Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spring Break

Last week was spring break for my boys so we decided to head south and visit Portland, OR.  Specifically, Powell's Books and Guardian Games.  Now, we've been to Powell's before and it is a
The RPG shelf at Powell's
booklover's delight.  If you are not familiar with Powell's it is a four story building that takes up an entire city block and is full of books.  Books of every imaginable kind.  A bibliophile's heaven.  I could spend days there if I had the time and the money.

I had never been to Guardian Games before.  It is the largest game store I have ever been in.  A huge amount of board games.  A large selection of RPGs.  A bunch of other stuff I didn't have time to really look at, including a corner just for Legos.
The board games shelves at Guardian Games.  Can you find the hidden people?

Between the two stores, beside the requisite history books, I purchased the core rules of Dungeon Crawl Classics and a used boxed set of Adventures in the East Mark.

It was a fun trip.  The boys enjoyed themselves and we got to visit two great stores.

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Legacy Edition

My box came today with my Legacy Edition box of The Fantasy Trip!  So excited to start playing around with it!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

First Full TFT Character

I didn't own the In the Labyrinth rules back when I was a kid.  So I have only made character using the Melee and Wizard rules.  Even then I preferred warriors to wizards so I mostly built heros.  Thus, this is my first full build using the full TFT rules.

Marcus Valerius Corvus
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St 11
DX 12 (8)
IQ 9
MA 6

Short sword 2-1
Javelin 1-1
Dagger 1-1

Chainmail / Stops 5
Lg Shield/    Hits

Sword, Shield
Carpenter, Literacy, Pole Weapons*

*Edit:  With input from Yongi on MeWe I decided to replace Thrown Weapons with Pole Weapons.  He pointed out that without Pole Weapons Marcus would be throwing his javelin using 4 dice.  Thanks Yongi.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The OSR News

Dreams of Mythic FantasyJames Smith, of the "Dreams of Mythic Fantasy" blog, writes a weekly column called The OSR News.  It's a roundup of newly published products, reviews, blog post spotlights and news.

It really helpful, cool and he puts a lot of work into it.  You can find the posts here.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Descending Armor Class

You learn something new everyday.  I didn't realize that this was the origin of descending armor class in original D&D.  It's explained here at the Playing at the World blog.

Originally it was intended that you needed to roll 20 - AC.  So AC 2 needed an 18 or higher.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Blades & Black Magic Now Out

BLADES   Blades & Black Magic Book 1It's been a really good year for fans of The Fantasy Trip.  First we get a reissue of The Fantasy Trip itself and C.R. Brandon publishes the long awaited Blades & Black MagicBlades & Black Magic is a swords & sorcery offshoot of of Mr. Brandon's Heroes and Other Worlds which is itself is a descendant of TFT.  So, I'm a happy man.  Blades & Black Magic will be my first purchase of 2019.  (What?  It's here already?)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Brand New TFT Adventure

It's here!  The first official adventure for The Fantasy Trip in decades!  What?  Me excited?  The description says that The Chaos Triads by Steven Marsh is a 12 page, GM run adventure in PDF format.  It goes for $5 at Warehouse 23.

This is supposed to be the first in a series of adventures to support the upcoming release of The Fantasy Trip reboot from Steve Jackson Games.  I actually don't know why I'm as excited as I am because there are good adventures already out there.  Dark City Games has been making quality solo adventures that are compatible with TFT for years.  It's probably just that it's official and that it heralds a resurgence in TFT.

Needless to say I will buy it soon.