The Fantasy Trip (TFT) is a Fantasy Role-Playing game created in the 1980's by Steve Jackson and Metagaming. It was hugely innovative and influential but it practically disappeared when Metagaming went bust. However loyal fans worldwide continue to play and develop TFT.
This is my partial list of TFT articles published in the Space Gamer. Some of these are now available on the 'net at Ty Beard's TFT Site.
Character Backgrounds for FRP - By Ronald Pehr.
One of the most interesting yet neglected aspects of a fantasy role-playing game character is his background: who he was, what he did, and where he was from before embarking on his adventuring career.
Originally published in the Space Gamer #60, reproduced by permission of the author.
TFT Web Sites
The Fantasy Trip continues to be played and supported by a loyal group of players across the world. There are several TFT websites, a TFT webring and a very active mailing list.
TFT Mailing List
Joe Hartley's site for the TFT Mailing List Archive, Players Roster, House Rules, the Metagaming Games Index and PBEM Microquests.
A remarkable Tribute to the Fantasy Trip. It includes online TFT microquests and promises more to come each quarter. Also there are player and GM aids as well ezTFT rules to download, these summarise the TFT system in four pages!
Dark City Games publishes adventures for role-playing games. Each adventure can be played by one to six players, age 12 and up. Each game contains an adventure booklet, introductory rules, cardboard pieces and a playing board. All adventures are compatible with major RPG systems such as GURPS and The Fantasy Trip.
"A selection of NPC and PC portraits from my ancients role-playing campaign. Most NPCs were drawn with Rotring mechanical pens and colour pencils on 4"x6" index cards. This was a handy way of having an illustrated record of NPCs and PCs with the characters statistics on the reverse of the card. This is only a small amount of the many hundreds that I have drawn over the years."
The Yahoo Groups are well worth joining up to, even if you don't want to play. Many of them have useful files areas with some great resources for TFT players and GM's.
Loran RPG - Alive but slow (much like myself...)
A Yahoo! group for our own PBEM TFT Campaign. :o)
"Welcome to Loran a world created in the imagination of two brothers many years ago. A place of high adventure, mystery and intrigue. Many years have passed since the passing of the high king the land is divided and the borders are beset by foes, both man and beast. Cities struggle for domination and the high priest of the fire god rise again. The people of the land breath their last their hearts torn from their bodies on the fire temples of Toltorac. "
TFT: Thail is a play-by-email roleplaying campaign using The Fantasy Trip RPG system; created by Dave Seagraves and GameMastered by Rick Smith.
"The setting is Thail – the Mnoren's Earth-sized world, created as a prototype before building Cidri. Heroes and wizards get into adventures, right wrongs, slay monsters, pursue romance, fulfill their destinies, and become rich, famous, and powerful in the process . . . ala Dungeons & Dragons. Of course the setting is also very similar to Tolkien's Middle Earth. "The Lord of the Rings" fans will probably enjoy this campaign."
"The World of Cendri is a The Fantasy Trip (TFT) RPG set in a multi-player created universe where monsters, men, magic and sometimes technology clash in a unbelievably large world setting complete with many diverse cultures and strange creatures.
As a player of one of the world's many races and opposing factions, you can develop a character whose actions in life will determine many fates through the use of creative role playing."
"These lands, seperated for centries by the Great Mist, has opened, revealing new lands, new races and adventure...care to travel there?" note: restricted or invite only, if interested send E-mail to Group owner. Put TFT in subject.
"This group will be used to distribute and discuss a roleplaying game that is an expanded and edited version of the out-of-print game, The Fantasy Trip." Also an active forum for TFT and RPG rules discussion.
"In the ancient days; before the light of GURPS, Hero Games, d20 and the Microsoft of RPG…AD&D (all versions) there was a sole source of life-giving warmth…Metagaming’s The Fantasy Trip. Join a small band of heroes as they attempt to navigate the dangers of a lethal combat system, incomplete rules, unfinished maps and house rules built upon a shaky foundation."