Monday, October 23, 2017

800 1930s-1950s Fanzines online at the University of Iowa's digital library

Hopefully someday we will see this for RPG related 'zines. But until then, this is still pretty cool, this is how nerds argued before the internet

( BTW I've finally settled in at my new part time job (working weekends) and probably will start posting regularly again soon.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Update of sorts

Thanks for the emails. I'm still somewhat frazzled by dealing with the aftermath of my father's passing. Having to make arrangements for the body, contacting people to notify he passed (and inevitably having them choke up when they hear the news), dealing with this or that (and since I was the only family he had, I'm the only one to do it).

Beyond that, he did have any life insurance or leave any money (as he was living off of social security) and left a lot of debts, most of which I will ignore (like the $1500 3 mile ambulance ride), but some stuff needs to be paid. I tried a GoFundMe on his Facebook page but that failed spectacularly (I got angry comments from his friends) so I have to get another part time job for that (in the next week or so) and I have no idea how much free time that will leave me. 

So time will tell if I have time to do this in the future. And thanks again

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a short break

I believe I mentioned my father had been in and out of the hospital for the last month or so. Well, he passed away this last week somewhat unexpectedly (he had thought he was getting out of it in a couple days, but this was not how he planned) and I've been trying to clean up his affairs and what not. Dealing with his friends, dealing with body arrangements, and the fact that he didn't leave any money but a lot of bills and debt has been seriously stressed out.

Anyway, there's an Xmas in July sale at DTPRG

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New OSR Titles at DTPRG/RPGNow — July 12th, 2017

Busy week with lots of adventures, And I mean a lot of adventures.  And most are actually for OSRIC/1e


Night Below -  Not unlike the D series, only for 2e and in Forgotten Realms  Generic. But basically players get involved into going underground and exploring and killing stuff. Actually quite good  192 pages, $9.99

Space Lairs - Essentially another entry in their Lairs series, but for Spelljammer. 64 pages, $4.99

WGQ1 Patriots of Ulek - I'm guessing they also probably cheat at football. $4.99 and 32 pages


Orb of Undying Darkness -  1 page S&W adventure. PWYW (and looking at the average, clearly I should stop making 15-20 page modules)

OWB09: Stalingrad on Fire - That was also a song by Rock Master Ivan (er, audio NSFW).  Actually a module for Operation White Box . 26 pages, $3.99

SK1 The Corrupt Temple -  An adventure for OSRIC/1e for 3rd to 5th level characters. Sadly not about televangelists, but "a stirring journey into the temple of an aquatic goddess".  44 pages, $10

SK2 Scoundrel's Run -  An adventure for OSRIC/1e, for 1-3 level characters. Seems like a sandbox style adventure focusing on the exploration of a valley. 44 pages, $10

The Destruction Contraption -  A love level adventure from Unbalanced Dice Games who seem to be quite busy of late. 70 pages, $5

The Folio 14 - The start of a new series of Folio brand adventures for 1e/5e. As such it's for 1st level characters. Seems to involve the rescuing of a princess from a necromancer.  36 pages, $5.99

The Folio 14.5 The Pearl of Madness -A side adventure for above. Apparently the PCs go pearl diving in a hidden cover (as this is presumably before they find the princess).  8 pages, $1.99

The Folio 14.6 The Tomb at Dragon's Spine -  Explore the manor of a sea dwarf. Aren't those called penguins? 8 pages, $1.99

The Folio 14.7 Candon Shamen of the Dark Fen -  Sort of like a mountie only for lizard men. The PCs must do something or other to him. 8 pages, $1.99

The Oracle of Stone and Flame -  10 page S&W adventure. PWYW


OWB10: Tactical Combat - Expanding Operation White Box into a miniature game.  What, no retro clone of Tractics? $4.99 and 53 pages

S1 The Harquebusier -  Not to be confused with the Harpybustier, this is apparently a firearm using class for OSRIC/1e with a short adventure. $10, 24 pages.


ACR 1 - Advanced OCR Character Record -  Almost as much of an overkill as those "wheelies" for combat comes this from the Castle Oldskull guy. PWYW and 100s of pages.

Back to BasiX Vol 1 -  Fanzine devoted to B/X. 12 pages, $1.50

Friday Freebie 7-7-17 - Looks like an older style dungeon with diagonal corridors. $1 for enhanced version.

OSR Deluxe Character Sheet - Ironically from Bloat Games comes this single page character sheet, Free,

OWB Tactical Combat in Stalingrad - Bundle of  the tactical combat expansion and the adventure. $6.98

The Folio Digital Quarterly #2 - As with the other Folio stuff, they support 1e and 5e. This is apparently rules for running a steampunk style game. 28 pages, $4.99

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Flying Buffalo's Citybooks up on Bundle of Holding

These are generic, but being old school, they are pretty easy to use with D&D

$7.95 gets you the first 3, plus the first 2 Grimtooth Trap books and beating the average (currently $18.76) gets you the rest plus Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes which was the system used in the original Wasteland.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Inferno: Oasis of Koessa Review — Banana Throwing Polymorphed Dwarves in Hell

Inferno: Oasis of Koessa is an adventure module from Paul Elkmann and Geoffrey O. Dale, the latter known to old school gamers as the author of the Inferno hex crawl for Judges Guild, which was literally set in hell as envisioned by Dante.  That only had 4 circles of hell, but he included a 5th circle in one of the issues of Fight On! and then apparently finished the rest in a stand alone product.

As the name implies, Inferno: Oasis of Koessa is set in hell (the 7th Circle), basically a small oasis consisted of some sphinxes, a funerary temple, a tower (obelisk), and some small pyramids, ruled over by a mummy king. In practice, it's a collection of dungeons. The largest is a sphinx, with just over 100 keyed locations and 20 pages. The funerary temple is 14 locations and 5 pages, the tower 11 floors (one per floor) and 4 pages, the tomb is 16 locations over 6 pages, and the pyramids are about 12 locations and 5 pages each.

For the most part, all of these places are old school dungeon crawls. Very old school, they very easily could have come out of a Judges Guild product circa 1980 (as did the original Inferno).  Lots of combat, lots of death traps (two or three saving throws per room seems to be about the norm), with the occasional very strange thing that makes you laugh and say "That's crazy!".  My favorite example of the latter is a dwarf polymorphed into a chimp that throws bananas at the PCs, some of which explode.

Castle Oldskull Products Apparently on Sale

For 99 cents each. Basically these are huge books full of random tables to generate various things.

While I personally am not too crazy about random tables, these are remarkably comprehensive. The PDFs are rather bloated by a huge font and unnecessary public domain art which can cause a table to be several pages instead of one, but still, at 99 cents, they are worth it to mine for ideas.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New OSR Products at DTPRG/RPGNow — July 4th, 2017

Sigh. My father had yet another operation this week (after one on Friday). Two actually. Apparently they botched it the first time and had to go back and fix it. But he's stable and conscious, but still in ICU.

I am not a BRP fan (at least for fantasy, it's okay for CoC), but there is an interesting product, Ki Khanga, a Sword & Soul based game like Spears of the Dawn. To me the best way to promote diversity in the hobby is to quit talking about it and put out diverse products, in this case, a fantasy Africa game.


A Light in the Belfry -  Apparently one of the 2e era audio adventures, this time for Ravenloft. No audio though. 32 pages, $4.99

AC3 The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina -  TSR really had a thing for paper miniatures for some reason (also in their Indiana Jones game) and this was an attempt to add them to B/X.  $4.99

AC8 The Revenge of Rusak - See above. And Rusak's Revenge is much catchier. $4.99 and 16 pages.

Savage Baronies - Another audio cd enhanced product, again sans the audio. This time it was an expansion for the Savage Coast, which was sort of a mini-setting of Mystara in the 2e era. $4.99 and 96 pages.




Microlite74 3d6 Edition - 68 pages, Another variation of the Microlite rules. PWYW  68 pages.


A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island -  I have no idea what this is exactly. An adventure? A location sourcebook? Fiction? Seems like it's all of them. No idea what rules it uses but it says "OSR" in the category, so who knows. And at $19.99, I won't be finding out. It's 240 pages, though.

Friday Freebie Enhanced 6-30-17 - Smallish underground temple, looks like. $1 for enhanced version.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Lunar Library of Thurindisar Review — A Trip to the Moon with (almost) Jedi and Daleks in 15 pages,

The Lunar Library of Thurindisar is a short adventure module from John Fredericks and Sharp Mountain games, the third one of his that I've bought. The first two were good but not great, but this one hits the great mark and then some. Like his other modules, it's meant for low-mid level (3-6) Labyrinth Lord and is set around a town called Adela. But as the name of the module implies, the adventure might start at Adela, but most of it takes place on the Moon.

Essentially the local mage is looking for a certain rare spell, which was known to be in the spellbook of a magic-user named Thurindisar. While most mages seem to be make do with towers, Thurindisar wasn't satisfied with that and lived on the Moon. So the PCs are hired to go there, sent by a magical telescope, to recover the spell.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 26th, 2017

I sometimes think the best way to stay healthy is to avoid being sick. I mean, besides the obvious, there seem to be complications from getting treatment. My father goes to the hospital for pneumonia. While there, he chokes on a sandwich. He recovers from that and gets discharged. But he was given some sort of drug that causes internal bleeding and he has to go back to the hospital to fix that.  That was cured and he was discharged again, only now he has to go back to the hospital because he got bed sores during his stay that aren't healing right.


Jakandor, Land of Legend -  As if late 2e era TSR didn't have enough settings to support, so they decided to put out a series of mini settings. Jakandor was one of these and this is the 3rd book for it. 146 pages, $7.99

Sea of Blood -  Last of a trilogy of modules about sahuagin. $4.99 and 64 pages

The Sylvan Veil -  Otherwise known as leaves. I guess. 112 pages and $9.99. Some Dragonlance thingie about wood elves


Blue Crystal Mine -  Creation's Edge starts up a new series of S&W modules with this, for 1-3 levels. 11 pages, $1.50

Broken God's Pain -  Like when Thor drops his hammer on his toe. Apparently a conversion of an older adventure to Labyrinth Lord, but I have no idea what the original adventure was for. $6 and 81 pages and for low levels.

Metamorphosis Alpha: Epsilon City -   Huge sourcebook for MA from Goodman Games, detailing the largest city about the ship. Essentially turning MA into a small scale Gamma World, I guess.  348 pages and $25

SO1 Eternal Knight - Short adventure for AD&D and clones, levels 6-8. 15 pages (including pregends), $5


PC12 - The OSR Rogue -  This is my attempt at a replacement for the thief class. 15 pages and  PWYW or get it from my google drive  (if I have it working right)

The Green Witch for Swords & Wizardry - From that guy that really love witches. A woodsy sort of witch, not the giant vegetable selling kind. $2.99 and 74 pages


Castle Oldskull: The Oldskull Necronomicon I -  I'm not sure what this is, the description if vague, but his previous products were largely random gibberish tables formatted so they take up about 5x the pages they should. $4.99 and 246 pages

Friday Freebie 6-23-17 -  This looks like a very old school (diagonal corridors) tomb complex. $1 for the enhanced version.

Legends of Krshal - For Towers of Krshal, which I believe was a skethcy megadungeon, comes this supplemental book. 46 pages, $4.50

Medieval Roadside Inn -  Floorplans for said sort of inn. $1.99

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Nevermore Mines — Excellent Halloween Themed Adventure

The Nevermore Mines is an adventure module from The Merciless Merchants for the AD&D 2e retroclone For Gold & Glory, meant for characters 4th to 7th level. Unlike a lot of OSR projects that are single person efforts, it's actually done by a number of people, written by Jon Bertani with Aaron Fairbrook and Mark McAllister, who also do maps and editing respectively.  An OSR product with editing? Who'd have thought. It's 56 pages and ordinarily goes for $5.95 in PDF, but I got it on sale for only $3.

It's meant to be a Halloween themed module, or at least inspired by it. The basic premise is that ages ago, some dwarves imprisoned an ancient evil in some mines, which they then abandoned. Then humans came along and re-opened the mines, including breaking open the sealed "Do Not Open" area and of course, the ancient evil ran amok. But they eventually realized their mistake and re-imprisoned the ancient evil. Only they didn't do as good a job of it as the dwarves and the ancient evil can get loose every "Harvest Moon". And he does, not just committing atrocities, but recruiting evil followers that can harass the nearby town year round.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 20th, 2017

Summer is officially here, or just about will be and things seem to be perking back up.


A Darkness Gathering -  Late 2e era module that is a start of a trilogy about mind flayers. $4.99 and 32 pages

Dawn of the Overmind -  Apparently the last adventure of a trilogy about mind flayers and a Spelljammer crossover of sorts. 64 pages, $4.99

FR8 Cities of Mystery -  An aide to help you design cities, originally including cardboard fold up dealies which I guess you'd now have to print out. 64 pages, $4.99

Masters of Eternal Night -  The middle part of a trilogy about mind flayers $4.99, 32 pages

Night of the Shark -  2nd part of an adventure trilogy about the Sahuagin, a name I still cannot spell very well 40 years later. 32 pages, $4.99


An Invitation from the Blue Barron -  Free multi-author dungeon meant for Blueholme, now on DTPRG.

The Flooded Temple -  Calls itself OSR but has no stats. $1.95 and 17 pages.

To the Aid of Zig -  From Creation's Edge Games comes another mini-module for S&W, this time for 8th-10th level characters. 12 pages, $1.50

Ud: Labyrinth Lord Edition -  I don't remember the original (and it's not on his page) so I don't know what system it was for.  51 pages, $5


AS&SH 2e Character Sheet -  Probably works with the 1st edition of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers  of Hyperborea as  well. Free

Friday Freebie 6-16-17 -  Lake and caverns. $1 for enhanced version.

Old School Adventurers Miniatures - PWYW paper minis to print out.

The Unicorn Cookbook - Fantastic Beasts and How to Eat Them - Free novelty book

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pretty nice online city generator

Medieval Fantasy City Generator it is called. Not perfect by any means (and I would argue that medieval and fantasy cannot exist together as medieval Europe required several specific things to exist which don't in fantasy worlds), but works very quickly

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Merciless Merchants discount their products for Father's Day weekend

As near as I can tell, they are reducing their two adventures from $5.95 each to $3 each (they also have a PWYW one).

That's one of the annoying things about publishers who use DTPRG's feature to put a higher list price, then put a lower real price just to make it seem like they are giving you a big discount. Because when they actually do give a discount, you aren't sure how much the actual discount is.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dungeon of the Selenian Conclave Review — Something of a Tease

Dungeon of the Selenian Conclave is the second module from Starlight Games and Alessandro Dellamotta. Like the first, it's meant for B/X. While his earlier effort was for low-mid levels (4th or so), this is intended for 1st and 2nd level characters.

The premise is somewhat similar to Arsenal of the Warrior Princess, his first module, in that the party explores an abandoned wizardrly research facility. In this case though, rather than being for weapons research, it's research meant to enable travel to the Moon. While this is generally possible with a simple teleport spell in most settings, apparently not the author's. (I don't know about the Mystara moon, though I do remember that's where the Immortals had their city. It also has a second, invisible moon full of Japanese cat people).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gary Gygax's FBI Files

I've always been wary about studying a person's life too much. But this is kinda interesting, a journalist at Reason Mag filed a FOIA to the FBI about any files related to Gary Gygax and TSR

He finally got an answer, a year later

Mostly seems to be rumors from one of the Blumes.

Apparently this was somehow part of the Unabomber investigation.

Bruce Heard's latest Kickstarter is up

Bruce Heard, mostly notable for his Mystara work, particularly the Princess Ark series, had to come up with a new world once he left TSR/WOTC and they had no interest in giving him a Mystara license.

So Calidar was born, a world where he could continue with  Princess Ark style products.

The last one was kinda meh, but his newest Calidar entry is about a literal flying circus

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — June 13th, 2017

This has been a much better week than last, my father is out of intensive care and should be out of the hospital tomorrow. He needs to get some physical therapy to walk, since he's been bedridden for basically a month.

And we've got a couple of high profile releases. A new Gamma World inspired game and a new Advanced Adventure!


Comanthyr: Empire of the Elves -  Sourcebook about an elven country in the Forgotten Realms. Apparently in Ed Greenwoods it was originally called Keeblerville. 160 pages, $9.99

DLC2: Dragonlance Classics 2 -  Compilation of the 5th-8th original Dragonlance adventures, converted to 2e.  120 pages, $4.99

DLC3: Dragonlance Classics 3 -  The last part (9th-12th) of the original Dragonlance adventures, compiled and revised for 2e, 128 pages, $4.99

Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Vol 3 -  Contains the guide to Vistana, the guide to Fiends, and the unpublished (before this) guide to Witches.  288 pages and $9.99

Wyrmskull Throne - One of the last 2e adventures for the FR, $4.99 and 64 pages


Advanced Adventures #35: The Desert Shrine of the Sightless Sisters -  New OSRIC/1e adventure from Keith Sloan, whose Witch Mounds I (and my players) really, really loved. This seems quite a bit darker though, about a cult that kidnaps girls, cuts out their tongue and eyes and turns them into brainwashed soldiers that the PCs must presumably kill.   For level 5-8. 12 pages, $7

The Storm of Yizhao - Adventure for Godbound. Comes with epub and mobi versions as well.  $4.99 and 74 pages.


Mutant Bastards - Adventures in the New West -  Inpsired by Gamma World and AD&D 2e comes Mustant Bastards. It seems to have something of a wild west theme as well, reminding me of Deadlands Hell on Earth.  155 pages and a very reasonable $5.75


Deck of Many Things for Labyrinth Lord -  This PDF seemingly automates it or something. PWYW.

Friday Freebie June 9th 2017 -  Looks like another underground river map, this time leading into a lake. $1 for the enhanced version.

Nod 32 - John Stater's excellent 'zine continues. Has a new class, gods of Mesopotamia, and a hex crawl. 140 pages, $3.39 (probably temporary price)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dark Dungeons Deluxe in the Works

Over on Dragonsfoot someone ("Peter") is working on making a deluxe version of Dark Dungeons, the BECMI retro-clone

So far, changes include:

Reduced to 2-column layout.
Different color choices.
Header and footer images.
Color class and monster art.
New Cover.
Spellchecked for American English.

New Classes: Gnome (PC2), Mountebank (Darker Dungeons).
Druids are now a full class (DRGN177).
Thief ability progression to level 14 reverted to expert set. After level 14 progresses similarly to RC.

New Skills: Snares (RC)

New Equipment: Flail (Darker Dungeons), Kite Shield (GAZ15), Morning Star (Darker Dungeons), Small Shield (GAZ15), Tower Shield (GAZ15)

Elves have a new spell list, with some new spells (GAZ5).
Some spells now function differently when cast underwater (PC3).

New Monsters: Bhut (DMR2), Bird of Prey, Lesser Haunt (DMR2)
Changed Lesser Phoenix to Firebird (I12+MCSA2)

I'm not sure about the Druid change, but the rest is excellent. He's looking for any input help, so check it out if you have any interest in that sort of D&D.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New OSR Games at RPGNow/DTRPG — Jjune 6th, 2017

I think the worst part of getting old yourself is your parents getting older and having health problems. I spent the night at the hospital waiting room for my father who was in ICU with a combination of a heart problem and pneumonia.

Curiously, it turns out the ICU nurse (male) plays D&D.


Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad -  A late 2e dungeon crawl set in Greyhawk. $4.99 and 48 pages.

Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark -  A guide to the underdark of the Forgotten Realms. Despite the title, it's a well written guide. $9.99 and 128 pages.

For Duty & Deity -  Sounds like a sourcebook but is actually a Forgotten Realms adventure seemingly involving rescuing a god from the Abyss. 48 pages, $4.99

The Star Cairns -  2e Greyhawk module by Sean Reynolds, who I still have a strong dislike for from his days as TSR's guy that harassed people who had D&D fan material online. it might be decent though and it's a dungeon crawl. $4.99 and 48 pages


S3 The Way O' the Fae - An actual adventure for OSRIC! Who'd have thought. At $10 for 30 pages, I won't be buying it.  Seems to be set set in the land of Faerie and involves a leprechaun.

Personally I never thought having a separate land of Faerie in a D&D setting make sense. Because the D&D basically is a land of Faerie

The Ruined Tower -  A mid level adventure for Labyrinth Lord. From Unbalanced Dice Games, who is quietly putting out a lot of stuff. $3, 35 pages.




Castle Oldschool Adventure Generator - I personally am not a fan of randomly generated dungeons/adventures. But if you are, this is a huge book at 700 pages and $4.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - This week's map looks like a section of the underdark. $1 for enhanced version.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

John Turcotte's Mistress of the Ghost City is now available

I have a tendency to overlook Dragonfoot's modules since I shy away from Dragonsfoot, as like most OSR forums, they are kinda toxic to anything not "their" edition and are remarkably rude to past designers, TSR and other. (Frank Mentzer and that guy who originally made the thief class most notably).

Still it's mostly on a few members that are bad, and they do produce some nice stuff, a good fanzine, and a host of adventure modules, their last being John Turcotte's (aka Gnarley Bones) Mistress of Ghost City, the 4th and final module in his Her Dark Majesty series.

The other 3 being Where the Fallen Jarls Sleep, Beneath Black Towen (not a typo for Tower), and Stormcrows Gather (Not a typo for Stormcow, sadly.)

All worth checking out, but this looks like the best. Also took a long time to come out to due various problems that always seem to come up when you are putting out a module.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Lot More Planet Stories at Comics Book Plus

Zounds! By my count, 12 more issues of the sword & planet magazine since the post I made the other day.  Well, they started off sword & planet, they gradually moved more towards 1950s sci-fi as they er, reached the 1950s.

Some highlights:

British Versions #3 - Warrior Maid of Mars

Spring 1942 - Stories by Gardner Fox and Eenry Kuttner

Fall 1946 -  Dread Flame of M'Tonak by Henry Hasse (who I believe was on the very outskirts of the Lovecraft circle) and a story by Carl Jacobi

Nov 1950 - This issue is getting away from sword & planet and more is cowboys in space. Also a glowing review of Dianetics from James Blish which caused some controversy at the time (and I believed was rebutted by someone in Galaxy Magazine, which they have a full run of at the Internet Arvhice. I don't think that's actually PD though, they aren't real picky)

July 1952 -  Has a Philip K Dick story, Beyond Lies the Wub which is pretty funny.

November 1952 - The Conjurer of Venus by someone I've never heard of and a Leigh Brackett story.

Summer 1955 - Has a Leigh Brackett novel

July 1951 - Story by Jack Vance, Frank Belknap Long, James Blish, and Poul Anderson

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 30th, 2017

May is one of those months that seems to last forever, which is okay with me, as the weather is usually great.

OSR sale is still going on, but the discounts and selection still suck.  Still,, the AD&D 1e bundle, the Known World bundle, and the Advanced Adventures bundle are very good deals


City System -  Encounters and maps (and I think originally cardboard cutouts) for Waterdeep in the FR. $4.99 and 32 pages.

Council of Wyrms -  in OD&D, EGG suggested that you could play a dragon. Then in AD&D he kinda changed his mind (presumably due to players being players) about tthat. But in 2e, they decided, why not? $9.99 and 196 pages.

Mark of Amber -  This is an AD&D 2e sequel to the classic Castle Amber, though it's almost more one of those sequels that is also kinda a remake. 72 pages, $4.99, no idea if the audio is included.

Rise of the Titans - TSR tried to turn Dragolance into a storytelling game with the SAGA rules. But they still kept putting out AD&D stats, too, like in this book, which is actually about ogres (as in DL they are descended from Titans, I think). $4.99 and 96 pages

The Apocalypse Stone - WOTC wanted everyone to move to 3e, so they came up with this module to destroy your existing 2e campaign, not merely change it like Fate of Istus. 96 pages, $4.99


House of Flowers -  Some sort of pretentious artsy adventure. 72 pages, PWYW

The Folio #12 -  I had the first few of these, but I've completely lost track/interest of them.  2nd part of a trilogy. For 5th to 7th level characters, 1e/5e statted. 36 pages, $5.99

The Folio #13 - Concluding part of a trilogy. Otherwise as above.  28 pages, $5.99


Dungeons & Delvers -  Besides being trademark lawsuit bait, this seems to be some sort of OSR D&D with a bunch of tweaks.  $6.99 and 135 pages.

Witches & Wyverns -  This is kinda why I dislike a large portion of the OSR. Think OD&D Whitebox isn't old school enough for you? Well, this sucker is Chainmail based. Never mind that Chainmail is even clunkier and crappier than even Whitebox. Yes, I should probably lighten up, but Chainmail just really sucks. Sometimes older is not better, it's crappier. 21 pages, $1


Dice Rolling PDF -  Rolling dice too hard? Can't use a virtual program? Well, this PDF will roll dice for you somehow. PWYW

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 5-26-17 -  This week's map looks like a seaside cave

Star Sword Magazine #1 -  Official magazine devoted to the inexplicably popular White Star, though 3rd party stuff for that has basically stopped. 39 pages, $3.99

Monday, May 29, 2017

Death in Reik Caverns Review — A Relic of the 1e/2e Transition Era

Death in Reik Caverns is a modern day rarity, an OSR module actually meant for 1st Edition (either actual AD&D or OSRIC). In truth though, it's not so much OSR, as old school. It was an AD&D module used at Gencon in 1992, though in a way, it feels much older with that, more like '79, as it completely uses standard monsters and has a rather pedestrian premise — archmage dies, monsters come in and take over his lair and use it as a base to raid a nearby town. However, its true age is betrayed by a number of 2e-isms sneaking through, which honestly does represent how a lot of games were played then, using both 1e and 2e material somewhat haphazardly.

It's meant to be set in Greyhawk, dubbed "Darkhawk" here, but the tiny included map includes Maure Castle, Cairn Hills, Safeton, and Abbor Alz, all unchanged from Greyhawk. Still, it doesn't literally use the Darlene map. It is however set in a new town, Breehaven, 2 hexes away from Greyhawk. At least as far as I know it is new, I was never really into Greyhawk beyond the original folio and early modules.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Some New Pulps at Comic Books Plus

Not directly OSR related, but this is the literature that inspired the game. On issue of Planet Stories and 3 issues of Avon Readers, which basically just took old pulp stories and reprinted them, sans illustration or ads.

Planet Stories v2 08 - Most notably has a sword & planet tale from Henry Kuttner, The Eyes of Thar

Avon Fantasy Reader 15 -Has a sword & planet adventure from Stanley Weinbaum (and a heck of a cover), a story about a guy with ape servants and some other stuff.

Avon Fantasy Reader 17 -  Featuring (and the cover) The Sapphire Siren. It's funny, while 1950s male heroes went shirtless, they still pulled their pants up to their navel and some older tales by HPL and William Hope Hodgeson

Avon Science Fiction Reader 1 - This has a cover like from a Venger Satainis module, but is actually for a story from Edmond Hamilton, and has stories from A. Merritt, CAS, Frank Belknap Long, and Donald Wollheim.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

OSR sale at DTRPG

Not much of a sale, only 15% off.

And from what I can tell, it's mostly titles from the commercial, as opposed to the hobbyist side of the OSR. Still, as most of those are priced high to begin with, you can save a few bucks.

Edit: More interesting is the sale at DM"s Guild

Has bundles of TSR products at really low prices and a nice bundle of Advanced Adventures.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New OSR Releases at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 23rd, 2017

After a very slow last week, things have picked up a little with a couple of new race supplements and a couple of adventures


Cult of the Dragon -  There was a Forgotten Realms book with a Dracolich on the cover. I may or may not have read it, I can't remember. But this has the same cover and presumably is about it. 128 pages, $4.99

Hail the Heroes - As part of their new take on Mystara, bringing it into AD&D, they also put out adventures with accompanying cds.  I don't know if it comes with audio files or not. 36 pages, $4.99

Monstrous Arcana: The Sea Devils -  Sadly, not a Jon Pertwee Doctor Who crossover, this is instead a sourcebook about those lovely sharkmen, the sahuagin. $4.99 and 96 pages.

Night of the Vampire -  Another one of these adventures. Didn't have this one either (I did own the Castle Amber one. $4.99 and 36 pages

Wizard's Spell Compendium Vol 2 -  More spells for 2e wizards. Unfortunately they lump in illusionist spells, so it's not as useful as it could be for earlier editions. 288 pages, $9.99


Dungeon of the Selenian Conclave -  From the author of the pretty nice module Arsenal of the Warrior Princess comes a new B/X adventure with a seemingly similar premise, the remains of a wizardly research lab. $1.99 and 18 pages.

Peepee Soaked Heckhole - The name is a Simpsons reference, but it seems to be a standard "I'm so edgy"  LotFP module from the usual bunch. 8 pages, PWYW


Book of Fantasy Races -  This book introduces 31 new races for use with Advanced Labyrinth Lord or 1e. So they are races, not race classes. $3, 36 pages.

The Nephilim -  Children of angels for Sword & Wizardry. Complete 6 pages, 99 cents.


Friday Freebie 5-19-17 - This week's map from Tim Hartin is a cavern with one looks like to be a bottomless pit. $1 for the enhanced version

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Giant's Perch Review — It's Not a Huge Fish

Giant's Perch is a short adventure for Labyrinth Lord, written and illustrated by John Frederick of Sharp Mountain Games. A couple years ago I bought another adventure from him, Witch of Tariswoods which was good but not great. Both adventures use the same town as base, though it's not really described here save for a tavern. (He's also released 2 more adventures, all available in a 4-pack for $6 total)

Also like that adventure, this has a couple of wilderness encounters, then a small dungeon. It's pretty much linear, the party has the first wilderness encounter, which then leads them to the next, then finally the dungeon. Basically they run into an elf being attacked by frogmen, they rescue him, who enlists them on his quest to find a magic flower.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 16th, 2017

Quiet week on the OSR front. On the other hand, we have the 2017 One Page Dungeon Compendium. Personally I am not a big fan of that format. Just because you can make a dungeon on one page doesn't mean you should. Also an old school, if not D&D favorite, Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes which is like a modern Tunnels & Trolls, only good.


Dungeon Builder's Guidebook -  Sometime in the mid-90s after eschewing dungeon adventures (particularly in Dungeon magazine), TSR realized "Hey, maybe those dungeon things aren't so bad after all". This is a fairly useful guide. 64 pages, $4.99

Dungeon Master's Design Kit -  This is a late 1e era product on how to design adventures, not so much dungeons, $4.99 and 96 pages

Wizard's Spell Compendium Vol 1 -  The first of 4 volumes of every D&D and AD&D magic-user (I mean, wizard since it's 2e) spell up to its compilation, which I think was mid 90s. 288 pages, $9.99






Castle Builder - More a guide on how to describe castles to players. PWYW

Monster Wheelies For Labyrinth Lord Vol 2 -  More combat charts for 190+ more LL monsters. Because having a separate chart for each monster is so much simply than THACO or Ascending AC and attack bonus. PWYW, but I swear, this makes less sense to me than a single saving throw.

Friday Freebie Ehanced Map 5-5-2017 - Which despite the name, is actually May 12th's map. $1 for enhanced version

Ward's Warrens - A collection of hand drawn cave maps from Shane Ward. Free.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maximum Mayhem Dungeons: Monsters of Mayhem #1 Kickstarter

While his stuff is a little pricey for me, Maximum Mayhem is one of the only remaining lines of OSRIC/1E products these days. This time with a monster book

It's also got that gonzo, Heavy Metal sort of style that I like

Monday, May 15, 2017

Arsenal of the Warrior Princess Review — Very Good Short Tomb Crawl

Arsenal of the Warrior Princess is a short-ish module for 3rd to 5th level characters from Starlight Games, written by Alessandro Dellamotta. It's meant for B/X but should work with any OSR game. Perhaps the most unusual thing is that the author being European, uses the metric system. I'm not sure if European editions of B/X actually used that, but it's fairly easy to convert, 3m = 10', so 18m = 60, 24m = 90, and 36m = 120

The premise is that the dungeon complex was a weapons research facility of a long lost ancient empire, run by the daughter of the emperor. There was a magical accident and it killed everyone inside. Rather than the ancient empire using raise dead (which in B/X can be cast by a 7th level Cleric) or reincarnation or anything that you'd think an empire would have, they just buried her. But they did re-animate some of the dead in the complex to serve as guardians. Beyond that, they also buried the warrior princess with her magic sword. She really, really loved her magic sword.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 9th, 2017

Fairly busy week.


DLE1 In Search of Dragons -  Apparently there were 100s, maybe even 1000s of Dragonlance adventures. This was apparently the first 2e DL module. 2e really beefed up dragons, so I'm not sure how effective a dragon lance was against them. $4.99 and 62 pages

DLE3 Dragon Keep - Apparently unrelated to DLE1, save both being DL and 2e and Dragon related. 64 pages, $4.99

DLT1 New Tales: The Land Reborn -  Apparently not Dragon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich, but Dragon Lance Tales. An anthology of adventures. 96 pages, $4.99

Jakandor: Island of War - At this point in the 2e era, I think they were just putting out whatever idea came to hand, this apparently was inspired by Glorantha. 144 pages, $4.99

Priest's Spell Compendium Vol 2 -  I think this was meant to come up last week with the other 2 volumes of this collection of every TSR era Cleric/Priest spell. 288 pages, $4.99

Tales of the Comet - I have this boxed set someplace. It's another mash up of science fiction and D&D, but not a very good one. $9.99 and 176 pages.  Apparently there was a tie-in novel by Roland Green but I haven't read it.


Death in Reik Caverns -  A 1st Edition AD&D adventure! Little pricey at $7.99 but it's 56 pages.

Perfectorium of the Golden Tentacle - Details are sparse, but seems to be a high level adventure for BECMI. 166 pages and $6, though going by the preview the pages are very small.

Special Area: The Rangers Hideout -  Something of a mini-sandbox in the wilderness. Lots of art. 22 pages, PWYW.

The Fall of Whitecliff - This is actually a Pathfinder adventure with OSR conversion notes. 22 pages, PWYW


White Box Zombies Dark Elf Zombies -  I don't think Dark Elves are White Box compatible, but eh, if you think otherwise, here you go. PWYW, 7 pages.


d30 NPC Background Generator -  While I think the d30 is an annoyance, this is useful enough to put up with that. PWYW

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 5-5-17 -  Another map from Tim Hartin and Paratime Design, this time a cave complex. I can't draw caves. He can. $1 for enhanced version.

Wheelies for Advanced Edition Labyrinth Lord Players -  Offended by ascending AC and attack bonus? THACO too mathematically complex? Looking up numbers on a chart too much of a hassle? Well, this seems to be an even more confusing way of figuring out what you need to roll. 642 pages, PWYW

Wheelies for Labyrinth Lord Players - As above, but because LL is simpler, only 122 pages.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Ranger's Hideout, PWYW Adventure, is now available for For Gold & Glory

For Gold & Glory, the 2e retroclone, has seen a fair number of products lately. Almost all have been pay, but this one, The Rangers Hideout,  is PWYW.

Despite the odd name, it's basically a sandbox style adventure, a small wilderness area for characters to explore.

It's well worth a look. As most of the changes in 2e were to character classes, this is probably entirely compatible with older editions. And the creator probably spent a good $30 on stock art.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Place of Forgetting Review — Sorta like Diablo Lite

The Place of Forgetting by M.A. Packer is something of an odd product. If you had to categorize it, it would be an adventure module, but it's really more an outline of a campaign than an adventure. And not your standard campaign, something more akin to Diablo (the computer game) than anything else, though more with an undead than demonic theme (though it does have demons). Essentially a neighboring kingdom has been taken over by a demon prince and the inhabitants have been turned into undead and other evil monsters. The PCs go there, kill everything they encounter in one area, progress to another, repeat, until a final showdown with the demon lord.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — May 2nd, 2017

Pretty busy this week. Also Flying Buffalo put up the 5th edition of the Tunnels and Trolls rules,


Bastion of Faith - 2e product which details a temple and its hangers on. $4.99 and 96 pages.

Priest's Spell Compendium Vol 1- During the 2e days, TSR collected all the cleric spells into 4 volumes. This is the first volume. 288 pages and $4.99

Priest's Spell Compendium Vol 3 -  The third volume. 288 pages, $4.99


BF2 Crypt of Bones -  Follow up to BF1 Tower of Skulls, which was an okay module, if poorly converted (assuming you knew what some monsters looked like that weren't in OSR games). Presumably for 10+ level characters. 36 pages, $3.99

Hellfire Mountain -  S&W adventure for 7th to 9th level characters from Creation's Edge Games. 10 pages, $1.50

L'Arsenale della Princepessia Guerierre -  French or possibly Italian version of Arsenal of the Warrior Princess, which is a 4th-5th level adventure for B/X. $1.99 and 21 pages.

S2 Delver's Delight - 4 different adventures for differing systems. One basic, two first edition, one second edition,. 22 pages, $10


Slugs - Small Bestiary from Lamentations of the Flame Princess.  PWYW, 38 pages.

The Warlock for Swords & Wizardry - From the witch guy Timothy Brannan comes this version of the Warlock (presumably the 5e version) for Swords & Wizardry. 66 pages, $2.99

White Box Zombies - Two really annoying things are finally together: White Box and modern day infectious zombies (which in the old days, were actually known as ghouls, not zombies). 48 pages, $2


Bard's Gate -  More recycling of Necromancer Games 3e products, converted to S&W. $39.99, 416 pages.

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 4-28-17 -  Nice cave system. $1 for enhanced version.

Plane Maker - System neutral book of tables to help create new planes of existence $1.99, 20 pages.

Ed Greenwood has a new magazine

Onder it is called. The spamvert I got said it was free, but now it's $4.95. Seems to be fiction mostly.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Expeditious Retreat Press looking for 1e/OSRIC modules

Over at K&KA Joseph Browning is soliciting for adventure manuscripts for the Advanced Adventures line.

Right now only two more are in the works

The Desert Shrine of the Sightless Sisters (will probably be out in June) - and after that I've only the one I'm working on, Aerie of the Cloud Giant Strategos (follow up in the Giant series)

OSRIC/1E seems to be the red headed step child of the OSR these days so it will be nice to have more adventures for it. 

RIP Richard Tucholka

While not OSR, Richard Tucholka was most certainly old school, being the creator of numerous RPGs back in the early 80s such as Bureau 13 and Fringeworthy.

Back in the 90s I was a huge fan of B13 and knew him slightly from AOL and such.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — April 25th, 2017

Fairly busy week. Also some new (I guess) Mazes & Minotaurs stuff


DLQ1 Knights Sword -  Starter adventure for one of the various Dragonlance reboots (in this case, Tales of the Lance). $4.99 and 32 pages.

DLQ2 Flint's Axe - Another intro adventure as above. $4.99 32 pages.

Mystara Dungeon Master's Survival Kit - Did any Mystara DM actually ask for this? I'm not even sure what it is, exactly, but it's part of TSR's ill fated attempt to AD&D-ize Mystara. 56 pages, $4.99


DP1 Goshahri The City in a Cave -  More an adventure location than adventure. 19 pages and $2.75

Dwarves of Copper Gulch -  Low level adventure for Swords & Wizardry. 11 pages, PWYW

Return to Fel'Valashar -  S&W adventure. 16 pages, PWYW

UR1 The Tomb of the Sea Kings - This used to be on Lulu. Uses that Planet Eris house rules for OD&D.  $5.75 and 36 pages


One Page OSR Firearms Rules -  What it sounds like PWYW.


Castle Oldskull: The Classic Dungeon Design Guide II -  400+ more pages on how to design dungeons. $4.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 4-21-17 - A bit simpler than usual, but still pretty neat. $1 for enhanced version.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 18th, 2017

Released my first module in a year (see below for details). It's so strange though, people seem to download them more than character classes, but they are more likely to not pay anything for them. My previous module brought in $8 total in a year (minus the cut) and this one is doing  better at $4.15 and 84 downloads. But my last class has had 68 downloads and brought in a whopping $12.81. And my previous class which I released last month, so far this month has only 17 downloads, but brought in $3.

As I am not really looking to make money, it's more curious than anything else. But I do use it to buy stock art from DTRPG. The classes tend to pay for themselves almost immediately (even when I splurged for the $10 pic of the barbarian lady), but modules basically lose money.


DLS New Beginnings -  Sadly, I think Dragonlance reached Highlander levels of milking, always trying to re-capture the magic and success of the original modules/novels.  This is more of an introductory play aid than anything else. 32 pages, $4.99

DLA3 Dragon's Rest - Conclusion of the Taladas trilogy which I have no memory of whatsoever. . 64 pages, $4.99

Elminster's Ecologies -  This combines two things I hated the most in Dragon magazine, long winded ecologies about a fantasy monster and Elminster rambling on. Ugh. But if you like those, this is for you.  288 pages and $9.99

Powers & Pantheons -  Late 2e book about the gods of the Forgotten Realms.  $9.99 and 192 pages.

The Silver Key - Orc themed low level adventure from the last days of 2e. 36 pages, $4.99


HS4 The Forge of Ilmarinen - Or get it here from my Google Drive (if I've done it correctly). Short mid level (5-7) dungeon crawl with lots of monsters taken from Pathfinder. 15 page, PWYW

The Tall Witch -  This is for a system I'm not familiar with, but is pretty generic OSR. It's quite interesting, but it uses the LotFP "Screw You" method of scenario design, where the PCs may or may not be unwilling murderers based on a random die...

Which is silly, because basically it assumes that their world doesn't exist. That they couldn't go and do research on the legends of the monsters they are supposed to defeat, or god forbid, use divination magic. 26 pages (single column), PWYW.


Desperate & Hungry -  Misery tourism comes to the OSR. 15 pages, PWYW

Magic Madness 3: Spells for OSR Game -  33 new spells. 35 pages, $2.50


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - 4-14-17 - Neat looking dungeon that looks like a temple complex. $1 for enhanced version.

Rob Kuntz's book on Dave Arneson now available...

I've often thought that those two share a great similarity - people with great ideas who have trouble actually putting them down on paper, while EGG might not have been the best at that, but could churn out stuff when he had to.

Anyway, it seems that Rob Kuntz did actually manage to finish the book, albeit only 72 pages/ At $19.99 plus shipping, I'll be giving it a pass, but probably an interesting read for an hour or so.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 11th, 2017

Pretty slow week, though if you like Hero, they just dumped a boat (make that oil tanker) load of Hero/Champions 4th edition stuff. I could never really get into it myself, but I know it has its fans.


DLA1 Dragon Dawn -  I don't think they ever came close to re-capturing the feel or success of the original Dragonlance stuff, but they kept trying. This module is from 1990. 64 pages, $4.99

MSOLO2 - Maze of the Riddling Minotaur -  One of the invisible ink modules for BD&D.  $4.99 and 32 pages

Swords & Spells - Basically Chainmail 2.0.  48 pages, $4.99

The Ruins of Myth Drannor - One of the sort of annoying things about the FR megadungeons is that they were essentially only published as frame works. Basically here's some minor stuff, go make it yourself.  But you didn't really need to spend $30 on a boxed set for that, did you? 160 pages, $9.99


Guests for Dinner - Short low level "funnel" type adventure. PWYW and 10 pages


Magic Madness 2: Spells for OSR Games - 32 new spells for OSR games, 29 pages, $2.50


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 4-7-17 - Looks like a fairly complex Temple er, complex. $1 for enhanced version.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — April 5th, 2017

Sorry, a day late, my internet was out last night because of thunderstorms (yay for Satellite).

Well, that and I was engrossed in a new space 4x game called Stars in Shadow.  It's not as good as MoO2, but better than the most recent one.


Dark Sun Campaign Setting (Expanded & Revised) -  One of the things about the Dark Sun setting is that it had an ongoing plot that was mostly told in the novels which radically changed things. Which resulted in them having to re-do the setting .  288 pages, $2.99

DLS2 Tree Lords - Dragonlance adventure about wood elves. $4.99, 32 pages.

DLS3 Oak Lords -  Dragonlance adventure about wood elves. $4.99, 32 pages

Joshun's Almanac - The Known World/Mystara was essentially built with the D&D rules, not AD&D. For whatever reason, TSR decided to scrap D&D and make Mystara an AD&D world.  And as part of the change, they dumped the Poor Wizard's Almanac and changed it o Joshuns. They also dropped a lot of the neat aspects of the settings - the various militaries (since AD&D had no war system, really) $9.99 and 240 pages (it's digest sized, so not a good deal, even if it weren't a terrible book)


The Snake's Heart -  Apparently originally a White Box adventure, now retooled for Mazes & Perils.  32 pages and for low level characters. $8.99

The Temple of Fartamental Evil -  Comedy adventure (as you can likely guess). 20 pages, PWYW.


Microlight74 Ultimate Edition Digest/Epub -  Epub version of the popular OSR game. 384 pages and $9.95


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-31-2017 - Pretty fancy looking dungeon level, looks like there is a swimming pool. $1 for enhanced version.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Frog God Games having an anniversary sale

I personally don't have much use for their stuff as a) I don't like Swords & Wizardry and b) Most of their stuff is designed originally for 3e or 5e and half-assedly back converted to S&W which gives awful results.

Bit if you feel otherwise, they are having a 35% off sale with the code ANNIV7

Which means their products are still overpriced by about 50%, but still... Barakus and Stoneheart Valley (or the stuff that made it up) were excellent 3e adventures.

Good  til the 7th.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New OSR Titles at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 28th, 2017

Although I don't think it's a very good system (so much matters on your initial skill roll), I do have a lot of fond memories for Fighting Fantasy and there is currently an Advanced Fighting Fantasy Bundle of Holding


CGR2 The Compete Gladiator -  Dark Sun splatbook for its Gladiator class. 128 pages, $4.99

DLR2: Taladas: The Minotaurs - Sourcebook about cow people for Dragonlance. $4.99 and 64 pages

DLR3: Unsung Heroes - The dragonlance novels did have some memorable characters. These are stats for the characters you don't remember! 64 pages, $4.99

WGS1 Five Shall Be One -  It always struck me as strange that TSR pushed Greyhawk for a couple of years after kicking out EGG. But they did. This is one of those modules by the fairly competent Carl Sargent. 64 pages, $4.99


A Pipeful of Trouble -  Low level/starter adventure that seemingly involves halflings. Neat cover.  $4.99 and 51 pages.

The Slump Factor - Seems to be a political satire/comedy module for Mutant Future. $10, 41 pages

The Weird that Befell Drigbolton -  Combination of an event (an object from space sfalls) and site exploration module from Gavin Norman. 60 pages, $8.99


Familiar Classes for OSR Games -  Conversion of the Pathfinder Fighter, Rogue, Ranger, Barbarian, and Zealot back into OSR terms. $1, 11 pages. I've actually got a version of the Rogue in the works since the standard thief really sucks.

PC11 - The OSR Warlock -  Didn't you already release a warlock? Yeah, that was based on GMS's version of the warlock for 3e, this is based on the 5th edition one.  12 pages, PWYW or get it from my Google Drive (if I have it working correctly)


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-24-2017 - Looks like an underground temple. $1 for enhanced version.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Free PDF adventure from Pacesetter

Not the actual Pacesetter, but the new one that does old school modules. They (well, he) makes modules that tie into official ones and the latest is Ghost City of the Hidden Shrine

You can get it and the other two from their Free Adventure page

Though how to get to the point of being able to download it is beyond me.

Blueholme Journeymanne Rules coming to Kickstarter soon

I didn't really play Holmes much, since I started with AD&D back in '78 with an older brother of a friend who had played OD&D in college and thus didn't need the DMG, but I did have a friend my age who had Holmes and DMed a bit with somewhat hilarious results.

But a lot of people have a fond memory of it, and while there is already one Holmes based retro-clone (Mazes & Perils), there's been another in the works for the last few years, Blueholme Journeymanne, expanding on the rules of Blueholme Compleat (already released and like the original Holmes, only 1-3).

Anyway, it's soon to hit Kickstarter. The game is written, but the KS is to fund original art.

Have no idea how much they are asking for, but they've got the Fiend Folio guy and some other OSR artists, some good, some meh. The link has the full list.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition on its way?

I actually liked Planescape except for one thing - the stupid chimney sweep language that infected it. So I actually bought the Planescape game when it came out. Never finished it though, because I hate real time clicky combat that it and other Infinity games feature (I own all of them yet have not gotten more than an hour or so into them because of that. So why keep buying them? I don't know).

Anyway, enhanced versions of Baldur's Gate 1&2 have been released, now it looks like Planescape is the next one.

Presumably it will continue to use the 2e rules, though maybe with some additions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 21st, 2017

Fairly slow week with only a handful of new items.


FROA1 Ninja Wars -  Nin nin nin. Ninjas kinda sucked in OA, but they are still cool thematically. This is an adventure about them. 96 pages, $4.99

MC6 Kara-Tur Appendix -  Asian monsters for 2e. 64 pages, $4.99

Player's Secret of Stjordvik -  One of the many player books for Birthright, I think its equivalent of Norway. $4.99 and 32 pages.

TM5: Kara-Tur Trail Map -  Map for the Kara-Tur setting. $4.99


Unicorn with a horn -  I think that is known a a horse. But it's also an adventure from the Gagmen. Mostly statless but seemingly for B/X D&D . 11 pages, PWYW.


Pocket Creatures Volume 1 -  3 new monsters for S&W Light (which I guess has 0 saving throws?. Ugh)  PWYW.

System V: An Advanced Optional Ability Score System -  For the 2e retroclone For Gold & Glory. Doesn't quite seem like a topic worth  $1.75, but eh. 12 pages,

The B/X Warrior -  From Gavin Norman, author of several excellent supplements, comes this book on customizing B/X warriors. 24 pages, $2.99

The Witch for Hero's Journey -  I think the guy releases the same witch book for every single OSR game, in this case the game from Small Niche. 68 pages, $2.99


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-17-17 - Looks like a standard but well designed dungeon level.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 14th, 2017

Fairly busy week


Cormyr -  Sourcebook for the FR's main country. I always found it a bit offputting, it's basically a heavy controlled dictatorship, which seems like it leaves little room for adventuring. 64 pages, $4.99

WGA1 Flames of the Falcon's Revenge -   2e Greyhawk adventure module,  At this point, I don't think Greyhawk has anything to do with Gygax's Greyhawk. 64 pages $4.99

WGA2 Falconmaster - Second part of the trilogy. 64 pages, $4.99

WGA3 Flames of the Falcon -  Third and last part. 64 pages, $4.99

Villains Lorebook -  Stats and writeups of the various villains from the various Forgotten Realms novels.


Beyond the Ice-Fall - Norse themed mini-setting and adventure for Swords & Wizardry, apparently inspired by Howard's The Frost Giant's Daughter.  Looks pretty neat. $3.03 and 28 pages.

Robbing the Crusoe - White Star adventure, 11 pages, $1.50

The Ballad of Sally Anne - Seems like a haunted house adventure.  9 pages, PWYW


Castle Oldskull Bundle -  All the various Castle Oldskull adventure design products.  $21.94

Freebooters -  OD&D Pirates style game from the maker of Clone Troopers. Presumably more like S&W White Box than actual OD&D. $9.99 and no page count.

OWB008: Common Vehicles of WW2 - 34 pages of vehicles for Operation White Box. 34 pages, $1.49

PC 10 The OSR Beguiler -  Started this last year, finally felt good enough to finish it. Basically it's a sleazy version of the assassin inspired by the random tables in one of Kabuki Kaiser's solo dungeon delves, where you can recruit prostitutes for your adventuring party. But they didn't have a class, so I cam up with this. 10 pages,  PWYW or get it from my Google Drive if I did it correctly.

(Why is it PC10 even though the previous one was PC8? Because I have close to 15 new classes in progress and in various states of playtesting and I lost track of which ones I had released)

Raiders! - OD&D set in the pulp age (1930s), again, probably more like White Box than real OD&D.  124 pages, $9.99

Warriors of the Red Planet Bundle - Print and PDF copies of the excellent Barsoomish RPG and it's so so adventure.  $22.28


Friday Freebie 3-10-17 - This week's map from Paratime Design is pretty jam packed. $1 for the enhanced version, has link to free on that page.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Merciless Merchants bring out some 2E compatible modules

I missed this in my last update or two, but a couple of new guys, The Merciless Merchants (which makes me picture them as Ferrengi),  have released a couple of modules over at DTRPG for the 2e Retroclone For Gold & Glory.

Although I was a fan of Spelljammer and Birthright, the 2e rules always just felt "wrong" to me, though in retrospect, not nearly as wrong as later editions. It certainly does clean up a lot of the issues with 1e, though not all. So it has its points.

Anyway, the first module, shown above, is The Willowmere Vagabonds for levels 2-4, which sounds like the PCs must deal with bandits in a forest (hopefully more than that).

Their second is The Nevermore Mines, which seems to be horror themed and is for levels 4-7.

Both are a bit pricey at $8.40 a pop, but also are about 60 pages each and from looking at the previews, seem to have a good chunk of stock art, which adds up


Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Adventure for BlueHolme

Yes, I possibly should name this blog "A Day or Two Late OSR News and Rarely Reviews", but in case you missed it, a collaborative dungeon for BlueHolme, the Holmes Basic retro-clone is now available for free

I really liked both version of the Numromen dungeon (the first one for Blue Holme), this seems a bit overly slick and too modern. But it's free

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — March 7th, 2017

From flu season to tornado season, I just had a near miss, with something ripping the roof of some old sheds where I live and more impressively, picking up a 1,100 lb round bale of hay and moving it 20 feet away.

Somewhat busy release week, though some are re-treads.


Sea of Fallen Stars -  Troy McClure's favorite Forgotten Realms sourcebook, about the undersea. 192 pages and $9.99

Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Vol 1 -  Compilation of someof the Van Richten monster splatbooks released for Ravenloft. Vampires, werecritters, and golems. They weren't bad, I got a bunch from the old $5 grab bag from American Science & Surplus (along with like 20 copies of Buck Rogers War Against the Han). 288 pages, $9.99

Wild Elves - For the Dragonlance setting, detailing the Kagonesti elves. 64 pages, $4.99

Wrath of the Mintotaur - Theseus!!!! Or perhaps actually a "fast play" adventure for D&D meant to introduce people to the game.  48 pages, $4.99 (and print versions available)


Guide to the Duchy of Valnwell Special Edition -  New version of the "open" city from Small Niche Games. What makes this so special? 10 mini adventures added to it.  $6.99 and 210 pages

The Mazes & Perils Holiday Special 2016 -  Short adventure for the Holmes clone of the same name, as well as new monsters and a village setting. 24 pages, $2.79


The Adventurer's Guide to Lost Arcana -  Spell Sourcebook for 2e/For Gold & Glory from Moses Wildermuth, who is a pretty nice guy. 68 pages and $3.50

The Kingdom of Richard - Wile it describes said kingdom (from the author's youth, thus the name, I imagine), also has some new classes. 36 pages and $2.42 (which I guess might be with 30% off)


Fantastic! Exciting! Imaginative! Vol 1 - Fanzine of sorts for Holmes D&D. 28 pages, Free.

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 3-3-17 - Looks like a temple or tomb built into a side of a cliff. $1 for the enhanced version.