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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 20th, 2018

Either a slow week or DTRPG is acting nutso. Not much stuff period

Adventures


The Gardens of Ynn -  A "point crawl" involving a weird garden. Basically LofFP style artsy gibberish - random table and such, not a keyed adventure or anything. Still, at $3 and 79 pages, it's not particularly expensive gibberish.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 3-16-18 -  Half castle, half cave. $1

RPGPundit Presents 24: History and Rule of the Clerica Order - Speaking of gibberish. 19 pages, $2.99

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 13th, 2018

Looks like the new version of TORG is out. I remember buying the original boxed set back in the day, but the game seemed designed to sell splatbooks, one for each cosm or whatever its called.

Official


The World of Greyhawk (Folio) -  To me, the best part of this was and is the map.  I think it's always been up as PDF, but now has a POD option. Dunno if that's just for the folio or the map.

Adventures


Frostbitten and Mutilated -  More a sourcebook than adventure, for LotFP (kinda obvious from the title) and by Zak S.  144 pages and $12.99

One Page Dungeon Compendium: 2011 - $3, 70 pages

Quests of Doom 4: War of Shadows - This seems to be a sequel to some of the 412 Quest of Dooms 4 adventures, but I'm not sure which ones since they aren't numbered. $7.99 and 36 pages

Saving Sujeira's Soul -  This is a historical adventure set in 1400s Portugal which interests me because my grandmother was Portuguese. 20 pages, $2.98, written for 3e but with conversion notes for OSR

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 3-9-2018 -  New named for his enhanced version of his friday freebie map. $1

RPGPundit Presents #23: Uncanny Creatures and Objects -  17 pages, $2.99

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Print Edition of the 1st Issue of Echoes from Fomalhaut

If you've read Fight On! or other OSR zines, you have probably come across some Fomalhaut adventures by Melan. As Fomalhaut is a star system 25 light years away, that tells you it's a mix of fantasy and Sci-Fi, more the former, a lot like Tekumel.  He does a good job of making it strange, but not stupid or silly

Anyway, he's started a 'zine dedicated to it and the first issue is now available  for $8 + shipping

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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


DTRPG/RPGNow is having their GM's Sale, lots of stuff 33% off.  Most notably Northwind AdventuresBeyond the Wall, Bruce Heard , and Expeditious Retreat Press (Advanced Adventures for Osric), Gallant Knight (Mazes & Perils Deluxe)

Adventures


Quests of Doom 4: A Midnight Council of Quail -  I really don't understand this Quest of Doom numbering scheme. Why are they all 4? Why not 4.1, 4.2, 4.3? Or why not put them in one book/PDF instead of charging ridiculous amounts of money for them? 21 pages and $7.99

Quests of Doom 4: God of Ore -  I think his name is Ee. 33 pages, $7.99

Quests of Doom 4: In the Time of Shardfall - This might actually be good since it's by Michael Curtis. Still, $7.99 for 28 pages is out of my price range and it sounds sorta video-gamey (find 5 shards and destroy them, then kill the boss).

Quests of Doom 4: Pictures at an Exhibition -  I will be very disappointed if there's no Tarkus in this. Actually seems to be a real world adventure. $7.99 and 32 pages.

Quests of Doom 4: The Covered Bridge -  4th to 6th level adventure about a specter. 28 pages, $7.99

Rules


Dark Places & Demogorgons: Player Options and GM's Guide -  Add on book for the Strange Things inspired OSR-ish game. 125 pages, PWYW

Misc


RPGPundit Presents #22: 13 Cursed Artifacts - $1.99, 12 pages

Friday, March 2, 2018

GoFundMe for Kellri

If you've visited various OSR/old school D&D/AD&D forums you've probably come across or crossed paths with Kellri. He also put together several netbooks of tables and other random stuff on his blog

Well, apparently he's had a stroke and has started a GoFundMe to help pay for his medical bills and living expenses

He's an odd person, but he's one of us, so if you can spare anything, it would be helpful.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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

Lots of adventures this week, including one by Shane Ward

Adventures

 

Dark Places & Demogorgons Jeffersontown Survival Guide - Apparently it's for a game called Dark Places & Demogorgons which apparently came out in January and is an 80s horror RPG (I guess inspired by Stranger Things). Oops.   140 pages, $9.99

Dungeon of the Selenian Conclave -  Weird, I bought (and reviewed this) last year. But apparently it's being released by a new company and at twice the price. $4.00, 24 pages and a middling adventure.

Dusty Door - A Blueholme adventure from Shane Ward of the 3 Toadstools blog  12 Pages and PWYW

Quests of Doom 4: Between a Rock and a Hard Place -   7th level adventure about dwarves and hobgoblins. $7.99, 29 pages.

Quests of Doom 4: Desperation of Ivy -  Sounds like a soap opera episode, but seems to be a house crawl. By a pretty good author, though, Lance Hawersomething. For 3rd to 5th level characters, 24 pages, $7.99

RPGPundit Presents: Hecate's Tomb -  Sounds more like a mystery than a tomb crawl. 18 pages, $2.99

The Cracked Lantern - The 34th module from Creation's Edge games, this one is for 7th to 9th level characters. $1.50 and 11 pages.

Misc


Friday Freebie 2-23-18 -  A smaller dungeon this time. $1 for enhanced version

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dark Fantasy Basic Review — New School Meets Old School. Or Vice-versa.

One of the things I dislike about the OSR movement is the repetition of OD&D and B/X clones, simply republished with minimal house rules (sometimes not even that). Another thing I dislike is the tendency toward simpler characters with no special powers in the assertion that is more "old school" and how the game should be played. Yet the rapid proliferation of character classes in both official magazines and fanzines in the early days argues to the contrary.

Dark Fantasy Basic from Eric Diaz isn't just a rehash of OD&D or B/X, but takes an old school framework and uses concepts from more modern incarnations of the game, particularly 5th edition, but beyond that, new ideas. The basics are the same, character classes, traditional abilities scores (using the B/X scale for bonuses) but most of the details are quite different, and it allows a good deal of character customization without the bloat or paperwork of 3e.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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

Slowish week, though many of the products are rather pricey. 

Adventures

Quests of Doom 4: Awakenings -  1st to 3rd level S&W adventure from Frog God, presumably converted from 5e. 19 pages, $7.99

Quests of Doom 4: A Little Knowledge -5h level adventure. $7.99 and 29 pages.  By Tom Knauss, so presumably originally for 3rd edition.

SO7 Shrine of the Titans -  Apparently a giant (er, the tall humanoid) adventure, actually, not titan, but still probably for higher levels. 14 pages, $2.50

The Folio 16.6 Pirate Lords of the Dark Sargasso -  Side adventure for the Folio #16. $1.99 and 6 pages (yikes).

The Folio 16.6 The Ogre Magi of Jade Rock -  Side adventure for the Folio #16. $1.99 and 12 pages.

Rules

Keeps & Towers -  Very short (6 page) guide for costs and such. Probably covered in may old editions anyway. 99 cents.

Most Monsters  - I have to admit, this is a subject that hasn't really been covered. 10 pages, $1.99

Misc

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 2-16-18 -  Looks like an underground shopping mall or something. $1 for enhanced version.

RPGPundit Presents #20; The City of Arkhome 2 -  21 pages, $2.99

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New OSR Products @ RPGNow/DTRPG — February 13th, 2018

Somewhat interestingly someone has created a retroclone of the WEG Ghostbusters game and released an SRD for it.

Adventures

Advanced Adventures #39: The Dark Tower of Arcma -  Looks like it's time for another AA compilation! This module is for 6th to 10th level characters and involves them exploring a mysterious and odorous (oh wait, not aroma) dark tower. 14 pages, $7 which is a little pricey, but usually these have tiny print and are a good bang for the buck, even at a low page count.

Kidnap the Archpriest - He'd just cast Word of Recall, though.  $4.99 and 54 pages with a lot of background material

SO6: The Bloody Barrow - For levels 6 to 8. 28 pages, $7.50

Two OSR Dungeon Crawls -  This is much more imaginative than the name. While basically the author (John Battle) as just filled out keys to some of Dyson Logos's maps, he's done so rather creatively with a dungeon in a snow globe and a witch's dream. Worth a look, especially as it's PWYW. 29 pages.

Rules


Classes of Fantasy: Assassin -  Because playing 1e or 0e with Greyhawk is just too hard, I guess. PWYW

Classes of Fantasy: Gnome -  This might be interesting, though gnomes can be anything from tinkers to lawn protectors to tricksters. PWYW.

Classes of Fantasy: Treant - Seems like a treant character would be even more of a stick in the mud than a paladin. PWYW

Gregorious Notes on Weird Fantasy - More like a grab bag of stuff for LotFP.  9 pages, 50 cents

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 2-9-18 - Looks like an alchemists lab. $1 for enhanced version

RPGPundit Presents #19:  Frabulous Gonzo Robot Generator -  14 pages of silly robots $2.99

Wormskin Issue 8 - B/Xish zine from Gavin Norman, $4.99 and 44 pages.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sleeping Griffon Productions goes Pay What You Want

I recently reviewed one of their adventures, The Witches of Hagswallow and was intrigued by the rules it used, Battleaxes and Beasties so put it on my wishlist. And so looking to buy something else, I noticed it and the rest of his products are now all Pay What You Want

The above adventure is definitely worth a look. B&B isn't as interesting as I hoped it would be, it's basically another White Box rehash, but try it and make up your own mind.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One of the Merciless Merchants is making modules on Patreon

I don't follow Patreon much, much like I don't follow G+, Instagram, ham radio, the Kardashians, etc. I vaguely know they exist and are popular for reasons I don't grok, but I normally just let it filter in and out of my consciousness without it registering.

One on a while though something makes me notice and in this case, it's that Malrex, aka Aaron Fairbrook of the Merciless Merchants is now making modules on Patreon.

If you aren't familiar with them, they have released a small number of modules for the 2e retroclone For Gold and Glory. I reviewed one of them, Nevermore Mines, but have the rest. They are really quick good adventures (if a bit heavy on the stock art), not just interesting adventures to read, but ones you might actually run (which is kinda rare among OSR modules, IMHO).

Anyway, it's only a $1 a module and seems to put out one every month or two (hard to see how many he's made so far, 3 or 4 it seems) so worth a look if you like adventures. He's got a very good track record.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Issue 14 of & Magazine is out



Lots of zines, but this is about the only one that supports AD&D (or even OSRIC), and best of all, it's free



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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

A number of adventures from The Folio.  I am not a real fan of the Folio stuff because they are often railroady, but they are at least written with 1e/OSR in mind and then converted to 5e (usually with the author complaining about 5e being dumbed down) which is more than most multi-system adventures, even by supposed old school companies where they are written for Pathfinder/3.5 or 5e and back converted.

Adventures


The Folio #15: WS2 The Forgotten Plateau - Second module in the "White Ship" campaign, which is somewhat inspired by the Isle of Dread. Levels 3 to 5, 32 pages, $5.99

The Folio #15.5 The Ruins of Alaxar -  Adventure for 3-5 level characters involving a ruined pirate fortress. $1.99 and 8 pages

The Folio #15.6 Lost Among the Crystals - Follow up to above, only it seems the party's pet triceratops is having some sort of problem (as I said, a bit raidroady). 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio #16 WS3 Distant Turtle City - Continuing the White Ship adventures is a trip for 5th to 7th level character into the Orient, where the PCs must save a city. 32 pages, $5.99

The Folio #17 WS4 Samurai's Fall - While the 4th part of the WS series, it's pretty much standalone, a dungeon crawl set in an Asian castle. Inspired by B3. For levels 6 to 8. 36 pages, $5.99

Rules

B/X Advanced (no art) -  Want AD&D mashed with B/X? Well, here ya go. PWYW

B/X Essentials Cleric/Mu Spells No Art - Descriptions of the spells for B/X, in case LL wasn't good enough for you. Free

RPGPundit Presents #18: Advanced Authentic Medieval Astrology - I am skeptical that any astrology actually believed in astrology, but eh. $2.99

Misc


Dungeon Room Generator -  4 pages of tables. PWYW

Hydra #1 - This seems to be a Swedish OSR zine. Maybe. The text is sparse and not very helpful but it mentions OSR. 32 pages, $2.49


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Monsterarium Review — Two Handfuls of Monsters, One Handful That Is Useful


Monsterarium is a short monster book from Knight Owl Games, written by Ahimsa Kerp and illustrated (and written) by Nahid Taheri. Although usable in pretty much any OSR game, it's really meant for Lamentations of the Flame Princess and so the creatures tend to be low powered, with most hit dice being 5 or less.

The eighteen monsters are a mix of real work monsters from Persian folklore as well as some made up stuff and some re-imaging of existing monsters (the faun and night hag).  They are separated into two different sections, "Monsters" and "Creatures of the Wood", the first being likely encountered anywhere while the latter are in an enchanted forest type deal. Though there is some overlap, a "Peri" from Persian folklore is in the "Monsters" section, but its rules is in the "Creatures of the Wood" section.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

Some new systems this week. Although a couple are just B/X re-done.

Adventures


Beneath the Fallen Tower -  S&W Light introductory adventurer $2.99 and 26 pages.
 

RPGPundit Presents #17: The Hunters -  adventure for Dark Albion. 13 pages, $2.99

Rules


BX Advanced -  1e, without the hard stuff. How this is different than AEC for Labyrinth Lord, I dunno.  $9.95 and 228 pages

B/X Essentials: Cleric and Magic-User Spells -  Another case of LL apparently not being good enough, so let's reinvent the wheel to cash in. $4.99 and 34 pages.

O,S,& R: Oubliettes, Sorcery, and Reavers -  The description is somewhat patronizing and the price tag is high so I'm not touching it with the proverbial 10' pole, but apparently it's a hybrid old and modern game. $13, 134 pages

Non Human Player Codes for Swords & Wizardry Light -  Because every time a rules lighter than thou game comes out, there has to be rush of add-on products to cash in on the stuff removed from the game that people actually use.  PWYW

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 1-26-18 -  Neat dungeon level. Enhanced $1 version now includes zip of the raw maps

Hobbs & Friends of the OSR Issue 1 - "zine featuring an adventure. $4.95 and 32 pages.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

New Ethshar Novel from Lawrence Watt-Evans — Stone Unturned now out!

As part of getting old, I find a lot of modern versions of things really suck.  Rock music most notably (save for Greta Van Fleet). But also fantasy fiction, it's basically long boring epics or urban/romantic stuff.

Glen Cook and Lawrence Watt-Evans are basically the only two fantasy authors I still like who aren't dead. Sadly, both publish less and less, but the latter has just put out a new Ethshar novel, Stone Unturned, also available in hardback

Ethshar was originally based on his PBM game back in the early 1980s, but turned into a novel when a player asked him a question "What can a character do with a single spell?" which led to the novel "With a Single Spell"

Unlike a lot of other fantasy, the focus was typically on a normal person (even if they sometime happen to be wizards, they aren't major wizards but average ones), who is not really caught up in a major epic event, but something of a strange situation or problem.  In this case (have bought but not read it yet), a wizard who stumbles upon a bunch of petrified people and decided to unpetrify them.





The Ethshar novels were originally published as a paperback by a Del Rey (with covers by Darrell K. Sweet (though in once instance, the wrong cover was used), the type of quirky, personal, somewhat low key fantasy declined in popularity in favor of more epic or romantic stuff and he's had to write them basically just for fans and published by Wildside Press (which at this point seems little more than a vanity press)

Paratime Design updating its Enhanced Maps

Tim Hartin of Paratime Design is easily my favorite cartographer and has long offered enhanced version of his weekly free maps for  $1. The $1 version consisted of a pdf where you could toggle stuff on and off. While nice, they was perhaps less useful than it could be for people who want to use the maps for virtual table tops and such.

So he's going back and including zip files of the raw graphic files for all the maps. Starting with the most recent and going backwards.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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

Sort of a slow week. One interesting thing, the Talislanta books have popped up on there. Still free.
I had written a review this past week, then realized I was being a jerk in it, so tried writing it again, but it's much easier to write a review when you feel like ranting...


Adventures


Quests of Doom 4: Nightstone Keep -  I think we are slowly running out of ominous names for keeps. This one is a Swords & Wizardry adventure for 4th to 6th level characters from Ed Greenwood.  24 pages, $7.99

Temple of Domi - I'm hoping there is a Mr. Roboto in there, but probably not.  For higher level characters (10-12). 40 pags, $3.50

Rules


Low Fantasy Gaming RPG -  Have no idea how compatible it is with actual OSR stuff, but here you go. Free

Misc


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 1-19-18 -  A more complex dungeon than recent entries. $1 for enhanced version.

RPGPundit Presents #16: The Great City of Arkhome - I gott admit, I was skeptical he could keep this up for very long. But another issue of his weekly thing, this time about a city in his campaign. 18 pages, $2.99

Secret Societies aka All About Secret Societies in a Fantasy Setting - Not really OSR, but free and sort of interesting. More a teaser product.

Tales of Gothic Earth - More like tables, I think, it's the Tales of Grotesque stuff remixed. PWYW