Monday, January 30, 2012

Folding up the gameboard

Given the fact the I'm not gaming on a regular basis right now, and given Google's new invasion of privacy policy I'm going to bring this blog to an end. I'm not going to do anything drastic like delete it or anything, but there won't be any new posts. I may keep blogging somewhere, just not on Blogger, so check out my sf blog Triplanetary for details. I want to thank all of you who follow this blog for reading my ramblings. I hope I didn't bore you too much. It's been fun. さようなら

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Two T&T Dungeons

Spoiler alert! These aren't original dungeons, they're mapped-out versions of two Tunnels & Trolls solo dungeons, Buffalo Castle and Sword for Hire. If you've ever played a T&T solo you know they don't come with maps. That would be a dead giveaway. You have to map it yourself as you go along. So I cleaned up the maps I made playing through the adventures with the idea that I could later run them as GM'd dungeons with a group of players. I think it's kind of funny that even though I was doing this for my own private use among a small group of people I still took the trouble to add copyright credits to the maps.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Double Barreled

 As a result of the holiday tradition of gift giving I now have access to a working scanner. I also managed to dig up a pile of old game notes that I thought I'd lost, including what looks like a complete dungeon. Time will tell whether or not I scan all of it, but some of it will show up here. Here's a sample of what I have. During a sf campaign one player wanted both a laser rifle and a slug thrower, but wanted to avoid the encumbrance penalties for carrying around two weapons. So he wanted a combined laser/slug thrower rifle. The sketch on the right is his concept of what the weapon would look like. The two to the left are "transitional forms" you might say, of a bulky laser rifle and a provisional design. On the bottom is the final rifle design I came up with for him.

And you'll notice that in the right-hand margin someone has written "John W. Campbell, Anthology Trilogy." That's not my handwriting so it's just as much a mystery to me as it is to you. Presumably it refers to his Astounding Science Fiction anthologies, which shows that we were at least drawing on some good source material.