Thursday, December 20, 2012

James Mishler Returns With "The Magnificent Miscellaneum" (Troll Lord Games Systems)

I got the following email from the Trolls over at Troll Lord Games earlier today (just gonna snip the relevant part):

But what I wanted to talk to you about today was our new release: The Magnificent Miscellaneum by James Mishler.  Every issue of this ongoing series of supplements contains a magical mix of wondrous wizardry, potent priestcraft, monstrous menaces, mystical magic items, and more. With a touch of humor and classic gaming goodness, the Magnificent Miscellaneum is a collection of various materials for your Castles & Crusades, Amazing Adventures, Harvesters, Tainted Lands, Star Siege, and Fields of Battle games, for both players and game masters. We may have sold 12,000 copies of the Players Handbook and released five separate printings, but it doesn’t mean we all can’t use more! The Crusade goes on!

This first issue includes three new spells for Castles & Crusades, a crazy and weird monster in classic B-Movie style from the Cold Depths of Space, five new monsters in the quick and easy format used in the Castles & Crusades White Box Set, and a mysterious NPC for Amazing Adventures.

Haven't seen hide nor hair from James since his self publishing went south. There was never a question of the quality of the work James produced - it was only the highest quality stuff for Castles & Crusades - higher quality than the Trolls were producing at the time.

It's a shame, as I suspect James would have done well in the Kickstarter Era, as it would have covered his cash flow and paid for stuff in advance. Ah well.

So, how is The Magnificent Miscellaneum?

It's pretty good. I like the spells and the flavor text - powerful low level spells with a decent amount of downside or high cost. The new creatures? Awesome flavor. Not sure how much of a chance I'd get to use them, but I love how James' mind works. The character for Amazing Adventures? eh. I don'y play the game and it isn't going to convert so well to the OSR style game of choice.

Is it worth a buck twenty five ($1.25)? Easily. Even at six pages, theres some good stuff here.

My one question - why is such a short PDF weighing in at 13 MBs? Some tablets dont have ever expanding memory, and nickels and dimes add up.


  1. It's a bit ironic given that his blog (http://adventuresingaming2.blogspot.com/) has him currently playing Labyrinth Lord. And until this, most of his posts were about LL

  2. Fair question, Jeremy. I had actually been playing mostly Castles & Crusades and some Labyrinth Lord up until September. Then I moved, and the new group I've been playing with is more into Labyrinth Lord (with full AEC). So for most of the last four months I've been mostly playing LL, and that's where my personal writing time went for the blog.

    I'm a big fan of both systems. I love LL for the classic feel and classic rules (and especially the lite version of AD&D you can emulate with the AEC), but I also love C&C for the classic feel and the new, unified Siege mechanic based on the d20 System. I'd happily write and publish for both product lines, were I to get a chance.

    Goblinoid is focusing on Starships & Spacemen right now, but I'll gladly work with Dan, too, when there is a chance. Just so happens that an opportunity to work with the Trolls again came up...

    And Erik, thanks for the nice review. I understand not everything in every issue is going to work for everyone, such is the nature of the smorgasbord. We've got the second issue into the Trolls, and the third is in final edits. We're scheduled for four issues at a minimum, to be continued if sales warrant.

    For the White Box monsters, I'm trying to hearken back to the olden days, when monsters appeared by the dozens in Dragon Magazine, the Judge Guild Journal, and old fanzines. Stuff that is weird and interesting and challenging and not necessarily going to always fit into the modern "dungeon ecology." Things that are going to make jaded, experienced players sit up and go, "Oh crap, what the HELL is that?"

    Hope you like...

  3. Oh, and I meant to add, I'll drop a note to the graphic design guy to ask about the size of the PDF. I thought that was odd, too...

  4. Great to see your stuff back in circulation, James. I have (and used) a lot of your C&C materials.


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