Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 17th, 2017

Blah. I just get over my chronic bronchitis and I get hit by the flu.   In fact, I just sneezed all over the screen. Thankfully after last week's busy released schedule, things are more down to normal.

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Calimport -  Sourcebook for a Forgotten Realms I'm not familiar with. 96 pages, $4.99

Reunion - TSR was still making tournament adventures in the 90s. This is one of them, for Al-Qadim. $4.99 and 32 pages.

Ruined Kingdoms - This is an Al-Qadim boxed set focused on somewhat silly ruins. Its successor, City of Bones is much better (and somewhat Sword & Sorcery-ish). $9.99, 96 pages

The Factol's Manifesto - Ugh. The slang even in the product blurb gives me a headache.  $9.99 and 160 pages.

Adventures


The Lucanii Drift -  This is a sandbox setting for Starships & Spacemen 2e, though should work easy enough with most OSR sci-fi games. Price is now back to $7.99 for its 162 pages and it's well worth it, both as an adventure and as an expansion for S&S2e, filling in some of the missing Trek knock-off races with more knock-offs (for instance, for the Orions).  Also has a ton of art.


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Castle Oldskull: Dungeon Delver Enhancer -  Want to develop a background for your character? Well, here's 610 pages of tables to help you do so. (Yikes, I don't even like naming mine until they are 3rd level). 616 pages and $4.99


Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map: 01-13-2017 -  Looks like a river with what could be a lich's lair. $1 for the enhanced version.

SL&VL Zine #2 - "Suomalaisten OSR-harrastajien kokoaman lehden Siniset Luolat & Valkeat Lohikäärmeet toinen numero on täällä! Tällä kertana teemana on gonzo ja science fiction.". Either my flue has gotten much worse, or that some sort of Scandinavian language or I guess maybe Finnish. 69 pages, PWYW.

Vacant Ritual Assembly #6 -  Fanzine for Lamentations of the Flame Princess 52 pages, $5

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Lucanii Drift for Starships & Spacemen 2e is DTRPG's Deal of the Day

I backed Starships & Spacemen 2e on Indie Go Go a few years ago and while I mostly liked it, I thought it was rather sparse, 90 pages for $40 (in hardcover).

Well, the recent Lucanii Drift is a sourcebook for that game system that somewhat addresses that issue, being twice the size of S&S2 at 184 pages.  Not only does it provide a proper sandbox setting for the game, it provides additional rules

Inside this book:
  • Expanded starship combat rules
  • New Equipment
  • New character races
  • Additional character generation rules
  • Rules for improving and developing starships
  • 15 sectors to explore, filled with conundrums and discoveries.
  • Hundreds of encounters and adventures


Ordinarily a pretty good value at $7.99, right now it's only half that.


Adventurer Conqueror King System in new Bundle of Holding

While I personally think you'd be better off just using the old Rules Cyclopedia rules, or B/X with the various Gazetteers (a word I still cannot spell 35 years later), the Bundle of Holding currently has a heck of a deal on ACKS

For $9.95 you get

  • Adventurer Conqueror King System
  • ACKS Player's Companion
  • Domains at War: Campaigns (the whole "Conquer" part they left out of the original book)
  • The Sinister Stone of Sakkara (really well done adventure)
  • Auran Empire Primer

For  $21.04+ (I think this changes you also get

  • Dwimmermount (ACKS version)
  • Domains at War: Battles (Rules for mass combat which weren't in the  original book)
  • Domains at War: Troops and Terrain (See above)
  • Lairs & Encounters (No idea)
That's a really good deal. They generally have pretty low prices to begin with ($10 for most PDFs) but this is pretty much half that already cromulent price. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 10th, 2017

This is quite a busy week, with a host (make that a horde) of adventures and three Castle Oldskull books. While the name conjures up a geriatric He-Man's retirement home, they seem to comprise almost 1000 pages worth of design material (tables and such).

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Chainmail: Rules of Medieval Miniatures -  The book that started it all. $4.99 and 44 pages.

Children of the Night: The Created -  Ravenloft sourcebook about Frankenstein's monster style monsters. 98 pages, $4.99

Dead Gods - Two adventures based on corpses of gods floating in Astral Space. Planescape has a lot of ideas ruined by chimney sweep slang.  176 pages and $9.99

The Jade Hare -  This is a pretty crappy basic adventure but was once one of the biggest (and still may be) collectibles around. $1.99 and 8 pages.

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Castle Oldskull: City State Encounters -  This might be more of a random table book, hard to tell from the sample. At any rate, it's huge at 150 pages and only $2.99

Shattered Moon: Blood Hook Climb - Seems to be an adventure setting for a retro clone that I seem to have missed, Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. PWYW and 16 pages.

The Complete Roslof Keep Campaign -  Contains the Folio adventures 1-6, plus all the mini-adventures (1 to 6 that is) below.  136 pages, $24.99

The Folio #1.5: Welcome to House Aldener -  The first half-dozen of so Folio modules detail a competitive mini-dungeon where adventuring companies explore. This seems to detail an admissions test (ie, mini-adventure) for the PCs to join one such company. 8 pages, $1.99. Duel statted for 1e.

The Folio #2.5: Test of the Tower - Like above, but for a wizard's group. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #3.5: Dire Run to House Fleetwood - Apparently Stevie Nicks has turned a village into zombies. 8 pages, $1.99

The Follio #4.5: Hammers Fall in Anarchy - Mini-dungeon in the main dungeon. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #5.5 The Mithel Company Champion -  Sidequst for Folio #5 (which I think is when I stopped buying them), part of the Rosloff Keep series. $1.99 8 pages. Dual statted including 1e

The Folio #6.5 - Seems like a sidequest for Folio #6, part of the Rosloff Keep Dungeon. . $1.99 and 8 pages.

The Folio #8.5: Ratmen of the Dead Oak -  I think they used to open for the Dead Kennedys. Mini-adeventure sidequest for the Folio #8. $1.99 and 8 pages.

The Folio #9.5: Gang War -  Mini side quest for the Folio #9. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #10.5: The Creche of Set -  Mini side quest for the Folio #10. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #10: DF3  Explore  Lost Temple of Tefnut. 32 pages, $5.99 

The Folio #11: AT1 -  Hmm, no catchy name here for what appears to be the start of a new trilogy of adventures set in a city named Taux, which alas is not full of penguins, but seems to be full of thieves.  36 pages and $5.99

The Folio Digital Quarter #1 - Because apparently they hadn't released enough products this week, this seems to be some sort of more modern (steampunk-ish, anyway) adventure set in the future of the world of all their previous titles.  $4.99 and 28 pages.

The Grapeshot Express -  "Absurdist" adventure or so the blurb claims. 30 pages, $4.

The Phoenix Barony -  More adventure setting than adventure. $1 and 26 pages.

The Irminsul of Aphrodite-Ammunt - Into the Deep Forest. Adventure for Labyrinth Lord set around a sacred tree and its forest.  $2.00 and 11 pages.

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None.

Misc


Black Pudding #2 -  The second issue of J.V. West's OSR fanzine seems to be a grab bag of stuff, new classes, adventures, npcs, magic items and more. PWYW and 24 pages.

Castle OldSkull: Classic Dungeon Guide -  Seems to be adventure seeds, tables, and advice rolled up into one giant product. 320 pages and $4.99

Castle Oldskull: Game World Generator - Like above, but for a whole game world. 330 pages, and $4.99.

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 01-06-17 -  "Enhanced" version of a dungeon map by Tim Hartim. Looks like an underground temple and toomb. $1

Wizard's Tower Generator -  At 13 pages, doesn't seem very comprehensive. $2.99

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 3rd, 2017

Woohoo, New Year, and with a decent amount of new OSR products.


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Axe of the Dwarvish Lords -  Apparently running out of ideas, TSR thought of making modules about each famous artifact.  Not actually too bad, but you have to really like Dwarves. For levels 13-15. 192 pages and $9.99

Evil Tide - They also apparently thought they should make a module trilogy around each classic monster. This is for sahuagins, part 1 of 3. $4.99 and 32 pages. Meh.

King of the Giantdowns - Birthright module, which was my main interest in the 2e era. Pretty decent adventure, though not terribly specific to the world. 64 pages, $4.99

The Inner Planes - Last big product for Planescape and presumably still full of annoying chimney sweep slang, guv'nor.  $9.99 and 128 pages.

Adventures

The Buried Zikurat -  OSR version of the sequel to the  Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil. Hopefully this one actually explains the non-standard monsters. 36 pages, $6.95

Hexed Places - Denshi Ferry -  Hex crawl involving Luke's younger sister. 15 pages, $2.69

Lands of Lunacy - Sounds like either a planar adventure or mini-setting. 32 pages, $5.50.

The Place of Forgetting -  Apparently not Las Vegas, but a horror adventure for 3rd level characters. 37 pages, $2

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Battleaxes & Beasties -  Another OSR games based on White Box. I'm not sure what this specifically offers, nor if a battleaxe is a one or two handed weapon. But I do know it's $9.99 and 175 pages.

Wakened Wilderness -  Rules for playing in a world similar to that of a novel I've never heard of, "Redwall", but apparently includes woodland races (possibly Smurfs, though that's just speculation). 50 cents, 11 pages.

White Box Tome Arioth 1 - 108 "new" magic items recycled from the author's previous products.  $4.99, 75 pages.

Misc


The Big Book of Randomness -  At 25 pages, not that big, actually, but full of random tables.  $1.99

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Be sure to check out the new adventure at 3 Toadstools

A little late, but things have been surprisingly hectic the last couple weeks besides the usual holiday stuff. My pipes froze which screwed up my plumbing in way I don't really understand but have to cope with and fix.

But this has brightened things up, a new (and free) adventure from Shane Ward of 3 Toadstools, Troubling Events, for Labyrinth Lord , a nice sword & sorcery style mini-dungeon. Well, not that mini at 24 rooms, but probably one session.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — December 27th, 2016

2016 mercifully comes to a close. While the releases are light, in the spirit of the season most are PWYW.

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Bleak House -  Perhaps the most notable character in Ravenloft besides the Dracula clone was the Van Helsing clone, Rudolph Van Richten.  This kills him off. $9.99 and 192 pages.

Ravenloft: Realm of Terror - The original Ravenloft boxed set.  168 pages, $7.99

The Astromundi Cluster - Part of the idea of Spelljammer was to travel from world to world. Well, this product kills that idea, basically keeping the PCs in one giant bottle full of asteroids.  $9.99 and 192 pages

The Legend of Spelljammer - The other part of Spelljammer was a giant spaceship. This details it. Unfortunately, like the above, it trapped the players on it. $9.99 and 192 pages

Adventures


A Very Scary Xmos -  A holiday themed mini-adventure from Creation's Edge Games. 11 pages, PWYW

Rules


Krampus, The Christmas Demon -  Pretty much as the title says. 4 pages, PWYW

The Anatomist - Medical themed class for Basic D&D. 7 pages, PWYW

Misc


Friday Freebie 12-23-16 -  Looks like the corner of a larger dungeon. $1 for the enhanced version.