Back in the heyday of Dragon Magazine, one of my favorite reoccurring features was The Princess Ark series by +Bruce Heard . It was fiction, but such game-able fiction, that along with the actual game rule bits, inspired my imagination as a DM for years to come. Heck, it's one of the main reasons I want to work on a White Star / White Box mashup. Yes, the airships :)
+Bruce Heard has been working hard on the World of Calidar, a fantasy world of his own design with - airships. I'm ready to swoon like a school girl in a bad 50's movie. Anyhow, Beyond the Skiesis the 2nd in the Calidar series (In Stranger Skies was the first and presented the world) and presents the gods, their cults and the special powers their followers can earn. Temple maps. Other goodies as described here. Bruce has done a pretty good job in the past keeping the crunchy parts minimal (thereby making conversion to the system of your choice fairly simple) and I expect much of the same from Beyond the Skies.
BRW Games / +Joseph Bloch - Adventures Dark & Deep core rulebooks - set (softcover)
Precis Intermedia / Brett B -PDF of receiver's choice from the Precis Intermedia catalog (Lords of Olympus, Shatterzone, Two-Fisted Tales, Hardnova, Coyote Trail, Story Engine Plus, Treasure Awaits!, etc.)
+Dak Ultimak / Stray Couches Press -1 complete set of Crawl!, printed+PDF.
-2 complete sets of Crawl!, PDF editions.
-3 single copies of anything in print.
-4 copies of no.11.
-5+ copies of Dungeon Crawl Basics (proof of concept/beta/not final print copies, and free copies of the final edition when finished.)
+Art Braune Skullduggery Press -1x Art's Polyhedral Dice Super Font Bundle
-1x Set of all 5 of my Classic Dungeon Tiles PDFs
+Sophia Brandt -2 sets of Swords & Sixsiders, international giveaway
(1 set consists of: a 24 page Player's Book, a 36 page Gamemaster's Book, a few character sheets and 1 adhesive label for making a box set (no box).)
+Pete Spahn / Small Niche Games -Gray Nebula, Star Gods Help Us and Stuck on Etholk (PDF)
Jimm Johnson / The Scribes of Sparn - HG1 The Kringle Castle Invaders (PDF)
Joe Johnson / Taskboy -Manse on Murder Hill and Tranzar's Redoub (Print and PDF)
Forrest Aguirre -Heraclix and Pomp (Novel / Print x 3 US / Canada only)
(big edit / update) +Tim Shorts / Gothridge Manor -Starter Adventures
-a print bundle of Manor Zines
+matt jackson -two large manila envelopes with the original, hand drawn maps. Mailed anywhere on the planet
keith nelson -Transylvania Adventures - softcover.
-Castles and crusades 5th printing set of 3 core books, new.
-Dyson's Delves I and II - softcover
-Razor Coast for S&W
-DCC adventures - In the prison of the squid sorcerer; Cast Tower of the Blood Moon Rises!
+James Carpio / TSR -Tales From the Fallen Empire Hard Cover
-Tales From the Fallen Empire Soft Cover
-2 Copies of Gygax magazine issue 6
I'm sure I missed something from someone ;)
Some gifter's I have neither email nor G+ for contact. Please, if you only added a comment and didn't email me nor do you see a valid G+ link for you, I need your contact info to make this work. tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put OSR Christmas in the email subject line. OSR Christmas will kick off in a few days...
So, just how bad is the After the Apocalypse Kickstarter? They can't even center their art correctly:
But wait! There's more!
Actually, no there isn't. Well, not much more:
That's it. That's the whole description of the game. Mechanics? Who gives a fuck! Setting? Fogetaboutit! Because as we all know, games that can cover all possible end of the world situations just aint out there. If you want a Mad Max meets Gamma World meets Walking Dead meets Mars Attacks, this is you game. No other game can do the same.
But hey! Look at the amazingly affordable support levels and low goal:
But math! Only $5k can be raised by print backers, so I hope the other 1,500 backers like their 50 dollar PDFs. Or 7,500 backers like their $10 PDFs. How many backers did Numenera have? 3,317...
The Tenkar's Tavern Community over on Facebook is currently at 140 members. Pretty much all in the last day and a half. Simply amazing. You all rock. I expect it will be a fairly active community and it will be a vetting place for some post topics and themes.
I've been laid up on the couch most of the day will a rebellious stomach, so no work for me tonight. If I had been at work, I'm sure today's events in California would have been on everyone's lips.
+Dyson Logos drew this with The Tavern in mind earlier (no ill intent - I'm sure it relates to some pushback I've received for my more active use of Facebook) but it has a further meaning for me today. I'd like to send this out to ISIS and their sympathizers:
I'm getting really close to swapping out my off duty 5 shot 38 for my duty 9mm 15 + 1 with some extra mags. That's a whole 'nother non gaming discussion.
You can tell it's the holiday season. The days have gotten shorter, the air is crisp and folks at work are piling up on annual vacation - yep, it means overtime for me ;)
I'm hoping to get out the master list for OSR Christmas 2016 tomorrow. I was going to attempt it today, but stayed late this morning, head in early tonight and stay late at the end (tomorrow morning.) The list is huge and full of awesomeness and generosity. It's going to be lots of fun to watch this take off.
Yes, I'm still playing catch up as certain issues and events took priority at The Tavern and the community at large. Hopefully we'll have some answers about the state of the Gygax Memorial Fundby the end of the week. The questions posed by the community were well thought out and many are probably questions that need more that a sentence or two to answer.
Alright, time to get my shit together for tonight's shit...
The Minotaur for Old-School Essentials
*Requirements:* Minimum STR 9, Minimum CON 9
*Prime Requisite:* STR and CON
*Hit Dice:* 1d10
*Maximum Level:* 8
*Armor:* Leather, including shield...