Saturday, January 2, 2016

Awarding the Day 9 OSR Christmas Swag - Cards, Cards and Reference Sheets

It's about time, right? The end of 2015 was one heck of a ride, but I've finally gotten around to awarding the SBA cards, business card character sheets and combat reference cards. These will be going out to the gift receivers in legal sized envelopes - they are small ;)

So, who are the five fine folks that need to send their snail mail addresses to tenkarsDOTtavern at that Gmail thing?

Five random folks are:

Stu Ordana

Nick 'Volrath'

Will Tijerina

Dak Ultimak

Peter V. Dell'Orto

Woot! to all :)

OSR Christmas 2015 - Finale - Remix Mini - Android PC - (US Only)

Found pic online
Time to wrap up OSR Christmas as best I can. I still have to award some gifts to award (business card sized character sheets and such - will do so later today) but here's the final offering from The Tavern: a Remix Mini. It's an Android PC that fits in your hand (size is 5" x 3 1/2" x 1"). Just add monitor, keyboard and mouse and you have a fully working PC. It should be low power consumption for those that worry about such.

Actual back of box being offered
For me, mine is going to be set up on the mini bar we'll have built into our living room in late spring.

How do you get your hands possibly on one?

Just comment on this post with "how I use computers with my gaming". Comment by January 6th, 1PM Eastern or so. I'll pick a person to receive the gift at that time. Remember, US only.

Winding Down OSR Christmas - or - How this Most Generous Community Overwhelmed Me - Again!

I know there are gifts that were offered up that never got posted. Simply put, the amount of generosity from members of the OSR community and beyond simply overwhelmed me. It's not the first time you folks have done so, but the new work schedule and other issues away from work have cut into my free time - severely.

So, I'm winding down OSR Christmas 2015. If you have gifts that you still want to give out, post it up (or send me the post - someone offered to do so - I'll need to look in the AM) and I'll amplify the signal. I still have some gifts to award that should be able to be shipped out this weekend - I'll award those tomorrow.

Oh, and I still have the Remix Mini to give away. That post should also be coming tomorrow. An Android PC with the following specs:

Sure, you'll need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, but for that secondary (or tertiary) computer station, this little piece should fit the bill. Mine will be set up in the living room in late spring when we build in the little corner bar ;)

This was $30 on Kickstarter and the 2GB version goes for $70 on Amazon. Pretty solid 4.3 Star rating on Amazon.

Alright, time for bed.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Kickstarter - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery for 5e, Pathfinder and S&W

My first Kickstarter post of 2016. I figured it should be for something good (I'll save the Nystulian drama for the SECOND post ;)

So, what is that good Kickstarter release? Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery for 5e, Pathfinder and S&W. You probably already know of +Christopher Haskins . He's one of the Frogs over at Frog God Games. Unknown to many (including me until recently) he's also one of the main honcho over at Nord Games. Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery is Chris' baby and I was lucky enough to get a preview of this product (I posted about it here) Quick summary of the post - this is good shit.

A bit from the Kickstarter page:
The book has 30 uniquely designed characters at levels 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. This gives maximum versatility for minimal cost and shelf space. Some of the characters are ones that we, the designers, have run in our campaigns for years, some are NPCs we've used to challenge or aid our players, and others are brand new builds incorporating the newest concepts from 5th Edition.

Why did we choose levels 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20? Well, it seemed to us that these specific levels allow for the maximum options for the Game Master or player, with the minimum amount of pages. 
Now, I'm a Swords & Wizardry kinda guy, so the 16th and 20th level builds (do we even call it that in S&W?) will probably be more "personalities pulling strings behind the scenes", but it's still good info to have.

Did I mention it's over halfway to it's $10k goal with only half a day into it's funding?

I'm backing for the S&W HC. This will be on my desk along with my other go to gaming resources (the D30 product line by New Big Dragon comes directly to mind)

PS - I forgot to mention the Risks and Challenges:
All of the characters are well designed and finalized, and all of the artwork for the book is complete. That really only leaves stretch goals and production as the two variables that could delay us. We will be finishing the additional content unlocked by stretch goals as we achieve them, and we will be working with a printer with a good track record for on time delivery and excellent quality books.
Written except for stretch goal. All artwork accounted for. This is my kinda project ;)

Post 800 for 2015 - Lowest Tavern Post Tally Since 2010

Yeah, 2015 has been a hell of a year. Not necessarily bad, but life and work became much more time consuming than I can recall in a damn long time.

800 posts in a year may seem like a lot, but when you compare the total to 2012 (1115) and 2013 (1112) and even last year (920) it's a serious drop off.

2016 should be closer to the numbers of 2014 at least, or at least that's the plan.

There have been numerous requests for a return to a series of reviews and overviews of the various OSR rulesets, big and small, free and and not. Maybe I can scratch out an outline during the downtime of one of my night shifts ;)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Gaming Resolutions for 2016

I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, let alone ones that relate to gaming, but with the way the last half of 2015 kicked my gaming (and creative juices) in the privates, I figure I need some for 2016.

So, here it goes:

1 - Get back into active gaming - My gaming slowed down greatly from the beginning of July and shut down totally from the beginning of December. New work hours were to blame. Starting in January I've reserved four day weekends for every other week (my normal weekends ends ay 930 PM Saturday night these days.) Aim is to game every other Saturday Night and one Friday a month starting in January.

2 - Get creative again - My juices were flowing fairly well until the work schedule changed. I'll be putting aside Fridays for creative time, at least until the end of March. Starting April every day should be a creative day :)

3 - Podcasting - I enjoy it and miss it. It certainly doesn't mesh well with my current work hours. That being said, the four day weekends should help. I'm involved as a host in two forthcoming podcasts (both deeply gaming related) and an experimental gaming news podcast I'd like to kick off as a solo endeavor. The solo podcast may need to wait until the end of March.

4 - More Cons - I'm going to attempt to hit cons within about 250 miles or so from NYC when I can starting in April. We'll see how well this works out. I'll be retired. Rach will be working. I'll need to roll a high saving throw ;)

5 - An Online OSR Con - I've had this discussion with others in our corner of the gaming universe. Many would like it to happen. I'd like to see it happen. I won't even have the time to look at how to make it happen before spring of 2016.

That's enough for now I think.

To infinity and beyond!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What Does One Do When They Can Not Game? They...

buy more games ;)

That's what I've been doing recently. I've been stalking eBay for the old collectibles. Snagging an OCE White Box for $75 has just whetted the appetite ;)

My Tunnels & Trolls collection doesn't have too many holes. T&T 1e is impossible to find (so I'll settle for the reprint). I have Ken St. Andre's personal copy of 2e. I'm still looking for a 3e copy and from 4e on I have multiples and various variants.

So I think Judge's Guild will be my next target :)

Actually, I could target early RuneQuest releases, but I expect the time to do so is when the 2e reprints start hitting the market with the recently successful RQ2 Kickstarter.

I guess I could actually read the stuff I already own, but if I had the time for that I'd be gaming ;)

So, what do you do when you can't game for an extended period of time?

Last Tavern Chat of 2015 - 9PM to 11PM Eastern - Tonight

Yep, it's the last Tavern Chat of 2015. Time to escort the old year out the door and welcome in the New Year.


2015 is certainly not ending like I had expected. This past week - especially the last 4 or 5 days or so, have been hectic. Yes, even today. My son has a new symptom of post concussion syndrome and is back in the ER getting checked out. So, I may pop out of the chat to pick him up when he's done. Thankfully, this too shall pass.

But on the gaming side the new year will mean new campaigns, new games and new podcasts - did I say "podcasts?" Yep, two different podcasts with two different sets of hosts AND work continues on getting the solo gaming news related podcast off the ground.

So, check into Tavern Chat tonight and help shuffle out the old and bring in the new. It's that chat box on the right side of this very page...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Troll Lord Games is Having a Scratch & Ding Sale - C&C Rulebooks for $10

Looking to play some Castles & Crusades on the cheap?

Well, The Trolls are having a sale on their slightly dinged and damaged books:

My picks?

Classic Monsters for 10 bucks is a steal. After Winter's Dark Campaign Setting for 5 bucks? That a gift. The C&C Flip Book (Player's Handbook and Monsters & Treasure in one package) for $10? How do you beat that?

My books get dinged after the first game session. Might as well save some time and a huge amount of cash ;)

Here's the link for the C&C Sale

Monday, December 28, 2015

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men and all that shi... Two ER Trips in Three Days can be Damn Disruptive

I had things that were supposed to get done today on The Tavern side. Obviously, that didn't happen.

I awoke from a Nyquil enhanced slumber at 10 am (less then 3 hrs into my sleep) to my 22 y/o son complaining of a severe headache and light headedness. About 2 weeks ago he nearly got knocked out when luggage rolled off a higher rack, struck him in the head and on his ass (He's a Ramp Agent at one of the NTC area airports). No concussion diagnosed by the on duty PA at the time, but an ER visit the day after Christmas indicated he MIGHT have "post concussion syndrome." Today's ER visit has turned that into an actual diagnosis of "post concussion syndrome." Can last for weeks. Can last for a year. No cure but time.

Needless to say, it was a long day and my nap upon returning home was deep and short. I hear sleet hitting the window, so I may need to head in early for work.

If you are an OSR Christmas Gifter and we haven't set a day yet, feel free to post up and inform me of your post and I will link it here. If you put a post up overnight I will post the link here when I get home at 630 or so in the morning. You can see how my weekend (and today) got away from me.

Yes, I still owe five folks their GC for subscribing to Mythoard. Yes, I still need to give out my small gifts from the other day. I will attempt to be productive from my tablet during downtime at work tonight, but there are no guarantees.

Certainly closing out 2015 with drama ;)

PS - Tavern Chat will be WEDNESDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 30TH, 2015 AT PM EASTERN. Last Tavern Chat of 2015. Be there and learn of a new podcast... or is it two?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

OSR Christmas - Day Ten - Post Two - Inspire and be Inspired

+Chris Stieha is running an OSR Christmas Giveaway today for RND, a resource for those that are looking to make their own adventures:
Win one of three copies (print+pdf) of RND issue 1, the make-your-own-adventure zine!  I will ship them anywhere in the world.  If you already own issue 1, I will send you issue 2 in February.
How do you enter? You need to go to THIS LINK ON G+ and describe your favorite inspiration for adventure. So, not only do you get a chance for some fine Christmas Loot, you also get a treasure trove of potential gaming inspiration. 

As for my nap? Didn't last long with my niece around but she's too damn cute to be annoyed at. Tonight will be a long night...

OSR Christmas Day Ten - Mind Your F'n Manors!

I saw +Tim Shorts had announced the third part of his OSR Christmas Giveaways last night right before I left for work. I didn't have the time to share it last night (then slept to 1 pm and watched the Jets beat the Pats this afternoon) so I'm sharing it now.

If you haven't had the opportunity to read the various issues of The Manor, you've been missing out. Fixing it now ;)

Go to the Gothridge Manor blog, follow the instructions and get a change to own a piece of OSR goodness.

I'm going back to sleep. Work hours and a cold make one a miserable fuck...

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