Chronicles and Conundrums
Blog Date 1/15/2022
The amazing David A. Trampier
Fantasy role playing aficionados will always have a warm spot in their hearts for this amazing talent. He was one of the original artists for the Dungeons and Dragons games, illustratring cover images, creatures, and other images. He was also known for his Wormy cartoon series found in the pages of Dragon magazine in the 70's-80's.
Wormy was a cigar chomping, pool playing, wargame hustling Dragon, surrounded by friends such as a hillbilly cyclops and his one-eyed hound dog, a fire-loving imp with a coitain type of accent (if youse can get the pun), and a self-described sesquipedalian winged stonedrake. Along with them came a gaggle of trolls, ogres, giants, and other inhabitants from Trampier's imagination, all beautifully rendered in a style only he could draw.
Tramp (as he was also known by) only improved over the course of this series. Unfortunately, he never completed it, leaving just as the second plotline he had been building was at its peak. There are many websites that discuss this turning point, and it's difficult to know for sure what happened. Conflicts with Dragon's management staff, supposed outbursts, possible emotional issues or paranoid concerns - these and more you'll find hinted at in a variety of articles, but suddenly Trampier was gone, his cartoon series abruptly cancelled, nowhere to be found. People assumed him dead, phone calls no longer being returned, even royalty checks being sent back, until he was found quite by accident working as a taxi driver in Carbondale, IL.
His "discovery" brought renewed interest, both by fans of his work and by gaming companies looking to commission and re-publish his works...but he refused them all.
Sadly, he found out he had cancer. He began to re-emerge from his self-imposed isolation, perhaps from a need for money, agreeing to appear at a local gaming convention and possibly return to his work...but then he died, 3 weeks before the start of the convention, at the age of 59.
Wormy was an amazing series - just check out the images of Dave's wit and creativity - brought more from the perspective of the "monsters" with barely any humans represented at all save for a certain dragon-chasing wizard. I can only hope someday someone creates an anthology of his work, for it truly deserves to be seen by others outside of the gaming community to be appreciated for the imagination and skill that Dave had.
Luckily, the following website has all but one of the entire Wormy cartoon strip series, where you can see the progression of the art and the characters...thanks again for sharing your art and your world with ours, Tramp. Both are missed.
Blog Date 12/17/2021
Here we are again! Merry Yuletide to all knights and their families (and even to some of you orcnes) out there! The picture to the left I felt was most apropos for the season - perhaps an ancient Santa, or some hoary wizard in his most festive holiday gear? James Christensen is the artist, and you should check out his wonderful works at https://www.jameschristensenart.com to see more of his mythically inspired creations!
This is a time for giving thanks, and for extending love and blessings, especially with the continuing plague of Covid that surrounds us. I am always humbled by the interest of readers new and old, and I must extend a huge virtual THANK YOU as Forging of a Knight had yet another banner year, outpacing last year's efforts, and setting the stage for an amazing 2022!
So how else for me to say thank you for your support than to celebrate with some fun goodies? Now, old Santa would probably require some cookies and milk for his efforts (we won't delve into what Krampus would appreciate), but for me, I'm craving something different.
Check out the gifties to the left! The top shows some wee medieval knight statues (3"Wx2"Dx4.5"H) and below it our ever-favorite knights templar pen holder. To have one of these sent to your castle, all you need to do is send me an email through the Contact tab on this website stating which book in the Forging of a Knight series you like the most, and why! First THREE that come in get to choose which gift they want - either ONE of the wee knights or the pen holder! As the wee knights can vary from the vendor, if chosen, the selection will be random! Make sure to state your contact email/info so I can write you back for mailing details! Deadline by (of course!) December 31st!
So there you have it - but as the saying goes, "Wait, there's more!" I'll be having some more celebratory events coming up - with free signed books of your choice from the series, and even a free online ebook sale of one of the books as well! The holiday fun with Forging of a Knight isn't stopping yet; how can it with such amazing readers like you?
I asked Glaive for words of good cheer. He replied with the following:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! STAY SAFE AND MINDFUL OUT THERE!!
Blog Date 8/18/2021
Forging of a Knight needs your help!
Hey all - I'm so excited that Book Five - Forging of a Knight, Knighthood's End, has been nominated for the 2021 Readers Choice Awards Contest by TCK Publishing!
Now Qualtan and company need your help! Please vote for it at: https://www.tckpublishing.com/2021-readers-choice-voting-page/
Urgsh will love ya for it!!
Blog Date 7/14/2021
Mini - vacation time at last! After two years of waiting on Covid, finally took a trek to Door County, WI recently for a brief respite - wonderful area to visit. Fish boils, horse riding, and more food and treats than even Glaive could shake a wrist-bolt at! If you ever go, of especial interest is a Swedish restaurant with the non-Swedish sounding name of Al Johnson's in Sister Bay, WI, where you can enjoy Swedish pancakes, lingonberry shakes, and take note of the goats actually grazing on the roof (see pic below)!
Taking a ferry (car and all) to Washington Island, I came across this amazing Stavkirke (Church of Staves), a replica made around 1995 from an illustration of one built in Borgund, Norway in 1150 AD.
This brought a little kindling of remembrance to me. I'm sure I had seen this structure before, but where? Then it hit me; a quick digging through dusty tomes at home brought me to the attached picture/story from the old Time Life Book Series, The Enchanted World, specifically the "Giants and Ogres" book. Looks pretty close to it!! Makes me wonder if I should have been looking around for a giant troll's graveyard too...
Blog Date 5/18/2021
Forging of a Knight book two, Rise of the Slavekeepers, has cracked the top 100!
Where? In Amazon's Sword and Sorcery/Epic Fantasy categories, that's where (at least at the time of this blog addition, since these category rankings can change every minute, lol)! Why not see what the fuss is all about? Join the adventure - today! Tell 'em Urgsh sent ya!
ASIN : B00FM4GUJE
Publisher : lulu (October 2, 2013)
Publication date : October 2, 2013
Language : English
File size : 1313 KB
Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Not Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 434 pages
Lending : Enabled
Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 ratings