Strictly speaking this is not a Delvers Tale, but it is partially about stories, and thus fits better here than in Atroll’s Entertainments. This blog is a commercial in which I am going to try and get you to buy something from me. If you’re not interested in even thinking about buying stuff from me, stop reading now. Nobody is twisting your arm here. (Grin). (I mean, if I could send a giant troll to your house to twist your arm and get you to buy my stuff, I totally would do it, but that’s not possible.)
Trollhalla Deals #1
Trollhalla Deals is an occasional publication by me, Ken St. Andre, in which I try to find good homes for some of the material I have lying around the house. This material should be of interest to anyone who feels that my writings are in any way worth reading or collecting, and probably not of much interest to anyone else. It also contains some miscellaneous Tunnels & Trolls material by other people. I am selling it to get some material to support Trollhalla activities (such as paying the artists for their work in Trollhalla Press publications), and to find good homes for the material among my friends. No one is under any influence to buy anything here that you don’t really want. This is the October 2011 edition of Trollhalla Deals.
Auction Rules: Send your bid for any of the items listed below to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is usually through paypal.com, but you may pay by check, money order, or cash. I will estimate a cost for postage when I tell you that you won the item. If anyone outbids you, I will tell you what the high bid is and give you a chance to beat it. If you are high bidder, I will tell you. Any competing bid must beat the previous high by at least $1, and I urge you all to work in integral multiples of $1—let’s not monkey around with bids like $3.42.
- 1. The Amulet of the Salkti (T & T solo #20) designed by David Steven Moskowitz. Front cover by Stephan Peregrine; interior illustrations by Michael Kucharski. A Flying Buffalo Blade Production. First Printing. October 1984. 37 p. condition: very good. Starting bid: $5.
- 2. The Sorcerer’s Scrolls issue 37. A gaming fanzine produced by Tori Bergquist in 1991. Tori is a member of Trollhalla where he goes by the name of Tyrrrannosaurrr. There is some T & T material in the zine including this quote which seems kind of funny 20 years later. “There has been some talk, most speculation, going on about the possibility of producing the mythical 6th Edition of T & T (A T & T: the right choice . . .) It is my advice that all great fans of the game and devout die-hards (all nine of us) should write to Rick Loomis at Flying Buffalo, P.O. Box 1467, Scottsdale, AZ 85252. Believe me, folks; T & T, as fun a system as it is, needs a good shot in the arm (or swift kick in the butt) to get it in step with modern times, and a 6th edition is the way to go.” This issue also contain material by Trollhalla members Rrramberrrt and Kroommmp (Dan Lambert and Steve Crompton) 38 p. illus. Condition: excellent. Starting bid: $5.
- 3. Photocopy version of Deathtrap Equalizer Dungeon spiral bound in green cardboard endpapers. Fiendishly designed by the justifiably infamous Ken St. Andre, Outstandingly illustrated by the artistically imaginative Liz Danforth, modestly produced by the humanitarian folks at Flying Buffalo, Inc.—A Cosmic Circle Production. First edition. Copyright January 1977. The cover has a note in my handwriting: “Ken St. Andre—Corrected Copy” However an examination of the interior fails to reveal any obvious corrections. The pages are one-sided. Liz’s illustrations are somewhat washed out—the heavy blacks didn’t come through at all. Condition: Good. Starting bid: $5.
- 4. Buffalo Castle. 2nd edition. Designed by Rick Loomis from an idea by Steve McAllister; cover and illustrations by Liz Danforth. Flying Buffalo, solitaire adventure #1 for Tunnels and Trolls. 13 p. copyright 1982, 1976. Condition: Perfect. Starting price: $5.
- 5. Strength. June 1998. (This isn’t T & T at all. It is the masters for a personal zine I was doing back in 1997 and 1998 for the Tarot amateur press association. 8 p. It is based on an idea I’ve been espousing for the last 20 years called Found tarot (i.e. tarot images are pervasive within out culture and can be found in many different places). It features an original short story called Arcane’s Journal: The Four of Coins by me. The story went out to members of my Crossover Earth superhero writing group back in 1997 or so, but has not been seen elsewhere. I am thinking of transcribing it and putting it on the web in one of my blogs—I hate to waste my creative impulses. Condition: some corners are bent, but otherwise good. Starting Price: $5.
- 6. Oracle, science fiction and fantasy anthology magazine, vol. 1, no. 1. About 32 p. c.1982. This isn’t strictly T & T either, but there is a T & T connection or two. This was a startup fantasy zine in 1982—a paying market that never made it as a continuing magazine. I was honored to be part of the first issue along with: Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Daniel Gilbert, Eve Linkletter, Bruce Boston, Michael Stackpole, Terry L. Persun, and Dave Lillard. My story was called “Mandrikor” and it is my favorite of all the swords and sorcery stories that I ever wrote. Earlier this year in February, I adapted my Mandrikor story into a G.M. adventure for Tunnels and Trolls, and I ran it twice this year—the first time for Lezzirf and Trrrommm at DundraCon in February. Stackpole’s story—The God of Thieves–is also fantasy and has a very T & T like feel to it. One is a slightly faded news stand edition, and the illo from my story is on the back cover. The other is a coffee-spotted free author’s copy and the illo from my story is on the front cover. The interiors are identical, but one was splashed with coffee which I hurriedly wiped off. Starting price: $3 for each one. Specify which you are bidding for.
The following items are T & T things that I have that I would like to pass on to other homes, but do not believe them to be worthy of auction. Many of them are Outlaw Press items produced by James Shipman during the years in which he was a member in good standing of Trollhalla. These items have a fixed price. Take it or leave it. 20% of the money raised by selling these items will be donated to Grumlahk’s Transplant Fund.
- 1. Troll Quest, a T & T Monsters! Monsters! Solo, by James L. Shipman and Jack Spencer Jr.; edited by Brian Penn & Jack Spencer, Jr. (originally developed by Alan LaVergne.) Muse help by Thomas K. Loney. Etc. 22 p. The art looks like clip art, but is skillfully inserted. <No copyrights, no trademarks 1st edition, May 1st, 2001> Condition Excellent. Price: $5.
- 2. The Hobbit Hole Magazine #6. (4 copies). 42 p. profusely illus. This T & T zine was produced in May 2006 and contains material by several Trollhalla members including: Andy Holmes (The Ice Cavern of Isahill—mini solo dungeon) and Mike Hill (The Dungeon of the Rat) and Tom Loney and Christina Lea (Kopfwerks). Condition: Excellent. Price: $5.
- 3. The Hobbit Hole Magazine #13 (1 copy). March 2008. 88 p. Color covers. Profusely illus. Contains material by Trollhalla members Rob Lotze, Ken St. Andre, Dalton Calford, Andy Holmes, Tim Labor, Mike Hill, Jon Hancock, Jeff Freels, Gynn Stella. This is very high quality work, probably some of the best that Outlaw Press ever did, but there is reason to believe Jim was already using appropriated artwork. Price: $10.
- 4. Tunnels and Trolls Free RPG Day Handout 2007. (Many copies). Features a short version of the T & T rules. A reprint of Goblin Lake, the first mini-solo by Ken St. Andre designed for a goblin protagonist with the original interior illos by Liz Danforth. A great original Goblin Lake painted front cover by Simon Tranter. (Ramsen Triton of Trollhalla). Condition: Like new. No. not free from me any longer, although I will give one to anyone who pays the Trollhalla Troll tax for 2011. Price: $3.
- 5. Strange Destinies; written by Ken St. Andre, Covers by David Schumacher and Jarek Gach; interior illustrations by Jeff Freels; edited by Mari Volmar. Outlaw Press, c2007. 24 p. This solo dungeon never should have been included with the 7.5 version of the T & T rules—it is much too difficult for beginners. The intro says it is “written for warriors only: big warriors. Rock Trolls, Ogres, and Balrukhs are the recommended kindreds.” Condition: Like New. Price: $10.
- 6. The Hobbit Hole Magazine #16. (1 copy). July 2009. Color covers. Profusely illus. Contains material by Trollhalla members Brian Penn, Andy Holmes, Robert Lotze, Ken St. Andre, Tom Loney, Andy Holmes, Dan Hembree, David Crowell, Mari Volmar, and Jeff Freels with additional material by other people. This is a very high quality production, but may contain appropriated artwork. Condition: Like new. Price: $10.
- 7. The DewDrop Inn; (many copies) imagined and written by Ken St. Andre; illustrated and tweaked by David Ullery; with a sexy succubus by Katje Romanov; interior covers by Robin Stacey. Trollhalla Press, copyright August 2011. 72 p. Conditon: New. Price: $12.