Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Minotaur Quarterly

I mentioned this in the previous post, but on further reflection, I wanted to give it a post of its own. This is a very well done e-zine, made even better by the fact that it is free. The writing is easy to digest and enjoyable. A great deal of it is by the game's author, Olivier Legrand.

One of the things that strikes me about Minotaur is the type of articles it contains. In my youth I eagerly snapped up every issue of Dragon at first sight. More often than not, I ended up wishing they would have had some more of some certain article. Like there would be a piece about some aspect of Greyhawk, maybe 12 pages and then on to Giants in the Earth or some crap I cared nothing for (sorry if you did, no offense intended).

I haven't read every issue of Minotaur, but from scanning the ToC I believe they maintain a certain focus on a featured idea, then add a few other bits for variety. Many of the issues have include adventures (something Dragon avoided like grim death, for some reason), and every issue (I think) includes part of a gazetteer series, fleshing out the game world, Mythika. These gazetteer pieces are meaty, too, and delve quite deep into the highlighted area.

Like everything else related to M&M, Minotaur Quarterly is a free pdf download. Speaking of everything else, I may just have to post about a couple of more M&M things that deserve individual mention: Vikings and Valkyries, and Tomb of the Bull King. So, stay tuned . . .


  1. I've never played M&M, but I've read most of the materials including the zine. It looks pretty awesome! I wish my D&D group was interested in playing it.

    Thanks for calling attention to this excellent, free game. :)

  2. Tomb of the Bull King has a fantastic map. Very usable for D&D even if you don't play M&M. And unlike many dungeon maps it feels very believable.