Who are you calling mundane?
Making the most of simple skills in TFT

July 27, 2022 at 5:07 pm

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” — Bill Moyers   Most Fantasy Trip players — and most gamers in general — try to make their characters are effective as possible, tweaking their options and choices to maximize their capabilities. This leaves little room for background talents that […]

Deep delving: designing adventures for the Fantasy Trip and beyond

April 27, 2022 at 10:37 pm

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ― Helen Keller Lately, we have been thinking about adventure design for The Fantasy Trip. While it might be a very old game for some of us, since its re-release […]

Crossing over: bringing modern characters into TFT and other fantasy RPGs

March 31, 2022 at 9:16 pm

“The interior of our skulls contains a portal to infinity.” — Grant Morrison Fantasy fiction — from the Connecticut Yankee to the D&D cartoon — is filled with tales of people from present-day mundane worlds being transported to different dimensions to fight monsters, save damsels, and live a life more […]

The bigger they are the harder they fall

February 4, 2022 at 12:58 am

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain   For as simple as it is, combat in the Fantasy Trip has a lot of facets. Movement, facing, weapon choice, talents, and attack choices make each combat […]

“I’m not dead yet!” Fleshing out Vampirism in the Fantasy Trip

November 2, 2021 at 7:35 pm

“We enjoy the night, the darkness, where we can do things that aren’t acceptable in the light. Night is when we slake our thirst.” — William Hill It might be a little late for Halloween, but lately we’ve been thinking about vampires in the Fantasy Trip. Unlike most legends and […]

Going to the mat for teaching new players

October 13, 2021 at 8:35 pm

“Happiness is a place between too little and too much” – Finnish Proverb This is normally the time of year when we are preparing for an annual gaming convention trip and looking forward to spending a few days wallowing in TFT and other nerdy pursuits. Unfortunately, scheduling and an ongoing […]

Blood from a stone: a closer look at gargoyles in the Fantasy Trip

September 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

“The monsters were his friends, and guarded him.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame In the original Fantasy Trip, there were a lot fewer restrictions on what race of character you could create — centaurs, giants, and reptile men were all on the table. There was a strange (and […]

Heavy Hitters: Making the most of hulking armor and massive weapons

July 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

“All armor has its weaknesses. That doesn’t mean you should stop wearing it.” ― Elizabeth Carlton, Chivalry’s Code   While poets and the populace might swoon over the image of a mounted knight in gilded plate riding through verdant grasslands, it’s far more likely to find a warrior scrambling through […]

Librimancy: The letter of the law

June 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm

“All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.” — Leonardo da Vinci Wizards are often bookish sorts, more comfortable among scrolls and tomes than out in the ‘real’ world. But some […]

Sacred magic: Wizardry meets liturgy

January 28, 2021 at 4:09 pm

“Life is a magic, God is the magician” — Hansrajvir   There has been a persistent effort over the years to create rules for priests and religious figures to cast their own magical spells. This undoubtedly comes from the traditional class in Dungeons & Dragons (which many players, ourselves included […]