Thursday, September 13, 2018

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — September 13th, 2018

This might be short/not get posted because my router is dying. It started fizzing out last fall when the weather got cold. So I wrapped it in some plastic and put a coat on it. That seemed to do the trick until now when it's getting cold once again. (Not that cold, like 60 at night).

Hopefully I will be able to replace it soon.

Adventures

Under the Temple Crypt -  Tiny S&W adventure. 8 pages, $1

Rules

Deities, Deminities (whatever that is) & Personalities: Supplement IV -  More than you probably wanted to know about the Avremier campaign setting. 84 pages, $6.99

Eldritch Avremier Supplement III -  More stuff for the original game. $6.99 and 84 pages

Space Adventures - X -  $4 for 15 pages on how to play OSR in space? Splurge for Starships & Spacemen 2e.

SuperHeroes X - Golly, this one is 28 pages for $5!

Misc

Cavalier Attitude 3 -  14 page 1e 'zine, $1.50

Friday Enhanced Map 9-14-18 -  Still the 13th, so he posted a bit early. Looks like a keep. $1

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fifty Fiends Review — Fiendish Foes, Mismatched System

Fifty Fiends from New Big Dragon Games (Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr.) is a curious book. Firstly, because like almost all his other work, it's a ridiculously low price ($1) given the amount of content (70 pages). That includes original illustrations, albeit by the author, but he's as good as some "professional" artists who sell stock art. The other curious thing is that despite it being a book of demons and devils and chaotic neutral outsiders, it's for Basic and Expert D&D (B/X). Which didn't have demons, devils, or really outsiders at all. You had something like them introduced in the Immortals set, but they were meant to be a challenge for Immortals, not normal characters.

To me this is one of the odder, even maddening trends of the OSR — re-creating everything from 1E instead of just, you know, playing 1E. This is especially puzzling to me in the case of B/X and BECMI. Although I was (and am) mostly a 1E fan, I did enjoy BECMI because of its differences from 1E. The different classes, different spells, different monsters, different cosmology, and the consequences of its rules on the world it developed. Adding everything from 1e to B/X & BECMI makes BX/BECMI worse, not better, because they deserve to be their own thing, not a copy of 1E. But it's like 1E has cooties or something, in the eyes of the OSR.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — September 6th, 2018

Pretty solid week. Some nice looking adventures and a monster book.

Official


Dragon Mountain  -  Presumably now in print form, this is a long high level adventure for 2e/. $9.99 and $19.99 for print version

Gamma World: Referee Screen and Mini-Module - I think this is for 4th edition from TSR, the one after the Marvel Superheroes rules and is mostly AD&D compatible (but has ascending AC)/ $4.95

Adventures


Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm -  New module with original art, including by the Fiend Folio guy. The description seems a bit off, but appears to be at least a three level dungeon for high level (10 to 15th) 1e characters. $9.99 and 37 pages.

Phaunt's Tower - This low level white box adventure seems to actually be about a celebration gone wrong. $3, 27 pages

The Ruins of Uden Tice - Adventure meant for conventions. 30 pages, PWYW

Rules


FX1 50 Fiends -  50 critters from the lower planes from New Big Dragon Games (whose products tend to be must buys in my book). Curiously meant for B/X, which literally did not have lower planes, demons, or devils. Still, $1 for 74 pages.

GM1a Game Master's Screen -  From New Big Dragons so this is presumably high quality, but kinda expensive (though it also has record sheets). $10 for PDF, no print (which is what you'd think you'd want, though I suspect Lulu might have that)

Mauvolg: Supplement II -  Add on for OD&D about the setting of the same name. 84 pages, $6.99

Operation White Box (Free) - PWYW version of the White Box based WW2 game. PWYW

PC19 The OSR Hunter -  My take on a spell-less ranger. Mostly a 2e ranger with some extra stuff. PWYW

Misc


Attacks & Saves for Labyrinth Lord - I don't know what's so hard about dice, but if you find them hard, here is a self-rolling PDF. PWYW

Echoes of Fomalhaut #2: Gont, Nest of Spies - 48 page zine including a couple of scenarios (one in the Dreamlands) and misc stuff. $6

Friday Enhanced Map 8-31-18 - Looks like an underground temple. $1

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Expeditious Retreat Press is having a half off PDF Sale

These things always seem to happen just after I've spent all my credit there (did I really need all that flumph stock art?). But apparently he's moving to the Netherlands for some reason (wouldn't have minded living their in the 1990s for the music) and in honor of that, is having a half off sale

He's probably been the most consistent supporter of OSRIC/1e since OSRIC existed and while the adventures are of varying quality, even the worst is still worth $3-4. 

There are also two excellent monster books, each with 100 or so critters.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — August 30th, 2018

I want to review something, but nothing I've bought lately cries out to be reviewed.  However, there are a number of new adventures out this week that look interesting...or maybe I'm just being lazy.

Adventures


Cult of the Green Orb -  Seemingly inspired by the Heavy Metal movie. 20 pages, $4

S4 The Mines of Mayhem - I have a mental picture of a mine being worked not by dwarves, but by 80s wrestlers.  This is enhanced by the author randomly putting words in his blurb in ALL CAPS.  But it seems to be a sprawling low level dungeon crawl (2nd to 4th level). 110 pages, and $20. Also comes with an illustration book.

The Sunken Fort - Mid sized (80 room) dungeon for low level characters, apparently a lead-in for a forthcoming megadungeon.  $5, 27 pages.

Rules


Five Items -  I'd rather have the 99 cents.

Knave -  Seems like a classless take on OSR, but compatible with adventures and monster books.  $2.99 and 7 pages.

Zero to Hero: Uncommon Commoners - Fairly in depth rules for secondary skills for NPCs. PWYW 


Misc


Black Pudding #5 -  Another issue of J.V. West's excellent fanzine. 24 pages, PWYW

Friday Enhanced Map 8-24-18 -  Last (I think) part of a giant cave complex, though it works stand alone as well. $1

Locks, Vaults, and Hiding Places - Random tables for well, what the name says. PWYW

Thursday, August 23, 2018

New OSR Releases at RPGNow/DTRPG — August 23rd, 2018

Was going to write a review, but got caught up in playing The Bard's Tale remastered. Then I thought "Why not review that?" But then I realized I'd need to play even more of it.

With the exception of spell points, I had forgotten how D&D-ish it was.  The Remaster seems much easier, though. Even though it offers a save anywhere system, I have no yet had any problems getting back out of a dungeon yet.

Officials


Boot Hill 2nd Edition -  This is the version I am familiar with, I think.  $4.99 PDF, $9.99 print, $11.99 Print + PDF

Adventures


Castle of Aandoran the Defiler -  1e adventure from Joseph Mohr. 50 pages, PWYW

The Mountain of Fire - Another 1e adventure from Joseph Mohr.  This one pits the PCs against his oft mentioned villain, Malcon the Lich. 5 pages, PWYW

Rules


Disruptors & Dyson Spheres -  This confuses me, as it says it's an old school RPG yet is only 2 pages. Even naval combat took up way way more than that in OD&D. PWYW.

Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Roleplaying -  What it sounds like. 210 pages, $9.99

New Golems of the Labyrinth -  New golems meant for B/X (which actually had quite a different set of golems to being with) - "Cerebral, Ectoplasm, Flesh-and-Blood, Gas Metal, Leaf, Lightning Rod, Magic, Particulate, Shield, and Water Chariot Golems."  99 cents and 10 pages.

Misc


Extinguish the Sun #2 -  LotFP zine. $2, 18 pages

Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde: Color Maps -  Didn't this already come out? It;'s maps, also in print form, of the old JG world.  $9.99 PDF, $14.99 for poster + PDF

Fantastic Wilderlands Beyond: Revised Guide -  Guide for said map. 38 pages,  $4.99 PDF, $6.99 PDF+map, though it indicates that PDF is also with the PDF above.

Niti's Parade and Other Entertainments -  Free advertorial supplement about carnivals.

Random Terrain and Encounter Generator -  Joseph Bloch's foray into random table territory. Probably at least coherent, unlike most others. $9.99 and 105 pages.

RPGPP #44- Medieval Authentic Activities for Successful Medieval Authentic Characters-  Don't drink the water, use the long s, watch out for giant falling helmets, and probably more. $2.99 for 19 pages of silliness.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — August 15th, 2018

Beware the Ides of August! Or something. Slow week


Adventures


RPGPP The Dragon's Egg -  Is somehow medieval authentic despite featuring ratmen. 16 pages, $2.99

The Sorceress of Mekaloare -  3rd to 6th level adventure into another plane full of mechanical monsters ruled by an evil magic-user. 32 pages, $2.50

Rules

DarkMoore Critical Hit & Critical Fumble Tables -  I am not a big fan of them, but if you are, here you go. Free.

Magic Madness #5: Spells for OSR Games -  30 new spells. $2.50

Misc


Clipart Critters: Elder Thing 2 -  Only mentioning this because it's free.  Basically head shot of a crippled Elder Thing (only 4 tentacles instead of 5).

Dungeons in Blue - Mega Tile Bundle #2 -  Lots and lots of geomorphs. $13.39

Terry Herc's Mega Art Pack - 100 Castles - PWYW collection of images of castles

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Remastered version of the original Bard's Tale now available



I actually had no idea this was in the works (I stopped following the Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter when they announced Sean Reynold's was involved. Call me petty, but I've still got a grudge against him from the last TSR days when he served as their internet enforcer, harassing people with fan material).   While probably my favorite old CRPG was Might & Magic, the Bard's Tale was up there. Early on it was pretty similar to Wizardry using a D&D-ish system.

The Bard's Tale came from about a dozen years ago, the action-RPG with Cary Elwes actually had the original BT games in it, but they were emulated Atari ST versions. This is an actual re-master and features an automap and other modern amenities and apparently some new graphics for female PCs.

It'ss available for $15 at Good Old Games and Steam .  Right now only the 1st game is in it, but they'll add the other two later

One of the neat things about TBT was you could import characters into the next game. Like with the Gold Box ones. So I can remember some of the names, even.  Murphy the Monk, Pat the Paladin, Omar the Great, Magic Max, Barry the Bard. I had a half-orc hunter (assassin) that I can't remember the name of, and presumably a warrior (fighter)


Thursday, August 9, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — August 9th, 2018

I probably shouldn't do this right after work, when I'm extremely tired and slightly drunk

Also, don't forget: Big meteor shower this weekend.

Adventures

 

DarkMoore Adventures -  Apparently actually about "The Iron Dragon" Inn. PWYW, 59 pages.

Fish Something -  Another subtle title for Lamentations of the Fish Princess (er, Flame), apparently about HP Lovecraft's Innsmouth. $7.99 and 49 pages

OT1 Crypt of the Dog Witch -  Low level adventure apparently for people who don't like dogs. Evil dog god? That's impossible. $1, 13 people

RPGPP #42 At the Darkness -  Comedy adventure. $2.99 and 17 pages.

The Forbidden Barrow - Seems like a starter adventure. $2, 15 pages.

Rules 

 

James Edward Raggi IV's Eldritch Thingie -  "Look at me, look at me, look at me" in RPG supplement form. PWYW

Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition -  Seems to be a distilled, just the good parts version of the rules, plus art. $7.50 and 164 pages.

Microlight20 Comprehensive Edition (No Art) -  PWYW version of the game rules.

Random Esoteric Creature Generator -  Want to generate a completely nonsensical monster? Well, this is for you $9.99 and 64 pages.

The Little Book of Adventuring Classes vol 2 - 8 new classes (Barbarian, Ninja, Navigator, Summoner, Scholar, Runecaster, Vanguard, and Warmonger) plus some new races for S&W. $3.99 and 60 pages.

Misc

 

Friday Enhanced Map 8-10-18 -  Underground temple and cave complex. $1 for enhanced version.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil Review — More like Generic Evil

The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil from Dark Naga Adventures might have a rather generic name, but it actually deals with the PCs coming across of a cult of Hastur (the Cthulhu Mythos deity) and presumably foiling its plans. I a big fan of the Cthulhu Mythos (my 2nd favorite RPG is Call of Cthulhu) and incorporate Mythos themes into my own game.

Hastur is perhaps the trickiest deity of them all, because it's not entirely clear that Hastur is even a deity in HP Lovecraft's own works. Though he made mention of the name, clearly referencing Robert W. Chambers work, most notable many of the stories mentioned in the King in Yellow. But Chambers work is eerie, surreal, even sensual, perhaps best captured in Karl Wagner's The River of Nights Dreaming. But ignoring all that, August Dereth made Hastur just another squid god, like Cthulhu.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — August 2nd, 2018

A couple of new adventures for Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea. Honestly, I've been underwhelmed by their past recent adventures. Basically they take a Robert Howard or HPL or CAS story, mangle it, dumb it down, and call it an adventure. I guess it depends on whether you like the original Conan stories or prefer the comic (the modules following the latter).


Adventures

The Anthropophagi of Xambala -  Aka an adventure about cannibals for AS&SH, presumably inspired by one of Howard's tackier Conan stories and apparently meant for beginner characters.  $10, 60 pages

The Beasts of Kraggoth Manor -  Maybe about a building full of ape-men? Another AS&S adventure, this time for 4th to 6th level characters. $10, 60 pages

Undead Island -  White Box adventure presumably about an island full of undead. $2 and 20

Rules

Untold Adventures Deluxe -  Because apparently we need a rules lighter version of S&W Whitebox every two months. PWYW at least.

Misc


Guild Adventures! The Dragonslayer -  My guess from the preview is that it's actually a Fighting Fantasy style system, but eh, at any rate it's a solo gamebook which I enjoy, though probably not $6.99 worth. 163 pages.

Hoard Class Treasurer -  Spreadsheet for rolling treasure for LL. PWYW

RPGPP #41 - Medieval Authentic Caravans - All about how to handle taxes and tariffs in a medieval authentic manner! Doesn't get more exciting than that, folks. $2.99 and 21 pages

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Thousand Year Sandglass Book 1 — A Gem of a Product

When I first started playing D&D in the 1970s, pretty much the only fantasy movies around were Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the two '70s Sinbad movies (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger). So the Arabian Nights has always been a big part of what is "fantasy" to me in my head, at least second hand.

The Thousand Year Sandglass (Book I) by B.J. Johnson is an Arabian Nights themed sourcebook for Labyrinth Lord (either original or advanced). It's part campaign setting, part rules, and has a number of adventures.

The setting is literally a giant hourglass. That is the whole world. I've used something similar in my game (coin worlds, each themed to a different god and culture), borrowing the idea of A. Merritt's Ship of Ishtar (in which an ancient world was accessible by a ship in a bottle). It's a good way to add an alien micro-setting to your game.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — July 26th, 2018

Should have a review of the Thousand Year Sandglass Book 1 up in the next day or so.

Adventures

DNH4 Confronting Hastur -  The 4th (and I guess last) module in the series of modules about fighting Hastur. Actually pretty decent quality, though features terrible (but original) artwork.  $8.99 and like 38 page plus illo book.
 

RPGPP #40 - Tower of the Mad Astrologer - Did medieval authentic astrologers actually live in towers? I doubt it, but it makes for better dungeons. 18 pages and $2.99

The Dragon's Secret - A new adventure from Jennell Jaquays, who designed some of the best modules/dungeons around back in the old days when she was Paul. 52 pages and $14.99, includes some S&W house rules.  (She also just released the system neutral Quack Keep setting

Rules

d20 and Roll High for 2nd Edition -  I guess correcting the "Roll high is better for combat" and "Row low is better for NWPs/Ability Checks", though I never understood why that was a bad thing. $2.49.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 7-20-18 -  Pretty nice dungeon. $1

Friday Enhanced Map 7-27-18 - A map from the future, or maybe I'm just late and he uploads at midnight. Looks like a partially flooded dungeon. $1

Spell List Maker 2 for LL -  I'm not a spreadsheet person. But if you are, maybe this makes sense to you. PWYW.

The Quest of the Claw Comic Vol 1 -  This comes from the early 80s and is probably funnier than most of the Dragon comics. PWYW

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cut to the Chase Games having a sale on DTRPG

They've produced a number of modules for various different systems, including Swords & Wizardry.

Probably their best is the Toad God series, of which I have the first two and like (probably should review them). I think they are normally $6 and now $2.99.  Apparently they were all originally funded by individual kickstarters, so they do have original art and whatnot.

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — July 18th, 2018

OBS seems to have changed how preview works as it seems to currently be disabled.


Official


Gamma World Game Rules 4th Edition -  This version of Gamma World is from 1992 and is probably the most old school D&D compatible of the bunch and is where ascending armor class was first introduced.  $9.99 for PDF, $24.99 for print version

Gamma World: Gamma Knights -  Really more of a board game than supplement. $4.99 for PDF

S4 The Lost Cavern of Tsjocanth - Presumably now updated for the print version ($9.99) or PDF + Print ($11.99). This is one of my favorite modules

Adventures


Book of Lairs: Abandoned Places - 13 monster lairs for ACKS. $3.27 and 36 pages.

The Barbarian King -  Adventure from Melan/Gabor Lux, probably one of the most original (in a good way) adventure designers in the OSR. $4 and 24 pages.


Misc


Dolmenwood Rogues Gallery Vol 1 - Some pregens for LL. PWYW

Friday Enhanced Map 7-13-18 -  Part dungeon, part cave. $1

Thief Skills Totaliser for LL - Spreadsheet or something because apparently for some it's harder to copy numbers from a table in a book than to use a spreadsheet, I guess. PWYW

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hero-U: Rogue to Redepemption finally out on Steam

I usually only mention video/computer games when they are old school related, which is the case here. Remember the old Sierra Quest for Glory Games? They were adventure games with some RPG elements and were designed by the Coles, one of whom (Corey) wrote a module for Judges Guild

Anyway, ages ago, they decided to make a new computer game, Hero-U, based on their website. Originally it was a fairly simple design, but they slowly made it more and more like the Quest for Glory games, first by using Kickstarter to fund development, and then apparently latter taking another mortgage on their home

But it's finally out on Steam. At $35, it's perhaps a bit pricier than similar games being released today, but cheaper (especially factoring in inflation) than the Sierra games back in the day.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — July 12th, 2018

Woof, the dog days of summer are here. Not only do I have to drive to work not wearing a shirt, I have to change them a couple of times during work. Ah, the joys of working for a company too cheap to set the themostat below 85 in the backroom.

Adventures


Rememberance - Modulo 1A -  Pretty sure this is in Italian. It's a Labyrinth Lord adventure.  112 pages, $2.92

RPGP Presents 20 Medieval Authentic Supernatural Encounters -  31 pages, $3.99

Times that Fry Men's Souls -  Not sure when this came out, but the author is promoting it now. Basically seems to be a hex crawl set in Revolutionary Era NY and New Jersey, so presumably horror.  139 pages and $10

Rules


B/X Essentials: Monsters Plain Text Edition -  Free

Microlite 74: Perilous Adventures -  House ruled version of ML74. PWYW

Old School Fantasy Roleplaying Alternative Rules Bundle -  3 supplements totaling 25 pages for only $4.97

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 7-6-2018 -  Lot of funky shaped rooms in this one. $1

Image Portfolion Platinum Edition - Matt Forsyth -  Holy crap, this is an amazing picture of a female swashbuckler type and also a picture of a weird looking female mage.  PWYW

As an aside though, I don't get why some really talented artists sell through Louise Porter Design and not direct. I mean, presumably they are giving a cut to him and DTRPG. I don't think it's art he bought and is reselling (Purple Duck does that), though maybe I'm wrong

I mean, when you buy art, you a) search for "Subject stock art" and then look at the various bits for sale. You don't generally go by company name. Also doesn't help in this case that it's in packs.

Last day (or so) for Autarch's moderately sized dungeon Kickstarter

Secrets of the Nethercity which is apparently about 240 rooms, which I would say is just a dungeon

I'm not a fan of ACKS (or rather, I think it's not particularly innovative as it's 90% BECMI with some other stuff that makes the game worse, like the weird to hit system), but really liked their previous module, Sinister Stone of Sakkara, so probably worth a look even if you don't like ACKS.

I also like their ancient inspired setting. I always thought that was a better fit for D&D than medieval feudalism (since that requires a conquered population and dominant church)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Woodfall, a dark fantasy OSR mini-setting, now live on Kickstarter

I've never been able to get the damn embed code from Kickstarter to work properly, so just check out the page for it.

Explore a dark fairytale setting, wade through a misty swamp, get caught up in the fighting between warring monster clans, discover a strange town of witches and thieves, and search for forgotten treasure.
Woodfall is a swamp belonging to a king where witches, thieves and outlaws are squatting. They have built a town on top of the swamp and have resisted several evictions. The town is a hub for black market activity and magical folk
The surrounding forest and swamp is a hexcrawl filled with various monster factions.

Book Content

  • Approx. 100 pages of content
  • New monsters
  • DIY magic item creation system
  • Hirelings
  • Villains
  • Weird shops
  • A hexcrawl with 12 keyed locations
  • Lots of random tables
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Rules for the setting changing over time
  • Various random tables
  • Legal system for the town
  • Thieves guild
  • Monster hunting content 

Looks pretty good. I am quite fond of mini-settings. Perhaps a mite expensive for the PDF at $12

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — the 4th of July 2018

Probably the laziest part of summer so not surprisingly it's a bit light this week as well

Official


Castles - This is one of those fold up cardboard deals. Have no idea how it translates to a OBS printed item.

Adventures


SC2 Amazing Journeys -  Apparently 4 overpriced adventures from Starry Knight Games now available in one overpriced PDF. $20 for 76 pages.  Still cheaper than Frog God's recycled 3e/5e stuff, I guess.

Tyranny of the Black Tower -  2nd adventure from the Verisimilitude Society Press, again for S&W (personally, I don't think verisimilitude and the single saving throw go together) and 3rd to 5th level characters. 24 pages (two column this time, apparently), $3

Rules


B/X Essentials: Monsters -  Apparently how to milk the B/X Essentials is to put everything out in separate books. $3.99

B/X Essentials: PDF Bundle - See above. Only $11.99!  Bear in mind the original Basic and Expert are only $4.99 each and the Rules Cyclopedia is only $9.99

Misc


Castle Oldskull - Game World Generator Deluxe -  Twice the amount of random gibberish tables as the regular edition, but still poorly formatted to take 5x the room they should. Only $4.99

Friday Enhanced Map 6-29-18 -  Some sort of spikey looking building. $1

Friday, June 29, 2018

Greg Svenson's Sweetwater Gazetteer for Blackmoor now available

I believe he is better known as the Great Svenny (I am far from an expert on Blackmoor), but at any rate, it's available from Havard's Comeback Inn as a free download.



(Thanks to Yaztromo for posting this on ENWorld, not exactly the place I'd expect Blackmoor info from, but eh)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 27th, 2018

Kinda a slow week, though Mutant Crawl Classics came out (but like DCC, I don't think it counts as OSR since it deliberately tries not to be like the old school games)

Rules


Microlite 78 First Edition Lite -  This time, only 500 pages. $4.95

RPGPundit Presents #37: Advanced OSR Critical Tables -  I don't think critical hits are particularly OSR, though admittedly a common house rule, plus the whole Arms Law thing from ICE.  But as EGG pointed out, they end up hurting the players more (since they will get hit more) in the long run. $1.99 and 16 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 6-22-18 - A keep or stronghold. $1

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jewel of the Lunar Rift Review — Lots of Background, Little Dungeon

Jewel of the Lunar Rift is a newly released (June 2018) low level module, the first product from Verisimilitude Society Press. Its author, Extildepo, posts on Dragonsfoot, a 1e forum. Despite this, it's for the OD&D clone Swords & Wizardry, though honestly, looking at the stats, it seems like Blueholme or another Holmes clone would be closer, as Dexterity is listed for every monster (which Holmes needs for initiative) and there's made mention of a saving throw vs. Death Ray (while S&W uses a single saving throw for every situation).

Although the PDF clocks in at a fairly impressive (for $2, at least) 34 pages, the adventure itself is only about 7 single column pages and 18 rooms. Despite the author mentioning he only wants to give enough background info to run the adventure, it doesn't actually start until page 10 since he gives a lot of background information, not just on the module, but also his house rules and background for his setting. Basically it's a more medieval feel than regular D&D, with a strong church and superstitious peasants.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Expeditious Retreat Press having a PDF sale on their newer Advanced Adventures

Dunno what the deal is, actually, but the recent AA are down to $3 each at DTPRG. While that is perhaps still a bit pricey compared to the page count (generally 12-16 pages) compared to other OSR modules, bear in mind that they are two column, not one, like a lot of OSR modules, and use fairly tiny print. Often a 16 pages adventure is pretty damn big.

And the quality is high (if you exclude the ones by Alphonso Warren, anyway), I've used more AA modules in my games than any thing else. Okay, true, I own the first 35 or so, but still, I wouldn't keep buying them if they suck (Mr. Warren notwithstanding)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 20th, 2018

Kinda a quiet week

Adventures


NTX4 - A Dish That Serves No One -  Gamma World 1e adventure from the North Texas Con 18. 30 digest sized pages, $3.50

Rules


Microlite81 Advanced Expanded Edition Digest E-Book -  At nearly 900 pages, it's hard to call this lite, much less microlite. $9.95

Old School Fantasy Roleplaying: Spontaneous Spellcasting -  $1.99 and 7 pages.

The Master's Hoard - 22 new magic items. Free!

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 6-15-18  - Looks like a monastery or something. $1

Monster XP Calculator for LL - Fillable PDF form. PWYW

Second Issue of Echoes froM Fomalhaut available

At least in print, with the PDF version coming later.

As I've said before, Melan's Fomalhaut setting and associated work is one of the best things in the OSR and that is still true

This issue contains...

  • The Four Wives of Xantun: fantasy scenario in the Dreamlands – what haunts the city-state of Hlanith, what does it have to do with lost love, and what is it about those flowers?
  • A Guide to Erillion: an introduction to the Isle of Erillion, a vanilla fantasy mini-campaign setting.
  • Eldritch Experiments: what happens when the PCs find an abandoned laboratory and start experimenting?
  • Does Energy Drain Suck? (and what to do about it)
  • Gont, Nest of Spies: all is not what it seems in the port town of Gont. Features adventure hooks, 21 keyed locations, treacherous NPCs and a lot of ways to get into trouble.
  • Down the Smugglers' Walk: the tunnels and dungeons beneath Gont, and the secrets they harbour. 40 keyed locations from underground fighting rings to gateways to other worlds!
  • The Swine Lord: a small wilderness scenario featuring a valley with an unwholesome reputation, and those who aren't bothered by it. 11 keyed locations.
  • Also... a fold-out players' map of the Isle of Erillion, and of the town of Gont!

For $8 plus shipping, pretty good deal.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Advanced Labyrinth Lord is finally on Kickstarter

He's been thinking about it for years, but too busy with his Pacesetter stuff and monkey-RPG. But he finally went with it

After a day, it's funded.

Unlike the AEC companion, which was an add on to the basic Labyinrth Lord rules (mimicking the Basic and Expert set) that provided 1e AD&D options like AD&D classes and races not as classes, this will be one simple coherent product for $30 in hardcover.  

Correction (thanks to James Mishler for pointing this out), it's $30 plus the cost of printing and shipping from DTRPG. So probably closer to $50 (figure 15 for printing and another $5 for shipping, which might still be lowballing) and maybe a better deal to just buy the 1e books on ebay.

The Kickstarter is also offering a hardback version of Realms of Crawling Chaos, his book on Lovecraftian D&D (which is for both regular and advanced LL). I reviewed it ages ago and am too tired from work to link to it, but it's solid, though not spectacular. Probably wouldn't pay the $25 for it, and again, it's plus probably another $10-15 buch, so probably $40 or so.

I participated in one of his previous Kickstarters (for Starships & Spacemen 2e) and it went well. When I couldn't use the DTRPG link (because back then it didn't work with my crappy ISP, the book marking would go in an endless loop), he emailed me a copy. And the print version was nice (though at $40 and 88 pages, a little pricey, this is much better deal all around)

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Graydeep Marches Review — Charming Mini-Setting


I was a pretty big Star Wars D6 fan in the latter days of West End Games. So it was kinda depressing to see them go under, especially as their last products were really top notch. Also sad because it seemed like so many talented people there, artists, writers and editors, left the industry in the aftermath. So when I saw former WEG employee Peter Schweighofer's name on a product at DTRPG, it immediately caught my eye.

The Greydeep Marches is essentially a mini-setting, including 3 short adventures, though only one adventure is really tied to the setting. As the name implies, the Marches are a small-ish borderlands duchy that can pretty much be dropped anywhere in your game world, although apparently it's a province of a larger kingdom. As it's only 37 pages, it's really more a sketch of a kingdom. There are 7 or so population centers (including one for elves, one for dwarves, one for halflings), but each basically just gets a paragraph.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 13th, 2018

Some very interesting things this week.  Definitely will pick up the adventure and the Arabian Nights book.

Adventures


M1: Jewel of the Lunar Rift -  Starter adventure for S&W from a new creator that seems to be an investigation into a manor that was taken over by cultists. $2, 34 pages.

Rules


Dark Places & Demogorgons - Werewolf Sourcebook for the Stranger Things inspired 80s horror RPG  36 pages, $3.99

The Exodus System - Not about fleeing Egypt, but another "new school" take on "old school". This does promise compatibility will old school modules. $6.99 and 69 pages.

The Lexicon of the Throne -  Sourcebook for Godbound, which is OSR based, but this doesn't sound like it would be useful for non Godbound games. $9.99 and 91 pages.

The Thousand Year Sandglass - Book 1 -  From the guy that brought us the fantasy western Mutant Bastards comes this book on Arabian Nights adventures for Labyrinth Lord which includes new classes, monsters, and some adventures.  $7, 93 pages.

Misc


Back to Basix #5 - Small  (16 page) fanzine for B/X from throwigames. $2

Fast Locations: Old school empty cave geomorphs - PWYW

Friday Enhanced Map 6-8-18 - Another cavern from Mr. Hartin. $1.

JH Fantasy Stock Pack #3 - Okay, maybe not OSR related exactly, but I like his artwork and this is a cheap way to get 60+ images for $5.95. I love the OSR in general, but I am getting a bit sick of seeing the same Outland Arts stock art in half the products...

RPGPundit Presents #30: Courtly Events - Yes, it's "Medieval-Authentic". 16 pages, $1.99

Inferno: City of Glasya-Labolas Review — Hell is a lot like South Florida

In high school I had to read Dante's (Divine) Comedy, at least parts of it, mostly the Inferno part about Hell and its 9 circles. While largely meant to be political satire of the day, the vivid descriptions and sheer depth of the descriptions of Hell really leaves an impression. Which is why it's remembered so well today and used for some many products - at least books and games.

Back in the old days Geoffrey O. Dale must have been similarly captivated, because he released a hex crawl of Dante's Hell, Inferno. Well, more like 4/9s of them. I actually had missed this back in the day, but Fight On! published a 5th circle and it really impressed me. So I've been following Mr. Dale's attempts at continuing his Inferno line (along with Erik Elkmann), despite the fact that the modern releases are not really compatible with D&D, old school or modern, except very vaguely like any fantasy RPG is.

Inferno: City of Glasya-Labalos is the latest product in the line, detailing a small city on the plane of Gehenna. The name of the city might be familiar, as it's a "real" name of a devil/demon which EGG re-purposed as the name of Asmoedeus's daughter (Glasya). At 163 pages (plus another booklet with stats for NPCs) it's a remarkably detailed look at the city and its environs, but the level of detail in the city itself comes at the expense of flavor, or even coherence, really.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 6th, 2018

Recovering from an early summer cold, so excuse me if I missed anything this last week.

Adventures


Adventure Framework 13: Gift of the Silent God -  9 pages, $1

Blackfalls Hall: The Palace of the King Under the Water -   70 pages, $3.99

DNH4 Confronting Hastur -  This is actually a pretty decent series, albeit with Rick Hershey's terrible art. This is for 10th level characters (and probably higher if not using AD&D based rules).  $6.95 and 64 pages, including illustration booklet.

Sea Hag's Folly -  From Starry Knight Press comes this 28 page aquatic module for 2-4 levels.  $7.50

What's Wrong with the Woonder Well? - Besides being a terrible Britpop song, that is. Adventure from Unbalanced Dice Games, 36 pages and $3.50

Rules


Condensed Creature Card Codex for B/X, Labyrinth Lord -  Because books are too hard or something. $4.99 and 176 pages of cards. 

Old School Fantasy Roleplaying: Skills - 10 pages, $1.99. Personally I have grown to like the system from BECMI where you roll under your ability score (if you know the skill) on a d20. It's basically 50% +/- 5% each ability point above or below average.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 6-1-18 -  Another cave complex like the last few weeks. But apparently they connect up. $1

RPGP Presents #34 Misc Wonders of the Last Sun - $2.49 and 13 pages.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Frostbuy: The Lost City Review — More Like a Lost Half a Block



After a hiatus of about 2 years, Sharp Mountain Games and John Fredericks is back with a new module for Labyrinth Lord, Frostbury: The Lost City. His past modules were centered around a town called Adela, this is based around a hobbit (or halfing) shire. I've always thought that halfling adventure were very under represented, if not quite non-existent, but they offer a lot of opportunity for Wodehouse style absurd humor with country people acting silly. (E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia series is another good example)

Alas, this module is not like that. Instead it reminds me a bit of Ramsey Campbell's Inhabitant of the Lake meets Star Frontiers, although not fully developed. Essentially the PCs are hired to find a lost halfling, one who is adventuresome and has not come back from visiting a nearby ruined city by a lake. Both lake and ruins are reported to be haunted and avoided by the halfling community.

New Dark Fantasy OSR setting in the works

Woodfall it's apparently called. Doesn't seem to be much details on their website, but the creator also sent me an Instragram link that presumably makes sense to people who know what Instagram is

Looks like there's a Kickstarter planned, so hopefully more details will emerge before then....

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

New OSR PRoducts at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 30th, 2018

Amusingly, the 3rd Edition of Boot Hill appears to be a top ten seller. There is a lack of serious wild west games.


Official (I don't know if these are new or just now in print)


B1-9 In Search of Adventure -  Perhaps one of the most radical revisions in the supermodule line, this takes the first 9 B modules and turns them into a long, but not linear, campaign. $9.99 for the PDF and $19.99 for a softcover.

FMA1 Fires of Zatal - Part of the Mesoamerican adventure series. $4.99 PDF, $9.99 in print

Poor Wizard's Almanac II -  I loved this things, they made Mystara feel alive. Until they killed it with Joshun's Almanac.  Originally digest sized, this is $7.99 for the PDF and $14.99 in print.

Adventures


Assault on Yaxley Manor -  The #33 issue of RPGPundit Presents is an adventure. 17 pages, $2.99 and allegedly "Medieval Authentic"

Inferno: City of Glasya-Labolas -  From Geofrrey Dale comes another Inferno product (originally started back in the JG days), this time detailing an infernal city.  157 pages, $5.50

Inferno: Gasya-Labolas Denizens - I guess this contains the stats for the monsters. While he claims compatibility with old school D&D it actually has little (almost more with 5e). But still an interesting product line and definitely old school. 47 pages, $1.25

Inferno: City of Glasya-Labolas Bundle - Both of the above for only $4.80

Into the Troll's Den - Not just trolls, but trolls with traps.  25 pages, $2.50

Remembrance - Modulo 1B -  Modulo isn't a typo by me, it's a module in Italian (I think) for Labyrinth Lord. PWYW and 64 pages.

Rules


0E Monsters of Jordoba 2 -  4 new monsters, including the punny "kuo-togre". 11 pages, 99 cents.

Six New Old School Character Classes - For B/X and LL. This is actually a bundle of 6 of Sharp Mountain games - Gambler, Alien Elves, Forest Gnome, Paladins of Space, Carven (think wooden smurfs) and Wanderwood (treants). $3.

Untold Adventures (Sword & Wizardry) -  My gosh! Another version of Swords & Wizardry! And this one is even lighter and easier. Who'd ever thought we'd see one of those? At least it's PWYW so you can see how it compares to the 843 other "lighter" versions of S&W.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 5-25-18 -  Underground cave-lake. $1.

PWYW Stock Art - Arabian Thief on Flying Carpet - Ironically, this probably violates his "May not appear in Works deemed racist, sexist, or similarly offensive works" merely by its stereotype, but it's a pretty nice piece of art.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ghosts The Incorporeal Undead Review — This must be what a sage's treatise is like


One of the staples of the RPG industry since about 1990 or so is the "sourcebook", basically one really detailed look at one aspect of the game (or setting), be it a class, a place, or a type of monster. Perhaps because of the rules light nature of the OSR, there really has not been much of this — a few books on cities, detailed looks at witches by that guy who really likes witches, and a few general supplements on magic.

Ghosts — The Incorporeal Undead from James Mishler & Jodi Moran-Mishler is another exception. It's one very detailed look at the ghost, or incorporeal undead, as monster. In many ways it reminds me of one of the Von Richten's Guides for Ravenloft 2e, but it's written in a much more casual, breezy style (and a number of jokes). Plus it's written for Labyrinth Lord and thus the old Basic/Expert D&D set as opposed to AD&D. (As I am mostly an AD&D guy I am not always familiar with D&D monsters and their differences.)

It essentially consists of three parts: different types of ghosts, once for every hit dice from 1 to 10, unique powers said ghosts might have, and various additional rules to deal with ghosts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 23rd, 2018

Bah, working on a couple reviews but can't quite seem to finish them, since I'm meh about either one. (Things are hard to review when you have no strong opinion about them and not getting paid for it).

Also somewhat notable is Boot Hill 3rd Edition is up on DTPRG. I guess it was 2nd edition we played back in the day, I'm not sure how different 3rd is. Previous editions were clunky, but worked really well in play.


Adventures


Delver's Keep -  I think it's an adventure and not just maps.  But at $9.99 and 28 pages, I'm not going to find out for sure.

Pyramid of the Lost King -  I think this actually came out last week and I missed it. But big adventure for S&W. $8, 106 pages

Pyramid of the Lost King Extra - The Howling Dolmens - Add on for above. $1 and 3 pages.

The Graydeep Marches - This is interesting, a smallish setting and 3 short adventures from Peter Schweighofer who worked at West End Games and did a lot of work on Star Wars D6. Definitely on my "to buy" list.  34 pages and $6.99

Rules


Demi-Human Adventurers -  Rules for playing race as class in S&W.  Why you'd want to, and if you did, you couldn't just use the LL rules (or other B/X clone) for free. 75 cents, 9 pages.

Non-Human Player Codex for Early Era  Fantasy Gaming -  I'm not sure what it is, sounds like it's a reference guide to the non human classes in Labyrinth Lord.  I'm not sure why you'd need this, much less pay $1.49 for it, nor do I think the B/X era is really "early", as it's basically 7 years after OD&D was first published and 3 since AD&D.

The OSR Chymist - This is a conversion of the Pathfinder alchemist class to OSR. I've read a number of Pathfinder novels and while most are dreadful, there's one series that features an alchemist that I quite enjoy and I wanted to convert that to OSR.  PWYW, 15 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 5-18-18 -  Looks like a heart shaped cave. $1

Nod 34 - John Stater's excellent zine continue, this time focused on Persia. 117 pages and $3.99  If there's a better value (besides free stuff) in the OSR (or even gaming), I don't know it.

RPG Presents #32 - $2.49 and 13 pages for info on his fantasy campaign. Bleh, I'm starting to think I should ignore him like the Filbar guy.

Infinibadger having 66% off sale

The quality of their products is pretty good, but the price seemed a bit high for what you get. Well, now it's more than worth it.

Most notably, they have two adventures and a book of character classes.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 16th, 2018

This weeks releases are sort of odd.

Adventures


Escape From Goblin Dungeon - I'm not a big fan of escape from prison modules. But if you are, here you go. $2, 21 pages.

Lethal Lairs: Red Dragon -  Lair for a red dragon, using BECMI rules. Which is odd, since BECMI dragons are tough, really tough. 9 pages, $1.99

Lethal Lairs: White Dragon - 9 pages. $1.99

The Darkness Beneath Dalentown -  Interesting looking adventure for 8-12 level S&W characters about a dwarven fortress that has gone to the slimes and oozes. 37 pages and $4.95. There is a free preview edition as well that is 15 pages

Wilderlands of High Fantasy: Color Maps -  The world from Judges Guild has apparently been re-drawn in great detail. This seems to be a labor of love type deal. PDF is $9.99, print poster is $14.99. Also includes PDF of the 24 page guidebook.

Wilderlands of High Fantasy: Revised Guidebook - If you just want the guidebook ($4.99), or if you want the print version ($5.99)

Misc


Ashdown: 100 Worlds for Starships & Spacemen 2e -  I'd think given the game is like what, 5 years old, you'd probably have liked this sort of thing several years ago, but eh. 12 pages, $2.50.

Friday Enhanced Map 5-11-18 - Cavern of some sort. $1

JH Illos Fantasy Stock Art Pack 1 -  About 60 different fantasy images (136 total) by Jeremy Hart for $5.95. Usually he sells them for $2 each but he has like 3-4 different variation of each image. So this is an amazingly good deal, as he's a pretty good artist. 

This pack (which I'm buying) includes "Hounds of Tindalos, Aliens (really just weird Humanoids), Assassins, Avengers, Balrogs, Barbarians, Blade Wraiths, Bleak Landscape, Bone Golem, Bruisers, Cerberans, Creepy Tentacle Monster, Cultists, Demons, Desert Environments, Devils, Dragons, Druids, Eidolons, more Environments, Exalted Inferno Mage, Fantasy Landscapes, Fauns and a Fighter with a Greatsword"

JH Illos Fantasy Stock Art Pack2 - As above, but has pictures of : Cyclops, Demons, Fighters, Flesh Golems, Gargoyles, Ghasts, Ghouls, Gladiators, Goblins, Golems, Great Scimitar Wielder, Halfling Paladin, Heavily Armored War Mage, Hobgoblin Amazon, Hooded Warrior with Greatsword, Hulking Powered Armor, Hunter, Imps, Invokers, Lepidopteran, Lemure, Lich, Living Constructs, Lizardman Magus, Marauders, Masked Sorcerers, Mercenaries, Merman, and Minotaurs.

Hydra #4 - Another issue of the OSR zine in the mysterious language (Bulgarian? Esperanto?) But priced in dollars as an even $2.49, 48 pages.

RPGPundit Presents #31: Medieval Authentic Tarot - I'm waiting for the one on medieval authentic hair care. 23 pages, $2.99

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Barbarian King Module now available

Or perhaps available again. Anyway, it's a print adventure module from the Fomalhaut guy, Gabor Lux

A 20-page adventure module for 4th to 6th level player characters, The Barbarian King pits the company against the ruined empire of the mountain barbarians... and the evil that still slumbers therein! This gloomy wilderness and dungeon scenario features deals with malevolent and ultra-powerful spirits, the burial places of a now defeated people, shadowy hosts and deadly traps.
First published in 2002 as a standalone mini-module, this edition has been re-edited for easy use, and includes illustrations by Matthew Ray, Stefan Poag and Denis McCarthy.

When I first got back into the OSR, I almost exclusively bought print stuff, but lately I've gotten lazy and just go with PDF. This (and $6) will also get you a PDF when it's eventually released.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 9th, 2018

There seems to have been no spring this year, it has gone from winter/cold (having to run the furnace) to summer/hot (having to run the AC). And the armadillos are back. They are so creepy. They sounds weird, too, like Styrofoam rubbing together

Adventures


Deadly Encounters 1: Chamber of the Serpent -  From New Realms comes this low level generic adventure. $5, 13 pages

Frostbury: The Lost City - A new short adventure from Sharp Mountain Games for Labyrinth Lord, characters 3 to 6, about rescuing a halfling from said lost city.  22 pages  $2.50

Rules


Avremier: Supplement 0 -  Additional rules for OD&D, apparently the first book of five.. 84 pages, $6.99

Bestiary of the Rosewood Highlands - Compilation of the critters from the Roseland Highland modules for S&W. 60 pages and FREE

RPGPundit Presents #30: Adventures in the Twilight Realm of the Fae  - Supposedly a "medieval authentic" version of faeries and such, but I am skeptical that even existed. 21 pages, $2.99 

Misc


Appendix D: Art Pack - To be honest, this art is pretty awful. But it's also pretty cheap, like 30 images, both color and B&W versions, for $4.99, and the quick preview lets you see all of them.

Echoes from Fomalhaut #1: Beware the Beekeeper -  Fanzine from Gabor Lux and his group (I guess) about his excellent Fomalhaut setting.  44 pages, $6

Friday Enhanced Map 5-4-18 -  Underground lake and caves. $1

Sunday, May 6, 2018

New Maximum Mayhem Kickstarter — Palace of the Dragon's Princess


To me, the Maximum Mayhem modules represent what Lamentations of the Flame Princess should have been: gonzo, over the top, campy even, but not pretentious or artsy. And best of all, it's for 1E/OSRIC

It's a bit pricey at higher levels ($220 for a boxed set of all 5 of their adventures plus their monster book) but $10 for a PDF isn't bad, given the original artwork

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 2nd, 2018

One of the troubles with the current sale is I can't find anything I really want to buy. I keep looking at the Advanced Adventures stuff, but even on sale it's overpriced because most of them are crap (though maybe things have gotten better without Alphonso Warden). The AS&SH adventures are also surprisingly bad and now even the art is awful, with that comic book look.

So much else is for low levels and/or written for 0e or B/X, while characters in my 1e game are 7th-8th. Obviously I can upscale, but at a certain point it's easier just to buy a map and stock it myself.

Adventures


The Hall of the Gnome King -  For S&W which doesn't have gnomes, so I'm not sure what to expect from this.. 28 pages, $1.99

Tomb of the Lovelorn - Danish low level LL adventure, now in English. $1.95 and 19 pages, previous modules in the series are apparently discounting due to the sale, but not this.  110 pages, $10

Rules


Malevolent & Benign II -  150 new 1e monsters. The first one was a compilation of monsters from the first 20 or so Advanced Adventures modules, plus some 3e conversions, presumably this is the same. .

SR3 Knightly Tournaments -  Rules for jousting. 22 pages, $7.50

The Little Book of Adventuring Classes Vol 1 - This seems to bring 3.x style racial prestige classes (though not the actual 3.x classes) to S&W, only I guess as base classes.  "Dwarven Bloodstormer"? Ugh.  44 pages, $2.99

Warriors of the Lost Planet -  Guidelines for adapting the excellent Warriors of the Red Planet to Tekumel. Free

Misc


Castle Oldskull Mega Bundle 2 -  Millions of random tables of gibberish for only $51.73, all in very large type so each table takes 15 pages. I sometimes think these are parody products.

RPGPundit Presents #29 - The Azure Order of Wizards - I have no idea, probably makes sense if you are a fan of his. 12 pages, $1.99. I also sometimes think these are parody products.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Big May sale at DTRPG/RPGNow

Well, big in the expansive sense, not really deep discounts, seemingly only 20%. They call it a "D&D sale"

OSR participants include:  Expeditious Retreat Press (Advanced Adventures)  , Grey Fey (a bird adventure),  A. Hagen  (LL sourcebooks),  OSR Dan (sourcebooks for LL),  Dark Naga (adventures), Three Sages (a couple of nice adventures), Splintered Realms, Hawk Wolf (2e sourcebooks) ,  Gallant Knight (the aborted Adventures in the East Mark set and Mazes & Perils adventures),  Okumart (Gramma World and some adventures) and Infinibadger Press

Possibly more, but those are the companies whose work I have is on my wishlist.

One is some of James Mishler's stuff which is generally quite reasonable to begin with.

Another is Sine Nomine whose stuff I already have.  Usherwood makes OSRIC sourcebooks/adventures. And Jeff Dee's Unigames has two very short adventures which probably leave "more OSR Than thoug" types aghast at the amount of treasure, but accurately represents actual old school design.

Lastly,  Spes Magna Games is having a 25% off sale all month in honor of the guy's wedding anniversary.  He has a number of adventures and some misc stuff.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 25th, 2018

Spring might actually finally be arriving, with forecasts of actual 70 degree weather, which hopefully will give me a chance to read and review more stuff (since I usually do reading on a tablet outside at night, which I can't really do when it's cold)

Official


Dawn of the Emperors Boxed Set -  Or rather, I think it's just now available in POD form. I picked this up (it's the last of the Known World Gazetteers for B/X or BEMCI) ages ago for like $5 on ebay.  Now it's $9.99 for pdf for $25 ish for print versions

Has very simple rules for creating big magic items, like flying ships and short adventure hooks about the flying fantasy version of The Love Boat.

Adventures


Those Dam Goblins (Revised) - I guess a multi-system version (LL and BECMI) of a previous adventure (1e/OSRIC, I think) involving goblins wanting revenge for a beaver attack.   37 pages, $6

The Shrine of Fallen Angels -   Looks like a more detailed location originally in some hex crawl. For S&W. 19 pages, $1.99

Rules


0e Monsters of Jordoba -  Sounds like a Jamaican-Mexican restaurant, but I guess is a setting? Anyway, 3 monsters for $1 (and 7 pages).

Divinities and Cults Vol III -  I might actually get this, it's a LL book about clerics of "7 Mesopotamian and 7 Egyptian gods and goddesses, including Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Ishtar, Marduk, Nanna, Utu, Anubis, Bast, Horus, Isis, Osiris, Ra, and Thoth" plus some evil cults (Nergal, Set, Apep, Dagon, and Tiamat) and has original art.

On the other hand, it's a bit pricey at $6.99 and 44 pages and the artist is IMHO the worst working RPG artist, OSR or otherwise.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 4-20-18 -  Eschewing the obvious theme, this seems to be a dungeon that has been partially flooded or suffered from the ravages of time. $1

Hydra #3 - Some sort of Scandinavian  OSR zine/. 52 pages, $2.49

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 18th, 2018

Looks like a number of GaryCon modules have hit the store, though they now seem to be unpurchaseable.

Adventures


Kill Marquessa -  I was going to buy this one before it got disable  A GaryCon adventure inspired by the evil elf chick from A2, who is a recurring villainess in my game. Or her clones/duplicates are. TBD

Narvon's Sinister Stair -  16 page adventure for 2nd-4th level characters about an evil temple or something. Isometric maps  $2

In Gnomeine Septem - A GaryCon adventure where everyone is a gnome? TBD

The Midnight Duke - Adventure from the RPGPundit, 15 pages, $2.99

Zavod - Adventure from GaryCon about rescuing rust monsters.  TBD

Rules


Castle Oldskull - 333 Realms of Entropy -  More oldskull random tables. $2.99 and 153 pages

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 4-13-18 -  Ruins of an abbey or something in a swamp. $1

Monday, April 16, 2018

Big sale on old AD&D CRPGs at Good Old Games

While not exactly pricey to start with, they are even cheaper for the next week.

FR Collection One with the Eye of Beholder Games for $1.99

FR Collection Two with the FR Gold Box games for $1.99: Pools of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Secret of the Silver Blades, Pools of Darkness, Unlimited Adventures (FRUA, the one that let you make your own games), and the two Savage Frontier games which was like the start of a second series but I guess never got anywhere since by that time people have moved on from them (I know I did)

It includes the manual and hint books so even if you don't plan on playing them, they are still kinda worthwhile to read.

There's a 3rd collection of FR games (only Menzowhatzerit and Dungeon Hack)

Icewind Dale Enhanced Edtion, while for 2e is an okay hack and slash game and is $3.99

Also 2e, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 are also $4.99 each

The Krynn/Dragonlance games aren't on sale.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 11th, 2018

A handful of adventures this week.

Adventures


12 Days of Dadi'Van -  Dwarves Need Women appears to the premise for this S&W module. 29 pages and $2.50

A2 The Tomb of Azar Mor"Journey to the Tomb of Azar Mor and recover the Eye of the Griffon before the village of Wardstone is destroyed."  Low level generic OSR adventure, 9 pages, $2.99

DP2 The Bishop's Secret -  Besides an obvious joke, it's seemingly a White Box adventure for characters 4th to 6th. 11 pages, $2.99

Rules


Dungeon Delving Undying Light Edition PWYW version -  PWYW of the recomplicated version of the simplified White Box game. 36 pages, PWYW

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 4-6-18 -  Has a room shaped like Lisa Simpson. Must be a torture chamber.  $1

Medieval Female Art 1 -  Including this because it's a fantastic deal for 10 hand drawn, B&W fantasy female portraits for $1.99. It's a great alternative to the free 100 Terrible Character portraits or the Elmore clip art for portraits

RPGPundt Presents #27: Domain Management and Mass Combat - Over on his site, he says this was taken mostly from Dark Albion, but the rules there seem sketchy at best. 23 pages, $2.99

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 4th, 2018

Had to work in the freezing rain (isn't it Spring?) over the weekend and I seem to have come down with something.

Adventures


The Argentine Connection -  3rd party adventure for Operation WhiteBox and apparently includes rules for weird war. 24 pages plus VTT map, $1.95

Rules


Dungeon Delving Undying Light Edition -  Based on the (even more) dumbed down version of S&W, S&W Continual Light, but then apparently with stuff added on to it so it's less dumbed down?

It's like the all the White Box supplements added the stuff to White Box that White Box took away from S&W Complete.   96 pages, $3.99

Misc

Black Dogs #3 - LotFP 'zine.  50 pages, $3

Friday Enhanced Map 3-30-18 -  $1

Przygoda - Cienie Duskpass - I don't know what this is as it seems to be in a non-German or Latin language and thus it's incomprehensible. But it's for the OSR. PWYW, 5 pages.

RPGPundit Presents: Mutant Hordes of the Something or other - $2.99 and 16 pages of mutants

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Fallen Abbey Review






Creation's Edge has put out a very large number of modules (something like 35) for Swords & Wizardry (and White Star), mostly small unconnected series that start at level 1-3 in the first module, then work all the way up to levels 9-11. They are nice if you need a mini-dungeon for a session. As I run a 1st edition based game and have a party around 5th to 7th level, I tend to only buy the ones that are at the high end, as is the case here with G9: The Fallen Abbey.

The premise is a bit at odds with D&D game rules. Basically a famed paladin was given a powerful warhammer by his god to help him slay demons, but was cut short in his career by a dragon. Instead of that god's followers simply casting raise dead (which is even more common in OD&D than AD&D), a sect of druids decided to enshrine him and his belongings in an abbey. But then that abbey was attacked by demons (thus the title) and presumably it's up to the PCs to clean it out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 27th, 2018

DTRPG is still acting screwing for me. No pop up with system information when I hover over a title, previews take me back to the main page.  I dunno if it's me or what, they've never liked my internet.

Looks like the new version of Top Secret is out. I was more a James Bond fan myself


Official

Dragonlance Classics Volume 1 - I think this was always up, just now available in print.

Adventures
A1 The Oracle of Basylthor -  Low level adventure about the owner of Fjordy Towers, 8 pages, $2.95

Off the Beaten Path - Forest Excursions -  Short encounters, hopefully with at least one involving F Troop. 32 pages, $5

Rules


Castle Oldskull - Sword & Sorcery Volume 1 -  Looks like he's decided to make his own rules. $4.99 and 345 pages (though probably 150 normal sized pages)

Magic Madness 4: Spells for OSR Games - 30 spells, 37 pages, $2.50

Monsters of Mayhem #1 - Presumably this collects the monsters (and art) from the first few Maximum Mayhem Dungeon modules. 36 pages< $10.

Misc


Black Pudding #4 -  JV West's neat 'zine for LL Probably one of the funnest OSR product lines around. PWYW, 24 pages.

Free 1st Edition Style Character Sheets -  Maximum Mayhem style.

Friday Enhanced Map 3-23-18 - Ties in to last week's $1

RPGPundit Presents: The Door of Many Gates -  $2.99, 20 pages


Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Last Candle Review — A French flavored Keep on the Borderlands

 The Last Candle from Chubby Funster is part mini-setting, part dungeon. Unlike most such things that have something of a generic but vaguely English medieval/fantasy theme, this one has a French flavor, reminding me of Clark Ashton Smith's Averoigne (which of course was used for X2 Castle Amber) and C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry.

Essentially though, you get a brief sketch of the region and a somewhat more detailed look at a priory (basically an abbey or monastery), the "last candle" of the module's title, as it's the last bastion of a psuedo-Christian like faith. This place is apparently meant to be the home base for the characters while they explore/loot the local dungeon (described in the last part of the module), the Eagle's Eye. Then there are several pages of adventure hooks and wilderness encounters