|Who would have thought???|
I laughed a lot. A whole lot.
The joke, you see, is that I printed off about fifty of these sheets for Origins in 1984, where the model of Blackmoor Castle that Dave Arneson had asked me to build was being used as an attention-getter for the AGI trade-show booth for most of the weekend. Like with Phil's Temple of Vimuhla model (which was also on display at that convention), I asked the gifted artist Ken Fletcher to draw a map of the castle that we could hand out at the convention to the passer-by. We handed something like forty, forty-five copies out, and I think I still have three-four of these maps in the files in the game room.
The map was done from my model, which was generated from the plans that Dave had drawn for his Blackmoor campaign. which was in turn were governed by Dave's N-gauge/scale plastic model of the castle (Kibri #37304, to be exact). My model also had the 'dungeon' levels as well, so the entire thing sat some three feet high above the plywood box base. The biggest issue with Dave's plans is that the stairways generally didn't line up; as Dave said to me: "It doesn't matter in the game, so do what you can." I did, and it was a chore. Dave was a great GM, but not the best of architects.
As a historical footnote, the 'L&M Engineering Dept.' listed on the sheet is from my original model railroad: the 'Lackawampum and Miskatonic Railroad', operating in the nether regions of the model railroad hobby. I still have the crack passenger express, the fabled "Soapstone Star" in it's deep midnight blue and brushed-silver livery, with the lit drumhead sign on the observation car showing The Eldritch Sign.
(And yes, the train crew figures were what you think they were, courtesy of the miniatures hobby...)
I am hugely delighted that Paul was able to find one of these hand-outs after all these years, and that somebody got to add it to their collection. Hopefully, they'll use this in a game; mayhem, as I like to say, will ensue...