Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dungeon Dozen book

The Dungeon Dozen is one of my favorite blogs. Now there's a Dungeon Dozen book. My copy has shipped. You should order one. The coupon code WAFFLESSAY20 will get you 20% off until March 31.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Web-based dice roller

I wrote a web-based dice roller suitable for use on your computer or mobile device. It includes those funky DCC dice too. Let me know if you find any bugs.\


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

OD&D reprint preview

WotC released a two page preview of their upcoming OD&D reprint. It's a new typeset that, like their AD&D reprint, largely follows the original. I notice that they added a few ® marks, and changed the "Vol. I" to "Book I".

Running pdfinfo against the preview reports:
Creator:        Adobe InDesign CS5.5 (7.5.3)
Producer:       Adobe PDF Library 9.9
CreationDate:   Tue Sep 24 13:20:06 2013
ModDate:        Tue Sep 24 13:21:00 2013
Tagged:         yes
Pages:          2
Encrypted:      no
Page size:      423 x 603 pts
File size:      61379 bytes
Optimized:      yes
PDF version:    1.7
I'm reasonably pleased with this. I hope, after they sell out the deluxe reprints, WotC releases full downloadable PDF's on dndclassics.com.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Secret Santicore requests due

Secret Santicore requests are due by midnight tonight. Get you request in now!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

OD&D reprint delayed

Amazon alerted me that the Original Dungeons & Dragon reprint has been delayed. The product page now lists the release date at December 17th, although the email from Amazon says they "do not have an estimated delivery date for the item."

I guess I'd rather see it done right than done on time.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gygax on H.G. Wells

James Smith's post alerted me to the existence of a foreword Gary Gygax wrote for H.G. Wells' Little Wars. Here's the portion that touches on D&D:

What a revelation it was when another friend loaned me his copy of Little Wars in the late 1960s. By that time, I was a board wargame devotee and I had played a few tabletop games with military miniatures. To read the rules the author had established for resolving combat made me want to slap my forehead because we had not thought of them.

[...] Nothing would do but playing the original wargame as set forth in the book. This was accomplished with fellow game hobbyist—and thereafter a two-time co-author with me of military miniatures rules books—Jeff Perren. Jeff and I fought several battles, and his accuracy with toothpick artillery rounds proved devastating. But even in defeat, I loved the game.

Consequently, Little Wars influenced my development of both the Chainmail miniatures rules and the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. For example, it established the concept of a burst radius for cannon rounds, an idea that was translated into both Chainmail catapult missile diameters and areas of effect for Fireballs in D&D. [...]

Beyond Little Wars, Wells' treatment of subterranean humans in the Time Machine certainly reinforced my concepts of underground adventure areas other than dungeons (as did Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth and a number of later works of imaginative fiction).

[...]

Gary Gygax
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
March 2004