BTW, is City of Terrors borked, or is it just me? Because every time I play it the first thing that happens is *spoilers* running into Beren Bladehand, which is 60% of the time an automatic death and the other third a massively unbalanced battle. I notice though that in the origianl print version paragraph 1 is where you encounter him - but the actual start para for the written version is paragraph 51. Was this an editorial decision for the Metaarcade version, or is this a bug?
"You may ruefully note my lack of respect for the inherent solemnity of the proper exercise of the craft; I cannot even plead ignorance, for I know better." -- wisdom from the sadly defunct blog Huge Ruined Pile
Hello MetaArcadians, and welcome to the first installment of our regular series that we're calling "The Showcase". I'm Troy Hewitt, the community nerd here at MetaArcade, and I take full responsibility for anything that might not be based in reality or fact - but tell me what I missed! That's what The Showcase is all about.
It's a look at the art used in all the Universes that make up MetaArcade, but more than that, it is a chance to talk about the people and history behind those pieces as we know it, and for you to share your experiences as well!
One of the three MetaArcade Universes you'll be able to explore, at the launch of February closed beta, is set in the cult-classic tabletop RPG world of Tunnels & Trolls by publisher Flying Buffalo Inc.
As the second ever fantasy role playing game, the creative contributors to the Tunnel's & Trolls 40-year (and going!) history boggles the mind.
Sure, we plan to share art from our other Universes as well, but the first spot in this new feature most certainly belongs to our friends at Flying Buffalo.
So come with me to the early 80's. and let's take a look at 3 art pieces taken from the Tunnels & Trolls adventure Blue Frog Tavern, in T&T Solo adventure #15 published in 1981.
The artist? Jennell Jaquays. While today she runs Dragongirl Studios, she's made an indelible impression on the tabletop AND video games communities, having worked on some of the biggest IPs known. Let's take a look at what Jenelle was up to in the early '80s!
"Regarding the art, that was one of the last projects I did freelance for several years. I was working for Coleco at the time. Mike Stackpole and I shared an apartment across the street from the Coleco Offices for a couple months when we worked together. I did the art for Blue Frog on the kitchen table of that apartment (along with a few other projects)" - Jennell Jaquays
I'm fairly certain that the Frog Ring functionality hasn't been implemented. I recall seeing something to that effect early on, and I haven't heard that it has been changed. But I haven't heard much from MetaArcade for a little while.