Saturday, November 29, 2014

Second and Zero Edition Samurai released

 Although never an "official" class until OA, it was a very popular unofficial class, so much so there was one in the Wizardry game (which basically used the D&D rules) and some early D&D fiction.

Leonaru has released a 2e version and a 0e version, both free from Lulu.

Edit: And here is a 1e version.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday sales

Not a lot of stuff that is directly OSR (in my view, mimicking the TSR era D&D games), but a lot of pseudo-OSR stuff, such as 30% off of Dungeon Crawl Classics PDFs and pretty big discounts on Castles & Crusades PDFs.

If you have any interest in self-publishing, Raging Swan is having a 40% off sale. They produce a lot of  reasonably priced and very neat town maps that have a nice hand drawn look (since I guess they are hand drawn). I picked up a couple this summer for a module I'm working on (almost done).

And again, for self-publishing, Purple Duck has 40% off their stock art (which is already really cheap at $3 each when not on sale) and so does Rogue Genius (even cheaper at $1.99 when not on sale, and only $1.11 now).

Purple Duck also has a small line of Labyrinth Lord adventures on sale.

North Wind is selling the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea boxed set for $40, vs the usual $50.

Noble Knight is having a small sale. They are an out of print reseller. I remember him from the days when he just sold on Usenet.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New OSR Products at RPGNow—November 27th, 2014

A few new products and several old ones from elsewhere added.


FP9 - The Onyx Spire - This week's Adventures in Filbar module. 16 pages, $3, and for mid level characters.

Hexed Places - The Gray Ribs - This is some sort of hex crawl type deal. $2.69

Slumber Ursine Dunes PDF - This is a hex crawl with two dungeons and some new classes for Labyrinth Lord. $9 for 66 pages.
The Demon's Gambit - Another mini-adventure from Creation's Edge for Swords & Wizardry. This time for character 8-10th level invading a demon's lair. 13 pages, $1.50


Basic Fantasy RPG 3rd Edition - Not sure why you'd download it from here as opposed to the website for it, but you can. Small additions but basically the same as past editions of the game.

Basic Fantasy RPG Field Guide - Basically a monster manual for above. 

Old School Monster Classes - 14 monster PC classes for Labyrinth Lord including Giant, Naga, Medusa, and Vampire. 43 pages and $4.99

The Basic Illusionist - This is not new, but new to RPGNow. Free


Secrets #1: Omens & Artifacts - Again, not new, but new to RPGNow. This is a fanzine. 24 pages, $1.99

Secrets #2: Strange Races - Second issues of the above fanzine, this one has 25 new races. 28 pages, $1.99

Small Niche Games having a print sale

Prolific (and fairly high quality) OSR publisher Small Niche Games is having a sale on its print products over at RPGNow, $4.95 gets you the PDF and softcover of most of their adventures. Good for Thursday and Friday.

Monday, November 24, 2014

AFS #6 Released

The 6th issues of AFS, a fanzine dedicated to sword & sorcery OSR gaming has been released. Costs $10 for a copy (print only)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Big Lulu sale!

No, not the waitress at the truck stop, but the print on demand store where many OSR products are sold.

HC50 gives you 50% off hardcovers, and FLASH30 gives you 30% off softcovers.

50% is about as good as it gets, actually. Usually they have a 40% off sale in December. But if you want a hard cover, now is the time.

Ends midnight on the 24th of November.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New OSR Products at RPGNow—November 20th, 2014

Back to being busy this week with a bunch of adventures.


Bitterbark's Circus - From Joseph Bloch/BRW Games comes this adventure meant for his Adventures Dark & Deep game (which is basically just 1e with some minor house rules). 8-9th level, 30 pages, $4.95

FV1 - Jeopardy Caverns - This week's Adventures in Filbar module is meant for beginners. 29 pages, $3

The Halls of Hollow Hill - This was apparently originally for a different game, but converted to Labyrinth Lord, 2nd to 4th level. 12 pages, $2.

The Lizardmen of Illzathatch -  3rd level adventure from Shane Ward/3 Toadstools. The PCs must investigate what happened to a party of dragon slayers. Now with pregenerated characters. 12 pages, Pay What You Want.

Trial of the Guild - Another Swords & Wizardry mini-adventure from Creation's Edge, this time for levels 7-9. For some reason, the PCs want to join an adventurer's guild...if they can past the entrance test. 13 pages, $1.50

Whisper & Venom - This is a large adventure setting from Lesser Gnome. It's been available in print, this is the PDF. $12.95 and pretty big


Adventures Dark & Deep Player's Screen - 8 pages, $1.50. (BTW, Does anyone play this? I'm curious. It just seems so close to 1e, that you might as well play 1e)

Krull Wilderness Map - Annotated - Mentioned this before, this is someone's old campagin map with notes. 1 page, $2.

Silent Legions — Lovecraftian OSR Game from Kevin Crawford on Kickstarter

Kevin Crawford of Sine Nomine games has another Kickstarter, this time for Silent Legions, a Lovecraftian OSR game.

Silent Legions is a modern-day Lovecraftian role-playing game, one built to support a sandbox style of gaming and the creation of your own diabolical Mythos. While compatible with the Stars Without Number game system and many other classic old-school games, Silent Legions is built to stand alone and provide you with everything you need to develop a grim world of unspeakable occult secrets and mad, sorcerous scheming.

Silent Legions is 160+ pages of specially-designed material to help a game master create their own cosmic evils and mysterious alien powers. Rather than simply recycle the traditional Cthulhu Mythos baddies, Silent Legions gives you the tools and techniques to make your own, the better to shock and dismay your players with fresh horrors that haven't already been wrung dry by familiarity. The creatures and cults the game helps you build are also fully compatible with most classic OSR games, allowing you to export them to other settings or mix and match with material you've drawn in from your other games.
It's already met its goal of $3,500.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Advanced Adventures module announced!

While a lot of new OSR modules are still coming out, most of them seem to be from newer people as older producers have run out of steam. So it's nice to see a new Advanced Adventures module get announced, both to see the line continue, and another 1e adventure (as most these days seem to be for S&W or LL).

Due out February 2015, hopefully.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures updated!

One of my favorite OSR games, Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures, has just gotten a free update! So if you own it, go download it. And if you don't own it, it's on sale for only $4 right now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Lizardmen of Illzathatch just released—New PWYW Adventure from 3 Toadstools

The Lizardmen of Illzathatch is a new adventure from Shane Ward of the 3 Toadstools blog

The green dragon Illzathatch has been dispatched by local heroes “The Shields of Atreu”, thus ending his reign of terror across the  countryside.  Only one problem remains, the adventuring party left to raid the lair of the dragon, they have not been seen since.

A OSR Module for 4 - 6 Characters Levels 3
Check it out! I've liked his past work.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Krull Wilderness Map released

No, not that Krull, but apparently someone's old D&D game world that predates the movie. I'm not sure it's worth $2, but pretty neat.

Perhaps more interesting is also a note that they will publish a mega-dungeon set in the world

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New OSR Products at RPGNow—November 13th, 2014

Lots of bundles this week.


FC4 - Valtarius's Retreat - This weeks Adventures in Filbar product is an adventure featuring a dracolich not surprisingly aimed at higher level characters. 19 pages, $3

Lesserton & Mor - I don't know if this is a new product or just new to RPGNow, but at any rate, it's a large sandbox adventure settting from Faster Monkey Games (ook) describing a town and a large ruins complex. $16 and 116 pages

Majestic Wilderlands Print Bundle - This is print and PDF versions of Rob Conley's Majestic Wilderlands setting as well as the adventure, Scourge of the Demon Wolf. $19.99 for print copies, which is pretty impressive given PDFs often cost as much.


Yarr! Compete + Printed Book Bundle Yarr! is apparently a pirate themed OSR game. This seems to be a bundle of a printed book of the rules and PDFs of several supplements. $9.75


Baby Bestiary Coloring Book Volume 1 - As this is statless, this is perhaps for any version of D&D, but basically it's a coloring book of D&D monsters. It's not meant for babies, it stars baby version of those monsters. 30 pages, $4.99 for PDF.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New OSR Bundle of Holding

While certainly not as good a deal as the humble bundle stuff, the Bundle of Holding has decent deals. Right now it's OSR themed: Labyrinth Lord (basic and advanced, the versions with art), Dyson's Delves, and People of the Pit (an adventure) for $7.95, and then for $18.95, you also get Scarlet Heroes (solo OSR gaming rules by Kevin Crawford), Death Frost Doom (meh, standard Screw You LoFP adventure), Lesserton and Mor (sandbox setting?), and a trilogy of adventures I've never heard of.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mischief Inc looking for playtesters for new module

Their next release is 4A A Forgotten Evil and apparently they are looking for playtesters for it.

Mischief, Inc. is looking for a few groups of playtesters for our upcoming adventure module 4A A Forgotten Evil. We are looking for groups willing to use Old School Rules, or a modern clone to test the adventure.

Player characters will be provided, as well as other playtest materials including journals designed to make feedback easier.

Non-disclosure agreements are required for Game Masters and all players, and participants will have their name listed in the Credits of the adventure.

Interested parties should contact Mischief, Inc. at with the Subject "A Forgotten Evil Playtest."

Please state the ruleset you would like to use, and the number of players in your group in the initial email.

**Mischief, Inc. Forum membership is a requirement for playtesting as communication with playtesters will be done through the forums**

Monday, November 10, 2014

Petty Gods Lives!

There was going to be an expanded version of this book (which details minor gods in an homage to a similar Judges Guild product, Lost Gods), but like a lot of ambitious projects, they just never happen.

Well, apparently it's back on thanks to Richard LeBlanc of Save Vs. Dragon/d30 Companion fame.

There was an open call for submissions. I entered Teptrigor, Goddess of Prudery.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New OSR Products at RPGNow—November 6th, 2014

Really slow week



FT - Bixatel -  This week's Adventures in Filbar product. This is a free 16 page adventure setting.



Buccaneers and Bilge Rats - This is a Swords & Wizardry supplement about pirates. Seems pretty packed with two new classes, an adventure, and rules for firearms. 34 pages, $2.99



Basic Graft - This is some sort of supplement for Labyrinth Lord, I think a character class where the character grafts magical parts onto his body. Pay What You Want, 4 pages.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tomb of Rakoss the Undying Review

The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying is the premiere product from Mischief Inc (they've since followed it up The Inheritance), a short dungeon (well, tomb) adventure meant for old school D&D and its modern clones (aka OSR). It was free, then became a pay what you want product. I don't generally review free or PWYW products, since you can just download them yourself and see. That is, unless I happen to run them, which I did just recently.

Quite a lot of space (2 pages) is devoted to the background of the tomb and setting up the adventure. It basically boils down to "an evil warlord-wizard dude builds a tomb and this old guy hires you to explore it". While part of me appreciates the detail and effort they spent, in reality, people will probably be dropping it into their own gameworlds, so it's probably better to be vague and brief.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Cyclopedia of Ark art Kickstarter

This is a strange Kickstarter. Earlier this year there was a free OSR product called the Player's Primer of Ark from Ravenlore Press, which was a fairly long-ish introduction to an AD&D setting, The World of Ark (which sadly is not a spaceship).

Apparently the next product in the line is The Cyclopedia of Ark, but apparently rather than kickstart that, the artist is simply kickstarting the art himself.