New: Try Teknor in a browser.

There is a new prototype for Teknor I’d love for you to try and this time you need _only_ your browser. Also: My offer to get FREE ART in return still stands!

Halls of Teknor is a 1-2 player dungeon crawler where a duo of mutant adventurers go in an underground maze in search for the tomb of the fabled robot god Teknor. There will be lots of robots, gear, loot, and leveling along the way. Yes you can play solo.

Honestly: This is mostly the same version with the same mini campaign as the one of some weeks ago. When I released that one I underestimated how many people didn’t have the money-costing app Tabletop Simulator (TTS). When the #1 feedback is “I haven’t even played it” something’s wrong. I now present to you Halls of Teknor in Tabletopia (TPA), a tabletop simulator with the added bonus of running games in a browser without installs.

The Free Art Part

Teknor is in a stage where I will take all the feedback I can get. Playing the campaign can take up a few precious hours so I’m happy to give something in return: Free Art by me. Human art. I’m an illustrator.

If that sounds like a a good deal then just fill in this Art Request form with what you like to have drawn and get playing. The form is just a little ‘Can I even draw this?’ filter. Your request is probably fine. After playing you can fill in this Feedback Form and I’ll get started on your drawing.

Rules and Tutorial

All of the game’s rules are described in this Rulebook.

I also made a tutorial video. It was made for the TTS version and TPA can’t do game saving so I made a progress sheet for when you take a break.

If you played the previous version (the one where I drew some art for you!) and just want to know what is different before you get started then I point you to this new only rules video and this new rules rulebook.

Playing and giving feedback:

Here is the Tabletopia version.

Here is the TTS version. Just subscribe to Teknor V9’s Steam Page. Then, in Tabletop Simulator, Select Teknor from the Workshop tab.

After playing until the last level (The Door Below) you will have feelings and opinions.  Go to this Feedback Form and tell me all.

Thanks for taking a look. I look forward to seeing all your art requests and hope to see you in the halls of Teknor!


Art request form

Feedback Sheet

Tabletopia version

TTS version


Tutorial Video

New rules only rulebook

New Rules Only Tutorial Video.

progress sheet



Teknor V9 is here

Last year’s open playtest was a big success. A lot of people got free art drawn by me and Teknor got a lot of useful feedback. That feedback has been processed. Now I’m back with a new version and we are going to do it all over again.

The Free Art part

Yes you can get art drawn by me. You’ll have to play the short campaign in Tabletop Simulator until the last level and fill in this feedback form. Before you get started, tell me what you’d like to have drawn via this form. The tutorials and link to the game are shown further down.

If you never played before:

This is a 1 to 2 players dungeon crawler where you play a duo of adventurers navigating a maze with rusty robots while looking for the tomb of the fabled cybergod Teknor. And you can play solo! Everything you need to know is shown in this tutorial video:

If you prefer reading or have deeper questions you can check this Rulebook.

If you played before:

If you played V8 then you have some sweet art done by me. This update is largely the same core game but with some interesting changes and upgrades! 

Robos now get Flipped and “Mad” when they are creeped on in the timeline. Treasure Decks are now divided into three tiers of rarity. The Treasure Roll multiplier is changed. Overkill now yields a loot coin for each point of excess damage. Weird damage terms have been simplified into ‘pre-damage’ and ‘damage’. More about that here:

If you prefer to read then you can also consult the New Rules Only Rulebook.

Playing and giving feedback:

This prototype is playable on Tabletop Simulator. You’ll have to subscribe to Teknor V9’s Steam Page. Then, in Tabletop Simulator, Select Teknor from the Workshop tab.

After playing and having feelings and opinions you can go to this Feedback Form and tell me all.

If you like to stay updated on the game you can consider subscribing to the newsletter. If you like to shine your light on my smaller design things you are very welcome in the Discord. Thanks for taking a look. I look forward to seeing all your art requests and hope to see you in the halls of Teknor!


Art request form

Feedback Sheet

Teknor Steam Workshop Page


Tutorial Video

New rules only rulebook

New Rules Only Tutorial Video.

Lessons from the first open playtest

I’ve just concluded the first open playtest of Hall of Teknor. The one where I rewarded playtesters with a free drawing request if they made it past a certain level and filled a feedback form. Ten useful forms came in and that’s a new record for me. Who knew more people will do something for you if you also promise to do something in return? This meant I had to make a whopping ten drawings. Now that all those are drawn let’s look at the feedback and what steps to take next. I’ll try to keep it as accessible as I can while still getting into the game’s mechanics. Because I ran out of Teknor art I’ll just fancy up the text with the art I made for playtesters.

Problem 1: Forgetting enemy powerups

The good thing is that there was a consensus on what was troublesome about the game: Players tended to forget that enemies get stronger when you went before them in the turn order. It was just not visual  enough. The hope was that I could get away with not using tokens to indicate their increased strength. Just throwing it in front of the players in its ‘least compenents’ form and hope for positive surprise. If I was honest with myself I could have seen the forgetting coming. What I did not see coming was that there was not a strong enough “incentive to streak the clearing of halls”. Don’t worry, I will explain

Problem 2: No incentive to delve deeper

From the beginning Halls of Teknor has been a push-your-luck game. Higher risks, Higher possible rewards. In Teknor you can clear a room and then get some reward in the form of treasure. After that you choose to either go back to camp and restore life points or skip that and do another room.  Why do another room? Because then you can find MORE more treasure. A treasure finding multiplier. This lure poses choice to the player.  I was giddy with glee when I devised it but almost every player just went back to camp after beating a room. The incentive was not strong enough. Also: some player would have loved to see a bit more story or variety in the campaign and I agree.

The solutions:

Personally I do not like flip cards. There’s always some info on the other side that you have to flip it over for in order to see. It’s cumbersome. With that said: We are gonna do flip cards! Enemy character cards will have two sides. One to indicate they are normal and one to indicate that they are mad and stronger. The good thing is that all the necessary info is already on the normal side. The mad side is brightly bordered to indicate their state. Hopefully this will help players remember that the enemies became stronger. 

Here’s the thing about incentive to clear multiple rooms in succession: Players were fine getting getting one treasure at a time and then heal. It takes a bit longer but it’s safe and treasure is treasure all the same. What if, by you doing rooms in succession players can get _different_ types of treasure? I’m going to divide the Treasure cards into three decks called common, uncommon, and rare treasure. Players can only get the uncommon treasure when clearing two rooms and only get rare treasure after clearing three rooms. As for variety: That treasure used to be mostly new gear. Things players can equip to improve the chances of their heroes. I’m gonna put more other stuff in the mix. Like keys that open doors that lead to puzzles. If a player sees a locked door they are going to want to find out what is behind it. It may not be exactly the “story” that players seek but it could add some variety from all the fighting.

What comes next

These changes were easy to come up with. A few shower pondering sessions is all it took. The hard part will be making all of this into a new prototype and getting people to test it. By far the most time consuming part is writing a new rulebook and making a new tutorial. I may just skip all that and ask some friends and familiars to give it a go with me watching. Whatever I’ll do: If I do art requests again it will definitely be black and white rather than full colour next time!

See you in the halls of Teknor.

I draw for you if you game for me.

My search for player feedback has reached a new stage. Playing Teknor’s campaign all the way through can take a few hours stretched over multiple sessions and along with writing feedback that takes some commitment. I want to give something back for that. If you play my game past a certain point and provide feedback I’ll draw a free full colour piece of anything you like. Your favorite Transformer, your animal friend, a rendition of your own character. Anything you like.

How it works:

First: Send me message about what you’d like to have drawn. The play the game. When you make it out of ROTATOR MILL you can fill in the questionnaire. Send me a message when it’s done and I’ll start drawing. I keep my word.

Playing the campaign can take a while and it’s okay of you let things pass at any moment. You don’t have to notify me. I understand that time and energy are precious. However: If you made it out of the LOWER ENTRANCE I will also send a hand drawn paper sketch to anywhere you like.

Here is everything you need to get started. I drew the artwork below especially for the occasion. I hope to see you in the Halls of Teknor.

New: mini campaign and rulebook

We just released the first blind prototype for Halls of Teknor on TTS. It’s a crawler for 1-2 players whose heroes cooperate to delve into the tomb of a cybergod. You will encounter a maze of connected dungeons filled with traps, treasure, puzzles, and angry robots which you will battle in meaty push-your-luck dice combat.

Now we are looking for adventurers who would like to try a small campaign and write down their evaluation of it. You can play it in your own time and take as long as you like. After playing you can fill in the questionnaire anonymously if you like.

Wanna know more? Here is an explainer video.


Game Steam Page (If you sub to the steam page you can load the game in Tabletop Simulator.) If you do not use TTS send me a message and I will make it for Tabletopia.

Feedback form

We also have a small Discord server.

I’d love to hear what you are thinking! Cheers,

Where does Teknor stand?

As much as I like this piece it’s also time for some new art.

A long while ago Teknor was born from many ideas. It was full of vigor, inspiration, holes, and sharp edges. It was gonna be like Dark Souls! And Like Heroquest! And Like Dungeonquest. It was a beast that took many shapes as we tested and tuned, We took parts out and glued things on. Now, after all its trials it has entered a new phase. The core design of Halls of Teknor is set in stone. So now what?

Is it still like Dark Souls? Not really. I initially set out to have a board game version of Dark Souls with dodge rolls, ripostes, and critical damage for striking from the rear. Along the way we could never really intuitively implement doing actions during an opponent’s turn (like the dodge roll) so we took those out. We still have you do more damage when striking from the rear though!

Is it sill like Heroquest? No. This was always more visual thing. But through the months I have started to notice _everyone_ likes to call back to Heroquest and I am now on the lookout for something visually different. I have still not found it.

Is it like Dungeonquest? No. That game is an all time favorite in this house and I intended to use its ‘will you carry your loot one more round?” system but with how long an average room currently takes that system does not shine well anymore. 

That exploring item mechanic I talked about in an earlier post? That’s gone too. It required the game to have a lot of cards and a lot of shuffling. The game currently has no more shuffling.

All these cards are gone.

So what remains? A game where a duo of heroes enters a room, fights its monsters. Gets loot coins if they kill them with excess damage. They can choose to use a risky die with more points but more dangers at any time. Set dice aside to use for special actions. Go first in the timeline to beat the robots to the punch at risk of them being stronger. Go last in the timeline to refresh their action cards. And when the room is clear search the room for treasure. And that’s about the version I’ve been testing the last few weeks. It was nice to realise I did not need to chance things for a few sessions. That the core was there. The realisation that Halls of Teknor has entered the next phase is exciting but no really it’s daunting. Because now that we established the core we have to make _everything else_.

Seeing a printed prototype of a level book is inspiring to me. I am excited to fill it.

The end goal is for this game to be a narrative spicy adventure game where one or two players can go on an adventure as they dive deeper and deeper into the tombs of the cryptical cybergod Teknor. They will get new powers and gear along the way. They will encounter new foes, strange and secret rooms, and mercurial characters who may or may not be on their side. There will be endbosses too.

I wrote out that part because it helps me map things out. If I break the adventure up into three parts and make those all take place on their own dungeon level then I can break up the workload. The first thing I now can do is create that first part. The opening of the story where the heroes enter the dungeon, learn the rules, clear some rooms and meet the first endboss. That I can do.

So that is where Teknor now stands. The mechanics are done and now we can paint the first chapter. This could take weeks! months! This is the fun bit! Hope to see you on the other side.

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Teknor’s First Demo

After much anticipation it’s here: The first fancy physical prototype of Halls of Teknor. My dungeon crawler board game. The game is not even halfway finished so why spend money on making a physical prototype already?

When I started this a year ago I had some simple ideas: You play a lone adventurer looking for the tomb of a cybergod. You explore rooms, slay robotic foes, and find mysterious objects which you can have identified by a shopkeeper. 

I got a custom D12 with the help of Tim Popelier and Heinze Havinga.

After months of testing digitally these themes remained but much of the mechanics have changed and instead of a lone adventurer you now play two lone adventurers. I’d say rules wise we are halfway into halfway into a finished game but I made a little campaign anyway. Just some areas, some items, and some weapons. It took a lot of time for me to get this ready for print and  approached it as if it were a finished game where everything would be under the scrutiny of consumers. That means I even went as far as making a fancy box. (Those who follow us on Twitter may have seen some design musings)

Apart from the first few weeks most of the testing was done on a computer. It was just quicker for me to do it on there and easier to get people to test it. I’d say around 20-30 people have tried it but few have actually touched it on a table. And lemme tell you: This game is NOT the same on a table. 

For starter it apparantly takes up way may more table space than I’d like it to, shuffling cards before starting a session is less work than I feared (I do not like shuffling!) and there is apparently a ton of co-op strategy. Some of these are just not apparent until you put your game out on a table. Also: Something I feared was hard for players to remember was actually easily remembered by everyone.

Once it was printed it’s not easy to make adjustments. That last part is actually a plus for me. In the past, whenever I did a session with some one I’d get ideas and immediately change some mechanics, adding or removing whole systems. As a result, No two people played the same version. The following weeks, perhaps months, I will play this short and early version with locals and they will all play the same version. I’m curious if this leads to different conclusions. In the new year I will continue digitally and build a new version with all that feedback. 

I feared text may have been hard to read but even with shrunken images (a printing error) it holds up.

I’m feeling VERY good about Halls of Teknor and honestly I have to hold myself back to not make a whole game with the rules I have right now. As always I hope that next version will be solid and we can get to making cool powers and characters and little trinkets of lore. Who knows. For now. Before we hit the drawing board, let’s hit the table!

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The origins of Teknor

So here we are making Halls of Teknor. This dungeon crawler that’s a homage to both classic fantasy games and 90s action figures. This adventure for two or even one player. That means solo! Where is all this coming from?

It started in 2020. Like most of us I spent those early dark and scary weeks locked away from others and from ways of doing my hobbies with others. The mind drifted and the eyes shifted to finding something new to do. To the internet. I rediscovered old Games Workshop things. At first just for the nostalgia, Then with the idea of “What if I can play one of these on my own just to kill time?” The first was Blackstone Fortress, then the original Warhammer Quest, then many others big and small. The seed was planted but it would take another event to make things click.

My love for great box art got me into this mess!

Actually that is not where it starts. It was 2014 and I was fresh out of game design school. I grew fond of doing pixel art and a friend of mine was making a turn based strategy as programmers do, ugly but technically functioning.  We started working together and I got to make the art and setting anything I wanted. And what I wanted was to homage the action figures toys I had as child. Something silly but solid. Like the Ninja Turtles or Toxic Crusaders. Mutants vs Robots! Green skin versus pink metal!

bonus point if you can spot our future heroes.

We titled it Mutant Gangland and I started drawing characters. Give them names and tiny origins. People seemed to like it and the game sold well. There were plans for expanding but because Life my friend and I amicably parted ways. We left the Mutant Gangland but did the Mutant ever leave me? No. Ever since I made and released paper model kits of the tanks and robots that wandered That World. To my surprise they also sold.

The first of 4 Mutant Gangland model kits

Back to that scary year of 2020. When I saw internet friend Dick Poelen making great 3d sculpts of other people’s designs. He made a Ninja Turtle and I was smitten upon sight.  What if we made Mutant Gangland toys? Action figures were too large. What if we just made some tiny rubber (keshi) figures? Let’s just start printing and see what comes out. Dick just picked two characters and started sculpting. I posted the test prints and someone said something I cannot believe I did not think of. “Please make a skirmish game with these”.

Dick Poelen’s excellent sculpts. Remember anyone from earlier?

Skirmish games? Where players take turns fighting each other on a small turf with just a few fighters? That is PERFECT rhyming with what we did with Mutant Gangland! I was excited, cooked up rules for a quick prototype and tested it with my partner. The game was fun after some iterations but it was also a mistake. Because even if I like skirmish games I had lately grown to LOVE solo games. All that Warhammer Quest and Heroquest. All the quests! That was what was in my heart now! with all that fresh solo dungeon experience it had to be a solo dungeon game and it had to be a mutant gangland game.

A scrapped prototype of a Mutant Gangland skirmish game.

There were two other big inspirations. In our house we love the old Dungeonquest, A brutal board game with push your luck mechanics. Then there is Bloodborne, A brutal video action game with push your luck mechanics. The longer you walk around with all your treasure, the higher the multiplier bonus for cashing in that treasure. My game had to have this.

The world of Mutant Gangland is a far future with its own history. Its own strange artefacts. Having a setting that is not the western fantasy associated with many dungeon crawlers gives me an opportunity to make items that are weird. There are mechanics with that. When you find an item for the first time it is strange and does nothing. Only when you cash it in at the shop will the shopkeeper tell you what (they think) it is. From then on, whenever you find it again it will have its true name and abilities.

So where is the mutant theme in the mechanics? It’s still in construction. I’m playing with giving (and taking!) the player random powers every time they level up. We will see how players will like that.

A work in progress shot from Tabletop Simulator

That’s where we are now. We are far from done but after many sessions and changes I have something I feel really good about. If you wish to stay informed, please consider joining my newsletter.