Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — January 16th, 2018

Hmmm, busy week, though some of the stuff is retread just newly posted on OBS


Adventures


OWB012: Secrets of Stalingrad -  I think the secret is it's now called Volgograd, which most people have never heard of. But also an adventure for Operation White Box.  $3.99, 30 pages. If wonder if he will ever do a White Star crossover, like Zone Troopers (the movie)

Spores of the Sad Shrooms -  I guess they heard Jerry Garcia was dead.  Small dungeon adventure with original artwork and new monsters. Still, kinda pricey at $6.66 and 16 pages. If it were $1.11 I'd buy it, maybe $2.22.

Rules


Hinterland: A Guide to the Wild -  A setting where people apparently ride moose.  $2.99 and 78 antler filled pages.


The Bard - Joe Bloch's take on the Bard. Presumably taken from his retro-clone.  $1

The Jester - See above. I played one from Dragon magazine once, back in the day.

The Mounteback - See above, Sort of an Illusionist/Thief

The Mystic - See above. More a new age deal, if I remember correctly. Shirley McClane in D&D!

The Savant - sorta of like a magical sage. See above.

The Midderlands Additions II -  Stuff for the Midderlands setting.  32 pages, $4.83

World War Weird Classes - Fantastic classes for Operation White Box. As a big fan of Weird War Tales as a kid, I remember the Creature Commandos which had a vampire, a medusa, a werewolf, a Frankenstein's monster and a bigot. There was also a separate story, GI Robot.  $1, 18 pages

Misc


BlaszczecArt Stock Art: Humans Pack 3 -  5 pictures of human (I guess) females (I guess). Kind of a bit abstract.  PWYW though, so if you need art, worth a look.

Castle Oldskull - Monsters & Treasures Volume 1 -  106 pages of monsters and treasures, I guess. $1.99

Castle Oldskull - Oldskull Dungeon Bestiary - 360 pages of random monsters, I guess. It's not clear if this is descriptions or just random tables like his previous products. Apparently system neutral so perhaps not particularly useful, since ideas for monsters are the easy part, it's the stats that are the work, even old school stats. $4.99

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map -1-12-18 -  Neat dungeon level. $1 for enhanced version.

Paratime Design Presents...Forest Ruins -  Basically a ruined forest town or something. Looks like the maps you'd get in the old Gold Box games. $3

RPGPundit Presents #15 - Gazetteer of the Northern Middenlands - Apparently a setting  from one of his campaigns. $1.99 and 9 pages

Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque   - Volumes One, Two, and Three  - These are basically collections of random stuff for a Gothic fantasy campaign. No, not wearing black and listening to Depeche Mode, the more literary kind of Gothic. PWYW

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Castle in the Clouds Review — More like Small Townhouse in the Clouds

 Castle in the Clouds is a 1st edition adventure from the "Old School Role Playing" company aka Joseph A. Mohr, who has produced a surprisingly large number of adventures (17 by my count) as well as a book of magic items, Malcon's Tome of Magic. I've got the latter but this is the first of his adventures I've bought. It goes for $3.50 and 25 or so pages, but it seems a bit pricey for what you get in terms of the adventure itself, it's more a mini-adventure with only about a dozen locations. The rest is mostly filler.

It's a case of where the title does describe the modules, it's set in a cloud giant's cloud castle. That has always been of of my favorite adventure ideas and it's largely been underutilized, I think. There was that goofy JG module with the balloon people, a couple decent Dungeon magazine adventures, but for something so much a part of folklore (Jack and the Beanstalk) and even music, it seems largely ignored. Compare it to Baba Yaga, who is much more obscure, yet her hut shows up all the time.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — January 9th, 2018

Almost over the flu. Hope I got the right year.


Adventures


Light City: One Shot - The Angel -  2 pages adventure for S&W. PWYW

RPGP Presents #14: The Secret Order of the Red Lady -   12 page adventure. $2.99

The Chasm of Crasmere -  One page adventure for S&W Light. PWYW.

World of Ark Starter Set -  More a set of sourcebooks for a 1e setting than adventures. $6.95

Rules


Grimoire I - Svartkonst -  "Grimoire är ett magasin för Svärd & Svartkonst och andra spel av den gamla skolan. I varje nummer finner du nytt spelmaterial och minst ett äventyr. I detta premiärnummer finner du:".  That's a Germanic language, but I dunno which. Yet the price is seemingly in US Dollar, $2.50 (when it's in a native currency, it's always something odd).

Non-Human Codex for Sword & Wizardry - I guess for people who want race as class but still want to say they are playing White Box/0e/S&W.  I don't get why you can't just play B/X, but eh. Free.

Misc

Friday Freebie Enhanced map 1-5-18 -  Pretty neat dungeon level. $1 for enhanced version, free version also available.

Old School Blue DUngeons: Cultists vs Goblins - Pretty sure it's just a map. PWYW.

OSR Character Sheets Demonic Edition -  If you aren't playing 1e (or 1e-ish) then you really shouldn't be laying claim to the PHB cover. But it's like "White Box" that adds everything from 1e to the game (and more) yet is somehow still purer than 1e. Whatever.



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — January 2nd, 2018

2018 is off with a great start with me coming down with the flu. On NYE I was fine, but then after midnight I started coughing and literally could not sleep because I would cough every 2-3 minutes. Then I gave up and got up, then collapsed about 8 pm and slept for 20 hours and now feel a little better, but still awful, though the coughing has subsided.  Mostly.

I wonder why there aren't ever any positive viruses. You'd think they'd be more successful, evolution wise, since people would try to stay sick. There's helpful bacteria, after all.


Official


The City of Greyhawk - For 2e there was this boxed set about Greyhawk. No idea how closely it resembled the actual Greyhawk or if it's good. $9.99 and

Adventures


Grudge Immortal -  Japanese horror adventure for LotFP. May or may not include tentacles. $7 and 40 pages.

Hexed Places - Bitterblack Forest - I probably shouldn't make a joke about this. Hex-crawl, 12 pages, $2.69

Rules


Stars Without Number Revised Edition -  Presumably still a mash-up of D&D and Classic Traveller. $19.99 and there is a free version as well (minus some stuff)

Unstable Potions for LL -  PWYW

White Box Arcana - 32 pages, $1.99

Misc


Dyson Logos Commercial Map Pack 1 - TBH, his dungeon drawling style is not my favorite, but $19.99 for 170 maps that can be used for commercial purposes is a steal.  Also seemingly includes cities and other stuff

NPC Creator and Emulator - Not really OSR related, but I am a sucker for these sort of things to help flesh out NPCs. $1 and 16 pages.

RPG Pundit Presents #13: Dragon Corpses - What to do with a dragon corpse. I remember once playing an Alchemist character (from Dragon, I guess) and driving everyone crazy by taking all the blood and such from monsters we'd kill.