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Attending AthensCon Dec. 2 &3

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:02
I am a special guest for AthensCon, December 2 & 3, a convention which last year had 15,000 attendees.  My duties/events include (besides having fun and eating gyros):

Running a two-hour RPG workshop:  The Genius of Original Dungeons & Dragons:  Leaping Outside the Box of Design History.
Participating in a large panel discussion on board game design.
DMing two sessions of my redesigned Lake Level from Castle El Raja Key, a level Gary Gygax cut his teeth on during the play-tests of D&D in 1973 and which was later incorporated into Castle Greyhawk as the "Black Reservoir." I have greatly expanded it to two maps with the commensurate encounters and added a back history and living depth to it.  Should be a riot! 

Here's the link to my appearance:

See you there?  C'mon, everyone likes gyros with gaming!  :)
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Dave Arneson's True Genius Published

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 03:46
Hot off the press and already steamrolling ahead!

What is Dave Arneson’s True Genius??
Well...  It kinda starts below...

...and then by leaps and bounds...
Breaks the sound barrier of game design history by 2,000 years...
Join us in a giant step into the past that re-opens a future doorway David L. Arneson created and gifted to us!
From the award-winning game designer and author Robert J. Kuntz
Available From:

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Breaking News!

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 00:01

Breaking News From Archeology Today!
NYC, in the year 2376...

Today archeologists from the Smithownisan Institute of Japan unearthed what is thought to be the last vestiges of a long defunct U.S. political party once called the Democrats.
Dr. Kumwatmae expounded upon the find:  "It's an exciting artifact that we are studying around the clock.  We believe these Democrats, in their dying days, resorted to baby worship by sacrificing millions of them upon the altar of a mysterious pseudo-religion that we can only now identify as something having to do with 'Planning'.  We strongly believe that this symbol may very well be a link to that religion, although my colleague at the dig, Dr. Cumwatmyte, still insists that the representative image is more likely an expression of some hidden angst that was on the rise among their kind and that lead to their untimely demise about 250 years ago."
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A Project I'm Writing and Laying Out at the Same Time

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sun, 12/18/2016 - 20:18
The material dates from 1974 and, oh boy, has it been updated! Cool adventure in the future folks!

More to come!

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Dave Arneson's True Genius Cover FINISHED!

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 16:37

This is a highly reduced resolution JPEG of the cover for Dave Arneson's True Genius that my wife, Nathalie (with some specific help from myself on the graphics end, i.e., the concept lettering for the blackboard), finished today.  Nathalie is very excellent at layout (and many other things, she always surprises)!

Nat has proceeded to laying out the text.  Meanwhile I am plugging away on 2 maps for 2 separate adventures as well as laying out TLS's first PDF product!

We are getting excited here!  I hope you are too!


Rob & Nat

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BoardGameGeek Composite Rating for El Raja Key Archive: So Far So Good!

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:22

Initial reactions from buyers at BGG of El Raja Key Archive is at a composite 9.5 out of 10.


Not blowing our horn too much here, but we expected very high ratings for this product.

Almost 3 years steady production time went into finishing the project and it also launched a new adventure book line with it.  Its nearly 1,100 hi-res scanned files date back to 1971 and are a roadmap to pre-D&D, early D&D, ancient Greyhawk material, World of Kalibruhn, early TSR and so much more, spanning 48 years of my design history through the original artifacts that were auctioned 2005-2015 but, with foresight, were preserved for the gamers, collectors and historians through hundreds of hours of scanning work over that time.

There has never been an item of this sort produced and made available for the public in the history of RPGs.

TLB Games is currently running a Holiday Sale for ERKA (see link at the right side bar).  Get yours before Santa heads back to the North Pole!

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My Interview at the Multiverse Blog

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 17:22
"Chillin' after the interview"

Timothy Connolly and I had a week-long give-and-take resulting in an interview that should be of special interest to TSR/D&D historians and serious designers.

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TLB Games Holiday Specials

Lake Geneva Original Campaign - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 21:15

Holiday Sale Special!!!
Check out our specials for El Raja Key Archive and Sunken City Adventure!
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15mm Pig-Faced Orcs!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 21:32
I am very excited right now!  Just got these pictures from Faron Betchley of the 15 Pig-Faced Orcs he did for me.  These will be on their way to the moldmaker tomorrow so hopefully ready sometime in August along with the Half-Orc Adventurers.  I will initially be selling them in one big 24 figure warband pack.  Enjoy!

2 Pole-Arms and a Wizard
Leader and 2 Guard
Warrior, Crossbow, and Captain
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Summer Sale!!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 13:38

Greetings.  I am not able to attend Historicon again this year and will be offering 20% off from July 15 through Monday, July 20.  Just enter HCON15 under coupon at check out to receive the discount.  
Adoption stuff is going well and I am hoping to use the money from this sale to keep getting new product made, including pig-faced orcs (Faron Betchley sculpting), ogres (Ben Siens sculpting), and 13th Warrior style boxed set with 24 figures (Rodrick Campbell sculpting).  
Faron has finished some half-orc characters that look fantastic and will be coming out once I have a full master mold sometime late summer--hopefully.  Here are the greens for your viewing pleasure.
Female Barbarian, Undead Hunter, Female Assassin, Fighter
Paladin, Cleric, Druid
Ranger, Assassin, Barbarian
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Adoption Payment Due so Having a Sale

Splintered Light Miniatures - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:38
As most of you know, we are in the process of adopting a little boy from China and are naming him Caleb.  We just got approval from the US government to bring him over so our dossier is being sent to China next week.  This is blessed news.  Part of doing that, however, will be sending in the next $4000.  We are having a garage sale tomorrow morning as well as selling t-shirts but I am going to have a weekend sale to hopefully raise some quick money.

Caleb out for a Ride on the Train

Therefore, from now through Monday at 11:59 PM, we will be offering 20% all items in our online store.  Included in the sale will be the China Collection pack.  Just enter CHINA15 in the section asking for coupon code for the discount.

China Collection Pack
As always, thank you for looking and for your continued business and support.

Caleb Learning to Brush His Teeth

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14 New Packs and a Spring Sale!

Splintered Light Miniatures - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:54
We are excited to announce 14 new packs in our 15mm ranges as well as our Spring Sale.  All items in the Splintered Light web store are 20% off through Wednesday, May 20.  Just enter SLMSPRING15 to get the discount.
Our new packs come from four different sculptors.  First, are the Viking Shield Maidens, sculpted by Rodrick Campbell.   They come in packs of 12 with 6 different poses.
Viking Shield Maidens
Next, we have 2 packs from Ben Siens.  The Ettins are the 5th set of giants Ben has sculpted and are 28mm tall like the Hill Giants.  They come in packs of 2 with 2 poses.  Ben also added a pack to the Dark Elf line and we are calling them Dark Elf Corsairs, though they would work for a variety of unit types, including assassin or berserkers.  They come in packs of 12 with 3 different poses.

Dark Elf Corsairs

Our third sculptor's work is from Sandra Garrity and includes some wonderful monster additions to our Dungeon Crawl line--Manticores, Hippogriffs, Leucrotta, Chaos Panthers, Peryton, and a Green Dragon.  The Manticore come with a choice of 2 tails--spiked and scorpion.

Chaos Panthers
Green Dragon

Finally, Faron Bethley has contributed four new packs, including kobolds, hobgoblins, bandits, and giant weasels.  The kobolds come in packs of 25 with 15 different poses; the hobgoblins in packs of 24 with 15 different poses; the bandits in a pack of 12 unique poses; and the weasels are in packs of 6 with 2 unique poses.

Giant Weasels
The final pack is the China Collection set, previewed the other day.

You can see all of the packs and purchase them at
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Special 15mm China Collection Pack

Splintered Light Miniatures - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:40
Over the past year, my wife and I have been in the process of adopting a 2 year old boy from China. We are going to name him Caleb Robson McBride and our family (including big brother Archer and big sisters Winnie and Meg) is very excited to bring him home. The cost of adoption from China, including travel is roughly $35k. One of the ways we plan to raise the money for this adoption is through selling this pack, which costs $25. 

China Collection

One of the most amazing aspects of this project thus far is how generous our sculptors, moldmaker, and casting company have been.  I want to thank Sandra Garrity for her great work on the Kirin; give special thanks to Rodrick Campbell for his great work and donation of the Chinese Warrior sculpt; and also many thanks to Faron Betchley, who not only sculpted the Chinese Princess for free but took it upon himself to add the Chinese Dragon, 2 Foo Dogs, 2 Pandas, a Fox Spirit, and a Panda Kung Fu Master for free.  

Chinese Dragon with Various Paint Styles
Foo Dogs

Also, many thanks to Terry Ruff, who donated his time spent on the master mold and production mold for this set as well as to Connie and Russ at Old Glory 28s, who donated rubber for the two molds as well as the first 23 sets.  The kindness and generosity of these wonderful folk have truly touched my family's heart.

Kirin with 3 Different Paint Styles

After we have paid for the adoption, $22 of every set sold will go to House of Grace, the foster home in China that has taken such great care of our boy thus far and is a home to 15 precious children at a time. They live by faith for resources to come and do a great job with what they are given. It is our hope and prayer that we will be able to support them and their work long after Caleb is home with us.

Fox Spirit (Hsu Hsien)
Chinese Princess and Chinese Warrior

Included in the pack is a Chinese Dragon, 2 Panda Bears, a Panda Kung Fu Master, a Chinese Princess, 2 Fu Dogs, a Hu Hsien (Fox Spirit), all sculpted by Faron Betchley; as well as a Chinese Warrior, sculpted by Rodrick Campbell; and a Kirin, sculpted by Sandra Garrity. All figure are for 15mm.

Panda Kung Fu Master
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15mm Viking Shield Maidens

Splintered Light Miniatures - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:36
Here is another set of greens that will be released very soon--Viking Shield Maidens!  Sculpted by Rodrick Campbell, these will be great additions to Viking armies, skirmish squads and even fantasy battles and RPGs.  Rod has done a fantastic job on these and I can't wait to paint mine up!
Shield MaidensThese will come with separate shields, just as they do with our other historicals.

More Shield Maidens
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15mm Ettin Green

Splintered Light Miniatures - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:52
I am excited to show you the first of two Ettin greens from Ben Siens.  These will be the fifth addition to our line of giants.
Ettin Front
Ettin RearI am hoping to have these out sometime in May.  They are probably just going to miss a round of moldmaking in April.
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