Saturday, December 12, 2015

Master of the Moon Begins

After long awaiting the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls rules, we've finally started a new campaign.  I am the GameMaster.  I'm hoping to include some play reports and other notes as play develops.  No secret from my players, they will ultimately testing their mettle against Mandrake Castle - a megadungeon I've been mentally working on for a decade now.  The campaign is a tribute to all of my favorite fantasy authors, as well as game scenario writers.  It draws together strands from many T&T-related products and material I've culled from the Internet for almost twenty years now, but most especially Catalyst products like Lejentia, CityBooks, and Maps.  It pays homage to Bob Liddil's setting and his fabulous 30-sided tables and even - dare I admit it here? - two of the massive castle dungeons popular in that other game I hear people talk about sometimes.  Finally, we always name our campaigns after albums and then feature music by that band or artist while we play.  In this case, the name Master of the Moon comes from a Ronnie James Dio album.  His evocative lyrics, be they from Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, solo, or a side project will also be used to inspire people, places, and events that the PCs will encounter.

For clarification - our house rules are a mixture of 5.5, 7.5, and dT&T.  Details may be posted as they become relevant.  My campaign world is called Catalyst, and is based on Ken's Trollworld with my own modifications.  The biggest difference is probably that of Lejentian politics.  The Haansfolk appear in CityBook 3, but I've blended them with Thieves World S'danzo in my campaign.  Dargonaths come from Lejentia, but I've reduced them to only eight clans for a specific purpose, with other tweaks.  Nigira and Fort Bevits also originate in Lejentia.  Most Catalyst books are still available from Flying Buffalo, so you should definitely check out the line if you haven't already.  They are designed to be system neutral, but mesh well with T&T sensibilities.


  1. I look forward to hear about how you have mixed 5th, 7th and 8th ed rules!

  2. Glad to hear it, Andreas. I'll try to post those house rules here as we go through this new campaign.