Friday, July 31, 2015

New OSR Products at DTRPG—July 31st, 2015

Woops, forgot this week. But it's not like anyone actually reads this, so...

Adventures



Fort of the Lost Regiment -18 two column pages, $2.50. Not sure for levels it is for


Rules


Galactic Ship Ops - More detailed ship rules for White Star and some new classes. 20 pages, $3

New Class Options - This is 9 new character classes for Swords & Wizardry, "The Blood Witch (arcane spellcaster), Chesh shapeshifting bard type, Forester a tracker survivalist, The Highlander, The Mermaid of the in-land sea , The prodigal a Jack of all trades, the ruca a dog person with inspirational abilities, The Pixie and the Mythwood Elf, and an advance class called a Draken-Knight which is an attempt at a prestige class for the osr".  $1.50 for 23 pages.

Misieres & Misfortunes — Free B/X Supplement for playing in 17th Century France

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. Well, I think that's actually a bit later. But at any rate, Miseries & Misfortunes is a free 54 page supplement for B/X games.

Have to register for their store, but it's a small price to pay for something pretty cool.

(thanks to Bargle at Dragonsfoot)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Changes at Pacesetter Games & Simulations

That is, the company making modules, not the actual old Pacesetter that was bought out a year or two ago by Goblinoid Games.

Anyway, I've been hearing a lot of rumors about slow shipping and what-not, and looks like there is a reason for that.

From: Pacesetter Games & Simulations

Re: Changes at Pacesetter Games & Simulations

Date: July 26, 2015

For many of you this letter may be too little, too late. Pacesetter Games & Simulations is approaching its sixth anniversary, and this should be a time of excitement. However, it has become all too clear, that if PGS is to move forward, significant changes must be initiated.

To be perfectly clear, shipping has been, at best, a roller coaster ride. There have been horrendous delays and errors. I have tried to work through these seemingly incessant shipping disasters. But as soon as I think I have it handled, issues arise and the problems get much worse before they get better. I am not making excuses, and I never have. PGS’s shipping problems are my responsibility.

To run PGS at the level required means I need to devote more time to the company than I have available. It is just that simple. Pacesetter customers deserve better. Pacesetter has enjoyed the patronage of fantastic people throughout the years. Through mismanaged shipping, I have also seen many simply give up. That is on me. For those who have remained, I am grateful and indebted. It is not from anything I have done that so many have remained; in fact, despite my futile efforts, many people have been very supportive. But to be perfectly honest, I am not feeling that I deserve that sort of support. I simply have not done enough.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New OSR Products at DTRPG — July 23rd, 2015

Yeah, I'm still up so it counts as Thursday.  Lots of Swords & Wizardry stuff

Adventures


Last Transmission - This is a one page Sci-Fi Adventure. 75 cents and 2 pages, actually.

Moans of Dead - First level adventure for Swords & Wizardry, where the characters must defend a village from undead. 15 pages, $3.95

Twelve Easy Parsecs - A White Star Adventure for 2nd-4th level cahracters. $1.50, 14 pages.

Rules


White Box Options - Psychic Talents -  Psychic powers for White Box. 10 pages, $1.99

White Box Classics - Reluctant Heroes - Three new racial classes for Swords & Wizardry Whitebox, Puck, Feyweave Apprentice, and Halfing Swordsmen. (Feyweave? Seriously?). 12 pages, $1.99


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gutenberg — Epics and Romances of the Middle Ages

This is a pretty big book with all sorts of different legends mostly from continental Europe.  Dietrich of Bern (who I've never heard of) gets nearly a 100 pages and a bunch of other lesser heroes get about 30 pages each. Then it has Sigfried and the Ring Cycle ( (no Roy though), Beowulf, Roland and other Carolingian heroes, then a bit on King Arthur and finally ending with a guy named Tannhauser.

The illustrations are nice, but seemingly too small to use.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Myrkridder: The Demonic Dead Review


Myrkridder: The Demonic Dead is a small supplement from James Misheler detailing a new type of undead monster. The name sounds like it's something from folklore, but a google search didn't turn up anything except one mention on an RPG blog  which seems quite different. Maybe it means something in German? I dunno.

At any rate, they are undead animated by demonic (or devilish) spirits and thus are intelligent. More than anything, they remind me of the deadite army from Army of Darkness. There are six different types of them, though 3 are just increasingly more powerful variations of the same type, undead soldiers. You have the regular rank and file member (2+2 hit dice), then a sergeant (3+3), and finally a champion (7+7). While the latter two have some minor magical powers, all three primarily attack with weapons, doing base weapon damage. I'll admit that I mostly play 1e, but a 7 hd monster only doing weapon damage (so probably 1d8) seems a bit low even for Basic games. If nothing else, they should have some sort of strength bonus, perhaps a +1 for every hit dice they have.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New OSR Products at DTRPGNow—July 17th, 2015

A bit of a slow week, but two very large (and kinda expensive) adventures.

Adventures


Bug Hunt; A Sci-Fi One-Page Adventure -  For White Star. Pay What You want. (Strictly speaking, the old school term was Scientifiction)

The Gem Prison of Zardax - A puzzle adventure from Zzarchov Kowolski for characters levels 3 to 6. $7.77 and 48 pages.  

The Squid, the Cabal, and the Old Man - This is an Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventure, apparently set on Earth during the days of Newton (who I guess is the Old Man). $7.50, 48 pages


Rules


Myrkridder: The Demonic Dead -  This is a short supplement detailing a new type of monster, sort of like the intelligent undead from Army of Darkness. Includes 6 different variations and a racial class version. 15 pages, $1

Revolvers & Wizardry - Was released last week in PDF, this week in Mobi and Epub. $5 each format.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Basic/Expert Random Generator

Dunno if this is actually new, but it's new to me — Tony Bravos Basic & Expert RPG Generator, 
Makes characters and encounters like this

8 Monsters GeneratedACHPAttacksDamage
Rock Baboon6 81 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 61 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 21 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 101 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 31 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 91 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 71 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Rock Baboon6 101 club / 1 bite1d6 / 1d3
Monster Distance: 120 feet away
Monster Reaction: No Attack, monster leaves or considers offers

Stat Block for Rock Baboon
Armor Class: 6 | Hit Dice: 2 | Move: 120'(40') | Attacks: 1 club / 1 bite | Damage: 1d6 / 1d3 | Number Appearing: 2-12 (5-30) | Save As: Fighter 2 | Morale: 8 | Treasure Type: U | Alignment: Neutral | Source Page: B41

Notes: Rock baboons are larger versions of normal baboons, and are more intelligent. They will eat anything, but prefer meat. They do not make tools or weapons but will pick up bones or branches to use as clubs. Rock baboons form packs, each led by a dominant male. They are ferocious and have vicious tempers. They do not speak a true language, but use simple screams to communicate warnings and needs.

Treasure Found
Copper Pieces: 0 per individual
Silver Pieces: 2 per individual
Electrum Pieces: 0 per individual
Gold Pieces: 0 per individual
Platinum Pieces: 0 per individual

Experience Points Awarded
XP Earned Per Monster: 20
Total XP Earned For All 8 Monsters: 160
Total XP Earned For Treasure Found (In Gold Pieces): 0 per individual
Total XP Earned For Encounter: 160 total + 0 per individual

via reddit

Sunday, July 12, 2015

BLUEHOLME Compleat needs playtesters

The author of BLUEHOLME Compleat is looking for playtesters for the game over on Dragonsfoot.

BLUEHOLME being a retro-clone of the Holmes-Gygax Basic D&D rules, and Compleat being an extension of those rules.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition getting an expansion pack

Although I considered Baldur's Gate to be new fangled since it wasn't like the Gold Box games or Eye of the Beholder, it was still an AD&D based game and has been extremely popular since it was released, to the point where it received an "enhanced edition" a couple years ago, and now that enhanced edition is getting an expansion pack, Siege of Dragonspear

  • Expand Your Story: Explore new areas, fight new monsters, and win new rewards in the Siege of Dragonspear expansion to Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. Continue the adventure by exporting your game to Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
  • The Crusade Rises: A sharp and subtle adventure that pits you against an enigmatic new foe
  • Explore the Sword Coast: Venture through vibrant new hand-painted areas in the classic style of the original Baldur’s Gate
  • Gather Your Party: The original cast returns to kick butt for goodness - along with Neera, Rasaad, Dorn, and four new additions!
  • To Infinity and Beyond: Updated UI and improved Infinity Engine features
  • Extra Class: New items, quests, and a new class: the spirit-calling shaman!
  • Venture Forth With A Friend: Functional, extensively tested cross-platform multiplayer on all supported platforms
  • Story Mode: A difficulty setting to allow players to experience all of the story with none of the Game Over screens
Edit:

Here's a trailer on youtube

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New OSR Products at DTRPG—July 9th, 2015

Lots of sourcebooks this week and no adventures except for a reprint.

Adventures


Beneath the Ghoul Lair, 2nd Printing -  Johnny Rook lives, sort of. They put out a number of adventures a few years ago for OSRIC, but have been quiet until now, though this is just a reprint. 20 pages, $6.

Rules


Assimilant Menance! - Sourcebook for White Star. 17 pages, $3

OSRIC Complete Bundle -  This gets you the Usherwood Adventures sourcebook as well as the Revolvers and Wizardry sourcebook (see below). $10.

Powers of the Mind - Psionics for ACKS. 117 pages, $10

Psionics II: Psychic Boogaloo Warriors of the Mind - Psionics for White Star. 17 pages, $2.99

Revolvers & Wizardry: The Discordant West -  OSRIC goes Cowboys & Minotaurs. 88 pages, $5.

The Prodigy - a new bard type class for OSRIC/1e. 98 cents, 6 pages.

Thunder Lizards - Dinos for OSR games. 12 pages, $2.

Misc


AC1 - First Edition Attack Bonus Tables -  Want to use ascending AC with 1e (or OSRIC, I guess), well, these tables will help. Free.

Dark Albion: The Rose War -  What would happen if the War of the Roses had happened in a fantasy setting? Well, it wouldn't have happened, since all the things that set up that conflict in the first place never would have happened. But if somehow it did, this book would tell you how. 275 pages, $9.95

PM4 Basic Monsters Set 3 - Hidden Treasures - 37 printable miniatures of Basic monsters. $5

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Baffling 1982 D&D ad

Via reddit comes this rather odd ad for D&D from Omni magazine.

I guess trying to capitalize on the George Romero movie Knightriders? Probably not, as that kind flopped. (Too bad that didn't catch on like zombies has)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New OSR Products at DTRPG—July 2nd, 2015

After almost no new adventures last week, we get a bunch this week and not much else.

Adventures


FD5 - Venture into Sordack - Low level Adventures in Filbar module. $3, 20 pages

Giant's Perch - Actually that is the name of a mountain temple that the PCs delve into, not a giant's pet fish. For 4th-6th level characters and nominally for Labyrinth Lord. 28 pages and includes Virtual Table Top maps, $2.50

Peril at the Pod-Auction - Short adventure for White Star, for 1st to 3rd level characters. 12 pages, $1.50.

Return of the Warlock -  Mini module for Swords & Wizardry suitable for 2nd-4th level characters. 10 pages, $1.50

Those Dam Goblins - OSRIC adventure. Have no idea what levels it is for, not even the sample mentions it. 20 pages, $8.

Rules


Hyperspace Messenger 05 - Vehicles - New vehicles for White Star. 20 pages, $1


Dark Albion: The Rose War now available in hardcover

Apparently this is not Dark Ages as I thought (I had heard comparisons to Warhammer), but set in the War of the Roses, but with more of a fantasy twist. The PDF isn't available yet, but the hardcover can be bought at Lulu for $29.24 or in a variant cover with Tom Servo on it.