Monday, June 11, 2012

Chris Holmes at NTRPGcon

where he played EPT with Jeff Dee and others, and other games.
See this post from the DM (Victor Raymond) at his blog The Sandbox of Doom:

And a report from a player in the game is here at Rather Gamey: 

Photo of the game by Allan Grohe (grodog)

It was just over 30 years ago (Nov '81) that Eric Holmes reviewed EPT in his FRPG book:
Holmes on Empire of the Petal Throne

Chris illustrated many of his father's early D&D articles for Alarums & Excursions and The Dragon, including "Lost Civilizations: Fantasy Supplement for Source of the Nile" in issue #24 and "Trollshead" (a Boinger & Zereth story) in issue #31. That issue also has a picture of Eric and Chris talking to Tim Kask, editor of the The Dragon, at Gen Con XII in 1978. Tim also attended NTRPGCon this year (as he has for the past few), and ran several games.

8/5/12 update:
Following up on Allan's comment below, here's some more info on Chris' game from The Society of Torch, Pole and Rope Blog:
"Allan Grohe introduced me to Chris Holmes, son of J. Eric Holmes, who turned out was one of my fellow cavemen in “Expect the Unexpected” [Jeff Dee's Cavemaster scenario] and we got to playtest Chris’ board game of “Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Monkeys” (or something like that). The Ninjas won, but not before proving that if you really want to playtest the beejezus out of a game, Allan and I will put it through its paces."


  1. Wow - I had no idea I was witnessing history in the making! I just thought I was running from monsters. :)

    - Ark

  2. I finally met Chris at the con and he was a helluva nice guy!

  3. I agree completely, Mike: it was great to game with Chris (he played in one of the Aliens sessions I ran, and also ran a board game he's developing for me and Michael Curtis), and to hang out together chatting about various topics :D


    1. Thanks for the update, Allan. Nice to hear he's designing his own game!