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Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 in Review - The Tavern, Continual Light and You



I must say, 2017 was one hell of a ride.

In no particular order: we launched a Discord Server (now with over 300 members), published our first small publications (Pocket Creatures 1 and 2), released Swords & Wizardry Continual Light as a Limited Beta, then a Revised Beta, followed by a PDF release on OneBookShelf (and a Copper Ranking on RPGNow) and a Print release on Amazon.

Ran a nice handful of sessions of SWCL at my FLGS and had a blast.

All together, Swords & Wizardry Continual Light has sold over 1k copies - 852 in PDF and 192 in print - and that doesn't include the 50 signed copies brought to GameHole Con and the 6 proof copies. All since mid October. That success lies firmly in your hands.

The Tavern's Facebook Community hit over 2k members before it was 2 years old. Yep, you guessed it. You again.

2018 promises to be even more awesome. Details will come soon enough. Its enough to keep me busy and excited in the coming year. I hope you'll share the excitement with me.

Thanks to everyone that reads, comments, listens to the weekly Tavern Chats, pipes in to the chats, drops into the Facebook community - each and every one of you has literally made my year. I feared that retiring from my regular employment would leave my sense of community with a bit of a hole, but that hasn't been the case at all. I couldn't ask for a more welcoming, kinder community to be a part of.

Thank you. Thank you all.

Your Humble Bartender,

Erik Tenkar


OSR Christmas - The Final Gifting - 2017


Yep, its Saturday, December 30th. I wish I could say I've caught up on all pending emails but that is NOT the case. We are actually looking at 1 to 3 inches of snow in NYC today, so I'll be shoveling the cold stuff later. Sigh.

But its STILL OSR Christmas here at The Tavern and there are still gifts to give :)

So, here we go:

Print Copy of Dice Roll Zine - Omnusl

PDF Copy of Dice Roll Zine - Erik Jensen

4 - copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands Additions in PDF - Evan Lindsey, Jake Parker, Michael Gross and Wolfgang Coe

4 - copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF  - grayhawkbard, Josh Beckelhimer, Tony T, Pete V. Dell'Orto

1 - White Star Galaxy Edition PDF - Jason Vines

1 - The Hero's Journey PDF - Jan Egil Bjune

1 - $20 Gift Certificate to the Frog God Store - Chance Phillips
                       
1 - $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store - Jeremy Smith

1 - Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF - goeticgeek

3 - Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF - Mike Bauer, Denis McCarthy and faoladh

1 - Copy Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print - Stu Ordona

1 - Orb of Undying Discord in PDF and 1 Copy of tSilver Bulette's next release (PDF) - V.A.

The above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "I've Been Gifted" in the subject and tell me Day 12 and the gift in the body of the email - if its a gift in print a mailing address will be required ;)

Phew! I hope to have all of this sorted shortly after the New Year.

Thanks to all that donated, all that participated and to everyone that has visited The Tavern over the past year. Remember, its YOUR Tavern. Participate in our Facebook and Discord communities. They are there for all of us to connect and share.


Friday, December 29, 2017

One Dollar Stock Art Sale - Fat Goblin Games - Limited Time


From an email I just got from Fat Goblin Games:
Hey Everyone, for the last few days we have been selling stock art at the mad price of $1. This is to raise some funds for a woman battling stage 4 cancer with a son, the mother of one of our team members. This is the last chance to get this art and help out. We won't be having sales like these in 2018, and will be focusing on new methods of charity. So, if you need art, make sure to stock up (that is a pun). You have until tomorrow, and then I switch all the prices back. Seriously.
Here's the links:

Main Links: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/3865/Fat-Goblin-Games/subcategory/7767_9508/Publishers-Choice-Quality-Stockart&affiliate_id=1446


http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/3865/Fat-Goblin-Games/subcategory/7767_25088/Publishers-Choice-Subscriptions&affiliate_id=1446

Maps link: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/3865/Fat-Goblin-Games/subcategory/7767_27373/Elven-Tower-Cartography?affiliate_id=1446

Those are affiliate links above. Help keep the taps flowing :)

Announcement - OldSchoolGamerRadio.com is Live



Its official. Old School Gamer Radio dot com went live this afternoon shortly after 4PM Eastern time.

+Matt Finch , +Zach Glazar and +Jim Wampler did a livestream to make the announcement and answer related questions.

If The Tavern is one of the main social hubs of the OSR (Matt and I had this discussion earlier today - that video will go up on Monday, January 2) OldSchoolGamerRadio.com aims to be the media hub. Its where you will go to find blogs, podcasts, vidcasts and more - all linked in one place. Really, you should visit it to see how it works. It worth the trip.

I'm excited as all hell, because anything that puts eyes on the OSR is a good thing. There are many sources of info for OSR gamers but few ways to track it all down - OldSchoolGamerRadio.com should fill that gap.

+Matt Finch also mentioned his Swords of Jordoba liveplay S&W campaign. Its an online vidcast that doesn't use a virtual table top but an actual table with terrain, dungeon walls and minis.

Cool stuff.

Anyhow, OldSchoolGamerRadio will only be as good as you make it. Matt and his team needs links - to blogs, podcasts, vidcasts, forums, Discord Channels and the like. It will only be as "complete" as you help make it.

Want to help support OldSchoolGamerRadio? The Patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/mattfinch

Want to help support the Swords of Jordoba liveplay S&W campaign? The Patreon is here:
https://www.patreon.com/Jordoba

Reminder - Uncle Matt's D&D Studio - 2018: Year of the OSR Livestream - 4PM Eastern


See? I told you I'd find the link ;)

This afternoon at 4PM Eastern, +Matt Finch and +Zach Glazar will be streaming live at 4 PM Eastern. The topic will be 2018: Year of the OSR.

Use the link above and abuse them... er... chat with them as they livestream.

I'll be there. Heck, I just finished recording an episode of Old School Gamer Radio with Matt minutes ago (should be up on Monday)

Its noon. Time for lunch...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking for a List of OSR Discord Servers



The RPG Pundit asked over at The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server if one could search for servers by type or topic on Discord and I haven't found an effective way to do so.

Aside from the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server and the Frog God Discord Server, I don't really know of any other Discord Servers for old school gaming or even tabletop RPGs in general.

If you know of any, please add them to the comments below. If you have an invite link to the server / servers in question, please include them too.

I'll make sure the collected info is forwarded to Old School Gaming Radio.

Invite link to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server:

https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

Invite link to the Frog God Games Discord Server:

https://discord.gg/ecjnPaH

Tomorrow - Matt Finch & Zach Glazar - Livestream - 4 Eastern, 3 Central - 2018: Year of the OSR


Giving a quick heads up on this as I suspect there will be a number of announcements included - perhaps even about Old School Gamer Radio. You know - the Kickstarter. Can't wait for my hat :)

+Matt Finch and +Zach Glazar will be doing a livestream on Youtube tomorrow starting at 4 PM Eastern / 3 PM Central about upcoming plans and projects for next year. They are calling it 2018: Year of the OSR.

I plan to watch it live an abuse both via live chat. Why don't you join me? ;)

I'll do a followup post tomorrow afternoon complete with link to the livestream the moment I get the link but I wanted to make sure folks knew to look for it.


New Release - White Box Arcana (Swords & Wizardry)



Just in time for the New Year we have a new White Box release from none other than +James Spahn :

White Box Arcana
Magic-users are more than just fragile spell-slingers! With White Box Arcana you'll bring new options to your arcane apprentices and exceptional archmages! Inside this 32-page supplement you'll find all kinds of simple, yet exciting resources to your magic-user, including:
  • Latent Spellcasters: Now other classes can have a touch of the arcane!
  • Arcane Duels: Complete rules for wizard duels to decide who is master of the magic arts!
  • Stronghold Construction: Build a laboratory, design a library, or head-up a magical academy!
  • New Spells: Everything from binding familiars and creating magic items, to walking the planes of existence and breathing dragon fire! Over 30 new spells!
  • New Magic Items: Over 25 new magic items to add to your campaign!
White Box Arcana clocks in at 32 pages and is priced at $1.99

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. Affiliate links keep the lights on and the taps flowing here at The Tavern.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - No Rest for the Wicked

It's been a busy month at The Tenkar Household and needless to say the holidays haven't slowed anything down. Accomplished absolutely nothing with my niece spending the night and day and night... at least she's having a blast :)

Anyhow, tonight is Tavern Chat! Huzzah!

What is Tavern Chat? I've been told it is quite like an unscripted gaming podcast recorded live - except that we don't record and if you miss it you have literally missed it. We don't have scheduled guests but we do have some regulars (and irregulars) that take part in the chat.

All you need are headphones (or speakers) to log in and listen. I mic helps if you want to join the voice chat.

We also use a text chat channel for additional conversations, links, pics, videos and the like.

Here's the link to The Tenkar's Tavern Live Discord Server:

https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

"Open Bar" is where the voice happens:


tavern-chat-wed-9pm is where the text takes place for the night:


The common-room is where the daily text chat takes place.

Tavern Chat is Tonight from 9PM Eastern until "whenever".



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Steve Jackson Games regains rights to The Fantasy Trip RPG



There's an announcement today over at Steve Jackson Games regarding Steve's earlier work for Metagaming and The Fantasy Trip RPG:
At the beginning of my career, long before GURPS, I created a roleplaying game called The Fantasy Trip. For decades, the rights have been held by Metagaming, a publisher which is no longer in operation. I'm very pleased to announce that I have regained the eight TFT releases that I wrote myself: Melee, Wizard, Death Test, Death Test 2, Advanced Melee, Advanced Wizard, In the Labyrinth, and Tollenkar's Lair.
Head over to Steve Jackson Games for more info (and an opportunity to discuss on the forums)

On the Twelfth Day of OSR Christmas Santa's Bag Split Open from the Weight of all of the Remaining Gifts...



I have caught up with emails through Wednesday. Yes, I am that far behind...

So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum.

Those being gifted from yesterdays post are:
WWII: Operation WhiteBox
rafael beltrame, Steve Gilman, paulgo, ENN and Rob Gustafson - 5 PDF copies of the WWII: OWB core rules (exchanged for any mission pack if already owned)
Jason Vimes and Josh Beckelhimer  -2 black and white print copies + PDF 
       Maurice Tousignant - 1 color hard cover + PDF
Note: Pete has offered to ship damn near anywhere
Kevin Searle - 1 Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG is back in the pool (receiver already owns) - so, the following bundle is in the mix:
(1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
(1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
(1) Set ofArcane and Divine Magick cards PDF
  
The above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "I've been gifted!" in the subject - state your name / pseudonym and the gift you are receiving. 

Now for today's gifts, we are going to go ALL OUT!

1 - Print and 1 PDF Copy of Dice Roll Zine (seperate gifts)

4 - copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands Additions in PDF

4 - copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF   

1 - White Star Galaxy Edition PDF
1 - The Hero's Journey PDF

1 - $20 Gift Certificate to the Frog God Store
                         
1 - $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

1 - Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

3 - Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

1 - Copy Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print


1 - Orb of Undying Discord in PDF and 1 Copy of tSilver Bulette's next release (PDF)
For the above, comment below with your Holiday Wishes before 11 AM Eastern, Saturday, December 30th 2017. Gift receivers will be randomly chosen from the comments placed in that time.
Note the extended entry time for the final gifting. Remember those that offered gifts this holiday season when you spend your Christmas money ;)

Santa's Bag

Tony T                   (1)  White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only (original receiver is outside the US and will be receiving PayPal funds to purchase SWCL)

Paul Baldowski     (1) Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Hog Town Games  (1)(3) Print and (1)(3) PDF Copies of Dice Roll Zine (OSR)

Monkeyblood Designs (4)(6) copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands                                                             Additions in PDF.
                                     (4)(6) copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF.

Brett Slocum           (1) The Petal Hack - Print

Grim & Perilous      (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
                                 (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
                                 and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF


Barrel Rider Games  (2)(4) White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs
                                  (1)(2) The Hero's Journey PDFs

@Padre's                (1) $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

Edwin Nagy            (1) Return From Dragonmount - Print      Gifted


Frog God Games:   (1) Copy of The Blight - for Swords & Wizardry - Hardcover / Print
                                (1) (2) $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
                                (1) (3) $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

Silver Bulette        (1)(2) Copies Orb of Undying Discord (PDF)
                             (1)(2) Copies of their next release (PDF)

Gaming Ballistic   (2) Copies Dungeon Grappling in Print - (6) Copies of DG in PDF (note - handled
                               (2) Copies Lost Hall of Tyr in Print - (6) Copies of LHoT in PDF (at                                                                                                                                              (www.Gamingblastic.com)

Precis Intermedia(1) Choice of one issue of RPG Pundit Presents in PDF
(Brett Bernstein)   (1) Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

Crossplanes         (3) (6) Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

The Tavern           (1) (6) Copies Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print

The Tavern
Monkeyblood Design (1) Copy Midderlands in Print

As a side note, don't expect print copies to ship prior to Christmas  The New Year - Frog God Gifts will be sorted after the New Year.

Monday, December 25, 2017

OSR Christmas - Punting the Final Day Until Tomorrow Afternoon

Yeah, I was going to try and push out the final, huge OSR Christmas post tonight but in truth, I'm exhausted. Its been a wonderful Christmas, but all I want to do right now is have a beer and go to bed, which is exactly what I'm going to do.

Day 11 gifts will be awarded and Day 12 gifts will be posted tomorrow. Morning, afternoon, evening? I haven't a clue yet ;)

I hope you all had a blessed weekend :)

Frog God Holiday Freebies - Stoneheart Valley - Mini Campaign - S&W & Pathfinder



Its Christmas my froggie friends and the Frogs bring the holidays to an amazing conclusion. Stoneheart Valley is today's freebie. Normally about 15 bucks for the PDF the price is now FREE (for a limited time)!

Grab it before its gone...
Finally, welcome to the World of Necromancer Games! From Bill Webb and Clark Peterson's home campaign comes the old-school setting of The Lost Lands: Stoneheart Valley. For over a decade, fans of Necromancer Games and Frog God Games have been asking to see the world behind the adventures. And at long last, here is where it all began, in the Stoneheart Valley near the town of Fairhill. This mini-campaign was originally presented to the fans of Necromancer Games in three separate modules: "The Wizard's Amulet", "The Crucible of Freya", and "The Tomb of Abysthor". Frog God Games has taken the full series from the 3E version plus supplemental material previously available only online, and converted it all to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game system and the Swords & Wizardry Complete ruleset. 
Weighing in at 192 pages for Pathfinder (retail $32.99), and 144 pages for the Swords & Wizardry Complete rules (retail $29.99), this new product is the first offering in The Lost Lands setting, coming from Frog God Games. Expanded, enhanced, and providing hours and hours of adventure, this hardbound book is intended for characters of levels 1-8 (and beyond), including dungeon, wilderness and city encounters.
Merry Christmas Folks!

As a side note, today's OSR Christmas post will be delayed until this afternoon at the earliest. Possibly tomorrow. I will do my best to get it up today :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

On the Eleventh Day of OSR Christmas There was Grim and Perilous World War II



I have caught up with emails through Wednesday.

So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum.

Those being gifted from yesterdays post are:
faoladh - Dice Roll Zine - PDF
Lincoln Shone - Dice Roll Zine - Print copydogrodeo - White Star Galaxy Edition - PDF  Wolfgang Coe - Wizardry Unearthed - PDF DMWieg - $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store Gary - Swords & Wizardry Continual Light - Print
The above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "I've been gifted!" in the subject - state your name / pseudonym and the gift you are receiving. 

Now for today's gifts, we are going to go World War II ;)
WWII: Operation WhiteBox
-5 PDF copies (exchanged for any mission pack if already owned)
-2 black and white print copies + PDF 
-1 color hard cover + PDF
Note: Print copies are US only
Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG is back in the pool (receiver already owns) - so, the following bundle is in the mix:
(1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
(1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
(1) Set ofArcane and Divine Magick cards PDF
  
For the above, comment below with your Holiday Wishes before 11 AM Eastern, Monday, December 25th 2017. Gift receivers will be randomly chosen from the comments placed in that time.

Remember, Gaming Ballistic is hosting their own daily OSR Christmas Giveaway. So, leave your daily comments at Gaming Ballistic and get in the mix!


Santa's Bag

Tony T                   (1)  White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only (original receiver is outside the US and will be receiving PayPal funds to purchase SWCL)

Paul Baldowski     (1) Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Hog Town Games  (1)(3) Print and (1)(3) PDF Copies of Dice Roll Zine (OSR)

Monkeyblood Designs (4)(6) copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands                                                             Additions in PDF.
                                     (4)(6) copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF.

Brett Slocum           (1) The Petal Hack - Print

Grim & Perilous      (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
                                 (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
                                 and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF


Barrel Rider Games  (2)(4) White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs
                                  (1)(2) The Hero's Journey PDFs

@Padre's                (1) $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

Edwin Nagy            (1) Return From Dragonmount - Print      Gifted


Frog God Games:   (1) Copy of The Blight - for Swords & Wizardry - Hardcover / Print
                                (1) (2) $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
                                (1) (3) $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

Silver Bulette        (1)(2) Copies Orb of Undying Discord (PDF)
                             (1)(2) Copies of their next release (PDF)

Gaming Ballistic   (2) Copies Dungeon Grappling in Print - (6) Copies of DG in PDF (note - handled
                               (2) Copies Lost Hall of Tyr in Print - (6) Copies of LHoT in PDF (at                                                                                                                                              (www.Gamingblastic.com)

Precis Intermedia(1) Choice of one issue of RPG Pundit Presents in PDF
(Brett Bernstein)   (1) Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

Crossplanes         (3) (6) Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

The Tavern           (1) (6) Copies Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print

The Tavern
Monkeyblood Design (1) Copy Midderlands in Print

As a side note, don't expect print copies to ship prior to Christmas. Frog God Gifts will be sorted after the New Year.

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