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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Flame Princess is Running a Sale!


Lamentations of the Flame Princess is running a sale on all of it's PDF releases on RPGNow.

Wondering what all the hype is about with Vornheim?  Find out for yourself for $1.35

Want to check out LotFP's Weird Fantasy RPG (Grindhouse Edition)?  Just $1.35

Interested in why I think The Grinding Gear is one of the best adventures I've ever read (haven't run it yet tho')?  You guessed it, just $1.35

Jim can be a larger (and louder) then life personality, but he has more then his fair share of gems in his collection.  Help yourself before December 10th, when the regular prices return.

On the 11th Day of Free Holiday Swag, My Bartender Gave to Meeeeeee... Blackmarsh, a Free Campaign Setting

If you've been around this corner of the blogosphere, you probably already know about the Bat in the Attic blog.  You might have missed his utterly awesome sandbox campaign setting: Blackmarsh.  It's free, works well with any of the OSR games (and probably even the newer stuff the young kids are playing these days.

If you don't have it already, grab it now.  Really.  Right now.  Not later, as you might forget.  It's that good.

From the blurb:


In the days when man knew only the working of stone and fought for their existence against the orc and the goblin, the sky turned to ash and down fell the fiery mountain onto the land. The world tore open and the grey waters rushed in. Those who survived the impact were lost as boiling clouds rushed out in all directions leaving a wasteland in its wake.

The Mountain That Fell left a gift; magic. Near and far, those of learning and strong of heart discovered new powers to shape the world. In the desolation around the Smoking Bay the adventurous found viz, magic in physical form. And there was more, scattered amid the landscape were strange artifacts and stranger creatures that survived The Mountain That Fell. For a time men, dwarves, orc, goblins, and other races braved the dangers and fought each other in the wastelands. Then the elves came into Blackmarsh expelled the feuding races, drove the monsters out, and healed the land.

In the present day, many come to Blackmarsh to harvest viz, kill monsters, or seek the strange artifacts left by The Mountain That Fell. The only force that stands against the wilderness is the Blackmarsh Rangers. Anyone who is willing to defend the land and its people are welcomed into their ranks. Powerful kingdoms outside of Blackmarsh are beginning cast a covetous eyes toward the land's riches. Will the adventurers of your campaign become wealthy and powerful? Or will their bones join the many that have sunk into the swamps?

Blackmarsh is a complete, ready to run setting for your campaign. It can be run as its own setting or an expansion of your existing world. Contained in Blackmarsh are 17 geographical entries, 78 described locales, and one detailed town; Castle Blackmarsh. Each entry provide one or more adventure hooks to use in your campaigns.

Sorcery & Super Science! Super Saturday One Day Sale

Thanks to The Underdark Gazette for pointing out Expeditious Retreat's one day sale on it's Sorcery & Super Science line.  At a buck a piece,  I'm grabbing a few myself.

And a happy 40th to the ERP man himself.  Joe, enjoy the day!

Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!!

If you are looking for a gift for yourself, you can't do much better then the Dungeons & Dragons Classic Anthology of computer games.  For less then 20 bucks, i get to replay Baldur's Gate 1 + 2 (and all the expansions), Icewind Dale 1 + 2, Plansescape Torment (one of the best computer RPGs of all time and Temple of Elemental Evil (i never finished it the first time - this time I'll instal the community hack right from the start).

I guess the old SSI GoldBox games would be the true originals of D&D computer gaming (and I did love them) but Baldur's Gate was amazingly addictive.  I really need to take some sick time off from work.  Haven't done so in over 4 years and it would make for some great computer gaming time ;)

They've also put out a collection of all the Neverwinter 1 + 2 games and add ons.  That runs 29 bucks.  Great stuff there too, and I picked up both collections already, but I think I need to revisit Baldur's Gate first.

Friday, December 2, 2011

On The 10th Day of Free Holiday Swag, My Bartender Gave to Meeeeeeee! - Gamemastering, The Essential Guide to Gamemastering

Free, fully bookmarked, 330 page PDF on how to be a better GM.

It's $29.95 on Amazon with 3 five star reviews for an oversized paperback.

Why pay thirty bucks when you can get Gamemastering for free?

Welcome Winter - Please Feel Free to Exit Quietly and Quickly

Woke up to frost on the car this morning. Monday we hit 70 degrees, last night we went below freezing.

When I was in High School and College, the summer months were prime gaming time. The backyard, a picnic table and endless gallons of Iced Tea kept us going for hours and hours.

The winter months were the hardest on us as gamers. Besides studying and other necessary school work, walking in the cold and snow to the house we were gaming wasn't as nearly as much fun as in the summer. Canceling a game session due to cold or snow wasn't unheard of, but it certainly was painful.

VTTs don't suffer from the cold or weather ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On the Ninth Day of free Holiday Swag, My Bartender Gave to Meeeeeee... The Hounds of Adranos for Runequest.

Being that I brought your attention to Mongoose's Legend RPG, a reworking and fully compatible reimaging of the Mongoose RuneQuest RPG (alas, no license lasts forever in gaming) earlier today, I now bring you the free adventure: The Hounds of Adranos for RuneQuest (Legend).

Legend RPG?   A Buck

The Hounds of Adranos?  Free

A fun and successful gaming session?  Priceless

From the blurb:


The Hounds of Adranos is an adventure for RuneQuest Fantasy Earth. Recommended as an add-on for Alephtar Games setting Stupor Mundi, it can also be played with the core RuneQuest rulebook alone.
This scenario includes:
- twelve pages of action-packed adventure
- full stats for all NPCs and monsters
- cardboard figures for all characters in the adventure
- cardboard figures for all Stupor Mundi recommended Player Characters
- two full-color maps of the Adranon dungeons

Mongoose Runequest is Dead, Long Live Mongoose Legend

Mongoose's license for the RuneQust trademark expired yesrterday. Legend, Mongoose's new RPG built upon the bones of MRQ2 OGL, has released today.

For a buck.

I'll post more on this after I've had a chance to read my PDF copy. 

That will give time for y'all to read your $1 copies ;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Free Gaming Swag, My Bartender Gave To Meeeeeee! Oubliette Issue 7!

I missed the Seventh Day of free swag.  I'll make it up later.

In the meantime, Gold Piece Productions has released Oubliette Issue #7 for FREE!

I don't know how they do it, but every issue is well worth the download.

From the blurb:


OUBLIETTE - A magazine for old school fantasy roleplayers.
FREE for a limited time only!
40 jam-packed pages!
Written for Labyrinth Lord, but also ideal for use with any Basic/Expert/Advanced original or clone, with little or no adjustment required.
Full Contents:
  • Editorial
  • Tales from Hell Cartoon
  • Monster Club #11: The Naughty Step
  • Miniatures Special: An Interview with Richard Scott of Otherworld Miniatures
  • Monster Club #12: Dungeon Random Encounter Tables: Levels 4-6
  • Newland Campaign Setting Part II: Raiders
  • Monster Club #13: Newland Bestiary Part I
  • Tomb of the Snake King: A Labyrinth Lord Adventure for 3rd to 5th Level Characters
  • The 10-Foot Pole
  • Found Familiar: The Toad
  • Goblin Quest Cartoon
  • What's in the Oubliette? Reviews
  • Mouse Watch Cartoon
  • The Song of Sithakk Part 7: A Dream of Blossoms
Warning! Oubliette may contain content that is suitable for adult audiences only. Persons 18+ only.

Two Games Are in the Final Stretch

Adventurer Conqueror King System is in final layout.  PDFs should be going out to Kickstarter supporters in the next two weeks with the print copies to follow.  There is still time to preorder:

If you know someone who might be interested in ACKS, send them over to autarch.co! Pre-ordering before the book is widely available gets you the free PDF of Domains of War, plus access to the developer forums where we're enthusiastically developing these mass-combat rules and examining how they fit into the ACKS campaigns folks are already running using the draft rules that are another benefit of pre-ordering.


Crypts & Things has gone to final PDF.  Damn it!  I like both of these systems a lot.  Plus Swords & Wizardry Complete and Castles & Crusades.


What am I going to do when Delving Deeper finally ships?  Heh!

If Only Home Depot Were A Game Store

I spent 2 hrs in Home Depot last night with my wife and my contractor. We picked out kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertop, backsplash, trim for the backsplash,a dishwasher, a stain for the sliding doors and zeroed in on a new stove.

Then we went out to the pub I had my reception at for a few rounds. Definitely helps that my contractor was also a guest at my wedding.

Hmmm... come to think of it, this is pretty much how gaming nites should wrap up. I may need to go to Home Depot more often ;)

Today, the kitchen floor gets installed, the old sink gets removed (and gets some cutoff valves installed too - the kitchen is an oldie), the sliding doors get stained and the archway to the living room gets painted.

I'm hoping I have a kitchen by Christmas :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Survived Black Friday / Cyber Monday - and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt!

Well, maybe I did a little more then that. Still, Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend shopping usually leaves me with most of my Christmas Shopping done and toys for myself at that. This year, it was a lot less shopping on my part.

Part of the reason is there is no place to put any "big ticket" items, like one of those snazzy 3d TVs until renovations are complete - the living room is where my contractor is storing all of his tools, and the wife and I have storage boxes stacked along one wall.

The other part is I really wasn't impressed with most of the online sales
this year, and I refuse to line up at a store on Thanksgiving Night in order to get a "Doorbuster". I worked sales in a Department Store for 8 1/2 years before I found my career - I'm certainly not dealing with the crowds for free ;)

That being said, Lulu's 30% off coupon is tempting me - CYBERTUESDAY305 can lead to some OSR shopping savings. Not to mention the deals over at RPGNow.

Much better then some 3D TV that I wouldn't have any 3D programming to watch on. ;)

Troll Lord Games' 12 Days of Christmas Sale Has Gone Live

The Trolls are offering 12 different bundles of C&C goodness on their web store.

The module collections are tempting me at 3 bucks per module in the bundles of 10.

Here's the link. I'll make it pretty later ;)

http://www.trolllord.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=45&osCsid=3av86c2c1ol8iadhmrvrjilef3

Monday, November 28, 2011

Procrastination is Making Me Wait...

I've got a real itch to get a game going on a semi regular basis via Fantasy Grounds 2 / G+ (maps, dice rolling, chat and voice - perfect combo).

I want to get it started soon, but I probably need to wait to the new year for the holidays to pass.  Oh, and renovations to be completed, as the wife and I are currently living out of our 2 room bedroom area... I'll need to have a working living room for me to run games, as she'll need a place to escape to ;)

Which means I've got about 6 weeks to figure out that I'm going to run system-wise and find or write an adventure and put it in Fantasy Grounds format.

Time to stop the procrastination...

On the Seventh Day of Free Holiday Swag, My Bartender Gave to Meeeeee... The Atomic Highway RPG

Much thanks to the Green Skeleton Guild Blog for pointing this out.  The Atomic Highway is an amazing post apocalypse RPG that was Ennie Award Nominated.  Besides that, it's just good stuff.  Oh, did I mentions it's now free?

From the Blurb:


Civilization came crashing down. Billions died.
A new Dark Age has begun. The descendants of the apocalypse's survivors scavenge the remnants of the Before Times, struggling to build a new life amidst the ruins of the old. In a savage world where the strong ravage and exploit the weak, the survivors' settlements are oases, connected only by convoys of armed and armored vehicles that run the gauntlet of raiders... and worse.
Though the threats of chemical and biological agents and radiation have all but faded, their taint lingers on in every mutant born to man and beast.
This is the world of Atomic Highway.
Atomic Highway is a complete roleplaying game. All you need to play it is this book, a few friends, paper and pencils, and a few ordinary dice.
Features:
  • The V6 Engine: a simple, fast-playing game system that emphasizes cinematic, or "movie-style" action, supported with many clear examples.
  • Quick and easy character creation rules providing dozens of potential character types. Tear along the shattered highway as a road warrior, track down monstrous threats as a brave tribal warrior, or unearth the wonders of the past as a canny scavenger.
  • Rules for mutants and mutations, including optional rules for humanoid animals and psychic powers.
  • Straightforward rules for a wide variety of vehicles and modifications.
  • A complete bestiary of threats, mundane and mutated.
  • Easy-to-use scavenging tables - you never know what you'll unearth.
  • A customizable setting with advice and tips on how to create your own post-apocalyptic world.
  • Roleplaying and game running advice for Players and Game Masters, new and experienced alike.
  • A ready-to-use introductory adventure.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What's Your Work Worth?

I've been reading Zak's posts (and associated comments) from the last few days and the numbers are fairly depressing.  It seems that getting paid a fair amount for your work in this corner of gaming, whether writing or artwork, is pretty much the exception.  That's a damn shame.

If you blog, you probably do so due to some frustrated creativity that needs to come out.  I know that's part of the reason I'm on here.  Heck, at some point, I'd like to write gaming material for a profit.  I just don't think I can afford to do so at this point.  And so I blog.

Those that can make a living with RPGs, God bless you.  Those that can make beer money with RPGs, may God bless you even more, as you do it for love of the hobby and that is a beautiful thing.

As for Zak's nut job project, I'd actually enjoy seeing whatever results I can come up with for my Fluor-Eight RPG System, Gaming With Fluorite Octagonals. 


On the Sixth Day of Free Holiday Swag, My Baretender Gave to Meeeee - A Free RPGeeee! (PDQ Sharp!)

PDQ is the core system used in lots of games, such as:




With PDQ Sharp!, you can get a feel for the rules for free.