Lances & Labyrinths — A Free Tunnels & Trolls-like Fantasy RPG

I found a free Tunnels & Trolls like game on my hard drive yesterday. It’s called Lances & Labyrinths and the “introduction” describes the game as “What happens when you decide Tunnels & Trolls is too complicated.” That’s the entire introduction and description of the game. Personally, it looks somewhat more complex than the Tunnels & Trolls I’ve played over the years (editions 1 through 5.5), but it is a nice rules-light game system that uses the basic saving throw and monster rating systems from T&T. I’ve put a copy out on Mediafire so everyone who would like a copy may download one.

The rules are surprising complete for 13 pages with a good number of illos. There are a number of character classes, more detailed rules for complex than I remember T&T having, rules for creating magic items, etc. Spells (including spells for clerics and paladins which I don’t remember being in T&T) do not have the humorous “Take That You Fiend!” names I associate with T&T, but for many people this will probably be a good thing. The system also includes “edges” that characters gain at level 3 (and every third level thereafter).

No author or artist is credited. There’s no copyright notice. I have no idea who designed this game, but it is interesting and looks playable. It’s one of the few RPGs I’ve seen that is based on T&T mechanics. You can download a free copy from this from this Mediafire link.

http://www.mediafire.com/?mzkyyym1lyl

The file is about 1.3 megs (probably because of the artwork).

ADDED: It looks like this was written by Jonathan Clarke from FJGaming. Thanks to Wothbora for tracking this infomation down!

BTW, Happy Independence Day. My Sunday M75 game is taking a week off so every can celebrate with their families.

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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Ragnorakk
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It's an interesting read, and looks well done, unfortunately the download doesn't seem to function (though I could read it). You have no idea where this came from?

Randall
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The download is working fine for me (I just downloaded it) with Windows 7 64-bit and Firefox 3.6.6.

I found the file in my Downloads folder when I was doing my backups yesterday. I don't remember where I downloaded it and Google did not help. To be honest, I thought it was a new Microlite20 variant I had saved foir the next edition of The Microlite20 RPG Collection until I actually looked at it.

Ragnorakk
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Yep. Got it. Put the question of it's origins to the fine fellows at Vin's Trollbridge, we'll see if any info is scared up…

Todd the Viking King
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I believe it came from Jonathan Clarke at FJGaming
http://www.fjgaming.com
Look under downloads…

~Wothbora~

Randall
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Wothbora — Thank you for tracking this down. I've updated the post with this info.

Jeff Moore
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This really looks like some great stuff and the spot illos are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Jeff

Andreas Davour
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It makes absolutely no sense to say that's what happens when T&T is too complex! That is more complex than T&T.

I really like it, though.

Thanks for finding that little gem, Randall.

Anonymous
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My T&T 'like' game is here and it IS simpler than the original and best 5th Edition. http://sites.google.com/site/hogtunnels/tunnel-quest