Sometimes I like the rough draft better than the final product

Back in the days  when Steve Crompton, Bear Peters, and I were planning out the Game Master adventure for Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls, Steve and I came up with this preliminary map of the Zkaria general area.  You can see what it finally became on page 308 of the DT&T book, but this is what it looked like at the beginning as I told Steve what the countryside between Zkaria and the Fire Dungeon looked like.  I love Steve’s ability to draw from narrative.

Zkariamap

I wonder how many other lost maps like this I have. I wonder if I could pull them all out and publish them as a book for Trollhalla Press.

Hmmmm!  (it’s not that I don’t have things to do. It’s just that I like my own ideas for projects so much better than other  people’s ideas.)

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New From Trollhalla Press

BigJackBrass

It’s harder to be a publisher than you might imagine, especially when you’re getting old and lazy like me, but after months of effort, here is the first true original Trollhalla Press publication. Yes, Trollhalla Press has 7 other publications, including all 5 spell books and 2 novels, but all of them were done for other publishers originally and sort of negotiated their way onto the Trollhalla Press page on drivethrurpg.com.

THE LAST ADVENTURE OF BIG JACK BRASS is a true Trollhalla production. Every person who worked on it is a member of Trollhalla.  Story by Jon Hancock and me, art by Darrenn Canton, layout and production by Steve Crompton, this combination of low comedy and high adventure is the very essence of T & T play turned into fiction. I have to say I’m really very pleased with it, and would appreciate your support for this kind of effort from Trollhalla Press.

T & T encourages all different styles of play and adventuring, and it follows that it also encourages a wide variety of artistic styles. I’m very pleased with the art I got from Darrenn for it. And so I want to show you a couple more pieces. If you want to see it all, you’re going to have to buy the book.

BigJackBrassSacrifice

Jack was told that Gristlegrim would let him into the dungeon if he would sacrifice his beard. You know how men just hate to give up their beards. Here Jack is sacrificing the poor thing, stabbing it to death on an unholy altar.

BJB4-BackofDungeon

And here, for the first time ever is a picture of the Gristlegrim dungeon floating serenely in the skies of Trollworld. What other game or game master ever gave you a flying dungeon?

THE LAST ADVENTURE OF BIG JACK BRASS is available now for a mere $1.99 over at drivethrurpg.com.  Here’s the url: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=The+Last+Adventure+of+Big+Jack+Brass&x=0&y=0&author=&artist=&pfrom=&pto=.

And after you’ve read it, let me know if I should get some physical copies printed up. I’m afraid they will cost a bit more than $1.99 but if there’s any demand, I’ll do it.

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And watch this space for continuing news on the fate of Trollhalla.com. It may come back to life or be reincarnated in slightly different form.

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The End of Trollhalla.Com

If you have been paying attention, you will know that the Inner Sanctum of Trollhalla has been broken for over 6 months now.  It fell victim to upgrades by the host using new versions of the language the site was written in. There is no fixing all that obsolete code, and so that chapter in our lives is over.

Now ETWebhosting has asked me to renew the domain fee for another year, and I have turned them down. Everything that I am doing on Trollhalla.com can just as easily be done on WordPress.com, and it’s free, and the host will not upgrade me out of existence. In about 1 month, I expect the site to pop like a soap bubble, and be gone as if it had never existed.

So, if you have been following me here, there may be a few more news items in the 4 weeks left to us, but the end is in sight. Hail and farewell, my friends. I will see  you on Facebook or WordPress, or you can always reach me at kenstandre@yahoo.com.

–Ken, April 10, 2016