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#1 grodog

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 01:45 AM

Black Blade Publishing is proud to announce that the Tales of Peril: the Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes is now available for general release in a signed and numbered hardcover edition.  The book premiered earlier this month at the North Texas RPG Convention in Dallas, Texas, USA. 
 
John Eric Holmes, M.D. (16 February 1930 to 20 March 2010) edited the 1977 original Basic Set for Dungeons & Dragons, and played the game since 1975.  He conducted beginners games at GenCon, and wrote articles and short stories in The Dragon, Dragon Magazine, and Alarums & Excursions.  Dr. Holmes was a long-time aficionado of D&D, and the fantasy and SF stories that inspired it, especially of H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Aston Smith, and Robert E. Howard.  Characters and situations in his stories were in turn inspired while he played D&D with his sons.
 
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Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes

Published by Black Blade Publishing
Printed in the USA

334 pages
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover with Dustjacket
200 copies signed by Chris Holmes, Zach Howard, Allan Grohe
46 signed, non-numbered copies (comp and contributor copies, spares for losses in the mail, etc.)

ISBN 978-0-9842870-7-9
BP5000
$35

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Artwork
Introduction by Allan T. Grohe Jr.

FICTION

Preface to The Maze of Peril by Chris Holmes
The Maze of Peril
    Entrances
    Dark Water
    Green Cloak
    Centaurs and Clerics
    Theft and Pursuit
    An Unusual Ride
    The Second Descent
    Battles in the Dark
    Visible and Invisible
    Breakout
    Resolutions
   
Alarums & Excursions Campaign Materials
“Warrior for Hire”
“Were-Shark”
“The Adventure of the Giant Chameleon” by John Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part One”  
“Adventure of the Lost City, Part Two”

Dragon Magazine Stories

Preface to “Trollshead”
“Trollshead”

Preface to “The Sorcerer's Jewel”
“The Sorcerer's Jewel”
Preface to “In the Bag”
“In the Bag”

Unpublished Short Story
Preface to “Witch Doctor”
“Witch Doctor”

NON-FICTION

“Confessions of a Dungeon Master”
“Boinger & Zereth Player Character Summaries and Character Card Scans” by Chris Holmes
“My Time as Murray” by Eric M. Frasier
“The Writings of Dr. J. Eric Holmes” by Zach Howard
“Annotated Bibliography for J. Eric Holmes, 1930-2010” by Zach Howard
“Afterword” by Chris Holmes
Contributor Biographies
 
Ordering details are available on my blog at https://grodog.blogs...-and-other.html along with additional previews of the book's contents and artwork.
 
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#2 BigJackBrass

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 12:20 PM

Splendid news! I've been waiting ages for this.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:34 AM

Splendid news! I've been waiting ages for this.

 

Thanks, BJB.  It was a lot of fun to put together. 

 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:11 PM

Black Blade Publishing will have several books available at the GameWick Games booth #3018 at Gen Con 50 this week, including Tales of Peril:
 

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Available titles will include:
- Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes
- The Twisting Stair issues #1 and #2
- Rob Kuntz books and adventures: Dave Arneson's True Genius, K1 The Sunken City (1975 GenCon adventure originally from Kuntz's World of Kalibruhn), The Original Bottle City (originally from Castle Greyhawk), Cairn of the Skeleton King, Tower of Blood, and Dark Druids (originally from the Greyhawk campaign)

Many thanks to Larry Wickman for hosting our books in his booth! While there, be sure to check out his newest board game, Roswell 51!

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:32 AM

Allan, do you know if there will be any UK distribution for Tales of Peril? The shipping charge is unfortunately a killer for me.
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:14 PM

Allan, do you know if there will be any UK distribution for Tales of Peril? The shipping charge is unfortunately a killer for me.

 

Part of that problem BigJackBrass is that Tales of Peril is a heavy book---just over 2 pounds before any packing materials (and that's half of what our OSRIC book weighs ;) ). 

 

And unfortunately Black Blade's operations are too small to fall under what's left of the traditional RPG distribution model.  That said, we're happy to combine shipping for multiple order if we're able to gather a sufficient group of interested folks that would make it worthwhile, or to ship to a retailer directly, too.

 

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Edited by grodog, 16 August 2017 - 02:16 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:29 PM

Aye, I can understand that. Thanks for replying. I'll find a way to get a copy somehow 😊
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