|I'm sure this cover has|
it's fans. I have
really mixed feelings
about it. I think the letters
(as well as being frighteningly
1970's-modern) are abstracted
maze tunnels. On the back,
there is nothing, no text,
just torchless black darkness.
My partner was generally supportive, expecting me to have bought something with a large box and dice. So when the rulebook arrived, she was pretty amazed that I'd spent $*cough* on a slender A5-sized "pamphlet" (her words).
But now it's mine!
And who knows, I might be able to offset the purchase against tax ....
It's 48 pages are dotted with illustrations which is the main reason for this post - I wanted to share some of this rare art by Polly Wilson. I'm a big Liz Danforth fan, so I was surprised at how much I was enjoying this earlier edition artist's work (according to some of my random searches, she may have illustrations in AD&D Fiend Folio - and I'm guessing, White Dwarf, - I may have to investigate further). I adore freehand inked line art from the games of yore (don't let me start drooling over Russ Nicolson ...)
Okay, here's some pictures:
|Above the Foreword by Selwyn Ward on the inside cover you meet these lovely guys... "Welcome!"|
It's a Tunnel & those are definitely Trolls -See what they did there? :)
|Some of the spells have |
some very cute mnemonic
/archetypal images which
may have influenced John Blanche's
spell pictures in SJ's Sorcery! gamebooks.
Maybe, but hey, who knows?
|This illustration reminds us of |
the heretical levity that used to make
T&T hard to defend to D&D players.
I like my T&T played very straight
... but I might be in a minority here.
|Check out that stippling! I'm loving Polly Wilson's black and white line art. |
There's more than a few skeletons in this rule book
- reminders of the short lifespan of greedy delvers when faced with the just hand of fair Games Masters
|I thought I should scan a whole page to show off those lovely|
art noveau borders which now reminds me of the cover of that later
guide to role-playing, Dicing with Dragons.
Also, the rules on this page are very different from the missile rules in T&T5
Hopefully, I haven't broken too many laws here.
Over the years different flavours of T&T have been published originally by Flying Buffalo. Assorted titles, old and new, in PDF and book form by numerous writers and publishers can be found on the DriveThru website (T&T search on DTRPG).
Thanks for reading, and never be frightened of a high MR!
Actually, no, that's bad advice, high Monster Ratings are never to be taken taken lightly...