I am surprised to see that Trollhalla.com is still online. I renewed the domain, but did not pay the host to maintain the site, and I expected it to go away as of June 9. I expected this site to vanish, but it’s still here, and as long as it is, I guess I can keep posting things here to keep all T & T fans informed.
I have been fairly busy the last two weeks or so. Two weeks ago I wrote a new solo dungeon called Grimtina’s Guard. It ran about 10K words and was only 45 paragraphs long, though some of those paragraphs were a full page in length. I hope to see it produced before the end of the year.
Last week I spent at Origins National Gaming Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The con was only 4 days long–Thursday through Sunday–but Rick Loomis and I spent a full 8 days on the trip. Unlike years past, I wasn’t signed up to run any T & T games, so I wound up spending most of my time at the Flying Buffalo booth. Two days are for travel. One day is for setup. And I spent the extra day wandering around downtown Columbus. I found the largest local bookstore and bought a Neil Gaiman fantasy I’d never seen before.
I wound up walking over 6 miles that day, and I hurt for it on Wednesday and Thursday, but by Friday I was ok.
On the last day of the show, I ran into my friend Jeff Siadek, a hard-working game designer who has never hit the big time with any of his games as far as I know. Jeff shows up at the big conventions, usually with a brand new game to sell. The poster in the background for Battlestations is a large game design Jeff has been working on for more than a year. He started it by soliciting scenario ideas from other game designers in the independent industry. I gave him a Planet of the Trolls idea. 🙂 All I had to do was the basic idea, not the whole scenario–that’s Jeff’s job. I hope Battlestations turns into a Win-Win scenario for both of us, but I’m a no-lose position. Even if Jeff never gets it published, I only invested about half an hour of time in thinking up the adventure.
Here I am at the Flying Buffalo booth, trying to be personable and friendly. Ha! A friendly troll! What impossibility will I think of next?
The man in blue is named Ken Huddleston, and he’s my new hero. He’s 84 years old and still designing games. He demoed his Bin’Fa game for me. I liked it enough to buy it. It is an abstract board war game that shares elements of Chess and Go. I don’t know who I can get to play it with me, but it’s a beautiful game design.
On Saturday the Trollgod got into a snarl-off clinch with this lovely demoness. Though neither of us was injured in the clash, I think I’m a clear winner in the match. She is in my arms, not me in hers, so I’m dominant. 🙂
I actually have a lot more pix but they are fairly difficult for me to find and put up here, and I think you can see that I didn’t spend all my time sitting at the booth.
I saw a few members of Trollhalla during the event. Robin Loney, aka Peryton, came by and gave me two of her books. In return I gave her the five kindred spell books (Dwarves, Elves, Uruks, Gremlins, Leprechauns) that have been produced. I also saw Mark and Jennifer Nuyna a couple of times.
Many other things happened. I spent Friday evening playing Lost in R’lyeh with John Wick who made a surprise appearance at Origins. I had an interesting talk with Mike Stackpole about future projects. He gave me an idea, and I’ve been thinking about doing it.
It would have been a pretty sweet convention overall except that I got a sore throat 2 days into the event, and my sciatica was hurting me throughout. It’s hard to have fun when you hurt a lot. I did the best I could.
Meanwhile, big things are ahead, I hope, for Tunnels and Trolls later this year. I can’t tall you what it is yet, but stay tuned. I’ll be sharing the details with you all as soon as I’m allowed to do so.
And of course you are invited to meet me on Facebook and on Twitter as Trollgodfather. I also have an instagram account now where I’m posting some of my best photos. Come on by and give me a holler and a Like.
To be continued . . .