International Traditional Gaming Week recap

Posted in Uncategorized by jrients on January 19, 2009

A lot of cool games have been played over the last week or so. Thanks to all the enterprising referees and interested players who made our first TARGA event a success! Here’s a brief rundown of all the games.

Spike reports on her husband running their game group through the Endless Tunnels of Enlandin. Thanks for the great report and nifty pictures, Spike!

Mike Davison provided a great photo of the group that gathered in his Basement O’ Doom to play some Swords & Wizardry:gameday3

Chgowiz is running an OD&D solo campaign with his wife. Read more on his game here.

Over at the TARGAtalk discussion group member Forest Ray filed this brief report:

Our heroes (my two cousins, nephew and niece all first level) rode into a small farming community and found it pillaged by a unknown raiding party after tracking a band of bugbears they were able to defeat them and gain knowledge of the raiding party as well as get some treasure. I didn’t get pics will try next time the game was a great success.

(Running games for nephws, nieces, sons, daughters and other youth is a theme TARGA will visit in the near future.)

Go here, here, here, and here to see the unstoppable James Raggi‘s pics from several old school sessions.

Over at the Original D&D Discussion boards kesher reported running a group through James Maliszewski’s The Ruined Monastery adventure from Fight On! issue #1.  Kesher took some great pictures, which you can view here.

Also over at OD&D Discussion garish offered a brief report of getting two teens into the scene:

Spike and I had two young teens turn out to paint a mini, then try out the combat system from Swords & Wizardry. I gave them each a character sheet and a d6 and d20, so they could continue the fight at home. When their dad picked them up, he took a card with the web address for S&W. The lads said they would bring some friends next Sunday and try a full dungeon crawl.

Wish me luck!

Good luck indeed, garish!  Great follow-up sending those two young fellows with dice and a link to some rules!

Aaron Nuttall had great success with his two TARGA-inspired old school sessions.  Read about them here and here.  Keep up the good work, Aaron!

Finally, my own report on my game can be found over at my personal gameblog.

As more reports roll in we’ll keep you posted here.  And remember, just because the week set aside to recognize Traditional Gaming is over doesn’t mean the gaming has to end!  Maybe your schedule hasn’t allowed you to run something in the last week or so, but TARGA will always be ready to celebrate and support your efforts to help us all keep the flame burning.

Meanwhile we’ll continue brainstorming new ways to nurture and grow this old school gaming movement of ours.  Join us over at TARGAtalk as we plan a second International Traditional Gaming Week later this year (possibly in May), debate better ways to use the web to spread the word and consider plans for events like Gen Con.

What can you do right now?

Posted in Uncategorized by jrients on January 9, 2009

International Traditional Gaming Week starts tomorrow. Perhaps you’d like to participate but you don’t have a game organized. Jump in Head First! If you start organizing a game right now, you may be able to get something up and running by the end of the week. Don’t hesitate! And if you can’t get something going before ITGW is over, who cares? We surely don’t! Any old school game you can get up and running is a victory, whatever the date. Or use this coming week as a way of strengthening your resolve to get a game up and running. Do you have a game group that plays other games? Maybe its time to pitch some OD&D or Classic Traveller to them. Or do you have friends or coworkers who you think might dig gaming if they tried it? Promise yourself this week to finally bring up the subject. Or maybe you can devote this week to sitting down and working on that adventure you’ve been meaning to get to.

Remember the first rule of getting something done is to actually do something. Don’t just think about how nice it would be to finally run that Tunnels & Trolls or Runequest campaign. This week take some step, no matter how small, towards making that goal a reality. And whatever you do, please let us know about it! Either leave a comment here or post over on TARGAtalk, so that we can celebrate your work and share your accomplishments with others. We’re all in this together and one of the easiest ways we can support the hobby is just showing other people that it can be done.

On the bandwagon

Posted in Uncategorized by jrients on January 8, 2009

Over on the TARGAtalk yahoo group Victor Raymond is reporting some excellent responses to International Traditional Roleplaying Week.

Who is running the game: James Raggi
When is it happening: Sunday
What are the rules: Basic Fantasy Role-Playing
Where is it happening: His Secret Headquarters (home), Helsinki, Finland
How will people know about it: word-by-mouth, regular gaming group

Who: Jeff Rients
When: Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 7-10pm
What: Labyrinth Lord
Where: Armored Gopher Games, Champaign, Illinois
How: store owner’s word of mouth, store website, his blog, and maybe posters

Who: Victor Raymond
When: January 10th-18th, 2009 (precise date TBD; look for updates soon)
What: Labyrinth Lord
Where: Mayhem Comics and Collectables, Ames, Iowa
How: store owner’s word of mouth, posters, word of mouth

Who: James Maliszewski
When: Monday, January 10th, 3pm to later
What: Swords & Wizardry
Where: The Fortress of Solitude (home), (Toronto, ONT)
How: regular gaming group

Who: Julian Bernick
When: Sunday, Jan 11
What: Castles & Crusades or Rules Cyclopedia
Where: Dining Room of Iniquity, Minneapolis, MN
How: word-by-mouth, regular gaming group

Who: Mike Davison
When: Monday, January 10th, 1pm to 6pm
What: Swords & Wizardry
Where: The Basement of Doom! (home), (Villa Rica, GA)
How: regular gaming group

Who: Steve Zieser
When: Saturday, January 24th, 9:45am-4:30pm
What: Swords & Wizardry WB
Where: Marion Public Library Meeting Room A, Marion IA, Portland, OR
How: Semi-Monthly Game-Day event

Who: Steve Smith
When: Saturday, Jan 10 & Sun Jan 11
What: AD&D 1E
Where: (Sat) My house (Sun) buddy’s house
How: (two) regular gaming group(s)

It’s not too late for you to join in the fun! Don’t be shy! No one on this list is some kind of gaming genius, we’re just regular folks wanting to share some good times with old friends and friends we haven’t me yet.

For those of you running games, Victor offers some excellent suggestions:

1) If you can, take some pictures of your game session. Ideally, something showing some exciting action taking place. Also, get at least one pic clearly showing the rules you are using. You can put those photos in the photo section here. We’d like to use them in the TARGA blog.

2) Write up a short summary of how it all went, when you are done. Were dragons slain? Gold acquired? Magic discovered? Write it all up, and post it back here.

3) If you have anyone new to traditional roleplaying, get some reactions from them. Of course, we’re interested in the positive ones, but if there are any that are more critical, that is worth knowing, too. Again, post these quotes and reactions here.

Great ideas there, Victor! He’s also set up a Facebook page for the operation.

If you don’t want sign up on for the TARGAtalk yahoo group just shoot any reports and photos to me at jrients at gmail dot com and I’ll post them Or put them up on your own blog/myspace page/whatever and send me a link! TARGA isn’t about controlling old school gaming, it’s about sharing the fun. We don’t need to be any more centralized than is absolutely necessary to meet our goals.

Introducing TARGA

Posted in Uncategorized by jrients on January 3, 2009

Dear friends and fellow game enthusiasts,

Consider for a moment the high level of discourse at discussion forums like Original D&D Discusion, Knights & Knaves, and Dragonsfoot; the emergence of several blogs devoted to old school gaming; the rise of the retro-clone games like Labyrinth Lord and OSCRIC; and the success of new ventures like Fight On! magazine. Some have suggested that change is in the air, that we are at the beginning of a renaissance, a renewed interest in the kind of gaming that gave birth to the roleplaying hobby of today. We of the Traditional Adventure Roleplaying Game Association, or TARGA, believe that this old school rebirth can only be sustained and grown if we all work on it together.

TARGA is a small band of gamers around the world organizing themselves as a not-for-profit corporation devoted to the simple idea that our school of gaming still has merit today and should be preserved, promoted, and, most importantly, played! Thus TARGA’s primary objective is to do everything we can to assist in promoting traditional gaming, recruiting new players into the fold, and providing organizational support for judges. We want to help everyone find a game that needs one or help organize a new campaign if none can be found. A dungeon in every city and two new players at every table, as it were.

Let’s take a moment to explain what TARGA is not about. We are not about splitting hairs as to which games are or are not old school. We trust our fellow fans to be able to figure that out for themselves. We are not here to talk trash about other games or styles of play. They can do their thing and we can do ours and all get along. Some of us even like those new-fangled games! And we are not reactionary neo-luddites hellbent on snatching prepainted plastic miniatures out of children’s hands and forcing the kids to get lead poisoning like we did in the good ol’ days. TARGA plans to stay positive and to stay focused on what we can get done.

And what can we get done? TARGA’s first initiative is International Traditional Adventure Roleplaying Week, January 10th through 17th, 2009. We are challenging you, ourselves, and old school referees everywhere to find a game store, contact the owner or manager, and arrange a demo of your favorite old school game or retro-clone. Or invite some friends (gamers and/or newbies) to your home for a one-shot adventure. We need to get people playing!

Organizing discussion for International Traditional Adventure Roleplaying Week is underway at TARGATalk with additional support available as soon as our web presence grows. We hope you’ll join us in this exciting new endeavor!

John Adams (Brave Halfling Publishing)
Joseph Bloch (the Greyhawk Grognard)
James Maliszewski (Grognardia)
Dan Proctor (Goblinoid Games)
James Edward Raggi IV (Legends of the Flame Princess)
Victor Raymond (badger2305.livejournal.com)
Jeff Rients (Jeff’s Gameblog)
Matthew James Stanham (Silver Blade Adventures)
Ignatius Umlaut (Fight On! magazine)