Gamehole Con 2024

As of today, I’m registered as a guest at Gamehole Con, in Madison, WI, this September. (It’ll take a few days for my bearded mug to show up on the guest page, so in the meantime you’ll have to trust me.) I hope to see you there!

Memories in High Fantasy

I don’t usually get this excited about an item in the mail, but in this case I’ll make an exception.

Back in the previous century, around 1983 to ’84, I came across an even-then obscure RPG titled High Fantasy. It took a decidedly different approach to fantasy role-play, with no “hit points,” injury instead deteriorating your character’s skill percentile scores. Its character types had a distinctly different feel than D&D or TFT. And its solo adventures were perhaps the best I’ve ever seen before or since.

I bought every supplement available—or so I thought.

Last year I stumbled across mention of another book—Goldchester—and went looking for a copy. The only one I could find was on eBay for about $300, not a price I could justify, though sorely tempted.

Then last week I found a copy on Etsy for $50. It seemed worth it for the nostalgia factor alone.

Today, as you can see, it arrived! And I’m transported back to 1983, starting what would be a 2-year campaign in the Free City of Carse (Midkemia Press).

It’s not just a book. It’s memories.

Battle Bookmark KS Launch!

Over the course of the past year, I’ve had many, many requests for further combat rules for the game:

  • “What happens when a group gangs up on someone?”
  • “What about ranged combat?”
  • “When’s a fighter dead?”
  • “Can I run away?” and such.
  • Today, Kickstarter approved a “Make 100” project for a Battle Bookmark to answer those questions and more. I’d appreciate your passing the word, if you would.

Click the Kickstarter image to the right for more info. Thanks!

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