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A Ghastly Companion to Castles, Mansions, & Estates – Rough-Hewn Edition


Here is your complete guide to gaming in the opulent Grand Houses of the Georgian, French Revolutionary, Napoleonic, and Regency eras. Although created especially for use with Ghastly Affair, “The Gothic Game of Romantic Horror”, it’s also an invaluable resource for any game set in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries. Whether your scenarios involve destroying supernatural terrors lurking in crumbling castles, climbing the rungs of the social ladder through opulent townhouses, or unraveling the horrible secrets of the country gentry, this book is an essential reference!

This pre-release “ashcan” version does not include the illustrations, maps, floor-plans, and indices that will be in the full release. You still get over 270 pages of historical information, random tables, and practical advice, including:

  • A discussion of the various types of Grand Houses across 18th century Europe.

  • An outline of a typical day’s activities in a Castle, Mansion, or Estate House.

  • Over 100 tables to create a historically plausible Grand House, along with its inhabitants, gardens, and events – at whatever level of detail you desire.

  • A complete guide to the servants and retainers who make aristocratic life possible.

  • Tips for running an immersive Gothic “sandbox” that doesn’t force players into a pre-determined plotline.

  • A discussion of 18th century coaching inns (and coaches).

  • Random encounter tables for an 18th century setting.

  • Complete systems for randomly generating plausible ruins, caves, and subterranean crypts.

  • Tables for creating sumptuous, historically-accurate feasts.

  • Multiple tables for generating dramatic events that occur at dinner, during dances, and on the morning promenade.

  • Tables for defining twisted family histories, and the peculiarities of inbred nobles.

  • Information on 18th century noble titles and tables to randomly determine the status of aristocrats.

  • Tables for quickly defining the most memorable characteristics of NPCs, and the scandalous desires of your house’s inhabitants.

  • Tables for randomly generating ghosts and hauntings – including Restless Houses that hunger to satisfy their own mysterious cravings.

  • An extensive system for randomly generating the multitude of paintings that festoon the walls of Grand Houses – and tips on how to make them essential facets of a scenario.

  • Tables to create typical names for British country houses, and evocative appellations for castle towers.

  • A table of technological marvels that might be found in a late 18th century Grand House.

And all at a price an orphaned scullery maid could afford! But like a Vauxhall Gardens doxy, once it’s better-dressed, the fancy new version will cost a little more!

Contains some mature subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.

Now Available: Ghastly Affair Location Catalogues, for Castles, Mansions, or Estate Houses.

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John M November 05, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
Hi Daniel - will there be a POD version of this book?
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Daniel H November 06, 2019 4:51 pm UTC
Right now, my plan is to make POD available for the final, illustrated version.
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William W January 24, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
Any updates on a final print version?
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Daniel H January 25, 2020 5:35 pm UTC
Unfortunately, I've been unable to devote the time and resources necessary to doing the final version properly. So, at this point I can't commit to a date.
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Michael P May 26, 2020 6:46 pm UTC
Hello! Love the game and this sourcebook - wondering if there is any update on the "final" version? Appreciate times are weird so there may not be :-) Thanks.
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Daniel H May 27, 2020 6:57 pm UTC
Unfortunately, I still can't commit at this time to a timetable regarding the "final" version. I can say that the only real difference between the current "Rough-Hewn Edition" and any future version would be the art.
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Michael P May 27, 2020 7:04 pm UTC
No worries, thanks for the reply :-)
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Michael S February 08, 2019 6:04 pm UTC
Will purchasers of the Rough-Hewn Edition receive a discount toward the final release?
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Daniel H February 09, 2019 3:41 am UTC
Once the full version is released, purchasers of the “Rough-Hewn Edition” will be e-mailed a link to get the PDF at a discount. So, make sure your Account’s “Contact Options” are set up to receive e-mails from Publisher “Daniel James Hanley”, otherwise I won’t be able to send you the link.
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Michael S February 09, 2019 4:51 am UTC
Awesome. Really loving the book thus far, and the other books of the line. Using it for a Dark Shadows game.
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Daniel H February 09, 2019 10:38 pm UTC
Thanks! And I'm definitely a Dark Shadows fan (if anyone couldn't tell).
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