Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — April 25th, 2017

Fairly busy week. Also some new (I guess) Mazes & Minotaurs stuff

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DLQ1 Knights Sword -  Starter adventure for one of the various Dragonlance reboots (in this case, Tales of the Lance). $4.99 and 32 pages.

DLQ2 Flint's Axe - Another intro adventure as above. $4.99 32 pages.

Mystara Dungeon Master's Survival Kit - Did any Mystara DM actually ask for this? I'm not even sure what it is, exactly, but it's part of TSR's ill fated attempt to AD&D-ize Mystara. 56 pages, $4.99

Adventures

DP1 Goshahri The City in a Cave -  More an adventure location than adventure. 19 pages and $2.75

Dwarves of Copper Gulch -  Low level adventure for Swords & Wizardry. 11 pages, PWYW

Return to Fel'Valashar -  S&W adventure. 16 pages, PWYW

UR1 The Tomb of the Sea Kings - This used to be on Lulu. Uses that Planet Eris house rules for OD&D.  $5.75 and 36 pages



Rules

One Page OSR Firearms Rules -  What it sounds like PWYW.

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Castle Oldskull: The Classic Dungeon Design Guide II -  400+ more pages on how to design dungeons. $4.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 4-21-17 - A bit simpler than usual, but still pretty neat. $1 for enhanced version.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 18th, 2017

Released my first module in a year (see below for details). It's so strange though, people seem to download them more than character classes, but they are more likely to not pay anything for them. My previous module brought in $8 total in a year (minus the cut) and this one is doing  better at $4.15 and 84 downloads. But my last class has had 68 downloads and brought in a whopping $12.81. And my previous class which I released last month, so far this month has only 17 downloads, but brought in $3.

As I am not really looking to make money, it's more curious than anything else. But I do use it to buy stock art from DTRPG. The classes tend to pay for themselves almost immediately (even when I splurged for the $10 pic of the barbarian lady), but modules basically lose money.

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DLS New Beginnings -  Sadly, I think Dragonlance reached Highlander levels of milking, always trying to re-capture the magic and success of the original modules/novels.  This is more of an introductory play aid than anything else. 32 pages, $4.99

DLA3 Dragon's Rest - Conclusion of the Taladas trilogy which I have no memory of whatsoever. . 64 pages, $4.99

Elminster's Ecologies -  This combines two things I hated the most in Dragon magazine, long winded ecologies about a fantasy monster and Elminster rambling on. Ugh. But if you like those, this is for you.  288 pages and $9.99

Powers & Pantheons -  Late 2e book about the gods of the Forgotten Realms.  $9.99 and 192 pages.

The Silver Key - Orc themed low level adventure from the last days of 2e. 36 pages, $4.99

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HS4 The Forge of Ilmarinen - Or get it here from my Google Drive (if I've done it correctly). Short mid level (5-7) dungeon crawl with lots of monsters taken from Pathfinder. 15 page, PWYW

The Tall Witch -  This is for a system I'm not familiar with, but is pretty generic OSR. It's quite interesting, but it uses the LotFP "Screw You" method of scenario design, where the PCs may or may not be unwilling murderers based on a random die...

Which is silly, because basically it assumes that their world doesn't exist. That they couldn't go and do research on the legends of the monsters they are supposed to defeat, or god forbid, use divination magic. 26 pages (single column), PWYW.

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Desperate & Hungry -  Misery tourism comes to the OSR. 15 pages, PWYW

Magic Madness 3: Spells for OSR Game -  33 new spells. 35 pages, $2.50

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - 4-14-17 - Neat looking dungeon that looks like a temple complex. $1 for enhanced version.

Rob Kuntz's book on Dave Arneson now available...

I've often thought that those two share a great similarity - people with great ideas who have trouble actually putting them down on paper, while EGG might not have been the best at that, but could churn out stuff when he had to.

Anyway, it seems that Rob Kuntz did actually manage to finish the book, albeit only 72 pages/ At $19.99 plus shipping, I'll be giving it a pass, but probably an interesting read for an hour or so.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 11th, 2017

Pretty slow week, though if you like Hero, they just dumped a boat (make that oil tanker) load of Hero/Champions 4th edition stuff. I could never really get into it myself, but I know it has its fans.

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DLA1 Dragon Dawn -  I don't think they ever came close to re-capturing the feel or success of the original Dragonlance stuff, but they kept trying. This module is from 1990. 64 pages, $4.99

MSOLO2 - Maze of the Riddling Minotaur -  One of the invisible ink modules for BD&D.  $4.99 and 32 pages

Swords & Spells - Basically Chainmail 2.0.  48 pages, $4.99

The Ruins of Myth Drannor - One of the sort of annoying things about the FR megadungeons is that they were essentially only published as frame works. Basically here's some minor stuff, go make it yourself.  But you didn't really need to spend $30 on a boxed set for that, did you? 160 pages, $9.99

Adventures


Guests for Dinner - Short low level "funnel" type adventure. PWYW and 10 pages

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Magic Madness 2: Spells for OSR Games - 32 new spells for OSR games, 29 pages, $2.50

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 4-7-17 - Looks like a fairly complex Temple er, complex. $1 for enhanced version.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 5th, 2017

Sorry, a day late, my internet was out last night because of thunderstorms (yay for Satellite).

Well, that and I was engrossed in a new space 4x game called Stars in Shadow.  It's not as good as MoO2, but better than the most recent one.

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Dark Sun Campaign Setting (Expanded & Revised) -  One of the things about the Dark Sun setting is that it had an ongoing plot that was mostly told in the novels which radically changed things. Which resulted in them having to re-do the setting .  288 pages, $2.99

DLS2 Tree Lords - Dragonlance adventure about wood elves. $4.99, 32 pages.

DLS3 Oak Lords -  Dragonlance adventure about wood elves. $4.99, 32 pages

Joshun's Almanac - The Known World/Mystara was essentially built with the D&D rules, not AD&D. For whatever reason, TSR decided to scrap D&D and make Mystara an AD&D world.  And as part of the change, they dumped the Poor Wizard's Almanac and changed it o Joshuns. They also dropped a lot of the neat aspects of the settings - the various militaries (since AD&D had no war system, really) $9.99 and 240 pages (it's digest sized, so not a good deal, even if it weren't a terrible book)

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The Snake's Heart -  Apparently originally a White Box adventure, now retooled for Mazes & Perils.  32 pages and for low level characters. $8.99

The Temple of Fartamental Evil -  Comedy adventure (as you can likely guess). 20 pages, PWYW.

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Microlight74 Ultimate Edition Digest/Epub -  Epub version of the popular OSR game. 384 pages and $9.95

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-31-2017 - Pretty fancy looking dungeon level, looks like there is a swimming pool. $1 for enhanced version.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Frog God Games having an anniversary sale

I personally don't have much use for their stuff as a) I don't like Swords & Wizardry and b) Most of their stuff is designed originally for 3e or 5e and half-assedly back converted to S&W which gives awful results.

Bit if you feel otherwise, they are having a 35% off sale with the code ANNIV7

Which means their products are still overpriced by about 50%, but still... Barakus and Stoneheart Valley (or the stuff that made it up) were excellent 3e adventures.

Good  til the 7th.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 28th, 2017

Although I don't think it's a very good system (so much matters on your initial skill roll), I do have a lot of fond memories for Fighting Fantasy and there is currently an Advanced Fighting Fantasy Bundle of Holding

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CGR2 The Compete Gladiator -  Dark Sun splatbook for its Gladiator class. 128 pages, $4.99

DLR2: Taladas: The Minotaurs - Sourcebook about cow people for Dragonlance. $4.99 and 64 pages

DLR3: Unsung Heroes - The dragonlance novels did have some memorable characters. These are stats for the characters you don't remember! 64 pages, $4.99

WGS1 Five Shall Be One -  It always struck me as strange that TSR pushed Greyhawk for a couple of years after kicking out EGG. But they did. This is one of those modules by the fairly competent Carl Sargent. 64 pages, $4.99

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A Pipeful of Trouble -  Low level/starter adventure that seemingly involves halflings. Neat cover.  $4.99 and 51 pages.

The Slump Factor - Seems to be a political satire/comedy module for Mutant Future. $10, 41 pages

The Weird that Befell Drigbolton -  Combination of an event (an object from space sfalls) and site exploration module from Gavin Norman. 60 pages, $8.99

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Familiar Classes for OSR Games -  Conversion of the Pathfinder Fighter, Rogue, Ranger, Barbarian, and Zealot back into OSR terms. $1, 11 pages. I've actually got a version of the Rogue in the works since the standard thief really sucks.

PC11 - The OSR Warlock -  Didn't you already release a warlock? Yeah, that was based on GMS's version of the warlock for 3e, this is based on the 5th edition one.  12 pages, PWYW or get it from my Google Drive (if I have it working correctly)

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-24-2017 - Looks like an underground temple. $1 for enhanced version.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Free PDF adventure from Pacesetter

Not the actual Pacesetter, but the new one that does old school modules. They (well, he) makes modules that tie into official ones and the latest is Ghost City of the Hidden Shrine

You can get it and the other two from their Free Adventure page

Though how to get to the point of being able to download it is beyond me.

Blueholme Journeymanne Rules coming to Kickstarter soon

I didn't really play Holmes much, since I started with AD&D back in '78 with an older brother of a friend who had played OD&D in college and thus didn't need the DMG, but I did have a friend my age who had Holmes and DMed a bit with somewhat hilarious results.

But a lot of people have a fond memory of it, and while there is already one Holmes based retro-clone (Mazes & Perils), there's been another in the works for the last few years, Blueholme Journeymanne, expanding on the rules of Blueholme Compleat (already released and like the original Holmes, only 1-3).

Anyway, it's soon to hit Kickstarter. The game is written, but the KS is to fund original art.

Have no idea how much they are asking for, but they've got the Fiend Folio guy and some other OSR artists, some good, some meh. The link has the full list.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition on its way?

I actually liked Planescape except for one thing - the stupid chimney sweep language that infected it. So I actually bought the Planescape game when it came out. Never finished it though, because I hate real time clicky combat that it and other Infinity games feature (I own all of them yet have not gotten more than an hour or so into them because of that. So why keep buying them? I don't know).

Anyway, enhanced versions of Baldur's Gate 1&2 have been released, now it looks like Planescape is the next one.

Presumably it will continue to use the 2e rules, though maybe with some additions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

Fairly slow week with only a handful of new items.

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FROA1 Ninja Wars -  Nin nin nin. Ninjas kinda sucked in OA, but they are still cool thematically. This is an adventure about them. 96 pages, $4.99

MC6 Kara-Tur Appendix -  Asian monsters for 2e. 64 pages, $4.99

Player's Secret of Stjordvik -  One of the many player books for Birthright, I think its equivalent of Norway. $4.99 and 32 pages.

TM5: Kara-Tur Trail Map -  Map for the Kara-Tur setting. $4.99

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Unicorn with a horn -  I think that is known a a horse. But it's also an adventure from the Gagmen. Mostly statless but seemingly for B/X D&D . 11 pages, PWYW.

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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 -  3 new monsters for S&W Light (which I guess has 0 saving throws?. Ugh)  PWYW.

System V: An Advanced Optional Ability Score System -  For the 2e retroclone For Gold & Glory. Doesn't quite seem like a topic worth  $1.75, but eh. 12 pages,

The B/X Warrior -  From Gavin Norman, author of several excellent supplements, comes this book on customizing B/X warriors. 24 pages, $2.99

The Witch for Hero's Journey -  I think the guy releases the same witch book for every single OSR game, in this case the game from Small Niche. 68 pages, $2.99

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Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-17-17 - Looks like a standard but well designed dungeon level.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 14th, 2017

Fairly busy week

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Cormyr -  Sourcebook for the FR's main country. I always found it a bit offputting, it's basically a heavy controlled dictatorship, which seems like it leaves little room for adventuring. 64 pages, $4.99

WGA1 Flames of the Falcon's Revenge -   2e Greyhawk adventure module,  At this point, I don't think Greyhawk has anything to do with Gygax's Greyhawk. 64 pages $4.99

WGA2 Falconmaster - Second part of the trilogy. 64 pages, $4.99

WGA3 Flames of the Falcon -  Third and last part. 64 pages, $4.99

Villains Lorebook -  Stats and writeups of the various villains from the various Forgotten Realms novels.


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Beyond the Ice-Fall - Norse themed mini-setting and adventure for Swords & Wizardry, apparently inspired by Howard's The Frost Giant's Daughter.  Looks pretty neat. $3.03 and 28 pages.

Robbing the Crusoe - White Star adventure, 11 pages, $1.50

The Ballad of Sally Anne - Seems like a haunted house adventure.  9 pages, PWYW

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Castle Oldskull Bundle -  All the various Castle Oldskull adventure design products.  $21.94

Freebooters -  OD&D Pirates style game from the maker of Clone Troopers. Presumably more like S&W White Box than actual OD&D. $9.99 and no page count.

OWB008: Common Vehicles of WW2 - 34 pages of vehicles for Operation White Box. 34 pages, $1.49

PC 10 The OSR Beguiler -  Started this last year, finally felt good enough to finish it. Basically it's a sleazy version of the assassin inspired by the random tables in one of Kabuki Kaiser's solo dungeon delves, where you can recruit prostitutes for your adventuring party. But they didn't have a class, so I cam up with this. 10 pages,  PWYW or get it from my Google Drive if I did it correctly.

(Why is it PC10 even though the previous one was PC8? Because I have close to 15 new classes in progress and in various states of playtesting and I lost track of which ones I had released)

Raiders! - OD&D set in the pulp age (1930s), again, probably more like White Box than real OD&D.  124 pages, $9.99

Warriors of the Red Planet Bundle - Print and PDF copies of the excellent Barsoomish RPG and it's so so adventure.  $22.28

Misc


Friday Freebie 3-10-17 - This week's map from Paratime Design is pretty jam packed. $1 for the enhanced version, has link to free on that page.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Merciless Merchants bring out some 2E compatible modules

I missed this in my last update or two, but a couple of new guys, The Merciless Merchants (which makes me picture them as Ferrengi),  have released a couple of modules over at DTRPG for the 2e Retroclone For Gold & Glory.

Although I was a fan of Spelljammer and Birthright, the 2e rules always just felt "wrong" to me, though in retrospect, not nearly as wrong as later editions. It certainly does clean up a lot of the issues with 1e, though not all. So it has its points.

Anyway, the first module, shown above, is The Willowmere Vagabonds for levels 2-4, which sounds like the PCs must deal with bandits in a forest (hopefully more than that).

Their second is The Nevermore Mines, which seems to be horror themed and is for levels 4-7.

Both are a bit pricey at $8.40 a pop, but also are about 60 pages each and from looking at the previews, seem to have a good chunk of stock art, which adds up

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Adventure for BlueHolme

Yes, I possibly should name this blog "A Day or Two Late OSR News and Rarely Reviews", but in case you missed it, a collaborative dungeon for BlueHolme, the Holmes Basic retro-clone is now available for free

I really liked both version of the Numromen dungeon (the first one for Blue Holme), this seems a bit overly slick and too modern. But it's free

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 7th, 2017

From flu season to tornado season, I just had a near miss, with something ripping the roof of some old sheds where I live and more impressively, picking up a 1,100 lb round bale of hay and moving it 20 feet away.

Somewhat busy release week, though some are re-treads.

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Sea of Fallen Stars -  Troy McClure's favorite Forgotten Realms sourcebook, about the undersea. 192 pages and $9.99

Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Vol 1 -  Compilation of someof the Van Richten monster splatbooks released for Ravenloft. Vampires, werecritters, and golems. They weren't bad, I got a bunch from the old $5 grab bag from American Science & Surplus (along with like 20 copies of Buck Rogers War Against the Han). 288 pages, $9.99

Wild Elves - For the Dragonlance setting, detailing the Kagonesti elves. 64 pages, $4.99

Wrath of the Mintotaur - Theseus!!!! Or perhaps actually a "fast play" adventure for D&D meant to introduce people to the game.  48 pages, $4.99 (and print versions available)

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Guide to the Duchy of Valnwell Special Edition -  New version of the "open" city from Small Niche Games. What makes this so special? 10 mini adventures added to it.  $6.99 and 210 pages

The Mazes & Perils Holiday Special 2016 -  Short adventure for the Holmes clone of the same name, as well as new monsters and a village setting. 24 pages, $2.79

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The Adventurer's Guide to Lost Arcana -  Spell Sourcebook for 2e/For Gold & Glory from Moses Wildermuth, who is a pretty nice guy. 68 pages and $3.50

The Kingdom of Richard - Wile it describes said kingdom (from the author's youth, thus the name, I imagine), also has some new classes. 36 pages and $2.42 (which I guess might be with 30% off)

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Fantastic! Exciting! Imaginative! Vol 1 - Fanzine of sorts for Holmes D&D. 28 pages, Free.

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-3-17 - Looks like a temple or tomb built into a side of a cliff. $1 for the enhanced version.

Friday, March 3, 2017

GM's Day Sale at DTRPG

Which basically just means 30% off. Still, a number of OSR publishers are participating. In no particular order:

North Wind Adventures, makers of AS&SH. Usually the game itself is cheap, but the adventure are pricey at $10. Now only $7, still too rich for my blood given the previous mixed bag quality, but better. Also not crazy about their shift in art style to comic books. I don't really like comic book art, to be honest. Though it's the older style, not the terrible digital pain style of modern comics which makes them look like South Park.

Three Sages Games made one of my favorite OSR modules, The Beast that Waits. Their other stuff is much smaller, probably because TBTW didn't sell well.

Expeditious Retreat Press, the chaps behind Advanced Adventures which more than anything is what got me into old AD&D. I got their trio of compilations from Lulu. Looks like the 4th one will be a while as they are going out maybe 1-2 a year, but I imagine buying the PDFs would help justify releasing more.  (The catch is, the PDFs are hard to read, even with reading glasses, since they are meant for print)

Quasar Knight hasn't produced much OSR stuff, save for a Harry Potter style sourcebook for S&W

Infinibader produced a couple of okay but nicely detailed modules.

Truth & Talismans is a OSR magic sourcebook

Mazes & Perils never really clicked with me, but I was never a huge Holmes fan, since I started with AD&D itself.

Goodman Games. I really did not like the direction Dungeon Crawl Classics went, from the stupid dice to renaming ability scores to spellcasting to the character funnel, But they produced a handful of 1e adventures.

D101 Games produces Crypts & Things which is nice, though I wasn't impressed by the adventures for it.

Judges Guild has its back catalog available, much of which is terrible, but there are some gems, mostly the Jaquays stuff.  The Book of Treasure Maps is an underrated gem.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — February 28th, 2017

Relatively slow week in the world of RPGs, with only a few pages of new stuff. A fair amount of OSR stuff though, most notably, Creation's Edge is back with some of their mini-adventures this week, and there is a first issue of a Crypts & Things fanzine (I really should finish by review of C&T 2e).

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Castle Spulzeer -  This is one of the last TSR adventures, delayed because of the infamous "printer problems" that TSR reps claimed were going on (which I guess were true, they didn't have money to pay them0. It's a Forgotten Realms/Ravenloft cross over. 64 pages, $4.99

Doors to the Unknown - Planescape adventure. $4.99 and 64 pages.

Hellgate Keep -  Somehwere in the mid-late 90s, TSR realized that some people actually liked dungeon adventures. So they started a "Dungeon Crawl" line of adventures that dealt with those. This is the 4th entry.  32 pages, $4.99

Servants of Darkness -  Ravenloft adventure. $4.99 and 64 pages.

The Vortex of Madness and other Planara Adventures - One of the last 2e adventures, published after WOTC took over TSR, though apparently started off as the last of the ____ Sites series (Planar Sites). 96 pages and $4.95.


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Curse of the Web-Witch -  Not Peter Parker's aunt, apparently.  For levels 6-8 and $1.500 for 11 pages.

The Crystal Coffins - Defeat a ghost of a necromancer by destroying some crystal coffins. For levels 5-7, 10 pages and $1.50

TG3 Shadow out of Sapphire Lake - 3rd (or 4th, actually counting the mini-prequel) module in the Toad God series and apparently the wrap up. for levels 4-6. 32 pages, $4.99 and includes VTT files.

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Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 2-24-17 - This week's map looks like an underground temple. $1 for enhanced version.

From the Shroud #1 - First issue of an irregularly scheduled fanzine for the excellent OSR game Crypts & Things. Includes a couple of adventures and other material likely useful for any sword & sorcery themed game. $4 and 38 pages.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 17th, 2017

Blah. I just get over my chronic bronchitis and I get hit by the flu.   In fact, I just sneezed all over the screen. Thankfully after last week's busy released schedule, things are more down to normal.

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Calimport -  Sourcebook for a Forgotten Realms I'm not familiar with. 96 pages, $4.99

Reunion - TSR was still making tournament adventures in the 90s. This is one of them, for Al-Qadim. $4.99 and 32 pages.

Ruined Kingdoms - This is an Al-Qadim boxed set focused on somewhat silly ruins. Its successor, City of Bones is much better (and somewhat Sword & Sorcery-ish). $9.99, 96 pages

The Factol's Manifesto - Ugh. The slang even in the product blurb gives me a headache.  $9.99 and 160 pages.

Adventures


The Lucanii Drift -  This is a sandbox setting for Starships & Spacemen 2e, though should work easy enough with most OSR sci-fi games. Price is now back to $7.99 for its 162 pages and it's well worth it, both as an adventure and as an expansion for S&S2e, filling in some of the missing Trek knock-off races with more knock-offs (for instance, for the Orions).  Also has a ton of art.


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Castle Oldskull: Dungeon Delver Enhancer -  Want to develop a background for your character? Well, here's 610 pages of tables to help you do so. (Yikes, I don't even like naming mine until they are 3rd level). 616 pages and $4.99


Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map: 01-13-2017 -  Looks like a river with what could be a lich's lair. $1 for the enhanced version.

SL&VL Zine #2 - "Suomalaisten OSR-harrastajien kokoaman lehden Siniset Luolat & Valkeat Lohikäärmeet toinen numero on täällä! Tällä kertana teemana on gonzo ja science fiction.". Either my flue has gotten much worse, or that some sort of Scandinavian language or I guess maybe Finnish. 69 pages, PWYW.

Vacant Ritual Assembly #6 -  Fanzine for Lamentations of the Flame Princess 52 pages, $5

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Lucanii Drift for Starships & Spacemen 2e is DTRPG's Deal of the Day

I backed Starships & Spacemen 2e on Indie Go Go a few years ago and while I mostly liked it, I thought it was rather sparse, 90 pages for $40 (in hardcover).

Well, the recent Lucanii Drift is a sourcebook for that game system that somewhat addresses that issue, being twice the size of S&S2 at 184 pages.  Not only does it provide a proper sandbox setting for the game, it provides additional rules

Inside this book:
  • Expanded starship combat rules
  • New Equipment
  • New character races
  • Additional character generation rules
  • Rules for improving and developing starships
  • 15 sectors to explore, filled with conundrums and discoveries.
  • Hundreds of encounters and adventures


Ordinarily a pretty good value at $7.99, right now it's only half that.


Adventurer Conqueror King System in new Bundle of Holding

While I personally think you'd be better off just using the old Rules Cyclopedia rules, or B/X with the various Gazetteers (a word I still cannot spell 35 years later), the Bundle of Holding currently has a heck of a deal on ACKS

For $9.95 you get

  • Adventurer Conqueror King System
  • ACKS Player's Companion
  • Domains at War: Campaigns (the whole "Conquer" part they left out of the original book)
  • The Sinister Stone of Sakkara (really well done adventure)
  • Auran Empire Primer

For  $21.04+ (I think this changes you also get

  • Dwimmermount (ACKS version)
  • Domains at War: Battles (Rules for mass combat which weren't in the  original book)
  • Domains at War: Troops and Terrain (See above)
  • Lairs & Encounters (No idea)
That's a really good deal. They generally have pretty low prices to begin with ($10 for most PDFs) but this is pretty much half that already cromulent price. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 10th, 2017

This is quite a busy week, with a host (make that a horde) of adventures and three Castle Oldskull books. While the name conjures up a geriatric He-Man's retirement home, they seem to comprise almost 1000 pages worth of design material (tables and such).

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Chainmail: Rules of Medieval Miniatures -  The book that started it all. $4.99 and 44 pages.

Children of the Night: The Created -  Ravenloft sourcebook about Frankenstein's monster style monsters. 98 pages, $4.99

Dead Gods - Two adventures based on corpses of gods floating in Astral Space. Planescape has a lot of ideas ruined by chimney sweep slang.  176 pages and $9.99

The Jade Hare -  This is a pretty crappy basic adventure but was once one of the biggest (and still may be) collectibles around. $1.99 and 8 pages.

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Castle Oldskull: City State Encounters -  This might be more of a random table book, hard to tell from the sample. At any rate, it's huge at 150 pages and only $2.99

Shattered Moon: Blood Hook Climb - Seems to be an adventure setting for a retro clone that I seem to have missed, Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. PWYW and 16 pages.

The Complete Roslof Keep Campaign -  Contains the Folio adventures 1-6, plus all the mini-adventures (1 to 6 that is) below.  136 pages, $24.99

The Folio #1.5: Welcome to House Aldener -  The first half-dozen of so Folio modules detail a competitive mini-dungeon where adventuring companies explore. This seems to detail an admissions test (ie, mini-adventure) for the PCs to join one such company. 8 pages, $1.99. Duel statted for 1e.

The Folio #2.5: Test of the Tower - Like above, but for a wizard's group. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #3.5: Dire Run to House Fleetwood - Apparently Stevie Nicks has turned a village into zombies. 8 pages, $1.99

The Follio #4.5: Hammers Fall in Anarchy - Mini-dungeon in the main dungeon. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #5.5 The Mithel Company Champion -  Sidequst for Folio #5 (which I think is when I stopped buying them), part of the Rosloff Keep series. $1.99 8 pages. Dual statted including 1e

The Folio #6.5 - Seems like a sidequest for Folio #6, part of the Rosloff Keep Dungeon. . $1.99 and 8 pages.

The Folio #8.5: Ratmen of the Dead Oak -  I think they used to open for the Dead Kennedys. Mini-adeventure sidequest for the Folio #8. $1.99 and 8 pages.

The Folio #9.5: Gang War -  Mini side quest for the Folio #9. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #10.5: The Creche of Set -  Mini side quest for the Folio #10. 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #10: DF3  Explore  Lost Temple of Tefnut. 32 pages, $5.99 

The Folio #11: AT1 -  Hmm, no catchy name here for what appears to be the start of a new trilogy of adventures set in a city named Taux, which alas is not full of penguins, but seems to be full of thieves.  36 pages and $5.99

The Folio Digital Quarter #1 - Because apparently they hadn't released enough products this week, this seems to be some sort of more modern (steampunk-ish, anyway) adventure set in the future of the world of all their previous titles.  $4.99 and 28 pages.

The Grapeshot Express -  "Absurdist" adventure or so the blurb claims. 30 pages, $4.

The Phoenix Barony -  More adventure setting than adventure. $1 and 26 pages.

The Irminsul of Aphrodite-Ammunt - Into the Deep Forest. Adventure for Labyrinth Lord set around a sacred tree and its forest.  $2.00 and 11 pages.

Rules


None.

Misc


Black Pudding #2 -  The second issue of J.V. West's OSR fanzine seems to be a grab bag of stuff, new classes, adventures, npcs, magic items and more. PWYW and 24 pages.

Castle OldSkull: Classic Dungeon Guide -  Seems to be adventure seeds, tables, and advice rolled up into one giant product. 320 pages and $4.99

Castle Oldskull: Game World Generator - Like above, but for a whole game world. 330 pages, and $4.99.

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 01-06-17 -  "Enhanced" version of a dungeon map by Tim Hartim. Looks like an underground temple and toomb. $1

Wizard's Tower Generator -  At 13 pages, doesn't seem very comprehensive. $2.99

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 3rd, 2017

Woohoo, New Year, and with a decent amount of new OSR products.


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Axe of the Dwarvish Lords -  Apparently running out of ideas, TSR thought of making modules about each famous artifact.  Not actually too bad, but you have to really like Dwarves. For levels 13-15. 192 pages and $9.99

Evil Tide - They also apparently thought they should make a module trilogy around each classic monster. This is for sahuagins, part 1 of 3. $4.99 and 32 pages. Meh.

King of the Giantdowns - Birthright module, which was my main interest in the 2e era. Pretty decent adventure, though not terribly specific to the world. 64 pages, $4.99

The Inner Planes - Last big product for Planescape and presumably still full of annoying chimney sweep slang, guv'nor.  $9.99 and 128 pages.

Adventures

The Buried Zikurat -  OSR version of the sequel to the  Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil. Hopefully this one actually explains the non-standard monsters. 36 pages, $6.95

Hexed Places - Denshi Ferry -  Hex crawl involving Luke's younger sister. 15 pages, $2.69

Lands of Lunacy - Sounds like either a planar adventure or mini-setting. 32 pages, $5.50.

The Place of Forgetting -  Apparently not Las Vegas, but a horror adventure for 3rd level characters. 37 pages, $2

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Battleaxes & Beasties -  Another OSR games based on White Box. I'm not sure what this specifically offers, nor if a battleaxe is a one or two handed weapon. But I do know it's $9.99 and 175 pages.

Wakened Wilderness -  Rules for playing in a world similar to that of a novel I've never heard of, "Redwall", but apparently includes woodland races (possibly Smurfs, though that's just speculation). 50 cents, 11 pages.

White Box Tome Arioth 1 - 108 "new" magic items recycled from the author's previous products.  $4.99, 75 pages.

Misc


The Big Book of Randomness -  At 25 pages, not that big, actually, but full of random tables.  $1.99

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Be sure to check out the new adventure at 3 Toadstools

A little late, but things have been surprisingly hectic the last couple weeks besides the usual holiday stuff. My pipes froze which screwed up my plumbing in way I don't really understand but have to cope with and fix.

But this has brightened things up, a new (and free) adventure from Shane Ward of 3 Toadstools, Troubling Events, for Labyrinth Lord , a nice sword & sorcery style mini-dungeon. Well, not that mini at 24 rooms, but probably one session.