Friday, November 8, 2019

News - Troll Lord Games Steps in to Rescue the Ernie Gygax's Marmoreal Tomb Kickstarter

Now, THIS is truly a surprise.

Greetings from Troll Lord Games, 
If you are reading this, you are probably a backer of the Marmoreal Tomb Kickstarter. This kickstarter is a bit late, and in order to help facilitate its completion, Ernie Gygax and Benoist Poire, the principle co-authors, have partnered up with Troll Lord Games. With a little luck and determination, together, we’ll knock this thing out. 
A quick note of introduction, I’m Stephen Chenault, owner and CEO of Troll Lord Games. We’ve been in business for about 20 years publishing RPGs for d20, Gary Gygax, Castles & Crusades, Amazing Adventures, Victorious, a small host of others. We have an experienced staff of writers, artists, and designers. Tim Burns heads up all communication (and it’s with him you’ll probably be talking mostly). We’ve successfully run 30 some odd Kickstarters, are in the process of fulfilling one, with more gearing up to ship as the year plays out; and one, the NPC Almanac, live right now. We have a fully functional print shop for printing, etc., etc. 
In short, TLG has been in the business for a while and has a fairly good handle on the processes involved. 
You can find out all you want to know about TLG at our website: www.trolllord.com
Ernie and I are long time friends. We met way back in  about the 2000 and have been fast friends ever since. Ernie was the first ever guest at Troll Con back in 2000 or 2001. When it was brought to my attention (during the recent Gaxmoor KS) that Ernie’s own Kickstarter had not been fulfilled, I reached out to Ernie and Benoist to see if we could help. They both graciously accepted our offer and brought TLG on board. Hopefully we can help them wrap this up. 
I can’t make any promises on what is going to happen next. But here is the immediate plan of attack. 
Communications with backers will resume with the idea of keeping backers abreast of what is going on and where we are on the project. 
I will get a handle on all the components of the project so we can see what is actually needed. This part will take some time to sort and figure. 
I’ve put our layout guys at their disposal so that we can take that worry off their heads. When the time comes to lay the book out, with Ernie and Benoist’s direction of course (we don’t want to lose their vision), we’ll do the actual nuts and bolts so they can remain focused on other aspects of the Kickstarter. 
I’m very excited to dive into this, but a note of caution. We have our own Kickstarters that we are running and do not wish to have any of them derailed, so those, and the daily operations of the company, will take precedence. That said, there is more than enough of us here at TLG, or who are independent contractors, that we can manage both our own and assisting in this one. 
I will strive to have another update out in a few weeks, or as soon as I get a handle on what is in the overall project and how we can best help Ernie and Benoist. If you wish to contact us directly, please feel free to email us at productsupport@trolllord.com.
Thank you all and have a nice day! 
Steve Chenault


  1. I have to say that as a backer of this KS and of many Troll Lords' KS I am VERY happy to see this. I made my week. :)

  2. Good on the Trolls, Benoist, and Ernie. I wish them all smooth sailing.

  3. If this would have happened sooner I would not have pulled out. Should contact former backers as well

  4. Thank the Trolls for coming to the rescue. Truly great guys.

  5. Fantastic to see such a positive move toward completion.


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