~ Attention. Here’s an update on tonight’s dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed “some kind of beef.”~
I’m back, Welcome to the New Year’s Eve Edition of Friday’s “Mystery Meat”. This episode brings you a complete, mostly keyed Mini-Dungeon. I found this in some of my old stuff this morning, and amazingly I actually have the hand-written key to the map, including a wandering monster table. Stone Spire Mountain (Level 1), I’m pretty sure this is from 1981 or 82, I don’t think I ever made a level 2. Like I said the key is handwritten, so if you can read my handwritting (cursive no less) you will get a glimpse into my style of Dungeons & Dragons at that time. I always played loose with the Holmes rules and AD&D at the time, sort of a mish-mash of both, but that is how we rolled back then. I had a preference for humanoids then, we have Orcs and Ogres of the Red Demon Tribe. They have Kobold slaves (some in chain gangs) mining the mountain. Reading through it again, I see I have Gnolls (from a nearby hill) in negotiations with the Red Demon Tribe. All of the little x’s you see sprinkled about the map, are the locations of the individual orcs, ogres, etc. that are listed in the key. It was a lot of fun looking this over again. I scanned it all in and bumped up the contrast to make it a little easier to read. Adjusting the contrast on the map, yellowed it a lot, which makes it look older like a piece of parchment paper. I combined everything into a single PDF file. Like I said it’s all just hand-written notes….but to me it’s a interesting look back into the past of my D&D style. Hope you all enjoy it….and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year.