Welcome. I’m Bill Heron, and I’ve been both 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 is 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 line – 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 an Achtung! Cthulhu campaign.
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 some 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: 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.
What am I up to right now?
Recently, I’ve helped contribute to the Dark Eden Campaign and Dark Eden Supplement for the Mutant Chronicles, and also created the Universal Index for the line. I’m hoping to pick up more freelance work in the months ahead. I’m finding it very rewarding, as well as giving me a creative challenge. I also created indexes for the Infinity RPG, Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of core book, and most recently Star Trek Adventures.
My Edinburgh Gaming page still proves incredibly popular, so I’ve been keeping that updated! On the down side, I’d hoped to try to get the disparate gaming communities to talk to each other more, but I just haven’t had the time. I used to do it when I could, but I step back from the politics now: it’s still very entrenched in old rifts and personal vendettas. I also run the Open Roleplaying Community Edinburgh – I’m the website admin.
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.