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The Real DIY Deal: Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord

This “recent and amazing donation to the Play Generated Map and Document Archive (PlaGMaDA) project: A beautiful, hand-made homebrew addition to the classic TSR Against the Giants series” is not news to Boing Boing readers, but it bears repeating.

Image from PlaGMaDA, courtesy of Tim Hutchings and The Scribe.

I had the pleasure of seeing the original (thanks Tim!) and it is indeed a thing of beauty! You can download the whole module thanks to Rended Press, whose awesomeness (like that of retro-clone creators) is in no way diminished by depending on the earlier contributions of the as-yet-untracked-down GJC Modules, The Scribe who donated it to PlaGMaDA, and Tim who thus made it what to our wondering eyes should appear.

Some things that have newsiness:

The first rule of Games that Can’t Be Named is that we don’t talk about Games that Can’t Be Named. No, wait, that’s clearly not true. Maybe it’s that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Anyway astute readers of the comments to that Boing Boing piece will note that Tim mentions that tonight’s Games that Can’t Be Named will be happening in partnership with PlaGMaDA. What does that mean? Will Tim be there and will he have the original “G2-squared” module with him?

Sometimes the veil of secrecy conceals the fact that even I don’t know for sure! What I can say is that we will be at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art on 137 Sullivan St. tonight; next Wednesday, February 1st, we’ll be inaugurating the Brooklyn Strategist‘s new location at 333 Court Street and another game that can’t be named.

Also newsworthy: PlaGMaDA needs your help to bid on an auction of awesome DIY adventures and character sheets from the distant past. Having recently and very entertainingly been schooled in the ways of collectors, I won’t link to the auction itself, lest that drive up the price. However, below is a picture of the goodness in which we will all share if your donation allows PlaGMaDA to make the winning bid.

Tim says the donations page is mostly for people wanting to contribute their gaming maps and documents to the archive, but it does have an email where you can contact him and pledge the financial support that PlaGMaDA needs to make acquisitions like this.


6 Responses to “The Real DIY Deal: Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord”


  1. 1 NUNYA
    January 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

    DONET BLEEV HIM OSR BROHTERS IT ARE A SCRAM! THAIR WHIR NO SCANNRES IN 1981 TO MAIK THIS, THAY WERE LUCKY FOR A INDORE PLUMMING BACK TEHN!!1

    :p
    -NUNYA

  2. 2 NUNYA
    January 26, 2012 at 5:23 am

    ALSOS I TIHNK TAHT IS A STEVEN POAG NEW COVRE!!1

  3. January 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Got to play in Michael Mornard’s OD&D game tonight. At one point we digressed on the subject of level-appropriate encounters, and he said “On the first level of Castle Greyhawk there was a nest of trolls. If you had a dwarf in the party, Gary would tell you that the dwarf recognized the trolls’ tell-tale stench. But if not, and if you strolled right past the increasingly grim piles of bones outside their lair and marched right in, you would all get eaten. That’s just the way it was.”

    Also in one room we were searching for secret doors, and since it was going to take several turns I said “I’m going to go over and spike the door shut so nothing surprises us while we’re in here.” Mike said “Good thinking, you get 100 XP.” This might have caused me to reconsider my opposition to using experience to reward good play directly, except that I was too busy writing it on my sheet and calculating my bonus from a high prime requisite and crowing to the other players “nyah nyah I got XP.”

  4. 4 tim h
    January 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Hey all,

    So PlaGMaDA won the auction mentioned above and it couldn’t have done so without the generous support of some of the folks who visit the Mule, thank you very much.

    I can’t wait to share it all!

    best,

    tim h

  5. January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I occasionally wish I had forced through my plan to name this blog, The Oppidan Moot of the Storm Giant Boss.


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