Monday, November 11, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — November 10th, 2019

Awaiting the first snowfall of the year, early this morning. Oh wait, it's not January. Er, the first snowfall of Winter? Oh wait, it's not even Winter yet.


Adventures


CH2 The Final Dream I: The Temple of Zeus -  This is confusing, because it seems to be the second in a series of modules, the first being The King's Castle despite that not being CH1 and this saying The Final Dream I.  The preview looks interesting enough, though. $10 and 33 pages.

Four the Hard Way -  Apparently adventures for Gangbusters B/X, but they have to be awfully sketchy to fit in 6 pages. $1.99

OWB16 - Wunderwaffle Launch - Defeat the Axis's new weapon, the flying pancake in this Operation White Box adventure.  $4.99 and 37 pages

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 11-08-19 - Either a small keep or a large inn. $2

Race & Class Hex Flower Generator -  I don't get what this is, but it's PWYW so you can see for yourself

The Northern Tier Color Map - For the Rosewood Highland setting from Rosethrone Games who have produced a number of interesting adventures. Free.

Three Hexes Zine #1 - About hex crawling. 7 pages, PWYW

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Temple of the Bear Review — Bears and Bores

Sharp Mountain Games has put out a lot of mini-adventures for Labyrinth Lord over the last few years, and being a person that finds short-ish adventures the most useful, I've bought most of them. They tend to be a bit formulaic and can be a mixed bag, but once in a while there's one that's exceptional and they are cheap enough ($2.50). Temple of the Bear is perhaps the most generic of the bunch, although it's aimed at a somewhat higher level (7th) than the previous.

Originally SMG's modules were centered around a town of Adela, but recent ones have moved, this is in a village named Fastholme. Basically the place has been beset by animal attacks (bears) and recently a farmer's son has been kidnapped. There's no real detail about the town, only about a half-dozen townsfolk who are are given half a paragraph of background each. But presumably the PCs will investigate, with the mayor offering 4,000 gp. That's not a princely sum for 7th level, but it's better than the miserly amount many other modules offer.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Last Two Days for the City of Solstice Kickstarter

Only about halfway there, so it may or may not make it. It's a first edition city setting from Charles Rices who wrote a large number of OSRIC products in the early days of OSRIC

The City of Solstice is a low-magic fantasy campaign set in an ancient city, now ruled by the forces of evil. The PCs in the campaign are members of the Vigilant, the city watch. Imagine if “The Untouchables” were set in a fantasy city, rather than 1920’s Chicago. In addition to the Star Society, there are gangs, petty crime, and corrupt guards to deal with, along with every sort of crime you can imagine: murder, prostitution, drugs, and theft.


There's a free (PWYW) quickstart guide on DTRPG which is interesting.  On the flip side, it seems almost radically different from most fantasy settings and might be hard to incorporate into an existing game. I like stuff I can drop into my world. And getting PCs to play cops, even fantasy cops, might be a tough sale.

Monday, November 4, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 3rd, 2019

More stuff than I thought, given DTRPG had some problems this week.

Adventures


SO15 Headman's Revenge - From Starry Knight comes this Halloween (oops, too late now) adventure. $7.50, 44 pages and for mid level parties.

Rules


Gangbusters B/X Version - The original Gangbusters was something of an odd beast, with classes and levels but using a d100%.  64 pages, $4.99 and also in softcover for $14.99

Planet Eris Gazetteer -  I still cannot spell that word correctly 35+ years later. But this is for the OD&D Planet Eris rules set and the unfortunately named Empire of Spam. 64 pages, $5.99

SM2 Dullahan -  Aka the headless ghost rider. $1.50 and 12 pages.

Streets of Blood - Rules for playing anarcho-punk vampires in an OSR vampire game. $1.50 and 20 pages.

The Basic Witch: The Pumpkin Space Tradition - $2.99 and 64 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 11-1-19 - Looks like an alien base in a cavern. $2

Lowcountry Crawl Vol 1 - Random tables and stuff for a hex crawl. Wow, never seen that before. $5 and 30 pages. 

Starships & Spacecraft - For Stars Without Number and presumably other OSR space games. $2.95

Monday, October 28, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — October 27th, 2019

Is it me, or are some of the stock art pieces getting a bit obnoxious? Like 4 variations of the same piece, each sold as a separate product. At least the crappy CGI stuff is a distant memory.

Somewhat light this week. Hopefully we'll see some Halloween adventures.

Rules


City of Solstice Quickstart -  Introductory book for an upcoming setting for OSRIC/1e from Charles Rice. Seems to be gritty and urban and features several new classes. PWYW and 42 pages.

Combat Medic Class -  While meant for Operation White Box, the WW2 game, it might be okay in gritty settings. PWYW

Dearly Departed - A handful of magic items. Well, two handfuls (13). 12 pages, $2 

Deathly Ills Monster Supplement -  18 Halloween themed monsters for OD&D. 17 pages, $2

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 10-25-19 - Looks like an X-ray of Batman's skull. $2

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Nalfeshnee-Kin Racial Class — I Want My Flying Monkey-Boar Demon Class




Racial Class Nalfeshnee-Kin is the third demonic racial class from James Mishler Games, meant for Labyrinth Lord but should work with any B/X based game. Nalfeeshnee demons, better known at Type IV demons are perhaps a strange choice for a racial class, as they are giant winged boar-apes, but this works surprisingly well.

Nalfeshnees are normally 11 hit dice monsters (at least in 1e and Advanced Edition LL), which are more than other demons and to reflect that, they start off with 2 hit dice. Amusingly, they off start off as very small, only a foot and a half tall, growing half a foot or so per level. Their appearance is also randomized, with each body part potentially being from a different type of ape or pig, as well as random assortment of wings.

Monday, October 21, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — October 20th, 2019

Fairly slow week, it looks like

Adventures


The Temple of the Bear -  Adventure from Sharp Mountain Games, so presumably somewhat short and for mid level, but with tokens and maps and all that. $2.50, 30 pages (half of which is probably pre-generated characters)

Rules


Old School Essentials Classic Fantasy: Cleric & Magic-User Spells - Plain Text - Free

Old School Essentials Classic Fantasy: Genre Rules - Plain Text - Free

Nalfeshness-Kin Racial Class -  That would be the ape demons. $1 and 5 pages

RPPP: Pocket Planes - Not the flying kind, nor medieval authentic, but rules for randomly coming up with smaller demi-planes. $1.99 and 11 pages.

The Nocturnal Table -  Random city encounters from Gabor Lux. $6.50 and 60 pages.

Misc


Dungeons in Blue: Just Geomorphs #13 -  Sounds like an adult video series, but just maps, suitable for use with a virtual tabletop. $3.49

Friday Enhanced Map 10-18-19 - sort of looks futuristic. $2