Lately, I was growing a bit worried - For anybody else wondering what's going on behind the silence on normally ever-present blog Grognardia, and whether James is all right, or if you're wondering what's happening with Dwimmermount, I suggest you read this post by Victor Raymond. It seems that James himself may be well enough, but his father is not - and that this now takes up his energy and time. Let's wish him well - and indeed, tell our own parents how we love (or at least appreciate) them too, as long as we have the chance.
It is sprinkled with old illustrations (by Ford and Lambdin), from fairy tales - a bit a la Rackham. Strangely enough this aids a bit in recreating the feel of the original Holmes edition. It's free - on DriveThru. Michael Thomas plans to have a full fledged expert set for sale later. Now... the only thing missing is some ole players from 1982 and a print-on-demand version :-) Have a look and see what you think.
No, this is not about a plot hook for a comic horror game, although it could be. In fact, why not write one? No, it's about actual castles being for sale, today, right now.
Hunting for some real castle maps, I stumbled on this one. Then I found this site specialising in rather expensive real estate for aspiring nobles. A Dutch site it seems... my fellow countrymen seem to enjoy strange hobbies. This one sells for 25 million gp - eh, euros.
A regular castle may be a bit hard on the average role player's budget, but that's probably precisely why there's quite a few luxurious estates for sale out there. Fancy one? If you do the cleaning, you're welcome to stay in the one I'd buy if I had the money. Which I don't. Ah well.
Gaze and be astounded. And call me if you buy one and want me over. I won't clean ;-)
And enjoy this new year, whatever it may bring!