I have a few questions for those who have invested more into Harn than I so far have. It is accompanied by a gripe which is likely due to my ignorance. My basic bitch is, "Why can't they take one format and go with it?"
My questions are:
(1) are only half the new titles punched for 3-ring binders (the other half being perfect bound)?
Having just browsed through my Harn material, all the new stuff appears to be punched for 3-ring binders. order punlications appear to be bound (ie Chybisa, Azadmere), Trobridge, Evael, HarnManor, Harn Religion, Harn Barbarians are all hole punched for a 3-ring folder
(2) are future articles going to be sold piecemeal ala HarnQuest (a good idea imho)?
As I understood it the idea with the Harn-Classic would be available by article. I may have misunderstood but I believe the answer is yes, new items will be sold by article.
(3) are Harn Classic titles really just out-of-print kingdom modules (which I thought were *all* now print on demand, none truly being oop) they have updated?
Yes, the Harn Classic items are OOP, the maps of the items are being given a major upgrade and the material reformated. I also think I read somewhere that Grant had also reformated the the old Harnlore material into the new format (worth checking this). I think they were Print on demand at one time. maybe if you specifically ask them for something you need they will help you by giving you a copy made up on demand. I believe the goal is to systematically revise the old OOP material, revising the maps tweaking the content where needed and putting into the current format. While that may not be for everyone it will be for some.
(4) do they really expect me to buy anything under these conditions?
I imagine they hope you buy what you need- and that you feel you need a lot. However i think they are also aware that not everyone will require or need everything, I think that is one of the main reasons they seem to have opted for the sale by article approach.
Early in the 90s I got fed up with CGI titles being oop, so I literally trashed *all* my Harn stuff. Then I bought HM2 and started to put together a few books. Then they released HM3, which I didn't buy and which is good since they're now giving it away.
yeah the 90's were a very lean period and a major frustration. However there is a plethora of new material in harnquest and freebies available at either lythia.com or Harnmaster.com
I know I sound pretty dense, and all this is explained in the newsletter they send out. However, my point is that I have held off buying anything
until I can figure out if what I am buying will be hacked up and repackaged in six months. And I have wound up deleting my shopping cart probably 6 times because second thoughts nag at me. What puts me in a bad position is that I really don't think the campaign books are written well, at all; I just love the milieu, though (except for the psionics, the western half of Harn, and a few other bits I conveniently ignore
) I am asking for someone to help illuminate things for me.
I think your fears about the material being hacked apart and repackaged in six months is pretty unfounded. The first Harn Classic will be Kanday, and that has not readily been available for many years, it is one of the few kingdom modules I sadly do not own. And in the twenty or so years since HM1 appeared we have really seen only two other revisions from GCI and an alternate 2nd edition HMgold. Compare that to the revisions and optional rule expansion/supplements in other games and Harn isn't really that bad. If anything I tend to think Harn has the reverse situation.
Maybe however, Grant will take the time to comment as well. I hope so, especially if I have it wrong.