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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 62 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 17, 2018

Welcome to another weekly episode of Kicking it with Kickstarter. I start off with a rant which is always entertaining ;)
After tearing apart Arcana Stock Art for repackaging art freely available for use I touch on the following crowdfunding projects: The Forgotten Dungeon Mega Adventure - AD&D, D&D5e, Dice Tube - All Weather, DRINKAGE: The Tipsy Meadows - An RPG Drinking Card Game!, Tiny Dice Buddies | Hard Enamel Polyhedral RPG Pins, NERO Ellipsis Dice and SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game.
Link to Episode 62 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-62---Kicking-it-with-Kickstarter---July-17--2018-e1ql54








Monday, July 16, 2018

#ConManKen - Kenny Mobilizes his Army of Five - no, Six Followers...

So, #ConManKen is mobilizing his social media army of a half dozen peeps to take down Louis.

Ken has thrown down the gauntlet. I see a challenge for members of the Tavern's Community. Can we mobilize more than an army of six?

I'm looking for #ConManKen memes. Email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. When I have enough I'll post them here for folks to share to the larger gaming comunity.

Feel free to "sign up" for the #ConManKen Bowel Movement by posting a comment below ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 61 - #ConManKen - Marcus Can't Shut Up Either

My God, the rabbit hole just get's deeper and deeper. I know Marcus thinks he's helping Ken but he's just confirming things that weren't fully confirmed before.

The #ConManKen Saga just gets more and more entertaining. With today's episode, Ken's enabler Marcus reveals and confirms more than he planned in a series of emails with Louis.

Link to Episode 61 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-61---ConManKen---Marcus-Cant-Shut-Up-Either-e1qeqi

Links to Prior #ConManKen Episodes:




Email Transcripts:

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 8:21 AM, Louis J Desy Jr wrote:

Hi Marcus,
I saw that you left me a note on one of the boards (http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/04/ken-whitman-youve-been-served.html?m=1), so I am sending you this email to ask if you still hold the note on the comic book store, Little Monsters and Comics?

If you do hold the note, I would be interested in purchasing that note from you if we could come to terms to do so.

The first part of the conversation is that I would need to understand exactly what the note is for and what it is secured by. If you have any documentation that would be helpful also.

Take care,
Louis J. Desy Jr.

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 11:03 AM, Marcus King  wrote:

Oh, I remember this nozzle now.  He never called (more precisely I don't know if he ever called, but I never spoke to him), and I never saw his email, either.  My filter is turned up, I have had this email address for 19 years, and get a ton of junk.

This is the guy who was speculating that you were my financier for my store, and was accusing me of receiving money from your kickstarters to finance my store.  I told him to call me, because I didn't want to put anything else into text he could misquote, again.
Fuck that guy.  Guy thinks some shit up, and then posts it, what a douchebag.  By the way, Louis, Jon Huston was my partner.  The guy who owns Troll And Toad, post some stupid shit about him and see how fast you are homeless and penniless. 

Ken, you saved my life, and though you piss me off badly sometimes, if this guy is telling you I ever entertained the notion of selling him your note, that is bullshit.

Don't let this guy get you all twisted up, enjoy your life, and enjoy working for your girlfriend.

Louis, if you want a statement from me about this, you can ask nicely and get a lot more cooperation than posting nasty shit online.  I don't know what kind of people you usually deal with, but I have heard you aren't even a lawyer anymore, so...  Unless You have some proof that I owe you money, you can quit posting about me on the internet as a way of virtue signaling to others how you are taking on big bad Ken.

Ken is broke, so kicking a guy when he is down doesn't make you anything but a bully.

On Jul 4, 2018, at 2:26 PM, Louis J Desy Jr  wrote:

What is the meaning of this?

I didn't email you earlier since I didn't see the message until recently since I had expected after a few days there would be no more postings to that thread and only accidently saw your message with contact information while looking for other information a few days ago. My contact information is all over the place plus the court filings list my full address and email address so you could have easily sent me a message plus Whitman is well aware of my email address if you had asked him.

I finally had time to send you a message; and you reply by insulting me?

As far as my speculations in public, many people can understand why you would want to help Whitman from your past friendship and help he gave you over the years, but are completely baffled as to why you would allow someone that has systematically stolen from everyone he has come into contact with over the last decade or two a safe place to operate from, continue his cons, and all the while run the risk that Whitman will steal everything that is not nailed down from you and the store and your business partner. So far it appears that Whitman has not stolen from you (or has but no details have come out yet but there was some mention in a posting about a problem with the arrangement) but the general consensus is that it is only a matter of time before Whitman does steal from you. If Whitman never steals from you, then I do wonder why you seem to be the one and only person that Whitman would not steal from since as far a I can tell, everyone that Whitman has come into contact from at least the mid 1990s and on has been sorry that they ever dealt with him.

These people that Whitman has ruined over the past years includes running his wife (now exwife?) into bankruptcy in 2013 with him and then charging thousands of dollars onto the charge card of a woman that he went on cruise with, probably with Kickstarter funds, from one of the Kickstarter projects.

Now there was all kinds of moving of assets once my lawsuit started, and it seems strange that your partner seems to be no where to be found or has any comment on any of this. Whitman appears to have been using the store that you sold to him to start running more cons, including selling fake Walking Dead memorabilia and now the store has allegedly been sold to Whitman's new girlfriend, Jess Hunter, but Whitman appears to be working there most days and even is at the top of the Facebook page for the store today. It is telling that the LLC that the store was claimed to have been sold to did not exist until after the sale was announced and one of the web sites tracking all of this made a posting about it.

That and more is why I wonder what is going on, since none of it makes any sense. To me it looks like there is not just one plan to shift assets around, but two plans of people moving assets to avoid a lawsuit and something else.

Louis J. Desy Jr.

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:01 PM, Marcus King wrote:

I don’t give a fuck what you wonder.

I don’t give a fuck about you. Because you slandered me online with no cause.

Fuck off.

From: Louis J Desy Jr  Date: Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:37 PM

And things like your reaction with your email are why people wonder what is going on!

So, tell me, is this whole story about the note on the comic book store true or is it just another Whitman 'fairy tale' that you went along with?

Right now I am still in a somewhat forgiving mood, and willing to play the part of monsignor and take confessions, and grant forgiveness for any ‘misrepresentations’ at this point; but the time for such confessions is rapidly nearing a close, so if there is something that you should or want to confess and be granted absolution for, the time is now.

What about your partner, maybe he would be interested in being bought out for his share of the business? I think he may be interested in selling, especially considering how you act when someone contacts you about buying what may turn out to be an almost worthless note on a business that people claim is losing money.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Flash Humble Bundle Giveaway - Humble Book Bundle: Chuck Tingle Humbles our Bundle

Zach G was the only entry in the prior Flash Giveaway, so it was an easy gift to giveaway ;)

Next up. Humble Book Bundle: Chuck Tingle Humbles our Bundle.

From Wikipedia:
Dr. Chuck Tingle is a pseudonymous author of gay niche erotica. He self-publishes his works through Amazon.com, primarily as ebooks, but also as paperbacks and audiobooks (narrated by Sam Rand). Tingle began his career by writing dinosaur erotica and expanded to stories based on unicorns, Bigfeet, and various anthropomorphized objects and even concepts. The bizarre nature of Tingle's writing has led to his developing a cult reputation.
Listen, not my cup of tea. Maybe not yours even. Maybe you know someone that would enjoy this collection of stories and books.

Want a chance at the bundle? Comment below by 3pm eastern time, tomorrow - Monday, July 16th. I'll choose a random commenter.

Hey, free prizes are free prizes!

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. Just so you know if you go to Humble Bundle and buy something via the link, you help support The Tavern.

Repackaging Freely Available Stock Art for Money - Arcana Stock Art

A few days ago a new company popped up on OneBookShelf - Arcana Stock Art. Now, I live grabbing stock art even if I rarely use most of what I have rights to - simply awesome to have when I want to get creative.

Sine Nomine (Kevin Crawford) released the art from his Kickstarters to the public domain. Guess who has repackaged the color pieces from the various Kickstarters and put it in a single bundle (PWYW with a suggested price of $4.99?) You guessed it - Arcana Stock Art. Alright, you don't need to pay for it and it is convenient.

But then I looked deeper.

They have other stock art bundles. All composed of pieces of art released under various Creative Commons Licenses. These bundles aren't free. These bundles cost anywhere from 5 to 10 bucks - to buy art that is already out there for free.

It might be legal but it certainly feels sleazy. If they were all PWYW, its a convenience and you can tip the guy who bundled it as such it wouldn't feel like a con. Charging flat out for the bundle of otherwise free art? Shit, look the art up with a reverse Google Art Lookup and grab it from the artist as was intended.

Art and license from Chtulhu Art Pack 2

Yep, those are affiliate links above. DON'T but the art linked but do feel free to look at the "publisher's page" and see what I'me referring to first hand. If you buy something else later from OBS I'll be happy to see change go in my tip jar, just not from this "publisher".


Truly, a flash giveaway. I have a code for the $15 bundle of Virtual Reality by Springer Nature - must be claimed within 21 hours of this post going live, so about 15 hours from being awarded. Comment below and I'll pick a random winner right around 11 PM Eastern tonight. (if you put your email in the comment, I'll get your code out that much quicker - spell out the "@" as "at" and the "." as "dot" - helps avoid most scrubbers roaming the net for email addresses)

I'll have another flash giveaway of another Humble Bundle bundle in the AM.

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. Just so you know if you go to Humble Bundle and buy something via the link, you help support The Tavern.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 60 - #ConManKen has a Villain Monologue Moment

We've all seen it. James Bond has heard it countless times. Batman has too. The Villain Monologue Moment. Whether its bragging or a need to be understood, in fiction I feel it is oft overused. It does happen in real life. Thank you #ConManKen. Your entertainment value is damn near endless.
You know in movies and comics, when the villain has to explain themselves, their motivation and the details fo their plan to the hero they are about to (attempt to) kill? Well, Ken's been having those moments. Stranger than fiction.
Link to Episode #60https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-60---ConManKen-has-a-Villain-Monologue-Moment-e1q7n7

Link to Rise of the Nefarious Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/640360422/rise-of-the-nefarious-a-5th-edition-campaign

Saturday, July 14, 2018

#ConManKen - Ken You Ignorant Slut!

I have a shitload of #ConManKen goodness to share with my readers and listeners, but it will take a day or so to sort out and put into a readable mess.

In the meantime, a Ken confession. Someone get a priest...
On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 10:57 AM, Ken Whitman <kenwhitmanxxx@gmail.com> wrote: 
Marcus wanted me to own an LLC to cover my own liability and taxes.  He owned the product and location.  NOT until I paid him ALL the money would I own it.  Kind of like a lease to own deal.
I did not have money or assets, I still don't.  That was done out of friendship.
So, ta da.
Dumb fuck: Hey Ken has a car!! 
Me: it's  a buy here pay here.  
Dumb fuck: well I'll just take your car.  
Me: it got reposessed. 
Dumb Fuck: well you must have owed it at some point. 
Me: Nope, I didn't own it till ipaid all of it, I had to hand it over cause I could not pay! 
Dumb fuck: you're hiding assets!! 
Me: dumb fuck, you're such a dumb fuck! 
Now, look at that sample. What does it make you think? Tax dodge? Hiding assets? Lying to the community? More? Tell me in the comments below.

More to come from the very emails of #ConManKen to the man that's suing him. And no Kenny, you'll need a lot more than $250 to pay the man off.

New Frog God Games Website is Live - S&W Cyclopean Deeps Sale (Print plus PDF)

The new Frog God Games website is live and the Frogs are offering Cyclopean Deeps Volumes 1 & 2, in Print plus PDF for just $19.99.

There are huge discounts on Pathfinder in Print - not as deep as 5 bucks a pound but fairly close.

Oh, and then there is this Easter Egg:

Does this mean I'm NOT retired anymore? Damn it Zach! ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #59 - Baldur's Gate Lead Designer Goes Greek with 5e

I'm a huge fan of Baldur's Gate 1 & 2. In my eyes, they set the highwater marks for the computer RPGs that followed, and I'm not sure if any have ever hit the mark. To see talent moving from computer games to RPGs is exciting.
James Ohlen (lead designer Baldur's Gate 1&2 and Neverwinter Nights) has retired from Bioware and is publishing a Greek-themed setting for 5e called Odyssey.
Link to Episode #59https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-59---Baldurs-Gate-Lead-Designer-Goes-Greek-with-5e-e1q263

Link to ENWorld article - http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?5412-Baldur-s-Gate-Designer-Leaves-Bioware-To-Form-D-D-Publishing-Company

Link to Arcanum Worlds - http://www.arcanumworlds.com

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kickstarter - Woodfall - A mini hexcrawl setting (system neutral)

Hello from the Pocono Mountains of N/E Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, I plan on achieving some catching up on my weekend away. Probably won't but I'll give it a damn good try ;)

Tonight I'm looking at the Woodfall Kickstarter, a system neutral dark fantasy setting.

The pic above tell me nearly all I need to know. I WANT to play in this setting. I want to run this setting. More importantly, I want to own this setting.
Explore a dark fairytale setting, wade through a misty swamp, get caught up in the fighting between warring monster clans, discover a strange town of witches and thieves, and search for forgotten treasure. 
Woodfall is a swamp belonging to a king where witches, thieves and outlaws are squatting. They have built a town on top of the swamp and have resisted several evictions. The town is a hub for black market activity and magical folk.  
The surrounding forest and swamp is a hexcrawl filled with various monster factions.
Ooooo... a hex map:

 What else is inside?

  • Approx. 100 pages of content 
  • New monsters
  • DIY magic item creation system 
  • Hirelings
  • Villains
  • Weird shops
  • A hexcrawl with 12 keyed locations
  • Lots of random tables
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Rules for the setting changing over time 
  • Various random tables
  • Legal system for the town
  • Thieves guild
  • Monster hunting content 

and then there are commies. It's almost like someone dropped Paranoia in my OSR ;)

12 bucks for the PDF. POD code plus PDF is 17 bucks (about 3 more bucks to print in softcover, 10 in hardcover)

Its funded with nearly 4 weeks to go and NO STRETCH GOALS! When I get back home I'm in for the POD.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #58 - Barbarism in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana

The AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana rulebook. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Same applies to the Barbarian class within - it was the best of classes and the worst of classes. Thus, today's episode.
In this episode, I look at the Barbarian class from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1e Unearthed Arcana and why they are a party pooper ;)
Link to Episode #58 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-58---Barbarism-in-the-ADD-1e-Unearthed-Arcana-e1pt8v

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dungeon Crawl Classics #87.5: Grimtooth's Museum of Death for ONE BUCK Through July 17th

Just got the email and figured I'd share it out.

Goodman Games has partnered with Flying Buffalo to publish all-new material by Grimtooth the Troll! That’s right, THAT Grimtooth, the one who trapped your dungeons in the 80s! He’s back with Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania, a Kickstarter running right now. And to celebrate Trapsylvania, Goodman Games is offering the adventure Dungeon Crawl Classics #87.5: Grimtooth’s Museum of Death for only ONE DOLLAR!

Can you survive DCC #87.5: Grimtooth’s Museum of Death? This entertaining dungeon crawl is the crossover you’ve always wanted: the legendary Grimtooth the Troll meets Dungeon Crawl Classics! This adventure module is written under DCC RPG rules and is officially licensed by Flying Buffalo to include Grimtooth. The evil troll Grimtooth has finally thrown wide the gates of his castle to all comers. Of course, there is a catch. The adventurers must wind their way through a maze of traps in Grimtooth’s Museum of Death, a curated collection of the deadliest and most devious traps ever assembled in one place!

This 28-page adventure is only ONE DOLLAR until next Tuesday!

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Bundle of Holding - Colonial Gothic -

I like Colonial Gothic. I like the setting. Its got that perfect familiar yet not historical sense to it and the pieces I've read seem well researched. I probably should buy the core books at this rate ;)

Yep, I own a few supplements but nothing of the core. For less than 8 bucks I probably should...
Hero! The Founders return to revive our July 2017 Colonial Gothic Bundle, featuring the supernatural flintlock-horror tabletop roleplaying game Colonial Gothic from Rogue Games. Uncover the secret history of America's 18th-Century frontier, where monsters stalk the woods and ghosts haunt every sleepy hollow. This bargain-priced revival once again brings you almost the entire Colonial Gothic gaming line, including several newly added recent books. It's everything you need for a complete campaign of magic and mayhem in the shadows of early America. 
For just US$7.95 you get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Colonial Gothic Third Edition rulebook; three essential supplements (Gamemaster, Adventure, and The Player Companion); the adventures The Landlord's Daughter and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; and the 174-page Beginnings adventure that kicks off the Flames of Freedom campaign about the American Revolution. 
And if you pay more than the threshold price, which started at $17.76 and now stands at $19.57, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with eleven more titles worth an additional $77.
Just three days left on this one.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #57 - Dramatic Reading of #ConManKen Emails (Transcript included with post)

#ConManKen. Never going to let you go. Never going to say goodbye ;)

I was given access to an email exchange between Kenny and the "white night" suing him, Louis Desy. With permission, I recorded a "dramatic" version of the exchange to today's podcast episode and have included the email exchange below for those not looking to listen (or who do listen and want to catch all the spelling and grammar issues ;)
Ah, #ConManKen. He never ceases to entertain. In this episode I "dramatically" read an email chain between Kenny and the man suing him in a New York court.
Link to Episode #57 -   https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-57---Dramatic-Reading-of-ConManKen-Emails-e1pn4n

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 2:21 PM Louis J Desy Jr wrote:


I assume you got the same notice on docket with a document filed by the court clerk, document #31, that I did, about the preliminary conference for Aug 01, 2018 about case schedule and deadlines; so unless something changes with the schedule, it looks like I will get to meet you in person finally.

I sent all of the papers and exhibits to be served on Kickstarter PBC to a process server over the weekend, so they should be served by the end of this week, so they should be there also.

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:53 AM, Ken Whitman wrote:

And why would I take advice from a disbarred lawyer.

Or get operated on by a medical doctor who lost his license?

Or a pilot who lost his license

Or someone with no driver's licence telling me how to drive a car.

You are a special kind of stupid.

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018, 10:48 AM Louis J Desy Jr wrote:

IF you did any research on the rules of civil procedure or how to conduct a lawsuit, you would have easily come across that in the rules of civil procedure for the court, and normally, most people would have looked them up to ensure they were following the proper format and what they needed to be put into an answer.

I even TOLD YOU what to look out for in filing your answer, and you choose to ignore it anyway. ( As a side note, so if I DON'T want you to do something, I just have to recommend it to you and you will not do it? )

Now, it is true I was not doing this as to be completely altruistic. Part of my motivation on telling you that anything that would be considered an affirmative defense on an issue in the case needed to be put in as part of the answer or considered waived, is so that months from now you couldn't try to claim that 'you didn't know that' and wanted time to amend or revise your answer.

I am stunned that part of your submission was a photo of what you were citing to, even though a searchable PDF could have been easily made, which is typical since it makes is easier to search for phrases or words in the document and exhibits.

I am also surprised that you did not at least consult with a lawyer to see what they could do for you. Of course, most lawyers probably would have recommended that you just turn over the footage and provide an accounting; and you can't do that if you want to extort more from people.


On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 11:31 AM, Ken Whitman wrote:

If your do smart, how did you get disbared? Can you answer me that?

On Wed, Jul 4, 2018, 1:59 PM Louis J Desy Jr wrote:

You should put that in one of your motions or the answer.

Of course, the problem here is this case is NOT about what I did or did not do, the issue is how YOU conned about seven hundred people out of tens of thousands of dollars, ran more projects as part of an overall Ponzi scheme, and then refused to deliver what little you did do.


On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 4:24 PM, Ken Whitman wrote:

Con means never doing any work, I spent every bit of money on the show and you know it.

You can ask Jolly, even he know I spent that money on his project.

Proving me inept will be easy because I was in over my head.  Proving I'm a crook who intentional took money gonna be a stretch for anyone except disbared lawyers with a white night complex.

And if you think for one moment that bring up your history followed by harrastment charge won't weigh on a judge's decision, then you truly are rather dumb.

I can't wait to see more post about me on line, once again proving I cant even make a living to finish my kickstarters because of harrasment like this.

Make my job easy,

Happy 4th


On Wed, Jul 4, 2018, 5:41 PM Louis J Desy Jr wrote:

I have no proof of what you spent the money on because you refuse to provide any accounting.

The only logical reason you refuse to provide a complete accounting as required under the Kickstarter terms is because you spent the money on others things, yourself and/or other projects as part of the Ponzi scheme that you ran and continued after you fled Kentucky.

You can't finish the Kickstarters because you refuse to work on them.

As one small example, you could turn over all of the footage, that would cost nothing and you are obligated to do so, but you refuse to do so until a court orders you to do it; and even then I think you will continue to try to refuse to follow a valid court order.


On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 6:25 PM, Ken Whitman wrote:

I don't need a lecture, I don't need advice, I don't need you to try to tell me what you believe your reality is, what I need for you is to talk to me about important information about our court case, or give a place that I can send and or wire my money, or shut the f*** up.

From: Louis J Desy Jr: Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Well, at least I didn’t chastise you for all of your spelling and grammar errors.

And as I said and posted before, if I was only looking for $250, I would have filed my case in small claims court. The fact that I filed the case in district court clearly means that I am looking for the other items, which I keep asking for, all of which was in the 30 day demand letter, asked for in the complaint and repeated in multiple emails with you.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Welcome to the Frog God Army

This week we started migrating the Frog God Discord Discord Server to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. The results have been awesome. Lots of conversation about all things gaming, geekish as well as Frog.

Tonight is the first Tavern Chat after we started the merge. Please join us. I can't say for sure who will drop into the voice chat, but I'm sure it will be a blast as usual.

Link to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Serverhttps://discord.gg/wuqS7cH

Possible topic of discussion: The Ken Whitman emails (gotta be there ;)

Matt Finch - Live on Youtube with ENnies OSR Nominees - Noon Eastern thru 7pm

Matt Finch is doing a marathon Youtube session / interviews / hang out with many of the ENnies nominees from the OSR.

James Raggi and possibly Glynn Seal at noon.

Zak S at 1 pm

Jason Hobbs at 5 pm

Probably other guests too.

Here's the link

Some further info that is relevant from this morning's post is repeated below:

Yep, ENnies voting is live. Just a note on the ENnies voting from the ENnies site itself:
In the end, we at the ENnies subscribe to the democratic principle of "one person, one vote." We ask that you not vote more than once (this includes voting on different devices (computers, smartphones, etc.)) and that you not ask others to do the same in order to "stuff the ballot box." As such, you will not be able to change your vote once you've submitted your selection.
So, don't stuff the ballot box and here's how to do it if you were going to ;)

Another bit of info:
If you don't like a product, don't vote for it. You cannot hurt a product's chances of winning by ranking it poorly. To the contrary, you'll help it out if the race goes down to the wire. This system is called an Instant Runoff Election.
I'm not telling anyone what to do, I'm just pointing out how not to do it...

Episode #56 Synopsis:
We all have gaming moments that are burned into our memories. I recount some of my earlier memories. Also, ENnies voting is now live!
Link to Episode #56 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-56---Gaming-Memories--ENnies-Voting-is-Live-e1pies

Ennies Voting Link - http://ennie-awards.com/vote/2018/

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #56 - Gaming Memories & ENnies Voting is Live

Yep, ENnies voting is live. Just a note on the ENnies voting from the ENnies site itself:
In the end, we at the ENnies subscribe to the democratic principle of "one person, one vote." We ask that you not vote more than once (this includes voting on different devices (computers, smartphones, etc.)) and that you not ask others to do the same in order to "stuff the ballot box." As such, you will not be able to change your vote once you've submitted your selection.
So, don't stuff the ballot box and here's how to do it if you were going to ;)

Another bit of info:
If you don't like a product, don't vote for it. You cannot hurt a product's chances of winning by ranking it poorly. To the contrary, you'll help it out if the race goes down to the wire. This system is called an Instant Runoff Election.
I'm not telling anyone what to do, I'm just pointing out how not to do it...

Episode #56 Synopsis:
We all have gaming moments that are burned into our memories. I recount some of my earlier memories. Also, ENnies voting is now live!
Link to Episode #56https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-56---Gaming-Memories--ENnies-Voting-is-Live-e1pies

Ennies Voting Linkhttp://ennie-awards.com/vote/2017/

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kickstarter - SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game - Updated Stretch Goal - Spahnnn!

Just a quick note on the new $8k stretch goal for the SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game Kickstarter:
$8000 - NEW STRETCH GOAL!!  Complete Adventure written b Ennie & Origin Award Winning Author:  James M. Spahn!!  LOCKED!! :( 
More about James:   James M. Spahn is a freelance roleplaying game author and owner/operator of Barrel Rider Games. He served as a contributing author on the ENnie and Origins Award Winning Adventures in Middle-Earth, published by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. His freelance contributions include work on Rocket Age (Why Not Games), The One Ring Roleplaying Game (Cubicle 7 Entertainment), Adventures in Middle-earth (Cubicle 7 Entertainment), The Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Fantasy Flight Games), Swords & Wizardry Continual Light (Triumvirate Tavern Publishing), Swords & Wizardry Light (Frog God Games), and the Lost Lands (Frog God Games) lines of products. Through Barrel Rider Games, he has published dozens of supplements for OSR games from Swords & Wizardry Complete, Swords & Wizardry White Box, Labyrinth Lord, Dungeon Crawl Classics, OSRIC, and Starships & Spacemen. He has also published several complete roleplaying games, including the Three Castles Award nominated The Hero's Journey Fantasy Roleplaying and White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying Games. 
We here at Bloat Games are very excited to add James as a creative contributor to this campaign!
I'm happy for Bloat Games and I'm happy for James.

Currently at $7,664 with 11 days to go. Lets "stretch" James ;)

Discord - The Frog Army is On the Move - Offering Channels for Publishers

So, today started the migration of the Frog Army (Frog God Discord Server) to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. It's been a smoother process than I could have hoped for. That being said, it will take weeks if not longer for all of the active members of the Frog's Discord Server to get the news. The Frog God Server is staying up for archival purposes.

We have also added a "Group" for other OSR publishers. Current text channels have been dedicated to Gaming Ballistic, Barrel Rider Games, Mythmere Games and Silver Bulette as well as a channel specifically for Kickstarter announcements. The Gaming Ballistic Channel has been on fire today ;)

If you are a third party publisher and would like a text channel on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server, join the server with the link below and private message either myself (tenkar) or Pexx and we will set you up. It's perfect for announcements, AMAs and answering questions from the community.

Link to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Serverhttps://discord.gg/fReGmuD

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #55 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 10th, 2018

Yep, this is the third weekly Kickstarter episode. I actually cover seven Kickstarters. Damn, that's exhaustive ;)
In the third weekly installment of Kicking it with Kickstarter, we cover the following current Kickstarters: The Complete White Ship Campaign 1E&5E mega-adventure, City of Brass: Epic Adventure for 5e and Swords and Wizardry, SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Hall of Judgment - a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement, The RPG Coloring Book, Secrets of the Nethercity (ACKS) and The Mighty Dragon Bag for RPG.

Link to Episode #55: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-55---Kicking-it-with-Kickstarter---July-10th--2018-e1pddt

Kickstarter Links:








Monday, July 9, 2018

Kickstarter - The Complete White Ship Campaign 1E & 5E mega-adventure

Art of the Genre always puts out solid releases for both 1e & 5e, in the same product. The Complete White Ship Campaign 1E & 5E mega-adventure Kickstarter is another solid release, compiling the previous releases into a hardcover compilation.
This unabridged version will be include 6 gazetteers, 6 adventures, 6 mini-adventures to flesh out the campaign, 6 playable characters, and the Ports of the Nameless Realms V1-2 supplement, all in both 1E AD&D & 5th Edition D&D format. Our goal is to attempt to replicate the 128 page format of the old TSR ‘orange bound’ AD&D series of hardcovers from the early 1980s (Stranger Things anyone?), and in homage to the great TSR artists of those hardcovers, this will be covered with a never before published Keith Parkinson masterpiece.
The art is always top notch. Really good choices. The orange spin does fit well next to my later orange spine1e books (my earlier printings of the PH, DMG and MM lack such ;)

40 bucks for the hardcover (50 if you add the PDF) is excellent value for your money. Hmmm, apparently my money too...

OSR Patches - Swords of Crom now Available

From Thaddeus Moore:

100% embroidery coverage "Sword of Crom" patches are ready to be shipped!

You may order "Sword of Crom" or "Blue Map" patches by sending $5.00 per patch (shipping included) in the US via the paypal link: paypal.me/thaddeusgmoore or thaddeus DOT g DOT moore AT gmail.

Please ensure your NAME and ADDRESS are correct and specify type "Sword of Crom" or "Blue Map" and quantity you desire.

Outside the US send $7 for one patch or $5 thereafter up to 3 patches. 2 patches = $12, 3 patches = $17. This is the maximum I can fit inside an envelope. If you would like more than 3 patches the same pricing applies per envelope of 3 as specified above.

Quantities are limited. Thanks for all the support OSR Community!

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #54 - Delving Into OSRIC

OSRIC / AD&D 1e was my choice of system when I returned to the  GM's role after many years of absence. The two work seamlessly together, and I referred to either as my whims would have it. Can't say that about all of the OSR systems.
In this episode, I delve into OSRIC, which I see as the point in time where the OSR truly came into being. The first old school ruleset freely offered to the gaming community.
Link to Episode #54 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-54---Delving-Into-OSRIC-e1p7in

Link to OSRIC http://www.knights-n-knaves.com/osric/

Sunday, July 8, 2018

State of The Tavern - The Times, They are a Changing - Discord Server Update / Podcast / Patreon

Time stops for no man. I swear that I had more free time before I retired. I also had fewer naps, so I guess it is a fair trade-off. Damn it!

We've got some changes coming up. They are good but noticeable.

The first change is that The Tavern's Discord server is going to be "absorbing" the Frog God Discord server. There has always been a significant overlap of the audience between the two and after speaking with Pexx we've decided to pool resources. If you are a member of The Tavern's Discord server you should see few changes. The Common Room will function as usual. The Wednesday Night Tavern Chat on the voice channel will be held every Wednesday. "Don't be a dick!" will still be the unwritten - or written - word.

There will be a new "Group" on the left-hand side - the Frog God Pond. It will have channels devoted to all things Froggish. It will also be where we test new scripts and bots. This is where our friends and neighbors from the Frog God Discord server will find refuge. Great them with open arms as they are ours. Resistance is futile. We are Borg. Er, what? ;)

Pexx has also been added as a moderator to The Tavern's Discord server as well as near-deity status in the Frog God Group ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast hit 53 daily episodes today. That's 7 1/2 weeks of shows. Yeah, I'm stunned too. Look at all of the places its carried now:

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each had over 300 downloads of the podcast. The daily episodes are hitting 100 downloads in about 12 hours or less. This is all because of readers and listeners like you.

Please, leave emails, voicemails, blog comments, skywriting - whatever you need to do to leave feedback or suggest topics. I really do want to give the listeners what they want.

Which brings me to The Tavern's Patreon. I'm going to rejigger it this week to better reflect what The Tavern is and where my efforts have been going. We're talking TenkarsTavern.com, otherwise known as The Tavern or The Blogside. Then there is the Tenkar's Tavern Facebook Community. As discussed above, the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server / Community is going to be growing and then there is the time involved with Tavern Chat (a daily podcast). Oh, and of course, trying to be available as much as I can for queries and feedback and general bullshitting with the community via various channels. I love it all or I wouldn't do it, but your support allows The Tavern to support other causes and events (Like ShireCon 2018 which The Tavern is helping sponsor). Oh, and beer. Your Tavern Keeper enjoys a good beer or two with his lunch. Thank you for keeping me in beer. Wait, that doesn't sound right ;)

Alright, further updates throughout the week. Thanks again for your time and support.

The Tavern Chat - Episode #53 - Voicemails & an Unexpected Rant - Thanks Kenny

I went into this morning's episode with an idea of what I was going to talk about, and I started out on track before getting derailed by fucked up Kickstarters and #ConManKen. I do love to rant though, and Ken makes it so easy ;)
In this episode, I answer some voicemails, get distracted by Kickstarter failures and enter rant mode...
Link to Episode #53 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-53---Voicemails--an-Unexpected-Rant---Thanks-Kenny-e1p103

Tavern Chat is now available on Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/5PrKxXwIrfRm6SXPrEiqBq

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Matt Finch has Interviewed ALL of the OSR Creators Nominated for the 2018 ENnies - and WE Have the Links

The following was sent to me by Matt Finch himself:

Erik - here is a list of interviews I've done with OSR candidates for ENNIES this year, so people can see them face to face, as it were. :)

Get to know some OSR ENNIE award nominees!
These are the ENNIE Nominees I have interviewed on Uncle Matt’s D&D Studio (use this link to follow Matt's Youtube Channel - Erik)

Jason Hobbs:
Best Podcast (Hobbs & Friends of the OSR)

This is a really fun interview, and it’s on the very day Jason learned he’d been nominated.

Zak Smith:
Best Interior Art (Frostbitten & Mutilated)
Best Monster/Adversary (Frostbitten & Mutilated)
Best Setting (Frostbitten & Mutilated)
Best Writing (Frostbitten & Mutilated)
Product of the Year (Frostbitten & Mutilated)

Interview 2 (which is about terrain) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb661ACZsg4
Interview 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hhc_D76ODs

Jacob Hurst:
Best Adventure (The Dark of Hot Springs Island)
Product of the Year (The Dark of Hot Springs Island)

James Raggi:
Best Free Product (Vaginas are Magic!)

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uDnPAOJHWs
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJwnUei8Yb4
Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXWYSPXvQt4&t=3s
Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXjRr90mmLQ

Glynn Seal:
Best Cartography (The Midderlands)

Kiel Chenier:
Best e-book (Scenario from Ontario)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #52 - The OSR Rulesets - Swords & Wizardry

So much stuff to talk about but its time to kick off the series of episodes focusing on the various OSR rulesets. First up, my true love, Swords & Wizardry ;)
Time to start looking at the various OSR rulesets. First up is Swords & Wizardry. Also, the full listing of OSR nominations for the 2018 ENnies.
Link to Episode #52https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-52---The-OSR-Rulesets---Swords--Wizardry-e1otk4

Friday, July 6, 2018

News - Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dead at 90

The end of an era.

Full article at Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/06/steve-ditko-spider-man-co-creator-dies-at-age-90.html

Kickstarter - The Mighty Dragon Bag for RPG

The Mighty Dragon Bag for RPG Kickstarter. That is a sample bag from the video. I'm nearly speechless. Dragon-tongue is the model. 49 Euros.

Before you ask, yes, there are better-looking bags available in this Kickstarter.

75 Euros - holds 40 dice

Now, this is 7 Euros:

These bags hold 25 dice each. Too flashy for me but the price is right for a leather bag. Just hope it doesn't have that cheap leather smell that flea-market belts tend to have.

This is also 7 Euro plus shipping. This is more my style.

I wasn't supposed to be tempted by this. Sigh. I might actually back this.

Video has some issues. I could swear I've heard the music before, numerous times. Poor focus with the different shots is jarring. Again, sometimes less is more and maybe they should have ditched the video.

Shots like this should have been avoided.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #51 - ArenaNet Fires two Devs for Dissing Customers

It never ceases to amaze me when folks employed in the gaming community forget that they represent their employer even when they aren't working. Social media is not a free for all when you are paid for your work by another.
Timely News - ArenaNet fires two developers for getting into a pissing match with customers via Twitter on July 4th. Employees are accountable for their social media feed and interactions.
Link to Episode #51 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-51---ArenaNet-Fires-two-Devs-for-Dissing-Customers-e1onab

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Battletech/Robotech - Harmony Gold And Piranha Games Lawsuit Resolved

In the near corner Piranha Games, publisher of Battletech Online.

In the far corner, Harmony Gold, in yet another lawsuit regarding its Robotech franchise.

“Harmony Gold and Piranha Games are delighted to announce that they have ended their dispute. Piranha Games will continue to use the “classic” BattleTech designs and Harmony Gold and Piranha Games look forward to continuing to serve their respective fans and customers.”
Why can't we all be mechs? Maybe this would simply go away. Or end in a mech on mech fight to the death!

At least all claims are dropped, including against Catalyst Labs.

For some background on the lawsuit, go to ENWorld.

For the source article, go to Sarna.net.

Looking for court documents, you dirty minded gamer?  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hIAGuxzEy3ZE4_mjyj-jiw4TMuwoIn3g/view

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode #50 - ENnies Nominations 2018 - Tavern Picks

Time to offer up The Tavern's annual ENnies picks, this time for 2018.
Yep, its that time of the year again and its time to offer The Tavern's picks and suggestions for the 2018 ENnies. Congrats to Jason Hobbs for the podcast Hobbs and Friends of the OSR making it to the final five.
Link to Episode #50https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-50---ENnies-Nominations-2018---Tavern-Picks-e1ojgq

Link to the Hobbs and Friends of the OSR Podcast -   http://misdirectedmark.com/category/podcasts/hobbs/

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Will there Be Fireworks? ;)

Tonight is a Wednesday Night and that means Tavern Chat. It's also the 4th of July so there may be a small turnout. Then again, it may be huge.

We'll open The Tavern's doors at 9 PM and see how it goes ;)

Link to The Tavern's Discord Serverhttps://discord.gg/fReGmuD 

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 49 - The Beginning of the OSR - A Look Back

Thanks to this post at the Multiverse blog: http://multiverse.world/blog/2018/07/02/what-is-the-osr-old-school-revival/ (well worth the reading( I've been inspired to do a series of podcast episodes covering various OSR ruleset. In the first episode of the series, I look at the beginning of the OSR.
The first in what will become an (ir)regular series of episodes. Hackmaster 4e to Castles & Crusades to OSRIC to Labyrinth Lord and finally to Swords & Wizardry, its the birth of the OSR.
Link to Episode #49https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-49---The-Beginning-of-the-OSR---A-Look-Back-e1of91

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