Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Goal With the Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Assume Little and Explain Everything

Many of those running adventures with the Swords & Wizardry Light rules will fall into one or more of the following categories:

- Lapsed gamer / lapsed DM

- New gamer

- Current gamer / new to the OSR

- Simply a new DM

So, what I've set out to do is breakdown the processes required to run a session of Swords & Wizardry Light or most any OSR game (or even 5e) (as started with an earlier post today)

In the first encounter I explain how to roll initiative, what happens if the initiative rolls are tied, what happens if a PC is hit by the ghoul and fail their save and the like. In a way, its the exact opposite of the succinct presentation of the SWL rules themselves.

The rest of the adventure will be similar, explaining concepts as they occur.

I'll aim for a room a day (more or less) posted at The Tavern. A quick and dirty PDF will be put together when the adventure is complete and sent to Patreon backers and then a "professionally" laid out version will go up with some art as a PWYW release at RPGNow.

Thus is the purpose of Beneath The Battered Dwarf Tavern.


  1. Kind of a tutorial, in addition to an adventure. Makes sense.

  2. I like the idea. A lot.

    Perhaps - for future ideas - either "remake" or continue the adventure but instead of this focus, make it with example of using full SWC content or L&L or C&C or something. IE taking something familiar and showing how it would work in non-light system along side a SWL. And the thought process going into the "conversion".

    Shoot, there could even be primers in converting or using PF or 5e. Kind of a Rosetta Stone adventure(s).

    I have some great examples of conversion books in my collection for Old School games. But I think this kind of approach may be more useful/welcome these dyas.

    This could be a key piece opening up various OSR content to the SWL target audience and other people dabbling in one flavor of OSR.

    /sorry for wall of text.


  3. Perhaps number them the way TSR did once. If the thing begins with a B it gets all the extra detail because it's for beginners. If it begins with a different letter you can skip that stuff so as not to annoy/bog down the folks that are up to speed.


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