The Purpose of this Blog

Here I will be documenting the Solitaire adventures that I generate randomly and resolve using Tunnels & Trolls (7.5)  or Pendragon rules. I may change the rules used, at whim, and I might even stray from the Arthurian theme.

I will also be posting pictures of Fantasy miniatures that I paint, maybe some random  thoughts on RPGs and some rules adaptations.

I first read a version of the Arthur story in 1979 when I was 11. I bought Pendragon 1e when it came out but neither ran nor played it. I bought many Pendragon 3e supplements in the mid 90s when I ran a short lived Prince Valiant RPG campaign. This particular experiment  started as an attempt to play through the GrailQuest (Metagaming) microquest game using TFT but eventually I decided that a system like T&T (which I had run in the early 90s for a while) would work better. Still, there is as much of Grail Quest and Pendragon in these games as anything else. Maybe someday I'll actually run somebody else in this...

The main criteria for success in this project is if I can generate a fun and interesting ongoing campaign using very short episodes. I must be able to run through a complete and narratively fufilling episode in under an hour.Thus it is suited to systems that are less Tactical and rely on Opposed resolutions (such as T&T and Pendragon).

Game SourcesTunnels & Trolls 7.5e, Grail Quest (Metagaming), Monsters! Monsters!, King Arthur Pendragon 5e, Great Pendragon Campaign, Legends of Excalibur, Prince Valiant: the Storytelling Game, 

Literary Sources: Rosemary Sutcliff's 3 volume retelling of L'Mort d'Arthur (Sword and the Circle, Light Beyond the Forest, Road to Camlann), Arthurian Companion by Phyllis Ann Karr (2e),

T&T Jargon: References to rolling a "SR" mean rolling a Savings Throw. Unlike D&D Savings Throws are very much at the heart of T&T and in other games would be referred to as an Attribute Check or Skill Check. The Mechanic is simple, the player rolls 2d6 and adds the relevant attribute (or Trait) score. Doubles are re-rolled and the total is cumulative. The total is then compared to a Level rating  which must be met or exceeded. (First Level  is 20, Second Level is 25, etc.)