On The Magical History Tour

This blog entry is a link between what I was doing early in 2016 when I stopped updating this site and early 2018, when I started updating again.

2017 was a mixed year for me.  In March of that year, I decided to begin a long-term project.  I wanted to go back to the earlier table-top role-playing games and settings and explore them.  Note:  I have a somewhat unusual opinion of Dungeons & Dragons.  I do not consider it a role-playing game.  It is, from my experience, a transitional form between a miniatures war-game and a role-playing game.  So, the first table-top RPG I could find in print at the time was the current version of Tunnels & Trolls.  The first edition of that game dates from 1975.  That was my first stop on what I came to call the “Magical History Tour”.

That month, in a hastily scribbled note on a loose piece of notebook paper, I stated the intention to start a solitaire campaign of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.  Tunnels & Trolls was designed with the ability to play the game solitaire.  It was far more difficult to find other people to play a role-playing game with in the Seventies than it is now.  I set up a binder with a storage pocket for loose notes.  And I kicked off a campaign journal.  I play solitaire sessions by logging them, noting dice rolls and significant game events.  I also found a PDF on DriveThruRPG which served as a guide for solitaire role-play.



The April Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls Event

Yesterday was the first Tuesday of the month.  I have penciled that in for the monthly Magical History Tour event.  Since March of last year, the system I have been exploring has been Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls, the most recent edition of the venerable Tunnels & Trolls game.  The first Monday of the month is out because I am busy on Mondays, handing sundry responsibilities.  And stopping into the local coffeehaus for lunch.  😉

I didn’t do much last night.  It was a combination of feeling tired from a long walk and not feeling like playing.  So, I’m going to do what I have done in the past and extend the event over several days.  That way I can keep playing until I satisfy my need for Tunnels & Trolls gameplay.

When I start the event every month, I check the status of each character’s story.  As a running joke I note that my first Tunnels & Trolls character, Basio, is still dead.  He died in August on the blade of Golden Birgir’s cutlass.  Life is cheap and strange on my version of Trollworld.

So, I am preparing to play the second Tunnels & Trolls character I created, Adasen the Goblin Scoundrel.  He is the folk hero (the background from Fifth Edition D & D) of Goblin Lake.  I was stuck for months on what kind of adventure to create for him.  I feel that Trollworld Goblins resemble kappa from Japanese folklore, so I have been using elements from the tales about them.