All Things BEAN!

Into every life a little rain must fall, or so said the man in the corner shop when I was a lad! Well, it seems to me that a little too much rain has fallen on the lives of our great mate Jeff Freels and his partner Raquel Salinas; both of them now have kidney disease meaning they have to have dialysis 4 times per week. They are both warm and caring human beings and very creative too. We hope that they will both receive transplants in the fullness of time and be able to return to a more ‘normal’ lifestyle.

East of FabasseaIn order to have the medical treatment they need, they require some financial support which we at Tavernmaster Games have been pleased to try to help supply. The profit from some of our T&T projects goes straight to them and we have even done sponsored events and asked for donations when we’ve been at gaming events. Jeff himself, even with his health failing, has continued to come up with various creative projects to help swell the TF (‘Transplant Fund’) as he calls it. They can all be seen at his website Jeffwerx┬ábut perhaps the best of them, in my mind at least is the fabulous rules lite D2 role-playing game that is BEAN!

The Tomb Of TokirahRecently, there has been a great deal of activity as far as BEAN! is concerned. To add to the second edition BEAN! rulebook, there is now a supplement called World of Bean – detailing Terrafavus, the planet where the beanfolk live, full of ideas and maps to get the aspiring Beanmaster’s (BEAN! GM) creative juices flowing. In addition, I have written a new solo, East of Fabassea, the sequel to my first project Cellars of Castle Cassoulet┬áplus Mad Roy Cram has created a new GM adventure, Tomb of Tokirah. As always the artwork from Jeff himself is spectacular and even if I say so myself, the quality of all the BEAN! material is first rate. If you like gaming, and would like to help my friends, as well as adding a super new game to your library then visit the RPG Now website and download some of the material. It’s only a few dollars, some bits are even free, and you would be giving two really great people a much needed helping hand.

Sid Orpin
December 2012

Beer & Pretzels 2012 – Bean!

Having had a splendid time on the previous day trying to get to grips with Jason Mills’ Stone Dragon Solstice adventure, today was left for the joys of the D2 role-playing chaos that is Bean!

Bean! The D2 Role-Playing System

Bean! The D2 Role-Playing System – front cover

Unfortunately, The aforementioned Jason Mills and his compatriot Andy ‘Boozer’ Holmes had to return home but that still left Andy James (‘Dekh’ from Trollhalla) along with my son, William, and an old friend from TrollCon 2010, Toby to set forth on the quest for Krang’s Helm.

Failure to bow at the name of the Great Gardener could lead to a little rain falling – courtesy of the Beanmaster, of course!

Although I didn’t employ gimmicks in the numbers seen on the previous day, I had one trick up my sleeve that seemed to keep the players on their toes – or ducking for cover! Exploring the Master’s Maze involved lots of strange encounters, the odd puzzle and some good old fashioned combat in just about equal measure before the merry band of adventurers got to the middle of the labyrinth and discovered the true meaning of their quest. All the characters survived and came away wiser and just a little bit wetter.

At lunchtime, we all trooped off to Spirit Games and enjoyed the better part of an hour; the time flew by, exploring this fantastic little shop. I must take this opportunity to thank Phil and Sally for their continued organisation of this splendid gaming event. Long may it continue. Oh, and we did treat ourselves to some new dice, Zombie Dice 2 and Martian Dice – good job my wife won’t be reading this! (Martian Dice come from Tasty Minstrel Games– an unrelated ‘TMG’!)

Running a Bean! adventure can be hard work.

 

We were even lucky enough to bump into some people who we’ve seen before at Beer & Pretzels and played some Bean! with; namely, Chrissie, Peter, Will and Aidan who came to this Autumn event in November last year. Hopefully, more fun will be available in the Spring with this most joyous of games.

Sid Orpin

Beer ‘n’ Pretzels Autumn 2012!

Beer 'n' Pretzels Autumn 2012 ticket

Beer ‘n’ Pretzels Autumn 2012 ticket: event hosted by Spirit Games.

As I write, this gaming weekend is still ongoing, though not all the TMG crew could make the second day. Sid Orpin is running an adventure using Jeff Freels‘ excellent and charming role-playing system, Bean!

Beer 'n' Pretzels Autumn 2012

Tavernmaster Games visit Beer ‘n’ Pretzels Autumn 2012 in the splendid town hall of Burton On Trent.

Yesterday, however, it was time for Tunnels & Trolls! I ran my new dungeon, Stone Dragon Solstice, for Simon, Sid, both Andys and Guy, a passer-by who joined in. It’s an adventure with plenty of fun gimmicks and it went very well, with many laughs and surprises along the way. I won’t give details, as the adventure will soon be available on this site as a freebie download, so some readers might end up playing it and need to be kept in the dark! But special praise must go to Guy for being an incredibly good sport under trying circumstances inflicted on him by an evil Game-Master. Here he is at the end of his 6-hour ordeal – still smiling:

Guy triumphant!

Guy triumphant after a series of difficult trials…

A few more snaps from the day:

GM Rampant

The Game-Master adopts the position.

Beer and Pretzels

It ain’t called Beer ‘n’ Pretzels for nothing…

Character sheet

Vital statistics. Fortunately, Andy H is NOT one of our resident artists.

Trident

Ah, the old Tridentine…

Desperation

The players will try anything to read the scroll…

A Busy Table

Gamers love clutter…

An interesting surprise was a passing visit from a fellow who turned out to be John Harrington, who older readers might know as the erstwhile editor of the T&T-oriented fanzine Take That You Fiend! And by offering copies of my book of Tunnels & Trolls limericks we collected a few pounds in donations for Jeff’s Transplant Fund – please give if you can.

Here’s the whole crew. Maybe next year we’ll see you there too!

The delvers!

Guy, Simon, Jason (yours truly), Andy H, Sid and Andy J.