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The Days Have Come Down in the West: November 8 in America

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:41




Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

--JRR Tolkien

There is only one choice in this election and it is not the Wicked Witch of the West...
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Robert J. Kuntz's Memoirs Underway

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:04

James Sprattley, producer of The Great Kingdom documentary, and Rob Kuntz

Three Line Studio has started the process of organizing Rob Kuntz's memoirs, a project he started many years ago.  His wife, Nathalie Hachet-Kuntz, will be the lead editor and interface person for her husband while updating and compiling his hand written notes and commentaries and additional material that Rob generates for an overall pool of life stories spanning his days in Lake Geneva, his fortuitous meeting with Gary Gygax and the Gygax family in 1968, and his many and varied personal and professional observations from his career path as a free-lance designer and author.  This major work will include details on his friendships with Gary & Mary Gygax, Donald Kaye (co-founder of TSR), Dave Arneson, and his time as an employee and stockholder of TSR Hobbies, as GENCON's chairman, and his observations and insights from other unique perspectives.

As the project's "overseer" Nathalie will be updating its progress here and at the Three Line Studio website when milestones are achieved.  We expect to have a general release date in about two months, around the time Mr. Kuntz's finished book, "Dave Arneson's True Genius," is made available to the public.


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EL Raja Key Archive Recent FAQ!

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:07


Here are some FAQs we are gathering right out of the gate:

(A growing FAQ will be posted to the web site, but here are answers to some initial questions)

NOTE:  Q/A #18 answers keeping the Archive and Browser on the same drive for optimal operating purposes.

Q1: Is the USB able to be added to the DVD purchase for an incremental cost, or is it a full $160 additional?
A1: Yes, it can be added, simply add a Standard Edition to your order selecting the USB Flash Drive variant above the purple "Add to Cart" button. The price will be $89.99.

Your order would look something like this:

El Raja Key Archive Collector's Edition $159.99
DVD
SKU: 1004

El Raja Key Archive Standard Edition $89.99
USB Flash Drive
SKU: 1002usb

...or

El Raja Key Archive Deluxe Edition $119.99
DVD
SKU: 1003

El Raja Key Archive Standard Edition $89.99
USB Flash Drive
SKU: 1002usb


Q2: Is it possible to see the full listing of included files for each version of the archive, or at least to get a count on the number of files for each?
A2: The Standard Edition is organized into 295 subject pages with 1045 scans. The Basic Edition is organized into 108 subject pages with 420 scans. As an example: the Dark Druids subject page includes two levels: a 1st level with 1 map and 6 pages keys and Level 2 with 1 map and 5 pages of keys.

Thus, one subject page has 13 scans. A comparative list of the subject pages for the Basic and Standard Editions can be found at this link: http://www.tlbgames.com/pages/archive-subject-page-list  It will also be available in the FAQ (coming soon) on the TLBgames.com website.


Q3: What are the differences between the three printed K1 adventures?
A3: The First Print is 40 pages and is over 18,000 words - that is a little larger than G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King which comes in at 16 pages and 17,000 words. The Deluxe and Collector's Prints include an all new encounter area, Tower of Night! The additional encounter area adding about 1,000 words. Additionally, the Collector's Print is both signed and numbered by Rob Kuntz.


Q4: How big are the K1 module booklets, and do they include the maps and keys?
A4: Physically, the booklets have 40 pages and measure 4 3/4 by 7 1/4 inches. The adventure contains the keys and a diagram but the high resolution scans of Rob's original hand-drawn map and legend that go with it ar only in the the Archive. However, you can purchase K1 Sunken City: First Print without any edition of the Archive and then purchase the Map Pack download. As more and more modules come out it will soon be apparent that the Archive represents quite the bargain.


Q5: Are there any sample files available to view/read to help know what they look like (and if they are even readable)?
A5: Find below an image snippet of a map.


[image to appear in FAQ]: also see: http://lakegenevaoriginalrpg.blogspot.fr/2016/08/el-raja-key-archive-sample-image.html



Q6: Are there any samples available to view/read the historical commentary, to see how much value that adds to the Standard edition of the archive? 
A6: The Basic Edition contains 50+ maps and and some keys for about 40 adventures and dungeon levels, plus about 20,000 words of historical commentary. 

The Standard Edition contains all of that... PLUS about 50 more maps (including dozens of regional and area detail maps), dozens of original PCs and NPCs, campaign notes, 100+ magic items, timelines for both Greyhawk and Kalibruhn campaigns, historical documents, memoirs of game play, Rob's resume of work, several beautiful pieces of full-color artwork, plus an additional 20,000 words of historical commentary.

There is no difference in the commentary on the overlapping subject matter between the two editions, i.e., the adventures.


Q7: Are any of the files complete adventures that can be run immediately, or will they require the DM to do additional work beyond reading the files?
A7: Many of the adventures can be run from what is included on the Archive using Old School DM'ing, as Rob often wrote detailed keys but you won't find 4-page stat blocks for the monsters. An example is included below.


[image will appear in FAQ]; also see: http://lakegenevaoriginalrpg.blogspot.fr/2016/08/el-raja-key-archive-sample-image.html



Q8: Do the scans include transcriptions?
A8: No these are Rob's original, 1975, hand-drawn maps and hand-written notes. However, a substantial amount of interesting details are written up in the commentary, and it is this commenetary that is indexed and cross-linked. That is over 7,237 linked entries and 1,541 index entries.


Q9: What are PC/Mac program/system requirements to use the Archive contents?
A9: The Archive is viewable with any reasonably modern Web Browser on any reasonably modern system (including Tablets, Smart Phones, Etc.). Some of the maps are quite large (76 MB, 7461x9185px, 300dpi) and could strain really old systems.


Q12: How is fulfillment and shipping being managed?
A12: Fulfillment and shipping are being handled by The Collector's Trove in the United States. The Collector's Trove has a very high reputation among collectors and provides quality packaging and quick shipping.


Q13: How much is shipping to non-US destinations?
A13: It would depend upon what was being purchased, but as an example: K1 Sunken City alone or the Basic or Standard Edition would cost $15.00 USD each, and the Deluxe and Collector's Editions would cost $25.00 USD each. The difference is based strictly on weight.


Q15: Can the Archive files be printed?
A15: Yes. The files can be printed, although Rob used color-coding on most of his maps, so printing them off in black and white will make them difficult to read.


Q16: Can the Archive files be moved off of the DVD/USB and stored on a computer?
A16: Yes and this will actually speed up the performance of the Archive for most users. Instructions on how to do this are included on a technical sheet enclosed with each copy of the Archive.


Q17: At what resolution are the documents scanned?
A17: The original documents have been scanned at 300 dpi. That means they have the same resolution as the original.


Q18. When I copied the Archive to my hard drive, the thumbnails appear fine, but I am getting 404 Errors from my browser when trying to access the full size images.
A18: The Archive structure uses long paths that when combined with being copied into a deep directory location, e.g. c:\my stuff\gaming\role playing\old school\el raja key archive\, cause the Archive code that manages accessing the full size images from within the thumbnail carousel to operate improperly due to Operating System limitations. If your situation seems to match this, try moving the Archive closer to the root directory.


TO ORDER EL RAJA KEY ARCHIVE GO TO:  https://www.tlbgames.com/
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Three Line Studio/Three Little Books line Goes Live @ 11 AM CST!

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:09

After some delays to bring the project up to the highest standards possible Three Line Studio will launch its first brand under the partnership of Robert J. Kuntz and Paul J. Stormberg: the Three Little Books line of products.  The books are directly associated with the El Raja Key Archive DVD project and TLB acts as an umbrella line for this major project that, to date, has taken nearly 3 years to complete and spans over 40+ years of actual history and endeavor, going as far back as 1971 for content!
At 11 a.m. CST the store will go live!  We invite you to attend this historical launch that marks a very new and robust direction for Robert J. Kuntz's intellectual property which includes the sale of the El Raja Key DVD in its many versions and the accompanying adventure to start the TLB line of Little Books:  Sunken City!
The Following Link Will Take You to Our Store For Complete Ordering Information!  This is accessible at 11 a.m. CST and not before.
http://www.tlbgames.com/
Additional Information and a downloadable PDF about TLB Games is accessible here:

http://www.threelinestudio.com/shop/el-raja-key-archive



Also note the following screenshots from our site for some up front information. 

The TLS/TLB Team:
Rob and Nathalie KuntzPaul J. StormbergKevin Maurice







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Three Line Studio News

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 17:51


As many may be aware my wife, Nathalie, and myself have formed Three Line Studio.  The premiere product for this is due out in a week, The El Raja Key Archive and the accompanying release, the SUNKEN CITY adventure.   See former articles about these items in older posts, below.

The SUNKEN CITY is the first adventure release in a new brand for THREE LITTLE BOOKS™.  TLB is a partnership formed by myself with Paul Stormberg as distributor of the titles I design.

We have also been constructing the website for TLS to be ready for the launch.

Both products are finished, edited, and laid out.  I was informed by Paul and Kevin (Kevin Maurice is the programmer for the DVD interface) that they are testing the two versions of the DVD and making minor corrections to the index.  This from Paul the 13th of this month:

"I just finished proofing the DVD index yesterday and we are making corrections today. We made it so it could be used both as an index and a search tool.

"We had a really messy version of the index but thought with just a little more work could make it much more user-friendly and useful. We will be done with that today.

"The last thing we need to do then is to proof the entire DVD and all of its functions. We have some Beta-testers that will do the same with numerous different browsers and using multiple computer platforms. That will take us a full day to accomplish. The following day we will address all faults and restest them. Then we burn of master copies of the Basic and Standard and hand deliver them to the local duplicator.

"So far everything is working brilliantly and looks fantastic and professional but we must be certain we have a robust product before making 500 copies of it!

"Almost done!"

As well, the adventure is at the printer and we are attempting to time its printing in concert with the DVD's duplication services as the latter will take a few more days to produce than the adventure.

So as Paul said, "Soon".

Both myself, Paul, Kevin and my wife, Nathalie, have invested thousands of hours and thousands of dollars in this multi-faceted project, so for those waiting and champing at the bit we are right there with you!

Rob Kuntz
President Three Line Studio


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Sunken City Adventure Front Cover

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 20:08
Here's my adventure, Sunken City, first run by me three times at GENCON 8, 1975 as the first tournament in D&D history! This adventure, 41 years later, is being made available with the release of El Raja Key Archive DVD!  With a cover by Jim Roslof (R. I. P.) no less!



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The Final Cover: El Raja Key ARCHIVE DVD Case Wrap

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 01:38
This is the final cover for the ERK ARCHIVE Standard edition.





I'll post the cover for the Sunken City--K1--adventure cover that is being released with it after a good night's rest!




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Into the City of Brass

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 21:55

I have started writing the adventure, Into the City of Brass, the 2nd part final for the RPGA adventure I designed in 1987 for DRAGON CON 1.  This sequel was mentioned in the original but qualification for the tourney at the time was just getting to the City.  This is what happens after entering it!  This will be another offering in our Three Little Books™ line from Three Line Studio.  The two color maps were finished over a month ago. Now comes the fun part...
An ancient rendering of 'Brass that I did in an older paint program BITD.




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Spring Sale at Splintered Light Miniatures!!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 23:08
Greetings, all!  From now through Sunday, May 15, 2016, all orders placed at Splintered Light Miniatures will receive 20% off. Please enter spring16 in the coupon section at checkout to receive the discount.

Please note that international shipping has increased to $22 during this sale. This is because all order over 8 ounces cost $22.50 to ship internationally. This loss combined with the sale price is a hit we cannot afford. If the shipping is less than $22, we will refund the difference. Thank you for your understanding.
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New Greens from Faron Betchley

Splintered Light Miniatures - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 13:21
I just received pictures of the latest greens from Faron Betchley.  They include a flesh golem, a clay golem, a stone golem, an iron golem, and a bronze bull/gorgon.  I am hoping to have these in the next month or so but am awaiting a full master mold of sculpts.

Flesh Golem, Clay Golem, Bronze Bull/Gorgon
Stone Golem and Iron Golem
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3 New Packs Released!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 16:46
I am happy to announce the release of 3 new dungeon crawl packs.  These were all sculpted by Faron Betchley and include. . .

Dungeon Encounters 4
Elementals
Harpies
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Happy New Year and New Greens

Splintered Light Miniatures - Sat, 01/02/2016 - 00:51
Happy new year to everyone!  I hope the holiday season has been good.  I thought I would show off some of the new sculpts finished at the end of this year.

First, is a new pack of dungeon encounters from Faron Betchley.


Harpies and a Intellect Devourer

Water Weirds
Corn, Cloaker, and Grell

Giant Spider

Second, is a pack of elementals from Faron.  I love the old school look of them as I am in the process of recreating the early D&D monster manual feel.

Fire, Water, Earth and Wind Elemental


Finally, are two new ratmen packs from Ben Siens--pack rat spears and assassins.  I think he might be working on another spear pose or two.

Pack Rats and Assassins

Thanks for looking!





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Scenario 1: Part 2--Troglodyte Attack

Splintered Light Miniatures - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:53
In the craziness of getting ready for travel to China, I have not been able to get the second battle report up but will post pictures at least.  This little skirmish saw the adventuring team take out a group of Troglodytes.

Archer prepares for the next step of the adventure
The party moves into the ruined building
One group of troglodytes
A second group
The adventurers get ready for the charge
The troglodytes seize initiative and charge!
A smaller group handles trogs on the flank
The battle continues
The flank attack is going well for the adventurers
The troglodyte chieftain was the last to go down!
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Thanksgiving and 10 Year Anniversary Sale!!!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:02
Greetings and happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it.  In honor of our 10 year anniversary, from 11-24 through 11-28, Splintered Light Miniatures will be offering 25% off our products.
Just enter SLM10  at checkout to get the discount.  
Also, please note that we will be heading over to China 12-2 through 12-17 to get our little boy we are adopting.  During this time and through 12-26, we will not be sending out orders.
Also, if we run out of items during the sale, I will let you know which items we are out of and will send them during the last week of the year once we get the restock and are back in town.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
We will also be offering a 20% off end of the year sale from 12-25 through 12-31.
Be sure to check out our new codes and please note that the Pride of Lions ruleset is on sale for 50% off.
Thanks!Davidsplinteredlightminis.com
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5 New Packs Now Available

Splintered Light Miniatures - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:05
We now have 5 new packs in our ever expanding 15mm Dungeon Crawl line.  Sculpted by Faron Betchley and Ben Siens, these will make a great addition to your adventuring, dungeon-crawling, skirmishing needs.

First, the Pig-Faced Orcs provide a classic D&D opponent.  They come in packs of 24 with 15 different poses.

Pig-Faced Orcs
Second, the Toadmen will work great as Bullywugs or Boggards and come in packs of 12 with 7 different poses.


Toadmen
Next, are the Half-Orc Characters, which come in packs of 10 with 10 different poses.  The characters include 2 barbarians, 1 fighter, 2 assassins, 1 ranger, 1 druid, 1 paladin, 1 cleric, and 1 undead hunter.

Half-Orc Characters
Fourth, are the Dragonmen Characters, which come in packs of 10 with 10 different poses.  The characters include 2 barbarians, 2 fighters, 2 clerics, 1 undead hunter, 1 wizard, 1 fighter-wizard, and 1 paladin.

Dragonmen Characters
Finally, is a pack of 4 ogres.  These stand about 25mm tall.

Ogres
These are available for purchase at splinteredlightminis.com
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Scenario 1: Part 1--Kobold Ambush

Splintered Light Miniatures - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 13:39
In the first scenario of "Adventures in the Splintered Lands," a dragonman fighter/mage receives a telepathic message from a fellow dragonman mage that her band of adventurers has been ambushed and slaughtered by a vile necromancer.  She alone survived and is being held captive.  Before she can reveal where, the message was cut off.  The dragonman gathered a group of allies and set out to find and rescue (or avenge) his friend.

The Adventuring Band
The group was made up of a dragonman fighter/wizard, barbarian, undead hunter, paladin, 2 clerics, and 2 fighters; a human ranger, paladin, and undead hunter; and an elf assassin.

In the first turn of the scenario, the group moved up to and began climbing into a ruined building.  Immediately a horde of kobolds with 2 giant weasels poured out of passageways and the building towards the adventurers, who were divided by climbing in various parts of the building.


Ambush!The Dragonman Undead Hunter, Cleric, and FighterIn the roll for initiative, the kobolds won and charged the group.  The kobold mage got off a lucky charm spell and took over the human paladin, who turned to fight the dragonman barbarian.  Fortunately, neither did any damage to the other.  A first wave of kobolds fell before the adventurers but more were waiting behind.

First Round of Combat
The Fall of a RangerAs the bulk of the band continued engaging the kobolds, the human ranger and elf assassin each charged a giant weasel.  The elf assassin made quick work of his opponent but the ranger failed to kill the weasel and ended up surrounded and wounded by the kobold chieftain.  In the next round of attacks and the ranger fell.   The kobold chieftain was then surrounded by 2 adventurers and the elf assassin charged the weasel, looking for payback.

The Elf Assassin Tries to Avenge the Ranger
He failed.

The Battle Winds Down
Over the next couple of turns, the adventurers whittled down the kobolds forces.  The kobold chieftain fell before the fighter/mage and cleric and the undead hunter put a bolt through the eye of the kobold mage.  The dragonman undead hunter climbed the stairs and slaughtered the kobold warriors on the battlements.

Dragonman Undead Hunter Finishes off the Kobolds
Now two men down, the adventurers gathered to move to the next stage of the quest to rescue their friend.

The Surviving Band Gathers
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The Splintered Lands Adventures

Splintered Light Miniatures - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 02:22
Over the weekend, I introduced a couple of my son's friends to gaming and they loved it!  Archer just turned 10 and in addition to a regular party, he had 2 friends over for a special game.  I set up a ruined city and each boy led a band of adventurers in to pillage and loot the monsters.  Fun was had by all.

I decided to set up a whole area, including an wilderness area for what will hopefully be months of adventurers and skirmish scenarios.  Archer and I played a first stage in an adventure that I will write up tomorrow.

For now, here are some pictures of the ruined city and the wilderness outside.


In this first picture, the graveyard area is on the right, which will, of course, be the headquarters for various undead big bads.  There is also an old, abandoned manor house in the middle that is part of the wall surrounding the ruined city.


In this picture the focus is the ruined city.  On the right is a walled keep that will be the center of power for some nasty orc king or vampire lord.


From this side, the collapsed wall and swamp are in the center and left.  Various nasty critters like bullywugs and lizard men may be encountered there.  On the right is a hill ringed with stones, which will certainly be the focal point of some scenario.


In the final picture, the wilderness area is the focus and on the right is a small village, which will be either for a bear clan or wolf clan group of human barbarians.
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Fall Sale and Preorder Packs!!!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:48
From 10/9/15 through 10/18/15 Splintered Light Miniatures will be running a 25% off sale. All items in the store will be 25% off (the exception to this is A Giant Deal). Just enter fall15 in the coupon space at checkout to receive the discount.

Also, please note that I am offering a preorder deal for the five new packs coming out later this month. They are in the process of being molded and cast so I should have them within a few weeks. I will hold orders including the preorder packs until they have arrived

The preorder special will be for all five packs together and each pack cannot be preordered individually.  If you are interested in more than 1 pack of the ogres, bullywugs, or pig-faced orcs, please send me an email at splinteredlightminis@gmail.com as I will be happy to work out a deal for you.  The packs are as follows

1. Ogres--Sculpted by Ben Siens.  pack of four with one of each pose

Ogre Warriors
Ogre Chieftain
2. Pig-Faced Orcs--sculpted by Faron Betchley. pack of 24 with 15 different poses

Pig-Faced Orc Polearms and Shaman
Pig-Faced Orc Leader and 2 Guards Pig-Faced Orc Warrior, Crossbow, and Archer
Pig-Faced Orc Warriors
Pig-Faced Orc Warriors

3. Bullywugs--sculpted by Faron Betchley. pack of 12 with 7 different poses

Bullywug Warriors
Bullywug Warriors Bullywug Chieftain far left and Shaman far right

4. Half-Orc Characters--sculpted by Faron Betchley. pack of 10 with 10 different poses

Half-Orc Female Barbarian, Undead Hunter, Female Assassin, and Fighter
Half-Orc Paladin, Cleric, and Druid
Half-Orc Ranger, Assassin and Barbarian

5. Dragonmen Characters--sculpted by Faron Betchley. pack of 10 with 10 different poses

Dragonman Female Barbarian and Male Fighter
Dragonman Female Wizard, Male Paladin and Male Undead Hunter
Dragonman Male and Female Clerics
Dragonman Barbarian, Figher/Magic-User, and Fighter
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September Offer!!!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 23:18

The McBride's have several large adoption payments due this week so it is time for a surprise offer. Between now and the end of the month, all orders over $100 (before shipping) will get a choice of a free set worth $25. Each $100 spent gets a free set so someone spending $200 would get a choice of 2 $25 sets and so on.

There are four options available

$25 Bonus Sets

1. China Pack

2. Goblinoids: 30 castings of orcs, goblins, kobolds, bugbears, and hobgoblins-- randomly chosen

3. Woodland: 30 castings of wood elves, Halflings, centaurs, and fauns—randomly chosen

4. Adventurers: 30 castings of hardy adventurers—randomly chosen

Please just note the option you choose in the comment section at checkout.


Caleb with Train
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.  All is looking good for us to be traveling to China in November to get Caleb.

Caleb Brushing Teeth--Far Right
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