Saturday, November 17, 2018

RIP William Goldman




Author of the Princess Bride, which is one of my favorite novels. I first read it in college, it was sort of an in-joke thing with my friends freshman year.  The movie is good, but not nearly as good as the book, which is punctuated with jokes in parentheses.

The soundtrack is also really good. By Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits.

Perhaps released a bit too late (as a movie) to influence D&D, but I can think of at least half a dozen R.O.U.S. references in OSR products. So I know I'm not the only fan.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

One week from Black Friday (aka Thanksgiving) and we're getting 7 inches of snow.  Usually Winter doesn't hit here in St. Louis until the 2nd week of December, but this year we skipped Fall, apparently.

Rules


B/X Ascending for B/X Essentials -  Sounds like it's a B/X take on 3rd edition (or vice-versa). Or maybe 5th edition. But definitely not 4th. $2.99 and 65 pages

d240 NPC Careers -  Not something you'd think is OSR, but apparently is. PWYW list of careers for NPCs, with rules for skills. 7 pages

Ford's Faeries - Already mentioned, free bestiary inspired by Henry Justice Ford

RPPP #54 - Medieval College Adventures -  This is background and rules for colleges for Lion & Dragon and Dark Albion. One of my favorite historical mystery series is set at medieval Oxford (by Susannah Gregory) and they make Animal House look Sunday School.  $2.99 and 21 pages

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 11-09-2018 - Big cave. $1

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ford's Faeries, a bestiary inpsired by the art of Henry Justice Ford is now available for free

That's a long subject line.

But essentially he was the premier fantasy illustrator of his day, that being the late Victorian era to the mid 1920s.  His work for Tales of King Arthur is probably the best remembered, but he also illustrated the many "Fairy" books by Andrew Lang and a ton of other stuff

His work was a pretty big inspiration for the look of knights in armor and the look of early D&D art.

Anyway, apparently people on Google+ (which I could never figure out how to use) decided to make a monster book based on his illustrations and make it available for free

Thursday, November 8, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — November 8th, 2018

Almost forgot this was Thursday. Last week was a lot of modules, this week has a lesser number but continues the (positive, to my way of thinking) trend.

Adventures


S1 The Almost Thief -  Creation's Edge is back with presumably the first in a new line of S&W modules. If like past efforts, they start at 1-3 (as this does) and each succeeding module is for one level higher.  $1.50 and 14 pages.

The Keep of the Broken Saint -  Adventure for S&W, character levels 8 to 10. 40 pages, $3.99

Tomb of the Frost-Walker -  Small (16 rooms) but apparently time consuming dungeon (10 hours?) for low level characters. $2, 11 pages.

XQ1 The Castle that Fell from the Sky - Well, wouldn't have fallen from the ground. Low-ish level module for 3rd to 5th level Oe characters. I wasn't overly impressed by the first Scribes of Sparn module, but this has a different author. $5.75 and 52 pages

Rules


I think this is a record, we've gone months without someone posting their S&W house rules.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 11-2-18 - His recent maps fit together, this seems to be the hub. $1

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Ice Kingdoms Kickstarter for OSRIC/For Gold & Glory

Seems like a setting plus adventure(s). Personally, I dislike ice and cold weather, but if you do, or if you want something inspired by such, it seems a pretty good deal. $20 gets you several PDFs.

It's already funded with a surprisingly low total given the apparent quality.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — November 1st, 2018

Was busy trying to finish up RL2 The Charnel Pits of Reynaldo Lazendry for Halloween. I did, but then my internet went down. Finally came back up right as as I was going to bed. Honestly, probably not 100% finished, but most of its been sitting on my hard drive for years and I figured might as well kick it out.

Looks like I wasn't the only one, as there are a ton of other adventures released this week.

And in other news, I've been playing Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark for the PC. It is basically a Tactics Ogre / Final Fantasy Tactics tribute game. Beyond that, it's very well done.

Adventures


Standoff at Sandfell Sea Fort -  From Malrex and the Merciless Merchants comes this module for levels 4 to 7. 24 pages and $5 (mostly because he uses a gigantic amount of stock art, 92 megabytes for 24 pages...)

Campfire Tale  - for LL and a game that shall not be named.  11 pages, $1.50

RPGPP The Ladystone -  A "Medieval Authentic" about some supposed lady's naughty bits. $2.49, 15 pages.

SO10 The Pumpkin Man -  For levels 4 to 6. 20 p[ages, $5

The Dungeons of Grimhold Keep, Level One -  Low level dungeon for LL from New Realms. He sure has gotten a lot of use from that LJP stock art set.  $5.95 and 15 pages.

The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull - From BRW games comes this 3rd to 4th level adventure about the tomb of a pirate king. 10 pages, $2.49

Tomb of the Serpent Kings -  Low level OSR adventure about where Hollywood execs are buried. Free, 25 pages.

What Ho, Frog Demons - Another Slumbering Ursine Dunes modules, which always reminds me of the Raymond Chandler observation that flipness is not wit. 112 pages, $12

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — October 25th, 2016

With Halloween coming up, they are having a Halloween sale, 31% off. However, almost nothing on my wish list is discounted, so I guess not many companies are participating.

Also sort of Halloween related, apparently someone found the original, full length (or longer) version of Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr. (aka the basis for the movie The Thing) and Wildside Press is doing a Kickstarter to publish it.  I backed it at the ebook level, I first came across it as a kid in the 70s as part of a comic book adaption in a short lived series called "StarStream"

Adventures


Tomb of the Iron God -  I guess a new version of the overrated S&W adventure.  52 pages, $5.99

Witchburner -  Seemingly artsy adventure from Hydra Collective. $13 and 68 pages. Apparently there's a demo version for free

Rules


Pathfinder Technical Manual For Starships & Spacemen 2e -  Probably not actually rules, as it's mostly a map and a ship for players to use in that game, I guess. $3, 25 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 10-26-18 - Part cavern, part dungeon. $1

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Realms Beyond — Gold Box (sort of) inspired CRPG on Kickstarter



I am terrible at embedding KSes, but anyway, Realms Beyond is a CRPG sort of inspired by the Gold Box games. At least it mentions them and the box it comes in (if you get physical) looks like one. On the other hand, it also mentions Realms of Arkana, a game which I literally threw out my window after my party died after losing all their shoes while crossing a mountain, causing damage every time they moved.

In Realms Beyond, you will find the tactical turn-based combat of the Gold Box Games, Temple of Elemental Evil and Dark Sun, the world exploration and camp management of Realms of Arkania, the interactivity and living world of Ultima, the choice-driven quests and reactivity of Fallout and Arcanum, and the rich NPC interaction of Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment, along with fresh new features that haven’t been seen before in the genre.

Looks mostly like Temple of Elemental Evil (the CRPG) and it will be using the 3.5 SRD, so not too old school, but IMHO, more old school than 5e

Friday, October 19, 2018

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

Not too busy this week


Adventures


Highdark Hall -  This is apparently a gothic adventure for some gothic RPG that seems to be OSR. $3.99 and 87 pages.

Rules


RPPP #50 - Archer Class for Lion & Dragon -  Apparently no claim of it being "medieval authentic" though. 99 cents, 5 pages.

The Chaos Gods come to Meatlandia - Vivimancer Edition - Eh? $9.99 and 80 pages.

The Witch for Swords & Wizardry White Box -  $4.99 and 120 pages, which I think is almost as long as White Box itself.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 10-19-2018 -  Looks like a small-ish dungeon that has been built into a cave passage. $1

Through Ultan's Door Issue 1 - Looks like a gonzo style 'zine. 40 pages, $5

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Book and the Spring Review — Sumerian Sandbox for First Edition





 The Book and The Spring is a mid level module for 1st Edition, though it seemingly borrows a bit from Adventures Dark and Deep, the idea of different monsters having different types of hit dice (d4 for small ones, up d12 for large ones). It's from Christopher Letzelter and his Anachronistes Press and is a bit unusual for two reasons. Firstly, it's mostly inspired by Sumerian culture, and secondly, it's split into two separate products — the module itself, and the map/supplement book.

I suppose it's also a bit unusual in the premise, which seems like the second half of the adventure (or campaign, even). The PCs are tasked with destroying an evil artifact, a book, by submersing it in a holy spring. However, the spring has dried up thanks to a magical curse by an evil king, now undead. But they can't kill him until they open his tomb, which requires finding keys.

Thankfully that can easily be ignored, since essentially you have a small sandbox setting with several sites for the PCs to explore, though three in particular are the largest and most detailed: A ruined palace, a tomb, and the ruins of a hanging gardens style structure. Each room is given a physical description, sometimes quite lengthy and often includes dimensions (which some people like but others seem to hate).

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

Apparently we skipped Fall and went straight to Winter, with a high in the 40s.

Bought last week's The Book and The Spring. Should have a review next week. But it's pretty nice. Also started working (again) on RL2 The Charnel Pits of Reynaldo Lazendry with the hopes of having it done by Halloween.  It's surprisingly slow turning notes from your game into a module.

(Also for some reason, spellcheckers don't like charnel). 

Official


Gamma World 1e -  This is actually the only version I've played, back in the day. $9.99 for the PDF and $19.99 for the softcover. Kinda expensive given the size of the book (64 pages) but apparently includes a map.

Adventures


Murder Knights of Covendark - At first the name made me wince, but apparently they are like crow knights (a flock of crows is called a murder) so it's actually pretty clever.  For 4th level characters, 48 pages, $5.29 

SO9 Down the Wishing Well -  Single character adventure for low levels. 28 pages, $5

Rules


Jarkoon - Adventures on Planet X! -  Sword & Planet hack of S&W. 20 pages, $3

Misc


Conspiracy Theories #1 - Zine for the Dark Places & Demogorgons game of 80s horror. 28 pages, $2.99

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Free Adventure — The Beholder Contracts


The Beholder Contracts (free at DTRPG/RPGNow) by David Whiteland/DWK Games is not about the eye monsters, but more literal. It's a very interesting twist on the "person hires characters to retrieve object" trope. Apparently it was first published in the 1980s in a magazine (don't know which) but has been revised and re-laid out.

It's for 1e and makes some references to the diseases tables, but should work with most OSR games.  Very much worth checking out.

Friday, October 5, 2018

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

Fairly busy week.  The previously posted Bruce Heard kickstarter has gone live and is almost funded as I write, $7800 of the $8000 goal.

Adventures


The Book and the Spring -  This seems to be a Mesopotamian themed adventure for 1e, but it seems to be spit into the encounter book (which is $5.99 and 52 pages) and maps for $2.99 (and 36 pages)

The Hidden Hand of the Horla -  1st to 3rd level adventure for one of the many 100s of S&W house rule games. 22 pages, PWYW.  (Also, I'm not sure why a guy/company who does OD&D adventures names itself after an appendix in the 1e DMG)

Rules


Bloodbath Bunnies -  The author was trying too hard to be funny in the description and I'm not sure what this is exactly. 99 cents though and from the author of the Oldskull stuff, so the 30 pages might have 5 pages of actual content.

Blood & Treasure 2nd Edition Monsters - I was a big fan of the original B&T. But the 2nd edition was just another re-skin of S&W among the many other 100s that are out there and was a huge disappointment to me.  Still, 500 new monsters. $9.99

Cleric Turns for Labyrinth Lord - Because for some, rolling 2d6 and looking at a chart is harder than an automated PDF. PWYW

Dark Places & Demogorgons - The Ghost Hunter's Handbook -  Adds new classes and more to the modern horror game. $4.99 and 60 pages.

The Oneiromancer  - New character class for S&W whose powers revolve around dreams. Wait, that's useless you say, but sleep is one of his spells, so maybe not. Also seems to cast illusionist spells, which is a bit odd, but eh. PWYW and 5 pages.

Misc

 

Deities and Personalities of DarkMoore -  Free setting info about the DarkMoore setting.

Friday Enhanced Map 9-28-18 -  Dungeon/Temple/Cave looking thing. $1

PM6 Expert Monsters Set 2 -  Paper miniatures of the monsters from H to W in the BECMI expert set. 25 pages and $3

RPGPP#48 3 Occult Killer Antagonists - 3 apparently medieval authentic serial killers for Lion & Dragon. 19 pages, $2.99

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm Review — Killer Dungeon That is More Smoke Than Sizzle

Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm is the 2nd module in the Dungeon Delve series, which I've until now overlooked (I don't follow social media much anymore, to be honest, so presumably missed any announcement). It's a high-ish level adventure, 10th to 14th levels, written by R. Nelson Bailey for First Edition. Apparently it was originally Kickstarted and so contains entirely new original art, which also explains the price tag of $9.99 and 32 pages for the PDF. Notably, it includes art by by the Fiend Folio guy, Russ Nicholson*.

It has no real plot, other than a dragon has been extorting a kingdom for a while now and is getting tired of it. So if the PCs would go and kill it, it would be greatly appreciated. The dragon has built a mid sized (by today's standards) 3 level, 40-ish keyed encounters dungeon to protect her wealth and herself, filled with traps, tricks, and her flunkies, wit the last level being her lair proper.

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Calidar Kickstarter coming tomorrow


Calidar being the new world by Bruce Heard of Mystara/Princess Ark fan and something that has exceeded my expectations as a new creation.

The next product will be a gazetteer about a wizard/demon infested province. The Kickstarter will be up tomorrow (and I'll update this) but the preview is up now

Friday, September 28, 2018

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

I've been playing Hero-U. I mostly like it, but I don't like the time limit. In RPGs and adventure games I like to take my time.

Anyway, pretty slow week, RPG-wise in general.

Official


BH2 Lost Conquistador Mine -  Boot Hill module now in print for $9.99, or PDF for $4.99. 37 pages.

Adventures


In the Depths of EldHeim -  Either German granny porn or about Dwarves.  $5, 15 pages.

Rules


B/X Essentials: Adventures & Treasure Plain Text Edition - Free

Lies & Spies X! -  S&W hack for spies. 15 pages, $2.50

Microlite78 First Edition Lite (2nd edition) - This is the art free version of the game, PWYW

Screaming Seas X! - S&W hack for pirates. 18 pages, $2.50

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 9-28-2018 - Half cavern, half-dungeon $1

History & Geography of DarkMoore -  Because "Greymoor" was already take, I guess. Free campaign setting

Terry Herc's Mega Art Pack - 100 Architecture pictures -  Old drawings of buildings. PWYW.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Malevolent & Benign II Review — Solid Monster Collection





Malevolent & Benign II is the second monster book from Expeditious Retreat Press for OSRIC/1e featuring 150 new monsters. It could be more accurately called "Mostly Malevolent" since as in most monster books, it's mostly stuff for the player characters to kill. As with the first volume, it collects many of the monsters from their Advanced Adventures line of modules, though the bulk are original to the volume.

Each entry consists of the statblock (which lists chances for treasure by name, not letter code), then "General Information" (which includes special attacks and such), then "Languages", "Physical Description", and then "Variants", though sometimes the 2nd and 4th are omitted where they aren't applicable. I have seen similar formats, but it always makes more sense to me if the physical description of the monster are first, because it helps to visualize it while reading about the attacks and such.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hero-U on sale for 35% off on Steam

Hero U being the new computer game from the Coles, who made the Quest for Glory games for Sierra, the RPG/Adventure game hybrids.  Corey Cole also wrote a D&D adventure for Judges Guild back in the day.

It's sort of in the vein of the QFG games. It went through a lot of development, a couple kickstarters, and apparently they mortgaged their house.  I felt guilty about not buying it at full price $35, but at 35% off, it's now only $22

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

Sigh. Just when I had enough money to get my truck's muffler fixed, I develop a problem with its brakes.  Still I do have some savings, so not that bad a time. But it's annoying living in a rural area, you are so completely dependent on having a vehicle, because even the closest store is 6 miles away with no sidewalks, so impossible to walk (or bike) to.

Adventures


Mim's Recreation Garden -  Short dungeon for low level characters. 20 pages, $5.89 but apparently illustrated.

Rules


B/X Essentials: Adventures & Treasures -  The 5th B/X Essentials book contains magic items. $3.99 and 48 pages.  (I'm not sure how turning a 2 book game into 5 books streamlines things)

Microlite78 First Edition Lite -  This is actually the 2nd edition of Microlite78 which is one of my favorite versions of Microlite. It's sort of 1e with a lot of modern improvements/changes (though some like wound points were actually old school first appearing in an early White Dwarf). This version now includes the bard and barbarian. 236 pages, $7.50

RPGPP #46 - Courtiers, Priests, Sages, and Craftsmen -  4 new classes for Lion & Dragon, but I really don't think "sages" are medieval authentic because it doesn't really seem to have been a word until the 14th century and that's almost the end of medieval times. 7 pages, $1.99

Terror Tales X! - Pulp horror hack of S&W. 21 pages, $3.50

The Eerie West X! -  Weird west hack of S&W. 19 pages, $2.50

Uncanny War Stories X! - Wasn't this from last week? But S&W rules for Weird War, I guess. 19 pages, $2.50

Misc


Back to BasiX #6 - New monsters, spells, short encounter, comic strip, and an interview with Mike Carr whose B1 is overlooked unfairly, IMHO. 22 pages, $2

Friday Enhanced Map 9-21-18 -  Neat looking underground temple complex. $1

Midderzine Issue 1 - Zine about the S&W Midderlands setting. $3.98 and 24 pages.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rogue Genius Games having a half off stock art sale

For people who make DIY modules (like me), stock art can be expensive. I've used a lot of Rogue Genius's stuff, as they are pretty cheap to begin with and fairly decent quality. But now they've gone from $1.95 to 98 cents.

It's nice too, as you get a color and black & white version.

The main artist, Jacob Blackmon has covered a lot of the traditional D&D monsters, plus more outlandish, space, and modern stuff.

On the downside, their art comes in PDFs. I have never been able to copy and paste from them, they always appear weird in my paint program, no matter what I use.

However, I take them to Free online PDF Extractor and they come out okay

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.