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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Tenkar's Tavern 2017 Predictions From the Privy Scrying Pool

Yep. Last day of 2016. Time to wake up the Grumpy Dwarf and lead him to the Tavern's Scrying Pool, complete with runnoff from the privy.

Grumpy Dwarf here. I don't give a Rat on a Stick's Ass how accurate my predictions were for 2016. 2017 is right around the corner and its time for predictions!

1 - Far West WILL NOT RELEASE IN 2017! It will not release in a box. It will not release on a dock. It will not redeem a career. It will not do anything I fear - The Grumpy Seuss

2 - Con Man Ken will move YET AGAIN! You read it here first. The man has had more addresses than a Hunt's Point Hooker has tricks on New Year's Eve (and at least the hooker will give you what you paid for)

3 - The Gygax Memorial Fund won't look any different than 2016. or 2015. No bricks will be sold, no groundwork will be laid, no call to arms and no audit. Why fix something that's broken?

4 - There will be no further Holiday purges at WotC. There is no staff left to purge.

5 - The Greyhawk Setting will be resurrected. Joe the Janitor will have it added to his portfolio of responsibilities at WotC.

6 - Swords & Wizardry Light will spawn other pared down rulesets in the OSR. Light Labyrinth Lord (LLL), Mini OSRIC (MOSRIC), Tiny Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (TASSH) are just a few examples.

7 - Frog God Games will absorb Kobold Press. The first release of the expanded company will be a 550 page Pathfinder release, 500 page D&D 5e release, 350 page Swords & Wizardry release of the mega-dungeon Klomoring Kobolds of Doom for levels 1 to 12. The Pathfinder version will be rated IIIA by the NIJ when worn in a backpack, the 5e version IIA and the S&W version I.

8 - Starfinder will release from Paizo. Grogs will be disappointed that your character can't die during character generation. They will be further disappointed when they find their characters can't die during play.

9 - Fake News will find its way into the RPG field with the announcement of completed Kickstarter Projects that faded away. The first such will be Quantum soon followed by anything still owed by Nystul.

10 - The Tavern will appear in one version or another in many different mediums. Er, wait, this is already happening...









Frog God New Year's Sale - 25% off Print or PDF (and get a free copy of Swords & Wizardry Light with Print orders)


Frog God Games is running a 25% off sale through the end of the year.
2016 is over and your players crave a new party. This is your chance to give it to them. From now until January 3rd, 2017 take 25% off everything* in the store.

Use Coupon Code - 2016-IS-OVER

*Excludes Bard's Gate and Sword of Air
I do believe all order of physical books will include a copy of Swords & Wizardry Light.

As a side note, Tome of Adventure Design is back in print AND included in the sale. I can't recommend it enough.

Friday, December 30, 2016

State of the Tavern Tavern - Livestream, Swords & Wizardry Light and More

+Zach Glazar and I recorded the first ever Tavern Chat Livestream earlier tonight. It was a blast. Suffer through the first few minutes as we figure our shit out and it gets better ;)

Seriously, it went well.

+James Spahn spilled some Swords & Wizardry Light plans, Zach and I answered numerous questions and a good time was had by all.

I expect attendance will only grow as we get more familiar with the set up and word grows. That being said, you can watch the entirety here:



I'll be awarding the Mythoard gifts tomorrow and the last day of OSR Christmas (and the Tenkar Box of Goodness) will probably be New Year's Day.

BTW, I do not live in Lake Geneva. Unless I win Lotto. Then perhaps...


Tavern Chat Livestream is Live!



Yep. we promised to kick this off before the end of the year and we did. We make no promises of quality or content. Expect some adult language because simply, it's live.

Still, it should be a fun time. Feel free to ask some questions via the chat feature.

As for topics? We don't need no steenkin' topics!

Join us for the free BYO beer and booze ;)

Here's the link:

http://youtu.be/4hdRWbFsAZQ

Thursday, December 29, 2016

First Tavern Chat Livestream - Tomorrow - 730 PM Eastern


Tomorrow night at 730 PM Eastern, give or take, +Zach Glazar and I will be kicking of the first of the semi regular Tavern Chat Livestream sessions. Oh yes, live interaction. You can ask questions. We may even supply answers. Possibly even puppets.

Now, being it will be the first, I'm sure there will be many firsts, as in screw ups. Please, be patient with us.

It will be available via a Youtube Hangout link. I'll post it tomorrow when we have the link. If you miss the live chat, you'll be able to catch it at a later time.


Ken Whitman now Produces Commercials - Using Equipment Paid for by Kickstarter Backers


Ah, you really have to give it to Ken / Whit Whitman. Having burned every possible bridge in the film industry in Atlanta (Ken, how many folks are trying to track you down for services paid for but never fulfilled?) has now landed in the area of London, KY. I'm guessing Toronto actually has standards and that's why "Con Man Ken" didn't make it to our neighbors up North. Shame really, as I suspect Ken would have had a great time with the Toronto film industry.

In any case, Marcus King has gone "full enabler" now, which is a damn shame, because if it weren't for "Ken, I Allegedly Bilked Honest Folks Out of Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Make Myself Great" I've heard only good things about Marcus. But then he became Ken's Uber Enabler, and now, sorry to say, Marcus is going to have his rep tarnished by none other than one of Kickstarters most prolific con artists - allegedly.

At least backers know what their monies paid for - the equipment Ken is using for these cut rate commercials.

Here's the link for the commercial Ken did for Marcus. Aren't you proud of your Kickstarter dollars at work?


A WTF Kickstarter - Cage Hat - Bobble Head American Football


Listen. Watch the video. I beg you. Maybe not all, but the first 30 seconds or so and then come back here.

Now, if there were any interest in this, it would have funded privately.

I have an interest in this, but only along the lines of Bobble Head American Football would be funny as hell to watch.

A modest goal of $5k. $29 raised.


The moon is calling, it wants its astronaut back.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tavern Chat - Reminder - Bard's Gate and Other KSs Arrive and Talk About the Livestream

It's Wednesday. That means Tavern Chat. 9PM Eastern. Here, in the chat box on the right side of the page.

Potential topic?

Livestream

Bard's Gate (with bonus Swords & Wizardry Light)

Other Kickstarters

2017 and beyond

9PM to 11PM ish

Best Laid Plans and all that Crap

So, today was set aside for projects - as in writing.

Yeah, that didn't last.

Pinky called to strong arm me into taking her to a movie. I punted that to another creative day I had planned - tomorrow.

Then another phone call, something not puntable. Ah well, best laid plans of mice and men.

All this and my son wants to take me to lunch (normally he tags along with me because I'll pay the bill ;) Can't pass up free food now, can I?

Maybe tonight I'll catch up on last week's email and get today's planned writing in.

Oh, and Tavern Chat...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Getting Closer to the First Tavern Livestream Event


New camera? Check

New software for that green screen effect? Checkity check check

Finding awesome pieces of art for such effect? Fun times

Never again see that basket of laundry in the corner of the room? Rach thanks God ;)

Where's the top of my head? Eh, its optional anyway...

OSR Christmas - Bonus - 2 Physical Boxes of Goodies - 2 Gift Receivers - Mythoard



The OSR Christmas season is still upon us. I'll close it out at some point with a box of goodies from the Tenkar Games Collection, but in the meantime we have more gift to give.

+Jarrod Shaw , he of Mythoard, the monthly box of gaming goodies that had its own resurrection of sorts, has offered up 2 past Mythoard collections to the readers of this fine Tavern.

Here's the deal. These are physical copies, so US only. Comments must be made by 8 AM Eastern Time, Friday December 30th, 2016. As for the comments, we are going to do things just a tad differently. You need to include the following in your comment:

- an old school release (old or new) that you don't own and wish you did AND why

Yeah, a bit trickier than The Tavern's usual ;)

Good luck to all!

Swords & Wizardry Light - Plans for 2017 - Zine, Rules, Settings and More



Swords & Wizardry Light has taken on a life of its own and I couldn't be happier. New classes, pocket settings, adventures and more, all already published or in the works by members of our community. Huzzah!

So, what "official" plans are in the works for Swords & Wizardry Light for 2017 and beyond? Good question. In no particular order:

- The release of the rules in print by Frog God Games, available free with purchase of physical product from their webstore. If they are sending something to your house, you can expect a copy of SWL to sneak into the box.

- The release of a SWL Zine called, appropriately enough, Continual Light. Adventures, monsters, classes, spells, magic items, etc.

- The release of the SWL rules in a Word.doc, so you can hack and houserule to you are content. I'm the hold up on this - aiming for mid January release.

- Extra Light - building off of the SWL rules, this 28-32 page digest sized book will include leveling to 5th or 7th level (still working out the details), new spells, new classes, new monsters and a sample adventure for each level. +James Spahn is co-author on this, so if we give you a product you don't like, blame me.

- Torchlight - a series of One-Sheet releases of various types (creatures, adventures, locations, etc)

- Pocket settings - not much is more than a basic outline for this concept yet, but thinking genre toolkits instead of detailed locations - so, rules for low fantasy, American westerns, sci-fi, horror and the like. Hmmm, would this be the Pocket Light series of releases? heh

+James Spahn and +Zach Glazar are my coconspirators. I truly couldn't ask for a better team to cover up and correct my mistakes ;)

Is there more possible than what is listed above? For sure, but the above I'm fairly confident of.

Now, stuff that is needed. Title graphics for Continual Light and Torchlight as well as a Swords & Wizardry Light Compatibility Logo. If you are an artist with some ideas, we need to talk :)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Endzeitgeist Reviewed Bard's Gate - and this Humble Tavern gets a Mention


Endzeitgeist is one hell of a review site. The reviews are in depth, extensive and no holds barred. I literally don't know how they do what they do and do it so well.

Today Endzeitgeist reviewed Frog God Games latest release - Bard's Gate. I have the PDF and impatiently await the printed copy to ship because it is damn good (I backed the Kickstarter). I saw the map at NTRPG Con last spring and now have the remorse of not having such a huge map to hang behind me during vidcasting and online gaming and such. There is so much to love about the book, the maps, everything. There are easter eggs for those that look - and some aren't hard to find at all:


So, go read the rest of the review at the Endzeitgeist site. If it doesn't make you want to to order a copy for yourself or your DM, I don't know what kind of a gamer you are. Well, maybe one that doesn't explore urban locations. Ah well ;)

I'm hoping to get a short review up myself by the end of next week. No guarantees. Plate is full and I'm falling behind on most everything, but yes, Bard's Gate is as good as the review you just read. You did read it, right?

Frog God Games PDF Bundle - Swords & Wizardry Starting at a Buck - Last Night!


Last Night for the Frog God Games Bundle. Available in Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder flavors, we know you probably don't give a fig about the Pathfinder version.

That's fine.

Grab the Swords & Wizardry version. Buy in is as low as a buck. Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms for a fucking Buck - excuse my French ;)

Rappan Athuk gets thrown in at Eight Bucks. Holy shit! The be all and end of of Mega Dungeons.

Splinters of Faith and Mother of All Treasure Tables is added at Fifteen Bucks. Awesome! I still think the sweet point is Eight Bucks.

Do eeettt!!!

Hydra Collective Titles on Sale in Print and PDF


A number of Hydra Collective titles are currently on sale at OBS.

Slumbering Ursine Dunes, normally $9 in PDF and $25 in Print + PDF is currently $5.40 in PDF and $10.72 in Print + PDF.

Misty Isles of the Eld is normally $9 in PDF and $28 in Print + PDF is currently $7.20 in PDF and $12.12 in Print + PDF.

Similar sale prices are in effect for their other releases.

No idea how long the sale prices are good for.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Thanks to the member of The Tavern's FB Community who brought this to my attention.



James Spahn is Introducing a New OSR Tradition - OSR Box Set Day



From the Halfling's Luck Blog:
Today is December 26th, known in many nations as Boxing Day. Today, I'm starting a new tradition in the OSR gaming community. With that I wish you a happy... 
That's right, Box Set Day. How does one celebrate Box Set Day? Well for me, that means giving away an RPG Box Set. This won't necessarily be an OSR game, but it will always be an RPG Box Set. So, this year I'm giving away a complete Pathfinder Beginner Box. While I'm not a fan of Pathfinder's endless supplement glut, the core game is a great RPG and the Beginner Box has more than enough to keep a campaign going for quite some time. Rule book, adventure, color cardstock minis, maps, four pre-gen characters with rules for taking them to 5th level, and a set of dice. It's very open-and-play. 
This Pathfinder Beginner Box is VERY SLIGHTLY used. I took the shrink off, looking through the contents, and then shelved it. It can be yours, but you have to comment today, December 26th, and tell me your favorite RPG box set. I'll select a winner on the 27th. The contest is open to all US residents, and it will be shipped media mail.
Now, obviously you don't enter here but over at +James Spahn 's Halfling's Luck Blog.

For me, the Pathfinder Beginner Box is very special, and not just because it showed me for the first time that Pathfinder was actually playable without a laptop and spreadsheets. My review of the Pathfinder Beginner Box went viral, and was my most trafficked post for years.

Later today or tomorrow I'll post the Huge Grab Bag post, closing out OSR Christmas for 2016 ;)


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas & Hanukkah & Winter Solstice Wishes to All!

Its just past midnight here in New York, so its officially Christmas. Its also my first Christmas that I'm retired for, which feels... strange. Good, but strange. 8 Christmases spent working retail, 20 as a cop, 1 now retired.

I'd like to wish everyone that reads The Tavern a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Winter Solstice. To some extent, you are all my extended family, and I can't imagine The Tavern without you.

December has been a busy month for me, which in and of itself is nothing strange - it always seems to be a busy month. This is the first time I've had to deal with court and legal guardian issues, which has been time consuming. Long story short, my mother's cousin was declared incompetent by the courts and has been appointed a legal guardian. I considered taking the responsibility myself, but the paranoia combined with dementia convinced the family it was better for a third party to be put in that position. That being said, I've become the family liaison of sorts (go figure, last time I was a liaison I was working ;)

January 3rd is the magical day we go from nursing home (at over $15k a month) to assisted living (at $5.5k a month) Better food, wine with dinner, freedom to come and go, an actual 1 bedroom apartment. Hell, I found it damn tempting for myself - sadly I'm too young ;)

Anyhow, things should sort out with that soon and my focus should return. There are plans for Swords & Wizardry Light, but that's for another post (some of those plans are posted in a thread at The Tavern's Facebook Community earlier tonight, but we'll try and get some things nailed down with a real update)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Deal of the Day - Apes Victorious (LL goes Planet of the Apes)



Apes Victorious is the Christmas Eve Deal of the Day. I'm not even going to touch on how Planet of the Apes drew some inspiration from the story of Christ - oops! I guess I touched on it ;)

Anyhow, Apes Victorious, normally $4.97 is on sale until tomorrow morning for $2.98 - 50% off. This is for the PDF version.
Apes Victorious is a roleplaying game in which you take the role of an astronaut from the 1970’s who finds himself marooned on a future Earth ruled by intelligent apes. Players may also take the role of an ape, a degenerated human, or a psi-active underdweller. Fight to survive in this post-apocalyptic future ruled by four species of apes. Or play apes who hunt humans for sport. For a different kind of campaign, play highly intelligent but insane underdwellers who have advanced technology and powerful psi powers. 
This book contains:

-A complete game
-A post-nuclear apocalyptic setting in which apes have become the dominant species
-Seven player classes
-Animals and creatures of the post-nuclear future
-Campaign advice
-A complete introductory adventure
-Conversion notes for compatible games including: Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future, Starships & Spacemen

OSR Christmas - Day 11 - The Gifting - Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells - Print



Just a reminder - Day 12 of OSR Christmas won't come around until Monday. I figure between Christmas and Hanukkah there will be plenty of gift giving this weekend. Besides, my free time is tapped out until Monday.

Still, that doesn't mean there isn't a gift to award.

Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells in Print. The PDF is PWYW so there really isn't an excuse for everyone to at least peek at the rules.

Anyhow, the winner of the Print copy of SS&SS is:

+Lincoln Shone 

If you are looking for those that are receiving copies of Crypts & Things Remastered, here is that post.

Winners should reach out to be at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing.


OSR Christmas - Bonus Gifting - Crypts & Things Remastered - 1 HC Print and 2 PDF Copies Will be Finding Homes with this Post


+Newt Newport
 / D101 Games
 is offering an amazing set of gifts for OSR Christmas. Three fine gift receivers, three fine gifts. One person will receive Crypts & Things Remastered in Hard Cover Print shipped anywhere in the world. Two others will receive Crypts & Things Remastered in PDF. Can I get a Huzzah!?!

The hardcover is a $40 value and the PDFs retail for $13.
Crypts and Things (C&T) is a Swords and Sorcery Roleplaying game based upon the Old School Rules of the 70s/80s. It also draws upon the British fantasy games and game-books of that period to bring a distinctly dark and dangerous feel to the game.
It was originally released back in early 2012 and after a highly successful Kickstarter in 2015 it returns in a Remastered edition, with revised and expanded content and completely new art by David M. Wright. 
Contents
-Introduction : An over view of the book.
-The Scrolls of Wonder
-The Player's section of the game, which explains how to create and play the character who will be the player's alter ego in the game.
-Creating a Character: Guidelines for creating the player's fictional alter-ego in the game.
-Character Classes: Nine character archetypes for players to choose from. Four Core (Barbarian, Fighter, Sorcerer, Thief) and five exotic (Beast Hybrid, Disciple, Elementalist, Lizard People and Serpent Man).
-Life Events: Quick background events tables which briefly detail the character's origin and what they did before adventuring.
-Spell Lists: Black, Grey and White Magic, plus Elemental Magic.
-How to Play: The game's simple and straightforward rules.
-The Continent of Terror: A brief overview of the game's included setting.
-What the Elder Told Me: Each of the eight human cultures of the setting detailed in ten questions and answers from a young adult to a respected elder about their worldview. 

The Book of Doom
-This is the referee's section of the book.
-Secrets of the Continent of Terror: A deeper view of the setting for referee's, with -The Greater Others and their Works: Three of the terrifying Greater Others and their followers detailed for use in play.
-Snake Dance: A closer look at the society of the insidious Serpent Men.
-Scourges of the Dying World: Five evil nemeses to thwart and oppose the player characters.
-Ill Gotten Gains of Dark Desire: Treasure and perilous magic items.
-A Compendium of Fiends: Dark and deadly monsters to populate your adventures with.
-The Halls of Nizar-Thun: An introductory underground adventure.
-The Haunted Lands: An introductory wilderness adventure.
-Port Black Mire: A fearsome city detailed for urban adventures.
-Notes from the Abyss: A compilation of articles and resources to aid the referee.
So, who are the receivers of these very generous gifts?

The Hardcover Copy of Crypts & Things, shipping anywhere in the word goes to:
Scott Jenks

The PDF Copies of Crypts & Things go to:
Jargogle Bamboozle and Peter V. Dell'orto

Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing and Newt and I will work out the details. Its the holiday weekend, so please forgive what I expect to be some lag.

Friday, December 23, 2016

OSR Christmas Will Return with a HUGE Grab Bag on Monday, December 26th


I was hoping to kick off the Huge Grab Bag of Gaming Goodness tomorrow, but Christmas weekend is just too busy for me to pull it off. So it will kick off on Monday and it will accept comments through Wednesday.

What is going to be in it? Even I'm not sure. Rach thinks it will require at least 2 boxes to send out (yes, these are duplicates from my collection) and the plan is for the Post Office to pick up a bunch of mail next Thursday or Friday.

There is certainly a complete set of Castles & Crusades Core books (the green covers - not even sure the edition) and a bunch more from the depths. I'm sure some Tunnels & Trolls will slip in ;) Only shipping to the States, as it will be insane otherwise, but this was probably the most Worldwide Friendly OSR Christmas that has run so far.

I'll certainly be posting this weekend, but it will have to squeeze into the "moments between"

Alright, back to the grindstone...

Far West - Blame the Delay on the 2016 Presidential Elections - Maybe - But We DO Have an Update


Hold your loved ones.

Why?

Because apparently 2016 was just such a year.

Does Gareth come out and blame his depression on the 2016 elections?

No.

But it certainly seems to be be the theme.

Ah well. Trump is as valid an excuse for 5 years of delays as anything else we've seen from Gareth. Hell, I'm willing to bet if he could find a way to pin Trump for 5 years of delays, he would. Its at least as valid as Con Crud.

Do I expect to see anything by the end of the year?

Fuck no!

I could be surprised, but I doubt it.

Still, lets punt the ball. I'll hold my family close there holidays, but it has NOTHING to do with 2016, Far West or any other debacle. I'll hold them close because I love them.




OSR Christmas - Day 11 - Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells - Print



Its Day Eleven of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift.

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
skeetyrbug - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavernAT that gmail thing and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells in Print (the PDF is PWYW, so everyone should grab a copy). This print copy was donated by the author of SS&SS and will be mailed out by me. The US Postal service will be cursing me out next week ;)
Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells is a rules-light, sword & sorcery, old school role playing game inspired by the original fantasy RPG and the Old School Renaissance movement as well as the stories by such authors as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock. With this book, you and your friends will be able to play exciting adventures with bold barbarians, witty thieves and cunning sorcerers without worrying about complex rules and tiresome preparations. 
ATTENTION! Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells is not a Simulacrum of an older edition of the world’s most famous fantasy RPG! Although inspired by the original game and the OSR movement, the game was designed to be have its own unique system, more suitable to the Sword & Sorcery genre the author has in mind. The following author's work inspired the mechanics of this game: Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, David Black, Christian Mehrstam, John Cocking, Peter S. Williams, Joseph Goodman, Harley Stroh, Jason Morningstar, Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson, Simon Washbourne, Kevin Crawford, Sandy Petersen, Mike Manson, Jay Little, James M. Spahn, Ben Milton.
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 24th, 2016 to be in the running for Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, if Santa picks you :)

This prize is available because of readers like you. Your use of The Tavern's affiliate links allows for giveaways like this.


More OSR Christmas

+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ken Whitman's Biggest Enabler Writes About Personal Accountability.

There's an article your should read at ICv2. Really. Its eye opening.

I'll copy the first two paragraphs here:
Personal accountability is a concept my father drilled into my psyche starting when I was about nine.  I didn’t feed the dogs one day before I went to school.  That Saturday, he did not allow me to eat or drink anything from 6AM until 4PM that day.  It taught me not only personal accountability, but also the concept that what YOU do affects OTHERS.  It taught me that failure was unacceptable. 
Fast forward 45 or so years, and I still believe in personal accountability - or, I guess, in the personal accountability of retailers.  Because I am a retailer, and I don’t think it is anyone else’s job to provide for me.  And I STILL find failure to be unacceptable.
For the writer of this article to talk about "personal accountability" and still be Ken Whitman's biggest enabler, having customers pay for photos with "Whit" the actor, the con man, the flake, Mr Snake Oil Salesman himself - ironic seems to fall short of the gall embodied by this.


OSR Christmas - Day 10 - The Majestic Wilderlands - Print + PDF



Its Day Ten of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift.

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
Evan Lindsey - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavernAT that gmail thing and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away The Majestic Wilderlands in Print & PDF. This is Bat in the Attic Games+Rob Conley 's take on Judges Guild's Wilderlands, and it is an OSR classic. It simply wouldn't be OSR Christmas without it :)
From the City-State of the Invincible Overlord to the ancient city of Viridistan the wilderness is thick with dungeons and ruins. Contained in this book are the background and rules used in a campaign thirty years in the making. You will find over two dozen classes ranging from Soldiers to Mountebanks and races of Reptile Men to Half-Viridians. New races, magic variants, creatures, and magic items can be found within these pages. Also included is a complete overview of the Majestic Wilderlands. Begin your journey into the Majestic Wilderlands and become the next person to carve their mark in the hall of destiny.  
A 140 page rules supplement compatible with the Swords & Wizardry rules and a guide to the Majestic Wilderlands.
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 23nd, 2016 to be in the running for $11.99 in an RPGNow Gift CardThe Majestic Wilderlands in Print + PDF is exactly $11.99 or use it for other purchases at RPGNow. The choice will be yours - if Santa picks you :)

This prize is available because of readers like you. Your use of The Tavern's affiliate links allows for giveaways like this.


More OSR Christmas

+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tavern Chat Tonight - 9PM - Your Host WILL Be Late

Rach has work related Christmas Party with her job tonight and I'm picking her up in Manhattan at 9PM. Assuming she is ready on time I should be in around 945. Assuming...

In any case, OSR Christmas is certainly on my mind and the mind of others.

Don't wait for me. Keep Calm and Chat on!




OSR Christmas - Bonus Gifting - Mazes & Perils Deluxe, in Print



Yep, as we get closer to Christmas the Christmas bonuses start cropping up. Awesome, isn't it?

Moebius Adventures is giving away a free copy of Mazes & Perils Deluxe, in Print.

Edit - Add 5 PDF copies for 5 runner ups :)

What do you need to do? Follow the link to the Moebius website and follow the instructions given. It really is that simple.

Good luck. They are taking entries through Friday.

OSR Christmas - Day Nine - X2 - Castle Amber - POD + PDF (B/X)



Its Day Nine of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift.

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
Jan Egil Bjune - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away X2 - Castle Amber is Print on Demand and PDF. Quite possibly the most popular of all the "X" modules.
Trapped in the mysterious Castle Amber, you find yourselves cut off form the world you know. The castle is fraught with peril. Members of the strange Amber family, some insane, some merely deadly, lurk around every corner. Somewhere in the castle is the key to your escape, but can you survive long enough to find it?  
This module contains referee notes, background information, maps, and exploration keys intended for use with the D&D Expert rules.  
For characters level 3-6.
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 22nd, 2016 to be in the running for $11.99 in an RPGNow Gift CardCastle Amber in Print + PDF is exactly $11.99 or use it for other purchases at RPGNow. The choice will be yours - if Santa picks you :)

This prize is available because of readers like you. Your use of The Tavern's affiliate links allows for giveaways like this.


More OSR Christmas

+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

OSR Christmas - Bonus Gifting - Crypts & Things Remastered - 1 HC Print and 2 PDF Copies to be Awarded


+Newt Newport / D101 Games is offering an amazing set of gifts for OSR Christmas. Three fine gift receivers, three fine gifts. One person will receive Crypts & Things Remastered in Hard Cover Print shipped anywhere in the world. Two others will receive Crypts & Things Remastered in PDF. Can I get a Huzzah!?!

The hardcover is a $40 value and the PDFs retail for $13.
Crypts and Things (C&T) is a Swords and Sorcery Roleplaying game based upon the Old School Rules of the 70s/80s. It also draws upon the British fantasy games and game-books of that period to bring a distinctly dark and dangerous feel to the game.
It was originally released back in early 2012 and after a highly successful Kickstarter in 2015 it returns in a Remastered edition, with revised and expanded content and completely new art by David M. Wright. 
Contents
-Introduction : An over view of the book.
-The Scrolls of Wonder
-The Player's section of the game, which explains how to create and play the character who will be the player's alter ego in the game.
-Creating a Character: Guidelines for creating the player's fictional alter-ego in the game.
-Character Classes: Nine character archetypes for players to choose from. Four Core (Barbarian, Fighter, Sorcerer, Thief) and five exotic (Beast Hybrid, Disciple, Elementalist, Lizard People and Serpent Man).
-Life Events: Quick background events tables which briefly detail the character's origin and what they did before adventuring.
-Spell Lists: Black, Grey and White Magic, plus Elemental Magic.
-How to Play: The game's simple and straightforward rules.
-The Continent of Terror: A brief overview of the game's included setting.
-What the Elder Told Me: Each of the eight human cultures of the setting detailed in ten questions and answers from a young adult to a respected elder about their worldview. 
The Book of Doom
-This is the referee's section of the book.
-Secrets of the Continent of Terror: A deeper view of the setting for referee's, with -The Greater Others and their Works: Three of the terrifying Greater Others and their followers detailed for use in play.
-Snake Dance: A closer look at the society of the insidious Serpent Men.
-Scourges of the Dying World: Five evil nemeses to thwart and oppose the player characters.
-Ill Gotten Gains of Dark Desire: Treasure and perilous magic items.
-A Compendium of Fiends: Dark and deadly monsters to populate your adventures with.
-The Halls of Nizar-Thun: An introductory underground adventure.
-The Haunted Lands: An introductory wilderness adventure.
-Port Black Mire: A fearsome city detailed for urban adventures.
-Notes from the Abyss: A compilation of articles and resources to aid the referee.
How do you enter for your chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post before 8 PM Eastern, December 22nd and you'll be in the pool. Yes, over 48 hours.


OSR Christmas - Day Eight - OD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition (White Box) - PDF Only



Its Day Eight of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift who ARE the recipients of yesterday's recent GIFTS, as +Jason Paul McCartan offered to make one gift into three!

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
Bob Brinkman, dogrodeo and Dave Bendit - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away the OD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition (White Box) in PDF only. The granddaddy that started it all. Sure, the reprint covers look like shit (IMHO) but the rules are what they are and that makes this nearly priceless, especially for those that don't have this in print (and who wants to spend over $22k for a wood grained box anyway?)
First published in January 1974, the original edition rules of Dungeons & Dragons would go on to see six different printings. This edition is for the Original Collector's Edition released By Wizards of the Coast in 2013, which was itself a revision of the 6th and final printing, the "Original Collector’s Edition" or white box edition.  
You get all three books contained in the original boxed set: Men & Magic, Monsters & Treasure, and Underworld & Wilderness Adventures plus the Reference Sheets booklet. 
Great to read and still great to play, the original edition shows you where the roleplaying hobby began and the original version of the game that spawned a hobby and so much more.
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 21st, 2016 to be in the running for $9.99 in an RPGNow Gift CardOD&D Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition in Print + PDF is exactly $9.99 or use it for other purchases at RPGNow. The choice will be yours - if Santa picks you :)

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More OSR Christmas

+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Deal of the Day - Yarr! The Rules Light Pirate RPG



Yarr! The Rules Light Pirate RPG is today's Deal of the Day. Built off the Dagger! rules, it is basically a simplified OSR ruleset without ability scores, which works fine.

Easily lootable for piratical ideas for your other OSR rule systems, for $1.50 (normally $4.50) its like finding buried treasure ;)
THE Rules Light Pirate ArrrPG for children, beginners and veteran players alike!
Avast, me hearties! Join me, fer adventure 'n' treasure huntin' on t' high seas! Become the infamous pirates ye deserve ta be an’ feed yer hunger fer glory an’ riches! YARR! 
YARR! is a fun, easy to learn game for kids, beginners or veteran players who emphasize story and role play over rules. YARR! is intuitive for anyone who has played any OGL / d20 game. It is streamlined so that kids can grasp it easily but robust enough (and including advanced rules for skills) so that veteran player won't find it overly simplified. 
Yarr! includes rules for ship to ship combat, a bestiary of human and monstrous adversaries, booty (treasure) appropriate for historical fantasy of the Golden Age of Piracy, Mermaid magic, even a Pirate Talk glossary!
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OSR Christmas - Day Seven - CE 8 - Polyhedral Dungeon - Color Print + PDF

edit - just spoke with +Jason Paul McCartan - we are going to pick 3 winners and send the gifts them directly to the winners - Woot! - ET

Its Day Seven of OSR Christmas. Before we get to today's festivities, let's find out who is the recipient of yesterday's awesome gift.

I would do a drum roll but that doesn't work so well on a blog post. Oh well.
Charlie Mason - congrats. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern and we'll get you hooked up.

Now for today's gift. We are giving away the Polyhedral Dungeon (Color Print + PDF). Polyhedral Dungeon is an OSR inspired system that even I grok. Its well written and the rules quickly step aside.
POLYHEDRAL DUNGEON is an ultralight modern take on old school roleplaying. Using the new and simple to use and extend POLYHEDRAL SYSTEM, you can have countless hours of fun delving into dungeons and stealing dragon's hoards.
Features of the game include: 
Create new characters for play in about 5-10 minutes. 
Choose from the classic old school character tropes, but with slight twists. Play classic dungeon crawls with a flexible unified system that’s easy to learn and extend - make up your own content, or use any of the official Expansions, including The Advanced Rules which provides many new options for play, The Book of Monsters which expands and explores the Monsters in the game, The Book of Loot for more complete treasure and loot options, including many unique items, and The Book of Magic, which expands Talents and rules for magical and divine characters. 
Designed for quick pick-up play as well as to handle large groups of players who have little experience in tabletop roleplaying - a perfect beginner’s game and still fun for experts. 
Pocket-sized, so that you can take it wherever you’re going. 
Includes dice printed in the page margins in case you forget your own, or if you need to make a secret roll as the Judge!
Includes a Giant Badger! 
Also includes The Crypts of Bes-Amat, a free adventure showcasing how simple it is to create and run adventures for the game and system, as a separate download. 
The book comes in a fully layered and bookmarked digital version, in both color and grayscale formats. Full sized character sheets are available in both formats too. There is also a downloadable full-sized cover that can be used to make your own print-at-home version!
Comment on this post before 8 AM Eastern Time, December 20th, 2016 to be in the running for $9.99 in an RPGNow Gift Card. Polyhedral Dungeon in Print + PDF is exactly $9.99 (gift receiver is responsible for shipping cost) or use it for other purchases at RPGNow. The choice will be yours Multiple winners and direct shipping - if Santa picks you :)

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More OSR Christmas

+James Spahn is giving away 12 prizes over 12 days and all you need to do is comment on one blog post. You will need to follow the instructions carefully if you want a chance to be gifted.

Note: You MUST comment on the Halfling's Luck blog. This post it just to let you know where to go.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sons of Gygax T-Shirts Available for the Next 4 Hours!

This is literally a time limited offer. You have just over 4 hours from the time this post goes live to grab your very own Sons of Gygax T-Shirt.

You know how fast She Who Shall Not Be Named would respond to such a shirt, which is why I suspect the window of availability is so limited. That being said, it could have been available for days and I was just the 6th person to buy a shirt. Somehow, I doubt that.

It would make a great Christmas gift but will not arrive in time for the holidays. You can, however, print out this blog post and stick it in an envelope and let them know what's coming ;)

edit - just to be clear, I'm just adding to the bandwidth - this is not something I'm involved with, except for buying a shirt myself :)

more edit - obvious link -  https://www.gearbubble.com/gygax

I Figure I have Three Weeks to Prep for the Upcoming Swords & Wizardry Light Campaign


I had hoped that the stars would align and I'd be able to bring the gang back for Saturday Night Roll20 OSR Gaming (as well and rebooting the infamous Once a Month of Friday's B-Team) before the year was out, but that simply is not going to happen.

Tentatively, we'll be looking to kick things off January 7th with a new Swords & Wizardry Light campaign, but the questions becomes:

1 - do we play a straight up sandbox using a bunch of resources I've mentioned before and let the dice roll what they may - OR -

2 - do we go episodic, converting a bunch of DCC RPG adventures, with some prep and some on the fly conversions

I'm thinking the more or less weekly game would fit the sandbox and the monthly game would be better suited for the episodic play, but I've been wrong before.

I'll send out feelers to my regulars right before Christmas to get some feedback - assuming this week cooperates. The next few days are going to be hectic, so lets see what shakes out.

The urge to DM again is strong in this one, yes it is...


Deal of the Day - GM's Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing



I can't say enough good stuff about the GM's Miscellany series of releases. GM's Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing might actually make the top of the list.

Although technically released for Pathfinder, it is 95% plus system neutral and an excellent resource if you want to make your dungeons come alive.

While I previously owned Dungeon Dressing in PDF (which you can grab for $9.97 today instead of the regular $19.95), Raging Swan has also put the Print plus PDF version on sale for $16 in softcover. Considering that the softcover is normally $24 on its own, $16 is a steal. Yes, they got my $16 today...

What's inside:

Tired of dungeons lacking in verisimilitude? Want to add cool little features of interest to your creations but don't have the time to come up with nonessential details? Want to make your dungeons feel more realistic?

Then GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing is for you! This gigantic compilations comprises all 34 installments in the line as well as scores of riddles, new material and design essays by Creighton.  GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing presents loads of great features to add to your dungeon. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing is an invaluable addition to any GM's armoury!

GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing presents the material originally appearing in:

Dungeon Dressing: Altars
Dungeon Dressing: Archways
Dungeon Dressing: Bridges
Dungeon Dressing: Captives
Dungeon Dressing: Ceilings
Dungeon Dressing: Chests
Dungeon Dressing: Corpses
Dungeon Dressing: Doom Paintings
Dungeon Dressing: Doors
Dungeon Dressing: Double Doors
Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Entrances
Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Names
Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps I
Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps II
Dungeon Dressing: Floors
Dungeon Dressing: Fountains
Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals
Dungeon Dressing: Goblin’s Pockets
Dungeon Dressing: Legends
Dungeon Dressing: Legends II
Dungeon Dressing: Mundane Chest Contents
Dungeon Dressing: Pits
Dungeon Dressing: Pools
Dungeon Dressing: Portcullises
Dungeon Dressing: Sarcophagi
Dungeon Dressing: Secret Doors
Dungeon Dressing: Simple Magic Traps
Dungeon Dressing: Stairs
Dungeon Dressing: Statues
Dungeon Dressing: Tapestries
Dungeon Dressing: Thrones
Dungeon Dressing: Trapdoors
Dungeon Dressing: Walls
Dungeon Dressing: Wells
So What’s The Riddle Like, Anyway?
So What’s The Riddle Like, Anyway? II
So What’s The Riddle Like, Anyway? III
New Material: Three new fiendish traps as well as material focusing on concealed doors, strange growths, illumination, graffiti and loads of miscellaneous dungeon features; also includes nine dungeon design essays by Creighton.
All That Glimmer: Also includes as a free special bonus are treasures hoards 1-20 from All That Glimmers - after all, what’s a dungeon without treasure!

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