Sunday, November 5, 2017
Here's another example, the Kingdom of Nithia which was part of the Hollow World series for Mystara. The cover to the right was the one they ended up using, but it is interesting to see the cover on the right having a different color hue and only a single statue. I almost like the idea of using this one for a fan created HW sourcebook for Hutaaka.
What do you guys think of the alternate cover?
Monday, October 16, 2017
Now is your chance. A group who call themselves the United Geeks of Gaming are
hosting an event in Minnesota:
"A special event at the Source Comics and Games. Blackmoor game, the game that started it all! Guest Game Master Robert Meyer hosting a game that is the first and longest running Fantasy RPG! Bring pencil, paper, and 2 six sided dice! 🎲 United Geeks of Gaming has a day for role playing games! "
Robert Meyer played Robert the Bald, a powerful Wizard in Dave Arneson's campaign, and has DMed several Blackmoor games for the original group since Dave passed away. The Source is the gaming store where Dave ran many of his games.
Learn more about this event here!
Monday, October 2, 2017
I am a big fan of BECMI D&D and Frank Mentzer's game design. I am also excited to learn of the design team that Frank has brought with him:
Frank Mentzer, Darlene,Ted Fauster, Tim Beach, Steven Winter, Anne K. Brown, Peter Bradley, Don Higgins, Mark Quire, Alyssa Faden, Anna Meyer, Christopher Wiese, Kevin “Doc” Wilson , David "Zeb" Cook, Ed Greenwood, Allen Hammack, Tracy Hickman, Harold Johnson, Tim Kask, Len "Leomund" Lakofka, Steve Marsh, Douglas Niles, James M. Ward , “Skip” Williams, Margaret Weis, Clyde Caldwell, Liz Danforth, Jeff Dee Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Jennell Jaquays “Diesel” LaForce, Erol Otus, Stephen D. Sullivan
Also, if you want to learn more about Empyrea, visit the Empyrea/Aquaria forum at The Piazza, where you can ask Frank questions about this project and other things related to gaming.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Last year was an incredible year for Dave Arneson Day. This year we also have many things in store for you. Many people are reporting that they will be running games today. Others are posting blog articles or posting on the different forums where Blackmoor and Dave Arneson are being discussed. There is a Renessance Fair happening not to far from Dave Arneson's home in Minnesota today and we hope they might make some announcement regarding the day. Over at the Comeback Inn, Season 4 of the MMRPG (Free D&D adventures!) is about to be released.
Get Your Updates here:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Dave Arneson Game Day isn't just about the hard core Dave Arneson fans though. Everyone who loves D&D and Roleplaying can take part. Some people run games, others post articles or share projects they are working on etc.
If you want to take a look at what happened for Dave Arneson Game Day last year, then take a look at this thread from The Comeback Inn.
Look out for Dave Arneson Game Day related material at The Comeback Inn, The Piazza, this blog and other sites. If you have a site you want to link to Dave Arneson Day, let me know and we can add you to the list this time as well!
More on this in the coming days!
Comeback Inn Dave Arneson Game Day Announcement Thread
Piazza Dave Arneson Game Day Thread
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Edit: Frank Mentzer revealed the following on the origins on the original edition of Chainmail:
"I believe that Jeff was the sole Compiler/Author of Chainmail (the version for the club, gathering various good ideas and massaging them into coherence). For publication, Gary had to give it more work. I also believe this fact is vastly overlooked."The original version of the ruleset was distributed in 1970, while Guidon Games published their 1st edition in 1971. TSR published their first version (3rd edition) in 1975 (Acaeum).
For a while, many incorrectly assumed that Blackmoor was simply a variant of the Chainmail game, but although I think that most people these days accept that that is just a myth, gaming historians and fans still debate to what extent Chainmail did influence the two creators of Dungeons & Dragons. My friend DHBoggs has written som excellent articles about this on his blog here.
No matter where you land on those debates, I think we should all be able to recognize that Chainmail was an important milestone in the development of our hobby and we can be thankful for Jeff Perren's contributions. In this short interview, Perren humbly admits that he recieved no royalties for Chainmail, but that he is happy that some of the things he created are still loved. The World of Greyhawk also has a region, Perrenland, that is named after him.
Happy birthday Jeff!
Note: Image taken from this blog
Note: Thanks to author Matt Forbeck for making me aware of the date of Mr Perren's Birthday.
More discussion of this topic at The Comeback Inn
Saturday, June 17, 2017
The accompanying website, the Blackmoor Archives are still available. That site has links to other places you can reach fellow Blackmoor fans while we wait for this to be sorted out.
Stay tuned for more information!
Sorry for the inconvenience. Our gnome alchemists are working as hard as they can to get the site back up as soon as possible.
EDIT: The site is Back Up Again! Thanks for your patience! :)
Friday, April 28, 2017
I just learned via Jennell Jaquays that Stephen Lortz (September 7, 1949 - April 23, 2017) passed away yesterday. Stephen Lortz was another of Dave Arneson's original players. In the Blackmoor campaign, Lortz played the Dwarf who became the Regent of the Mines after Uberstar Khazakhum.
"I met him when we hired Arneson's company as temporary consultants to get us through the initial design documentation crunch on Colecovision." Jaquays recalls.
"Steven was an artist, miniature sculptor, and designer who was part of the early Runequest gaming community and worked for Dave Arneson's company for several years. "
|Lortz the Dwarf, from Dave Arneson's Blackmoor RPG|
I posted some more details and relevant links here:
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Jeffery Quinn has been working on making new versions of various Blackmoor maps on twitch.tv lately. Today he has been working on a map of Blackmoor Town. The best known map of Blackmoor Town was the one from the First Fantasy Campaign:
Years earlier, in the Castles & Crusades Society's Newsletter (The Domesday Book #13), Dave Arneson provided an earlier version of the the map:
I now present an even older map of Blackmoor Town. It is pretty similar to the one above, but with no labels and a few subtle differences.
Let me know if you enjoy these maps and if there are details in them that differ and that I might not have noticed yet!