The Fellowship of the Thing

The Fellowship of the Thing We grew up playing old-school games from the 70's like OD&D and Squad Leader. During filming we found some great stuff - stuff we are now bringing to you.
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We love those games so much we made a film called "Secrets of Blackmoor" on the history of D&D.

Special Guest announcement for  Arnecon 2  -Rob K***z ( Co-author of the Greyhawk supplement (1975) & Gods, Demi-Gods & ...
04/18/2024

Special Guest announcement for Arnecon 2 -
Rob K***z ( Co-author of the Greyhawk supplement (1975) & Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), and Dragon Magazine columnist. Friends with both Gygax and Arneson) will be refereeing sessions of “Into the Wild Blue Yonder”, an adventure written by him specially for ArneCon 2, using AD&D 1E rules. Also, join him for an autograph session on Saturday afternoon - so bring your old D&D books! This is his first appearance in the US in about 10 years!

Big Announcement! We are excited to present our first special guest for ArneCon 2:

Rob K***z!

Rob K***z is the last designer standing from the Golden Age of D&D’s inception. Co-author of the Greyhawk supplement (1975) & Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), and Dragon Magazine columnist. Friends with both Gygax and Arneson, he participated in the Blackmoor demo game wherein Arneson revealed to Gygax and the Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association (LGTSA) that he had created a new category of games: the RPG paper and pencil adventure game.

Rob will be refereeing three sessions of “Into the Wild Blue Yonder”, an adventure written by him specially for ArneCon 2, using AD&D 1E rules. Also, join him for an autograph session on Saturday afternoon - so bring your old D&D books! This is his first appearance in the US in about 10 years!

More information at https://arnecon.net

03/23/2024

Griffith Morgan DM's a session of The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg at Gary Con XVI. Celebrating 50 years of D&D with a 51-year old dungeon. Livestream starts a...

Saturday at 6pm Central Time!
03/23/2024

Saturday at 6pm Central Time!

Griffith Morgan DM's a session of The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg at Gary Con XVI. Celebrating 50 years of D&D with a 51-year old dungeon. Livestream starts a...

Livestream Saturday! Griffith Morgan DM's Tonisborg at Gary Con XVI. Celebrating 50 years of D&D with a 51-year-old dung...
03/21/2024

Livestream Saturday! Griffith Morgan DM's Tonisborg at Gary Con XVI. Celebrating 50 years of D&D with a 51-year-old dungeon!

Griffith Morgan DM's a session of The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg at Gary Con XVI. Celebrating 50 years of D&D with a 51-year old dungeon. Livestream starts a...

02/03/2024

Mark your Calendar🎲

October 4-6, 2024 are the dates to lock out.

ArneCon 2 is coming and you do not want to miss out on the fun of RPGs, War Games, Board Games, Computer Games, and a lot more!

We have a 20% off early bird special on badges until March 1.

You can see last years events in the posted images.

Check back for info on Special Guests - not yet announced.



https://tfott.com/arnecon

Are you tired of having to do everything for your players?In our group, Chris is the party manager and he helps me run m...
01/25/2024

Are you tired of having to do everything for your players?

In our group, Chris is the party manager and he helps me run my games smoothly.

Maybe this is obvious to some of you, but I've played with some really chaotic groups and I can't stand it, even as a player.

Combat Diagrams here:
https://secretsofblackmoor.com/blog/combat-diagrams-for-dungeons-dragons…

Well, it’s a been a while. Was just peering at some spurious content about the need for Chainmail to understand original D&D, along with comments about a letter Arneson wrote to WOTC being another...

12/15/2023

The first half of "Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons" is now on YouTube:

What if everything you knew about the history of Dungeons & Dragons was wrong? 6 Years, 12 Cities, 200 Hours of Interviews, 20,000 Documents and Photos: An u...

🎲 We Need a Favor 🎲Our new YouTube channel, The Informal Game, needs to exceed a certain critical mass before it will st...
12/05/2023

🎲 We Need a Favor 🎲

Our new YouTube channel, The Informal Game, needs to exceed a certain critical mass before it will start to appear higher in people's searches - that's just how the algorithm works on YouTube - you need subscribers.

Until people begin to semi-organically find our show, it's never really organic at all - you gotta game the system.

Please go to the channel, watch the 90 second trailer, then LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our channel. You can also watch the first 40 minutes Secrets of Blackmoor there.

In a month you can go back and unsubscribe, thus going back to your normal life.

I promise it will be painless, but it will really help us develop more movie sales - Who knows, if we get enough sales we might be able to do the second film too.

Thanks so much, Griff (and Chris)

The Informal Game Presents "Secrets of Blackmoor" Please subscribe to get notified of when we post new chapters. Watch the entire film in the US/UK on Amazon...

Secrets of Blackmoor - The True History of Dungeons & Dragons - Chapter 5 & 6Learn how War Games get merged with Role Pl...
12/03/2023

Secrets of Blackmoor - The True History of Dungeons & Dragons - Chapter 5 & 6

Learn how War Games get merged with Role Playing to create a new kind of game.



The Informal Game Presents "Secrets of Blackmoor" Chapter 5. The War Game RPG Chapter 6. Change of CommandWatch the entire film in the US/UK on Amazon at: ht...

🎲A Game Referees Guide to Old School Play Methods🎲We only have 20 red hard cover 2nd printing Tonisborg books left in th...
11/24/2023

🎲A Game Referees Guide to Old School Play Methods🎲

We only have 20 red hard cover 2nd printing Tonisborg books left in the store.

It is also available in paperback versions, either the archival grade paper stock with color map reproductions, or print on demand with black and white map reproductions.

Get it while you can.

Get your Old-School On! A guide to how Dungeons & Dragons was played before Dungeons & Dragons! Last Chance to get the Second Printing, First Edition (a.k.a. Red Cover). They are "remainders", meaning they did not pass our strict quality inspection to use them to fulfill the Kickstarter. The...

🎲Where do Dungeon Masters come from? 🎲Find out by watching Chapter 4: Resurrecting the Referee.Another section of Secret...
11/22/2023

🎲Where do Dungeon Masters come from? 🎲

Find out by watching Chapter 4: Resurrecting the Referee.

Another section of Secrets of Blackmoor is set to premier at 6pm (Mountain Time).

We'll be in the chat early to crack jokes and answer questions.

See you there❤️

https://youtu.be/nmI7jklvrts?si=mISLDPUj2re3bMvJ

Beforehand, you may want to check out the previous three chapters (look under "playlists")

The Informal Game Presents "Secrets of Blackmoor" Chapter 4. Resurrecting the RefereeWatch the entire film in the US/UK on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/...

Just released:  On our new YouTube channel, "The Informal Game", Chapter 3 of "Secrets of Blackmoor" -Don't forget to su...
11/17/2023

Just released: On our new YouTube channel, "The Informal Game", Chapter 3 of "Secrets of Blackmoor" -Don't forget to subscribe to get notified when we release more chapters and new content. Thanks!

The Informal Game Presents "Secrets of Blackmoor" Chapter 3. Mustering the TroopsWatch the entire film in the US/UK on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/v...

We've launched a new channel, The Informal Game. How to's on making RPGs more fun to play, as well as covering the histo...
11/17/2023

We've launched a new channel, The Informal Game. How to's on making RPGs more fun to play, as well as covering the history and origins of the game. Featuring Griffith Morgan, Writer/Editor/Director of "Secrets of Blackmoor", and Co-Author of "The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg".

The Informal Game Presents "Secrets of Blackmoor" Chapters:1. Introduction2. Arneson and Dungeons & DragonsWatch the entire film in the US/UK on Amazon at: h...

10/23/2023
10/20/2023

Getting the rooms set up. "Game On!" in 3 hours!

10/14/2023

One week to the opening of ArneCon 1! We hope to see you there!

http://ArneCon.net

10/13/2023

Arnecon™ is a gaming convention honoring the creative genius of Dave Arneson and his game group, The Blackmoor Bunch. It is a panoply of game experiences - featuring miniatures war-games, board games, and role playing games. Come game with the people who were there when Role Playing was invented. ...

10/13/2023

Come to ArneCon and play games with people who helped create the hobby. There can be only one ArneCon 1.

http://arnecon.net

10/03/2023

We’re less than three weeks out from Arnecon game convention. It is going to be a very unique event. Since it is the first one, we’ve planned it as an intimate event without the huge crowds like...

09/29/2023

ArneCon 1 Special Game events Schedule!

Get your badges today!

ArneCon.net

09/29/2023

Another experience waiting for you at ArneCon 1:

Play a D&D session in Blackmoor using original Arneson unpublished maps & design notes.

Get your badges now!

http://ArneCon.net

09/24/2023

New! The PLATO Early Computing Room:
Most of what has become an everyday experience for computer users originates on PLATO. We are very proud to bring the PLATO system to Arnecon.

In 1960 a large computer system was created with the goal of being a new way to teach. The system was dubbed, Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations, or PLATO.

By the 1970’s something strange and unexpected was happening at PLATO. Young programmers began to make games. It was a novel idea to take a boring computer network where people took classes & did homework and turn it into a place where people could go play and have fun.

Before long many amazing and creative game designs were appearing on the PLATO system. The first dungeon adventure games, 3D wire frame graphics games, and multiplayer team games.

Make sure to sign up for a demonstration session where you can experience what it was like to play computer games in the 1970’s (registration for sessions coming in September).

PLATO is now hosted at cyber1.org.

09/24/2023

Welcome to the first ever Arnecon™ gaming convention!

Brought to you by The Fellowship of the Thing, Ltd - creators of the film, Secrets of Blackmoor and the book, The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg.

“...After all, the keynote is, that ‘Anything is Possible’, just that some [things] are more likely than others.”- David Arneson

Officially sanctioned by the Estate of Dave Arneson

Set in an intimate locale, Arnecon is a gathering honoring the creative genius of Dave Arneson and his game group, The Blackmoor Bunch. It is a panoply of game experiences - featuring miniatures war-games, board games, and role playing games.

Come game with the people who were there when Role Playing was invented. This is shaping up to be the biggest meeting of the original "Blackmoor Bunch" in many years!

A celebration of the friendships formed through gaming - where everyone is welcome and "anything is possible".

Come, try a new game, make new friends, and explore the unlimited possibilities of gaming. Most of all - have fun!

https://www.tfott.com/arnecon

Griff was on a podcast the other day talking about Secrets of Blackmoor and the Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg.You can see t...
11/02/2022

Griff was on a podcast the other day talking about Secrets of Blackmoor and the Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg.

You can see the video here:

In the summer of 1973, as Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax worked to complete the manuscript for D&D, Greg Svenson was given a play-test copy of that novel new ga...

🎲Tanks for your Support🎲We've got our game weekend planned.Gonna do some tank simulator. 🤣Yes, we wish we had this. It l...
10/21/2022

🎲Tanks for your Support🎲

We've got our game weekend planned.

Gonna do some tank simulator. 🤣

Yes, we wish we had this. It looks really cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcQifPHcMLE

Make sure to check out the Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg Kickstarter and tell a friend about it.

At the Swiss Military Museum in Full, there's the last remaining example of a 1970s tank-driving simulator. But there's no virtual worlds here: it's connecte...

09/26/2022

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