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  • Love the screens! I have to say their the best quality screens that I've used.
    My only issue is that I wish there were more of them. I run using a big table with many things to keep hidden.
    But all in all I think these are perfect. I may order another set!

    Brian B | Castle Keeper Screens
  • I received my CK Guide just a few days ago and it is beautiful! I am still reading it over, but I really like this version. Keep up the good work, Troll Lords!

    Dan | Castle Keepers Guide
  • The packaging is nicely done... The pamphlet type books reminds me of some of the earliest D&D adventures...

    J Hall | Black Box Collectors Edition
  • Awesome company. Great people who know what we geeks love and strive hard to produce quality products.
    I bought the Storyteller's Thesaurus and will use it as an invaluable gaming aid.
    other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs.

    Jeffery C | Storyteller's Thesaurus
  • All color with beautiful art work. This become my favorite hard fantasy game the more I get to play.

    Craig S | Players Handbook
  • A great collection of creatures malevolent and benign, fabulous treasure will entice your players to face greater dangers and heroic deaths!

    Joseph H | Monsters & Treasure
  • Aside from the beautiful writing and the wealth of useful information contained in it, the Codex of Aihrde does one other thing extremely well, and that is 'encourage heroes to rise.'

    Paul F | Codex of Aihrde

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Troll Lord Games

About Us

What We Do

Troll Lords Games, a subsidiary of Chenault & Gray Publishing, , LLC, has been publishing Role Playing Games since 1999. They began publishing their own system, quickly converted to Dungeons & Dragons d20 system and became the primary publisher for Gary Gygax from 2001 until his passing in 2008. They are best known for their long-standing Castles & Crusades RPG which launched in 2004, continues to enjoy a wide following, and is presently on its 7th printing.

TLG publishes a small host of other RPGs, including Amazing Adventures, Victorious and Harvesters. Their long-standing world setting The World of Aihrde is supported by both RPG books and its own line of fantasy fiction.

Stephen Chenault is both a primary author and CEO of Troll Lord Games and works with others: Davis Chenault, Jason Vey, James M. Ward and Brian Young. Troll Lord Games hired Mark Sandy to run the print shop, a position he holds to this day. Tim Burns was brought on as Communications Director in 2013. Peter Bradley serves as the company Art Director.

Who We Are

Stephen Chenault -- Intro

Stephen Chenault (June 24, 1967 - present) is an American game designer and author best known for his work on the world of Aihrde and Castles & Crusades game system. In 1999 he co-founded Troll Lord Games with his brother Davis Chenault and longtime friend Mac Golden.

Early Life

Born in Monticello, Arkansas in 1967 to Stephen Chenault, an officer in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam and Judy Carol Chenault. Named after his father, Stephen grew up on army posts throughout the southern United States. He eventually settled in Jonesboro, Arkansas and attended Arkansas State University. After which he spent three years in the army during the 1st Gulf War. Completing his enlistment, he returned to school and received his Masters Degree in History from the University of Arkansas with a thesis entitled Austrian Foundations: The Austrian Influences on Architectural Expressionism in Weimar Germany. In 1996 he married Kathryn Turner.

Troll Lord Games

Chenault became acquainted with role playing games when his brother, Davis, received a set of the Dungeons & Dragons books (small brown books) in the mid 1970's. After many years of play he attempted to publish material in the Dragon and Dungeon magazine then published by TSR. These early works were rejected but later became the basis for the product line that launched Troll Lord Games.

In 1999, Chenault and longtime friend Mac Golden, founded Troll Lord Games. Later joined by Davis Chenault, the trio launched their first series of adventures and a campaign world setting, Erde, at Gencon 2000. The company was picked up by ACD at Gencon that year, and this launched the company. In 2001 Troll Lord Games signed Gary Gygax, becoming his primary publisher for both the Lejendary Adventure line and the Gygaxian Fantasy Worlds. Chenault developed a close working relationship with Gygax, producing a wide variety of RPG supplements together.

Chenault took over management of Troll Lord Games in 2002 when Mac Golden stepped down and Davis removed himself from the company. At Chenault's direction the company was reformed as Chenault & Gray Publishing, LLC. d/b/a Troll Lord Games.

In 2005 Chenault and the original partners teamed up to create the Castles & Crusades RPG. [6] The rules and mechanics of the game were designed and developed by Davis Chenault and Mac Golden, whereas the "how-to" content was left to Stephen. While managing CG and TLG, Chenault continued to write and work on projects such as the Castle Keepers Guide, Monsters & Treasure, a several adventures and his campaign world of Aihrde (previously Erde).

Working with Gary Gygax

At GenCon 33, in 2000, Mac Golden gave the first four books that Troll Lord Games published to Gary Gygax at his booth with Hekaforge. Later that year Chenault contacted Gary to discuss the possibility of publishing some of his previous work. This in turn led to a working relationship that lasted until Gygax's death in 2008. Chenault worked with Gygax to bring out the Gygaxian Fantasy World series, as well as adventures such a The Hermit and Hall of Many Panes, the latter of which Gygax dedicated to Stephen Chenault. After Gencon moved to Indianapolis, Chenault launched a series of conventions, Winter's Dark and the Lake Geneva Gaming Convention in Lake Geneva Wisconsin, for Gary. Chenault developed a close relationship with Gygax. Gygax joined in the development of Castles & Crusades, being the final arbiter for rules, judging whether they would meet the needs of Castle Zaygyg: Upper Works, published later in 2008.

Chenault joined Luke Gygax, James M. Ward and Harold Johnson for the eulogy at Gygax's funeral.


In 2005, Chenault expanded Troll Lord Games, adding print facilities to the companies' publishing arms. This reduced the companies' overall expenses, and diversified its revenue streams, allowing it to better survive the turbulent RPG market.

In 2008 he began working closely with James M. Ward on a series of adventure and supplements.

Chenault continued to work on adventures and source material for the Castles & Crusades game, and the world of Aihrde. He expanded the latter by re-releasing the Codex of Aihrde, the Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde and the Players Guide to Aihrde. He also was the primary contributor and overall editor to the Castle Keepers Guide. A series of C modules came out slowly over the years, exploring the Darkenfold Forest, his admitted favorite place in his own world.

He is a regular attendee at Garycon where he runs a game for 20+ players.

In 2015 Chenault wrote the script for an advertisement for Castles & Crusades, To the End and it was released as a YouTube short and was entered into Gencon's Film Festival as a finalist that year. Though it didn't win, it spurred him on to co-found with longtime friend Tim Burns, Ends Meet Productions. That companies first release was Emma later in 2016.

Chenault continues as the head of Chenault & Gray, LLC.

Mark Sandy

-- Mark runs the print shop.