MetaArcade to Debut Prototype of Digital Tunnels & Trolls at Gen Con

Commemorating Iconic Adventure RPG’s 40th Consecutive Year at Convention

SEATTLE, July 13, 2016–Seattle-area developer MetaArcade has announced it will debut the prototype of its digital remastering of iconic tabletop role-playing game Tunnels & Trolls at Gen Con, held Aug. 4-7 in Indianapolis. MetaArcade will preview the prototype alongside publisher Flying Buffalo, commemorating the game’s 40th consecutive year of appearing at the convention.

“Appearing at Gen Con for 40 consecutive years is a truly remarkable milestone for any game,” said Flying Buffalo Publisher Rick Loomis. “We hope fans, old and new, will join us in celebrating the occasion with the first look at MetaArcade’s remastering of Tunnels & Trolls for digital platforms.”

Gen Con produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America. In 2015, attendance exceeded 61,000.

Tunnels & Trolls is a beloved and legendary franchise; I grew up with the game and still play it to this day,” said David Reid, Founder & CEO of MetaArcade. “I hope our digital remastering will excite fans, and, like the original did for me, inspire gamers to new creative ends.”

Dedicated to designing accessible self-publishing tools for gamers, MetaArcade’s digital Tunnels & Trolls prototype marks the first step towards players enjoying the game’s classic adventures, and ultimately creating and publishing their own using the game’s rules system on the MetaArcade Adventures Platform. The platform will support development for iOS, Android, PC and Mac.

Attendees who demo MetaArcade’s Tunnels & Trolls prototype at Gen Con will be eligible to receive a free printed copy of Grimtina’s Guard, a new Tunnels & Trolls solo adventure featuring Grimtooth and Grimtina of Grimtooth’s Traps fame, written by famed designer Ken St. Andre.

Tunnels & Trolls, the second role-playing game ever published, was originally designed by Ken St. Andre and published by Flying Buffalo in 1975. Among its many innovations, Tunnels & Trolls pioneered the first role-playing solo adventures, allowing greater accessibility and narrative depth for players to enjoy as an alternative to group play.

About MetaArcade

MetaArcade, founded by industry veteran David Reid in 2016, is a Seattle-area indie developer dedicated to empowering communities of creators through accessible self-publishing platforms. For more information, follow MetaArcade on Facebook and Twitter @MetaArcade, and visit

About Flying Buffalo

Flying Buffalo, founded in 1970 and based in Scottsdale, AZ, stands amongst the industry’s most veteran publishers of tabletop games. Among its many notable series and titles are Tunnels & Trolls, Grimtooth’s Traps, Nuclear War, and Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes.