Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New OSR Products at

Almost forgot, distracted by the $1 Out of the Park Baseball in the Humble Bundle

But anyway, we've got a couple of adventures this week and a couple of fanzines.

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Elminster's Ecologies Appendix 1 :The Battle of Bones and Hill of Lost Souls -  One of the things I got tired of in 2e was Elinister and the heavy detail in monsters and their "ecology". It's a monster. Kill it. Or talk to it. But does what it eats really matter? This is more of a locale/adventure setting though.  72 pages, $4.99

Elinster's Ecologies Appendix 2: The High Moor and The Serpent Hills - 72 pages, $4.99

MC3 Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix - I know, some people love the detail, but to me it seemed a way to sell a product with a lot of filler. 64 pages, $4.99

MC11 Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix -  More monsters, 64 pages, $4.99

Adventures


Automata Run Amok -  OSRIC (remember that system? Nice to see someone did) adventure set in a wizard's tower with well, automata run amok.  21 pages and PWYW

Treasures of Lutello -  Another short Swords & Wizardry dungeon from Creation's Edge, this time set in a Jester's crypt. $1.50, 14 pages.

Misc


Black Pudding #1 - Fanzine from J.V. West who produced a couple of nice OSR adventures (Howler and something in the Ice). New classes, some mini-dungeons. 24 pages, PWYW.

Wormskin Issue 4 - I stopped following Necrotic Gnome's blog when he switched to 5e, . Dunno if he's back to OSR or just slumming. 67 pages, $3.49

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New OSR Prodcuts at RPGNOW/DTRPG — November 22nd, 2016

Apparently I missed the latest OSR game from Goblinoid Games, Apes Victorius, about roleplaying in a Planet of the Apes style setting. Oook.

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Four from Cormyr -  This country in the Forgotten Realms always annoyed me. But anyway, this has 4 adventures set in it for people who liked it.. 128 pages and $4.99

FMA2: Endless Armies - An adventure set in Maztica, the Forgotten Realms version of Mesoamerica.  $4.99, 32 pages.

FRM1: The Jungles of Chult -  Forgotten Realms sourcebook about a region I've never heard of (not a big FR fan). 64 pages, $4.99

Heroes Lorebook - The Forgotten Realms has a lot of novels (most of which are pretty bad, though I did like the Azure Bonds ones). This has stats for characters in them up to 1996. $7.99, 160 pages.

The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier - This is most notable to me as the setting for the last two Gold Box AD&D games from SSI. 192 pages, $9.99

TM4: The City of Waterdeep - This is just a really, really big map of said city. $4.99

Adventures


OWB006: The Liberation of Guerrierville -  Adventure for Operation White Box, the WW2 OSR game. 25 pages, $3.99

Misc

Friday Freebie Map 11/18/16 -

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 15th, 2016

Woof, actually have a new adventure this week and Bruce Heard's second Calidar product.

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Den of Thieves - 2e sourcebook about thieves. $4.99 and 96 pages.

Maztica -  The Forgotten Realms version of Mesoamerica, completely with conquistadors. $9.99 and 192 pages.

The Knight of Newts - Basic adventure set in Thunder Rift.  16 pages, $4.99

Rage of the Rakasta - Another basic adventure in Thunder Rift, this featuring cat men (not like the evil spirit cats from AD&D, more actual cap people). 16 pages, $4.99

Adventures


The Devil in the Crypt -  Seems to be a horror/sword & sorcery style module. $3 and 18 pages. Also seems to be a Scandinavian version

Rules


Basic Back to the Dungeon GM's Guide. PWYW version of the OSR game from that guy from Dragonsfoot whose name I can't remember at the moment.

Basic Back to the Dungeon Player's Guide. PWYW

Basic Back to the Dungeon Survival Sheet  - Seems to be some sort of form.

The Witch for Swords & Wizardry Light -  From the guy who really, really likes witches. PWYW.

Misc


Calidar - Beyond the Skies -  The second product in Bruce Heard's (aka Mr. Mystara) new setting, Calidar, inspired by the Princess Ark stuff. System neutral. $19.95 and 248 pages. 

Friday Freebie 11-11-16 -  Another nice map from Tim Hartin. $1 for the enhanced version.

Skinner Games - OSR Tiles - Some sort of map tiles, obviously. Not sure what you use them for. $2

Friday, November 11, 2016

New OSR Bundle at Bundle of Holding

It has some pretty good stuff

For $8.95 you get

  • Deep Carbon Observatory
  • The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom
  • Castle Gargantua
  • Mad Monks of Kwantoom
  • One-Page Dungeon Compendia 2013-2015
  • 2014 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review

I think the One Page Dungeon Compendium is actually free. But Kwantoom is good and so is the Pod Caverns. The rest aren't really to my test, Gargantua is a tryhard grimark version of Kwantoom and DCO is just baffling.

For $20.54 you also get

  • Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
  • Dwimmermount
  • Yoon-suin
  • Misty Isles of the Eld
  • Chthonic Codex
  • Tunnels & Trolls: Goblin Lake
  • 2015 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review
Most of those are good. I am still bitter over the never materialized T&T game for the Colecovision (they got as far as the title screen)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 8th, 2016

Woof. Not too busy a week.

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Sword & Shield -  Beginner adventure for basic from the latter days of TSR.  You can really tell a difference between the old starter adventures, where they assumed kids were reasonably bright if still kids and this, which assumes they are idiots. 16 pages, $4.99

The History of Dragonlance - It's amazing how far Dragonlance fell, from being a top seller and having fluff products like this to being nothing. $9.99 and 252 pages

WG11 Puppets -  Apparently an adaption of a RPGA module, involving leprechauns. $4.99, 32 pages.

WG12 Vale of the Mage -  To me, this was one of the big mysteries of Greyhawk. Just who was this guy and his valley elves? Well, we never got a real answer from EGG, but TSR came out with this which was kinda meh.  $4.99, 64

Adventures


Italian version of the Shrine of St. Aleena -  Homage to the late great star of Mentzer Basic. $4.95 and 37 pages.

Rules


The Nightmares Underneath -  This seems to be a free edition of a OSR horror game from Red Box Vancouver. 333 pages and er, free.

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 11-04-16 - This looks like an underground temple with a cave complex. $1 for the enhanced version

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 1st, 2016

OSR goes WW2 this week with Operation White Box from Small Niche Games.

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Marco Volo: Arrival -  He was like a travel guide writer to the Forgotten Realms, and apparently for some reason, they made a trilogy of adventures about him. This is the last.. 32 pages, $4.99

Marco Volo: Departure - This is the last of the trilogy. 32 pages, $4.99

Marco Volo: Journey - This is the middle of the trilogy, where apparently he travels to the modern world and becomes a roadie for a rock band and even cuts an album with Neal Schon (who BTW also made albums with Sammy Hagar and Jan Hammer). 32 pages, $4.99

X13 Crown of Ancient Glory - The last of the eXpert adventures for Basic D&D. 32 pages, $4.99. RIP

Adventures


OWB 002: Norway Ablaze -  Contains 3 short adventures for the new WW2 OSR game from Small Niche Games (see below). 40 pages, $3.99

OWB 003: Desert Raiders of WW2 - : 3 short adventures set in North Africa. 39 pages, $3.99

The Ytroth Larvae of the Scarsea Cliff - Actually a systemless adventure, but I liked the name. Seems remarkably short though, 2 pages for $1.

Rules


Operation White Box -  The idea of mixing OD&D and WW2 goes back to The Strategic Review. While I would argue that that 4 page article was enough you needed, if you want a more comprehensive coverage, here you go. 183 pages, $7.99

I think the author, Peter Spahn, is the 2nd hardest working author in the OSR after John Stater.  I just wish he picked a less pretentious and better rules system to base his stuff on than White Box...

Misc

Maze Rats - This is a combination rules system (not OSR) and table for generating stuff (which is sorta OSR). PWYW and 13 pages. (And holy crud, it's got an average contribution of $3.61 and is a copper seller. I don't get it)

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 10-23 = This one looks like a wizard's lair. $1 for the enhanced version.