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Darwin's Guidebook of creatures, Mythical and Mundane for the Gaslight RPG.
It is the first Victorian age monster book I have ever done.
The Gaslight RPG is a late Victorian Age Setting for d20 and Savage Worlds from Battlefield Press.
The Second Edition game will be out soon. along with another book I co-wrote, Dr. Challenger's Guide to the Unknown. I did a whole bit on the Hollow Earth which was wicked fun.
Darwin's Guide was fun, but a lot harder than expected.
The design goal was easy enough. Write a monster book with some common monsters, do it for the Victorian age, but write it in the style of Charles Darwin.
Since I am a fan of Darwin I went back to his most popular works, "The Voyage of the Beagle", "On the Origins of Species" and "The Descent of Man". I also read his autobiography and a couple biographies.
Darwin was an interesting man and soon it became obvious there is no way he would have accepted a world that had magic in it. He was too rational, too ordered.
Soooo I had to cheat. A lot.
In the end I hope the book is pleasing for Game Masters and players. I hope that through this book you pick up one of his books.
Not sure when this will hit the shelves. The publisher is in control of it now.
But expect a lot more from me on it when it comes up.