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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Live! Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Now with Over 1k Discord Members!

Yep. Happened earlier today. What happened? The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server surpassed 1k members.

Mike drop! ;)

Seriously, I'm hugely excited. It's a 24/7 live community where members of The Tavern can shoot the shit back and forth. While most of the activity happens in the "text channels", Wednesday Nights are special. Wednesday Nights are Tavern Chat nights.

Tavern Chat Live! has been likened to a live, unrecorded podcast with numerous guests. Its voice-chat and its a blast. Your regular hosts are Glen Hallstrom (he of many podcasts and Youtube) as well as myself. Its held from 9 PM Eastern until 11ish - the ish meaning more or less, and we've gone past 3 AM in the morning at rare times.

Here's the link to join us:


See y'all tonight!

Kickstarter - Impact! Miniatures Presents: The Lost KS Mini Project

OK. I must admit. I find the Impact! Miniatures Presents: The Lost KS Mini Project Kickstarter very interesting.

Instead of sculpting their own line of miniatures, Impact! Miniatures has instead licensed or bought the rights to the minis from prior Kickstarters. Those that funded and only had a single run made, those that failed to fund and in one case, those that funded and failed to produce (more on the Torn Armor KS later in this post).

I should note, these minis are 3d prints. They are not metal and are not Reaper Bones either. I've seen some recent 3d printed mins and ecept for the color I couldnt tell a difference in detail between them and metal (that being said, my eyes aren't what they used to be ;)

So, which miniatures lines are available in this Kickstarter?
  • Miniatures from the discontinued board game Wizard's Academy
  • Miniatures from the closed company ZN Games
  • Miniatures from the discontinued line for Breachworld by Jason Richards
  • Miniatures from the discontinued line by Hivetrygon Minis
  • Miniatures from closed company Soul Jar
  • Miniatures from the failed to fund KickStarter Dawn of the Archmage
  • Miniatures from the failed KickStarter Torn Armor 
I'm seriously tempted by the Breachworld minis myself. Damn it! heh

For those asking "what's the deal with the Torn Armor minis and Kickstarter?"
One of the group of STL files I was able to purchase was the STLs from the Torn Armor KS project that funded but failed to deliver.   While I have no connection to that project at all, I will work with you to get you some/all of the miniatures at cost + shipping.   I set up a special $2 reward level to assist with handling this.
Note: the "I" referred to above is Tom Anders, not your bartender :)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E126 - Voicemails & Comments regarding Henchmen & Hirelings

I've always had issues with henchmen. They were oft forgotten when an area effect spell was cast but always remembered when the party was hurting and needed some fresh meat to throw at the enemy. Not quite a PC and yet not quite a DM-PC. Has their time come and passed?
In Episode 124 I discussed my thoughts on henchmen and hirelings in RPG campaigns. Today, we listen to some feedback from The Tavern's community. Huzzah!
Link to Episode 126 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E126---Voicemails--Comments-regarding-Henchmen--Hirelings-e28lus

Link to Episode 124 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E124---Henchmen--Hirelings--Followers---Yea-or-Nay-e288t9

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

World of Darkness Sale - 75% Off

Back in my earlier days in the hobby, Werewolf and Mage were RPGs / settings that really struck a note with me (Vampire less so). Never fully grasping the mechanics (and lacking a group that had any interest in the system) I jumped at the opportunity when GURPS editions of the World of Darkness settings were released. I REALLY wanted to run a GURPS Mage game back in the day.

In any case, for the next two days, there is a sale on all things World of Darkness over on RPGNow. Nearly 650 releases are on sale, nearly all at 75% off (community releases are 25% off)

Damn tempting.

Yep, that's an affiliate link. More beer for your Tavern Keeper, please!

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E125 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 18, 2018

Ah, Tuesday. That means Kickstarter Day here at The Tavern Chat Podcast. The good, the bad and the outright Far West.
Tuesdays are Kickstarter day here at The Tavern Chat Podcast. We look at 5E Stat Appendix for Fiendish Monster Hardcover, Adventure Realm RPG Tiles - Village and Riverland set, Gorgeous RPG Dice Sets for DnD and other roleplaying games, Mutant Mayhem Minis - RPG Post-Apocalyptic Figures for MCC, and Pirates of the Undead Seas: Fantasy Pirate Miniatures. Oh, and I rant about Far West and Gareth.
Link to Episode 125 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E125---Kickstarter-Roundup-for-September-18--2018-e28g2l

Links to Kickstarters:







Monday, September 17, 2018

Kindle Books -The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death, and Swords in the Mist - 3.99 for the Set

A tip of the hat to Joe K over at The Tavern's Facebook Community for bringing this to my attention.

The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser: Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death, and Swords in the Mist is $3.99 for the set.

I really hope Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser need no introduction, but if they do:
Many decades before George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Grand Master Fritz Leiber ruled the sword-and-sorcery universe. These three short story collections chronicle the unconventional adventures of Leiber’s endearing antiheroes: barbarian Fafhrd and former wizard’s apprentice, the Gray Mouser.

Swords and Deviltry: Fafhrd, a handsome barbarian of the Steppes, is seduced by a beautiful prostitute and her equally intoxicating city, while the Gray Mouser, a slum rat wizard-in-training, is tempted by the dark arts. The two men meet on a night of multiple thieveries and an enduring partnership is born.

Swords Against Death: Rogue swordsmen and devoted companions Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser pursue ill-gotten fortunes within the confines of Lankhmar. They cross paths with two wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes, and a most violent clash ensues. Eventually, following further adventures, the two antiheroes end up as indentured swordsman servants to their former foes.

Swords in the Mist: A cloud of concentrated hatred and lean times in Lankhmar compels Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to temporarily depart the most corrupt metropolis in all of Nehwon as they seek adventure in the realm of the Sea-King—and on a different world entirely.

This must-read collection of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser short stories features multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated tales, and includes the acclaimed novella Ill Met in Lankhmar.


Yep, that's an affiliate link. Keep the beer fresh and cold at The Tavern by using The Tavern's affiliate links.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E124 - Henchmen, Hirelings & Followers - Yea or Nay?

I've found that the use of henchmen and hirelings in RPG campaigns has decreased since the early 80s. Is that also your experience? Why do you think that is?
In this episode, I discuss the use (or lack thereof) of henchmen, hirelings and followers in fantasy RPG campaigns.
Link to Episode 124https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E124---Henchmen--Hirelings--Followers---Yea-or-Nay-e288t9


Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E123 - How Important is it for U to Create a Homebrew World?

I really need to do a Midderlands episode. I'm just afraid I won't do the releases justice. In any case, tody's episode is again inspired by some questions on the current Dungeons & Dragons survey by WotC.
Another peek and reaction to a handful of questions from the Dungeons & Dragons Survey. I also talk a wee bit about the new MidderZine #1 release. 
Link to Episode 123 https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E123---How-Important-is-it-for-U-to-Create-a-Homebrew-World-e281d2


www.drivethrurpg.com/product/251643/Midderzine-Issue-1?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link)


Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Release - Midderzine Issue #1 (Midderlands / S&W / OSR)

This popped up in my Facebook feed last night and I nearly lept out of bed to share it. Of course, that never happened as sleep overtook me ;)

In any case, I'm picking up Midderzine #1 in Print & PDF - because I can't wait on the mail to come to me...
This is a fanzine for The Midderlands campaign setting for old school games. Although The Midderlands was written for Swords & Wizardry Complete, it works with all the old school games and retroclones with little or no conversion. Hell, you can even adopt it for any fantasy roleplaying game. 
Within this issue you can find news articles, information about locations, NPCs, monsters, races, classes, oddities, spells, flora, fauna, and just about anything to do with the Midderlands, the Haven Isles, and further afield.  
  • More fodder for your ‘The Midderlands’ OSR campaign setting.
  • Rumours from The Haven Gazette.
  • Details on the village of Stonecastle.
  • 3 new monsters: The Catvile, Gloomrat, and Devil’s Goat.
  • The Crowmaster class.
  • New Oddities, Flora, and Fauna including: Catvile Spittle, Demonfeathers, and Plague Flies.
  • Jim Magnusson: The Scandinavian Artist Sensation.
  • And more…
Midderzine #1 is $3.92 in PDF

Midderzine #1 is $9.14 in Print - Shipped (converted from 6.75 British Pounds)

Yep, PDF sales use an affiliate link. Put some beer in your bartender's fridge. :)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E122 - Are Game Sessions with Constant Action Good Gaming?

I'm actually very happy with the Dungeons & Dragons Survey currently posted by WotC. Remember, under "other editions of D&D played", enter "OSR" ;)
I'm really enjoying the D&D survey posted by WotC. Some of the questions are thought-provoking. They certainly drive the conversation. I'd love to hear some community response to the questions I covered on this episode :)
Link to Episode 122https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E122---Are-Game-Sessions-with-Constant-Action-Good-Gaming-e27tit

Friday, September 14, 2018

Free Games on Humble Bundle - Through September 16th, 2018

Earlier today I received the following email from Humble Bundle:
From now until September 16 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, the following DRM-free games will be available to the general public: 
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare
  • Limbo
  • Uurnog
  • Fortune 499
  • Tiny Echo
  • Cat Girl Without Salad
  • Drawkanoid
  • THOR.N
  • Crescent Bay
Here's the link (yep, its a link to free stuff, but of course Humble Bundle hopes you subscribe to Humble Bundle Monthly, so yes, its an affiliate link):


The Tavern Chat Podcast - E121 - WotC has a D&D Survey Up - I Encourage You to Take It

WotC has a Dungeons & Dragons Survey up on their site - it can take 25 minutes or more to take it. I started the survey on today's podcast and covered some of the early questions. Hint: when it asks for editions of D&D that you play, you can fill in OSR ;)
WotC has an in-depth survey up about tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, the editions you play, how you play and such. There are a number of questions that may even lead to their own podcast episodes.
Link to Episode 121 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E121---WotC-has-a-DD-Survey-Up---I-Encourage-You-to-Take-It-e277f3

Link to D&D Surveyhttp://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dd-survey-1

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Troll Lord Games Sale - 1.99 Adventures - 9.99 Core Books - PDF - C&C, 5e and More

Its been a busy day here at The Tavern, mostly doing non-Tavern activities. But fear not! We have a sale from Troll Lord Games that runs through tomorrow night at midnight.
Now through Friday night at midnight we are extending the sale on almost all our Castles & Crusades, Amazing Adventures, Victorious, Haunted Highlands, and 5th edition adventures.  Not only that, we are also extending the $9.99 sale on almost all core books, settings, etc.  You'll have to do a little digging around our publisher page to find all the nuggets, but at least now you have a little more time to do it, :-)
Here's the link to the Troll Lords Sale (yep, that's an affiliate link)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E120 - Transdimensional Taverns, Unsung Heroes and Art

This episode went by in a flash. All of the sudden I was like "Shit! We're done!" ;)
In today's episode, we listen to a voicemail, read some emails and discuss art preferences in the OSR - B&W vs Color. Oh my!
Link to Episode 120https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E120---Transdimensional-Taverns--Unsung-Heroes-and-Art-e271bi

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E118 - Remembering 9-11 From One Who was at the WTC

17 years. 17 fucking years. As I finished recording today's podcast, I received a text from a friend that her husband was diagnosed with 9/11 related renal cancer. Both my friend and her husband are retired NYC Police Officers who responded that fateful day.

No bumpers this episode. Music didn't feel appropriate.
This is NOT a Kickstarter Round-up episode. This is an episode recounting my experiences on 9-11 as a NYC Police Officer. This episode is dedicated to Paul Benedetti - Husband, son, gamer.
Link to Episode 118 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E118---Remembering-9-11-From-One-Who-was-at-the-WTC-e26hs9

Link to Paul Benedetti's Memorial Page - http://www.legacy.com/Sept11/aon/Story.aspx?PersonID=114885&location=3

Monday, September 10, 2018

Further Transdimensional Tavern Thoughts

On this morning's podcast, I talked a bit about my ideas for making Tenkar's Tavern a transdimensional location, complete with a portal between the different "shadows" of The Tavern.

My current idea is to put together a number of random tables to help with descriptors, staffing, patron types, type of dimensional doorway, special highlights, drink menu and the like as well as set few features that are common across all locations.

As I type this, I've had two voicemails in regards to this idea and I'll gladly take feedback / ideas to mine from commenters here.

Figuring the tables will be released via the OGL and the use of Tenkar's Tavern would simply require a statement that Tenkar's Tavern and Tenkar are trademarks of Erik "Tenkar" Stiene, used with permission.


The Tavern Chat Podcast - E117 - ENWorld has News & Transdimensional Tavern Thoughts

Strange how Chris Helton left ENWorld nearly two months ago and only now are they announcing it. Oh, I blame Joe D for transdimensional tavern thoughts...
Yep, ENWorld has news. Helton is officially gone and Mike Tresca is now managing editor of the ENWorld Columnist program. I have some thoughts on a Transdimensional Tenkar's Tavern.
Link to Episode 117 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E117---ENWorld-has-News--Transdimensional-Tavern-Thoughts-e2684h

Link to ENWorld Article - http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?5584-The-New-EN-World-Columnist-Program

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekends No Longer are for Free Time

Before I retired, I could find time to post a half dozen times or more on the weekends.

Now that I am retired, I'm lucky to do half that. Time, it seems, has other ideas than I do. Weekends were the time to relax. Now, it seems its when "I'm working". Cleaning, shopping, family time and more. Weekdays are my downtime now.

Not complaining though. Just observing.

Will play catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm enjoying Jack Ryan on Amazon. But not on weekends...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - E 116 - Win a Month of Humble Bundle Monthly & CRPG Talk

Humble Bundle has been truly generous with me this month and we have yet another giveaway, this time for a month free of Humble Bundle Monthly.
Listen to this episode to learn how you could receive a month of Humble Bundle Monthly (9 games) - I talk about classic CRPGs.
Link to Episode #116 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E-116---Win-a-Month-of-Humble-Bundle-Monthly--CRPG-Talk-e261b6

www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=tenkar (affiliate link)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Flash Giveaway - Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder 2018 By Frog God Games - Time to Award the Gift Bundle

This picture has been popping up everywhere for me, so I may as well share it here now ;)

In any case, who gets the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder 2018 by Frog God Games?

Joe Kushner gets the gift :)

Joe, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing and I'll get that code out to you.

Hmm, what else do we have in the Humble Bundle prize closet...

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. If you aren't Joe and you aren't getting the bundle for free, there is still time to grab your own. A portion of monies spent at Humble Bundle via The Tavern's affiliate links goes to support The Tavern.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 115 - Where is WFRP? Is ENWorld now Evergreen?

Yeah, I woke up cranky today ;)
News and observations. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is 2 months late in print. ENWorld no longer lists dates or authors with articles linked on the main page. Is this due (in part) to Chris Helton leaving?
Link to Episode 115https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-115---Where-is-WFRP--Is-ENWorld-now-Evergreen-e25slo

Friday, September 7, 2018

Flash Giveaway - Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder 2018 By Frog God Games

Yep, I have another code for a Humble Bundle to giveaway. This time it's the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder 2018 By Frog God Games.

We are giving away the full 15 buck bundle. All you need do is name your favorite Frog God Product, regardless of system, as a comment below prior to 1 PM Eastern tomorrow morning. One random commenter will be gifted.

Yes, it is for Pathfinder, but any DM with their salt should be able to convert to the OSR ruleset of their choice on the fly and you can't beat the price.

Note, if you make a purchase via The Tavern's Humble Bundle affiliate link, a portion of your purchase price goes to support The Tavern. Also, it appears we've been getting more gift codes from Humble Bundle due to the use of The Tavern's affiliate links. I thank you.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 114 - Back to BasiX Gets Goodman'ed & OSR Sales

Huge congrats to Thom Wilson for getting Goodman Games as the print distributor of his Back to Basix Zine!
Goodman Games is now the distributor of Thom Wilson's Back to BasiX zine in print. Victorious and Amazing Adventures Bundle. Barrel Rider Games 25% off sale for all PDFs. 
Link to Episode #114 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-114---Back-to-BasiX-Get-Goodmaned--OSR-Sales-e25oe1

Other links from the episode:





Yep, those are affiliate links above. Support The Tavern. Shop Smart. Shop Affiliate Link Smart! ;)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sale - Barrel Rider Games (White Star / White Box / LL) - ALL PDF Releases 25% Off

You want more James Spahn for less? Well, THIS is your chance!

For the month of September, James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games has put each and every PDF they've released on sale at 25% off.

You want more White Star? More White Box? More Labyrinth Lord? And you want it for less? Now is your chance!

Seriously, some of the best OSR material available for any system is on sale at 25% off. I'd say even nicer things, but James is a good friend of mine, and I feel awkward making 6 foot tall Hobbits embarrassed by saying nice things...

Note: No Six foot plus tall Hobbits were harmed in the creation of this sale. More sales mean more new products down the line. PWYW is already priced at "tip jar" pricing. Remember, Hobbits gotta eat! ;P

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. The Tavern runs on affiliate sales... and beer. Mmmm! Beer!

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 113 - State of the Tavern Keeper - Don't Mind Me ;)

Doctors say the darndest things at times. Short-term memory loss? Check. Inability to focus? Check. Poor concentration? Checkity check check.  A cancer survivor with eight months of chemo? Ah, you have Chemo Brain.
Tim Shorts drops in with his thoughts on how much magic he likes in fantasy settings. Your Tavern Keeper has been diagnosed with "Chemo Brain" related symptoms. Don't blame me if I forget your name ;)
Link to Episode #113 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-113---State-of-the-Tavern-Keeper---Dont-Mind-Me-e25itu

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Be Warned, Your Host is Beat ;)

Yep, today is a Wednesday and that means tonight is Tavern Chat. Be warned, I'm beat to hell this week (ass dragging at its pinnacle) but I'll be there :)

So, 9 PM on The Tavern's Discord Server.

It's where I'm making the early announcement of the next Flash Giveaway - another gaming related Humble Bundle.

Here's the link: https://discord.gg/zeqKKa

Flash Giveaway - Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle - Time to Award the Gift Bundle

Yep, back from my appointment and time to give away the prize. Hmm, 10 entries on the original post... d10... 5

Carl Heyl, you've got a bundle coming to you :)

Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that Gmail thing and I'll get the code out to you.

For those still interested in the Digital Tabletop Bundle, the link (its an affiliate link) is here:


A portion of monies paid via the above affiliate link go to supporting The Tavern and its ever humble bartender ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 112 - Follow Up Discussion - How Much Fantasy?

I really do love it when folks leave voicemails and emails in response to an episode. It makes this whole process much more interactive ;)
Wow. Three voicemails and an email. I guess the episode 110 discussing "How much fantasy do you like in your settings" was a good discussion driving episode. This was a blast to respond to and record :)
Link to Episode 112https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-112---Follow-Up-Discussion---How-Much-Fantasy-e2595l

Link to Radio Grognard (Glen Hallstrom)https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard

Link to Spike Pit Podcast - https://anchor.fm/spikepit

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Flash Giveaway - Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle - 18 hours (more or less) to Comment

We are giving away (with the generosity of Humble Bundle) a $15 key to the Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle. All you need do is comment on which game in the Digital Tabletop Bundle you would really like to play - or already like to play. One random commenter will be gifted sometime tomorrow afternoon (I have an appointment in the morning, so upon my return ;)

You can use the link here: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/digital-tabletop-bundle?partner=tenkar to see which games are in the bundle. If you decide to purchase this bundle (or another bundle) a portion of the monies you spend will go to support The Tavern.

Good luck to all. I may have another flash giveaway tomorrow ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 111 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 4, 2018

It's a Tuesday, and that means another Kickstarter Roundup here at the Tavern Chat Podcast.
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Triskelion Space Tabletop RPG, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, Outdoor Encounter Cards, Atmar's Cardography: Full RPG Modules & Random Dungeon Decks, True Level Adventures for 1E and 5E gaming, Metal, Magic and Lore Fantasy RPG - Revised Edition!, and Dice Adventures.
Link to Episode 111https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-111---Kickstarter-Roundup-for-September-4--2018-e2560r

Kickstarter related links:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/219694/Exodus-System-SRD?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link)







Monday, September 3, 2018

New Release - FX1 Fifty Fiends from New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

I am a huge fan of New Big Dragon Games. Rich LeBlanc bleeds OSR, B/X in particular. Fifty Fiends is a bargain and a half for a buck :)
Extra-planar beings come in many forms, and for outsiders hailing from the lower planes, almost every one of them comes in some shade of evil. 
From the vicious malevolence of the demons of the Abyss, to the merciless schemes of the devils of Hell, to the psychopathic sadism of the yamadutas of the Naraka, the planes provide an unending parade of cruelty, immorality, corruption, and depravity. 
Collected herein are 50 fiends from the darkest reaches of the outer planes, including the Abyss, Hell, Naraka, Pandemonium, Limbo, the Dreamlands, and the Beyond (a terrifyingly remote place of madness, aberration, entropy, and pure chaos.) 
This book is designed for use with classic (BX/BECMI/LL) editions of the world’s original role-playing game, and with Old School Adventures Accessory PX1: Basic Psionics Handbook. It additionally provides information on dual-axis alignment, the planes of existence, languages spoken throughout the planes, and descriptions for a number of planes- and fiend-related spells and magic items.
Those are affiliate links above. Keep your Tavern Keeper in cold beer, shop using The Tavern's affiliate links :)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 110 - How Much Fantasy Do You Like in Your Settings?

Ah, Endless Quest Books. I loved them back in the day. Time to see if my niece will love the new ones as I loved the old ;)
Looks like the new Endless Quest Books have released. More importantly, I talk about fantasy settings and how much fantasy is right for me - and would like to know how much is right for you. 
Link to Episode 110https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-110---How-Much-Fantasy-Do-You-Like-in-Your-Settings-e252ar

Amazon link to the new Endless Quest Booksamzn.to/2wCP1DS (affiliate link)

Tenkar's Tavern Patreontenkars-tavern.games/patreon

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Deal of the Day - Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual

Today's RPGNow Deal of the Day is the Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual by Joseph Bloch. Do you remember the classic Marvel Comics series "What If?" Well, Adventures Dark & Deep is a "What if Gary Gygax's vision of an AD&D 2e had come to be?"

You want takes on some of the classes mentioned in Dragon Magazine that never saw the light of day.? You'll find them in the Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual along with other old school goodness.

Normally 9.95 in PDF, from now until tomorrow morning at 11 AM Eastern, you can snag the  Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual for $4.97
The Adventures Dark and Deep™ Players Manual contains all the rules you need to create and run a character; character classes, races, spells, rules for combat, equipment, social class, skills, and much more. 
The Players Manual is the first core rulebook for the Adventures Dark and Deep™ game, an expansion and revision of the original 1st Edition rules that defined the role-playing hobby for a decade. Based on the original plans for expanding the game, Adventures Dark and Deep™ gives you new character classes like the jester, savant, mystic, and mountebank; new spells; a new combat system; new monsters; rules for weather and natural hazards; new magic items, and tons more. And it's all compatible with most old-school games, so you can use it with all your old and new adventures, settings, and supplements. 
If you liked 1st Edition, you'll love Adventures Dark and Deep™
The above includes an affiliate link. Get a great deal and support The Tavern at the same time. 

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 109 - Using Skills Learned from RPGs in Real Life

Some of my most useful real-life skills I learned from playing RPGs.
Whether in retail or law enforcement, I used skills learned in my formative roleplaying game years to help me in my chosen careers. I'd love to hear from others how RPGs have impacted their lives, in employment and beyond.
Link to Episode 109 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-109---Using-Skills-Learned-from-RPGs-in-Real-Life-e24qc5

Link to The Tavern's Patreontenkars-tavern.games/patreon

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 108 - Making Morale Checks - Real Life & In Game

September is here. It marks the anniversary of a number of real-life events as well as the impending end to summer.
Its the first day of September, which means its the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland. Pete Spahn has put WWII: Operation White Box at PWYW pricing to commemorate. It also means the anniversary of 9-11 is sneaking up, and I use it as an example of a real-life moral check as well as how to use it as an example of how to adjust moral checks in game.
Link to Episode 108https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-108---Making-Moral-Checks---Real-Life--In-Game-e24li0

Link to Operation White Box -
www.rpgnow.com/product/251318/OWB001-WWII-Operation-WhiteBox-FREE?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link)
Yep, that there is an affiliate link. Affiliate links keep The Tavern's beer cold :) 

Friday, August 31, 2018

WWII Operation Whitebox is now PWYW - Its Time to Go to War

Here's the announcement:

September 1st, 1939. Nazi Germany invades Poland. Adolf Hitler claims the invasion is in response to Polish aggression. Poland’s army is unprepared for the ferocity of the German blitzkrieg and surrenders in less than a month. World War II has begun!

Now you can reenact these events from the safety of your own gaming table---for FREE! WWII: Operation WhiteBox™ puts your characters in the role of special forces operatives undertaking covert missions behind enemy lines.

Download WWII: Operation WhiteBox™ for FREE and get right into the action. It’s your war now! 

Fast forward to 1944 with our D-Day Bundle and get six (6) action-packed missions for one low price. This bundle features the newly released Bustle in Your Hedgerow mission set in France. Written by Alasdair Cunningham with maps by Morne Schaap, Bustle in Your Hedgerow is a support mission designed for  WWII: Operation WhiteBox™. Parachute into Normandy on D-Day, take out a German artillery battery, and rescue fellow paratroopers from a Nazi-occupied village!

Bustle in Your Hedgerow is the perfect way to kick off a D-Day campaign. Check it out now. It's Berlin or Bust!

Yep, those are affiliate links above. Keep your Tavern Keep in cold beer by using The Tavern's affiliate links.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 107 - Of Dogs, Men and Critical Fumbles

Psst! I've got this here guard dog to sell you. Only used my a little ole' lady on Sunday's to protect her home when she went to church. One time cost. Will work for leftovers...
Recorded on the back porch in The Poconos. I talk about the benefits of using dogs over henchmen for low-level PCs as well as critical fumbles.
Link to Episode 107https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-107---Of-Dogs--Men-and-Critical-Fumbles-e24hre

Support The Tavern at: tenkars-tavern.games/patreon

Thursday, August 30, 2018

UPDATE! - Sale - Swords & Wizardry - Frog God Games - Select Titles 50% off in Print (includes free PDF) (Stacks with FGG 30% Humble Bundle Coupon)

Frog God Games is running a 50% off sale on select Swords & Wizardry titles. The three titles are the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules book (3rd printing), Razor Coast and The Blight.
Take a look at the new website and enjoy 50% off all three of these great Swords & Wizardry titles!! Sale through September 5th !! (Fifth Edition? Your sale is next week).
Frog God Websitehttps://froggodgames.com/frogs/

Use coupon code SW-Humble-2 at checkout.


Grab the Frog God Games Pathfinder Humble Bundle for as little as a buck, get a stackable 30% Coupon - for a total of 65% off the above products. (30% is off of 50% - thus 65% off)

Note - purchases made via The Tavern's Humble Bundle affiliate links return a percentage to The Tavern.

Of course, I won all of the above ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 106 - Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Hits

Critical hits. Love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion about them. Today, you get to hear my words on the topic ;)
Critical hits are something I've always loved and hated as a player of RPGs. Today, I explain why that is.
Link to Episode 106 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-106---Some-Critical-Thoughts-on-Critical-Hits-e24b0s

Link to the Digital Tabletop Humble Bundlehttps://www.humblebundle.com/games/digital-tabletop-bundle?partner=tenkar (affiliate link)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern

Yep, its a Wednesday Night (and the last Wednesday Night before the end of August)

Join us in Tavern Chat, tonight at 9 PM Eastern.

While most of the activity takes place in the Open Bar voice channel, you don't need a mic to listen. Heck, we even have an accompanying text channel.

The link to join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server is:


Humble Bundle - Pathfinder 2018 (Frog God Games)

Sure, the Humble Bundle Pathfinder 2018 from Frog God Games is, sadly, Pathfinder, but for the 15 bucks (or less) converting to Swords & Wizardry of D&D 5e is well worth your time.

Stoneheart Valley rocks. One Night Stands is a great selection of adventures.

Northland Saga is a sweet Viking Campaign.

Tome of Horrors Complete. Bard's Gate Complete. The Sword of Air. THIS is the sweet point. 15 bucks and a few hours to convert. Or convert on the fly. Its what I do ;)

What other Humble Bundles might tempt you?

LotR / One Ring RPG

Digital Tabletop (Talisman and more for Windows / OSX)

Torchwood Audio Books

The above include affiliate links. Tavern Keeper needs cold beer, badly. 96 degrees here in NYC after at 430 PM...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 105 - How Unique are Your Magic Items?

Tired of that same old +1 sword? Know what Boots of Elvenkind do before you even slip them on? Tell your DM that they need to create some unique magic items for your game...
The most memorable magic items your players' characters will find in their travels are the ones the players haven't seen before. Unique and useful magic items will stay with the characters even as they grow in level.
Link to Episode 105 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-105---How-Unique-are-Your-Magic-Items-e2443m

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