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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kickstarter - 12 Days of The Folio Christmas! (1e / 5e)



Suddenly I am struck with the realization that the 12 Days of OSR Christmas are right around the God damned corner.

What brought me to this realization?

12 Days of Folio Christmas.
And not to be left out of the Christmas season, AotG is offering up the chance to grab all the various Folio back issues and mini-adventures in a 12 Days of Christmas pledge.  Not only will you get the 3 mini-adventures we want to produce, but you'll get a special PDF delivery from December 25th through January 5th!  Yep, that is a present in your email each of the 12 days of Christmas, or better yet, you can send them as a gift to a friend and fellow gamer!
Shit. Does this mean OSR Christmas should start before or after Christmas? God damn it! This requires some thought now.

Did I mention The Folio is an easy series of adventure to hack into your own campaign? Probably not, as I'm too busy worrying about OSR Christmas...


Tavern Chat Reminder - It was a November to Remember


Can you believe its Wednesday again? Does a week of time really go by so fast?

In any case, November was the "official" "soft" launch of Swords & Wizardry Light. Its also the month I found out I would be going to NTRPG Con 2017 "on the arm" (NYPD speak for "free"). Did I mention its the strongest month EVER for RPGNow affiliate sales? The Tavern's FB group surpassed not just 1,000 members this month, its surpassed 1,100 members. Of course that means live video streaming come December. Oh, and of course there is that little event, hardly worth mentioning, of the release of TSR Era releases coming to Print on Demand.

Yeah, November would have been perfect if it wasn't for the small, health related issues that threw a monkey wrench into certain plans. Ah well, December is usually allergy free for me. Cold and flus are a whole 'nother issue though ;)
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So, Tavern Chat. Tonight. 9 PM Eastern. Here. In the chat box on the right.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

State of the Tavern - To 1,100 and Beyond



Earlier tonight The Tavern's Facebook Community added its 1,100th member. For a community that didn't come into existence until November 29th of last year (yep a year ago exactly) that is a HUGE number.

Its an active community and will only get more so, so if you read The Tavern with any frequency and you have a Facebook account, drop by and introduce yourself. You'll find yourself surrounded by friends.

We'll be kicking off livestream video chats in December. More on that closer to launch.

Next year looks like it will be a year of more than one convention for your humble barkeep. Frog God Games is paying my con bill for NTRPG Con 2017 - I nearly fell out of my seat when I was told (I just have to get myself and Rach there) which means we plan to attend GameHole 2017 too. Details for a possible third con are in the works. I'm looking forward to meeting as many members of The Tavern's Community face to face as I can.

As many will tell you, I try to be as available to members of the community as I possibly can. If you have questions about SWL, want to bounce something off me or just want to say hello, probably the easiest way to do so is via Facebook Chat. Google Hangouts work too, but the notification doesn't pop up on my phone and if I miss the initial "ding" I may never notice.

Did I mention I spent the weekend in the Poconos? Our friend made an appearance Monday morning as I was packing the car to return to NYC.

Alright, I have work for one of the Spahns that needs to be completed. Or is it both Spahns? I forget these days...






Classic TSR Tuesday - New Print on Demand and New PDF Releases


The above are the latest TSR Era POD releases. Mines of Bloodstone Pass (9.99 Print) and D2 Shire of the Kuo-Toa (7.99 print)are the ones that bring back memories for me.



These are the latest PDF releases- Personally, I'm all over Guide to the Savage Frontier. The Monstrous Compendiums aren't bad though.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Monday, November 28, 2016

A PWYW Release You MUST Download - Black Pudding #1 (LL) - Do Eet Now!


Oh my fucking God! I thought I had seen every type of zine under the sun. Heck, I'm even working on one to support Swords & Wizardry Light.

Black Pudding #1 blows them all away. If any zine in the OSR has the right to say "This zine goes to Eleven!" this is the one. It has attitude. It has art. It has... it has the OSR by the balls ;)

It's PWYW, but trust me, you will want to pay.

Just download Black Pudding. It is, dare I say it? - fucking awesome!

Here's a piece of one of the OSR styled character sheets. Want the full thing? Download it!


From the blurb:

Glorping and shlorping along, the Black Pudding zlorts upon your party! What do you do? Read it, of course. This is an OSR-style zine of RPG goodies rendered in a highly visual style. Within these 24 ooze-soaked pages you'll find magic swords that make cuts no one can heal, monsters that shoot gold pieces, black knights, catgirls, chainmail chicks, and evil temples!

Contents:

2 character sheets

7 character classes

2 one-page dungeons

9 monsters

1 book of new spells

8 NPCs

House rules and tons of art!

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Last Chance to Snag RPGNow Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals

As I type this there are just over 13 hours left in RPGNow's Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale. If you have stuff on your virtual wishlist, it is now or never.

Here's some last minute ideas:

OpenQuest 2 Deluxe - $12.75 - Built of the OGL of Mongoose RQ (later Legends) this seems very reminiscent of Chaosium RQ2 if you ask me, and that's a good thing.

OpenQuest 2 Basic Edition - Free - try before you buy, this is a stripped down but fully playable version of the above.

Call of Cthulhu 6th edition - $16.34 - do I really need to explain what this game is about? It isn't whether you go insane, its how soon...

Numenera - $16.99 - might actually be playable if you have someone clean up the watermarking for you.

Starships & Spacemen 2e - $5.48 - Star Trek Classic Series w/o the serial numbers.

Mutant Future: Revised Edition - $5.91 - Gamma World clone

Bloodshadows: Fantasy-Noir RPG (Third Edition) -$ 12.71 - pulp adventure with dark fantasy and noir stylings

Bloodshadows (OpenD6) - $8.46 - see above


Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Astonishing Sorcerers & Swordsmen of Hyperboria - Original Boxed Set - $40


From +Jeff Talanian 's announcement:

The original boxed set for AS&SH is nearly sold out! Our supplies for this set are limited, and they have been moving quick since Friday. This is the cheapest you will ever get this award-nominated RPG! Only $40! (normally $50) Limit two per customer, while supplies last. Today is the LAST DAY!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fat Goblin Games - The Hoarde's Hoard Bundle! - $464 Worth for $30



Fat Goblin Games has a HUGE bundle good through tomorrow.

How huge?

$464 worth.

How much?

30 Bucks

The Hoarde's Hoard Bundle! Take a peek and see if there is anything you like...

RPGNow Cyber Monday Doorbusters are Live!


What is picture above is the second set of RPGNow Doorbusters for the weekend. I can only speak from experience for Traveller and Stars Without Number: Core Edition. Both are great sci-fi releases in the old school framework. As for Amethyst: Quintessence (5e) I have the 3x / Pathfinder compatible version. The setting was intriguing but the system is was for use with was too crunch for my taste. 5e is less crunch, so this might fit better. Tempting.

As a side note, Stars Without Number is available in a free edition, so you can try before you buy.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Stock Art Deals - Rick Hershey & Denis McCarthy

Stock art deals:

Publisher's Choice -Equipment Subscription - +Rick Hershey 



Current price $49.95 - on Tuesday the price will go up to $95.95 and stay that price.
We only have a handful of releases before this subscription comes to an end, so those interested in getting it 1/2 off need to act now before the change.

Current Equipment Sets Include:

Firearms
Masks
Bottles & Jars
Shields
Witch Tools
Bracers & Gauntlets
Exotic Blades
Rings
Musical Instruments
Adventure Gear
Coins
Crossbows
Amulets
Familiars
Tribal Weapons
Wizard Kit

Publisher's Choice - Creatures A to Z: Subscription

Current price is $95.95 - on Tuesday the price will go up to $295.95 and stay that price.

We have started work on dragons, creatures I get a lot of requests to do and will be covering all kinds (from all the colors to fairy dragons, to wyverns and the like) so if you want it at this price you need to act now.

Current Creatures Include:

Abolith
Achaierai
Angel
Ankheg
Athach
Azer
Barghest
Basilisk
Behir
Blink Dog
Bodak
Bugbear
Bulette
Centaur
Chaos Beast
Chimera
Choker
Cloaker
Chuul
Demon: Babau
Demon: Balor
Demon: Dretch
Demon: Hezrou
Demon: Glabrezu
Demon: Marilith
Demon: Nalfeshnee
Demon: Succubus
Demon: Vrock
Destrachan
Devil: Barbed Devil
Devil: Bearded Devil
Devil: Bone Devil
Dire Ape
Dire Boar
Doppelganger
Etheral Maurader
Ettercap
Ettin
Fungus
Ghost
Girallon
Gorgon
Grick
Harpy
Homunculous
Inevitable
Kraken
Lammasu
Magmin
Manticore
Naga
Night Hag
Ooze
Owlbear
Purple Worm
Rast
Remorhaz
Rust Monster
Sahuagin
Scorpionfolk
Stirge
Treant
Troll
Vargouille
Worg
Xorn
Dragon: Black

For the true bargain hunter, the following simply can not be passed up.

+Denis McCarthy 's publisher, Aegis Studios, has put Denis' stock art at 80% off through tomorrow. Stock art collections for as low as 30 cents!








Mythoard - Holiday Hoard Gift Pack (and discount for subscribers)


The Holiday Hoard Prize Pack from Mythoard includes:

Advanced Adventures Compendiums 1,2 and 3 from Expeditious Retreat Press, Giant's Rapture from Troll Lord Games, The Slumbering Tsar Saga Activity book from Frog God Games, The Age of Shadow RPG from Crooked Staff Publishing,  Dungeon Crawl Classics Artists Choice Cover Sailors of the Starless Sea from Goodman Games, For Rent, Lease or Conquest from AAW Games, The First Sentinel from Lesser Gnome, False Promises (Mythoard Edition) from Throwi Games, The Dungeon of Demon Strata from 6d6, Malevolent and Benign from Expeditious Retreat Press, Everything is Dolphins from The Hutchingsonian Presents, Retribution from Raging Swan Press, The Dig from Shoreless Skies Publishing, White Star from Barrel Rider Games, Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits! RPG from Precis Intermedia, Bizarre Tales and Age of Undying (Mythoard Exclusive items) from Moon Dice Games, Two Creature Card Decks and 5 Dungeon Morph Dice from Inkwell Ideas, and 1 full set of dice from Koplow Games...

How do you get a chance to get in on it? Make a purchase of a sample box or subscribe before the end of the day tomorrow at Mythoard.

Now, to make subscribing just a wee bit more attractive, use the code: MYTHMANIA and you will save 10% on that first box.



Saturday, November 26, 2016

State of The Tavern - November 27th, 2016


First things first. You folks are amazing. Not only has The Tavern's Facebook Group hit over 1,075 members (in less than a year) but November is the strongest month of RPGNow affiliate sales - ever - and there are still 4 days to go. I'll give a Tavern financial update in 2 weeks or so - suffice to say things are looking up.

Swords & Wizardry Light has surpassed 1,100 downloads. If you include the physical copies that were distributed at GameHole Con and U-Con, its over 1,300 copies in circulation. By the end of the year there should be 5k copies looking for homes in the Frog God Warehouse. Word.doc format coming shortly.

There are future plans for Swords & Wizardry Light, including one-sheets and a zine. Already, third party releases are releasing to the community. Thank you to everyone that has given the rules a chance.

After three attempts in two weeks I've given up. What am I talking about? Trying to find parking near a NYC Area Post Office. I have packages to mail to those that got lucky in the S&W themed giveaways and have now realized how important that parking permit that allowed me to park at a police facility near a post office was. Yep, there is a downside to retirement. So, I signed up for Stamps Dot Com on Wednesday. Even ordered a postage printer. I assume things will be shipping by mid week.

Oh, this also means there are plans to make some SWL PDF releases limited Print releases - laser printer and print from home. No details yet. The Triumvirate needs to meet and discuss.

Note - there are standards to belong to the community, whether its here on the blogside or The Tavern's Facebook Community. Known con men / confidence men / frauds need not apply at the FB Community unless they come clean. Some have done so (The Wandering Wizard comes to mind) Others will not, and as such, will not be welcomed. Yes, its personal.

Beer - 11% ABV brewed with cherries and honey. Enjoyed with milk chocolate covered cherries. Because you can't have enough cherries... and beer.

Echelon Frogs get into Mischief Sales

This is probably the best weekend for sales in this hobby of ours. Here are some more:

The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time for holidays sales from Mischief Inc! From Friday, November 25 at 12:00 am until Tuesday, November 29 at 12:00am customers will receive 30% off store-wide!

All This and the Kitchen Sink

As an even more special special, those who buy at least one (1) of each of our products (a bundle will be required) will enjoy a whopping 50% off their entire cart! Use coupon code: kitchen sink.

Expires in 2 days - Happy Holidays from the staff at Mischief, Inc.

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Black Frogday Grab Bags!!

Bill Webb has decreed that henceforth Black Friday be known as Black Frogday!! To celebrate until Tuesday there is a $15 discount on Out of Print Grab Bags ordered through the Frog God Games Webstore.

Bill has assured me that they are topped off with never to be reprinted products from days of yore. Grab bags consist of either 8 softcovers and 2 hardcovers, 10 softcovers and 1 hardcover or 12 softcovers. These are the last bits of the Necromancer Games stock from the old Days of Swords and Sorcery Studios, and are being offered to you for the last time.

What is in them exactly? He doesn't even remember for certain.

Only way to find out just how good they are is to get one. To get one, with the discount, just head right here and use the coupon code BlackNecromancer2016.

Don't trust Bill's Grab Bags?

You can still save to the Frog God Games website and enjoy 25% of everything* else we sell in celebration of his modesty and humility! Pick your stuff and use the coupon code Modest2016 at checkout!

www.froggodgames.com

*except aforementioned grab bag and Sword of Air.

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Echelon Game Design - James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games, publisher of White Star and of Labyrinth Lord supplements) had an unfortunate interaction with a kamikaze bambi. He and his family are fine, nobody in the car was injured, but they’re looking at a big repair bill.

I was already planning to run a sale this weekend, but it’s changed a bit. From now through Cyber Monday, all Echelon Game Design products — Polyhedral Pantheons, Draconic Bloodlines, and the entire Echelon Reference Series — are on sale at a 20% discount. Half my proceeds will go to James to get the bambi-shaped dents and other damage to his car fixed.


Yesterday Was the One Year Anniversary of the Start of The Tavern's In Depth Look at the Gygax Memorial Fund

That year went by fast. Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of The Tavern's in depth look at the Gygax Memorial Fund. It truth, we still don't know much about a Fund that wants to raise thousands more dollars selling bricks. Heck, we haven't had a fund update since July (when the Forces of Gygax were to await the Call to Arms at the Lake Geneva City Council - hasn't happened)

We have gotten up to date Tax Returns - we haven't seen the audit that was promised and I doubt we will.

If you want to follow the saga (my favorite was Gail not remembering our conversation and accusing me of fabrication until she saw the screenshots - ah well) just click on the tag at the bottom of this post. That's the long story and its a doozy.

Short story? I suspect this project is a bridge to nowhere that will never get built. If there was any intention for this to complete there would be activity engaging gamers and hobbyists, retailers and publishers. There is nothing. There will be nothing.

Now, quick question for those that might know - if the Memorial never happens, what becomes of the monies in the Fund?

Inquiring minds want to know ;)


Friday, November 25, 2016

E-Z DUNGEONS - Print and Fold Terrain - 50% Off



Last night, Turkey Night, my so close to 6 years old niece was hanging out with me in my room. I was on my computer, because I had an idea.

"Uncle?" she said.

"Yes Pinky?" I answered. I've called her Pinky since she was a but a babe in the arms. Only Uncle can call her Pinky.

"You are on the computer too much!"

I laughed.

"Really? You think so, do you? So, tell me what you see on my computer." I was looking at E-Z DUNGEONS: Deluxe Edition. It was that "idea" that I had.

"Is that Dungeons & Dragons?" That's what she calls Dwarvenite from Dwarven Forge.

"Almost. Its very much like it, but you print it from your computer."

She looked at me, back to the computer screen and back at me again, Her eyes twinkled and her mouth was slightly agape.

"So Pinky, what does this mean?"

"It means I can have all of the Dungeons & Dragons I want! Just print more!"

From the mouth of babes.

Last night, Fat Dragon was not running a sale. I almost bought, but I figured I had some time and maybe a set would pop up on a Dead of the Day Special.

Today I saw the E-Z Dungeons line was 50% off. $14.99 for the Deluxe Edition became $7.49 - snagged and done.

Now to print out dungeons in time for Christmas ;)


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Black Friday - Cyber Monday - Tavern Picks - OSR & Beyond


Time to post a few Tavern Picks for this weekend's RPGNow sale. So many choices, so many pics. I'm sure we'll need more than a single post. These picks and others are at least 15% off of regular price.

White Star - $8.49 - SciFi OSR gaming at its best, based of Swords & Wizardry White Box

Apes Victorious - $4.22 "Planet of the Apes" styled OSR gaming

Crypts and Things Remastered - $11.05 Swords & Sorcery hack of Swords & Wizardry

Polyhedral Dungeon - $3.39 "an ultralight modern take on old school roleplaying"

Blood & Treasure 2nd Edition Rulebook $8.49- an excellent OSR ruleset

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea $8.50- A Swords & Sorcery hack of 1e

Shadow of the Demon Lord $9.99- an ooze of over the top old school feel gaming

Savage Rifts: The Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide $12.74 - dude, its fuckin' Rifts!

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

Ken Whitman - American Success Story - How to Build a Career Off of Other Peoples Money


Kenny boy, I know you read The Tavern like its Variety - I mean, where else do people actually know your name?

Here - let me tally up Ken's successes:

- Non-speaking part in a McGuiver episode
- Three appearances as a mope in The Walking Dead
- Keeping one step ahead of AGs and process servers
- Selling photos of himself

Now - let me tally up Ken's failures - if I miss any, please add them to the comments below - note: we are only referring to Ken's failures in business ventures, and remember, just because Ken made money does not make it a success:

- Deck Dice
- Pencil Dice
- RPG Pencil Dice
- Castles & Crusades: Beyond the River (T.V. Pilot)
- Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series (KODT: LAS) (this should count as multiple fails)
- Spinward Traveller (T.V. Pilot)
- Every other KS project Kenny had his grubby hands on
- Directing
- Editing
- Managing
- Producing - anything of value
- RapidPOD - MIA since 2004 - dust in the wind

Yes Ken, you have that certain look. I'd define it for you but such words are no longer considered politically correct these days. I'll leave it that have a "special" look.

Still using the equipment paid for by your Kickstarter backers to further for your career? You lovable lug you! You get to insult your backers AND your viewers. Lets see, make a livable salary and pay off your debts or have the sense of responsibility of a 5 year old and take up acting?

Yes, punting projects to Summer of 2017 with NO posted plans on how to actually complete such projects. The World According to Ken. That sir, is a fucking bucket of hubris.

Black Friday Sales at RPGNow are Live!



Black Friday Sales are Live at RPGNow, There is a ton of releases at 15% off as well as a selection of doorbusters.

Now, not sure how long this will work for, but currently the doorbusters are 15% off their already low sale prices. edit - its now fixed

That puts Savage Worlds Deluxe at $4.24 from $9.99 ($4.99 is the doorbuster price) and Shadow of the Demon Lord at $8.49 from $19.99 ($9.99 is the doorbuster price)

Link to the six Doorbusters



Link to the rest of the Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

edit - i'll dig through the sale and try to highlight some OSR picks later today

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Roll a d10 - Some of the Things I'm Thankful of This Year

There's a huge amount of people, events, things and a whole lot more I'm thankful for in 2016. In no particular order:

1 - Retirement - its opened doors I never even noticed I could walk through before

2 - This Community - the support and faith this community has shown in me is awesome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

3 - Rach - I need to find her something like semi-retirement ;)

4 - Frog God Games - Swords & Wizardry Light - need I say more?

5 - +Zach Glazar , +James Spahn and +Jason Paul McCartan . They understand me better than I understand myself at times

6 - "The Kid" - I've screwed up many things in my 49 years - I'm so glad this turned out right - he makes me proud

7 - This Community - is this on the list twice? Well, that's okay because many things on this list and beyond this list would not have happened without each and every one of you

8 - My niece, "Pinky" - the nearly 6 year old that not only has an eye for building dungeons but so dearly wants to learn to read using Swords & Wizardry Light - so she can play Dungeons & Dragons with Uncle

9 - Life itself - I've stared down death in my 49 years. I'm still here and would like to see another 49 - because that would be getting real value from my pension ;)

10 - So many others who have directly or indirectly helped this year to be an amazing year. Tim, Doug, Peter, Dave, Brian, Tony, Greg, John, Ben, Joe, Mike, Bill, Keith, David, Matt, Barry, Marissa, Craig, Chris, all the weekly Tavern Chatters, The Taverners, Maria, Vince, Alex, Glenn, so many fucking others that if I don't stop I'll never get this posted - you know who you are

10a - Beer. Cause, you know...


Kickstart - Kung Fu Combo - A Hard Hitting, Fast Action Card Game


There is something to be said for a card game that can be played in 15 minutes or less. Its make it great for pick up games or something that can be played during a break in a longer game.

A card game that can be played in 15 minutes or less AND can replicate the feel of martial arts? That's huge. Well, huge in a small package.

I'm talking about Kung Fu Combo.


Did I mention the buy in is as low as 10 bucks (plus 2 bucks for shipping) for a physical copy?

Damn, I wish I had a copy for Turkey Day. This would be a fun way to resolve political discussions ;)


Goodman Games - 20% Off Print - 40% Off PDF - Through Monday


A word from Goodman Games:

The Dark Master rewards his followers: now through Monday, November 28th, get diabolical deals in our online store! Get 20% off all print products and 40% off all PDF products!

In our print store, use coupon code "blackfriday2016" at checkout to get your savings! It's the perfect opportunity to pick up one of the adventures you've read about recently in Forgotten Treasure, or to get one of those foil covers you've been coveting.

In the PDF store, enter coupon code "blackfriday2016P" to save 40%! It's a great time to get one of those out-of-print box sets like The Gazetteer of the Known Realms or Castle Whiterock. Or maybe you prefer things even older? Currently in print items are available as PDFs too, if you want to avoid shipping fees!

PDFs are also available at RPGNow at 40% off, no coupon required.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)






Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Purple Sorcerer Games Sale - 40% off all PDF releases (DCC RPG)


Did I mention that I expect sales to kick off hot and heavy over the next few days? Well, they are. Purple Sorcerer is next in the mix, offering 40% off their entire catalogue in PDF (prices good through Monday). Hmmm... it does seem very DCC RPG heavy recently, doesn't it?

I'm a huge fan of Purple Sorcerer, so its hard for me to point at any one product and say "get that one!", but Carnival of the Damned is probably the easiest to rip to pieces and put back together as your own Frankenstein ;)

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)



Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - Discussion Topics? Tavern Livestream and Black Friday Gaming Sales - 9 PM Eastern

Yep. Today is Wednesday. Already. End of the work week for some that are lucky enough to have off for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

I'll be discussing the upcoming twice a month Tavern Livestream Events (first guest will be +Zach Glazar ) as well as Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales for the gamer in you. Oh, and whatever other tangents we fall into.


9 PM Tonight. Here at The Tavern. In that chat bar to the right. Log in wth the social media of your choice.

See you then!

Crawling Under a Broken Moon - DCC RPG Fanzine / Setting - PDFs a Buck a Piece


Yep, its the week of Black Friday, which means sales are inevitable. Shield of Faith Studios has put the Crawling Under a Broken Moon fanzine on sale for a dollar each for the PDFs. That's half off an already amazing value at the usually two buck price.

So, what is Crawling Under a Broken Moon? A fanzine dedicated to bringing gonzo post apocalyptic content for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG from Goodman Games.

There ya go. And it's damn good reading too.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Every Single Goodman Games PDF - 40% off (DCC RPG and More)




You got that right!

Every single Goodman Games release that is for sale in PDF is 40% off until next Monday (November 28th, 2016)

DCC RPG? Check

5e Adventures? Check

Classic Adventures? You bet

Over 280 releases! All of them 40% off.

Remember, all purchases using The Tavern's OBS affiliate links puts 5% of your purchase price into The Tavern's coffers. Don't leave that money on the table for the greedy corps! Tip your barman!  ;)

New Batch of TSR Era Print on Demand Releases goes Live on RPGNow


Yep, the list of TSR Print on Demand titles just expanded.

The first batch was released last Tuesday and the second batch, this batch, is also on a Tuesday. So, check out The Tavern on Tuesday morning to get the latest TSR Era POD releases :)

Nearly 2 Years Late - Where is the City State Kickstarter?


I've been inundated recently with requests to look at the nearly 2 years late City State of the Invincible Overlord Kickstarter. If you read the current comments at the KS page, backers have started reporting this project to Kickstarter itself.


Exactly how much cash did the City State raise? Over $85k from 965 backers. It's certainly not small change. Heck, I'm in for $145 myself ($60 plus stretch goal maps)


So, what went wrong? Why are we nearly 2 years late to completion and no updates since September 2?

Yes, its "Backers Only" - No links, nothing secret and nothing since
Could it be stretch goals? I'm putting the large bet on minis, which has been the death toll of many a Kickstarter.

Then again, there are the endless maps. All of which are being redone by one man.

As of September the book itself wasn't laid out.

It's impossible to pin the blame on one aspect of this project as it seems all aspects are behind.

That being said, silence is not golden when it comes to Kickstarters. No, silence is often seen as the death knell, when backers start to worry that the monies they put forth in the hopes of receiving a product that excited them seems to be disappearing into a Bag of Devouring with nothing coming in return.

I've seen comments comparing this project to one of Ken Whitman's boondoggles. That's unfair, as that requires premeditated malfeasance. I don't see that here. I see overwhelmed by success, which can be worse than not funding at all.

I hope there is an update on the project soon, one that is accurate and honest in its assessment. Its the only way to stem the tide, if there is a way left at this point.


Monday, November 21, 2016

WWII: Operation WhiteBox Now in Print (S&W Compatible)



If you haven't yet checked out +Pete Spahn 's WWII: Operation WhiteBox because you "only buy books you can hold", well your time has come.

Softcover Print plus PDF is $17.99

Hardcover Print plus PDF is $24.99

If you grabbed the PDF prior, check your email. You should find a discount code or two for the print versions.

The blurb:

WWII: Operation WhiteBox is a roleplaying game of WWII special forces action designed for compatibility with the Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox roleplaying game.

In WWII: Operation WhiteBox, the player characters (PCs) play the role of WWII special forces operatives. They may be formally trained and part of an officially designated special forces unit such as the SAS or U.S. Army Airborne, or they may simply be guerilla fighters dedicated to making life hard for the German Army. They may also be covert agents working for organizations such as the SOE or OSS. Whatever their affiliation, their job is to complete missions behind enemy lines, paving the way for the next Allied advance.

WWII: Operation WhiteBox is a standalone game that uses the Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox rules as its base. In addition to standard gameplay rules, the game contains the following:

CHARGEN: This includes Attributes, Nationality, Rank, Profession, etc.

NEW CLASSES: Eight new classes including the Charmer, Combat Engineer, Grunt, Maquis, Sniper, Tactician, Wheelman, Uberlaufer, each with their own unique abilities.

GEAR AND WEAPONS: A list of typical WWII weapons and gear. Weapons are statistically grouped by function (Large Rifle, Small Handgun, Submachinegun, etc.) with some named examples to add flavor (M1 Garand, Derringer, MP40, etc.).

PLAYING THE GAME: Rules for Saving Throws, Surprise, Reaction Rolls, Movement, etc.

PERSONAL COMBAT: Rules for "theater of the mind" combat including new rules for automatic weapons, using cover and concealment, and explosives.

VEHICLE COMBAT: Rules for "theater of the mind" vehicle combat (basically the same as personal combat) and vehicles grouped and statted out (Small Truck, Medium Tank, Small Aircraft, etc.) with named examples to add flavor (Kubelwagen, M4 Sherman, British Spitfire, etc.).

GAMEPLAY EXAMPLE: A gameplay write up to show some of the new concepts in action.

COMMON NPCs AND ANIMALS: Stats and descriptions for civilians, soldiers, and common European animals.

COVERT SPECIAL FORCES EQUIPMENT: Descriptions of some real world equipment designed and/or used by special forces during WWII.

THE WWII CAMPAIGN: This chapter gives an overview of the different theaters, major events of the different time periods, and lots and lots of tips for running a WWII campaign.

SPECIAL FORCES IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER: An overview of various Allied special forces units such as the SAS, LRDG, OSS, etc., resistance organizations such as the French Maquis and the Norwegian Milorg, an German special forces units such as the Brandenburgers. This chapter also runs down how to design a special forces mission as well as the different types of missions commonly undertaken.

WWII TIMELINE: A chronological timeline of major WWII dates and events.

HISTORIC WWII SPECIAL FORCES ACTIONS: Contains a brief description of real world historical missions undertaken by units like the British Commandos, Jedburghs, etc.

RESISTANCE AT THE PONTEVILLE BRIDGE: A sample mission deep in Normandy.

MASS COMBAT RULES: Quick and dirty rules for resolving Mass Combat as well as how to incorporate PC missions into the results.

MINI-SETTINGS: Nazi Superscience, Nazi Occult, and Nazi Space elements to liven up your game!

CHECK OUT OUR WWII: OPERATION WHITEBOX G+ COMMUNITY PAGE HERE: https://plus.google.com/communities/100846094177083736725

NOTE ON THE PRINT VERSION: The color version is the Premium Color option. These colors are not as vivid as the PDF, with the green headers and boxed text being more of an olive drab than a bright green. If color is unimportant, go with the less expensive B&W version. Thanks!

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Kickstarter - UNDERSCARES - The Diaper from the Creators of Outlast 2 (What is says on the Tin)


Sometimes you just don't get proper potty time while preparing the ritual sacrifice. For times like that, you need the right adult diapers. Well, Underscares were made with you in mind.

Or not. Sure, this Kickstarter is half a joke, but only half, as the diapers are real. I wouldn't want to wear them, let alone use the, but they are real.


Yeah, I've got nothing else. There are just some things that speak well enough for themselves.


Smell Adventure? Get Some Adventure Scents (For Real - Really)

Ever wonder what a sewer smells like? A dungeon perhaps? A dragons lair? Horse stables? I always guessed they all smelled like piss, shit and rotting flesh and vegetation of various degrees, but here's your chance to smell such for real!

Yep, as if it wasn't bad enough to occasional game with gamers with bad hygiene habits, no you can smell the true smell of roleplaying.

Maybe its just me, but smell-orama was never a selling point for me.

But hey, Adventure Scents has for those of you that want to experience adventuring "for realz!" the opportunity to enjoy such smells.

While you are at it, maybe a FeBreze for Cons.

 

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