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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Edit: Frank Mentzer revealed the following on the origins on the original edition of Chainmail:
"I believe that Jeff was the sole Compiler/Author of Chainmail (the version for the club, gathering various good ideas and massaging them into coherence). For publication, Gary had to give it more work. I also believe this fact is vastly overlooked."The original version of the ruleset was distributed in 1970, while Guidon Games published their 1st edition in 1971. TSR published their first version (3rd edition) in 1975 (Acaeum).
For a while, many incorrectly assumed that Blackmoor was simply a variant of the Chainmail game, but although I think that most people these days accept that that is just a myth, gaming historians and fans still debate to what extent Chainmail did influence the two creators of Dungeons & Dragons. My friend DHBoggs has written som excellent articles about this on his blog here.
No matter where you land on those debates, I think we should all be able to recognize that Chainmail was an important milestone in the development of our hobby and we can be thankful for Jeff Perren's contributions. In this short interview, Perren humbly admits that he recieved no royalties for Chainmail, but that he is happy that some of the things he created are still loved. The World of Greyhawk also has a region, Perrenland, that is named after him.
Happy birthday Jeff!
Note: Image taken from this blog
Note: Thanks to author Matt Forbeck for making me aware of the date of Mr Perren's Birthday.
More discussion of this topic at The Comeback Inn
Saturday, June 17, 2017
The accompanying website, the Blackmoor Archives are still available. That site has links to other places you can reach fellow Blackmoor fans while we wait for this to be sorted out.
Stay tuned for more information!
Sorry for the inconvenience. Our gnome alchemists are working as hard as they can to get the site back up as soon as possible.
EDIT: The site is Back Up Again! Thanks for your patience! :)
Friday, April 28, 2017
I just learned via Jennell Jaquays that Stephen Lortz (September 7, 1949 - April 23, 2017) passed away yesterday. Stephen Lortz was another of Dave Arneson's original players. In the Blackmoor campaign, Lortz played the Dwarf who became the Regent of the Mines after Uberstar Khazakhum.
"I met him when we hired Arneson's company as temporary consultants to get us through the initial design documentation crunch on Colecovision." Jaquays recalls.
"Steven was an artist, miniature sculptor, and designer who was part of the early Runequest gaming community and worked for Dave Arneson's company for several years. "
|Lortz the Dwarf, from Dave Arneson's Blackmoor RPG|
I posted some more details and relevant links here:
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Jeffery Quinn has been working on making new versions of various Blackmoor maps on twitch.tv lately. Today he has been working on a map of Blackmoor Town. The best known map of Blackmoor Town was the one from the First Fantasy Campaign:
Years earlier, in the Castles & Crusades Society's Newsletter (The Domesday Book #13), Dave Arneson provided an earlier version of the the map:
I now present an even older map of Blackmoor Town. It is pretty similar to the one above, but with no labels and a few subtle differences.
Let me know if you enjoy these maps and if there are details in them that differ and that I might not have noticed yet!