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Friday, August 17, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy

Yesterday, Pexx, my right hand over on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server, brought to my attention some dead links on the blog side as well as some incomplete (or missing) lists of Free OSR content. I figured it was a good excuse to start a regular feature on the podcast - OSR Freebie Friday - and to kick it off by mentioning some of the free Fantasy titles we have linked for easy download.
With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets listing at Tenkar's Tavern. 
Link to Episode 93https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-93---OSR-Freebie-Friday---August-17--2018---Fantasy-e21jlf

Links to free rulesets mentioned in the episode:










Basic Fantasy - Print - At Cost - https://amzn.to/2wgaBNE












Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Release? -Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER

When is a new release NOT a "new release"? When its a "pre-order".

Further question: What is the point of a "PDF Pre-order"? I understand why you do it with physical releases - you want to get a feel for the demand a product may have and place your print order as a publisher appropriately. PDFs don't have that issue. Their number is potentially infinite, yet they take up no space, have no built-in print cost and have no storage overhead. They are virtual books, not physical copies.

So yes, I'm scratching my head a bit with the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER. At 30 bucks it better be virtual gold...

Edit: So, there is one review (and 22 total ratings of this Pre-order. The review mentions access to a preview copy as do many comments. The text on the main sales page makes no mention of any "Preview Copy" to those that pre-order. Strange to omit that.)
Can’t put it down, can you? You know what’s in here. You’ve seen them. The twisted ones, the arrogant ones, the lost ones. Oh, you’d like to walk away and life be all cake and daisies, but you know you’re going here instead. You’ll try to convince yourself it’s because you’re greedy for the loot, or can’t resist a fight, but we all know the truth. So ready your sword, clean your pistol, and watch out for that dog – he might be small but he’s unreasonably vicious. 
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay takes you back to the Old World. Get the gang together, create your (anti)heroes, and set off to make your way through the vile corruption, scheming plotters and terrifying creatures intent on destruction. 
The Fourth Edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Rulebook contains everything you need for grim and perilous roleplaying adventures in the Old World.
Yep, even pre-orders can make The Tavern affiliate monies ;) 

Kickstarter - Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures

Darcy Perry is a Kiwi that knows his minis :) His latest Kickstarter is Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos by Star Hat Miniatures. Star Hat is the same company that did the Tenkar mini a while ago. Damn, but it rocks.

This time around Darcy is doing Law vs Chaos. As usual, the miniatures look damn amazing. As usual, I'll be backing even if I like the time and skills to paint them. They look great unpainted in any case.
They're back! By popular demand! More Delvers lost in the Dungeons of Doom! Just in time for the cosmic battle between Law & Chaos!  
Welcome to the 5th Kickstarter campaign from Star Hat Miniatures! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos features more heroic delvers from the Dungeons of Doom, caught in the eternal battle of righteous order against the shadowy miasma of entropy.  
Star Hat Miniatures are heroic scale fantasy miniatures, sculpted by hand and cast in metal, for you to enjoy in your roleplaying and tabletop games. The funds from each Kickstarter campaign pay for the mould making and casting of new miniatures. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini (My success is not my own, but from many others).
I'll be doing a live recording of the Tavern Chat Podcast this coming Monday night at 830 PM Eastern (August 20th) with Darcy. You'll be able to listen live on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server and offer up comments and questions via text chat.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties

Holy crap! So, Rob Conley supplied the question about opening The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Party Publishers. I don't think either of us expected this answer.
Follow up on yesterday's ENnies discussion episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Parties. My, the world is a' changing. 
Link to Episode 92 -  https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-92---The-Fantasy-Trip-to-Open-Setting-to-3rd-Parties-e21cn7

Link to The Fantasy Trip Kickstarter - www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying/description

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

Gygax drama. ENnies drama. Non drama. We got it all ;)

Yep, tonight is a Wednesday Night so that means tonight is Tavern Chat.

When? 9 PM Eastern.

Where? The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - tenkars-tavern.games/Discord

What? A voice-based chat for the OSR and beyond. We talk gaming related news, theory and general geek stuff. You don't need a mic if you don't want to talk, but headphones are suggested if you don't want to annoy your family ;)

Sorry for the late reminder. I was out all day on a family obligation. I may bore you with it in tonight's chat...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 91 - ENnies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)

The past few years have led to drama over the ENnies Awards. This year is no different. This year, the OSR did extremely well, Zak S in particular. Thus, it is time to change the system to ensure this isn't repeated.
The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the "gaming" of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same "gaming" of the vote they tell you not to do while telling you exactly how to do it. The same "gaming" of the vote that has been done for years by others, including major publishers, I am sure. The ENnies are not an industry Award, they are a rigged popularity contest. It just that the wrong folks rigged the contest this year. 
Link to Episode 91 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-91---Ennies--They-are-a-Changing-no-more-stuffing-e216fa

Link to ENnies blog - www.ennie-awards.com/blog/ennie-awards-time-for-change/

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

State of The Tavern - Hitting New Heights with Your Help

The last seven days have been pretty damn great across all aspects of The Tavern. That's kind of hard for me to even say, as when I kicked off the blog nine years ago, I never imagined how much more it would become.

In the last seven days, the Tenkars Tavern Discord Server, a place for 24/7 gaming chat, has added 68 members, putting us at 824 members. Simply stunning.

During those last seven days, we've added 45 members to the Tenkar's Tavern Facebook Group. We are now knocking on 2,200 members. It is a very active community, becoming even more so as it grows.

The Tenkar's Tavern Blog (where you are right now) has an Alexa Ranking of 358k worldwide (lower is better). This is The Tavern's best traffic position. Ever.

Finally, The Tavern Chat Podcast is averaging over 200 downloads per day (yesterday was an all-time high of 567 downloads). To say that I'm thrilled at the reception that the daily podcast has gained would be an understatement.

Did I mention that Swords & Wizardry Continual Light received 4.5* from Endzeitgeist? Woot!

This is the community we are building. This is the strength of a Neutral Ground.

How can you support? Post and comment in The Tavern's Facebook Group. Log into The Tavern's Discord Server. Send a voicemail to The Tavern Chat Podcast. Comment here, on the blog. Maybe pitch me the idea of a blog post you would like to share. Remember, its all better with your participation. Not just for you, but for all of us.

If you can support financially, its definitely appreciated, but I'd do all this all anyhow, without financial support. With your support, I hope to do more for you. For us.

For now and the immediate future, this is my job, and I couldn't be happier.

If you are a fan of The Tavern Chat Podcast, for about the price of a can of coke a month at your local deli, you can be a supporter. On the Patreon side, the price is that of a 20oz bottle of soda. Or do what you are already doing and shop RPGNow and Amazon using The Tavern's affiliate links. It helps more than you know.

Again, thank you. All of you. Its been an amazing ride and I have no intention of stepping off anytime soon ;)

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