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Friday, January 18, 2019

State of The Tavern Keeper - And So It was That Pexx Was Right - The Tavern is Becoming Full-Time :)


Pexx, the 'Tavern Custodian" and general right hand, told me recently that I may be retired, but I've got a full-time gig. I didn't believe him until one of my retired friends went down to his union office and came back with this


 I started filling in the interviews that we have on the calendar for the Tavern Chat Podcast, the weekly Tavern Chat hangout sessions, the appearances I'm making on other scheduled shows on The Tavern's Discord server as well as my physical therapy, doc appointments, and all important Gaming Conventions and shit - Pexx is right. I AM busy. Guess I'm a visual person when it comes to this stuff, as Excel spreadsheets didn't do much to drive it home ;) This isnt even including blog posts, daily podcast episodes and wanting to get back to producing some more gaming material.

I'm feeling much better after nearly two weeks of general health shittiness. OSR Christmas returns tomorrow, post office trip on Tuesday to mail out packages, email catch up this weekend and maybe even work on some maps too. I'm psyched!

Thank you for the support. Tavern Ho!


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Has Roll20 Stopped Releasing Orr Group Industry Reports? No Quarterly Usage Numbers Since 1st Quarter 2018


It looks like Roll20 is no longer issuing Orr Group Industry Reports.

The 1st Quarter of 2018 Orr Report was released on June 12th, 2018 and even that was late:
We’ll be releasing the Q2 Industry Report pretty soon as the Q1 report was a little delayed. Until then, please enjoy the complete Q1 2018 Industry report below:
The 1st Quarter report follows the above paragraph on the original post, found here.

As far as I can tell, no 2nd or 3rd quarter reports have been posted by Roll20 (I'm guessing its still too early for a 4th quarter report).  I wonder if they've lost some of their user base with last year's Nolan T Jones fiasco.

In any case, if the reports have been released and I've missed them please point me in the right direction. I'd like to see and analyze the numbers.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kickstarter - The ADOM (Ancient Domains Of Mystery) Roleplaying Game


Reminds me of the AD&D 1e core books - The Player's Handbook first cover and the Dungeon Master's Guide second cover. Not duplicates of, certainly, but inspired by.

The ADOM (Ancient Domains Of Mystery) Roleplaying Game is certainly inspired by old school gaming and the OSR but draws its main inspiration from a rogue-like computer game, at least as far as setting and style go.
(ADOM) is a complete redesign from ground up with a fresh new rules system based on the best OSR games out in the field, extended by what makes ADOM unique:
  • A tantalizing Corruption mechanic representing the powerful lure of Chaos. How far will you go down the road of damnation for the powers to help you defeat the very thing you are fighting?
  • A non-Vancian spell system based on power points providing many tactical options to caster classes. Will you draw on your very own life force to power the vital spells needed to survive an encounter? Will you give in to the whispering madness of Chaos to provide your spells with that special extra kick?
  • A morality system where Law and Chaos should never be confused with Good and Evil.

The full-color art looks nice thus far.

34 bucks gives you B&W Soft Cover Print on Demand At Cost versions of the rules (plus PDF)
46 bucks gives you the above in hardcover.
57 bucks gives you the above in deluxe color hardcover.

Note - You still have to pay the "At Cost" amount plus shipping for your dead tree copies, but you may order as many as you want so this could be a very cost-effective way to outfit a gaming group with a set of books.

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