Hey guys! Thanks to Big Mac for keeping the AQ flame going on these forums.
I don't frequent the piazza much, but I wanted to let you know about a project I've got going....
What started with some online conversations
is growing into a DM's Guild product - the Adventurer's Guide to Al-Qadim! Here's the current status of the project...
Myself and a few other gentlemen are taking point on a large-scale quality conversion of Al-Qadim to 5e, to be published for FREE on DM's Guild. The intention is to (a) rejuvenate interest in this wonderful setting, (b) provide a foundation for future publishers to put out AQ stuff on DM's Guild, and (c) offer both the traditional setting and a post-Spellplague setting (what Zakharans know as the "Great Unbinding" of the Seal of Jafar al-Samal) for DMs to choose from.
I'm pretty good with layout design and I've also written a few freelance gaming articles as well as Tales of the Caliphate Nights
for Paradigm Concepts/Green Ronin. The others committed to the project have skills in copyediting, game design, and writing. We're working via the Slack app and have done some solid work so far!
I've been in touch with Matt McElroy, Director of Publishing & Marketing at DrivethruRPG, who patiently fielded my legal questions about what's in-bounds and what's out-of-bounds for Al-Qadim.
Also, we have some terrific artists who are donating to the project. Karl Waller (who did the interior illustrations for AQ) said he'd graciously donate a couple of black and white pieces from the AD&D line
Though we need to work out who has the rights, that's super generous of him! Also, Rob McCaleb donated a fantastic fan-made map of Zakhara
I'm looking to pay out of pocket for an art student - the talented tea-for-jbass
to do a few sketches or a cover.
Lastly, I've reached out to Wolfgang Baur, and another of the gents has reached out to David "Zeb" Cook about possibly collaborating. EDIT: There are a few new Al-Qadim products on DM's Guild at this time. Neither are affiliated with us.
The first, Al-Qadim Classes and Backgrounds by Brent "VAD" Rogers is a quick n' dirty guide with low reviews. Not much else to say.
The second, Al-Qadim Archetypes - Scimitars Against the Dark by Jeremy Forbing does a great job of putting a darker Cthulu-esque spin on Arabian Adventures. You may recognize this title from the article "Scimitars Against the Dark" by Mr. Wolfgang Baur in DRAGON #198! I think Jeremy did a terrific job and I connected with him via Facebook to trade notes - he was stoked to hear what we were doing, and I think his work should be plenty compatible with what we're doing.