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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Witches of Hagswallow Review — Solid Adventure with no Witches or Swallowing Hags

Despite the name, The Witches of Hagswallow deals is not about witches or former porn stars. On the surface it's a fairly simple adventure meant for 3rd level characters involving a rescue of townsfolk from a harpy's lair in a tower, but there is a much more, a sinister secret below. Or at least a fair sized dungeon devoted to the ghoul led cult of a Great Old One.

It's written for the author's Sword & Wizardry based game Battleaxes & Beasties, which I do not own. From looking at the large list of pregenerated characters it seems to be quite a bit more high powered, with magic-users (called wizards) having a more spells and at will cantrips and fighter type characters doing a lot more damage, generally 2d6 or 2d8 with their primary weapon, plus a bonus. Sadly, it keeps the worst part of S&W, the single saving throw. Regardless, the system doesn't really show up much in the module and can be used as is with virtually any other OSR game or old school version of D&D.  At worst there are some differently named spells, but they are obvious

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — December 19th, 2017

Slow week, at least product wise. But I have to work extra at my part time job because it's in retail, so good timing for it, I guess.

Adventures

CA1 Calidar Dreams of Aerie -Not strictly an OSR product as I think it's statless, but it's by Bruce Heard of Princess Ark/Mystara fame and is about a literal flying circus. $14.95 for the 132 page PDF, also print versions

Rules


RPGPundit Presents $12: 2 More Medieval Grimoires.  -  If nothing else, his titles are descriptive.  8 pages, 99 cents

Misc


Art of Nod 3 - One of the more impressive things about John Stater's Nod 'zine, besides the 33 issues, is that it often has original artwork (which ain't cheap). But now you can get that art for your products at a much cheaper price, $3 for 11 pieces.


Friday Freebie Enhanced Map 12-15-2017 -  Oooh, very classic looking dungeon. Well, not classic classic, but AD&D era classic. $1 for enhanced version

Village Map 007 - A rarity, an actual village that looks like what a fantasy village might really look like, with a defensive motte and bailey. Released as  PWYW in honor of Paratime Design.'s page getting 1000 facebook likes.

Monday, December 18, 2017

New and Free Module from Guy Fullerton

From the author of the two modules, F1 The Fane of the Poisoned Prophecies and F3 Many Gates of the Gann (still no F2) comes The Hyqueous Vaults, available from Lulu

The Hyqueous Vaults is a site-based dungeon with water and necromancy themes, some tricky/puzzling situations, and plenty of opportunity for combat.
 A challenging and lucrative module for 6-8 characters, averaging 3rd level. A centuries-old map leads to a mysterious cliffside complex, rumored to be flooded, and supposedly holding a dead necromancer’s fortune. Sages believe the arm-length metal implement accompanying the map must be some sort of key. The complex stands ripe for exploration by a party sufficiently strong and sneaky to wrest any treasures from the depths

Apparently written in honor of the 10th anniversary of OSRIC, which is a bit odd since this two modules were notable in eschewing the use of the OGL and so advertising as being used for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.  But very nice of him, regardless.