B is for Beast Enterprises
|Tortured Souls! - Issue 5|
The genius idea (which was probably made out of necessity rather than anything else) was that they worked in close partnership with a few other companies, namely:
Integrated Games - Producers of the Complete Dungeon Master Series of boxed-set scenarios each containing everything you needed to run an entire game from the scenario itself (written by Simon Forest and Basil Barrett) to the floorplans (Brendan Hickling), A4 scenic illustrations (by Judith Hickling) and even a GM's screen. The boxed sets were:
- CDM1 - Halls of the Dwarven Kings - I appear to have 2 copies.
- CDM2 - The Lost Shrine of Kasar-Khan - own this but without the box
- CDM3 - The Watchers of the Sacred Flame - I own this
- CDM4 - The Feathered Priests
- CDM5 - Deep Water Shallow Graves (never released although 3 copies are allegeded to exist)
Endless Games - Produced A range of very detailed architectural floor plans known as Endless Plans, drawn by Allen and Brendan Hickling which featured in all of the Integrated Games products and Tortured Souls! issues. This mutually beneficial arrangement (from a GMs perspective) is much like that of Ptolus where Monte Cook teamed up with Ed Bourelle (Skeleton Key Games) to produce high quality campaign material with equally high quality floorplans.
TM Games - Manufactured (in partnership with Endless Games) a range of accessories such as the A4 character record pad and the ever useful hex map pad.
Back to Tortured Souls
Looking back at Tortured Souls! I find it odd that the scenarios were never credited to anyone. They were always well constructed although they shared the same densely packed san-serif typography which was to be frank a little tireing on the eye.
The covers always stood out in a minimalist kind of way being almost exclusively black with a single illustration in the center. Interior art was supplied by Paul Ward and Jon Baker, who also supplied interior artwork for the CDM series and both had very distingtive styles.
My Collection Includes
These are pretty rare these days but you still find them when you search for Tortured Souls Magazine on eBay.
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