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Gorgrat17 Jul 2021 2:45 p.m. PST

I'm about to reinvent the wheel (at least I'm pretty sure I am) and would rather not.

So (and this will find out the real old grognards among you) has anyone ever taken the old board game Source of the Nile and tried to convert it into a D&D campaign? Are the rules even still available online?

I know there was an ancient Dragon magazine article that put fantastic H. Rider Haggard stule lost civilizations (She, King Solomon's Mines, etc.) stuff into Source of the Nile, but I don't think I ever saw the conversion go the other way. where the rpg swallowed the board game.

Anything would be helpful, including links to the SotN rules, and the Dragon article that did the fantasy rules for SotN boardgame.


Wackmole917 Jul 2021 2:51 p.m. PST


Its a great idea!!!! SOTN is one of the best games to RPG in.

Link to all articles on SOTN at Boardgame geek


Gorgrat17 Jul 2021 3:40 p.m. PST

Wackmole9, you are a prince among moles.

HMS Exeter17 Jul 2021 3:46 p.m. PST
Wackmole917 Jul 2021 4:15 p.m. PST

NO! I am the Bane of Moles, for I WacK.

John the OFM17 Jul 2021 4:51 p.m. PST

I liked the original Source of the Nile because as a grownup adult I got to play with crayons again.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 4:55 p.m. PST

If you come up with something, please let us all know. As a Victorian Colonial gamer that would be a wonderful thing to be able to do.


Dennis17 Jul 2021 8:15 p.m. PST

Ok, at the risk of crashing the internet, many-if not all-issues of the Dragon are available on internet archive.

Dennis17 Jul 2021 8:54 p.m. PST

BTW, isn't Ross an occasional poster here?

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2021 8:26 a.m. PST

Does anyone have "Tributary", the supplement to Source of the Nile? I'd like know more about the rules in it.

Wackmole918 Jul 2021 8:59 a.m. PST


Here's the cover


and table on content


Gorgrat18 Jul 2021 10:22 a.m. PST

Thanks folks. This place sure is a wealth of information.

Gorgrat18 Jul 2021 10:24 a.m. PST

Btw, after writing this last night, I dreamed of the Klonlagoo river valley. This immediately sent me into insane ravings, which I now report:

Completed the paper flats for my Victorian science fiction campaign set in a fantasy/Tarzan/Steampunk version of late 19th century Africa.

I now have over five hundred of the following types and factions:

About sixty French Foreign Legionnaires, now gone semi-regular under the villainous Sergeant Major Dagineau and paying only lip service to France. These engage in a savage war with the Vizieri people of the Klonlagoo jungle over the garnet mines.

Coortz, a semi-filibuster in charge of two companies of Force Publique/Belgian Askaris, engages in a savage rubber trade combined with the worship of savage, cannibalistic gods.

Captain Conall Fitz-Kraven leads what British presence there is in the Klonlagoo, with his flotilla of half a dozen gunned riverboats crewed by about a hundred of Her Britannic Majesty's blue jackets. Definitely one of the more powerful factions, they are hampered by being tied to the river and the captain's almost complete inability to accept "all that jungle magic rot" and a force to be reckoned with.

Tongo, Lord of the Jungle, raids for his people (a strange mix of the local Qwazirhi tribes and the great silver elephants of Klonlagoo) while engaging in the odd act of nobility here and there.

In a touchy relationship with Tongo's people exist the Great Blue Apes of the Moonskull Mountains, perhaps the only place in Klonlagooland to receive the occasional snowfall. The apes are intelligent, extremely fearsome and some few are rumored to grow to 18 feet in height. These creatures are omnivorous and can be man eaters, according to the ravings of the sole survivor of Lord MacKarnokle's expedition, who also described carnelians and moonstones the size of a man's eyeball… though he also stated that the apes seemed to consider human eyeballs something of a delicacy… and his state of mind did not allow the truth to be fully determined.

The Gwalanga tribe, ruled by their noble queen Rhondana secure their existence by jungle magic and sole possession of the Yokrunga herb, which grows only in Klonlagoo (and flourishes only when cultivated with a fertilizer known only to the queen and her wisemen) an incredible restorative said to be prized by Queen Victoria (now getting on in years) and which probably gives the Klonlagoo what stability it maintains.

The Free People (intelligent wolves transplanted straight from t The Jungle Book) are in some ways the most powerful faction of Klonlagoo. Though they cannot face massed European guns in a pitched battle, their ability to conduct organized sheep and cattle raids has proved nothing less than astonishing, and actually broken a few rogue, filibustering powers that quickly found gunpowder to be a poor substitute for the occasional meal.

More secret and diabolical forces include the Witchdoctors Cabal of the Gray Worm, which raises forces of dead men to battle the Legion when irked, and which have caused the loss of a few of Dagineau's desert keeps.

There are also rumors of a secret city of the scorpionmen somewhere beneath the central Klonlagoo river delta, and degenerate subhuman worshippers of ancient gods from the stars that might overwhelm all the world. But of these, only rumors of lost expeditions presently exist.

Factions to come:

The Zwaard Republic (Boers), that are rumored wereboars.

A base established and funded by a grant from the Royal Society for the Preservation of Forbidden Lore to the dons of Kilsidhe College. These are essentially mad scientists obsessed with clockwork men and similar war machines, and eager to test them out in the endless fighting among the Klonlagoo factions.

A possible remnant of the Confederacy that fled here after the end of the American Civil War, led by the brilliant but mad Confederate General Eustace Elwood Grimstrike and his Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, supplemented by a strange force of bulldogs that seem… oddly capable.

All of these are paper flats printed from Cardboard Warriors , Skynet/Gwindel (Patrick Crusiau'"s excellent pieces) and in a few cases purchased (still very inexpensive) from drivethrurpg and wargames vault.

Too tired to post photos now, but will do so in a day or two.

Gorgrat18 Jul 2021 4:51 p.m. PST

Seems I have run into a snag. Everything needed for play is available on boardgamegeek except the event cards, which I guess are indispensable.

Has anyone ever made a random chart of these? Are the cards available somehow?


Huscarle19 Jul 2021 12:31 p.m. PST

Gorgrat, are these the event cards that you are seeking?

Gorgrat24 Jul 2021 4:19 a.m. PST

Huscarle, you are magnificent, sir! This is exactly what I was looking for!

It took awhile to convert them all from glossy jpegs to pngs -they must have been saved a long time ago- and I still need to resize them some, but yes.






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