The Long trek nears its end as the Fellowship gets to Mt Doom and drops the ring into the fires.

The Long trek nears its end as the Fellowship gets to Mt Doom and drops the ring into the fires.

By the Fellowship of the Troll

Today we can officially announce that the finished text for the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls book is complete! This is a MAJOR milestone in the process. Everything Liz needed to write, revise, edit, and game-develop has been turned over to Steve for final layout. This includes the Core Rules, the Magic Section, the Trollworld section, the GM adventure and the Solo adventure — parts you’ve seen before now. The last bits completed were the Elaborations (which includes the many other non-human kindreds as player characters) and Liz’s city of Knor.

It looks like the book is going to be over 300 pages! You’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth.

“But when will it be out!?!” Of course that’s the question you want answered most!

Continuity checks and final proofing still need to be done. Liz is finishing up the cover painting and the last of the interior illustrations that were commissioned. Steve has been an ironman working on the layout and graphics. We hope to go to press by the end of February and start shipping the books by the end of March! Is that a guarantee? NO, but we are in the final stages of getting this book out to the world. If this were the Lord of the Rings movie, where we’re at right now would be the equivalent of having dropped the ring into Mt Doom.  All that’s left is getting rid of the orcs and returning to the Shire in one piece. (At least that is how THIS Fellowship sees it).

What Liz did was in many ways similar to her work on the vaunted fifth edition, but on a much bigger scale. As editor and game developer, she has had a fairly thankless task. If she does a great job, no one will know (as is the case with any editor of a book). Yet anything people don’t like about the game will probably get laid at her door.Ken has been incredibly supportive of the team throughout this long process, perhaps the most patient person of all. He wrote and turned in the draft rules, participated in discussions, and then had to wait (and wait) while everything was further analyzed, revised, poked and prodded by a gang of fans, friends, and pros alike. In the end, we believe the game still holds true to his vision for Deluxe T&T, raised to a high polish both in the written content and visually. It should become the summit of the T&T rules pantheon.

Stay with us just a little longer.

— The Fellowship of the Troll

“From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak I fought with the Balrog of Morgoth… Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountain side… Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time… The stars wheeled overhead, and every day was as long as a life age of the earth… But it was not the end. I felt life in me again. I’ve been sent back until my task is done.”

“My task is still not yet done, but its ending beckons to me from the horizon…”     Gandalf –  Lord of the Rings  

Categories: Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls, Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls News, fantasy role-playing games, game design, Trollworld | 5 Comments

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5 thoughts on “MAJOR DT&T ACHIEVEMENT!

  1. Duane Robertson

    Good work. You guys rock!

  2. Mike Jarvis

    Fantastic. There’s a big smile over here.

  3. SSCrompton

    Thanks all – I’m working on the layout everyday. Got the Monster kindred chart done yesterday, moving on to the monster kindred descriptions today…

  4. What would this book – when it finally launches – be likely cost for someone whom missed the Kickstarter, or would it even be available to non-backers at all?

  5. SSCrompton

    Clovis – I guarantee that you WILL be able to buy the new dT&T rulebook when it comes out. There will be a softcover and a hardcover edition that will be available. We aren’t sure on the prices yet – its going to depend on the final printing costs, but it will be similar to other large gamebook prices. The book is over 300 pages, and we plan to make it be roughly 8.5 x 11 in size. Hope that helps.

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