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. They’re an alternative to the Dragonborn race from 4th Edition D&D onwards.
My professional website and portfolio: https://billheron.uk/
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 currently do freelance work for RPGs: writing, editing, and proof-reading. Most recently I was a writer on the Infinity RPG, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Mutant Chronicles RPG (3rd Edition) lines.
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’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.
I am also involved in getting the Edinburgh RolePlay Haven up and running, the first of its kind in Scotland.
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 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.