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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Ken St Andre will be at GenCon!

Ken and Rick800In a surprise announcement Ken St Andre WILL be attending GenCon and will be at the Flying Buffalo Booth to sign books and join the fun with all the buzz around the Tunnels & Trolls Phone App and the new Grimtooth solo.

At the last minute, MetaArcade the company behind the phone app managed to convince the Trollgodfather to emerge from his cave and travel from Arizona to Indiana for GenCon 2016, which starts Aug. 3rd to the 7th.  MetaArcade will be demoing the new app, which attendees will actually get to try out for themselves right at the the Flying Buffalo booth (booth 724.)

Ken will also be involved with numerous press interviews and a meeting with the company that are in the final stages of putting together a Deluxe version of the T&T rules for the Japanese market.

This will be a very rare chance for fans to meet one of the first generation RPG designers and get him to sign a copy of one of the many books and games he has worked on over the last 40 years.

Also at GenCon will be Fellowship of the Troll members Bear Peters (Dungeon of the Bear) and  Steven S. Crompton (Grimtooth’s Traps) and of course Rick Loomis, (Flying Buffalo President).  All of them worked on the Deluxe T&T Rulebook.  Davis Reid, the President of  MetaAracde (and a huge T&T fan from way back) will also be at GenCon.  We hope to see you there in a few days!

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Play the T&T Phone App at Gencon, plus get a new Grimtooth solo FREE!

More BIG news today on the Tunnels & Trolls app. MetaArcade has officially announced that they will be in attendance at GenCon next month and will be giving demos of the T&T Phone app to anyone that visits Flying Buffalo at booth 724. You’ll be able to test out the prototype and see what all the buzz is about.

And if that isn’t exciting enough, Flying Buffalo, Trollhalla and MetaArcade have teamed up to create a brand new solitaire adventure that will be given FREE to anyone who tests out the T&T app.

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This Free solo called Grimtina’s Guard is written by Ken St. Andre with art by S.S. Crompton and Liz Danforth. This is also the first time that Grimtooth has officially appeared in the T&T Universe, making this item even more collectible.

The adventure: As a guard at Grimtooth’s Castle, you are ordered to escort his sister, Grimtina on a journey through the Forest of Doom to try to collect three rare items and get Grimtina safely to her mother’s temple in time for a ceremony. Are you up for the task? And will she help or be more of a danger to your surviving this journey?

Right now though, you won’t be able to get this solo anywhere else except GenCon. So even if you aren’t going, tell your friends who are, to go to booth 724 and demand a chance to try out the T&T Phone app in order to get this all new, exclusive solo!

In other news: there’s a new video from MetaArcade that gives more detail on the history of T&T,how the phone app will work and what expandable possibilities it might have in its future. We hope to see you at GenCon!

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Confirmed! Naked Doom to be the first Phone app adventure to be released

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Today MetaArcade officially announced that Ken St. Andre’s Naked Doom is going to be the first solo adventure to be released for the Tunnels & Trolls phone app.

This was discussed and eventually decided upon during several meetings with MetaArcade and the Fellowship.  From the Fellowship’s perspective, we thought that this solo had a great story that ties into the current emphasis on events in Trollworld and the fact that this solo would be a great way to start a new character off – they start with nothing at all and have to scrabble and fight for every piece of gear they come across.  Also Naked Doom has been out of print for some time, making  its availability as a phone app solo that much more desirable.

More details at the link below that goes directly to MetaArcades official announcement about the release.


We can’t say too much more, other than  to add that there are more exciting announcements are coming soon that will reveal more details about how and when this adventure will be coming to your phone, so hang on for more soon…

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Tunnels & Trolls Phone App in development!

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Over the last few months we’ve been dropping hints that “something big” was in the works, and today we can reveal that the team  behind Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls (Ken St Andre, Liz Danforth, Rick Loomis, Bear Peters and Steve Crompton are currently working with MetaArcade president David Reid on the development of a system for phone apps that will use the T&T rules to run solo adventures and perhaps much more. Below is a link to the official video announcement from David Reid of MetaArcade.

There’s  also a bit more information in this official press release:
T&T Adventure platform from MetaArcade

In the next month or so  MetaArcade and the Fellowship of the Troll, we’ll be revealing even more details about what this new platform will be capable of and how T&T will fit into it all.  We’ll also have some other announcements as this project develops.  One thing we can say: you’ll be hearing more about his sooner than you think. Until then let us know your thoughts on the announcement and start thinking about what solos you want to play or even CREATE for this new gaming  realm we are all about to enter…

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The Fellowship reunites! But why?…

The old gang plays dT&T as a group! Plus, who is the mystery guest?

The old gang plays dT&T as a group! Plus, who is the mystery guest?

Last week I had the pleasure of host an extremely rare gaming event, where  Ken St Andre, Liz Danforth, Rick Loomis, Bear Peters and myself (Steve Crompton) played a T&T adventure together as a group.  Though we’ve all played T&T together in part at one time or another, this is probably the first time that all 5 of us have played at the same time in the same game.  Liz, Bear and Ken probably hadn’t played together in 30 years.  We all had a great time, and Ken ran a terrific and exciting adventure as the rest of us tried to get down from the top of the castle to the basement to try to close a portal that was allowing Drats (half-dragon/half rats) to swarm into the castle and wreck havoc.  I shall never forget it!  Great fun for all.  The event was even filmed, so maybe one day we’ll get to see that footage.

But the big question is WHY we were all gathered? What is the Fellowship of the Troll up to now?  We really can’t tell you anything at the moment as its all hush-hush. BUT in the picture above you’ll see that one of the other players  in our game has been blurred out of the picture. We can’t reveal his identity – yet. But some time in the future (perhaps soon) all will be revealed. Something cool is about to happen, but for now you’ll just have to guess and wait.

Also during the rare Fellowship gathering, four of us decided to take a visit to the old Flying Buffalo game store, which is now called the Game Depot.  Dave Petit  was the manager of the Flying Buffalo Game store, and now he owns the Game Depot.  We bought a game, said hi to the folks there and dropped off a couple of dT&T rulebooks; then we headed back to my place to play some more.

Ken, Bear, Liz and Steve go to the Game Depot for a visit.

Ken, Bear, Liz and Steve go to the Game Depot for a visit.

IN OTHER NEWS:  If you haven’t been getting or reading the dT&T Kickstarter Updates,  I wanted to be sure to add that as far as Flying Buffalo is concerned all the Kickstarter books and items have long since been shipped.  If you still don’t have yours, you need to contact Flying Buffalo and let them know.  A few items did come back as non-deliverable and we’ve tried to contact those people with no luck.  So if you are one of those few remaining Kickstarter backers, let us know.

OK that’s it for now – let the speculations begin!  What’s YOUR guess as to what secret project is the Fellowship of the Troll up to?  Let us know below…



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We’ve released our Largest solitaire!

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This solitaire adventure for deluxe Tunnels & Trolls is our biggest solo yet ar 350 paragraphs. (Yes, larger than City of Terrors.)  Here’s a description of what its about…

Something is stealing the magic of Trollworld, and Lerotra’hh, Empress of Khazan has chosen you to track down the cause and save the realms. But are you up to the challenge?

Agent of Death can be played as one long 64 page novel-length adventure, or it can be played as four separate short-story adventures.  And for the first time, one segment of this solo has been specifically designed and written for mega-characters.  If you think you have  a mega-character test them out. If you do not have a mega-character, fret not, for you will after you negotiate the dangers that only Ken St. Andre, master solo writer, can create. This solo adventure is open to any type of character, but is best suited for Rogues and higher level Wizards.

This solo was originally written by Ken back in 1982 and was illustrated by artist Chris Carlson, who went on to do comics for Marvel. It was published by a different company on newsprint and folded like a newspaper. Very few people ever got to see this solo, which Ken St Andre has now updated for dT&T and added additional adventures in Khazan that allow players to build their characters up quickly (If they play their cards right).

Agent Cover old-new

Above is a comparison between what the original cover looked like and how it was enhanced with some serious digital remastering and painting by Fellowship artist Steve Crompton. He scanned in all the original art, created some new illustrations for Agent of Death, along with re-laying out the entire book out in the standard 8.5 x 11 format of all the other Flying Buffalo solos. Agent of Death is now the 27th solo in the series.

There are several options to get your copy either as a printed book or as a downloadable linked PDF.  However you get it, we hope you’ll give this novel-length solo a test run!
Printed copy at Amazon

Printed Copy from Flying Buffalo

Download PDF at Drive Thru RPG


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Deluxe Goblin Lake is released!

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The first new solo for Deluxe T&T since the new rules  came out, is now available. Originally published as a mini-solo by Flying Buffalo back in 1979, this new 36 page version of Goblin Lake has been expanded and customized for dT&T.  A French version of this book was published by Patrice Geille, and we were able to use the same gorgeous art by Simon Lee Trantor, so the French and English editions look very similar.

Written by T&T creator Ken St Andre and will all-new art by Simon Trantor, Goblin Lake has been expanded and updated for use with Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls. You can play a goblin no higher than 3rd level, but you may also adventure with a dwarf, hobb, or even a small human. All classes of characters may play, but no magic will work in this solo adventure.

Here’s the description from the back cover: “Wearing only a scaly lizard-skin loincloth, you easily slide through a crevice leading to the legendary subterranean caverns of the goblins. With a final grunt, you wade through icy water and cross the slimy rocks that block your way into the caves. An ignominious death or fabulous wealth, enslavement or power beyond your imagination, what will you find when you adventure into Goblin Lake? One thing is certain: while there is life, there is hope!”

Goblin Lake is available directly from Flying Buffalo from Amazon  or as a PDF download from Drive-Thru rpg.

What’s Next? We’ll be releasing new books and reprinting older T&T solos and GM adventures in the near future. These will be updated for dT&T. Agent of Death is next. We are also working on a Bestiary and the second level to Catacombs of the Bear Cult, plus the second part of Darksmoke. Beyond that, we are discussing doing a source book on Khazan or Khosht.

So there’s a quick overview of our immediate plans. We’ll do more depending on how any new material sells. If you fans pick it up, we’ll do more.  What new products do you want to see next?  Let us know right here…

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Behold the dT&T Limited Edition!

By Steven S. Crompton

Article by Steven S. Crompton

This time around, we’d figured it was time to officially reveal the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls Limited Edition Rulebook. We’ve had these for a week or so, but things have been busy.  Anyway here are the details…  Only 105 of these were made. (100 include a signed and numbered bookplate and the other 5 are proof copies that will include an unnumbered (but signed) bookplate.  The book plates are signed by the whole Fellowship: Ken, Liz, Rick, Steve & Bear – so you’ll have the whole gang all on one place. Pretty handy for you collectors out there.

Book int he slipcase. A mighty slab of dT&T coolness!

Book in the slipcase. A mighty slab of dT&T coolness!

Each book comes in a matching black slipcase with the Trolhead logo emblazoned in gold on the front.  Really the photos speak for themselves, so take look. The insides are the same as the Regular Hardcover and include the end pages and the 16 page color section.

The book itself has the dT&T logo in gold foil and then embossed into the book is a small version of Liz Danforth’s cover painting for the regular rulebook.

Another feature of the limited edition is the green edging that was added to the sides of the pages on all three edges of the book.  This gives the book a deep magical feel and matches the green effects at the top and bottom of the color section pages.

Book open showing the adhesive-backed signed bookplate and the endpages.

Book open showing the adhesive-backed signed bookplate and the end pages.

Almost all of these were already sold to Kickstarter backers, but a there will be about fifteen copies that will still be available for a very limited time.  Needless to say, we won’t ever be making this particular edition of the book again, so if you really want one of the ultimate T&T collectibles ever made, contact Flying Buffalo and tell Rick you want one right now. We sold one a couple of days ago for $400, but if you figure that people are paying $1000 to see  Star Wars on the first day, $400 is a bargain.  The rest of the fellowship get a few copies, so they might sell you one too, so you can always ask them…


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Shipping continues unabated at Flying Buffalo and here is a photo of the latest dT&T Kickstarter shipment ready to go to the Post Office.  This time 62 packages (almost all of them rulebooks) are eagerly ready for Rick to put them in his car and get them shipped.  So keep checking your mailbox – one of these might be yours!

Also author and game designer Sarah Newton plays the new edition of Buffalo Castle and gives us a blow-by-blow and memory-filled account of the first solo rpg adventure ever written. Read here.

What edition is this anyway?  We’ve seen that a bunch of you have started calling dT&T the 8th edition and you are welcome to do so if that is your preference.  But just so you know the fellowship has had lengthy discussions on this topic and  we all decided to call this Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.  Part of the reason is that the book certainly IS Deluxe in every way, but the other reason is that we hope that Deluxe will allow those of you that prefer 4th or 5th or 7th edition to be able to use Deluxe as an adjunct to your favorite version of T&T rather then feel like you are being “left behind.”  We really tried to emphasize that you can adapt Deluxe to your “house rules” and if that’s 4th or 7th edition, more power to you.  Anyway that’s WHY we are calling it Deluxe,

I’m reminded of the Beatles who came out with a double album in 1968 called “the Beatles” but because the cover was white, everyone called it the “White Album.”  So they had no choice in what it was called in the end,  Maybe that is dT&T’s fate as well… Whatever you call the new rules – enjoy them and have fun!

Meanwhile let us know what you think of the Limited Edition Rulebook!

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