We’re Working on It

Check the pix below. The trade paper edition of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls has been printed and is now in possession of Flying Buffalo Inc. Mailing out copies to all the people who supported the kickstarter project is a massive undertaking, but it has started. I hope you’re at the top of the alphabet. :)


I hate this picture, because I forgot to wear my hat into the print shop, and when Steve Crompton took the picture it shows me as I really am instead of my awesome trollish self. But, the big news is: THE BOOK IS DONE. These trade papers are gorgeous and impressive, and are going in the mail to supporters as fast as humanly possible for the Buffalo staff to get it done.

Meanwhile, the hardbacks should finish their binding sometime this upcoming week. They are a bit trickier.  For one thing they require endpages to be bound into the book as part of the covers. Those pages are printed, but had not reached the bindery yet on Friday when I saw them.  They look like this:

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Also, since there will be actual “boards” for the hard cover (it’s cardboard, but specially treated to be a hardback book), and it will be gold stamped but not printed on, then in order to give the hardback the Danforth front cover, we had to make inserts to be glued into place. I don’t really understand the details, but it shall be done. The inserts have been printed. They will need to be cut and attached to the the hardbacks.  This is all a big job for Roswell Bookbinding, and I am hopping up and down with impatience to see how it will come out.



Incidentally, this is what the book looks like inside in the color section. You’re seeing my GMing copy, spiral bound to lay flat on a table. The perfect bound books that you get won’t do this–the pages are glued to the spine.


So, we are almost at the end of the trail.  To those who have supported the project, I say, hang in there, you will have your copies soon.



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What If T & T Were an Anime RPG?

I would probably spend more time inside Trollhalla if I didn’t spend so much on Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally, I have interactions with Trollhallans in those other venues as well. Today, I saw my English friend Greywulf–something of an rpg designer himself, but also really good at rendering things. He had just posted this picture.


and I loved it, favorited it, and retweeted it. That led to this exchange:

  1. owwww! Look out, jabberwock! Alice has the vorpal blade.

  2. And the blade went snicker-snack!

  3. She makes me want to go snicker snack. Can we rotate the pic 180 degrees. I’d like to see it from the front–perhaps a foe behind

In less than an hour he came up with this (i do so love it when an artist is both fast and good.)


I think the correct phrase is “photobombed”.

  1. awesome! May I put that on Trollhalla?

  2. of course 😀

    12:36 PM – 9 Aug 2015 · Details

Now, the whole thing is just some light-hearted fun between Greywulf and Trollgodfather, and I hope you’re enjoying it, too . . . but it made me wonder? Is this kinda how they see the game in Japan? If I thought of the game as anime instead of Marvel comics a la Howard could it come out looking this way? Would it change the way we look at the game or play it?

Because, the truth is, a few people are still playing T & T in Japan and the man making up new adventures for them was kind enough to send me copies of the books. It’s solid Japanese from cover to cover, and I really only recognize one kanji character. They look like this:



What do you think? Would you play T & T as an anime version of itself?


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Updates for You

Yesterday I finished retyping and revising a 2008 essay about the Gods of Trollworld. It’s really about how history and legend gets distorted and turned into religion–how people can start believing their own press, even though they know what really happened. The truth is everyone has a need for greater significance, and given the chance, we will exaggerate even the most mundane acts until they have Cosmic importance. I’m no different. I thought about sharing my fantasies about religion in Rrr’lff with you here, but the essay is really too long for this page. So, I want you to all go and read it here:



This art is by the incomparable Liz Danforth, of course. You can see a colored version of it inside Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls. Does she look like a Death Goddess to you?


Last week I posted about the end pages being made for the hardback edition of DT&T. But I gave you the first design idea instead of the final one. Today, I found the right art to share with you. The end pages of the hardback will carry this art, not the map of Khazan.

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This is a classic case of the old film-makers motto: re-use your footage. I would kind of like to show you all new stuff every time I publish something, but Steve did a ton of work on this map, and is quite proud of it, so here it is again.


I did not go to GenCon this year, and I may never go again. I really don’t like crowds–I don’t like being part of them, and I don’t like putting up with them. Conventions are all about crowds, and conventions are cool. Thousands of people working together for a common goal can do amazing things. The gaming, the art, the chance to get together with friends, the things you see and can acquire–those are all amazing, and I love those parts of being at a big convention like GenCon. The hours of travel on a crowded plane, the high cost of everything, the boredom of sitting at a table hoping someone will come buy your stuff, the need to explain why DT&T still isn’t ready and there for the gamer who wants it, the tired feet from walking miles around the convention–those are the things I hate. So, this year I didn’t go. Maybe I’ll feel better about it next year when Flying Buffalo actually has the DT&T material ready to sell. Maybe not.  Been there, done that.

In any case I’m almost 70. I’ll be lucky if I last another ten years. It’s time to get out and do other things with my life. Don’t know what, but I do feel a great need for change. In the meantime, go see Rick Loomis, Steve Crompton, and Bear Peters at GenCon and say hello. They will appreciate it.




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