28 February 2018

The Twisting Stair #3 (Spring 2018)

After a longer delay than planned, Tony Rosten and I are happy to announce that the Spring 2018 third issue of The Twisting Stair is going to press this week, and will debut at GaryCon next week (8-11 March 2018, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)!

The Twisting Stair, issues 1-3

Like TTS#2, The Twisting Stair #3 is 20 pages long, is priced at $5, and is available in print format only.  

TTS#3 Contents

Here's the TOC for The Twisting Stair #3 (Spring 2018):

  • From Kuroth’s Quill by Allan -- "Mega-Dungeon Mapping Strategies for Players" (in which Allan attempts to make mapping fun!)
    • Mapping the Problem: An Introduction
    • The Main Functions of a Map - Why to Map
    • grodog's Three Mapping Modes - How to Map
      • Replicated Maps - aka, the Ernie Gygax Method
      • Descriptive Maps - The Captain's Log
      • Trailing Maps - A Hybrid Approach
    • grodog's Mapping Tips and Tricks
      • Playing Mapping Tactics
      • In-Character Mapping Tactics
  • Critters and Glitters
    • New monster - Fire Weird by Allan (a firey variation on Ernie Gygax's classic monster)
    • New magic items - Ying’s Fantastic Fireworks by Tony (a collection of ten new one-shot magical devices)
  • The Centerfold Mega-Dungeon Map by Tony and Allan -- The third 11"x17" level of The Twisting Stair dungeon
  • Wandering Pairings by Tony -- Third-level wandering monsters
  • Down the Twisting Stair by Tony -- Vertical Design in the Mega-Dungeon
    • The Ups and Downs of Vertical Encounter Design
    • Encounter:  "Will you climb into my Parlour?" said the Great Red Spider to the Fly
    • Vertical Design Involving Multiple Encounters
    • Encounter:  The Upside-Down Water Lock
    • Vertical Design that Spans Multiple Dungeon Levels
  • Stackable Geomorphs Add Verticality to Your Mega-Dungeon by Tony and Allan -- A new type of geomorph designed to increase vertical space in dungeon design
    • 3 stackable base geomorphs
    • 6 stackable geomorphs
    • 3 blank stackable geomorphs

Ordering and Shipping Details To Follow

Since TTS#3 will be printed in Wisconsin for its GaryCon premiere, I don't have a copy in-hand to build out shipping and ordering specs yet.  I assume that baseline costs will be nearly-identical to the shipping for TTS#2, but will need to validate all of that prior to publishing shipping rates for issue #3, as well as for combined shipping rates for multiple issues.

Back Issues Availability

Copies of The Twisting Stair #1 (Spring 2017) and The Twisting Stair #2 (Summer 2017) are also available for $5 each.  Updated shipping information will be posted for ordering all three issues after our return from GaryCon.


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