Saturday August 29 2015: the first (and only?) store signing of the entire Fellowship for Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls was held at Game Depot. A bunch of Kickstarter pledgers came from as far away as Tucson (over 90 miles) to pick up their rulebooks, solos, GM adventures, dice, coins. pencils, maps, posters and any other items they were due.
Turnout was great and also included long-time players of T&T along with brand new fans who got a chance to really discover just how fun Tunnels & Trolls can be. Ken St. Andre and Bear Peters both ran demo games that ran for about five hours. As old players left, (or were killed) new players were added to the same adventure to keep the fun going.
Besides lots of signing, Liz did sketches and spoke about the process of how the deluxe T&T evolved. She also had some of her art from MAGIC and other projects on display. Rick kept track of sales and organized the giving of the Kickstarter items, while Steven answered questions about future plans and showed off the Grimtooth’s Ultimate Collection (he had one advance copy) That collection of the five Traps books also includes work by the entire Fellowship.
There was also cake, veggies, free prizes, some giveaways and lots of remembrances of the early days of T&T from both the Fellowship and the fans. A few of the attendees had even been employees of the Flying Buffalo at one time or another.
In fact the Game Depot was once the Flying Buffalo Game Store and current owner Dave Pettit was in fact the manager at Flying Buffalo’s store before he bought it from Rick about thirty years ago. It’s a tribute to Dave and his wife that they have had such a successful game store for so long. We like to thank them for inviting us over for the grand dT&T unveiling!
If you visit the Tempe area in Arizona be sure to stop by the GAME DEPOT at Southern Palms Shopping Center, 3136 S McClintock Dr #11, Tempe, AZ 85282. They have a full selection of all sorts of card, board, RPG, war games in 3500 sq ft. For more info call them at: 480-966-4727. I’m afraid we ate all the cake, but they still have plenty of games left!