This spring I played a few sessions of Swords and Wizardry with my son, who is eight. It started when he brought out his lego knights, goblins and castle parts and wanted a way to have them do battle with some plastic gargoyles. I gave each player a name, a class, AC and HP. Damage was determined by the lego weapons at hand. As the need arose, I made rolls for ability scores.
By the end of that session, a wizard and a goblin PC carried their last surviving comrade to the nearest village as two young dragons roared and preened atop the castle battlements. The next session the new posse included extra knights, a lizardman, an archer and a monk. They were successful.
Now the players have a castle at their disposal. We retconned that one of the knights, Ser Jack, was told to recapture and repair the castle, which is out in the boonies of the kingdom.
Now, in the heat of summer, we’re trying to get things going again and it was with great pleasure that I came across 0one’s Blueprints: The Ruined Town, Castle Falconflight. The maps are beautiful and the castle was just what I needed: the battered keep of a minor noble, not the fortress of an Unbeatable Suzerain. The map includes three levels, the roof and a dungeon, each with a separate key that you can fill in yourself. I don’t really want to do product reviews on the blog, but this was so useful I thought I should mention it.
I’ve already stocked the dungeon level and now on to the upper levels and roof.