Welcome to The Guild

Greetings folks. Come, step into the roadside tavern which now suddenly exists around you for the purpose of reading this post. It’s warm in here and cold out there so, you know, you should probably come in and have a seat by the fire. There’s mead, ample candlelight, some roasted boar, a talented songstress providing a soothing atmosphere and that bar maid/man you like the look of keeps winking at you meaning your next meal is probably on the house!

Are you all seated and well enough, good. I come bearing news.

Last time, in the midst of celebration for the first anniversary of the creation of the Forge, I mentioned the forming of a guild of champions. A new page to be written for the tome that is Forged From Reverie detailing a list of folks who have spent some of their precious free time over the last year reading my pages and delving into my works so often that the only thing stopping me from reaching into my screen to shake the hands of each and every one of them are the laws of physics. Bloody science and its perpetual need to continuously make sense of the world!

Well, here it is – The Guild of Reverie, I invite you all to have a look.

I would have preferred to have written a lengthy scroll to achieve the same thing and then to have posted it somewhere magnificent like a castle or fort, to give this occasion a real sense of grandeur. Alas, most of you live over the oceans and far away. The logistics and expenses alone would have crippled this desire very early on so this will have to do, haha!

I would also like to note here that this list is by no means final. In time I would like very much to add many more names to be inducted into the Guild of Reverie so please bear with me as I intend to continually update its ranks. You never know, somewhere down the line there may be enough folks added here to have an army of revellers, which would be absolutely fantastic.

Thank you once again most graciously to all who have made their way into the first wave to be included. Your continued support means the world to me and I hope you enjoy your new fictional homes and fancy titles.

Forged From Reverie.

A Forge Reborn

Greetings once again folks and welcome back. It is my proud privilege to introduce to you the new brand new look of my forum of fantasy, Forged From Reverie.

Recently I have been pondering about the aesthetics and the overall appearance of this site and how I bring my work to you good people and it occurred to me that I was not entirely satisfied with just how my work was being presented. I shall not ruminate too much on the negatives involved with such an epiphany, I’ll instead focus on the positive aspects that have emerged as a result of this change.

I’m not a particularly great artist, my photography skills are severely lacking and my abilities to produce any level of quality video content are almost non existent. I can make a damned fine cup of tea though, so there’s that! I am a writer, first and foremost. So the primary goal of this site is to bring to you my written fictions of fantasy as well as my insights into fantasy gaming and my general thoughts and musings regarding life, and aspects of my own life, in general. It should therefore be obvious that this is what I would like to be the focus of the Forge and yet I began to feel that this aspect was not being fully realised to it greatest potential.

Presentation people, its important apparently.

With the redesign comes a renewed focus on putting my writing front and centre. The imagery, links and any additional content that accompanies each post shall now be presented as exactly that – an accompaniment that will hopefully not detract from my works. My intentions are to have a simplified, more elegant presentation that provides me with what I feel is an appropriate forum with which to continue to bring you my writings and ramblings in a manner that removes the faff and focuses on the fiction, thoughts and fantasy.

That’s right guys, Forged From Reverie now comes with 30% less faffing about! For my non English readers, I now heartily apologise if you are now having to google the word ‘faff’.

The content that already exists here shall mostly remain intact, though I have already removed some older posts that I have deemed superfluous and very unnecessary. Oh hindsight, what a frustrating and oddly helpful chap you can be at times! I wonder what he’ll be telling me to do this time next year. A new category entitled ‘The Baffling Banality of Baked Beans and How Best to Better Them’ perhaps? Maybe though, only time will tell.

With all that in mind then I do hope you like what you see and more importantly I also hope that you continue to enjoy what you read. Feel free to let me know if you prefer this new layout or if I have well and truly buggered up my website. And sorry again if you’re now looking up the word ‘buggered’. I love this language!

Thank you again for continued support.

Forged From Reverie.

From Ashes to Embers

Greeting folks and a truly happy new year to you all.

I thought it high time I re-emerge from the sands of my self imposed break as I attempt to stop my grey matter from descending into an apathetic cauldron of unfulfilled purpose and witless mush as well as taking the opportunity to inform you of my intentions for the coming weeks. Let us reignite the flames and please allow me to welcome you back into the Forge.

It remains my aim to carry on with the general themes of my site by continuing to write about the subjects that have become an integral part of the tapestry of the Forge since its inception. I thoroughly intend to muse, amuse, bemuse and maybe partially confuse as I write my various rants, ramblings, reasoning’s and meanderings about all manner of topics. With this I also hope you will continue your journeys with me into my fictional world of Ayl’gard as I carry on my work of continually crafting this realm of fantasy, the slow burning realisation of an ambition I have had for many years now.

If you are gazing upon my works for the first time and wish to know of what I am referring to then please direct your most welcome eyes to the Content Categories on the left for a journey into the depths of these pages, if you feel so inclined of course.

So what’s new my bearded weaver of whimsical words I hear you ask?

Well, I will also be bringing a new concept to the Forge in the form of giving you guys the chance to hold a telescope (a metaphorical one I’m afraid, I cannot afford to send you all a real one – can you imagine the shipping costs?!) over the realms of Ayl’gard. In essence, I shall be writing short excerpts about the denizens of this world with the intention of encapsulating a brief moment or two of the lives of these characters. These segments will be written as accompaniments to the lore and short stories I will continue to bring as I build the flesh and meat around the bones of what I have already created.

This concept excites me as it will allow me the chance to bring you small doses of fantasy more often without feeling the occasional vexing need to write a thousand words describing one characters left arse cheek and the hidden meaning that particular half buttock holds in the grand scheme of things. It may be quite a pleasant arse but not all of them are deserving of such time and devotion in written form despite the fact that my brain might be trying to convince me otherwise.

Finally, I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation for your patience and understanding as I temporarily withdrew my quill and parchments for the month of December. I am back now though so let us make 2017 a damned good year for writers the world over.

Forged From Reverie.