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The Hobby Shop Dungeon, one huge project deserves another!

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I have been laying off Kickstarters recently, I have been really busy with all the bits going on here at DMB Games, what with our show schedule, getting sets out to customers, remaking moulds so they are better, and looking at expanding the ranges.

But about a month ago a post on Facebook caught my attention. It was of a beautiful Map, and I thought, thats exactly how I want the maps that we produce here at DMB to look.  Now anyone who knows me knows i have about as much artist ability as a dead Albatross… and even then its a close called thing.

I cant find the image at the time of writing this post, but it was a picture of a beautiful map framed and hung on a wall. after drooling over the image and thinking how awesome that would look on my games room wall. I looked at what the image was related to.

Thats when i stumbled across the Facebook page for the Hobby Shop Dungeon. Then i came across a post that said they would be launching a Kickstarter. So naturally I kept an eye out for the kickstarter going live, which it has, and I think you should go and pledge some money right now to support this great product.

At the time of writing this post they have reached a funding level of $24,415 of a goal of $20,000 and are not only funded but have blown past their first stretch goal as well, which is an additional map, of the crypts under the Burial Vaults, now that wont mean much if you haven’t been over to the kickstarter and had a look at it, which if you haven’t i would suggest you do so right now (Click Here to do so, and make sure you drop in a pledge while your there) it’s ok I’m happy to wait while you do…

You have been for a look and a pledged, and come back again, excellent! Ill carry on then.

The facebook and Kickstarter pages are filled with old school art work like this:

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For those of you too lazy to go look, ill give you a quick summary of the project, from the mouths of the creators them selves (well, their fingers on a keyboard at least:)

“The Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter is a completely self-contained sandbox module introducing Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.’s setting, The Hobby Shop Dungeon, and the lands of the Duinnsmere around it, to the gaming masses. The Marmoreal Tomb can be played entirely on its own, in whole orin parts, or used at the game table in conjunction with other GP Adventures offerings. It can be used with its own default setting of The Duinnsmere, and/or in conjunction to other settings, published and home-brewed. Its design seeks to reflect both the way Ernest Gary Gygax Jr. runs the game, and to be amenable to one’s own preferences and play styles.

THE HOBBY SHOP DUNGEON is an adventure game setting originally created by Ernest Gary Gygax Jr. in 1978 while working as a clerk for the fondly-remembered Dungeon Hobby Shop of Lake Geneva, WI. Inspired by the many games and campaigns he played with his father and many friends, and aided by incomplete maps initially drawn by Terry Kuntz, Ernest came up with a large sprawling dungeon complex that could be used to run games at the store. Since then, more than a thousand players have explored its depths, as remembered by Ernest, including TSR alumni, family members, customers and gamer friends, up to 22 players per sitting! It has been played in a variety of venues including Margaret Weis’s and Don Perrin’s Game Guild, in California’s Dungeons & Dragons Entertainment division, as a special event for game conventions and many more besides.

This is this entire dungeon and setting around it that GP Adventures wants to bring to publication via its Hobby Shop Dungeon game line, starting now with the Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter.”

There is a lot more information over on the Kickstarter page, so make sure you visit it to read all about the project, but here is a nice list of the stretch goals they already have planned.

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If you do pledge let me know it would be nice to know who i supporting the same projects as me!

Now for the next crazy bit… Im going to try and build the dungeons from the Marmoreal Tomb using the DMB dungeon tile range.  I ma hoping this will do several things. Help me get in to the flow of building custom boards, and more permanent structures over the modular tiles. I know the Dungeon tile range is made as flexible as possible but it does make it difficult to create layouts at for shows, and show what you cna actually do with the tiles if you have something to work from.

  • It will also show that you can use the tiles to create dungeons from maps that are drawn by someone who doesn’t have a core set to hand, and that the tiles are flexible enough to do whatever you want to do with them.
  • It will help us Identify where there are holes in the product range, of which we know there are quite a few.
  • It will require regular work, and therefore regular blog updates.
  • It will require more than just the floor and wall tiles, it will require accessories, and dungeon dressing, which means more stuff for you guys to buy, as anything I make for the Marmoreal Tomb board will be cast and put out in the catalogue for you to buy as well.

So without further ado, here are some pictures to show you what I will need to follow to make it work!


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Now the fulfilment on this isn’t until March next year, so it will be a little while before we see the dungeon start to come to life, but with such a big project on the horizon I need to make sure that We can keep up with everything else that needs doing!

I will be keeping you up to date on the progress of both the Hobby Shop Dungeon Marmoreal Tomb Kickstarter and the progress of the board build.

Watch this space!

Andy @ DMB

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