‘Valley of the Five Fires’ Wins 2014 Three Castles™ RPG Design Award

‘Valley of the Five Fires’ Wins 2014 Three Castles™ RPG Design Award

Dallas, TX — June 9, 2014 – The North Texas RPG Convention honored RPG designer Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. with the Three Castles™ RPG Design Award for his work on ‘Old School Adventures™ Module VA1: Valley of the Five Fires.’

‘Valley of the Five Fires’ is a Mongol-inspired steppe setting and adventure module designed for old-school role playing games (specifically, early editions of the world’s first role playing game). The 2014 Award was presented to Richard LeBlanc of New Big Dragon Games Unlimited on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the this year’s North Texas RPG Convention. Game products published between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 were eligible for consideration for the 2014 award.

The submission process began with a preliminary round reviewed by the Steering Committee, narrowing down the 2014 finalists to the following products and designers: ‘The Blood Cult’ by Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games, ‘Valley of the Five Fires’ by Richard LeBlanc of New Big Dragon Games Unlimited, and ‘Whisper & Venom’ by Zach Glazer of Lesser Gnome Games.

The award is given annually at the North Texas RPG Convention (www.ntrpgcon.com), and chosen by a panel of five judges with roots in the early development of Role Playing Games. In just four short years this award has come to represent the best in roleplaying art, writing and design. It is an “RPG Design” award which can encompass a number of RPG products, including RPG rules, settings, adventures, sourcebooks and/or combinations of these. The entries are judged for form, presentation, organization, content, usefulness, design, playability, uniqueness and art.

Due to the exacting guidelines used for determining what qualifies as an exemplary design, only those designs that match or exceed the guidelines can qualify to be awarded. If no entry meets these criteria, no award is achieved for that year. Past Winners of the Three Castles™ RPG Design Award include ‘Cavemaster’ by Jeff Dee & Talzhemir Mrr (2013), ‘Stars Without Number’ by Kevin Crawford (2012), and ‘The Dungeon Alphabet’ by Michael Curtis (2011).

About the North Texas RPG Convention
The North Texas RPG Con focuses on old-school Dungeons & Dragons gaming (OD&D, 1E, 2E, Basic/Expert) as well as pre-1999 role playing games produced by the classic gaming companies of the 70s and 80s (e.g., TSR, Chaosium, FGU, FASA, GDW, etc). The convention also supports retro-clone and simulacrum games that copy the old style of RPGs (e.g., Swords & Wizardry, Castles & Crusades, etc.). For more information, please visit: www.ntrpgcon.com

About the Three Castles™ RPG Design Award
The Three Castles™ RPG Design Award, named for the three great castles from the dawn of role-playing games (Greyhawk, Blackmarsh, and El Raja Key), is an annual award given by the North Texas RPG Convention, and is intended to honor designers of the highest merit for outstanding work in the industry of Role Playing Game design. Only one such award can be given annually. For more information, please visit: www.ntrpgcon.com and click on the “3 Castles Award” link.

About New Big Dragon Games
New Big Dragon Games Unlimited is a game design company specializing in table-top Role-Playing Game products and supplements, including its flagship d30 Companion product line. New Big Dragon remains committed to the style and eccentricities of old-school style gaming. For more information, please visit: www.newbigdragon.com


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