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Vaults of K’Horror Kickstarter!

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West of Khazan along the southern coast lie the blighted lands of the Skeleton Men. They had their own empire, ruled by sorcerer kings who fell into dark practices that turned them into vampire lords. That empire fell when the great wizards of Trollworld banded together to stop the vampiric plague spreading out from the city of K’horror.  But the vampire lords were not completely destroyed. They retreated underground to hidden tombs and vaults, leaving their surviving subjects to exist as best they could in the ruins above. Now the undead threat is rising again…  

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We are announcing today a new Kickstarter for our first GM adventure in many years! Vaults of K’Horror is a full-size 40 to 80 page gamemaster adventure complete with maps, characters and background material for Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls. All the main art, text maps and graphics for this book are completed and ready to go to press. We are adding some stretch goals, which includes a Vaults of K’Horror based 19 page solo adventure, customized mini-rules, and a signed bookplate.  The only thing still left to do is a collection of NPCs submitted by the Kickstarter backers, and a backers honor list, but other than that, we are ready to send this project to the printers, so the wait time for you getting this new book is going to be minimal.  (See all the details on our Kickstarter page, which is now live!)

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This GM adventure is written by Long-time UK T&T creator Andy Holmes with art by Simon Tranter & Steven Crompton. T&T Creator Ken St Andre has edited the adventure and assured the dT&T stats and numbers. Ken has written the K’Horror solo that may go in the book.  Vaults of K’Horror is being published by Flying Buffalo.
Here is the 2 minute video for the project that reveals lots of art from the book including the pending solo adventure and the minirules.

We hope you’ll join us on this grand, gothic adventure into the darker realms of Trollworld and help bring to life another chapter in Tunnels & Trolls history.  Visit our Kickstarter page and place your pledge today to reserve your copy of Vaults of K’Horror! Visit the Kickstarter here! 

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T&T companies team up for BIG Free RPG Day Push

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Since 2007 Free RPG Day has distributed free games and modules to Game stores all over the United States and over the years, Flying Buffalo has participated at various times to one degree or another, but this year is different. This year three different T&T producers and two Fellowship members have teamed up to give T&T its biggest push ever for Free Game Day.

Flying Buffalo, Meta Arcade, Japan’s Group SNE, Graphic designer Steve Crompton and T&T creator Ken St. Andre have teamed up to create a special Free Game Day version of the popular T&T Adventures Japan book that includes the T&T Mini-Rules and a brand new solo adventure by Ken St Andre all fully illustrated with art from Japan including a new, gorgeous cover. The team is printing over 7000 copies of this special 28 page book which also includes information about MetaArcade’s T&T Adventures Phone App.
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Distributing 7000 copies on Free RPG Day is the Gold Level and means that 700 stores across the US will get 10 copies each of T&T Adventures book to give away to gamers. This will expose thousands of potentially new players to the T&T RPG and the idea that solitaire role-playing can be a lot of fun.
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Over the many years T&T has been in print a common story is told by players; “I found T&T in a game store and because I didn’t know a lot of other players I did the solo adventures and became a big fan of the game.” The team is hoping to reproduce that same effect 7000 more times. And since the book’s genre and look is Japan anime style, we think it will attract a lot of new, younger players. And having the Mini T&T rules fit on 14 pages with manga art will make it very easy for new players to try out the game.  The book also let’s players know what the full dT&T Rulebook contains if they want to really want to try out the Deluxe version of the game.

Flying Buffalo is publishing and shipping the Free RPG Day book. MetaArcade is helping to pay for some of the printing and has an article and cover gallery of 12 of its App adventures. Group SNE donated the art for this book including the brand new cover painting. Ken St Andre wrote and donated a brand new Japan-themed solitaire adventure for the book. Steve Crompton did all the graphic design/layout for free and helped bring the team together for the project.

Free RPG day is Saturday, June 16th 2018.  We are hoping that experienced T&T players will help the newbies and show them how to play face to face.  So try to arrange a T&T demo game at your local store during this time and use the Free RPG Day book as a way to teach new players. At the very least, be sure to get a copy to give to a friend who you think would like to play T&T. Is this an ingenious plan to promote T&T, or are we just plain crazy? Let us know what you think of this audacious plan below.

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The dT&T HARDBACK is BACK – We have them in house and ready to ship!


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You’ve asked us for dT&T hardback and now we have them again! As many of you know, last year we reprinted the dT&T softback books. Almost of those are sold out. Meanwhile we still have a lot of fans that really wanted to get the Hardcover edition, but missed out on the Kickstarter, so this time we have reprinted the Hardcovers and they just came back from the printers today!

These new hardbacks are exactly the same as the previous edition and include the  shiny color hard cover, 16 page color section and are still 386 pages.  No changes have been made to the text, so the rules are the same as the last printing.  There is ONE difference – the map on the inside covers is now printed in dark green ink instead of dark brown. (All the other pages are black & white except for the 16 page full color section.) We did this so that it is easy to know if you have a first print or second print edition of the hardback.  We chose green, as it matches the green fade on the color pages and the green color scheme of Liz’ Danforth’s splendid cover painting.

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Note the new green inside cover color. An easy way to tell if this is a new printing.

And this time there is NO Kickstarter or long wait – we have have the books back from the printers and we have them ready to ship to you TODAY.  You can order them direct from Flying Buffalo or from eBay We will also be shipping them to a bunch of the game distributors, so be sure to ask your local game store to order some copies as well.

The other great news is that we did NOT have to raise the price, so these will still be available for same price as before – $60.

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We can also confirm that the new Flying Buffalo T&T GM adventure book Vault of K’Horror will be released as a Kickstarter in the near future,  We haven’t released a stand alone GM adventure in over 20 years, and we just have no idea what the demand is. We can think of no better way than with a Kickstarter.  More details on this project in the next Blog.  We can tell you, that this book is totally done and that at the end of the Kickstarter we will be able to send this book to the printer  the very next day.  This will substantially reduce the wait time for KS backers and fans!

Meanwhile at METAARCADE…

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Last week MetaArcade released Sewers of Oblivion for the T&T Adventures App.  It has a new cover and some new adventure paths, but it is very much the classic Michael Stackpole classic solo adventure only now with more art, sound effects and that cool dice rolling effect!  Go to their Blog to see the latest news and more details about their adventure on the Isle of Gull, Plus find out about their Adventure Creator Pilot program, which will allow T&T App fans to create their own adventures and lets other players try out.

Stay tuned – we’ll have some more exciting announcements soon.  Meanwhile let us know your thoughts about the latest news in the T&T Universe

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T&T Adventures Japan is Released Get it Now!

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Yes, after lots of hints and previews, the translated version of some T&T adventures and manga from the Japanese TtT magazine is now available!  Fans have been clamoring for an English version of some of this material, and Flying Buffalo has found a way to make it happen.

This new 60 page book contains  2 manga stories, 11 pages of T&T Mini-Rules, 4 pre-rolled characters, 2 blank character sheets, 2 beginning GM adventures, a solo adventure and additional info about Japan and dT&T.  Virtually all the art is directly from the Japanese T&T Magazine and the layout tries to emulate the look as well, even using the same borders. There is also a full-color gallery of covers from the Japanese books and full color previews of other upcoming US dT&T releases.

T&T Adventures Japan gives you a great insight into the type of adventures they play across the Pacific. Experienced players will enjoy seeing this different take on T&T, and with the added mini rules, the book is a perfect introduction for new players to Tunnels & Trolls.  The mini-rules are the perfect way to let a new player try out role-playing without getting too bogged down and gives plenty of explanations as to what the full T&T rules have to offer.  Plus the T&T mangas are a fun read!

The book is just back from the printers and you can order this book right now from Flying Buffalo, at or as a PDF from

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Will we do more of these?  We might.  Certainly there is more material from Japan to draw upon. It’s really going to depend on how many of these we sell to you fans out there. Until then, we’d love to hear what YOU think of this new book once you get it.  Numerous copies have already been mailed to some fans who ordered in advance.  Let us know what you thought below…

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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. JUNE 6th UPDATE:  This is now live as a Kickstarter.  Pledge for a copy HERE:


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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 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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