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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Bundle of Holding - Amazing Adventures 5E Bundle (Troll Lord Games)


This all-new Amazing Adventures 5E Bundle presents the current (2020) edition of Amazing Adventures, the Troll Lord Games multi-genre tabletop roleplaying game based on the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition rules.

I own a copy of the original Amazing Adventures, built with the SIEGE Engine that powers Castles & Crusades, and it was very well done. I can only imagine that the 5e-powered version is just as solid.

For just US$9.95 you get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $41) as DRM-free ebooks, including the complete Amazing Adventures 5E core rulebook (plus the Character Journal), the campaign sourcebook The Brotherhood of William St. John, and the location sandbox Ruins of Ends Meet.

Deeper Dark Trilogcy cover for Amazing Adventures for Fifth EditionAnd if you pay more than the threshold price of $18.30, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more amazing scenarios worth $34, including the paired scenarios Rise of the Red God and Rings of the Red God, the Deeper Dark Trilogy, and Day of the Worm.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

When Do You Officially Call a Project "Dead"? re: City State of the Invincible Overlord (Judges Guild)

Tonight as I was flipping through Facebook, I saw a post from The Tavern from exactly three years ago - Oh My! Crowdfunding Update from Judges Guild (CSIO). Well, three years later (and a final update over two years ago on the CSIO Kickstarter page) and I think we can all agree, CSIO is NOT going to get the Marmoreal Tomb treatment. No publisher is going to swoop in and spend the dollars, nor the man-hours, to fix this failure. Unlike the Marmoreal Tomb, there are no funds left to pay for layout and development. There's nothing left but promises and disappointed backers.

CSIO didn't fail to complete its obligations because of Bob II and Bob III going out in burning flames on social media, it failed because neither Bob II nor Bob III had the faintest ideas about:

- handling business finances

- managing a budget

- writing RPG material

- project management

- layout (oh my God, the layout horror stories)

Most of all, and perhaps the crux of their issues, is that they lacked simple honesty. With their backers. With their freelances. And yes, even with each other.

This isn't unique to Judges Guild. I wish it was. We see it right now, with companies taking money for products and never shipping them. If it isn't straight-up malfeasance, it's most likely due to one or more reasons stated above.

I am not judging Judges Guild by the social media insanity of its owner but by the incompetence of that very same owner. Bob II has set a new standard that I hope no other companies come close to meeting, but I suspect one or two may actually surpass, and do so with glee in their eyes.

Judges Guild is dead, and its best years were well over 40 years ago. It was a slow death, but a death nonetheless.


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Monday, July 4, 2022

Charity Auction @ The Goodman Games Twitch Channel This Friday, July 8th, 2022

I've been told I don't mention The Tavern's LiveStreams often enough on the blog side to remind folks, but this time I'm going to recommend something other than The Tavern's Weekly Friday Night Livestream - I'm strongly recommending that you check out the Goodman Games Twitch Channel this Friday Night at 8 PM Eastern. Jim Kitchen will be hosting a charity auction for Aaron Koel.

Here's Jim's post from Facebook regarding the auction:

A friend of mine, Aaron Koelman, is currently fighting a battle with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Aaron's spent most of the last year undergoing grueling chemotherapy sessions and doing his best to win a battle that has some pretty steep odds.

Aaron's a single dad to an amazing little boy. His son means everything and when Aaron revealed his cancer to me in March one of the things we talked about was fatherhood, particularly in his current circumstances.

Aaron is trying to put together a college fund for his son. To help with that effort I've organized a charity auction next week on Friday. It will be a virtual auction on Twitch. Joseph Goodman has been kind enough to donate the space on his companies channel. (As well as some pretty amazing things!)

We will have a lot of RPG items, original art and some great and unique items. I am still working on collating donations but here's a list of fine people who have already donated:

  • Michael Badolato /NTRPG
  • Julian Bernick
  • Hector Cruz
  • Jen Brinkman & Bob Brinkman
  • David Baity
  • Joseph Goodman
  • Jon Hershberger
  • Kenneth Kessenger
  • Jim Kitchen
  • Doug Kovacs
  • Ian McGarty
  • Peter Mullen
  • Erol Otus
  • James Pozenel
  • Yorkus Rex
  • James Michael Spahn
  • Dak J. Ultimak
  • Loz The-Eye

If I have somehow missed you please send me an email, PM or smoke signal. Work has had me extremely busy and I worry I have missed something somewhere.

If you have zero interest in RPG's or original artwork then you can still help. Donations can be made via Jon Hershberger's company Black Blade Publishing. Donations can be sent to tacojohndm@yahoo.com via Paypal.

100% of all monies raised are going directly to Aaron. Winners of auction items will be pay shipping charges but no handling fees or premiums. 

If you can skip a few coffees or a lunch for a week please know that it would mean a great deal to me. Aaron is a dear friend.

I'd like to add, that if you make a donation for the College Fund via Paypal via Black Blade Publishing at tacojohndm@yahoo.com, The Tavern will match the first $250 raised by this community. Simply comment below with how much you donated, or email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing

I had Jim Kitchen as a special guest on the Tavern's YouTube Channel earlier today to discuss Friday's auction, complete with pictures of donated auction items. Link below:


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