The Scanning Project Needs Your Help!

Hello Talislanta Community! I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday’s with friends and family. The holiday season is upon us and I have some good news.

As you all know, the Scanning Project has remained unfinished since the website first launched. I’m pretty sure we’re only missing the 10th Anniversary Edition and Tales of Talislanta novel. A volunteer has stepped forward and offered their time and service to help clean up a scan or two. They have also offered to help process any scans for the missing titles still left in the library.

So I am curious. Is anybody here able to scan either of these two books from your own collection?. If not, Is there anyone here who owns one or both of these titles that would be willing to donate or lend it to a scanner to prepare? Scanning can be done around binding but it is best to remove the binding outright to get the best scans. Unfortunately that destroys the book so that choice will be left up to the owner, of course.

This fine gentleman (thatoldfool) has devised a process to largely automate the clean-up of PDF’s. It is quite possible that if the book he is working on turns out to be a success, that a guide could be created for others to help contribute. In the past the clean-up involved using Photoshop and altering each page by hand. If this works out then the process will be largely automated and more importantly, produce near-perfect uniform pages. I don’t know about you guys but I’m shouting from the roof-tops with excitement!!

I will keep you fine folks updated as things progress. I wish you all a wonderful day and a continued happy holiday season ^_^

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The Tribes of the Savage Land

Greetings Tal-fans.

The writing team for Savage Land has been hard at work. We’ve currently got about 35 pages of manuscript that deal solely with the remaining Tribes in the Savage Land. These tribes will form many of the nations and cultures of the New Age as well as depict what Talislanta was like in ages past.

We can’t tell you exactly WHO each of these tribes are, though we imagine that you can figure out a few things out just from the names. While the writers (Desi Conrad, Mark Williams, Dean Poisso, and myself) can neither confirm nor deny your guesses, we fully invite you to start your own conversations about who these tribes might be and what they might become.

  1. Aku
  2. Ariane
  3. Azraq
  4. Beastmen
  5. Brood
  6. Caligians
  7. Darklings
  8. Drakken
  9. Ghaun
  10. Golgoth
  11. Imazi
  12. Jakar
  13. Kasir
  14. Narada
  15. Necrophages
  16. Ra
  17. Shadows
  18. Shaku
  19. Shan
  20. Talosians
  21. Tarterans
  22. Thage
  23. Thrax
  24. Umar
  25. Vandar
  26. Virago
  27. Warloks
  28. Withen
  29. Yann
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Writer’s Blog – A Timeline of the Savage Land

Greetings Tal-fans.

I actually seem to have missed bi-weekly get-together, but I’ll make up for that a bit today.

There was a comment over in the Talisanta Facebook group about the inclusion of current historical canon material and how it would all fit in with the Savage Land milieu.

Rest assured that there are bits and pieces of Talislanta’s rich and storied history being dropped into the Savage Land. There is also a somewhat ‘revised’ time-line that we’re working with that fills in a few little places for the existing time-lines.

However, it should be noted that this version of history is derived from several sources: the earliest oral histories and legends of the Wild Tribes, the written histories of the various Archaen peoples, and lastly, by the inhabitants of the current Savage era (the Wild Tribes and others, together sometimes referred to as the Landborne).

Also, the timeline below is not presented as how it will appear in the game, but it does give you an idea for the broad swaths that came before the Savage Land.

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Talislanta Links

Just as different people like different things in their games, so to do different Talislanta Fans prefer different websites.

Over on the right-hand sidebar, there are a list of links to other places where you can different Talislanta communities – Yahoo, Facebook, Reddit, the Piazza, and Google+.

If you’ve got other links that you think we should know about, please don’t hesitate! We can add those links as well.

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[T: SL] Writer’s Blog – PC Tribes

The writing team is 90% done with the write-ups for the PC Tribes, so I’d like to take a bit of time to share with you all some of the stuff that’s going into the Tribal write-ups.

Last time, I mentioned that we were narrowing down the number of PC races in order to make things a little easier for new players to grab on to. Instead of a list of 100+ Archetypes with differing cultures and goals, there are now going to be 10 cultures for players to pick from.

There’s something else that unifies those cultures, however – Survival.

Survival is a big thing. For the Savage Land milieu, the world has been turned upside down. The past is gone, largely lost in conflagrations of fire and upheaval, and there are only scattered bands left trying to keep themselves alive. The land itself, in some cases, cannot be trusted. The Gyre, a great storm with magical effects and unpredictable powers, still circles much of the continent. Strange creatures, either unlike anything seen before, or mutated by the Gyre, or just driven mad by the changes in the world ravage the land as well. There are no more empires, no more civilizations, no more cities. In order to survive, the various tribes and bands and clans and wanderers must… what?

Well, that’s where the Tribal culture starts to come in. What does ‘survival’ mean? Is it simply being the strongest and the toughest? Is it honor and pride? Is it salvaging the treasures of the past in order to build a better future? Is it carrying on the traditions of your ancestors? Is it about personal survival? Or maybe the survival of your people, no matter the personal cost? Is it ensuring that the mistakes of the Archaens are never repeated? Is it reclaiming the magic that the Archaens set loose? Is it about restoring the land first so that something can grow from the ash and ruins?

The player’s choice of tribal culture will inform this to a degree. While all of the Tribes are concerned with survival, each tribe has something of its own to say about what survival means. Of course, there will also be some personal choice about survival, but that’s where individual players and their game-masters come in. The stories you wind up telling about survival, what it costs, and what it means will be the stories that eventually lead to the New Age out of the Savage Lands.

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