Now on Facebook
April 7, 2013
I have avoided Facebook for many years. As an IT security professional, I deemed the site too insecure, too likely to compromise me or my friends, and too much bother.
But that’s changed. Sure, I think the site is still nothing more than a giant tool for accumulating data for targeted marketing and as such, lower than shark poo on the scale of things, but it’s an undeniable fact that it has become an enormously successful way to communicate with your friends and those that share similar interests.
I have added some new capabilities to Lythia.com so I can learn about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), not because I want to start making money from this site but because my sister has started a blog with the intention of making money from her passion. Naturally, she has been ringing me many times a day asking questions about SEO, about writing blogs and a lot of other associated things, so I thouoght I’d better find out about this stuff. Besides, if I’m going to know what to do to control information flow to Facebook, I can’t very well bury my head in the sand any longer.
And so I’ve taken the plunge…well, I’ve dipped a toe into the cold, cold waters…you won’t find me under my own name for a start. The birthdate in my Facebook profile is incorrect, and I haven’t included any of my normal email addresses or any other personal information. But, I have created a Lythia.com page on Facebook, which means that when I publish a new post here, it should also appear on the Lythia.com Facebook page (although I’ll admit I haven’t quite got it to work yet…but I will).
So if you have a Facebook account, and I’m sure a lot of you do, please come on down and like the site for me. In fact, if you Follow Lythia.com then you’ll hopefully receive notifications or updates on your wall (or whatever that darn things are called) about new posts here. Let’s see if we can’t get more people to learn about Hârn using all the social media tricks we can think up.
PS: I can update Twitter and a couple of other social media sites too, so let me know if there are anything you use frequently or you prefer.
Changes to RSS Feeds
March 24, 2013
G’day all. For the few subscribers who use an RSS feed to keep up with articles from Lythia.com and posts from the HârnForum, I’ve made some changes to the addresses of the feeds. You can find all the information on the About > RSS Feeds page, but the summary is that I’ve stopped using Feedburner for a couple of reasons.
The first and most important reason is that I don’t need to see who is following what. There are no commercial pressures on me to increase website revenue (there are none) or see who clicks on advertising space (again, there are none). Secondly, Feedburner seems to be just another way for Google to capture statistics on what people do on the Intertubes, and I’ll be damned if I’ll give them any more of my (or your) information if I can avoid it. So I’ll be killing off the Feedburner feeds in a couple of weeks, so make sure to visit the About > RSS Feeds page and update your feeds.
Beside, Google killed off their Reader, so they can just get stuffed as far as I’m concerned.
For those of you who do use an RSS feed aggregator for other reasons, the RSS feed from Lythia.com, and especially the Forum, is a great way to keep current. It would be nice if web-based RSS readers would put individual posts into threads, sorted oldest to newest, but we can’t have everything.
Atlas Keléstia – Emélrenè Map
March 12, 2013
Lands between the Es; ancient and perilous realm…
Keléstia Productions are pleased to announce the publication of the Atlas Keléstia – Emélrenè Map.
This map covers the kingdom of Emélrenè, as well as the surrounding regions and realms, including the island of Mèlderýn, the Shôrka duchy of Álagon, and the northern reaches of Palíthanè.
This map is intended to support our forthcoming Kingdom of Emélrenè publication.
To learn more about the Atlas Keléstia – Emélrenè Map and to make a purchase, go to:
Atlas Keléstia – TRZN A1 (Máris)
November 16, 2012
This issue describes map square A1 (Máris) on the Tríerzon regional map, which is an area on the north-central coast of the kingdom of Emélrenè. It is a region of rapidly growing trade centres, including Máris and Panîra, as well as the wilder and more dangerous Ellarýn hills and forest. Tensions are rising between Ilvîran cultists seeking to engage with growing numbers of Ívashi in the region and Laránian military forces seeking to wipe out those same creatures. Local politics in the region are complex, and in Larýn Hundred crimes are going un-investigated due to the disappearance of the bailiff-of-the-hundred.
To learn more about Atlas Keléstia TRZN-A1 and to make a purchase, go to:
The Atlas Keléstia index can be viewed at:
Atlas Keléstia – SHKN F8 (Ishéres)
October 23, 2012
The shores of our discontent…
Keléstia Productions are pleased to announce the publication of Atlas Keléstia #27.
This issue describes map square F8 (Ishéres) on the Shôrkýnè regional map, an area on the west-central coast of the kingdom of Shôrkýnè, including much of the county of Dumâla. The locale is struggling to recover from decades of Ivínian raids and a spate of rebellion. Exploitation of the region’s resources is hampered by the evil reputation of the local forests, which arises from the proximity of Ilvîran shrines as well as wolves and other predators.
To learn more about Atlas Keléstia SHKN-F8 and to make a purchase, go to:
The Atlas Keléstia index can be viewed at:
Best Fanon 2012
July 17, 2012
John Daniel’s Anyana’s Vale has been voted Best Fanon Article 2012 by the members of the HârnForum. Congratulations John. Everyone else, go download it now; show your appreciation by making the download counter jump!
Summa Venâriva – a social history of Venârivè
May 27, 2012
Introducing a whole new in-depth guide to the social, religious, political and economic history of Venârivè.
For the first time, Keléstia Productions is proud to provide an extensive 130 page detailed description of the historical trends and forces that have shaped Venârivè, and which thus provides an important resource for richer, deeper roleplaying and game development.
This publication is provided in an extended essay format, both as PDF document and in two eBook formats. It includes a number of useful maps and an extensive index and glossary. It is an important addition to the Venârivè Northwestern Lýthia module.
To learn more about Summa Venâriva and to make a purchase, go to:
Atlas Keléstia SHKN AX and A9 (Ârgonel and Kálen)
January 23, 2012
Hark. Did someone say Emélrenè?
Keléstia Productions are happy to announce the publication of the 16th and 17th issues of Atlas Keléstia.
Atlas Keléstia – SHKN K5 (Gámlèyan)
December 22, 2011
Keléstia Productions have published the 14th issue of Atlas Keléstia. It describes map square SHKN-K5 (Gámleyan), located in western Huriséa and includes a small piece of the Hârbáaler kingdom of Lédenheim.
UPDATE New Download Manager
October 8, 2011
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