Tollenkar's Lair

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Tollenkar's Lair is a 1980 fantasy role-playing game adventure for The Fantasy Trip, published by Metagaming Concepts.

Plot summary[edit]

Tollenkar's Lair is a complete, ready-to-play labyrinth for The Fantasy Trip in six levels.[1]

Tollenkar's Lair is a solo scenario set in a tunnel complex, a six-level dungeon that gets progressively more difficult as it goes down. It is usable with The Fantasy Trip, Melee, or Wizard.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Tollenkar's Lair was written by Steve Jackson, with art by Robert Phillips, and was published by Metagaming Concepts in 1980 as a 16-page book.[2]

When Howard Thompson published The Fantasy Trip in 1980, he felt that the price point was too high, and so he split the game into four books: Advanced Melee, which contained the combat extensions to Melee; Advanced Wizard, which contained the extensions for the magic system; In the Labyrinth, which contained the rules for the gamemaster; and the adventure Tollenkar's Lair, which author Shannon Appelcline described as "a 'stocked labyrinth' (or GM adventure)".[3]:79–80

A republished version of Tollenkar's Lair is included in the TFT Legacy Edition box set, announced as part of Steve Jacksons Games' Kickstarter campaign to reissue The Fantasy Trip.[4]

Reception[edit]

Karl Mueller reviewed Tollenkar's Lair in The Space Gamer No. 31.[1] Mueller commented that "This adventure is a must for most Fantasy Trip GMs, especially beginning ones, both as a campaign in its own right, and as an example of what can be done with a TFT dungeon design."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mueller, Karl (September 1980). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games (31): 26.
  2. ^ a b Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 156. ISBN 0-87975-653-5.
  3. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7.
  4. ^ Steve Jackson Games (July 23, 2018). "THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!". Kickstarter. Retrieved July 27, 2018.