Saturday, October 22, 2016

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2nd Edition now on Kickstarter

And already funded!

Seems to basically be more of the same - more classes, more artwork, though that seems to be a step back from the artwork of the original, going with a more comic book look. (Though at least it's an old school comic book look, not the crappy art comics have nowadays)

Anyway, $15 for the PDF and $59 for the hardback book (and map).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — October 18th, 2016

Not too busy this week. While not my cup of tea, there's a bunch of Arduin stuff listed


HWQ1 The Milenian Scepter -  Pretty good basic adventure set in the Greek/Roman themed Milenian empire. $4.99, 64 pages

Kara-Tur The Eastern Realms -  The boxed set for the setting for 1e's Oriental Adventures, possibly meant for Greyhawk, but ended up in the Forgotten Realms.  192 pages, $4.99

MC14 Fiend Folio - 2e coverage of the monsters from Fiend Folio, at least the ones not covered earlier.  $4.99, 64 pages.

The Magic Encyclopedia Volume II - The second part of the listing of all the magic items in TSR D&D. $4.99 and probably only about 90 pages (it says 155, but that's because the page number starts at 74)


Maze of the Blue Medusa -  The dungeon (not a megadungeon in my opinion, only about 300 rooms) from Zak S makes an appearance on DTRPG. 288 pages and $5, or $10 for the bookmarked version

It's a remarkable product and definitely designed to be played, but honestly, it's a really high brow product, meant for people who are into modern art and such.

Ten Buried Blades - An adventure for Godbound. $4.99 and 56 pages.


Enhanced Friday Freebie Map - $1

Nod 30 - While the possible exception of Michael Curtis, I think John Stater is the most prolific OSR author, somewhat unheralded at that.  His 'zine content alone outstrips virtually anyone else. 50 pages, $3.99

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — October 11th, 2016

Almost to the Ides of October. Not too busy this week, most notably the new version of Crypts & Things


DDA4 The Dymrak Dread -  I know absolutely nothing about this latter day basic module. By John Nephew, who is probably my least favorite RPG author (in terms of product quality). TSR loved him though, he seemingly had dozens of bad adventures in Dungeon. 16 pages, $4.99.

Quest for the Silver Sword - Another last days of basic module that I know nothing about. Apparently it's set in Thunder Rift. 16 pages, $4.99


AW1 The Hills of Death - Looks like a wilderness adventure. 20 pages, $2

AW2 Sloven Hills -  Details the lands of a witch queen, easily my favorite kind of queen (well, besides the band). 12 pages, $1.20


Advanced Mutant Companion -  Bunch of new stuff for Mutant Future, the vaguely Gamma Worldish OSR Game. New mutations, new races, and other stuff.  $2 and 39 pages.

Crypts & Things Remastered -  One of the best OSR games gets a new version with more content - specifically more classes, more world info, and some sample adventures.  $13 and 247 pages.

Dungeon Questing New Races Volume 2 - Apparently for a specific OSR game that I've missed (or forgotten), this has 6 races - Minotaur, Rat, Bird, Golem, Lizard, and Centaur. 18 pages, $1


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - Another enhanced map from Paratime Design. $1

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Against the Goblins Review — Not Your Usual Goblins

Mathew E. Kline and Creation's Edge Games (which I guess is just him) have put out several mini modules in the "Dungeons of Dazegoneby" line for Swords & Wizardry and a similar line for White Star. I quite like them, as they are short, but not too short, and reasonably priced. Not to mention competently done and a great example of how you can put together a quality product using stock art and maps. Unlike his previous modules, A1 Against the Goblins is actually a full sized adventure, weighing in at 65 pages and a slightly higher price tag (though still very reasonable) of $5.

In essence though, it's really close to being three different modules with a connected plot (not unlike G1-3 Against the Giants, which I always want to type when writing the title of this). Basically the PCs must save a village from three different tribes of goblins, each with their own special ability imbued by a magical device called a chaos stone. One tribe can spew flame, another is plague-ridden, and the third can raise dead, at least zombies.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New OSR Titles at DTRPG/RPGNow — October 4th, 2016

Another quiet week on the OSR front.

In the spirit of Halloween, I started working on the second floor of my dungeon, The Charnel Pits of Reynaldo Lazendry, loosely inspired by Re-Animator and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It's always surprisingly hard to translate a dungeon from notes into a module. Some rooms are just vague scribbles. Sometimes you see what you've written and think "That doesn't make sense" and then you likely want to change the things that the players didn't like.

Also, why is "charnel" not in any spellchecker? I keep thinking I spelled it wrong, but nope, it's just not in there.


HWA1 Nightwail -  Somewhat strangely, the Hollow World was my introduction to Mystara. I had picked up the boxed set for cheap and really liked it. There weren't all too many adventures set there, this is the first of a trilogy, which I can't remember much about (which says how meh it was). $4.99 and 64 pages.

HWA2 Nightrage - Sequel to the above. Set in psuedo Egypt and pseudo Meso-America. $4.99 and 64 pages.

HWR2 Sons of Azca - This is a sourcebook detailing the Hollow World's pseudo Meso-America. 96 pages pages, $4.99

HWR3 The Milenian Empire - This is sort of a combination of Greece under Alexander and to a  lesser extent, Rome. 96 pages, $4.99




Mazes & Perils: The Holy Knight -  New class for Mazes & Perils, the Holmes inspired game. $1.99 and 10 pages.


D100 Minor Magic Items - 5 pages of minor magic items from 3 Toadstools.

Friday Freebie - Neat amp of an underground temple. $1 for the enhanced version.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

Slow week, a couple of monster books


M3 Twilight Calling -  Adventure somewhat ironically by Tom Moldvay for Mentzer's Master Box rules.  $4.99, 32 pages.

M5 Talons of Night - Master level adventure set in the Known World. Don't know much about it, actually. $4.99 and 48 pages

XSOLO Lathan's Gold - Solo adventure (gee, ya think) from Merle Rasmussen. $4.99, 32 pages

XS2 Thunderdelve Mountain - I guess TSR thought the SOLO was too obvious and just went with XS. $4.99 and 40 pages.


Blood & Treasure Monsters 2nd Edition -  The monster book for the 2nd edition of Blood & Treasure. $9.99 and 216 pages.

Chance Encounters - 26 new monsters for Swords & Wizardry. 20 pages, $2.25


Axioms Issue 3 - Oops, kind of missed the first two issues, this is the quarterly official magazine for ACKS. This issue seems to be devoted to economics, though really, the game should be called Accounting Conqueror King System. 40 pages, $3.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 9/23/16 - As it says, enhanced version of a free map from Paratime Design. $1

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New OSR Titles at DTRPG/RPGNOW — Sept 20th, 2016

I should probably be doing some reviews here, but I've been busy enjoying the last weeks of Summer. Someone has been busy though, being responsible for 8 of the products below.


DDA 3 Eye of Traldar -  One of the last basic D&D adventures, nominally set in Karameikos.  32 pages, $4.99

The Magic Encyclopedia Volume 1 -  Not to be confused with the Encyclopedia Magica, this is a listing of every AD&D magic item, basically just listing the name, gold/xp value and its original source. Useful, but the Encyclopedia Magica has that as well as the actual description of the item. So this is largely a pointless product. $4.99 64 pages.

MC8 Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes -  The return of demons & devils to 2e, albeit under new names.  96 pages, $4.99

OA5 Mad Monkey vs the Dragon Claw - Adventure for Oriental Adventures.  $4.99, 56 pages.


BS1 The Little Baroney in the Far Far in the Western Frontier -  The first of many adventures from Eldad of Dragonsfoot, apparently detailing the first floor of a megadungeon called The Black Stairs. 36 pages, $3.50

BS2 The Creeping Shadow of the Witch Queen - Level two of the above dungeon. 36 pages, $3.50

BS3 Drow Unercity of Death -  You probably get this by now. 28 pages, $2.50

BS4 The Drow Sewers - Full of scrubbing driders, I'd guess. 28 pages, $2.50

Too Many Kobolds - Adventure for White Box. 9 pages, $1


Back to the Dungeon Book 4: Advanced Races & Classes -  Aanother rulebook for Eldad of Dragonsfoot's OSR-ish game. 44 pages, $4

Back to the Dungeon Book 5:Even More Races and Classes - $4, 40 pages.

Back to the Dungeon Book 6: Dungeon Arcana - This seems to be GM tips, though possibly a rant based on the large text in the product description.  $2.50, 28 pages.

Back to the Dungeon Book 7: Dungeon Alchemy -  Yet another rulebook for Eldad of Dragonsfoot's OSR-ish game. 24 pages, $2


D100 Things Overheard in a Tavern - From the good proprietor of the 3 Toadstools Blog comes this handy idea generating product. 4 pages, PWYW

Dungeons in Blue Expansion Triple Pack Five -  Old school blue maps. $8.79

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - Enhanced version of a free map from Paratime Design. $1.

Swords of Kos Fantasy Setting - From Skirmisher Publishing comes this large setting book which was partly developed through old school D&D. 360 pages, and $35.99. I like some of their stuff, but not nearly $40 worth.