Friday, February 15, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — February 14th, 2019

Just writing the date, 2019, makes me think "Hey, we're in the future".

But something not from the future, but the past, is the 30th Edition of the Arcanum, which was like the 2nd edition of Bard Games Atlantean Trilogy (and in term a successor of the Compleat ____ products).

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GW4: The Mind Masters -  Old Gamma World module. Not sure which edition.  $4.99 and 36 pages, also print version.

Polyhedron 24, 25 -  TSR's old house zine. 99 cents each.

Adventures


Sunday's Hand-Drawn Pyramid Adventure -  From Sharp Mountain Games comes something a bit different, a pyramid themed adventure, though it still had battle maps and what not. $2.50, 25 pages.

The Beast of Briar's Creek -  Hopefully it's not Tor Johnson. Low level adventure for LL. 7 pages, $2

Rules


A Ghastly Companion to Castles, Mansions, & Estates - Rough Hewn Edition -  Perhaps one of the most neglected games of the OSR is A Ghastly Affair, a game of mid-late 18th century gothic horror. This helps you create locations for that and has tons of tables and other stuff. 276 pages, $4.99

Misc


Back to the Dungeon Zine -  Seems to be the old original zine from Eldrad Wolfsbane, not something new. PWYW

Castle Oldskull: Chaotic Descriptor Table -  Random tables of chaos! 126 pages (of giant text), $2.99

Friday Enhanced Map 2-8-19 - Looks like a manor house.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cantrips: Supplemental Magic Rules Review — Might Hurt Low Level MUs More Than It Helps


Cantrips! Zero-level spells. I remember when they first came out in Dragon magazine and found them fascinating, they were something of a more practical use of magic, with spells to clean and dust and pull pranks. But to actually use them in your AD&D game, your MU would have to give up a 1st level spell, and frankly, there's just too many useful 1st level spells for a MU to do that, even at mid to high levels. So it was basically a neat idea that was quickly forgotten, except in special cases (like 0-Level characters).

Cantrips did make a reappearance in the 3rd edition of the game (and in 5th), where they became spells cast in addition to 1st level spells, and some of the crappier 1st level spells were shifted downward (such as light and mending). It actually went a long way to making 1st level (or even 2nd) MUs be more useful, but they largely escaped a re-emergence in the OSR. At least until now, with Cantrips: Supplemental Magic Rules for OSR Roleplaying Games by Jeff George, which is $1.99 for 32 single column pages and usable for all major flavors of OSR.

Monday, February 11, 2019

New Module from the Merciless Merchants



While I could wait until my weekly update, this is notable because a) they make really good modules and b) it's also available at Lulu.   Price is $5 PDF at DTPRG or $10 for print (at Lulu or DTRPG)

Also, amusingly it uses that piece of art I mentioned from my recent review of the Ruined City Cywhatzit, which I thought must be stock art since it didn't depect anything from the module. Does it depict anything here? I don't know, but I will find out...

Friday, February 8, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — February 7th, 2019

This is more like 2 weeks, since I missed one due to DTRPG's problems.

Also, they're apparently having an OSR Sale, but I don't see anything particularly OSR-ish, it's mostly DCC and C&C

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Polyhedron 21, 22, and 23 - Old house zine of TSR. 99 cents each

Adventures


Rats in the Walls and Other Perils -  Revising the old AS&SH adventure with a couple more old adventures. $10, 44 pages.

SO13 Shrine of Sacrifice - Apparently about a ruined elven shrine to the great elven god, Corky. No, I am not making that up.  For 1e and 4th to 6th level characters. 24 pages, and $7.50

Tournaments of Madness and Death

The Crypt of Baron Vraszek -  Low-ish level adventure presumably not about the resting pace of the ancestor of the pickle magnet. 17 pages, $4

The Defilers - Medieval Authentic adventure from the RPGPundit that seems to be more about a hidden mystery than anything else. 20 pages, $2.99

The Rusted Tomb - Adventure site from Rosethrone games. 12 pages, $1.99

Rules


AS&SH 2e Player's Manual -  I don't know if they fixed the rules problems in from 1e AS&SH, but they certainly did break the art. Don't need this if you have the full book. $12, 300 pages.

Cantrips: OSR Magic Supplement -  EGG added these to 1st edition in place of a 1st level spell, but I think it would have made more sense for them to be in addition to. Presumably the author of this supplement agrees. $1.99 and 32 pages.

The Folio of Fiendish Monsters - 128 pages of new monsters, though presumably some taken from The Folio line of modules. $24.99 so I won't be buying soon...

PC17 - The Enchantress -  What if each school of magic had its own class like the Illusionist? Well, this is my take one the Enchantment/Charm school. PWYW

Misc


AS&SH Referee's Screen -  For 2e, I guess. Do not like the comic book of the AS&SH line, so much lamer than the pulp art style of the original.  $10 and 8 pages.

Friday Enhanced Map 2-1-19 - Looks...like I dunno. Temple? Sci-Fi complex? $1

RPPP More Occult Killer Antagonists - Medieval Authentic Psychopaths. 19 pages, $2.99

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ruined City of Cyfandir Review — Low Level Adventure with High Level Boss

Although I am not a fan of the Adventurer Conqueror King System, from Autarch, I was deeply impressed by their first module (besides Dwimmermount that is) that supported their system, The Sinister Stone of Sakkara, which was a nice take on the Keep on the Borderlands type scenario. So I quickly picked up this, Ruined City of Cyfandir as soon as I noticed it was out. It's meant for levels 5 to 7 and for ACKs (so probably a little higher level for Basic/Original games) and is 30 pages for $4 in PDF.

The premise is simple enough, an elven city was overrun by a dragon and her lizardman followers. 200 years later, they are still there. The PCs either stumble upon the city or are sent there. Presumably they explore and loot. There's only about 25 or so special locations in the city itself, most of which deal with lizardmen or the newly arrived goblin tribe.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Looks like DTRPG is still having problems...

So I will postpone the new releases to next week.

Supposedly they were migrating to new servers and it would take only 12 hours, but it's been a few days. It worked for a bit  a couple days ago, but then seems down again.

Friday, January 25, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — January 24th, 2019

January is easily the worst month in the year, and unfortunately, it's also the longest (well, tied with it). One more week, though, one more week.


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GW9 Delta Fragment -  Old Gamma World adventure. $7.99, 121 pages.

Polyhedron 15, 16, 17 - Old newsletter. 99 cents each.

Treasures of the Ancients -  Equipment book for Gamma World.  $7.99, 105 pages

Adventures


Black Maw 2 - The Chambers of the Wrath King -  The megadungeon continues to its 2nd level. 6 pages, $2

Ruins of Quinstead - Apparently originally from 1994 and is a 3 level dungeon for character levels 1 to 12. $9.99 and 46

Rules


Abomination Appendix Vol 1: Underground Monsters - Replacements for Product Identity monsters. PWYW

Abomination Appendix Vol 2: False Undead - Do we really need stats for these? They are exactly like undead but no magic powers and not undead. PWYW

Magic Madness 7: Spells for OSR Games -  30 new spells from Unbalanced Die games. $2.50, 51 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 1-18-19 - Underwater temple? $1