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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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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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.


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.”

You can buy Arena of Khazan directly from Flying

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If you want to get a PDF of Arena, its available at (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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MetaArcade’s Buffalo Castle App adds Color

In February, MetaArcade began giving fans the chance to try out the new Buffalo Castle App they have created, based on the world’s first T&T adventure. Right now you can visit their site and sign up for updates that will help you get early access.

As Chronicled on this blog back in 2013, Buffalo Castle was the first solo that was given the Deluxe T&T treatment. In fact, it was first republished in France for their edition in 2012. Liz drew new interior art and cover, Rick Loomis wrote a new section, Ken updated the stats, and Steve redid the layout and digitally painted the cover. So pretty much the whole fellowship was involved in some way.


For the new MetaArcade version of Buffalo Castle, they hired Liz to do even more art and then had Steve digitally color over 20 of the illustrations for the new app, so now there’s even more to see and experience in Buffalo Castle. If you haven’t played that solo since 2011, then you’ll have a whole new way to experience it via MetaArcade’s App. The app allows you to role up your own new characters or pick from their pre-rolled set. There are sound effects, dice-rolling and art and text. Its still like playing one of the T&T solos, only its enhanced in many ways and on your phone.

Meanwhile on the Flying Buffalo front, we are happy to announce that the next solo we will publish is going to be a Deluxe version of Arena Of Khazan. This solo has been out of print for over 15 years, and Ken St. Andre has already turned in an updated version of his classic solo. This version includes new options and adventure in the Arena. The book will use the original Peter Laird art along with new art by Steve Crompton. Steve has also digitally enhanced and colored the original Gene day cover.  We are pushing for this to be a summer release, so if you are going to Origins or GenCon look for it there.  Below is the top of the redone cover:


We hope you’ll let us know what you think about these latest developments in the comment section below.

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Tunnels & Trolls: Going Global

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Tunnels & Trolls: Japanese, French and US edition, along with the online Phone app.

With so much going on in the T&T universe, we thought it might be good to take an overview from a “global” perspective and see how the games resurgence has begun to manifest itself around the world. This probably doesn’t cover every point of history or development, but it should give you good snapshot of some of the main events in T&T’s “globalization.”

Back in the 1980’s Tunnels & Trolls reached Great Britain with a UK edition published by Chris Harvey Games. From there, Corgi books obtained the rights, and published T&T in English, Italian and Spanish. These editions where entirely illustrated by Josh Kirby, a well-known European illustrator. Other companies also published T&T in German and Finnish. T&T was also released in Japanese before D&D was.

Flash forward thirty years and a new era of globalization for Tunnels & Trolls was rekindled when French translator Patrice Geille (Bison Ailé) developed and published a French Edition of T&T in 2011. That edition included new material by Ken St Andre and new art by Liz Danforth, along with classic art from the 5th edition T&T rulebook. Steve Crompton was hired to layout that book and create additional art and graphics. This made the French T&T more up to date than the latest version of the rules published in the US at the time.

The more up-to-date look of the French edition, lead to the development of Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls in the US in 2012. (See postings on this site for in-depth information) The great success of the dT&T Kickstarter brought a lot of renewed attention to Tunnels and Trolls, with many old school players (even those who’d never played the game) taking a second look at the “world’s second oldest rpg,” and many of those who noticed dT&T were not living in America.

During the process of shipping the finished rules, Flying Buffalo’s publisher Rick Loomis discovered that about ¼ of the backers where in fact living outside the US, mostly in Europe, though there were also some in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and even South America. Once dT&T was released in the US in 2015, the fan and reviewer response was overwhelmingly favorable, which of course brought more notice to the game.

In Poland one of the Kickstarter backers who had received the reprinted version of the 1st edition T&T rules, got permission to publish that in his native language, so there is now a Polish version of T&T.

The renewed interest in T&T was also recognized by computer gaming maven David Reid, who had played T&T as a teenager and had loved the solo adventures. In the intervening years, David had risen to the upper tiers of the computer gaming industry in NCSoft, Microsoft Xbox and Trion Worlds. He saw a particular digital niche and huge potential for Tunnels & Trolls. In 2016, his company MetaArcade began development of a Tunnels and Trolls app, made for smart phones and notebooks. MetaArcade already has a working prototype of Naked Doom that they are letting players “test drive.” In fact, at GenCon and PAX, upwards of 1000 people actually got to play the demo. When the T&T app becomes available to the general public, it too will have a global reach and will no doubt be available outside the US.

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Gencon 2016: Rick Loomis sells the physical games while MetaArcade demos the phone app. T&T creator Ken St Andre basks in the spotlight, as people enjoy his game.

Japan also came calling in 2016. Group SNE a game company run by Mr. Yashita, wanted to take the new Deluxe T&T rulebook and translate that into Japanese. Originally they had planned to just use a couple of logos and a map or two, but as part of an effort to create better brand identity, Flying Buffalo self-titled “global brand manager” Steve Crompton worked with the translator in Japan to get them all the art from the rulebook, along with the graphics, backgrounds and maps. This allowed the Japanese to create a book that truly is a literal and visual translation of the deluxe rules. It premiered at Jgc2016 on September 2nd. They sold out all that they had brought. The response was so positive, that they have increased the print run to meet the increased demand for the the game. In a future blog post, we’ll take a look at the Japanese game and how it may influence the US edition when it is reprinted.

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Japanese premiere: All 99 copies sold out in just 2 hours. 

What’s next?   The French edition has published numerous solos and adventures since 2011, In the US Flying Buffalo has also released a fair number of new (and updated) solo adventures and have a bestiary and several GM adventures in the works. Ken St Andre continues to publish his own mini-adventures and fiction under the Trollhalla banner. David Reid at MetaArcade is working to get the phone app fully polished and has engaged the services of the Fellowship to create new material for that project, while Group SNE is about to officially launch their version of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls in Japan and translate some of the existing US solos for use there as well.

So from a global standpoint, there is no better time than now to be a T&T player! Let us know your thoughts about T&T world-wide and when you reply, please let us know what country you’re from.






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dT&T Nominated for a DRAGON AWARD And here’s how you can Vote!

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Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls has been nominated in the category of ” Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Role-Playing Game” in the Dragon awards. This is the first annual Awards at Dragoncon and are a reaction to some of the problems going on over the last couple of years at the Hugo awards.

More details on all that can be found here:

Besides the Best RPG, there are also awards being given to Best Novel in a variety of genres; Best Graphic Novel; Best Comic Book, Best SciFi/Fantasy TV Series; Best SciFi/Fantasy Movie; Best SciFi/Fantasy Mobile Game; and a few other categories. So here’s your chance to let the world know what your favorites are. YES YOU can vote too!

The good news is that you DON’T have to be going to DragonCon in order to vote. Needless to say, we at Flying Buffalo & the Fellowship of the Troll would be deeply honored to win such an award. The competition is stiff, but in 2016, some unexpected nominations have occurred in other venues. So maybe its time for one more upset win. Anyway if you are interested in voting follow the link below to sign-up.  Time is very short so sign-up before Sept. 5th!

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