FUNK I - KING OF ALL THE ORCS
The other day we posted an image of Fred Funk's D&D books.
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Now lets talk a little bit about the Illustrious and Iconic Fred Funk.
In Blackmoor, he was known as Funk the 1st, King of all the Orcs!
(see the image taken from the First Fantasy Campaign: Dave Arneson, Judges Guild, 1977)
Very little is known about what he did then because he was an evil character who would spend most of his time phoning Dave in order to explore the dungeon all day long. He was also giving instructions to Dave about how he was setting up the defenses for his part of the dungeon as he established his own realm deep underground on the 10th level.
He had lots of time to do so as he was a security guard with a phone on his desk!
We're told that he was calling up Dave so often, and was so obsessed with playing Blackmoor, that Dave's parent's friends couldn't get a call through to the house; the line was always busy! This led the Arnesons to put their foot down and demand that the telephone Blackmoor sessions had to end.
Fred also created his own game world with it's own rules variants. Known as Fred's World, his most loyal friends and fans assembled his notes and published the game online after he passed away.
You can Download it here:
Perhaps what is most notable about original RPG'ers like Fred Funk, is their creativity in how they played. Since no one had ever created a fantasy campaign before this, each player was free to explore their own personal style and did whatever they felt like doing. There were no rule books and Arneson actually encouraged players to think creatively with very few limits.
You can see this free-style play when you look at what Fred did in Blackmoor, since he made his own dungeon within Arneson's dungeon; and also in how he developed his own campaign. Everything he did both as a player and DM, has a uniqueness to it that is all Fred.
Fred left a big impression on Blackmoor due to this completely open format campaign style, that was being played in the twin cities. Even today, anyone entering the dungeon below Blackmoor Castle is advised to avoid setting foot on Fred's endless staircase, known as The Orcian way.
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