Friday, March 7, 2014

Just A Little Bit...

Here are some quickie updates:

I am hovering around 85,000 words on my first non-fiction book dealing with the pre-TSR to TSR's earliest days, roughly 1969-1977. A massive chore with at least five differing areas of converging content: historical, game design theory, play theory, creativity and the open form concept, the latter which I am describing in detail. I estimate the finish of this project at 130-150m words.  Black Blade has already agreed to publish it.  It will include about 10-20 diagrams, most of which are finished.

The Dungeons and Dragons Documentary crew will be around the area just prior to Garycon VI.  The weather has crippled their activities over the winter months but they will be filming an extended session with me at my abode days before Garycon.  They had suggested filming it at Yerkes Observatory; but we ultimately decided upon another clean, well-lit place--my home.

Black Blade Publishing might (greater than 50% chance) have Bottle City (2nd printing) ready for Garycon.  They are pushing on that schedule but I have yet to hear about how that might play out.

My seminar on Open Form at the upcoming GC 6 is about half full, a good sign for those eclectic DMs and designers out there who I guarantee will benefit by attending it.

My brother will be in attendance at the con and is running a Chainmail game there.  That's right, the first person offered a job at TSR in 1974 contingent upon his remodeling of the Dungeon Hobby Shop/TSR offices (rewiring, re-carpetting re-plumbing, etc.).  He's also been approached by the D and D Doc crew to give his story from those days.

These are very interesting times, but the weather sucks, so here's a pre-taste of warmer days ahead.


  1. Excellent, I am very excited. :)

  2. Yeh. The bibliography fo the book is two full pages, and my eyesight is showing for it. The D&D Doc crew will get a first gander at its parts during the upcoming interviews.

    Otherwise I am also crafting the bits for the Lost City of the Elders sessions for GC6. Terror and darkness are in the template this go around... So have my dice spaketh... :)

  3. Regretfully, I can't be at Garycon, but I'm looking forward to the book. I'm sure Allan and the gang will do a fine job with it.

  4. Allan and the gang will indeed publish it; everything important to that route is accomplished by the author. :) We are talking a medium-sized hard-bound.

    Have you ever attended Garycon. M. S.? It's a great experience, especially if you get in on some the many miniature games.