Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Three Castles Award: Excellence in RPG Design

I am proud to say that I designed the The Three Castles Award. This award is for true excellence in RPG design and it is given out each year at the North Texas RPG Convention (NTRPGCon). The NTRPG Con focuses on old-school Dungeons & Dragons gaming as well as any pre-1999 type of RPG produced by the classic gaming companies of the 70s and 80s.

Rob Kuntz was responsible for the original idea and development of the award (his blog). Rob is a game designer and author of role-playing game publications. As a D&D player, Rob developed the famous character of Robilar, and because of Rob's imaginative play of this character Gary Gygax"the father of roll playing games" awarded him co-Dungeon Master status for Gygax's original Greyhawk home campaign. 

Rob first started the development of the award by commissioning a 2D artist to draw standard views of the three castles used in D&D's play-test, 1972-1973: BlackmoorGreyhawk and El Raja Key. Then he contacted me to take the drawings and put them into a 3D design of the award. I sketched out ideas and emailed them to him:


Rob told me to move forward with the dragon on a mountain design and he gave me many specifics about the final design. I then modeled out the design and created technical drawings from many angles so that the award could be sculpted. Below are my technical drawings and render.



Then Rob approved the design and NTRPGCon had the sculpture made:

Last Year's Winner:




41 comments:

  1. You are very talented , well done with your award.
    Have an enjoyable Easter.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! Happy Easter to you, too.

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  2. Lauren, that is really, really nice. Congratulations!!

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  3. That's impressive! An award that actually looks cool as well. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Alex.

      We have a lot in common with Dragons. I was looking up your soon-to-be released book and I'm glad you have a hard copy available. The thought of reading a computer (kindle) vs reading pages of a book does not appeal to me. Maybe it's because my mom is a librarian.... but of course she has a kindle.... hmph, Oh well.

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  4. That award looks awesome! Anyone who wins it will be proud to have it in their possession. (Do they get to keep it or do they hand it back after a year?)

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    1. Thanks, Debra. They get to keep it. Every year a new sculpture is made and a personalized nameplate is attached.

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  5. Wow, so cool! Amazing design! I love dragons! Do you play D&D? I play with a group of friends and we have a lot of fun with it.

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    1. Yes, I have played D&D. I am a huge fan of old school D&D. In fact, I think there is something to be said for old-fashioned play building skills in kids.
      I love dragons, too. I have more 3D art of dragons to post! Also, the developer of the Three Castle's Award, Rob Kuntz' character Robilar was the lord of the Green Dragons in the original Greyhawk campaign.
      If you like D&D follow some of the links in my post. Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz are among the original players of the Game. Gary Gygax created D&D in the 1970s.

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  6. Such a cool award! I love to play RPG games, but could never design one. So much creativity and skill go into that.

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    1. Yes, it is like you are the master of your own universe! I love the creativity. This award is a hard win!

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  7. This is really, really cool. That dragon looks spectacular. I wish I could make my own award. And now all I can think of is this quote from Demetri Martin: "I used to try hard at sports. Then I realized you can just buy trophies. Now I'm good at everything."

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    1. Ha, ha! Yeah, everyone gets a trophy. That certainly is the mentality of today. But you do have a good point-- I could make myself some sweet trophies!!!
      However, according to the developers of this trophy it was expensive to make. It's kind of a big deal because no one could win one year if no entries are of good enough quality. So that really puts the pressure on game designers. I like that! AKA, Competition!

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  8. You're incredibly talented in ways in which my braincells don't travel. I love the drawings, and the final product is very impressive. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, RawknRobyn! My brain cells get a little help from 3D visualization. You'd be amazed what visualization and imagery can do.

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  9. Wow, very much talented. Award is cool; great design !
    Congrats...

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    1. Thanks for your compliment and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. That is awesome indeed, one award I'd wan to win just for its look

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    1. Thanks Patt Hatt!! I agree, a dragon sculpture award does look pretty cool to win!

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    2. The Cat's so in awe he temporarily lost the ability to type. The award is that awesome!

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  11. now who wouldn't want that on their shelf?

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    1. Hey Dezmond! Thanks, I totally agree!
      ;-)

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  12. That is one super cool award! I loved seeing the design process. I wish I was in the running for the award so I could put it on my shelf. :)
    ~Jess

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  13. What a cool award! Love the design. :)

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    1. Thanks, David! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Beautiful job with very impressive details!

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    1. Thanks, Phil! It looks like you have a lot of knowledge in tabletop gaming. An impressive story line can go a long way!

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    2. And now I'm following your blog and your job, congrats for your award and for the next ones!

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  15. Hi Lauren, I just stopped by to say, thank you, for following my crazy blogs. You can also vote on my music blog if you'd like. You don't have to be a blog hop participant to do that. Have a great holiday (smile).

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    1. Hey Dixie, I'll check out your music blog! Thanks for the heads up!
      Happy Easter to you, to.

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    2. Dixie has... "crazy" blogs? No..... Say it ain't so.

      Hi Dixie Dear. Still reading my fine print?
      Hi Lauren!

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  16. Well, you have every reason to be proud, alright! You must be very smart. As for the classic gaming companies of the 70s and 80s... I remember those days. I bought my first gaming console in the late-seventies I think it was. This one: CLICK!

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    1. Thanks, Blue!

      Wow! Pong was one of the first video games! You are a true old-school gamer, Blue.

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  17. Happy Wednesday, Lauren. We're halfway to the weekend.

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    1. I know! Almost there!
      Happy Wednesday!

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