Monday, September 16, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — September 16th, 2019

What with my new completely erratic and random work schedule  I'm losing track of which day is what, and Buster (my kitten) is taking up a lot of my free time (they don't seem to sleep much and when they do, it's on your lap).

In the spirit of Halloween and the worst fad in the history of mankind (except eugenics) comes the pumpkin spice hardcover (so print only) edition of Advanced Labyrinth Lord. 
 

Adventures


The Elven Tomb -  Medieval Authentic (tm) Adventure from the RPGPundit. 16 pages, $2.49.  Although elves aren't authentic, medieval or not. Best you get in real life is some people having pointy ears.

The Hobgoblin Bride - Lowish level adventure for Basic Fantasy RPG about freeing kidnapped hobgoblin women. $1, 11 pages.


Misc


A bunch of small pdfs/forms for A Ghastly Affair -  PWYW material for the really excellent gothic OSR game.

Friday Enhanced Map  9-13-19-  $2

Saving Throw Fanzine for James D. Kramer -  I am actually not overly aware of the Usherwood stuff for OSRIC, I guess it mostly came out in the very early days of it (when I was out of gaming), but apparently its creator is suffering from medical problems. This is meant to help his family.  62 pages of misc stuff for $13

More Wilderlands Stuff - I'm not sure which gets remade more often, B/X or the maps for the Wilderlands.

Wealth by NPC Level - Tables to accurately calculate the wealth an NPC should have at any given level. What's the fun in that? 50 cents.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Old School Class: The Necromancer — Solid Addition to First Edition, But Does It Have a Niche?

The Necromancer is one of those fantasy archetypes that really didn't exist in mythology or folklore (the name really just means someone who talks to the dead), but something everyone knows immediately what is.  As far as I know, there wasn't one for AD&D 1e, though 2e had a whole book devoted to introducing the class (Complete Book of Necromancers) and one described in the Diablo adaptions. Old School Class: The Necromancer from Charles Rice (a notable d20 author who also did many supplements in the early days of OSRIC) is aimed to fill that void for 1e in a 20 or so page PDF priced at $2.50.

It's built along the lines of the illusionist, having 7 levels of spells, which are a mix of existing ones and original ones just for the necromancer.  The descriptions of these new spells (almost 40) make up the bulk of this PDF, though there's also a small section on new monsters and magic items for the necromancer.

Monday, September 9, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — September 8th, 2019

Seems like a quiet week.


Rules


Domain Building -  Pretty much what it sounds like. Free and definitely worth a look.

Human Race as Class for Old School Essentials -  Okay, sort of funny. 2 pages, PWYW.

The Children of the Gods: The Classical Witch for Basic Era Games - Seems to be for Blueholme. $2.99 and 84 pages.

Misc


Alarms & Journeys -  An OSR zine, presumably no relation to the similarly (if more British) named classic zine of the 70s. 56 pages, $2.

Friday Enhanced Map 9-6-19 - At first glance, I thought perhaps it was the intestines of a giant or something. But it's a weird looking cavern. $2.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Halls of the Bonelord Review — No Frills Low Level Dungeon

Halls of the Bonelord is a short-ish adventure for low level characters by Alexander Langley.  It's actually not that short, 20 rooms, but it's in only 5 pages (including map and title page), so the level of detail is fairly sparse, though not nearly as found on the one page dungeons. It's aimed at lower level parties and perhaps even beginners, and while it says it's intended for one sessions/foray, it does only have about seven or eight combat encounters.

There's really not much of a backstory about the titular bonelord. He's not even the toughest undead in the dungeon, merely being a three hit dice skeleton, though the PCs probably won't want to fight the other (a shadow), should they even find him (he's in a secret room).

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Seven days left in The City of Vermilion Kickstarter from The Merciless Merchants.

I am a big fan of their modules (well, mostly by one guy, Malrex, whose Patreon I have a link to), but they never really seem to have gotten much traction in the OSR community. Maybe because they aren't artsy or pretentious but just good? Especially good to actually run and not just read?. Maybe because they use the AD&D rules (2E for most of them, For Gold & Glory)

Anyway, presumably for that reason, they started a kickstarter for their latest module, The City of Vermilion 

However, the KS is only about halfway funded with a week left to go.  It's reasonably priced, too. $12 for a PDF of a 165 page adventure, $25 for softcover (at cost printing at DTRPG)

Sunday, September 1, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — August 31st, 2019

My work schedule keeps changing the last few weeks (and next few) so I'm not sure what day of the week I can post this (as I get home at almost midnight).

Also, there's a new OSRIC module from Anthony Huso over at Lulu, Geir Loe Cyn-crul. No idea if there is an Earl Geir in it, but worth checking out ($10 for 78 pages in PDF, also a print version)


Adventures


Citadel of Terror -  Low level 1e/2e (or so it says, no preview) adventure about a visit to a wizard's lair (to see if he's okay). $14.95 (down from $99.99) and 64 pages.

Halls of the Bonelord -  Low level generic dungeon. 5 pages, $1

SO14 Blood Moon - 4th to 6th level adventure about investigating a farm. 30 pages, $7.50

Rules

Class Ideas 1e - 4 new classes and 4 tweaks to existing classes. 23 pages, PWYW

Cult of Diana: The Amazon Witch for Basic Era games -  From the Witch guy. 26 pages, free (for now?)

Old School Class: The Necromancer -  From Charles Rice (who did several OSRIC supplements in the early days of OSRIC) comes this take on the Necromancer for 1e.  23 pages, $2.50

Sword & Spell; Might & Magic Supplment: Knights and Warders -  Make White Box clone. Then sell people back the stuff you took out. Profit! $1.95 for 1 page (apparently the Ranger and Paladin)

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 8-30-19 -  $2

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Adventures Great & Glorious Review — Three Things Wrong with the Title


Adventures Great and Glorious is a sourcebook for Adventures Dark and Deep (an AD&D 1e variant) meant for domain and high level play. Domain level play basically means when PCs run strongholds and such. This was sort of something Dave Arneson's D&D game seems to revolved around more so than Gary Gygax's and you never really had proper rules for domains in AD&D.  Later they were added in the Companion Set for the D&D line, along with a mass combat system.

I had somewhat high hopes for this, as AD&D has lacked a good domain system, and sadly, I can say that still is the case, as AG&G mostly rehashes what was in the 1e DMG on strongholds and followers. This does have a mass combat system, but it's somehow remarkably cumbersome and yet still vague.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — August 23rd, 2019

No review this week. Nothing screamed out to be reviewed.

Pretty slow week unless you want re-hashes of existing games.

Rules


Old School Essentials: Advanced Fantasy -  Apparently only I think this has reached the cash grab stage. But rules to play AD&D using the B/X rules (I mean, Old School Essentials) because Advanced Labyrinth Lord is just not trendy anymore. $6.99

Old School Essentials: Druid and Illusionist Spells -  Because apparently $6.99 is too cheap to give them to you without charging you another $6.99

Swashbuckler Class for D&D and AD&D -  Pretty much as said. Nice to see some people still make stuff for fun. 11 or so pages and PWYW.

Sword & Spell - Book 1, 2, and 3 - Hey, gee, another retro clone of OD&D! My goodness, never saw that coming. This one has a free Book up but 2 and 3 cost $9.95 each.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 8-23-19 - Temple? $2

Saturday, August 17, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — August 16th, 2019

Doesn't seem to be a very busy week in terms of releases. On the other hand, in real life, I seem to have acquired a kitten, so I've been busy with him.

Official


S1-4 Realms of Horror - Compilation of the S modules. $9.99

2E Wizard's Screen - Not sure why anyone would buy this in PDF. But it's $4.95

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 8-16-19 -  Looks somewhat phallic. $2

Middenzine Issue 3 -  For S&W, 24 pages, $3.64

Friday, August 16, 2019

Gambler: A Class Review

One of the biggest problems of old school D&D is the thief.  Many people just don't like it on principle, or dislike the idea of thief skills. But my main objection to it is that it really sucks as a class. So I enjoy alternatives to the thief class (and have come up with three alternatives for my game, the tomb robber, the rogue, and the scout. The latter two have similar names to "official" classes in 2e and late 1e, but mine are different) and am always on the lookout for more.

The Gambler from Sharp Mountain Games is one of those alternatives. At least somewhat. It's a class meant for Labyrinth Lord and Basic Fantasy RPG, but it's easy enough to adapt.  Although gambling was important enough back in the day for the DMG to have a whole appendix devoted to it, it really never was covered much since, nor does it really make much of an appearance in the OSR.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — August 9th, 2019

Not much new this week, the highlight being a high level campaign supplement for Adventures Dark & Deep.

Adventures


QF3 - Malady of the Moor King -  Yikes, this beats even Frog Grab prices, $5.98 for 9 pages.

Rules


Adventures Great & Glorious -  This looks interesting. Stuff for higher level characters to do - rule domains, create planes, and even make penguins fly.  123 pages, $9.95 (also in print)

Boons for Swords & Wizardry - They're totally not feats, cause they're random or something. PWYW

Shapeshifting -  As near as I can tell, artsy furry White Box. When you think it couldn't get any lower.  PWYW, 120 pages.

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 8-9-19 -  Not sure if this is a continuing map of that megadungeon he was doing. $2

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Vaults of Obryn Sapravda Review — Old School Feel with Printable Maps

With there nothing new that really caught my interest, I went back to my wish list for older stuff I hadn't got around to buying and bought this, The Vaults of Obyrn Sapravda, apparently published way back in 2010 for 1e (amazingly enough, adapted from 4e).  The price of $7 is probably what put me off, but it's 110 or so pages. Alas, most (say 60% ) of that 110 pages are maps meant to be printed out and used as battle maps, not unlike TSR's experiment with that in the Indiana Jones days.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — August 2nd, 2019

Also interesting, there's a handful of new adventures for The Fantasy Trip. I remember when that was a "Microgame". Dark City Games did a good job of carrying on that tradition

Official


Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting Revised (2e) - I was never too big of a fan of the FR, but for those that are, this is now back in PDF form. $14.99 and multiple files of about 280 pages.

Adventures


Cha-alt -  This is a mega-dungeon from Venger Satanis. Part of me hesitates to include this, since I'm not sure if it's OSR statted or not (even his OSR products aren't arguably OSR statted, as he has no grasp of any rules system, even his own). Probably at least has some interesting art. 218 pages, $20

Descent into Madness : First Steps - Part of a megadungeon, continuing from their module The Sunken Fort.  72 pages, $4.99

Grinding Us -  Apparently a spiritual sequel or something to the Grinding Gear module for LotFP, which made a big deal of the fact that it had a MU with the sleep spell in it. This seemingly has more of a premise like The Assassins Knot, a testing ground for would be thieves. 34 pages, PWYW

September Short Adventures 2 -  10 adventures from 2011 for use with Labyrinth Lord.  18 pages, Free.

Rules


Dark Fantasy Magic -  Small magical supplement from the author of the excellent Dark Fantasy Basic to make magic more , well, dark. 12 pages, PWYW.

Dark Places & Demogorgons - Martial Arts Mayhem -  What would an '80s game be without martial arts? I took Tae Kwon Do back then. (Amusingly this came up at work, I was talking with a 20-something co-worker who asked "Who in the breakroom could take him in the ring?" and was amused when I answered "Me", mentioning I had actually fought competitively before.  "When?" "30 years ago", which caused him to scoff, when I mentioned Bolo Yeung from Bloodsport who was like 50 when he did that. And he hadn't seen Bloodsport, which I found even more depressing.

Anyway ,$4.99 and 89 pages.

Luminous Bristlemaw -  Some sort of aquatic monster. 1 page, Free.

Old School Fantasy: Distinguished Characters - Dual and multi-class characters for B/X.  12 pages, $1.99

Misc

Friday Enhanced Map 8-2-19 -  Level 5 of the Eye of Shumway dungeon. $2

Megadungeon #4 -  Dual statted zine for B/X and 5e. $4.99 and 56 pages.

RPPP: Medieval-Authentic (TM) City Guide: Kingston Upon Hull -  Doesn't get any more British sounding like that (maybe throw in a Nigel and Ian in the name). $2.99 and 33 pages.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Warren Review — Tucker's Goblins?

When I think of fantasy fiction, I think of powerful swordsmen cleaving hordes of enemies, defeating monsters, and foiling the plans of gods, and reaping overflowing hoards of treasure. Apparently others read fantasy fiction and see nothing but drudgery, misery, and toil, apparently some sort of cathartic re-living (or pretending to) of the Viet Nam and Korean wars.  Part of this is the obsession with low level monsters being super tricky and planting traps and such and thus challenging for high level parties.  (To be fair, this idea goes back to the old days, with articles in Dragon and White Dwarf about it)

The Warren is the first module in the Dunromin (or rather, Barnaynia) setting and is one of those modules, meant for 1e/OSRIC characters, levels 5th to 8th. There's a rather nasty bunch of goblins with a rather extensive cave complex, or warren, and the PCs are hired to clean them out, at the munificient rate of 3 gp per goblin head. It's hard to fathom why any 5th level party would accept that offer, much less 8th.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — July 26th, 2019

Somewhat slow this week, but a couple of 1e adventures, a S&W setting and adventure book, and stuff for two different White Box hacks.


Official


R2: The Investigation of Hydell -  the RPGA module for 1e about zombies being disguised and sold as servants. But given the ease of undead animation in AD&D, wouldn't it be readily accepted? 35 pages, $4.95

RPGA2: Black Opal Eye - I think part two of a model for Basic. 20 pages, $4.95

Adventures


Adventures in Great Lunden -  Adventures set in the Great Lunden setting (see below) for S&W. $11.15 (probably will fluctuate due to currency differences) and 198 pages.

SM06 - The Warren -  Dunromin setting adventure for OSRIC/1e involving goblins...but for levels 5th to 8th.  I'm not sure my players would be too interesting in still fighting goblins, but we shall see. 76 pages, $4.95

The Banshee's Tower - New OSRIC/1e adventure from Joseph Mohr. 30 pages, PWYW

Rules


The Armiger: Avremier Character Supplement I -  I have no idea what this is, other than it's a new class and a lot of rules for White Box.  $4.99 and 46 pages.

The Isle of the Amazon for Untold Adventures -  Apparently it's additional Amazonian rules for yet another White Box game. Because apparently people never get tired of making additional rules for White Box or White Box hacks.  $4.99, 69 pages.

Misc


Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Names and Legends 2.0 - " presents loads of tools to help you give your dungeons evocative and exciting names and legends". Oh yeah, that's totally what I need, exciting names. But if you do, it's $3.45 and 22 pages.

Friday Enhanced Map 7-19-19 - Level 4 of the Eye of Something Dungeon. $2.

The City of Great Lunden -  I hope it's more creative than the name "Lunden", but apparently a gritty city setting for S&W. $18.58 and 224 pages, plus nearly a gigabyte of maps. Yikes. Pass on all the above.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Lost Valley of Kishar — More Trouble Than Treasure, For Misery Tourists Only

 The Lost Valley of Kishar is a site based adventure from Gabor Csomos from Gabor Lux's (better known as Melan) imprint, EDMT. As such, it's not surprising that it has a strong sword & sorcery feel, though this is almost taken to the point of cliche. While apparently for 1e (levels 6th through 8th), it uses its own house rules, including things like morale, and is extremely stingy (by design) on the treasure, both magic and mundane.

Essentially it's a small valley with a number of locations, though even calling them mini-dungeons would be a stretch. It seems that the valley has a magic tree and this magic tree was worshiped by followers of a fertility deity (Kishar). They lived there for a while until an evil magic-user came in and took over the valley, corrupting the tree and using it to create magical beasties. But the priestesses recuited an army of heroes who defeated them, but all died in the process (and despite being D&D, didn't have access to raise dead for some reason), leaving the valley more or less deserted and open for the remaning monsters people to slowly fill the power vacuum.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — July 19th, 2019

Woops, a day late. I lost track of time.

On the flip side, the Christmas in July sale there has started.  I really don't know why July is when it happens, since Christmas Season these days starts in October, running concurrently with Halloween. It would make more sense for it to be in May or June.

Doesn't seem like a whole lot of OSR stuff is on sale, misc stuff. OTOH, Raging Swan's stock town maps and Rogue Genius's stock are on sale

Official


M1 Blizzard Pass - Solo adventure (with hidden text shown). 35 pages, $4.99

AC6 D&D Player Character Record Sheets -  Going by the sample, they are orange, so I'm not sure this is even with the 99 cents it costs.


Adventures


Annihilation Rising - This short adventure from Fail Squad Games features the Tarasque, though more like the French original (which amusingly enough, surrendered to the townsfolk). $4, 16 pages

RPPP Cave of the Hawk - Medieval Authentic about a drunk vicar. (Everyone was drunk back then, as the water was not fit to drink). 17 pages, $2.99

The Lost Valley of Kishar - This is a mid level 1e/OSRIC module is by Gabor Csomo, featuring several mini-dungeons in a wilderness area, $6, 36 pages.

Temple of the Blood Moth - Sci-Fantasy Horror modules. No preview, but I know the price is scary, $8 for 24 pages.

Rules


Draugr & Draculas -  Comedic look at OSR Vampies, apparently. $7, 64 pages.

Far Away Land OSR RPG -  Seems like another "light" Swords & Wizardry hack.  $10, 130 pages.

Floating Magicians: A New Class -  As near as I can tell, this seems to be Orko from Masters of the Universe. $1, 13 pages.

Wherein Evil Lies - B/X zine of sorts from New Big Dragon Games that has some new classes (including the Half-Orc, which continues NBDG's trend of turning B/X into AD&D and IMHO, ruining both - let B/X be B/X and AD&D be AD&D), some spells, an adventure and other stuff. 44 pages, PWYW

Misc


Echoes from Fomalhaut #5 -  The latest PDF issue of the excellent Hungarian zine from Gabor Lux, including an adventure and more. $6, 44 pages.

Friday Enhanced Map 7-12-19 - Looks like another level of that eye dungeon. $2

Odysseys & Overlords World Map - PWYW


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Robots: A New Character Class Review — Not Enough Distinctive Mechanics For Mechanical Men


 Robots! Although arguably the heyday for them in fiction was the 1950s, I discovered Isaac Asmiov as a teenager in the early 80s, a man who probably put more thought into his robot stories than anyone. I also later discovered the works of Clifford Simak, who although lacking the scientific background of Asimov and typically writing stories in a pastoral setting, absolutely loved robots. Not as props, but heavily developed characters. 

Robots from Sharp Mountain Games is not the first attempt to bring a robot character class to the OSR.  The first was perhaps the Automaton class from Barrel Rider Games (flavorful, but like the UA Barbarian, saddled with huge XP costs), and a couple years ago, I came up with the OSR Android. This though is more like the more traditional SF robot, the sort favored by Simak. At least in flavor.

Friday, July 12, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — July 11th, 2019

Sick this week. Slept 13 hours last night. So no review.

And on a completely different subject, it's amazing how many typos there are in product descriptions. I'm not immune to it myself (and it's always remarkable how obvious they are when reading something again a week or more later), but it seems to me when you're charging $10 for a product, you could at least proofread your description.


Adventures


HighFell: The Drifting Dungeon - From the author of Barrowmaze (which I thought was pretty meh, to be honest) comes this new megadungeon. 246 pages plus maps, $35

Rules


OSR Solo -  Rules for running games without a GM. 8 pages, $1.99 and apparently the whole thing is available as a preview (which is what I do for my stuff, but I don't really charge for it, so nice of this guy.)

Robots: A New Character Class - From Sharp Mountain Games comes this racial class for B/X and LL. 14 pages, $1

Misc


CAL2 Calidar on Wings of Darkness -  From Bruce Heard comes this Calidar gazetteer about that world's version of a magocracy (seems more like Glantri than Alphatia), with the added complication there it's also full of demons (which B/X and BECMI didn't really have). $8.50 and 132 pages.

PG2: A Player's Guid to Caldwen - Small guide for above meant for players. $2.99 and 20 pages

Friday Enhanced Map 7-5-19 -  Underground dungeon with caves. $1

Friday, July 5, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — The 4th of July, 2019

No review this week since I am battling either allergies and/or a summer cold, plus there isn't anything that I've bought lately that cries out to be reviewed.

Also, somewhat of note, is there is a kickstarter for a new version of Chivalry & Sorcery.  Which if nothing else, is a reminder that old school is not necessarily less rules.

Adventures

Death at the Oasis -  Apparently for C&C (which I really consider more 3e-ish than OSR, and not very good in any event), but has OSR conversion notes. 20 pages, $5.99

Dead Arising - Apparently for C&C, but has OSR conversion notes. 30 pages, $5.99

Forsaken Pyramid -  Apparently for C&C, but has OSR conversion notes. 30 pages, $5.99

Mystery of the Cursed Monastery -  1st-2nd level adventure for Odysseys & Overlords/Basic Fantasy RPG. $1, 10 pages.

Spiral Isles -  Apparently an adventure about coming back from the dead, because raise dead is too easy or something. Dual statted for 5e and S&W. 54 pages, $10

Towering Temple -  Apparently for C&C, but has OSR conversion notes. 24 pages, $5.99

The Port of Dakhalla -  Apparently the setting for the above C&C modules (with notes for OSR). 36 pages, $9.99. Cover art is really nice.

Rules


From Distant Lands -  Barbarian expansion for Beyond the Wall

The Blackest of Deaths -  Seems like another entry in the OSR eliter than thou pissing contest of who can be the most grim/deadly.  104 pages, $9.99

Misc

Friday Enhanced Map 6-28-19 - Level 2 of the Eye of Shum Murak. $2

SPC1 Old School Character Sheets - For 1e/OSRIC $2.95

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Free Megapack from Wildside Press (until Sunday)

Wildside Press is something of an odd company, partly parasitic in that they take public domain stuff (often scanned and corrected by others) and sell them for cheap (in Megapacks), but they also do have stuff that doesn't seem to be PD and sell them for cheap (also in Megapacks).

Case in point, the Kothar the Swordsmen novels from Gardner Fox. He was a favorite of EGG (even publishing him in early issues of Dragon), but his work is very hard to find

Anyway, my point is, they are having a 99 cents off coupon (and their megapacks are 99 cents) with the code HAPPY4TH

Two different collections of Kothar novels are in the fantasy section, there's also a lot of old pulp horror in that section, and you might also look at the Lon Williams weird western megapack, the dude more or less invested the Weird West genre.  I came across them via Pulpgen and Mobileread (a guy there would convert Pulpgen's PDFs to mobi/epub) and they are very good.



Monday, July 1, 2019

New (and Free) Add-on for Beyond the Wall

From Distant Lands is an add-on all about barbarians for the excellent OSR game Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures,

Basically includes a playbook for a barbarian character, rules for mass battles, a scenario, and barbarian themed monsters. And it's free.

Friday, June 28, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — June 27th, 2019

Seems like June is dragging on. Which is sort of a good thing, since I like the weather, but it's painful waiting for my internet cap to replenish. Ah, the joys of Hughes.net

Something interesting this week is the reprint version of Man, Myth, & Magic, originally by Yaquinto and advertised like hell in Dragon.

Adventures


Black Label #1 -  From the people behind The Folio, comes this dual statted (1e/5e) 3rd to 5th level adventure homage to 80s B movies. 36 pages, and $14.99, but just might be worth it for the art.

In the Company of Thieves -  Odysseys & Overlords/Basic Fantasy RPG module for 2nd-3rd level characters. 9 pages, $1

Rules


Colonial Troopers: Knight Hawks -  Spaceship combat rules for OSR space game (including the rather disappointing Colonial Troopers). 80 pages plus combat map and counter sheet, $7

Odd Objects: Magic Items for OSR Games -  50 new magic items from Unbalanced Dice Games. $2.50, 65 pages.

Misc


Equinox - Apparently an Italian fanzine for something OSR. I know enough Spanish to get the gist of it, but not the specifics. 38 pages, PWYW

Friday Enhanced Map 6-21-19 -  Looks like the first level of an evil temple. Price increase to $2

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Player's Guide to Dunromin Review — Old School D&D City, British Style

One of the things about the OSR is that most of it is newer stuff, from newer campaigns people have started playing, with very few products/ideas from the old days themselves, other than the occasional kids styled nostalgia product. Very rarely do you see anything from actual campaigns back then, updated and done seriously.

This, A Player's Guide to Dunromin (there's also a GM's Guide which I will review later) by Simon Miles is one of those exceptions. Apparently it dates back to 1986, which is perhaps not old, old school, but certainly still in the late heyday of AD&D. Dunromin is actually the name of the main city of the setting, the world itself is named Barnaynia. If that name sounds funny, there's a reason for it, it's a presumably comical British pronounciation of banana, which is the shape of the world.

Friday, June 21, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — June 20th, 2019

Still working on reviews of the Dunromin books. They are big. But good reads. I'm not sure I'd use the setting, but it's basically a look at someone else's game world.

Somewhat notable, the official Princess Bride RPG is now available.  Alas, it's written for Fudge, which kills any interest I have in it

Adventures


Encephalon Gorgers on the Moon -  Braineaters, I guess. As it's by Casey Christofferson, presumably it's written for 3.x and converted to S&W.  $7.99 and 25 pages.

Magical Murder Mansion - "Magical Murder Mansion is a challenging funhouse dungeon in the style of Tomb of Horrors and Tegel Manor.   Hopefully more like the former, as Tegel is just plain incoherent. $6.99, 30 pages.

Operation Shattered Bow -  Very short adventure for the OSR Special Ops game, Ghost Ops. 6 pages, $2 (that's almost Pentagon pricing...well, add a few zeroes)

SSolo2 The Endless Lair II - You really shouldn't rhyme 2 with II.  Solo adventure for 1e/OSRIC. 18 pages, $2.50

Temple of the Harpies -  Odysseys & Overlords/Basic Fantasy RPG adventure for levels 2-3. 14 pages and $1.99 and looks like one of the better in the line (as it's not just 5 rooms).

Worms -  Possibly comic horror adventure set in medieval times. $5, 18 pages.


Misc


AD&D Character Sheet for use with Unearthed Arcana -  A scan of an old '87 computer made (Mac) character sheet. PWYW.

Friday Enhanced Map 6-14-19 -  This one has a name, Shrine of the Sunken Trident. Pretty creepy looking design. $1

RPPP: 100 Strange Features of Towns -  If there's a nadir of DTRPG, it's 100 thing supplements.  $1.99

Friday, June 14, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — June 13th, 2019

Has Hell frozen over? The St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup after half a century of futility. And I have had to run my furnace in June. Coincidence?

Adventures


Beneath the Temple of Edea -  This B/X adventure is full of thouls, apparently.  10 pages, PWYW

OPD7 - The Lone Lighthouse -  Full of fishpeople. 50 cents, 1 page.

Shrine of the Wolf Maidens - Rescue a wolfnapped merchant's daughter in this 2nd-3rd level adventure for Odysseys & Overlords/ Basic Fantasy RPG.  10 pages, $1.95

Vobleavira Haven Complex - This B/X Essentials module is apparently a tribute to B1 (which was a Holmes module, BTW). 19 pages, PWYW

Rules


White Box Tome - Arioth I -  Compilation of several small collections of magic items, spells, classes, etc, for White Box. $9.99 and 87 pages.

Misc


Advanced Labyrinth Lord Adventure Record Sheets - Pretty much what it says. $1

Friday Enhanced Map 6-7-19 - Looks like a keep. $1

S1 Henchmen - This is an odd product, it's a series of 10 illustrations of henchmen, but it has spots for ability scores. 16 pages, $3.99

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Quick Start Character Race & Class Sheets: By the Book Review

One of the great advantages of OSR games (and by that I mean old school D&D specifically) is that characters are pretty quick to generate. Roll some dice, pick a class and race, write down some modifiers, buy some gear and you're ready to go. For those of us that have been playing games for 30+ years, you really don't even need the books anymore. But what about newer players? And games we aren't totally familiar with, as some retro clones do things slightly different? Rules can be scattered all over the rulebook.

Quick Start Character Race & Class Sheets: By the Book from James Mishler is designed to walk people through creating a character of a given class or race, all on one page of paper (or PDF). Like pretty much all his stuff, it's for Labyrinth Lord, containing both basic and advanced classes.

Friday, June 7, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — June 6th, 2019

I am still digesting the Dunromin books from last week. They are apparently from some guy's 1e game from the late 80s, it's got some very subtle British humor in them. Not like Discworld, but some flavoring.


Adventures


Asteroid 1618 -  Adventure from 2007 for a space OSR game. Free, 85 pages.

Terror at Wolfgrasp Hill -  Low level (2-3) adventure for Odysseys & Overlords/Basic Fantasy RPG. 11 pages, currently 78 cents, maybe more later ($1.95? $1)

The Withered Crag - "an exploration-based module with avian and glass/crystal themes". Well, okay then. Also for low levels. 8 pages, $5

Rules


Ashdown: Xin Sourcebook for Starships & Spacemen 2e -  For the Ashdown alternate setting for S&S2e. $3.50, 42 pages

Quick Start Characters: Race & Class Sheets BTB  - From James Mishler comes this guide to quickly making by the book characters for Labyrinth Lord, both Basic and Advanced. $1.99 ($2.99 later) and 33 pages 

Misc


Back to the BasiX Issue 9 -  Sadly, this is going to be the 2nd to last issue of this excellent B/X zine. 30 pages, $2.50

Friday Enhanced Map: 05-31-2019 - Looks like a very creepy underground temple. $1

Persons of Interest: Creating Patrons and Nemeses - From Sine Nomine, a guide to creating personalities for characters. $7.99 and 33 pages.

SCAIII.2 Cavalier Attitude - This is like the 7th or 8th issue of this 1E/OSRIC zine. 22 pages, $2, includes an adventure.

The Ubix #2 - 14 pages of weird stuff in this 'zine. PWYW

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Dryad's Sanctuary Review — Slightly More Exciting than an Old Man and a Bunch of Cats. Only Slightly.

The Dryad's Sanctuary is a short adventure from Brian V. Molina, the first one from him, at least on DTRPG. Although apparently meant for OSR games, it seemingly uses a more modern conception of the dryad (rather than the old school sexy chick living in a tree), as well as stats that don't seem particularly compatible with anything, though it does seem to use the reverse reaction tables from Labyrinth Lord (where higher rolls are unfriendlier).

The basic premise is that the PCs have entered this magical wood ruled by the dryad. The only way out is to kill or negotiate with her. But first they have to find her, by wandering through the forest. And I really do mean wandering, as there is no map, the players just go to the different encounter areas by random chance (roll of a d12). Mostly. There's one area that is connected to another.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Second issue of the Dice Roll Zine now available...








Dice Roll Zine. Back to your roots gaming!
Dice Roll Zine is a 40-page, saddle-stitched, digest-sized print zine for old-school RPGs written by Steven A. Cook and illustrated by some of the best retro-inspired artists.
The second issue includes a Sorcerer class for Swords & Wizardry Complete games; 'Roll all the Dice' tables for generating fungi, plants & freaky stuff; The City-State of Kreth, a weird-fantasy city overview with history, factions, unique gear, rumors, adventure seeds, thumbnail descriptions and encounter tables for nine city districts, and more; new spells and magic items for an 'oldhammer' fantasy role-playing game; and various other cool rules options and odd things for your old-school games.

Although I would point out that to some people, "Back to your roots" involved generating random numbers via chits, as many sets of Holmes D&D had them because of the great dice shortage of 1978

Anyway, the first issue came out a couple years ago and is also available on DTRPG, but the second issue is currently only from his own store in print for $7 (though it comes with a PDF)

Friday, May 31, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — May 30th, 2019

This week we get an interesting new entry for OSRIC, the Free City of Dunromin, There's a free overview and then two 200+ guides for players and GM's. I'm thinking about picking them up, depending on the state of my royalties from my products.


Adventures


Operation Peardrop - The 15th adventure for WW2 game Operation White Box which sounds like a Hogan's Heroes episodes. 24 pages, $4.99

The Cistern of the Three-Eyed Dwarves -  Mid sized dungeon and village region. 20 pages, PWYW

The Dryad's Sanctuary - Small forest adventure. 7 pages, $1

Wyvernseeker Rock - I think Wyvernseeker is actually a NWOBHM band, but this is a short adventure for Odysseys and Overlords/Basic Fantasy RPG for 2nd to 5th level characters. 6 pages, $1

Rules


RPPP: 100 Really Minor Magic Items -  You say that, but the roll of neverending toilet paper is damned useful.  $2.49, 17 pages.

SM00 A Traveller's Guide to Dunromin - This is a teaser of sorts for the following two products.  28 pages, PWYW.

SM01 A Player's Guide to Dunromin - This is a player's guide to a free city setting for OSRIC/1e. Seems somewhat gritty and Celtic and has some new character classes: a barbarian, a diabolist, and a peasant. 252 pages, $9.95

SM02 A GM's Guide to Dunromin - GM guide for above. Apart from including some really fancy maps (apparently it's set in a flat world setting, not unlike discworld), it has three new classes for NPCs only (boo): the necromancer, anti-paladin, and courtesan. 277 pages and $9.95

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 5-24-19 - This week's entry features a chasm, a temple area, and what looks like a secret underwater room. $1

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Baldur's Gate III on the way from Larian Studios

While I still consider Baldur's Gate to be "new fangled" and only ever got into the Gold Box games , at this point they are 20 years old and used the 2e rules, so pretty old school.

At any rate, Larian Studios, maker of the Divinity games, has somewhat stealthily announced Baldur's Gate Three

No idea if it will be using the old ruleset (which Baldur's Gate remakes have continued to use) or move to 5e. Or for that matter, if they will be real time with pause (which I never liked) or turn based, as most of Larian's RPGs have been.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

D&D Cartoon n a Brazilian Cart Commercial

Words I honestly never thought I'd write, but this is absolutely amazing. Basically it's a live action version of the D&D cartoon (from the 80s) used to sell a car



 It's amazing that  a) the characters are obviously recognizable despite being real world versions of cartoons and b) it's completely plausible looking.

Friday, May 24, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — May 23rd, 2019

Almost made it to June without turning on my AC. Not bad.

Somewhat notable is an attempt to make a B/X version of 5e. I don't like 5e much, but might be worth a look if you do

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Tegel Manor - Judges Map -  Okay, not from TSR, but still an official product. $2 for a map of the infamous manor.

Adventures


Dungeon Full of Monsters, 2nd Edition -  Although aware of the original version of this, I have never heard anyone talk about it, anywhere. It's a large megadungeon for Labyrinth Lord, from Red Box Vancouver who has put out some decent stuff. But at $20, I'll keep wondering about it. 198 pages.

The Dachshund Dungeon - I don't even know where to begin. 8 pages, PWYW

The Idola of Bala -  Actually only Idol, but it's a funny typo so I will leave it. Short, 2-3 level adventure for Odysseys & Overlords. $1, 11 pages

Vigilante City:  Die Demogorgon Die -  Very small, 2 page adventure for the OSR superhero game. $2. That's almost as expensive as Frog God products on a per page level

Rules


Kuf -  Seems like an OSR version of Kult. (As an actual Gnostic, which I stumbled into  in my college days, I find games based on it very puzzling. I wonder if there are any games based on Hare Krishnaism? Jews for Jesus?)

The Marshal - ? New class, I guess military, not law enforcement. 1 page, PWYW

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 5-17-19 -  Looks like an underground chapel. $1


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spire of the Kobolds Review — Spire or Molehill?

Spire of the Kobolds is a short (very short) adventure by Megan Irving for Odysseys and Overlords, a new OSR game by Travis Legge and Aegis Studios based on the Basic Fantasy RPG. Did I mention it's very short? The premise is also simple, there are kobolds, the PCs want to go there to kill them and take their stuff. However, like the trope involving kobolds, they aren't mean sword fodder for 1st (or even 0) level characters, they have the place trapped.

Not terribly elaborate, nothing like you'd find in say, the Grimtooth's Traps books. Tripwires and caltrops mostly, but there is one section that is oiled that the kobolds will then try to set on fire when the party enters. If not for the traps, they would really be a cakewalk, as there are only about a dozen kobolds in total, across the 7 keyed locations.

OSRIC now available in Wiki form

While I am dubious this is legal due to the convoluted and extremely restrictive use of the OGL in OSRIC (which is why I've never used it in any of my stuff, which are all 1e), that didn't stop Pres-Gas of the KKA from making a wiki for OSRIC, the 1e retro clone

It doesn't seem to be actually all that broken up as a wiki, each chapter is its own page, so all the monsters are on one big giant page.

But better than nothing, I guess.

Friday, May 17, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — May 16th, 2019

I bought Advanced Adventure #41: The Forgotten Grottoes of the Sea Lords, so should have a review of that soon, as well as Spire of the Kobolds for Odysseys & Overlords.

They are an interesting contrast in value vs page count. AAs tend to be expensive and only about 16 pages, yet pack a huge amount of adventure into them (for instance, AA#41 has 112 areas).  On the other hand, Spire of the Kobolds was $1 and 7 pages, yet somehow only manages 7 encounter areas.

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Polyhedron 51, 52, and 53 - 51 has an adventure, 52 seems to be devoted to non TSR games like Paranoia, and 53 seems to have a 0 level adventure. 99 cents each

Adventures


Creeping Cold -  The players are trapped in a remote inn in this module for S&W for levels 3-5. $10, 36 pages.

From the Mouths of Babes - Odysseys & Overlords adventure about wolves gone mad. For 2nd-3rd level. $1.95 and 16 pages.

Ruins & Adventures 3: The Sanctuary -  Tiny site based adventure in the ruins of a small village for B/X. $1.50, 12 pages.

SSolo1 The Endless Lair -  From Starry Knight comes this solo adventure for 1e, for characters 3 to 5. 16 pages, $2.50.

The Crypt of Rokar -  Small tomb crawl for B/X-ish systems, 1st or 2nd level. 10 pages and PWYW

Misc


RPPP Medieval Authentic (tm) Ipswich -  Man, I miss chipwichs. $2.99, 26 pages.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Odysseys & Overlords Player's Guide Review — Very Slightly Tweaked Basic Fantasy RPG

When I first saw Odysseys & Overlords I was somewhat excited, because it was that rare thing — a new OSR rules system that isn't simply house rules based on or a hack of Swords & Wizardry. Firstly because there are so many of those, and secondly because I just really, really hate Swords & Wizardry. Mostly because of the single saving throw, but also because I don't think OD&D was all that well designed, and that 1e, for all of its own problems EGG introduced, fixed most of OD&D's problems.

But then I realized it was based on Chris Gonnerman's Basic Fantasy RPG. While that is a solid, if flawed, OSR styled game, the question then becomes, what does Odysseys & Overlords do different than BFRPG? And the answer is, not a whole heck of a lot. At least in the Player's Guide.



Essentially, in Odysseys & Overlords, there's only four races & five classes. You've got humans, "Abyss-kissed" who are basically tieflings from 2e, "Spellscorched" who seem to basically be elves (only they live as long as humans), and "Wild Folk" who basically are beastmen, essentially half-orcs but with claws.

Friday, May 10, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — May 9th, 2019

Looks like a very busy week, especially with some new Advanced Adventures out, a new game system, Odysseys and Overlords that's not just a S&W hack or umpteenth version of B/X and has a free preview. Though we've got a S&W hack, too, at least this one seems to be for the modern military milieu 

edit: Looks like Odysseys and Overlords is not as original as I thought; After buying the player's guide, it turns out it's a Basic Fantasy RPG hack. Still, that's one of the best games around to base things on.

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Polyhedron 46, 47, 48, and 49 -  46 has the Bureaucrat class, 47 a greek themed adventure, while 48 and 49 mostly seem to be ads for AD&D 2e. 99 cents each.

Adventures


Advanced Adventures #41: Forgotten Grottoes of the Sea Lords -  From Keith Sloan, one of the better module writers out there, comes this adventure for levels 6 to 8 about an old pirate's lair. 18 pages, $7

Advanced Adventures #42: Dead in the Water - From someone I've never heard of comes this adventure for 3-5 levels. Doesn't sound like a great premise - you've been shipwrecked.  16 pages, $7

Advanced Adventures #43: The Warrens of Zagash - Another one from Keith Sloan, also for levels 6 to 8, this time set in a dwarven cave comlex. $7, 16 pages.

Cult of the Blue Crab -  Something about smugglers (which I don't think makes much sense in a fantasy setting) and a cult. PWYW and 20 pages.

Spire of the Kobolds -  Lowish level adventure for new OSR setting, Odysseys & Overlords (see below). $1, 9 pages

Rules


Fighting Foolishness 4: Fighting Ideas for OSR Games -  This seems to be ways of making the fighter better, special abilities for them. 43 pages, $2.50

Ghost Ops OSR -  Seems to be a games of modern special forces using OSR rules. 61 pages, $4.99

Odysseys and Overlords: Player's Guide - Looks like a new OSR game with a somewhat gritty setting. The rules seem to be 1e-ish, but with only 5 classes and 4 races (strange races at that). 56 pages, $3.99

Odysseys and Overlords: GM's Guide - Companion book to above, with monsters, treasure and such. 61 pages, $4.99

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 5-3-19 -  This is pretty fancy looking, looks like it could be a Lovecraftian critter lair or something belonging to a mad wizard. $1

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Sorceress of Mekaloare Review — More like Meh-loare


You never really know what you'll get in an adventure from John Fredericks and Sharp Mountain Games. Well, you do to a degree, you kno you'll get hand drawn art, battle maps, and pregenerated characters (using his own classes) that take up about half the product. But they can range from the short and boring to wildly imaginative and decent length.  The Sorceress of Mekaloare leans toward the latter, at least creatively (as it's a bit short, despite its 32 pages), with the PCs visiting another plane to rescue townsfolk from the titular villainess, including the mayor of the town the PCs happen to be in.

Friday, May 3, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — May 2nd, 2019

Apparently they are having a May D&D sale, which includes a lot of OSR stuff, though very little on my Wishlist.

Adventures


Crypt of the Science Wizard -  Read this as Science Lizard at first, which would be more interesting. But S&W conversion of a 5e adventure, apparently. $9.99 and 44 pages.

EG1 The Hidden Tomb of Nephabti -  After sitting on my hard drive since August last year 90% finished, I finally kicked it out. I dunno how people churn out an adventure a week.  Egyptian/Lovecraft themed. 17 pages, PWYW

RPPP Fire Demons of Croyland - A mystery about a swamp. 15 pages, $2.49

Rules


Botanicals -  From Sharp Mountain Games comes this new class, mostly for B/X and LL. Looks more like something like Ficus from Quark! than the Jolly Green Giant. $1 and 12 pages

Daughters of Darkness: The Mara Witch for Basic Era Games - Yes, it's from the witch guy. 80 pages, $2.99

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 4-26-19 - Looks like he's back to stand alone maps. This looks like it could be some sort of clockwork dungeon. $1

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sision Tower Review — Goth Girls and Spiders, Oh My!

Sision Tower is the second module from "Graphite Prime", who is also a blogger. As you might guess from the nom de plume, it's one of those artsy modules I usually am not fond of, but despite the pretensions, it's a fairly inventive dungeon (or tower crawl) that you might actually want to run, not just read. Though with that said, it seems written with Lamentations of the Flame Princess in mind (which armor classes given as armor type), so you need to adapt it to more conventional OSR systems (most notably, there is a lack of loot for systems with treasure for xp).

The premise is pretty simple. A tower appears out of nowhere. Turns out the tower belongs to an angel of time, who collects stuff. One of her collections was a spider, a spider who grew in power to the point where it turned the tables and became the captor, not the captive, and so the tower gets sent back into time where the PCs are, where presumably they decide to enter and loot it.

Friday, April 26, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — April 25th, 2019

While as far as I know, he's not dead or anything, for some reason Troll Lords has a special Jim Ward bundle.

Also, Fat Goblin seems to be having a $1 sale for their stuff, including a lot of stock art. The trick is, in most cases, I'd rather have the $1. Their main artist is good technically, but his characters look too real. Ugly real. If I want realistic looking people, let them be models, not Wal-mart customers. They also have a Lovecraftian selection, but their take on most of them doesn't really resemble the conventional take, or HPL's writing.

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GW8 Gamma Base -  Rather lazily named GW module. $4.99 plus more for print.

GW10 Epsilon Cyborgs -  Cyborg adventure and book for Gamma World. $4.99 plus more for print

Polyhedron 44 and 45 - 45 has a Dawn Patrol scenario. I remember playing a WW1 fighter game back in the day, but I don't remember if it's Dawn Patrol or not. 99 cents each.

Adventures


100 Clones of Timothy the Wise -  This silly sounding name belies a fairly epic, if gonzo adventure. $9.99 and 126 pages

Rules


Into the Jungle -  Seems to be a Viet Nam inspired game. Free 16 pages.

Space Dungeon Book II - Aka Monsters and Treasure for this sci-fi version of OD&D (first book was like a month ago). $1.49, 52 pages.

Misc


Alarms & Journeys - Fanzine. Vague content listing. $1, 14 pages

Friday Enhanced Map 4-19-19 - Another section of what I think is a large dungeon. There's sort of a highway that connects each of the maps for the last couple months. $1.

Wizard Funk Issue 1 - Fanzine. No content listing. $1, 10 pages.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Eyrie of the Dread Eye Review — Creative Homage to Dwellers of the Forbidden City

New adventures from Autarch have slowly been trickling out in the last year or so, with the latest being AX5 Eyrie of the Dread Eye by Courtney Campbell. It's purely a site based adventure for levels 6-8 (ACKs or B/X), with no plot, but it does have a fairly detailed and interesting back story. The Dread Eye of the title is not a euphemism for the classic D&D beholder, but a strange demonic entity called the Occulus, who was summoned and imprisoned in a city long, long ago. The Occulus reminds me more than a bit of Yog-Sothoth from the Cthulhu mythos, as it's both a gateway and an entity. There also a few other Lovecraftian flavored encounters, such as proto-oozes and intelligent apes.
 

Monday, April 22, 2019

New Maximum Mayhem Dungeon Kickstarter



I can never get the embed things right, but the series of 1e/OSRIC modules is getting its 6th entry, Moving Maze of the Mad Master.

Honestly, most of them aren't very good. They are gimmicky/joke dungeons, but the last, #5, was pretty good. This seems to beheading back into gimmick territory with a maze that moves on a wheel.

Still, he's one of the few people actually making 1e modules and the artwork is original and usually well done. Even if you'd never actually want to run or worse, play in them.  $15 for PDF, $30 for softcover + PDF, and more expensive options as well.

Friday, April 19, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — April 18th, 2019

Fairly slow week.

Adventures


DIRE: Tome of the Fallen -  System neutral (but somehow for levels 3-5) module. 30 pages, PWYW

The Haunted Theatre -  Low level dungeon for a system I'm not familiar with, "knave", but also says other old school RPGs. 4 pages, $1

The Tomb of Xenophon - 7 room "microadventure". 2 pages, $1.99. At least it has original art.

Rules


Old School Essentials - Basic Rules -  Only covers 1st level, though. Free.

Misc


GVSZ1: The Mutant Insurrectionist - A seemingly gonzo zine from David Lewis Johnson, whose treasure chest appears in approximately 22.55% of all OSR products.  $5, 20 pages.

Tales of the Splintered Realm: Trove of Treasure - 100 new magic items. PWYW

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Sunken Temple of Chloren-Var Review — Would Work Better As a Text Adventure


The Sunken Temple of Chloren-Var from Wolfhill Entertainment first caught my eye because of the odd phrase in the description, "area variations based on light sources". I can't honestly think of another module that mentioned light sources. I kept my eye on it because it seems to be a product from a new company/person, and after seeing his promotional posts over on ENWorld, I pulled the trigger. At $5.99 it's right on the cusp of my price range for maybe products, but it is quite lengthy at 100 pages (100 real pages, not the padded sort that some people use that only have a few lines of text per page).

It's something of a weird beast in that it's supposedly system neutral, but that system neutral is obviously an older school D&D. There are levels (this is for levels 1st to 4th), but instead of hit points, there are life points. Armor class is given as an equivalent to armor, ranging from leather to field plate, but with some oddities, like bronze platemail (which is just the same as banded or splint, which it uses elsewhere). With that said, there's very, very, very little treasure, and for that matter, not much motivation for the adventure in the first place.

Monday, April 15, 2019

B/x Essentials is apparently now Old-School Essentials and has a Kickstarter

As someone who started with AD&D and a mix of OD&D (since the DMG hadn't come out yet), I always think of Basic as being somewhat newfangled, not old school. As to why it's supposedly so hard it needs new easier versions, I don't get, but as of this writing, 858 people and nearly $60,000 of their money do get it

Still, Mr Norman is a talented man so his success is well deserved. I just wish it had been for his more original products (like the Complete Vivimancer) than a re-hash.

One amusing thing, though

Compatibility: Old-School Essentials is a 100% accurate restatement of the original Basic/Expert rules (B/X), with nothing added, changed, or removed. All material written for the B/X rules over the last 38 years can be used with Old-School Essentials, without any conversion effort whatsoever!

B/X as a rules system literally lasted for 2 years, replaced in 1983. It is literally the least successful version of D&D ever produced (even Holmes lasted 4 years)


As near as I can tell, it only had 5 modules written for it - B3, B4, X1,X2, and X3. (B1 and B2 being for Holmes)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ah shoot

When you start your day off by chasing off someone who is trying to steal your car, you think "Hey, at least nothing else today will be worse than that."

Unfortunately, that was not the case, I am very saddened to learn of the passing of James Smith of the Dreams of Mythic Fantasy blog

While I only knew him from that, he was one of the my inspirations to start OSR blogging myself. He'll be missed

Friday, April 12, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — April 11th, 2019

No review this week. Was working on one, but then I got robbed on Wednesday. Nothing major, really, 2 guys in a white truck comes in. I thought they were someone else, a guy who cuts my hay (he's got a white truck and I live on an old 100 acre farm) so I ignore it as he goes and goes at least once a week. Then about 15 minutes later, it comes flying out and I notice it's full of my furniture that I kept in an old shed (no room inside).  I yell at them, get out of the way of the truck, then chase them futilely.

As they were mostly family old heirlooms (most notably being an old 5' globe from the 1800s and an old sea chest of my grandfather's), I wasn't ever going to sell them and so I have nothing to replace. But it's left me shaken up.  The whole brazenness of it, driving up and taking stuff while the owner is at home. And then I wonder if I should have been more suspicious.

And then I get angry because they had a newer truck than I do. And the local police didn't even call back, who knows if I will ever hear or get a visit from them.


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Polyhedron 40, 41, 42, and 43 -  These are from when the Living City dominated the magazine. 99 cents each.

Rules


Dungeons Nights -  Sadly, not a soap opera about the torrid romances that monsters have, but another "modern" take on the OSR. 59 pages, PWYW

RPPP Medieval Authentic (TM) Aristocracy - I think this really depends on what country. But whatever. 20 pages, $2.99

SCA1 The Best of Cavalier Attitude - Haven't been impressed by his adventures, but his zine is pretty good. This includes his take on the scout class (which was actually a very late 1e class from Dragon). 56 pages, $7.50

Misc


Psionic Platypus Vol 1 -  Apparently a one page zine. PWYW

Wilderlands of the Magic Relams, Revised Guidebook -  Doesn't this come out (again) every 6 months? Update of the old Judges Guild setting $4.99, 38 pages, also available in print.

Color Maps for above -

Friday, April 5, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — April 4th, 2019

The best time of year, baseball season is once again upon us. Also, a lot of adventures this week.


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Polyhderon 36, 37, 38, and 39 -  These seem to be from the late 80s. 99 cents each.

Adventures


House of Illthrix -  Apparently the first of three for the Avremier setting for OD&D. $2.99 and 29 pages.

No Sun for a Wicked Moon -  Haven't heard much from Unbalanced Dice Games and apparently this is why, a 250 page mid level adventure for Labyrinth Lord where apparently the PCs go to the Moon.  Even considering the rather spacious page format used, that's a big adventure (probably 70 regular pages). $6

Shrine of Ptallo - Possibly a comedy adventure (the description starts off with a half-naked man) for S&W for levels 3 to 5.  20 pages, $2.50

The Labyrinth of Cull the Chaotic -  I got excited from the description, then saw it's 2 pages. 2 pages. The one page dungeon has to be the most obnoxious fad of the last 10 years. That and wearing pajamas as regular clothing. PWYW

The Sunken Temple of Chloren-Var - This seems to be system neutral, but with an old school style, strangely emphasizing lighting as a resource. 100 pages, $5.99

Rules


Men & Magic Compilation -  Basically a reorganized OD&D, including the ranger, illusionist, and bard.  Free!

Misc


Back to BasiX Issue 8 -  B/X fanzine. $2, 29 pages.  Highlights seem to be two comics and a Jaquays interview.

Echoes from Fomalhaut #04: Revenge of the Frogs -  Latest PDF of Gabor Lux's excellent fanzine, including an adventure (from the title) and more. 44 pages, $6

Friday Enhanced Map 3-29-19 -  The latest in what I think is a multi-part dungeon.

Mazith Random Cave Maker 2.5 - Program to generate maps of caves. PWYW.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Class Catalog for B/X Essentials Review — 5e and old favorite classes for B/X


Perhaps the most notable thing about Basic/Expert D&D (and its later Companion, Master, Immortal successor) is race as class. In some ways it's both a strength and weakness, as it provides all sorts of different game play experiences by allowing monster characters, but it can also be restrictive when playing more human like creatures. What if you want to play an elf that isn't basically a fighter/magic-user?

Class Catalog from Crossplanes Game Studio brings a variety of racial classes to B/X Essentials, a grab bag of AD&D 2e races (aasimar and tiefling), 5e races (dragonborn and pixie), as well as variants of existing ones (dwarven thief, dwarven priest, elven rogue, halfling burglar), plus the gnome and half-orc.

Jim Ward posts on ENWorld about Meeting Gary Gygax....

Jim Ward is not exactly a stranger to the online world, but recently he's started posting some stuff over at ENWorld, a site not really known for old school D&D (as it was started for 3rd edition), but nevertheless, in a recent post he goes about how he met Gary Gygax and his first game of D&D


On that Tuesday the store had quite a few new books from different series I liked to read. There was an L. Sprague DeCamp Conan novel; a Michael Moorcock Elric book; I think there was a Robert Heinlein in the batch. Anyway, as I picked up the seventh novel, a rough looking dude was grabbing books as well. As I selected the last book of the seven he took a copy of the same book.

We looked at each other and smiled. He had sort of a biker air about him. He was wearing an old pair of jeans and a ratty blue-jean jacket. As we looked at each other's stack of books we realized we had picked the exact same novels. We got quite a laugh out of that.

Then we got into a discussion on the merits of Robert E. Howard or L. Sprague DeCamp's version of Conan. During that discussion he hit me with the fact that he had a game where I could play Conan fighting against the priests of Set. Gary had set the hook and I was being pulled in like a ten pound trout. He gave me his phone number and told me the game was every Saturday.

Much more at the link...

Friday, March 29, 2019

New OSR Products at DTRPG — March 28th, 2019

Somewhat slow week, but a lot of adventures.

There's also a handful of zines dedicated to Empire of the Petal Throne, but it's from Grognardia Games who I consider something of a scammer over the Dwimmermount KS

Adventures


No, Really, It's Me - 4 pages outline for an adventure. $1

RPPP: The Cyrmi Davey - Medieval Authentic (TM) adventure about a Welsh guy running off with a non-Welsh guy's wife.  I think I saw an episode of Mannix about that. $2.49, 16 pages.

Sision Tower -  35 room dungeon crawl in a tower for levels 3-5. $3.99 and 39 pages.

The Devil of Murder Cliffs - S&W adventure from Casey Christofferson and Frog God Games. For levels 3 to 5. $9.99 for 39 pages which makes me wonder if they left a digit or two off by accident, as it's much less than their usual sky high prices

Misc


Friday Enhanced Map 3-22-19 -  Not sure how to describe it, looks like an underground truck stop. $1

Gamma Zine #1 - 3 short adventures and some other stuff for old school (presumably) Gamma World. $3, 29 pages.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wyrd Ways of Walstock Review — Rush to Save an Absurd Town



Wyrd Ways of Walstock is the first (and maybe last, since it came out in 2017) adventure from Dan Osarchuk and OSRDan games, who has produced a number of supplements called  Divinities & Cult(which I do not own). While it's an adventure (and meant for 1st to 3rd level characters), it's largely a small town that happens to have a dastardly plot going on that the PCs will presumably get caught up in and presumably try to foil. The tone of the module veers between satirical and light hearted. The villain of the module is a cult that worships the arch devil of health insurance, and there's a long (and depressingly adequate) description of the town hospital.