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