A couple months ago, I told the faithful readers of The Wraith Project
that "big changes" were in the offing... soon. A couple of false starts and whoopsies later, I'm happy to say that those changes are on their way.
The first change is that my term as Webmaster of the Project has ended. After almost five years in the iron throne, I am stepping down and handing the keys to another.
Why? Well, it's time, and I mean that both figuratively and literally.
On the literal side, I need to put my creative juices to other uses. Being the Webmaster on top of a 40-hour work week is less of a joy and more of a nagging distraction, these days. I still love Wraith: the Oblivion
as much as I ever did, but even restless ghosts need to eat, sleep and practice polyamory once in a while.
(That and, while I hate to sound so horribly unromatic, I'm finding that I get more of a thrill getting paid for my writing endeavors than seeing the Project's site count jump like a psychotic flea on speed around the 5th of every other month. Mammon is a cold lover and a harsh taskmaster, but sometimes she really is the only game in town - especially when the bill collectors bang on your Haunt...)
And as for literally... time has come, in many senses of the word.
When I joined up with the Project, it was still finding its feet and deciding which way it wanted to go. I helped shepherd it through that uncertain period, and get it moving in a forward direction, rather than around and around in ever-looser circles. And once the momentum started to build, it kept going, and eventually achieved the speed where it is today.
What speed are we today? The Wraith Project stands as both THE premier fansite for Wraith: the Oblivion,
and the only member of the "old guard" WOD sites that has maintained a near-constant publishing presence. Those are two things I'm damned proud of, right there, and I think I can hang up my helmet knowing that we've all done good by our dark muse.
There's also the matter of having gotten what we wanted - sort of.
Implicit in the early days of The Wraith Project was our burning desire to see Wraith: the Oblivion
taken out of "development hiatus" and brought back as a full, viable game once more. This obviously did not happen: the complete and total end of the Old WOD broke that hope like shoddy soulsteel in the mouth of the Void. Wraith was gone, daddy, gone - right along with everyone else.
And yet, we got some of the highly-demanded books of the line republished.
We also got ALL the books republished as PDFs over at DrivethruRPG
, which means that new fans don't have to play Bargain Bookstore Bingo to score some much-needed Wraith loving.
We also got one hell of a complement through Exalted's The Abyssals
and The Book of Bone and Ebony
, didn't we?
And damn if Orpheus
isn't an amazing game: building on what remained of Wraith, and taking it up to a whole new level of spooky fun.
At this point, it doesn't look like the New WOD is going to have an official, Wraith/Ghost game. That's a shame, but highly understandable, given what happened with Wraith. However, between PDFs, Orpheus, and Abyssals, old and new fans have more than enough goodies to base our Chronicles from.
And while that might not be as sweet as having had the line restarted, then or now, or finally getting all those Old WOD books we should have had done, it's still pretty sweet if you ask me.
So, having achieved both things I've set out to do, and realizing there's not much else I can do but keep the wheel turning, I have decided to hand over the helm, keys and throne to another.
The new Webmaster is the one and only jl_williams
(jl.williams@FUCKSPAM!gmail.com): author of such fine works as Husk, Guildbook: Symphonists
and the Revised Guildbooks for Sandmen and Spooks. I couldn't think of a better pair of hands to give the Project over to, and I can't wait until you see the improvements he's working on - especially the new layout...
But have no fear! I will still be writing and arting (?) for The Wraith Project. I will still be amongst its Deathlords, and around in the fan community. And I will still be taking game-killers of our dark fun out behind the forges and spanking them with a stygian steel girder when they come to pee on our beloved game. "Only the landscape(r) has changed..."
JL will bang the gong for the new issue fairly soon. In the meantime - and ever after - please send all submissions to jl.williams@FUCKSPAM!gmail.com.
THANKS TO: the original Deathlords for offering me a spot at the table, keeping it open for me, and listening to my insane proposals; all the Developers and Writers for the love and occasional pro-bono work; and everyone who ever clicked by, read feverishly, contributed once or often, and offered constructive criticism during my tenure.
You all rock, and I'm happy to be rocking with you.
J. Edward Tremlett
"The Renegade Lord"