Welcome to TheMandragora.com. I’m Bill Heron, and I’ve been RPG player and GM (Games Master) for over 30 years although I spend most of my time GMing these days. TheMandragora.com is a site dedicated to pen’n’paper roleplaying games (RPGs). It also has a page dedicated to Gaming in the city of Edinburgh where I live. I also harbour delusions of being a proper games designer and author too! I’m not a gaming “celebrity” as such, just someone who has been running RPGs for a long time! If you want to contact me, feel free using the Contact Me link.
This site originally was nothing more than a site for my Mandragora race, created for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) tabletop RPG. Information on the setting can be downloaded from the Downloads page.
What have I been up to?
Plenty! I maintain a blog here, and that’s where you should be able find out what I’m up to. The Downloads I provide for D&D, AD&D, Cthulhutech, Mutant Chronicles, The Void etc. are all free.
I’m doing freelance work for Modiphius Publishing on the Mutant Chronicles, Infinity RPG and Achtung! Cthulhu lines – the indexes, and occasional demented captions in most of the supplements are mine (as well as some of the proofing!). I was one of the writers on the Dark Symmetry Campaign, Dark Eden Setting sourcebook, Dark Eden Campaign, and the Mutants & Heretics sourcebook. I’m also working on various Achtung! Cthulhu and Infinity RPG work.
The novel is now a secondary aim, along with any short fiction. I know I’m technically capable of writing them; just not temporally! It’s one of those things that I may revisit in future months, but for now, it’s on the back-burner.
I’m part of the Modiphius Silvershields scheme that allows GMs to get credit from running games – in my case, I ran a lot of games last year, so have built up considerable credit. I also get points for referring new business. You can get 10% off Modiphius products in their store (both PDF and print) by using this link: http://r.sloyalty.com/r/uc3wlqcchb8R
I’ve managed to ask some members to take on Moderator roles for the site, so I can start taking a step back from that side of things. It’s an easy transition to make, thankfully. I’ve lost count of the different groups now at ORC Edinburgh (the gaming community I help run). ORC is now so big, it’s become difficult to keep track of things in that respect.
Wargames & Boardgames
I’m not doing any war gaming or board gaming now, I’m afraid – something I need to fix. I haven’t had the time during the week, and need to maintain a “normal” life as it were. Plus, I seem to have trouble dealing with some of the more complex ones. I think it might be a side-effect of doing RPGs for so long. I’d hoped to get a chance to play some starter games of Cassus Belli’s Infinity game (the miniatures are absolutely amazing), and Battletech. I’d been thinking of trying to develop some of the Cthulhutech setting into the Battletech rules for some time now. I’ll get around to it at some point, I reckon.
Hopefully you’ll find some of the little nuggets of info and downloads on the site useful. Check out my blog to find out about the stuff I do or run. If you’ve really found the stuff on the website useful, send me something from my Amazon wishlist.