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GameCon '98

The Editor tries out this first-year gaming convention in the San Francisco Bay Area (California).

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kmfrye03 Sep 2020 9:49 a.m. PST

Hail and Well Met, Y'all…

Another player/DM returning to AD&D 1E after 30 years, using miniatures and terrain.

The continuing exploits of Joo Afonso the Ranger and Esparelda the Cranky Gnome: link

Join us, won't you?
Keith F.

JimDuncanUK03 Sep 2020 12:58 p.m. PST

Good stuff, nice to see dungeon exploration still happening.

I did one a few years ago.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 1:27 p.m. PST

Keith, looks like loads of fun. It's been more than forty years since I've played D&D. I keep trying different rule sets for solo dungeons, but the6 don't have the right feel.

Chalfant03 Sep 2020 6:13 p.m. PST



Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 6:30 p.m. PST

Great stuff!

I'm involved as a player in two online games, but neither are Old School D&D*, which I prefer. But playing D&D again after over thirty years away is terrific.

*In my case, the Mentzer boxed set BECMI system and the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia.

Any of y'all also on Dragonsfoot?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 6:37 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 3:33 a.m. PST

Things have come a long way since I last played in the 70s. Who makes the dungeon tiles?

kmfrye04 Sep 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

Thanks Gents, for the kind words!

JimDuncan: I read your article with interest. Especially agree with avoiding the Tunnel Syndrome. Never trust a necromancer.

Nick: Rather than solo play, I just play D&D Online or Neverquest. Crooked Dice may eventually come up with something in their Fantasy line. Or else, possible 7th Adventure with some home brew.

79thPA: Those tiles are TerraClips, from the Malifaux line, originally bought for In Her Majesty's Name. I didn't much like the 'clips' part at first, but eventually warmed up to them. Cardstock terrain often looks better photographed than live.

I've found most setups require two sets, and they are a bit pricey USD $100 USD+ on eBay, per set.

I've learned to make insert-able rooms by scanning some of the pieces and fixing the print to foam board/core, that helps stretch the set yet I've just ordered another set as well.

This will all come out in an upcoming blog article. :)

Keith F.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 10:27 a.m. PST

Hilarious! Loved it.

Have you looked into Fat Dragon Games' 2D tiles? I print them on a color laser, on regular paper. I then apply them to the glue side of peel-n-stick vinyl floor tiles (<$1 per square foot). Here is a link to my blog page on the subject: about halfway down the page, #4 Basing Copper Dragon Dungeon Floor Tiles.

I created a 2.75D system, using another vendor's print-and-play dungeon tiles. I paint a mottled color scheme on EVA foam floor tile sections, then I use a Table Saw to cut 1/4"-deep grooves in a grid pattern. I print the dungeon wall sections on full-sheet label paper, peel and stick them onto 3 mm thick cardboard, cut to size. This creates cardboard wall sections, which I insert into the grooves cut into the foam tiles, which holds them upright.

I only do the 2.75D terrain, as well as full 3D terrain, for miniatures games, such as sessions of 2e BattleSystem Skirmish games (miniatures game with a thin veneer of RPG over the top, based on 2e AD&D rules). I also built a scale, 2.75D model of the G1: Steading of the Hill Giants, using this foam floor tile technique. Working on building full 3D modular ice cavern walls for playing out G2: Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl, in a full scale dungeon model. The plan is to use the 2.75D dungeon technique for playing G3: Halls of the Fire Giant King, as well.

Ran G1 at a small convention. Hoping to run it again, at other conventions, in the future. We used the 1e AD&D RPG rules, running the PC figures through the Steading model. What a hoot! Cheers!

kmfrye04 Sep 2020 6:19 p.m. PST

Sgt Slag,

You have some impressive projects, no doubt. Loved your Beholder.

My only complaint is you've stopped posting to your blog.

The world need more, man!

Keith F.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2020 7:02 a.m. PST

Thank you, Keith. I am working on foam hills, covered in the same indoor/outdoor carpet I use on my gaming tabletop. I will likely post a write up on my blog for it.

I should also make a posting on Acrylic Paint Pens: useful tool for the kit; not a universal, do-all, tool, but useful. Finished re-painting three Storm Giant figures: two Giganta Heroclix figures converted to female Storm Giants, and a skin update for a Pathfinder Storm Giant -- repainted his skin to match the twin sister Giantesses. Also using the pens to make some progress on some Dwarven Ram Cavarly figures, which have been in my painting queue for 22+ years…

I have not updated my blog in many years. Nice to know people visit it. Cheers!

kmfrye10 Sep 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

79thPA: here's a link to my Terraclips overview, including some comments from Amazon Reviews:


kmfrye20 Sep 2020 8:37 a.m. PST

Session 1, Part III

The final part of the first session, in which the PCs learn it is easier to take a prisoner, than keep him…


Keith F.

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