Thursday, November 12, 2009

Let's say I want to get into Arneson's Blackmoor...

I do feel kind of remiss not having any Blackmoor material on my shelves.

What resource should I start with? Is there a single good general overview of the "authentic" Blackmoor as used by Arneson, as distinct from the ones that appear in the Greyhawk and Known World/Mystara products?

10 comments:

  1. http://jovianclouds.com/blackmoor/Archive_OLD/bmc.html has legal downloads of the original Blackmoor supplement and world map. First Fantasy Campaign, the old Judges Guild product is probably what you want. It looks just like a collection of DM Campaign notes, tidied up just a little for publication. A newer version of the Blackmoor Campaign (d20 maybe?) was recently published, but I haven't had the opportunity to inspect this. I have a Blackmoor links section on my blog that might be of use.

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  2. First Fantasy Campaign, definitely.

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  3. Yes, avoid the new stuff. FFC is all you really need.

    The DA adventure series is not bad, and the original Blackmoor Supplement is also worthwhile.

    I really don't think you need much beyond that.

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  4. The problem being that FFC is damn near impossible to buy. You have to be very rich, and lucky.

    I think reading about what it was Greg and Dave and the others were doing and getting DA or the newer stuff at least give you a picture of what it's all about. FFC sure is interesting, but when it is so hard to come across we will have to use something else. :(

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  5. Wow, are you ever right. I simply can't spare $100+ for a game book. To bad.

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  6. I wish they would pdf and sell ffc. But of course that might cut into the sales of the new 4e Blackmoor (yuck!) or the new Blackmoor Dungeon (meh.)

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  7. I don't think the buying public who would buy FFC is at all interested in 4e Blackmoor. If they are, they will probably be completists and then no money would be lost.

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  8. I have no idea if the map from DA1, "Adventures in Blackmoor", is canon - but its detailed map inspired me into the hobby.

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  9. Since it's now been cleared by Harvard that Dave approved eveything in DA, I guess they could be considered a fairly good source of Blackmoor lore.

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  10. I'll definitely look into DA1 then. Thanks!

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