Friday, October 20, 2017

Old School Awesome - Oct 20th Edition

DQ1 - Yoke of the Slavers - Adventures in Filbar.  $3.75 CAD

Wrath of Grapes- A Swords & Wizardry Mini-Dungeon Adventure for S&W $1.88 CAD

Sabres & Sorcery - OSR fantasy RPG $8.76 CAD

Three Class Hack - free rules add on for Black Hack.  FREE

Orange HackThese rules assume a basic familiarity with traditional RPGs. There is a GM, each player plays a single character, roll dice to attempt actions, etc. A debt of gratitude is owed to the granddaddy of all RPGs, as well as its various rules-light hacks, most especially Black Hack and Microlite20. $2.49 CAD 

Plate Pack:  Free.  For any fantasy role-playing game- a new piece of equipment designed to help carry plate mail while not actually wearing plate mail.  

Questors Log Level 1:  This fan zine is dedicated to Dungeon Questing but is compatible with other OSR games with a bit of work.  PWYW

Noble Wild Bundle  $22.48 CAD, Includes Noble Wild, PHB and Animals players hand book. 

Tatzelwurm:  German old school fantasy game in English.  $4.37 CAD

Swords & Wizardry Countiual Light:  PWYW.  Looks like new cover. 

Wail of the Banshee:  This is an OSRIC style adventure for characters of 4th to 7th level of experience.  $4.38 CAD

Places of power:  forgotten Athenaeum:  $4.32 CAD.  System neutral GM Resource.  $4.32 CAD

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's all Ancient Greek to me.

I'm on the last pages of "The Last Olympian" Percy Jackson books, and they are great.  I forsee writing some stuff in that vein.  I know there's quite a lot modules out there with a greek theme, but this is something that's been in the back of my head for awhile.  I had started writing this adventure called "Goblins Greed Isle" and Percy has sparked me to do a bit more writing. 

The intention of course is to be a bit vague here, but this is something that I wrote on my walk to work this morning.

The Fields 

The expanse of the wasteland drags on for miles in every direction.  Large cracks & fissures make traversing the Fields difficult and dangerous.  Nothing really grows, except small blackened plant life.  Ghostly images of men walking in the distance make you raise your brow.   What is this place? 

Encounter Table For The Fields. 

1.  A old man, shimmering between life and death walks across the fields.  Leaning on his walking stick every few minutes, he looks tired. 

2.  A family of six holding hands travel together heading west.

3.  A pack of hellhounds chasing ghostly warriors.

4.  A giant does battle with a cyclops.

5.  Large pool of black tar stretches about a mile wide and a few miles long.

6.  On the ground is an old text detailing the world beyond this one.  It emits a darkness that makes most afraid of it.

7.  Vultures the size of elephants swarm over head.

8.  An old chariot pulled by ghostly horses tumbles along in the distance.  There is no driver.

9.  Standing in the middle of nothing is a large grey tree.  Blood seeps from its bark, pooling at the base.

10.  A extremely large cow is attempting to burrow itself underground.

11.  An archaic monument made of hard packed sand in the shape of a thirty foot tall woman.

12.  A set of ornamental stairs leading down into the darkness.

Images from

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

d8 Obscure Rituals

1. The blood of a wyvern is boiled with fallen leaves in a large pot.
2. To receive the blessing from a god, one must sacrifice an ear, so as to have the Gods listen. 
3. The left arm is sewed to the torso for a week. 
4. The name of the enemy that needs to be vanquished is tattooed on a piece of dried skin.
5. Giant leaves are smoked from a huge stone pipe. 
6. Dragon egg (s) are smothered and boiled in gold or silver. 
7. The wings of a giant bird are sewn to the back of a parishioner, they are then tossed off a cliff. 
8. The teeth of enemies are collected, and then planted in the ground. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Old school awesome - Oct 13 Edition

I decided to wander over to RPGNOW today to see what was new in the OSR section.  Obviously there's a bit more coverage over there, than drivethru some days. Here's the run down.

Slashers & Victims Light - Based on Swords & Wizardy Light, it's all about the slasher movies.  Perfect for the upcoming ghastly holiday on the 31st.  FREE

Whitebox Black Ops:  Supplment for Military gaming (S&W whitebox) $2.48 CAD

Goldensword Players Handbook:  looks like rules light fantasy gaming. $2.48 CAD

Goldensword Character sheet:  Free

Goldensword GMs Guide:  PWYW

What the smithy has to offer:  A list of random weapons and armour for LOTFP.  PWYW

Blood Dark Thirst:  Venger is back! This time with a horror game.  $4.99 CAD

Umerican Survival Guide:  Post apoc survival guide/source book for DCC.(2 different covers $16.19 CAD

The RPG pundit has put out a zine!  There are 2 issues.  Issue 1, Issue 2.  Appears to be a weekly thing. $3.73 CAD

Mythos Adventure Bundle:  2 Castles & Crusades adventures for $9.96 CAD

Village Backdrop: Farrav'n (SNE) system neutral village backdrop.  $4.30 CAD

Shadow Under Devils Reef:  Halloween themed adventure for DCC. $8.71 CAD

Cesspool of Redrook:  Adventures in Filbar adventure (Lab Lord)  $3.74 CAD

Advanced Adventures:  Under Ruined Onm:  Adventure for OSRIC.  $8.73 CAD

Nordic Weasel games has a few new character classes for Lab Lord, they are all priced at a $1.23 CAD.  (also excellent name for a gaming company!)  Investigator, Tinkerer , Yeoman

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dice Roll Zine #1 - Overview

If you haven't heard, there's a cool new old school zine on obs! It's called "Dice Roll Zine".  Steve C sent me a copy of Dice Roll Zine #1 thru drivethru last week (THANK YOU!).   I'm finally sitting at my desk getting a chance to read thru it this morning.  There's lots of great stuff.  Here's the description:

 Get your old-school gaming fix on! Dice Roll Zine is a 36-page, booklet-sized zine for OSR RPGs written by Steven A. Cook and illustrated by some of the best OSR-influenced artists around.

The premiere issue includes a barbarian class for B/X games, a saving throw-based method for turning undead in B/X games, a trippy sci-fantasy adventure location called The Purple Mushroom Inn, a chaos mutation die drop table, a collection of random 'dungeon stuff' tables, and other optional rules for old-school games.

Files Included: Lots of files in the download. Along with the PDF you multiple cover options and all of the map files (.png format) for the issue: The Purple Mushroom Inn (2 maps), Peshar's Bandit Lair (1 map), and the first-level of the (unkeyed) megadungeon Treasure Vaults of Nargu Qa'Dash (4 maps).

The mag is $3.76 CAD and well worth it! 

First off it has a B/X Old school flavour to it.  There's a LOT of great art within.  I am in love with the cover (honestly a toadstool inn! way to hit right close to home on that one boys!). 

Here's what you get: 

How to resolve anything that comes up:  An article on ability scores with a awesome table. 

The Barbarian: An optional B/X Class

Optional Combat rules for heroes

Turning Undead:  A different way of dealing with creepy undead that should have stayed dead (b/x). 

The Purple Mushroom Inn:  A sci fantasy adventures site for low mid level characters.  (Damn this is awesome!).  Complete with rumor & adventure table, menu, NPC staff, detailed personalities, and wonderful tavern map (and underground lair). 

Random Chaos Mutant Die Drop Table:  Great table with a pile of weirdness.

Random Dungeon Stuff:  A bunch of excellent tables for dungeon crawling. 

Mega Dungeon Maps:  The Treasure Vaults of Nargu Qa'Dash.  There are 4 extremely detailed dungeon maps (all hand drawn), combined with the random dungeon stuff tables, and a few wandering monster tables, you basically have a game ready to go.  (of course a bit of inspiration). 

Oh look here's some inspiration 

Reasons for entering the dungeon

1.  To return a ring to a lost love.  (Long ago a dark elf maiden fell in love with a traveler, it was his dying wish to have her ring returned). 

2. Hunting expedition.  The coats of the shaggy beetle are extremely sought after, and worth quite a lot of gold. 

3.  Recently a Gnomish Caravan came to the surface with trade goods.  Turns out that the good they sold are all defective.  They need to be returned and the gold paid retrieved. 

4.  A local scholar will pay for detailed maps of the dungeon.

5.  The source of the death shadow plague points towards the depths.  

6.  In the darkness there are rumblings, causing structures on terra firma to fall down and crumble. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What am I working on?

Well what I'm currently trying to do is write one room a day for the adventure I started a few weeks ago.  So far I've not been doing too bad, and sticking with it! I've got two maps complete, one that is just penciled and one I need to draw.

We had a bit of re-jiggering with our fifth edition group, so it sounds like we won't be finishing "strahd" right away, but possibly moving on to Tomb of Annihilation.  (i'd really really like to finish an adventure!)

Count of the adventures not finished:
*starter set
*out of the abyss
*curse of strahd.

Anyways I've been working on character ideas.  I took a look at the wotc site, and some of the pregens I don't mind, but there is a bit of tweaking I'd like to do.  So alas I am starting from scratch.  At this point I don't have any inkling as to what the other players like to play (other than one guy who likes being an MU).  I intend to create 4 classic characters. The human fighter, the elf wizard, the halfling thief and the dwarven cleric. 

I have no idea what level we are starting at, and my knowledge of "chult" is limited to the forgotten realms wiki.  I'm partial to being the meat, swinging the biggest weapon i can find.  (my translucent d12 rolls high!).  I am considering buying some new dice for the campaign though.  Depending on if I get some time to hit the FLGS.

We are currently working on scheduling. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

New old school stuff - Sept 29th Edition

Sorry for the lack of regular blogging latetly, I'm in deep writing mode at this point.  What I decided was to not write the premise first for the dungeon I'm working on.  Instead I'm letting the rooms decide the outcome.  (I have no idea if that makes sense).  It's sort of like writing a song and starting with the title.  You end up pigeon holing yourself. 

Anyways, here's the NEW stuff.  Obviously there's some affiliate links in there. 

Baby Zac's Bundle:  A whole bunch of awesome proceeds got to help out Zac.  My son Zac was born a day before we were scheduled to induce, at less than 4 pounds. He had several unforeseen complications and spent a week in the NICU before he was big enough for us to take home. The doctor said that if he had been born a day later he probably wouldn't have made it at all. He is a very happy and healthy baby now, but unexpected complications mean extra bills.  $28.22 CAD

Found Folio V1:  Monster manual with 130 monsters.  (for Version 3 and 3.75 of the world's most popular roleplaying game). PWYW

The Anti Paladin:  Character class for OSRIC.  $12.44 CAD

Dance of the medusa:  OSRIIC Adventure 4th to 7th lvl.  $4.53 CAD

d20 Simple FREE:  OSR style game using d20s.  Looks fun.  PWYW

Men and Monsters Book 1: The Unseen:  Introduce the paranormal to your WW2 Gaming. $1.24 CAD

Dice Roll Zine#1:  36 page booklet size zine covering OSR awesome. $3.73 CAD

Art of the Ice Kingdoms:  Art of the Ice Kingdoms? no description.  $12.44 CAD

Cool words for gamers:  A book for gamers interested in bizarre words.  $4.29 CAD

Nothing to see here:  System Neutral adventure:  $4.98 CAD

Heroes & Monsters:  Rules lite system powered by the Black Hack $2.36 CAD

Character sheet for H&M FREE

Lair of the Goblin King Grasnhak-Kul:  (I love excellent bad guy names!) Solo adventure for S&W $1.87 CAD

Crypt of Mandazed:  Solo adventure for S&W.  $1.87 CAD

Cavalier Attitude:  OSR Zine PWYW