In a land that time forgot
The Fiendish Board Games web site is in need of an
I think my Fiendish partner set the site up in the days
when Demon Internet was still a big name in the UK - the
old URL used to be something like
fiendishgames.demon.co.uk, if memory serves.
I overhauled it when we moved to the current URL but that
was at least 10 years ago, maybe even 15 or more.
So, I am in no position to sneer at people who have web
sites that clearly hail from a bygone age, but I stumbled
site, which took me back in more ways than one.
HTML from hell
It is a free web site (I presume) hosted by
Freeservers.com that its owner has probably long forgotten
All the usual hallmarks of "my first web site" are there:
the use of frames, the use of every available font, dodgy
backgrounds, the choice between Netscape 4 and Internet
Explorer 4, the need to worry about download speeds on
modems and so on.
The subject matter is fantasy role playing (FRP), and,
again, I am in no position to sneer.
In terms of punch per pound, the £3.95 I spent on the
rule book for Tunnels & Trolls (T&T) back in the
late seventies has probably been my best investment.
I once estimated that I had played the game for 3,000
hours or more. My enthusiasm for the game sparked the
creation of Take That You Fiend!, a postal gaming fanzine
that took its name from a Tunnels & Trolls spell, and
the postal gaming fanzine gave birth to Breaking
Away, which I am still selling to this day.
The guy who created the FRP site I stumbled upon seemed
to take it a bit more seriously than I did, with a clunky
attempt at a cod-Mediaeval prose style, but it was
enjoyable rambling around the site, peeking into corners.
It was a bit like getting access to an old building that
had been boarded up for twenty years.
Pass terbutje (on the left hand side)
How did I find this web site?
That's a bit convoluted, but here goes.
- Someone in the office used the term "left hand side"
- That, as always, sparked a chorus of the old Musical
Youth hit, "Pass the Dutchie"
- That reminded me of T&T sessions; whenever a
character used a type of sword called a terbutje,
we all used to sing "Pass terbutje on the left hand
side". (You had to be there).
So, what is a terbutje? It is a long lump of wood that
has shark's teeth along its edges. Not much good for
thrusting, but a good slashing weapon.
I was minded to search for the word terbutje on
the web to see its origins, and came across the dusty FRP
site that is the subject of the blog entry.
It looks like the contents of this
page from the site use the Tunnels & Trolls rule
book as a source.