Friday, March 22, 2019

New OSR Titles at DTPRG — March 21st, 2019

Still sorta sick, but mostly I never got around to doing a review this week because I was busy playing Endless Space 2. Didn't like the first one. Didn't really like Endless Legend. But after seeing it on sale I gave it a try and I have to say, I do like Endless Space 2. But lord, it's a slow paced game, even by 4x standards.

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Polyhedron 34 and 35 -  Looks like the highlight here are adventures based on Finnish myths. 99 cents each.

Adventures


RPPP The Reivers -  Medieval Authentic (TM) adventure about the Bruces of Scotland, apparently. $2.49 and 15 pages.

Straffshire: Village of Planar Fugitives -  More a setting book than adventure, about weird people from other planes and their wacky antics. 60 pages, $8.99

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 3-15-19 - Looks like an underground temple. $1.

Friday, March 15, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — March 14th, 2018

Ugh, I am still sick. It's been over a week. The peak seems to have been last Saturday where I slept until 5 pm.

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GWA2: The Overlord of Bonparr -  Gamma World adventure $9.99 for PDF, $15 for print.

Polyhedron 30, 3132, 33 - 99 cents each.

Adventures


The Dog that Would Not Bark -  Little Timmy in in the well. 6 pages, 50 cents.

Q1 Quest for the Dungeon Terrier -  Not entirely sure this is OSR, but eh. 10 pages, PWYW.

Suddenly, Goblins! -  Goblins get into a castle. 7 pages, 50 cents.

Rules


Axes & Orcs Compendium: Volume One Non Human and Monster Classes -  Including the Halfing Druid, Transforming Robot, and the dreaded Sky Gnome. I guess more for B/X games. $4.49 and 20 pages.

Castle Oldskull - Oldskull Anti-Paladins -  $2.99 and 54 pages

Creature Feature Quarterly Vol 1 - From excellent illustrator Jeremy Hart comes this book of stats for 16 of his illustrations. Also apparently includes paper minis and VTT tokens and such. $4.50 and 36 pages.

Rubik's Cube Character Stat Generator -  When you've misplaced your dice but not your Rubix Cube. PWYW

Ruins & Adventures 2: Aldair's Arboretum - It's apparently what a storm giant named Aldair class his pants. $1.50 and 10 pages.

Survive This: Vigilante City Core Rules -  Low powered superhero game from the Dark Place & Demogorgons company.  292 pages, $9.99

Survive This: Vigilante City Villains Guide - Not too clear, but this is apparently the GM's guide for the game. 300 pages, $9.99

White Box: Eastern Adventures - 126 pages and free.

Misc


Elegant Fantasy Dungeon Generator - Apparently random tables can be pretentious. 21 pages, $2.50

Enhanced Map 3-1-19 -  Creepy looking dungeon perhaps for cultists. $1.

Enhanced Map 3-8-19 - Part dungeon, part crevasse. $1

SCAIII.1 Cavalier Attitude -  I have no idea what number this issue is of the zine. $2 and 19 pages.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Pacesetter Games & Simulations has a Kickstarter for yet another B/X Rules Set

I am suffering from the flu (actually fell asleep driving home from work, though thankfully I woke thanks to the rumble strip on the side of the road) so perhaps this is all a delusion of my fever ridden mind. But Pacesetter Games &  Simulations, the one by the Barshes, is apparently going to produce books of their version of B/X.

By my count, this is at least the 4th version. You had Labyrinth Lord, then Adventures in the East Mark, then B/X Essentials, now this.  I guess maybe Adventures in the East Mark is more of a BECMI clone and it never got past the first set. At least in English.

Anyway, I'm not sure the elder Barsh ever finished the kickstarter for the Acaeum (sp?), but this is being done by his son, who apparently did finish his 5e kickstarter.

OTOH, apparently it's not written yet and somehow promises to be done by June 30th. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Compleat Illusionist at Playing at the World

It's in my blog roll, but as a big fan of illusionists, I thought it worth a mention. Basically Mr. Peterson has a scan of Peter Aronson's complete version of the Illusionist (in 6 jpgs). Simply different than what appeared in TSR back in the day

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

No Review This Week, I have a Cold

Very weird. Hit me Monday night, all of a sudden I had a sore throat and stuffed nose. The next day, still had both. Today I got up and have no sore throat, but the stuffiness is still there and I feel achy. So hopefully it will run its course by tomorrow or the next day.

Friday, March 1, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — February 28th, 2019

Now there's a GM's sale, presumably with some OSR stuff.


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Polyhedron #28 and #29 - 99 cents each. 28 apparently has module R5 and 29 has some Gamma world stuff

Adventures


1988 Dungeon -  A blast from the past, an actual circa 1988 dungeon. PWYW, 20 pages.

Falls Keep -  From Fail Squad Games comes this mini-adventure about a ruined keep by some falls. After 1e and LL stuff, he's apparently now trying S&W. $4 and 12 pages

Praise the Fallen - Dungeon crawl for 3-4 level characters against a cult of a fallen angel. 16 pages and PWYW

The Angel's Burial Ground - This is more of an artsy setting, a weird "fantasypunk" plane than an actual adventure. $1.99 and 31 pages.

The Merchant's Heart -  Seems like a comedy module, 6 pages, PWYW

Whisper in the Crags - Another Fail Squad adventure, this also for S&W (no level range for either). $4 and 15 pages.

Rules


Bastard Sword -  10 pages of house rules for OD&D. $1

Dark Places & Demogorgons: The Cryptid Manual -  Monster book for the Stranger Things inspired OSR game. Usually their products are reasonably priced, but this is $15.99 for 90 pages.

Eldritch Tales GM's Screen -  I would think you'd really want the print version of this ($9.99) and not the pdf version ($3.19), as it's cheaper than gluing 6 tablets together to form a screen.

Fighting Foolishness 3: Fighting Ideas for OSR Games -  From Unbalanced Dice game comes this rule jumble for fighters. $2.50, 43 pages.

Walking the Way - More Jedi style stuff for White Star, 64 pages and currently $6.39, but probably that's because it's on sale.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 2-22-19 - Looks like a laboratory dungeon. $1

Thursday, February 28, 2019

He Who Watches Review — Ptolemaic Egypt Meets Lovecraft Meets Xena



He Who Watches is an Egyptian themed adventure from Karel M of Coiled Sheet of Lead Games. By Egyptian themed, I mean apparently literally set in Egypt, though a relatively modern one (Roman era), not just an Egyptian like country.  I had a very strong sense of deja vu while reading it, because I had read a very similar short story in a book of historical mysteries (Chosen of the Nile by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer in The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits).

It's meant for lower level PCs (no system is expressly given, but seems 1e-ish) and set in the city of Crocodilopolis (the Greek name, original name Shedet), essentially the plot is that pilgrims to a temple of Sobek (a crocodile god that is a good protector god of the dead) are going missing, and the PCs are hired to investigate. A subplot is that one of the holy crocodiles has just died.