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Sewers of Oblivion returns and the Crown of Klade Challange is on!

In this Blog we have two breaking T&T stories to tell you about, so let’s get to it…

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First up is the surprise announcement about Sewers of Oblivion. As part of the Elven Lords Kickstarter, the Fellowship of the Troll just added the updating and release of this sequel to City of Terrors.  Written by Mike Stackpole and chock full of art by Liz Danforth, Sewers of Oblivion will be updated for dT&T and will be published in printed form and as a PDF.  Its available during the Kickstarter for $10 if you just buy it, or for only $8 if you also buy Elven Lords. After the Kickstarter, Sewers will go up to the $12-$14 price range.  The Kickstarter ends on Feb 12th, so hurry if you want to get in on this opportunity to get either of these long out of print solo adventures.  The latest rumor also hints that for the first time ever, one of these books may include a map of the City of Gull.

Due to demand from fans, the Fellowship also added another version of the color edition of Elven Lords so that those who missed out on the 100 Limited books that were initially offered.  (They sold out in 7 hours!)  So now you can get a color book.  Below are three versions of Elven Lords that are now available, but hurry as the Kickstarter ends soon…
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Next on the T&T Adventures App front, MetaArcade has announced upgrades, new achievements and art enhancements to the entire Crown of Klade Campaign.  These are a series of connected solo adventures that are specially made to allow new characters to be able to improve and level up their character within a larger story arc.  The adventures take you across the upper Northeastern part of the continent of Rrr’lff. (See map below)
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To launch these enhancements, they’ve announced a contest that challenges players to create a new character and run them through the upgraded adventures in search of  new achievements and to see if they can find any bugs.  Ten players have a chance to win signed solo adventures from Flying Buffalo including Buffalo Castle, Gamesmen of Kasar and Blue Frog Tavern/Sword for Hire. Anyone can play (for free) and anyone who plays can win.  Details are posted on their blog HERE.

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OK that’s it for now.  I’ll have another update soon on further developments or T&T announcements.  There’s a lot going on right now, all over the world…

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T&T Elven Lords solo Kickstarter!

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Hello all, Well today I was going to use this space to announce our new Kickstarter for the Deluxe color reprint of Elven Lords, a rare solo adventure written by Mike Stackpole and illustrated by Liz Danforth back in 1990.  I was going to tell you about all the amazing new color art by Liz Danforth (some of it colored by me) and the new adventure paths written by Mike Stackpole that will add new art and adventures to this classic solo that few have ever seen, but many have heard rumors of.
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I was also going to ask you to help us get that color version published by going to our Kickstarter page and pledge to buy one of the deluxe color books.

But I can’t.

Uhhh… well,  you see we sold out of all 100 of the color versions within 7 hours of us starting the Kickstarter!  All 100 of those have been sold! They are gone!

But Fear not, you can still buy the full color PDF or the black & white version of that solo which has a color cover and all the story and art that the deluxe book has, except it is  b&w. art instead of the color art.  It will probably be 48 pages and a bunch of it will be newly written by Mike Stackpole.  There are also be new art by Liz and the stats will be upgraded for Deluxe T&T by Ken St Andre.  Flying Buffalo is the publisher and Steve Crompton will be coloring and putting all the graphics together. So its a virtual reunion of the Fellowship.

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So while there is still time, go take a look at our kickstarter, find out more about Elven Lords and see what part of it you want to be a part of.  There are other items available there as well, and we will be announcing a stretch goal  or two soon.

Let us know your thoughts and suggestions below…

 

 

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New Releases for T&T: Now & 2018!

Things have been busy in the T&T Universe at the moment and its time for an update!  If you are already a regular visitor to the T&T Facebook page, you may have already had hints of what is coming out and what lies ahead for 2018.  Now we are going to collect it all together as our December update, so here we go…

T&T ADVENTURES JAPAN: was solicited to the distributors and they have added it to their releases for stores in the first month or two of 2018. What is it?  Something truly unique!  Here are the details…

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From the pages of T&T Adventures Magazine in Japan, comes this collection of Solitaire Adventures, Game Master Scenarios and FRPG Manga all translated into English and with the original Japanese illustrations and maps. PLUS T&T creator Ken St Andre has developed a mini-version of the rules especially created for this book, These T&T mini-rules will allow first-time players to be able to roll up and start playing in just minutes. This is the perfect book for new RPG players and a must-have for fans of all things Japanese or any T&T player!

T&T Adventures Japan is 60 pages and includes the T&T mini rules, 4 pre-rolled characters, blank character sheets, a treasure generator, 2 GM adventures, a solitaire adventure and two manga comics that explore a bit of the T&T world the players are about to enter. It retails for $15.95.  If you want to get a copy you can order it RIGHT NOW from your local store or online rpg retailer.

 

MEANWHILE, WE ARE RELEASING OUR FIRST NEW T&T GM ADVENTURE IN OVER 20 YEARS!  Yep, that’s right, Flying Buffalo is releasing VAULTS of K’HORROR, a gothic-horror fantasy adventure for Game Masters.  This will probably be out in March.

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VAULTS of K’HORROR: The road between Khizil and Khazan is fraught with danger, for this is the shunned, dark land of the Skeleton Men, These creatures of darkness once thrived in an empire built above and below the areas surrounding the now deserted city of K’horror. Rumor says that Sorcerer Kings and Vampire Lords still dwell beneath the ruined city. Pass through whilst the sun remains high but linger not after twilight, for as darkness falls and ghostly shadows fall menacingly across the ruins, evil spreads throughout the city of K’horror once more.  Of course, where ancient and powerful beings still dwell, mighty treasure and magic can be found. Your adventurers have met someone who knows a way into the Vaults of K’horror.  Are they brave enough to enter?

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This new gothic horror fantasy GM adventure by A.K. Holmes includes full-color maps and is close to 60 pages long.  With illustrations & maps by Simon Tranter and Steve Crompton.  As a bonus, the book also includes a brand new K’horror mini-solo adventure, written by Ken St Andre that connects to the GM adventure.  Price: $15.95

 

T&T APP NOW PLAYABLE WORLD WIDE!
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BIG NEWS! MetaArcade have made the T&T App available in regions around the world! This should come as great news for T&T fans waiting to play the game in Europe, Japan, and other areas in need of a quick adventure! In fact, they are releasing the game (in English only, for now) everywhere outside of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Macau. So if you haven’t done so already, visit the iTunes or Google Play store, download the app, and join in on an adventures!

They have also released an updated version of the App – T&T Adventures 2.0 which makes play a bit easier and adds some more features, and they have released 3 more solo adventures that are part of a larger campaign called the Crown of Klade. Visit MetaArcade’s news site for more info and details on how to play and join in the action. (And remember you can play it all for FREE!)

That’s it for now – have a great holiday and remember that T&T might make a great present for someone this season. Let us know your thoughts on all these developments below…

 

 

 

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Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes and Dave Arneson’s Case of the Pacific Clipper Solo now on Drive-thru!

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All the Tunnels & Trolls activity in recent years has also rekindled interest in T&T’s  Pulp fiction spin-off rpg, Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes. Based on the T&T system, this rpg in the contemporary setting of the 20th century covered everything from the Victorian Era to the near future. MSPE (as it came to be known) gave players the means to use a wide variety of guns and other modern era devices and have adventures on the streets of cities like London, New York and Istanbul.

Written by best selling author Michael Stackpole and released in 1983, MSPE was well-received by reviewers who liked its Talent based skill system, which allowed players to customize their characters with sophisticated skills like Electrician, Mathematics or Nuclear Physics. (The talent idea was eventually adapted and used in later editions of Tunnels & Trolls.)

Since the end of the dT&T Kickstarter in 2015, fans have been asking for new MSPE products or to at least make the game and its adventures available on Drive Thru. So last month we finally got the 110 pg MSPE rulebook on Drive Thru and the response was tremendous. If you’re interested you can see its listing here.

This month we decided to release what could be MSPE’s most interesting adventure, Mugshots 1: The Case of the Pacific Clipper, written by none other than the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, Dave Arenson.  Dave had become good friends with Flying Buffalo owner Rick Loomis. Both of them were targets of Gary Gygax’s ire, and socially joined forces.  Dave was a huge fan of pulp era adventures and when Rick asked if he’d like to write a short solo adventure for Mugshots, Dave gladly accepted and in fact ended up writing a 330 paragraph magnum opus.  He also added notes and sketched up some maps so that you can run the solo as a GM adventure.

Mugshots 1: The Case of the Pacific Clipper is a pulp era adventure that takes place in 1937.  It starts in the San Francisco office of a hard-boiled detective and ends up on a secret island base of a would-be world conqueror. This book has a great solitaire adventure and GM material for the adventure in the back of the book along with 20 NPC characters that you use in the adventure as well.  The book was illustrated by Steven S Crompton and the use of his stippling style matched the 1930’s era  adventure quite well. For the Drive-thru version Steven has redone the cover and enhanced a bunch of the art in the book including some of the maps. (If you own the hard copy, you can go through and compare it to the PDF version.)  He also added a special blank MSPE Character sheet.

Adventure of the Jade Jaguar, a solo adventure in the steamy jungles of South America by Michael Stackpole is also available on Drive thru.

There are also rumors of some new MSPE books in the works, but more about that in a future blog post.  Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes or Dave Arneson’s adventure.

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T&T App goes into high gear as MetaArcade releases multiple titles!

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MetaArcade’s T&T adventures App announces their latest remastered adventure: MISTYWOOD.

Anyone can play Mistywood by downloading the free Tunnels & Trolls™ Adventures app, available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. There, you can use your Gems to unlock the adventure on your account—allowing you to play it as often, as many times, and on as many devices as you’d like—or you can try it for free using Hearts earned in the app by watching ads.

Mistywood’s story:  On the run from your pursuers, you are forced to face the perils of the deep and dangerous forest. Will you conquer your fears and emerge victorious, or get lost amidst the horrors that live within?

And just a few weeks ago MetaArcade announced the latest, largest, and most challenging Tunnels & Trolls™ adventure to date: OVERKILL.

Overkill is built on the original work of New York Times bestselling author and veteran Tunnels and Trolls writer, Michael A. Stackpole, and is a Level 15+ adventure with 13 unique ways to emerge victorious, 10 new achievements, and serious challenges for your most well-equipped heroes.  This solo has been out of print for over 20 years and is still unavailable from Flying Buffalo, so unless you can find an old copy, you can only play it on the App.

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In August they launched with five adventures: Naked Doom, Buffalo Castle, Golden Dust Red Death, Seven Ayes, and Grimtina’s Guard. MetaArchade’s plan is to release new adventures regularly, and they are on track to have, Stop Thief! by Michael A. Stackpole, added to the catalog. (this happened in September.)

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MetaArcade’s goal is to release larger, more immersive adventures like Overkill every few weeks—stories that offer more choices, more ways to die, and more challenges to overcome. They also want to spend more time talking with players about Tunnels & Trolls Adventures and their plans for the Adventure Creator, which will allow anyone to build and publish adventures of their own design.

Don’t miss out on the chance to play this amazing phone app version of T&T which includes art and sound effects  as you explore strange and potentially dangerous places in TrollWorld.  We of the Fellowship and Flying Buffalo are very proud and excited about the amazing progress and developments that MetaArcade has been making on the T&T Adventures App and can’t wait to see where it goes next! And did we tell you – its totally FREE to play, so what are you waiting for?  Give it a try today!

Get it free on iTunes           or            Get it Free in the Google Play store 

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NAKED DOOM is back and just about any way you want it!

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After a 15 year absence, Ken St. Andre’s Deluxe Naked Doom was re-released at Gen Con 50.  Not only that, but it’s better than ever.  This long-out-of-print solitaire adventure now contains additional storylines, choices, a map and new dT&T options added by Ken St. Andre. Plus new art by Liz Danforth, Rob Carver and Steve Crompton.  Liz Danforth drew a whole series of new artwork especially for Naked Doom and the images are gorgeous. (See the image below for a look a few of them).

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Here’s what Naked Doom is about (for those of you who have never played it) : They caught you…and you’re in trouble now. The City of Khazan does not believe in coddling criminals, and now you must run the Royal Khazan Gauntlet of Criminal Retribution and Rehabilitation. You are taken into the catacombs, beneath the Khazan Courthouse, and stripped of all clothing, jewelry, weapons, amulets, and other devices. If you can make your way through the series of tunnels and caves that lie ahead, you will escape with your life – and if you’re lucky, treasure!

The printed and pdf version of Naked Doom now includes a new side adventure where you meet the witch who has been on the cover since 1982.  Now you can find out what she up to in Naked Doom and who her allies are.  Will she be friend or foe?  That depends on your choices…

And to make it even more exciting, you can now play Naked Doom in a variety of formats.  You can buy the printed solo adventure from Flying Buffalo  or on Amazon.  You can also download the original and the new version at Drive thrurpg.com and you can now play Naked Doom on your phone using the free T&T Adventures App from MetaArcade.

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On the T&T Adventures Phone App a lot of the Classic Rob Carver art was digitally painted and enhanced by Steve Crompton, which gives this art a whole new look and feel that makes them pop right out of your phone or notebook device.  The App also has music and sound effects to further enhance the feel of exploring the depths of what lies beneath  the City of Khazan.  The T&T Adventures phone app also has numerous other T&T solos you can play right on your phone all for FREE.  If you haven’t tried this yet, go to Google play or itunes and search for Tunnels & Trolls adventures. If you’ve played Naked Doom “back in the day” you are still missing out if you don’t try it now!

However you play this new edition of Naked Doom  – let us know your thoughts below…

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Rick, Liz, Bear & Steve will be at GenCon 50! Get your dT&T items signed by 4/5th of the Fellowship!

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GEN CON 50 ANNOUNCEMENTS:  With just a few days to go until the Convention in Indianpolis, there’s no better time than now to let you know who will be at the Flying Buffalo booth and what NEW products we’ll have a for you.  Let’s start with WHO will be there with a direct quote from Buffalo’s leader, Rick Loomis…

“Hey, friends: most of the members of The Fellowship will be at Gen Con 50, hanging out at booth 509 (in the front near Paizo). If you are going to Gen Con here is your chance to meet me, Liz, Bear, and Steve. (Ken isn’t planning to come to this one). Here is your chance to meet us, and get something signed. If you buy it at our booth, there is no charge for an autograph, and we will give you a special sticker we made up that says “Purchased from Flying Buffalo at Gen Con 50″. (Actually we made up 4 different stickers, so you need to buy four items to get all the stickers. And if we run out of stickers, I got a rubber stamp made!) We have paperback editions of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls, First Edition Reprints, Buffalo Castle, Dungeon of the Bear, Naked Doom, Grimtooth’s Traps, Citybooks, and much more.”

Meet the team, ask questions, see the new products and get their autographs.  Its a rare event when this many of the Fellowship is all in one place, so be sure to stop by.

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NEW PRODUCTS AT THE SHOW: Our big release for Gen Con 50 is the updated return of NAKED DOOM, a T&T solo adventure that has been out of print for over 15 years.  This new edition includes new side adventures, updated dT&T stats, a map of Naked Doom and more player options. All written by none-other-than T&T creator Ken St Andre. PLUS the book now has brand new art by Liz Danforth, Rob Carver & Steve Crompton, along with the classic Carver art that appeared in Naked Doom.

dT&T 2nd printing. Yep we SOLD OUT of the 1st printing of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls and printed another batch of those. So if you haven’t gotten the highly acclaimed Deluxe T&T Rules, you still have the opportunity to do so. And at GenCon, you’ll be able to get your copies signed by 4/5th of the Fellowship of the Troll, the team that slaved away for 2 years to create the book. So step right up and bring your T&Ts.

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See a Preview of T&T ADVENTURES JAPAN.  With the huge success if dT&T over in Japan, there is now a T&T magazine being published over there, and we thought it would be great to take some of the solos and GM adventures the Japanese have created and publish them in English, using the art and layouts from the Japanese magazine. You’ll be able to see just what this new exciting project is going to look like when you stop by the booth. We plan to release this book to stores, and to make it even easier to use, we are going to include a mini-version of the T&T rules with the book, so that even brand new players will be able to get this item, roll up characters and start playing. Both long-time and brand new rpgers are going to want to check this out as it includes T&T manga, mini-solos, GM adventures and  the T&T mini-rules – all never before published in the US. Find out what all the buzz in Japan is all about!

And of course there’s the official release of the T&T Adventures App from MetaArcade. They’ll be in the booth right next to Flying Buffalo letting you demo the game, get free goodies and helping you get the T&T app on your phone  right there at the con. To make it even better – the app and the game are FREE. The only reason you shouldn’t get this App is if you don’t have the right kind of phone. (See our last blog post for more details!)

OK that’s if for now. Maybe we’ll see you at Gen Con…

 

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T&T APP to make it official Launch at GenCon 50!

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Since the Tunnels & Trolls App development was announced at Gen Con Last year it is only fitting to the apps next step will be at Gen Con as well. Coinciding with the first day of Gen Con 50 in Indianapolis, MetaArcade will launch our first game,Tunnels & Trolls™ Adventures, on the App Store and Google Play on August 17th!

In over 40 years since its inception, Trollworld has grown rich in lore and story. With Tunnels & Trolls Adventures, we aim to bring these classic stories to life, launching with many remastered solo adventures beyond Naked Doom andBuffalo Castle. But these iconic adventures are only part of the overall vision: from here, we’ll be working to launch our Adventure Creator, and let you create and publish your own sword and sorcery adventures in the world of Tunnels & Trolls. Stay tuned for more news on that front!

For those of you attending Gen Con – we would love to meet you in person! Come visit us at Booth #509 to chat with the team and pick up some new Tunnels & Trolls Adventures swag.  You can also meet 4/5 of the Fellowship of the Troll, (the team that developed Deluxe T&T)  Including Rick Loomis, Liz Danforth, Bear Peters and Steve Crompton.  Get your books signed and find see a preview of the new secret project they are working on.

Flying Buffalo will also be there selling the printed version of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls, its numerous solitaire & GM adventures and its other well-known titles like Grimtooth’s Traps, Nuclear War Card Games, Lost Worlds and more.

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Classic 5th Edition T&T now on Drive-Thru Rpg

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Restored 5th Edition cover uses high-res scan of Liz Danforth’s original painting.

Due to the continued interest in Old School Rpgs, and their historical significance, (not to mention demands from the the fans), we are issuing the classic 5th edition of Tunnels & Trolls as a downloadable PDF, so if you didn’t get a copy back in the good old days now you can finally get it. This is first time the 5th edition has been made available in this format and it will join the 1st edition rules along with Deluxe T&T at Drive thru RPG. (Search for Flying Buffalo from the main page) 

Partial thanks is due to a long series of articles about 1st edition T&T and how it compares to to the later T&T editions and D&D. Here is a link to the first article in that series, which is a great read if you really want to discover the origins and the innovations that our very own Ken St Andre created.

Here’s the Drive thru description: Tunnels & Trolls is the 2nd oldest role-playing game and has been in print since 1976. This 100 page PDF contains the classic and widely popular 5th edition of T&T. This is the version that most people remember and used from 1979 to 2003. Like most rpgs you play this with a GM and a group of players. Play is quick and streamlined and T&T has more emphasis on role-playing and less on charts and reference books. All the rules you need are in this book and there is even a small GM adventure in this book you can use. The other unique aspect of T&T is that it’s one of the few rpgs you can play solitaire. There are well over 50 solo adventures available, including 26 published by Flying Buffalo. (Many of them are on Drive-thru.)

Download a copy of the classic version of T&T and find out how the game progressed or just to play it “the old school way.” Everything inside this pdf is the same as the original printing (even the ads are the same). However the front and back cover were enhanced a little (see pictures.)

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Back cover: The text remains the same, but the background is a little more interesting.

Let us know your memories of 5th edition T&T in the comments section.

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ARENA of KHAZAN RETURNS!

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After being out of print for over 20 years, a restored and enhanced Deluxe edition of Arena of Khazan is now been published by Flying Buffalo. Once again, players will be able to test their fighting skills on the blood-soaked sands of the arena of legend.  This time, Ken St. Andre has expanded the adventure to allow for character talents, more spells, the human saving roll re-roll and even enchanted weapons. Arena of Khazan is also one of the few solitaire adventures that will let you bring in ANY character type or level. (even your 21st level were-dragon!)  Also added are 10 pre-rolled opponents for some of the random battles and 10 pre-rolled characters that you can use as fighters in the arena. (Manage your own team of gladiators!)  The text and charts have been relaid out and looks sharper and is easier to use than ever.

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Besides the play improvements, this solo contains all the original art, and enhanced cover by the late Marvel artist Gene Day.  One of the most unique art related things about Arena of Khazan is that all 20 of the original interior illustrations were done by Peter Laird who became the very well-known co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Peter did only two or three RPG books before he hit the big-time, and we are proud to bring this rare collection of his pre-Ninja Turtles art back to life. This new edition also contains additional illustrations by Buffalo’s own artist Steven Crompton.  Plus there’s a map of Khazan and the Dragon continent.

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Here’s how the solo is described on the back cover: “Khazan, capital city of the Empire of Khazan is also sometimes known as the City of Death. It takes its name and reputation from its ruler Lerotra’hh the Death Empress of Khazan. Khazan was founded and built by a mighty wizard of the same name. It flourished under his benevolent rule for 666 years until it was attacked by the Orcish and Trollish hordes of Lerotra’hh. Khazan is one of the largest cities on the continent of Rrr’lff with a sizable population of Orcs, Trolls, Ogres, Dwarves, and other beings generally considered as Monsters by the human inhabitants of such places as Khosht. But the reign of terror has mellowed over the years until now most of the bloodletting takes place in the Arena. This Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls solitaire is open to all types and levels of individual characters, whether elf, dwarf or minotaur, wizard rogue or warrior. Just remember, the more you fight in the arena, the tougher will be the foes sent against you.”

WHERE TO GET IT:
You can buy Arena of Khazan directly from Flying Buffalo.com

Arena of Khazan is also available at this page at Amazon.com

If you want to get a PDF of Arena, its available at DriveThruRPG.com. (Just search for Flying Buffalo under publishers.)

As always, we invite your comments and thoughts on this latest release! By the way today (April 28th) is Ken St. Andre’s birthday. so what better day than this one to release one of his favorite solos?  The Trollgod is 496 years old, so let’s celebrate by giving our lives in the Arena of Khazan!

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