Several years ago C.R. Brandon, author of Heroes & Other Worlds, was working on a grittier sword & sorcery version of HOW called Blades & Black Magic. B&BM is based on HOW which in turn was inspired by The Fantasy Trip of 80s fame. Thus, with the sword & sorcery focus and its pedigree, I was very much looking forward too it. In fact I even listed it as the game I was most looking forward to in 2015. Mr. Brandon had to put the development of B&BM on hiatus for a while but now its back. He's working on it again, testing various aspects and tinkering with various mechanics. And I 'm excited again!