Month: November 2015

Delving Deeper V1 + V2

Version One

#DelvingDeeper first appeared in October 2012, some 10 months after I joined the team, as three digest-sized booklets comprising the so-called #DelvingDeeperReferenceRules. These were immediately available as PDFs at no cost–and still are today.

The #DelvingDeeperReferenceRules V1 comprise:

  • Volume I: The Adventurer’s Handbook
  • Volume II: The Referee’s Guide
  • Volume III: The Monster and Treasure Reference
DD V1 Three Booklets
Delving Deeper V1: Three Booklets

The title page of each booklet identifies it as “Version 1 October 2012” and bears the publishing marks of Brave Halfling Press (John Adams), Immersive Ink (Simon Bull), and Wobbly Goblin Press (Cameron Dubeers) being three of many collaborators on the project.

The cover art on the booklets (by Mark Allen) are the only illustrations (excepting maps) in the set. The interior typeface is a densely set 9pt Futura, with the copious tables having questionably bold borders and heavy shading.

Heavy duty tables
Delving Deeper V1: Heavy Duty Tables

V1 contains a few curiosities that have vanished from subsequent revisions, including:

  • A table indicating dice to roll for common number ranges (I:p5),
  • Two full page examples of play (I:p6 and II:p15),
  • Wisdom contributing to languages known (I:p8),
  • Attack Matrices covering AC range 0 to 9 (I:20 and II:p17),
  • A number of imported player spells (I:22-23),
  • A sample dungeon cross-section (II:p6), and map and key (II:p10-11),
  • A very brief treatment of hex-crawl exploration (II:p18-26),
  • The alignment triangle diagram (III:p3),
  • Monster ACs to -3; a number with exaggerated HD.
Delving Deeper V1: Sample Dungeon
Delving Deeper V1: Sample Dungeon

The V1 Errata Sheet

V1 also contains a number of editorial errors (wholly my own responsibility!) which necessitated the release of a four digest-sized page Errata Sheet in March 2013.

V1 Errata Sheet
V1 Errata Sheet

Version Two

V2 of the #DelvingDeeperReferenceRules was issued in March 2013, simultaneously with the V1 Errata Sheet (show above).

This release is essentially identical to its predecessor, differing only insofar as the then-known errata are integrated into the three booklets.

The title page of each booklet now identifies it as “Version 2 March 2013”.

Delving Deeper V2 Title Page
Delving Deeper V2 Title Page

Here’s a Thing

(That’s never likely to be seen beyond this post).

Two Copies of Eyre Tor
Two Copies of Eyre Tor


So what the frig is Eyre Tor?? Or more appropriately, what was it?

Way back–before I’d ever heard of the #DelvingDeeper project–I apparently had a bit of time on my hands. Around 2007-2008, I was running a D&D campaign that included face-to-face play with a couple of disconnected groups, as well as some play-by-email. Fair to say, I think, this campaign was part of my early “retro” gaming scene experience. I was already prone to assembling detailed rules booklets for passingly interested players, but here was a new opportunity to indulge two of passions at once: a retro-rules booklet? I was hopelessly into it.

Between 2007 and 2010 there must have been six incrementally more complete drafts of Eyre Tor, culminating in a version 6.1 (depicted above) with its glorious cover and interior art by Tim Ide. But now I have just the two hard copies.

It’s kinda fun to browse thru it, looking back at how I must have been thinking about OD&D and house rules back then. Check out the audacious caption younger-me put on the inside cover of the final draft (2010):

Eyre Tor Inside Cover
Eyre Tor Inside Cover
Campaign Setting & Supplementary Rules Options
 for use with
 The Original 1974 Fantasy Role Playing Game
 and its Modern Simulacra

I’ll have to remember that 🙂

Inside there are some rules I question now, but there are also some that I’m still using today. The 10 second flyby of my then-house-rules:

* Three alignments (good, selfish, evil),
* Fauns as a player race,
* Rangers, Barbarians, Templars, Men of Faith/Sisters of Mercy as player classes, including new level titles for all player types,
* Silver standard, 1gp = 6sp = 36cp,
* Expanded equipment lists, poor/good/exceptional quality gear,
* Imperial loads/coarse-grained encumbrance,
* A bunch of complicated (and unnecessary?) combat rules,
* Whole new lists for spell levels 1-4 with spells such as The Irreproachable Susurrus ,  The Fiat Libation, The Inconceivable Perspicacity and The Confabulation of Lucid Colloquy to name but of few from a list of 70-ish mysteriously named incantations.

So still some potentially interesting stuff in there.

Perhaps ironically, I did approach both Matt Finch and John Adams with the prospect of pushing Eyre Tor as a S&W or White Box supplement, but neither had capacity to take it on back in 2009-2010. In retrospect, that may have been quite fortunate–ultimately, it meant that I had capacity to help on #DelvingDeeper V1 in 2012.