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Zyrian Atrocities
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/04/2014 11:45:59
In funnier news, I have now played Zyrian Atrocities three times in seven minutes and can safely say I have never laughed so much nor had so much fun in any solo adventure. What a wonderful way to start the day! Political offense guaranteed, no matter what your beliefs! Kudos and Trollish Laughter Points to Mark Thornton writer and StanLee/Ditko cartoonist. This is not your father's TnT.

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Khaboom Wizards' Guild Spell Books
by Mark G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/20/2013 09:17:57
Mark Thornton's Khaboom spell books are a useful and easy to use resource for Tunnels & Trolls adventures. Being available free it's a must-have! Thanks

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Fleabitten: Neither Here Nor There
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/21/2013 18:49:26
This is one of the reasons why I recommend Tunnels & Trolls to any person who has or hasn't experienced rolegaming: Because the most nonconformist and, perhaps, dangerous ideas seem to run through TnT (the preferred acronym, which does imply its danger) first.

Yes, there have been humorous scenarios before, going all the way back to Blackmoor. Yes, there have been humorous solos, going at least as far back as Deathtrap Equalizer Dungeon.

Despite the precedents, there has been nothing quite like Fleabitten, and I don't know how to categorize it.

It's humorous - a lot! And it has the sort of absurdist logic of Lewis Carroll. It's deadly, but only if you treat this adventure as you would most RPG adventures. And it's a solo, which can be adapted for GM use, especially if the GM is just a little bit cracked.

The main track (which you may choose to not take) concerns an underwater adventure of discovery and deduction. You will discover a new type of dwarf and a LOT of things about undersea life that you never suspected. And you would, if this were a Call of Cthulhu adventure (and it could be), lose a lot of Sanity Points.

As always, Mark provides options to options and options OF options. Almost every action has a consequence, and the characters (though absolutely ridiculous at times) usually come off as 3-dimensional - save for those who are not intended to seem realistic at all.

You'll interact with some of your favorite fictional characters from comics and elsewhere...though they may seem a bit more eccentric than usual. They may even carry different names and forms. It's always a toss up whether Mark is seriously challenging your sense of humor, your sense of honor, or your gaming skills. Few people can pull off a comedy which is equally an adventure, or vice versa. There is a difference.

Steve Jackson, decades ago, gave one of my favorite sayings when he stated that there's just not enough silly in games right now. Of course "now" was THEN, but I hope you get my meaning.

And if you understood that last paragraph, much less the previous ones. "Fleabitten" is for YOU.

You'll find it in the usual downloadable places, such as DriveThruRPG/RpgNow, and nowhere else of which I know. But you can always write Mark and annoy him to death. It would serve him right!

(This review originally appeared in 'The Play's the Thing' aka http://GrandpaRPG.blogspot.com/)

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Deathbed
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/14/2013 21:37:33
WESLYNN IS REVENGED!!!

Mark has a talent for creating solo adventures which are NOTHING like the plots which came before. When he has options, he has options for the options; and the results may or may not be to your liking - but you probably won't know until you hit that Hitchcock twist in the plot!

I was overjoyed to play this adventure, and even emerge in a - um - better (?) status than my PC started. If nothing else, he now is wiser and has some facts in hand that will help in the future.

Yes, your "Deathbed" character has a future of adventure and intrigue. If Mark doesn't create sequels for this, an obvious prologue to a long epic story, then you should immediately prepare a long epic campaign and draw in more players.

At one pivotal point, you may choose to be quested, in any number of ways, in any number of forms (literally) and I was lucky enough to have a chance to AVENGE the epic murder of one of the better characters I've seen. No, it was not one of mine - let's just say that "Deathbed" ranks high in honor for cleverly and effectively sequeling from perhaps the best campaign in which I've played.

Mark, you actually lived up to a legend. Go forth and write more chapters!

(originally published at http://grandparpg.blogspot.com/ )

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Ranger Than Fiction
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/03/2013 21:29:24
It may be a bit self-serving to review this, but no one else has - so here goes!

It's short in pages, but long in play -- if you make some very good saving rolls. Or if the NPCs do.

What you have is an archery contest. Which starts out fair, and keeps going until even the Flynn Robin Hood would throw up his hands and surrender his sanity! At one point, the champion archers must aim and HIT invisible moving targets.

Hopefully, you'll succeed well before this - or fail, which seems more likely. But it's totally fair -- the NPCs have just as much a chance to fail as do you -- probably even more chances!

The reward is fulfilling for your character and for yourself. Because you, as a winner (HUZZAH!!) are invited by the Khaghy one to enter into Trollhalla itself. He may or may not have such authority, but it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

And it's MUCH better to be lucky than skillful.

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Pressure Drop
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/12/2012 23:21:44
Say, I thought I'd written a Very Cool review here - only to find it Not Here. Gadzooks! We shall try again!

Blurring sf and heroic fantasy, either a wizrd or a scientist shrinks us into a Fantastic Voyage to heal/cure a Very Important NonPlayer Uncharacter. This time, not only are the infections and the antibodies alive - they're sentient!

Though it has only two story "worlds" it has been different each of thee times I've pkayed so far. This tells me its replay value is immense.

To top off this TnT goodness of an adventure which is so much more different than any FRPG has had, the money paid for your purchase of this solo, goes to help Jeff Freels get a new kidney. So it's fun AND loving.

If only it had Raquel Welch...

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