|Stone Death cover by Richard Benson|
The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord & Other Adventures is a Kickstarter project, being run by Tim Hutchings of The Play Generated Map And Document Archive, that aims to produce "a print book compiling fantasy RPG adventures written by folks like us back in the day. A mix of nostalgia and old-school playability."
On the Kickstarter page, Tim explains: "In 1981, 13-year-old Gaius Stern wrote and illustrated The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord in imitation of TSR’s Dungeons and Dragons adventure modules. The Habitition is a true labour of love, typed and drawn as a DIY addition to the Against the Giants series of modules, part time capsule and part outsider art.
"As art, its text and image show how a creative teen made his own contribution to the genre of roleplaying adventures, but where most such books were the work of a writer, a crew of play-testers, editors, and a stable of artists, Stern went it alone. As a time capsule, it provides a window on a particular way Dungeons & Dragons was played at a particular time.
"PlaGMaDA and The Hutchingsonian Presents is putting together a collection of adventures written by young people in the 1980s. The focus is on game modules written by players, including their carefully made maps and painstaking illustrations, framing the sort of adventures we played back when we were kids."
PlaGMaDA'smission statement is:
"to preserve, present, and interpret play generated cultural artifacts, namely manuscripts and drawings created to communicate a shared imaginative space. The Archive will solicit, collect, describe, and publicly display these documents so as to demonstrate their relevance, presenting them as both a historical record of a revolutionary period of experimental play and as aesthetic objects in their own right. By fostering discussion and educating the public, it is hoped that the folkways which generate these documents can be encouraged and preserved for future generations."