Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Dungeon

So I was blog-hopping yesterday, and I stumbled across the name of Philip Jose Farmer. I had heard the name previously, and I knew he was an author, but the name dug at my mind for some particular reason. Then it came to me: The Dungeon.

This was  book series that I tried to check out from the library when I was 10. I had just gotten into D&D by way of the Dragonlance novels, which I read endlessly. I'd started looking into the books that were shelved around them on the metal rotating cart that held fantasy/sci-fi paperbacks. I remember the covers absolutely grabbing me: a guy with wild hair and a mustache, always posing with a sword on some otherworldly landscape. On each cover he wore a brilliantly colored billowing cloak, always a different color- blood red on the first book, bright orange on the third one, and so on.

I remember the books contained sketches that were supposed to be from his journal as he explored the titular Dungeon (actually a series of different worlds/environments linked by warp gates.) I never did make it through a single one of the books, but I know I checked them out several times. I don't recall what the problem was, but I was more interested in staring at those covers, looking at the sketches, and imagining what the Dungeon might be like. It was a pretty formative experience in my D&D history, but I'd forgotten about them entirely until just yesterday.

Doing some research, I discovered that PJF didn't actually write the books, he seems to have come up with the idea and then persuaded four other authors to actually write the series. Interesting.

I've got a yarn to run a Dungeon-esque campaign, an extra-dimensional prison of many layers/levels, the PCs being a party of beings from different worlds/times/dimensions who are lost and trying to find a way out. As much as I'd love to use White Box or something similar, I know I won't find players for it. I'll probably make it my first outing with the new edition of Savage Worlds.

I've also got a yarn to order the first novel. I've found an old used copy for just a few dollars plus free shipping on ABE. At the same time, I'm worried that whatever is in the book, it won't live up to the imaginary wonder tied to ten year old me marveling at the cover at a time when I was just discovering what would come to be the defining pastime/passion of my life. Maybe I'll get it just to have that cover on my shelf.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

T&T Memorial Game: Return to Buffalo Castle

So I submitted the event to Nuke-Con. In honor or Rick Loomis, I'm going to be running the most recent version of Buffalo Castle, using the T&T Deluxe rules. I'm going to modify it to accommodate multiple characters and the use of magic. (The original adventure was a solo designed for a warrior PC.) I've titled the event "Return to Buffalo Castle."

I haven't actually run any T&T since the summer between 8th grade and 9th grade, and it was 5th edition. I own a signed copy of the Deluxe Edition that I ordered (via DM on Twitter, no less) in late 2015. Time to dust that tome off and print out the PDF of BC I bought from DriveThru.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Slight Change in Direction

I think I'm going to scrap one of my Nuke Con games and run some Tunnels & Trolls in honor of Rick Loomis. I'd do Buffalo Castle, but that's designed for a single warrior. I suppose I could just modify it... I mean hell, it's supposed to be a solo adventure anyway.

I don't know. It's just an idea, but also I haven't had a chance to run T&T since the summer before my freshman year of high school.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


So I keep almost-buying the "Codex" bundle for Castles & Crusades. I probably shouldn't because it's like $130 for books I'm probably never going to use... but my real reason?

I have to pay shipping? I'm dropping $130 and they can't cover $8 in shipping? Bruh.

Yeah, yeah, the entire bundle is steeply discounted, but I'm an entitled American consumer spoiled by @m@a0n and used to having things shipped to me for "free."

Monday, August 19, 2019

Nuke-Con 2019

Getting my docket for Nuke-Con nailed down. Presently:


1. Stars Without Number- Though I need to pin down if I'm doing OG or Revised. I might do The Tartarus Gambit again, but I kind of want to generate a random thing using Sixteen Stars.

2. Zweihander- Need to decide if I want to do the same scenario I did at KantCon or write up something new.

1. Cartoon Action Hour- I'm going to run the unused material I wrote for KantCon. If time allows, 'reruns' of the stuff I did at KC.

2. Savage Worlds- Some kind of sci-fi pulp, methinks.

3. Open spot- perhaps repeating the Zweihander game?

Board games. (Hero Quest, Mutant Chronicles, Space Alert)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Fell Hand of JB in the Wild

I was perusing the shelves of my local gaming store yesterday when I chanced upon a copy of JB's B/X Companion on the shelves. (In fact, it looked like someone had dumped an entire OSR collection) I almost snagged it, but I think if I'm ever going to purchase the Companion, I'm going to buy it directly from the author. Sadly, there is no B/X on my horizon for the time being. (Insert sad Hulk hitchhiking music)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Drop of Spite

Y'all know how I feel about Pathfinder.


to all the sputtering bros who are mad online because Pathfinder 2E dedicates some page count to being inclusive-

Stay mad, assholes. Stay mad.