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.