Rob Kuntz has published a book that describes what Dave Arneson's invention is.
"For the great day of their wrath has come -
Who is able to stand?
Who can escape the cage of time?
Who will unlock the chamber of dreams?"
(Ancient Dwarven Script Found on a Stairwell Wall in Tonisborg Dungeon.)
I had promised to run my variation on Tonisborg at a local gamer gathering on Tuesdays at Denver Distillery
Although i knew some of the gamers from last week, I ended up with a bunch of unexpected people jumping in too. Some were even playing for their very first time -- I love new gamers and really enjoy transporting them into the magical land Gary and Dave created for us.
One guy was hanging out at the bar. When I mentioned D&D, his eyes lit up and he abandoned his own group of friends to come play with us!
Someone made a phone call and another player showed up.
What I thought was a really sad turnout of about 4 gamers suddenly became 8 - GAME ON!
I run Tonisborg with a lot of hand-outs full of lore. It's my home brew addition to Tonisborg. When I run it, you get a weird mix of Greg Svenson as a young man in 1973, and Griff as a middle aged gamer in 2019.
I will have to post some of my story ideas to the Blackmoor hidden forum for Tonisborg DM's. https://blackmoor.mystara.net/forums/index.php
I often hear about gamers who can't find a group. You need friends to play these games. They are easy to find. Ask your library for some free space to run a club out of. As Drinks and Dragons: Philadelphia has shown, you can also find a local bar to run games at on an off night.
By the end of your first session you can't be strangers anymore. How can you be strangers after you worked together to escape from that Balrog that was looking for some guy named, Berlini the Great?
At the end of the night we were all shaking hands and clapping each other on the back.
Thank's to everyone who was at my Ref'ing session. All of you, Jaimie, Venessa, Roberto, Nate, Jess, Erik, Louis, are now my good friends - Griff
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