Thanks for turning your email from Tamara Rüther into a Q&A that everyone else who likes your book can read. (It seems like, people have taken your topic as an invitation to ask more
There are quite a few people who are interested in the workings of D&D, from an academic point of view, even if a lot of them are amateurs rather than people studying for a degree. So thanks (to both of you) for sharing this. Has Tamara Rüther told you how her research paper is going? Is she likely to upload some sort of examination of Celtic culture in various different RPGs anywhere where we might see it (and see how she compares your work to other gaming products and the original source material)?
I've updated the article that the Book-House on The Piazza has for HR3 Celts Campaign Sourcebook
, with a link to your Q&A (and this topic and a couple of reviews I just found on RPG Geek).
While I was there, I noticed (on Ashtagon's Amazon price checking gizmo) that there was a dead-tree copy on sale for £13.89 UKP + shipping!
(So I bought it quick, before writing this reply, in case a ninja beat me to the bargain!
I've been waiting for a copy of that book to show up at a price I want to pay for a long time. So thanks for the random encounter that led me to roll a 20 on my spot check.
@ the tin cup.
You might want to go to the User Control Panel
> Edit signature
page and stick a link to your "tin cup" into your forum signature. That way anyone who wants to buy your stuff can find it from any topic where they are talking to you (instead of needing to hunt for this specific post of yours).
One thing I thought was interesting, was this:
graemedavis at Graeme Davis website wrote:The AD&D Celts Campaign Sourcebook included a lot of material taken from the later folklore of the Celtic Fringe, especially Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This was partly because the Irish sagas which made up my main documentary source contained very little in the way of monsters and magic and I felt that an AD&D supplement absolutely needed these elements. Since my earliest days of playing D&D, and then AD&D, I had turned to British folklore and faerie lore as a source of ideas, and at the time of writing the New Age movement, then in its early days, was beginning the process of coalescing Celtic traditions and later faerie lore into a coherent world-view.
I am glad you have gone beyond the Irish mythology for this book.
The one thing I've been thinking about this book (and the other HR books) is to try to turn each one into a complete gameworld based on that one culture...
...or an entire crystal sphere.
Several years back, I started working on something called Nwfrespace: A set of three nested spelljammer spheres, based on some stuff I read in a Celtic book. Being able to have different types of Celtic cultures to mix together and contrast with each other could actually be very useful for that.