Jun 26, 2019

Dungeoneer Roleplaying Game

For some time I worked on a tabletop roleplaying game version of Dungeoneer. The design got quite far in various directions, but kept hitting some roadblocks. With some frustration the project was set aside, occasionally revisited, but never quite finished.

I still get asked from time to time what has become of the Dungeoneer RPG. So, to answer that question the "beta" version of the RPG is now available as a free download. The book is as much a world bible as it is an RPG, there are lots of interesting bits of lore that tie in with the flavor text on the Dungeoneer cards. If you are interested in getting your own PDF copy you can download it on DriveThruRPG.

Here is the link:

Adventures in Tarnys

Jun 25, 2019

Vision Map 2019

A while back I posted a Vision Map of OSR projects I'm working on. My original goal was to finish them in 2018, but that was a bit ambitious. Here it is halfway through 2019 and how are these projects coming along?
I went through the various documents and artwork to see where things are at. I have a terrible habit, instead of working serial: one project at a time until completion, I tend to work parallel: jumping from project to project as whim and inspiration comes along. So here is a visualization of where these parallel projects are at. The good news is two of them have been completed! Beasties II and Knight Hawks.

If you are interested in any of these and want to see their development, and even help in playtests and early previews you can sign up for my Patreon and get access, along with other rewards. Patreon.com/ThomasDenmark

Jun 24, 2019

The Origin of the Basic D&D "Known World" or Mystara Setting

Black Gate got a great scoop on the origin of Mystara, the default fantasy campaign setting for basic D&D.

Lawrence Schick says:
In early ’74 Tom [Moldvay] came back from an SF convention with Dungeons & Dragons in its original white box edition. He DMed a session, I DMed a session, and suddenly we knew what we were going to create together: a fantasy world setting for D&D.
We were both nuts about Clark Ashton Smith, Tom was a Michael Moorcock and Philip José Farmer fanatic, while I could quote chapter and verse from the works of Jack Vance and Fritz Leiber. So we knew what we wanted to create: a single world setting that would enable us to simulate the fictional realities of these, our favorite authors.
Read the full text here:


Knight Hawks, the first expansion for Colonial Troopers

Knight Hawks, the first expansion for my sci-fi game Colonial Troopers has been released. I made a fun cheesy little promo video to give you the gist of what the book is about. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/280570/Colonial-Troopers-Knight-Hawks