Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — February 21st, 2017

A little of everything this week.

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FMQ1 -  Details the capital of Maztica in the Forgotten Realms, basically Mexico City. 96 pages, $4.99

IM1 The Immortal Storm -  Did anyone ever have Immortal characters? I didn't. But if you did, they produced a few modules for them, including this one by Frank Mentzer. 40 pages, $4.99

Kidnapped -  Apparently a RPGA module for 2e. 32 pages, $4.99

LC3 Night Watch in the Living City -  Originally for their organized play set in a shared world, this module apparently involves PC joining the cops.  $4.99, 32 pages

Adventures


Project Oasis -  Strictly speaking, more of an adventure setting, supposedly like the old Greyhawk book, only for Mutant Future. As it's from Joe Bloch, it's pricey at $9.99 and 36 pages, but likely high enough quality to justify the price tag.

The Ghost Woods Adventure -  Set in the magical kingdom of uh, Richard (sadly, probably not Simmons), comes this module for S&W and some other game. 24 pages, $3.45

Rules


Beyond the Wall - Hearths & Homes -  If this hadn't come out today, I would have made a separate post for it. Basically more stuff for Beyond the Wall, new rules, new character playbook, some scenarios. Free! 30 pages.

Cross Crass Subterfuge - Because some people just can't stand the thief class, here is PWYW pamphlet on getting rid of it. 5 pages.

Return of the Woodland Warriors -  Remember that animated Robin Hood movie from Disney where everyone was a woodland critter? Well, this is a game based on that idea, back when antrowhatzit animals weren't creepy. 64 pages, $5

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map  2=17-17 - This week's map seems to be a two story keep. $1 for the enhanced version.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — February 14th, 2016

Nice mix of everything this week.

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College of Wizardry -  Because you can't have enough splatbooks about wizards. 96 pages, $4.99

FRQ1 Haunted Halls of Eveningstar -  Wasn't this already released? Anyway, it's Ed Greenwoods original FR adventure, a starter dungeon. 32 pages, $4.99

WGS2 Howl from the North -  2e Greyhawk module from TSR's worst writer. $4.99, 64 pages.

Rules


Stranges Stars Rule Book -  Sourcebook for transhumans for Stars Without Number. 35 pages $5.55

Survive This - Oops, came out last week. Zombie based OSR game. PWYW

Adventures


The Vanilla Adventure -  Intended to be a starter adventure for those new to roleplaying.  52 pages, PWYW

Witches of Hagswallow - While it sounds like grandmother porn, apparently it's a low level adventure where the PCs must rescue townsfolk from witches in a bog.  $2.99 and 45 pages

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 2-10-2017 -  Looks like two small maps, one of cavern and one what looks to be a Stonehengle complex. $1 for enhanced version.

OSR Character Sheet -  PWYW character sheet. Seems more suited for B/X games or those with a single modifier for ability scores

Need an Elder Sign? Artists releases one into the public domain


Strictly speaking, the Elder Sign as envisioned by HPL was more of a tree branch rune. But August Derleth's idea of a burning eye  in a 5 pointed star seems to been the more popular one.

David LaRocca recently created a new version and placed it in the public domain for people to use. Pretty snazzy.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Comprehensive TSR era Dungeon Magazine Index at RPG.net

I pretty much missed Dungeon magazine as when it came out as I was mostly playing non TSR games and/or working on my car instead of gaming.

I returned to it later and I was generally astonished firstly by how few dungeon adventures there were in Dungeon (since by that time TSR felt that there passe, I guess) and how awful the adventures were, mostly churned out by the same handful of terrible authors.

(What's especially annoying is in later issues is how they spread out each adventure between the front and back of the magazine.)

Still for all it's faults, Dungeon still is a huge source of adventures and encounters. If you can find them.

UnknownCorrespondant has compiled a very comprehensive index of TSR era adventures sorted by level over at RPG.Net including a brief synopsis of each adventure.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — February 7th, 2017

Blagh

Also worth mentioning, new versions of Mazes & Minotaurs which is vaguely OSR-ish but not directly compatible with old D&D

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A Paladin in Hell -  I started playing D&D in 1978, when the PHB had just come out. My first GM was my friend's older brother in college who had the OD&D books and used them to GM.  I was mesmerized by the PHB, in particular the picture of A Paladin in Hell and my first character was a paladin .

Apparently running out of ideas, TSR decided to turn that picture into a module. It's not terrible, but not what I pictured either. $4.99, 64 pages.

AC9: Creature Catalog - As a kid, Basic D&D always reminded me of when we'd go over into Illinois. Everything was slightly different, but almost the same. This is even more true in the monsters, which are often familiar but not quite the same. And many that are just completely new. $4.99, 96 pages.

I9 Day of Al-Akkbar - Desert themed module, more Arabian than Egyptian. 40 pages, $4.99

RR2 Book of Crypts - Bunch of Ravenloft adventures. 96 pages, $4.99

Adventures


None

Rules


The Witch: Aiseilgh Tradition for S&W -  New class and new spells for S&W complte. PWYW, 22 pages.

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 2-03-2017 - Lots of 45 degree rooms and corridors, which you saw in the very early dungeons (especially Dave Arneson's in Blackmoor from JG) but not much since. $1 for enhanced version.

Nod 31 - Some people can write well and some people can write fast. John Stater can do both. Here's another issue of his 'zine complete with hex crawl with a Roman flavor, new classes, new monsters and probably a lot more. 151 pages and $3.99

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New OSR Titles at DTPRG/RPGNow — January 31st, 2017

Blargh, my flu has turned into pneumonia.  On the bright side, the end of Winter is in sight.

Not really OSR to my mind, but there is new issue of Frontier Explorer Magazine, celebrating Star Frontiers 35th Anniversary.

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AC2 Combat Shield and Mini-Adventure -  Not exactly TSR's most creative title, it's actually a decent little adventure included, The Treasure of the Hideous One, a very small swamp crawl.  $1.99 and 14 pages, 8 of which is the adventure.

Player's Secret: Hogunmark -  One of the ideas of Birthright was to sell sourcebooks to players, representing the country their character rules. Apparently the catch was, they were priced too low to actually make much of a profit. This one is a country in Birthright's Denmark, I think. 32 pagse, $4.99

The Haunted Tower - Last "adventure pack" for the last incarnation of the D&D Basic set, featuring 3 16 page adventures. 50 pages total, $4.99

Adventures


At the Mountains of Madness -  This seems to be a rather unusual module where the players are members of a Antarctic sightseeing tour whose plane crashes. It apparently uses the Labyrinth Lord/Mutant Future rules. Interesting premise, but $7 for only 23 pages kept me from getting it. 

Rules


Directory of Denizens -  Small-ish Monster Manual for the original Metamorphosis Alpha by Jim Ward. 16 pages with full color art and $3.99

Misc


Castle Oldskull- The Pegana Mythos -  248 pages of Gods and such inspired by the works of Lord Dunsany  $3.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 1-27-17 -  Enhanced version of Paratime Designs weekly freebie, which seems to be a underground river and cavern with a small temple area. $1.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 24th, 2017

What's less fun than having the flu? Having your truck break down while you have the flu. Ugh.

On the bright side, a whole lot of adventures this week, though most are pricey.


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Chaos Spawn -  Dragonlance sourcebook. They were converting the setting over to that SAGA system, but apparently still included 2e stats.  64 pages, $4.99

Seeds of Chaos - A Dragonlance adventure related to the above. 64 pages, $4.99

The Dragon's Den - This is a set of adventures for the '91 Basic boxed set rules. 50 pages, $4.99

The Goblin's Lair -  As above. $4.99 and 50 pages.

Adventures


Adventures of Black Ridge Island -  A compilation of 3 shorter adventures for AD&D set on an island of adventure. For characters 1-3.  36 pages, and $9.99

Arise the Ancients -  Goodman produced some stuff for Metamorphosis Alpha, but here comes a module from Jim Ward himself by way of "EffinCoolMiniatures". 40 pages, $5.99

BR4 Oh Rats! -  Part of the "Black Ridge" series from Dark Cult Games, this is an AD&D module set among a rat infested city (not D.C.) for characters level 5-8. 40 pages and $9.99. Also includes rules for running a vermin character

BR5 Isle of the Ancients - AD&D module for characters level 7-9. 36 pages and a rather pricey $14.99, though from the file size, it could well have a lot of art.

TG2 Tongues of the Screaming Toad -  S&W version of sequel to the multi-system TG1 and apparently not about ex-girlfriends. $4.99 and 33 pages.

Tukram's Tomb - Small dungeon adventure. 22 pages, PWYW.

Rules


Castle Oldskull The Book of Dungeon Traps -  Over 800 traps as well as guidelines for using them. I'm never been good with DMing traps, I don't have a poker face so I get anxious when they get close to one. 308 pages and $3.99

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 1-20-17 - Half cave system, half dungeon. $1 for enhanced version.