Monday, June 30, 2014

Vaults of Pandius 18th Anniversary

Is *the* mega official resource for the "Known World" from Expert Box D&D.  Later renamed Mystara.  The wealth of material here is overwhelming. It's existence makes me want to run a campaign in the Known World. Much of the material is generic or easily adaptable to any RPG. There are also options, house-rules and other crunch for the die hard BECMI fans.

It has active community and is regularly updated. And Pandius / Mystara s is supported with message boards, email list and forum.

All this and more. 


Check out some of the stuff in Mystara Atlas for one of my favorite nations Glantri. Including my favorite Gazetteer style maps of Glantri.



It is really and incredible amount of material and effort. I laud the authors, supports, fans, and game companies for keeping this reference work alive and thriving!

Vaults of Pandius

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Great Kingdom D&D Documentary

A kickstarter to pay for post-production of "A feature length documentary uncovering the true tale of the rise and fall of the creators Dungeons & Dragons."


"In 1969, GARY GYGAX, a family man and an insurance underwriter with an entrepreneurial mind meets DAVE ARNESON, an idle, yet brilliant game designer. Their collaboration would change the world, their families and themselves.
This is the remarkable true life story of the rise and fall of Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and the people behind the creation of the epic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons.
THE GREAT KINGDOM explores the personalities behind the game and the families they engendered. This is the saga of the people who brought a company from its humble basement beginnings and transformed it to a multi-million dollar corporation. A story for our time that parallels the rise, fall and redemption of Steve Jobs and echoes the who-invented-what question of the creation of Facebook."

Dave Arneson (seated, with glasses) at Gen Con II

Gary Gygax (striped shirt) at Gen Con II

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hex World Project




Followed pictures on Pinterest to the blog of this Norwegian? artist -> http://fantasifjas.blogspot.co.uk/  (Make Google Translate your friend)

Explanation of their hex map and other projects http://fantasifjas.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/what-i-do-information-in-english.html.






Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How Mana Came to be Used in Fantasy Games

Great, long, article about how a Polynesian concept and word came to be used for "magic energy" in games and across western culture in general.

http://theappendix.net/issues/2014/4/the-history-of-mana-how-an-austronesian-concept-became-a-video-game-mechanic

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