Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — December 6th, 2016

This is a pretty busy week and I've got a cold.


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Dwarven Kingdoms of Krynn -  Only ones I remember from Dragonlance were the gully dwarves. But apparently there were more, 192 pages worth. $9.99

FR7 Hall of Heroes -  Stats from NPCs from early Forgotten Realms novels (before they got too awful). 128 pages, $9.99

PG1 Players Guide to the Dragonlance Campaign - I'm sure someone, somewhere played in the Dragonlance setting rather than read the books, but I sure didn't.  $4.99, 128 pages

Tales of the Lance - This is the boxed set for the 2e version of the Dragonlance setting. $9.99 and 208 pages.

Time of the Dragon - I have no idea what this is, except it's another boxed set for Dragonlance, but very early in 2e's life.  184 pages and $9.99

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Blood in the Chocolate -  Low level adventure for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. From the description, sounds like a "Screw you" adventure. 55 pages, $7.99

Broodmother Sky Fortress - This seems to be a real adventure for Lamenations of the Flame Princess (not a "screw you" or a "wah wah I'm so pretentious and depressed" pity party involving a weird sky castle. 173 pages, $9.99

Lairs & Encounters -  For Adventurer, Conqueror, King System comes this adventure supplement devoted to monster lairs and includes rules for making monsters (but isn't the point of OSR that you don't need rules like that? That's what turned me off 3e, you need an accounting degree to make new monsters).  $10 for 229 pages

OWB007: Attack on Hilo Ahu Beach -  Just in time for Pearl Harbor Day, I guess, comes this WW2 adventure for Operation White Box/ PWYW and 19 pages.

The Last Snipe Hunt - Short adventure for White Star. 14 pages, $1.50

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Guns of War -  Rules for early style gunpowder for ACKS and other OSR games. $5, 58 pages and no idea if it includes rules for walking hippos.

Mazes & Perils: The Charlatan -  New class for the Holmes-ish game. $1.99 and 9 pages.

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map -  This week looks like it's a wizard's lair. $1 for the enhanced version.

Mazes & Perils: Christmas Bundle - Seems to have every official product which is just the deluxe rules, twos adventure and a few new classes. $10.38 which is a pretty good eal (like 60% off)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New OSR Products at

Almost forgot, distracted by the $1 Out of the Park Baseball in the Humble Bundle

But anyway, we've got a couple of adventures this week and a couple of fanzines.

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Elminster's Ecologies Appendix 1 :The Battle of Bones and Hill of Lost Souls -  One of the things I got tired of in 2e was Elinister and the heavy detail in monsters and their "ecology". It's a monster. Kill it. Or talk to it. But does what it eats really matter? This is more of a locale/adventure setting though.  72 pages, $4.99

Elinster's Ecologies Appendix 2: The High Moor and The Serpent Hills - 72 pages, $4.99

MC3 Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix - I know, some people love the detail, but to me it seemed a way to sell a product with a lot of filler. 64 pages, $4.99

MC11 Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix -  More monsters, 64 pages, $4.99

Adventures


Automata Run Amok -  OSRIC (remember that system? Nice to see someone did) adventure set in a wizard's tower with well, automata run amok.  21 pages and PWYW

Treasures of Lutello -  Another short Swords & Wizardry dungeon from Creation's Edge, this time set in a Jester's crypt. $1.50, 14 pages.

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Black Pudding #1 - Fanzine from J.V. West who produced a couple of nice OSR adventures (Howler and something in the Ice). New classes, some mini-dungeons. 24 pages, PWYW.

Wormskin Issue 4 - I stopped following Necrotic Gnome's blog when he switched to 5e, . Dunno if he's back to OSR or just slumming. 67 pages, $3.49

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New OSR Prodcuts at RPGNOW/DTRPG — November 22nd, 2016

Apparently I missed the latest OSR game from Goblinoid Games, Apes Victorius, about roleplaying in a Planet of the Apes style setting. Oook.

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Four from Cormyr -  This country in the Forgotten Realms always annoyed me. But anyway, this has 4 adventures set in it for people who liked it.. 128 pages and $4.99

FMA2: Endless Armies - An adventure set in Maztica, the Forgotten Realms version of Mesoamerica.  $4.99, 32 pages.

FRM1: The Jungles of Chult -  Forgotten Realms sourcebook about a region I've never heard of (not a big FR fan). 64 pages, $4.99

Heroes Lorebook - The Forgotten Realms has a lot of novels (most of which are pretty bad, though I did like the Azure Bonds ones). This has stats for characters in them up to 1996. $7.99, 160 pages.

The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier - This is most notable to me as the setting for the last two Gold Box AD&D games from SSI. 192 pages, $9.99

TM4: The City of Waterdeep - This is just a really, really big map of said city. $4.99

Adventures


OWB006: The Liberation of Guerrierville -  Adventure for Operation White Box, the WW2 OSR game. 25 pages, $3.99

Misc

Friday Freebie Map 11/18/16 -

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 15th, 2016

Woof, actually have a new adventure this week and Bruce Heard's second Calidar product.

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Den of Thieves - 2e sourcebook about thieves. $4.99 and 96 pages.

Maztica -  The Forgotten Realms version of Mesoamerica, completely with conquistadors. $9.99 and 192 pages.

The Knight of Newts - Basic adventure set in Thunder Rift.  16 pages, $4.99

Rage of the Rakasta - Another basic adventure in Thunder Rift, this featuring cat men (not like the evil spirit cats from AD&D, more actual cap people). 16 pages, $4.99

Adventures


The Devil in the Crypt -  Seems to be a horror/sword & sorcery style module. $3 and 18 pages. Also seems to be a Scandinavian version

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Basic Back to the Dungeon GM's Guide. PWYW version of the OSR game from that guy from Dragonsfoot whose name I can't remember at the moment.

Basic Back to the Dungeon Player's Guide. PWYW

Basic Back to the Dungeon Survival Sheet  - Seems to be some sort of form.

The Witch for Swords & Wizardry Light -  From the guy who really, really likes witches. PWYW.

Misc


Calidar - Beyond the Skies -  The second product in Bruce Heard's (aka Mr. Mystara) new setting, Calidar, inspired by the Princess Ark stuff. System neutral. $19.95 and 248 pages. 

Friday Freebie 11-11-16 -  Another nice map from Tim Hartin. $1 for the enhanced version.

Skinner Games - OSR Tiles - Some sort of map tiles, obviously. Not sure what you use them for. $2

Friday, November 11, 2016

New OSR Bundle at Bundle of Holding

It has some pretty good stuff

For $8.95 you get

  • Deep Carbon Observatory
  • The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom
  • Castle Gargantua
  • Mad Monks of Kwantoom
  • One-Page Dungeon Compendia 2013-2015
  • 2014 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review

I think the One Page Dungeon Compendium is actually free. But Kwantoom is good and so is the Pod Caverns. The rest aren't really to my test, Gargantua is a tryhard grimark version of Kwantoom and DCO is just baffling.

For $20.54 you also get

  • Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
  • Dwimmermount
  • Yoon-suin
  • Misty Isles of the Eld
  • Chthonic Codex
  • Tunnels & Trolls: Goblin Lake
  • 2015 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review
Most of those are good. I am still bitter over the never materialized T&T game for the Colecovision (they got as far as the title screen)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 8th, 2016

Woof. Not too busy a week.

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Sword & Shield -  Beginner adventure for basic from the latter days of TSR.  You can really tell a difference between the old starter adventures, where they assumed kids were reasonably bright if still kids and this, which assumes they are idiots. 16 pages, $4.99

The History of Dragonlance - It's amazing how far Dragonlance fell, from being a top seller and having fluff products like this to being nothing. $9.99 and 252 pages

WG11 Puppets -  Apparently an adaption of a RPGA module, involving leprechauns. $4.99, 32 pages.

WG12 Vale of the Mage -  To me, this was one of the big mysteries of Greyhawk. Just who was this guy and his valley elves? Well, we never got a real answer from EGG, but TSR came out with this which was kinda meh.  $4.99, 64

Adventures


Italian version of the Shrine of St. Aleena -  Homage to the late great star of Mentzer Basic. $4.95 and 37 pages.

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The Nightmares Underneath -  This seems to be a free edition of a OSR horror game from Red Box Vancouver. 333 pages and er, free.

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 11-04-16 - This looks like an underground temple with a cave complex. $1 for the enhanced version

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 1st, 2016

OSR goes WW2 this week with Operation White Box from Small Niche Games.

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Marco Volo: Arrival -  He was like a travel guide writer to the Forgotten Realms, and apparently for some reason, they made a trilogy of adventures about him. This is the last.. 32 pages, $4.99

Marco Volo: Departure - This is the last of the trilogy. 32 pages, $4.99

Marco Volo: Journey - This is the middle of the trilogy, where apparently he travels to the modern world and becomes a roadie for a rock band and even cuts an album with Neal Schon (who BTW also made albums with Sammy Hagar and Jan Hammer). 32 pages, $4.99

X13 Crown of Ancient Glory - The last of the eXpert adventures for Basic D&D. 32 pages, $4.99. RIP

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OWB 002: Norway Ablaze -  Contains 3 short adventures for the new WW2 OSR game from Small Niche Games (see below). 40 pages, $3.99

OWB 003: Desert Raiders of WW2 - : 3 short adventures set in North Africa. 39 pages, $3.99

The Ytroth Larvae of the Scarsea Cliff - Actually a systemless adventure, but I liked the name. Seems remarkably short though, 2 pages for $1.

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Operation White Box -  The idea of mixing OD&D and WW2 goes back to The Strategic Review. While I would argue that that 4 page article was enough you needed, if you want a more comprehensive coverage, here you go. 183 pages, $7.99

I think the author, Peter Spahn, is the 2nd hardest working author in the OSR after John Stater.  I just wish he picked a less pretentious and better rules system to base his stuff on than White Box...

Misc

Maze Rats - This is a combination rules system (not OSR) and table for generating stuff (which is sorta OSR). PWYW and 13 pages. (And holy crud, it's got an average contribution of $3.61 and is a copper seller. I don't get it)

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 10-23 = This one looks like a wizard's lair. $1 for the enhanced version.