppelords of Mars||$19.95||1-930658-02-8|
|HG1904||Sky Galleons of Mars & Cloudships and Gunboats||$18.95||1-930658-04-4|
|HG1905||Cloud Captians of Mars & Conklin's Atlas of the Worlds||$21.95||1-930658-00-1|
|HG1891||Ironclads and Ether Flyers||$17.95||1-930658-05-2|
These books will be exact reprints of the originals: not one word has been omitted! For the main Space: 1889 book, we've included the errata and extra rules from the Referee's Screen, and the Sky Galleons book only contains the rules, ship diagrams, and errata from Challenge 43: since it is only a black and white book, it doesn't contain the items from the boxed sets (dice, big deck plans, plastic ships, cardboard figures, etc).
The other project is the announced but unpublished Space: 1889 novel. We don't have a release date for that book (it's not finished yet), but we do have permission to publish it once it is completed.
Other than the reprints and those two books, we don't have any other agreement with Frank, so if you're a game company owner and would like to license the Space: 1889 RPG, you're free to negotiate with Frank for the property.
Apparently the rollover of computers all over the world to 1900 has had a definite impact Steve Jackson Games. Y2K is going to be a very good year for GURPS fans of Victorian Science Fiction gaming. The third and fourth quarters of 2000 will see four Victorian Era titles from SJG:
GURPS Castle Falkenstein
GURPS Old West (Second Edition)
For more information, see the SJG website: http://www.sjgames.com. Fnord.
Other companies are releasing all sorts of Victorian stuff too, but I haven't nailed down details yet, so I'll report more on that later.