Busy busy busy...
We keep hinting about our KickStarter and how much time it is taking, and there is a reason for that. We are working hard to provide a lot of really cool gifts with this KickStarter.
We got some more artwork from Bob Bledsaw Jr. today.
Many of the older gamers will know immediately who Bob is. Bob was a teenager back in the 70's when his father ran this super cool company called Judges Guild. Judges Guild produced many of the classic modules of that time, and they are still reprinting them for today's gamers to use with newer systems.
For anyone who began gaming in the mid 70's, Judges Guild was right up there with TSR as far as D&D products were concerned -- everyone had the Judges Shield back in the day!
More importantly, Bob Bledsaw Jr. was just a kid when he made drawings, and spent countless hours scribbling little hashmarks on the dungeon maps, that were printed in Dave Arneson's: First Fantasy Campaign.
For some time, we've been hinting about publishing Greg Svenson's Tonisborg Dungeon in a book. So for about 8 months we've been quietly working on the manuscript and it is nearly done and ready for typesetting. Yet a dungeon module isn't complete without artwork. We didn't want just any artist working on this project either; Tonisborg is special, and it is part of the Blackmoor and Twin Cities lineage of game environments. So we immediately called up Bob.
I don't think we were even done explaining what the dungeon was before Bob said: Yes, I'll do it!
And so a partnership began between Secrets of Blackmoor and Judges Guild to produce a high quality dungeon module with an OSR, or old school twist.
We had already roped Daniel Boggs into helping write the manuscript as well.
Since we wanted to do an old school game, we also needed rules. Daniel Boggs happens to have published a set of OGL rules called: Champions of Zed. We cut out some of the sections on wilderness adventures in order to make these rules specifically for running in Tonisborg and added them to the manuscript. This means that the Tonisborg Dungeon book will be an all inclusive game module complete with rules.
Greg Svenson's Tonisborg Dungeon published by Judges Guild and Secrets of Blackmoor: A classic dungeon module from 1973, will be one of many featured thank you gifts on the Kick Starter.
More details about the project coming soon.
We're looking forward to running the dungeon with our own group this weekend. Hope your gaming goes well to.