Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New OSR Titles at DTRPG/RPGNOW — Sept 20th, 2016

I should probably be doing some reviews here, but I've been busy enjoying the last weeks of Summer. Someone has been busy though, being responsible for 8 of the products below.

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DDA 3 Eye of Traldar -  One of the last basic D&D adventures, nominally set in Karameikos.  32 pages, $4.99

The Magic Encyclopedia Volume 1 -  Not to be confused with the Encyclopedia Magica, this is a listing of every AD&D magic item, basically just listing the name, gold/xp value and its original source. Useful, but the Encyclopedia Magica has that as well as the actual description of the item. So this is largely a pointless product. $4.99 64 pages.

MC8 Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes -  The return of demons & devils to 2e, albeit under new names.  96 pages, $4.99

OA5 Mad Monkey vs the Dragon Claw - Adventure for Oriental Adventures.  $4.99, 56 pages.

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BS1 The Little Baroney in the Far Far in the Western Frontier -  The first of many adventures from Eldad of Dragonsfoot, apparently detailing the first floor of a megadungeon called The Black Stairs. 36 pages, $3.50

BS2 The Creeping Shadow of the Witch Queen - Level two of the above dungeon. 36 pages, $3.50

BS3 Drow Unercity of Death -  You probably get this by now. 28 pages, $2.50

BS4 The Drow Sewers - Full of scrubbing driders, I'd guess. 28 pages, $2.50

Too Many Kobolds - Adventure for White Box. 9 pages, $1

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Back to the Dungeon Book 4: Advanced Races & Classes -  Aanother rulebook for Eldad of Dragonsfoot's OSR-ish game. 44 pages, $4

Back to the Dungeon Book 5:Even More Races and Classes - $4, 40 pages.

Back to the Dungeon Book 6: Dungeon Arcana - This seems to be GM tips, though possibly a rant based on the large text in the product description.  $2.50, 28 pages.

Back to the Dungeon Book 7: Dungeon Alchemy -  Yet another rulebook for Eldad of Dragonsfoot's OSR-ish game. 24 pages, $2

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D100 Things Overheard in a Tavern - From the good proprietor of the 3 Toadstools Blog comes this handy idea generating product. 4 pages, PWYW

Dungeons in Blue Expansion Triple Pack Five -  Old school blue maps. $8.79

Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - Enhanced version of a free map from Paratime Design. $1.

Swords of Kos Fantasy Setting - From Skirmisher Publishing comes this large setting book which was partly developed through old school D&D. 360 pages, and $35.99. I like some of their stuff, but not nearly $40 worth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — September 13th, 2016

Fairly busy week.

Not OSR, but I am partial to the old gamebooks (A couple months ago when my internet was down, I played a bunch of the old Fighting Fantasy ones), so check out The Dungeon of Abkadev, a PWYW gamebook.

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FRC1 Ruins of Adventure -  This is one of my favorites. It's an adaption of the first SSI Gold Box computer game, Pool of Radiance. Although it follows the same basic premise and uses the same maps, much of the details are different and changed for better play at the table. It's really basically a sandbox - the PCs are left to their own devices to explore and help restore a ruined city. 96 pages, $4.99

WG8 The Fate of Istus - This large Greyhawk adventure was meant to change your campaign from 1st edition to 2nd edition. I didn't think much of it at the time, but it has a few nice bits, like describing some of the cities. $4.99, 128 pages.

WG10 Child's Play -  This is a 2e introductory adventure (though somehow meant for high level characters) that showed that post Gygax TSR had no idea what to do with Greyhawk, as this is Greyhawk in product name, but not actually in Greyhawk. 32 pages, $4.99

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The Curse of Harken Hall -  A first level OSRIC adventure, the players are hired to investigate a secret door in a manor. $5.45 (I'm guessing this makes more sense in a different currency, probably pounds given the author is named Simon which is perhaps the most common English name besides Ian and possibly Nigel) and 35 pages

Necromancer's Bane - The sequel to the above (which is why I didn't put it first) meant for 2nd to 5th level characters and more of a dungeon crawl. 57 pages, $5.45.

The Tales of Highguard Cliff  - More an adventure setting than adventure, but meant to provide background for The Curse of Harken Hall. 73 pages, $5.45

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Back to the Dungeon Book 1 Races and Classes -  I'm not sure this is really OSR in my point of view (as it's not particularly close to TSR era D&D), but the guy has been working on it for years over at Dragonsfoot. $2, 44 pages

Back to the Dungeon Book 2 Monsters and Traps -  See above. 44 pages, $4

Back to the Dungeon Book 3 Games Master's Guide to the Ancient World - This seems to be more about GMing than a description of a world. 44 pages, $4.

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Enhanced Friday Freebie - Improved version of one of Paratime Design's free maps. $1

Lamentations of the Fire Princess Everything Bundle -  For $168, you get pretty much everything. Personally, I'd rather have the money. I bought most of it back during their $1 a product sale. Most of the stuff just isn't very good, more pretentious than anything else. Maybe if you like masochist players who like getting railroaded. A few exceptions though, like World of the Lost (though even that traps the PCs)

Hobgoblin Lair - Nice 2 pages map of a hobgoblin lair. $3

OSR NPC Generator Cards - Because dice are apparently just so hard. $5, 22 pages

White Box Character Sheet - Free character sheet for S&W White Box. But wait, doesn't the very concept of character sheets go against the White Box school philosophy?

White Box Referee Screen - See above. PWYW.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — September 6th, 2016

I really don't know what day of the week to do this. Originally I picked Saturday which seems to make sense since it was the last day of the week, then Sunday because sometimes I was busy on Saturday night, then Monday because that's when my internet started working again and when WOTC uploads the new official stuff, but then they sometimes do it late on Monday so I'd have to go back and edit it in. Blargh.

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Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1e) -  I'm not a big FR fan, but the early versions were undoubtedly the best. $9.99 and lots and 192 pages plus maps.

M2 Vengeance of Alphaks - He was sort of the villain in the backstory to the magical empire of Alphatia in Mystara. Well, he's back and wants vengeance in this Master level (28-36) module. 32 pages, $4.99

REF5 Lords of Darkness (1e) - Adventure anthology set in the Forgotten Realms involving Undead. $4.99 and 96 pages.

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Villains of the Undercity -  A new Maximum Mayhem Dungeon. These really sum up the early gonzo style of D&D that some try to evoke and fail. Not cheap though at $10 and 36 pages.

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d30 Random Tavern Generator -  If there is one thing that pisses me off more about the OSR than the single saving throw, it's the d30. PWYW.

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Hobgoblin Lair - 2 pages map meant to represent a hobgoblin lair. $3.

Enhanced Friday Freebie Map - More of these from Paratime Design or $1

Stock Art Dungeons Map 1 - The Catacombs - While not as good as the above Paratime Design maps above, this has the benefit of having a commercial license, so you can use it in a product. And $2.99, it's cheap enough that your miodule you might just break even.

Stock Art Dungeons Map 2 - Electric Boogaloo Caverns - I can draw passable dungeons, since I can just copy and past rooms and corridors. Caverns and caves are beyond my skill. So this is nice. $2.99.

Stock Art Dungeons Map 3 - The Fortress - As above, but a fort.  $2.99

Stock Art Dungeons Map 4 - The Secret Grove - As above. Hopefully no one makes a module based on Nancy Friday's books, who was 50 Shades of Grey back in the 1980s. Only much grosser. $2.99

Monday, August 29, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — August 29th, 2016

Hmmm, fairly busy week. Some adventures, some sourcebooks, some new rules.

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DDA1 - Arena of Thaytis -  Basic adventure set in the Roman like country of the Known World (more later Rome). $4.99, 32 pages.

DM Options - High Level Campaigns -  One of the so called 2.5E books, these made the game more complicated, arguably more than 3e. 192 pages and $9.99

H3 Bloodstone Wars -  Crazy high level adventure. 39 pages, $4.99

Adventures


The Cursed Fountain - Looks like it's the start of a new series of mini-modules from Creation's Edge Games for S&W. For levels 1-3 and 10 pages. $1.50

The Howling Mines of Khegek - Low level adventure for the Holmes inspired game Mazes & Perils. 21 pages, $3.99 

Waybury U - Free system agnostic adventure (though seems to assume character classes, so D&D)

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Crying Blades Volume 1 -  Claims to be OSR anyway, not sure of the specific differences from other games. 130 pages, $2.50

Divinities & Cults: Vol 2 - For Labyrinth Lord comes this clerical sourcebook on playing clerics of various Celtic and Roman deities, along with modified casting rules. 53 pages, $4.99

I'm not an expert, but since discovering I'm part Irish I've read a whole lot on Celtic folklore (which I always had an interest in) and they had a lot of gods. Mostly local ones. The ones in this book seem Irish.

Unknown Gods 2016 - The classic supplement is back, apparently now converted to their almost incomprehensible universal rules. $7, 78 pages.

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Hydra Sampler -  The good thing about serving hydra at parties is you never run out.  PWYW sample of the Hydra Collective's stuff. 24 pages.

Some enhanced versions of freebie maps from Paratime Design - $1 each

Monday, August 22, 2016

New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — August 22nd, 2016

Fall seems to be arriving early this year, with weather reaching the mid-50s. Hopefully that will be an uptick in products


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DA4 The Duchy of Ten -  The last of the Blackmoor modules for BECMI (though there was supposedly a 5th in the works). $4.99, 48 pages and very, very small print

Thunder Rift -  This was  new starter location for use with the BECMI era basic D&D starter set. $4.99, 32 pages

X9 The Savage Coast - From the creator of Top Secret comes this Expert module that is mostly a hexcrawl. $4.99, 32 pages

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Escape from the Astral Spellhold -  Seems to be a fairly system neutral short adventure for low level parties. Pay What You Want and 16 pages.

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Rabbits and Rangers -  Back before furries there was a brief time where fantasy novels featuring intelligent animals were a thing (Spellsinger and the Greyfax Grimwald books come to mind). This product from J.V. West (who also is a good illustrator) has rules for that for Labyrinth Lord.  82 pages and an astonishingly small price of $2

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Friday Freebie Enhanced Map - Another enhanced version of one of Paratime Design's freebies. $1

The Undercroft #10 - Fanzine for Lamentations of the Flame Princes. $4.57 and 36 pages.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mechanized Men of Mars Review


Mechanized Men of Mars is an adventure by Thomas Denmark for Warriors of the Red Planet, an OD&D inspired sword & planet game that I really liked. Unfortunately, Mechanized Men of Mars doesn't live up to that standard.

It sells for $2.99 at DTRPG/RPGNow and is a single column PDF of 32 pages. Seven of those pages are taken up with titles, credits, and legal stuff. Another five pages details the background of the adventure, though it can be summed up as basically a mad scientist who can turn people into machine soldiers has returned from the dead (sort of) and the PCs must stop him.

Monday, August 15, 2016

New OSR Products at DTRPG/RPGNow — August 15th, 2016

It's been a bit slow this summer, especially in the adventure department, but this week brings 3 new ones.


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D&D Immortals Set -  The original version of the Immortals. I have not seen this. I have the revised, Wrath of the Immortals myself. $4.99, 84 pages.

D&D Master Set -  The M in BECMI covers levels 27 to 36 I think. 96 pages, $4.99

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Temple of the Ape God -  A new module from  some such Scandinavian country, (apparently they had put one out in July that I missed).  Seems to be generic OSR and for levels 2 to 4. 20 pages, $3

The Brigade - A Mazes and Perils Adventure - For the Holmes clone comes this 28 page adventure. Had new monsters (albeit old standard D&D monsters just new to M&P). $3.99

TG0: Depths of the Croaking Grotto -  Cut to the Chase has been pumping out fairly good sized modules regularly (Skull Tower and a series about Kobolds) and this is their latest, presumably the first in a new series. For S&W characters levels 3 to 5. 17 pages and PWYW

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Romance of the Perilous Land -  Somewhat OSR rules set for playing in an Arthurian setting. PWYW and 50 pages. Seems to have quite a bit of stock art in it, so if you like it, might want to chip in (stock art adds up)

White Box Codex Adepts -  A compilation of lotheras.gaiden's classes. 26 of them for $9.99. 37 pages.

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Friday Freebie Enhanced - August 12 - Enhanced version of one of Tim Hartin's freebie maps. $1. He really draws nice dungeons, not so much the art (which I do like) but the design of the dungeon itself.