Thursday, November 30, 2017

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like OSR Christmas...

Its that time of the year. The weather gets cold. Front yards get colored with festive lights. It must mean that OSR Christmas is around the corner ;)

Yep, OSR Christmas kicks off in about two weeks and its time to talk about the gifts that Santa will have for the good boys and girls, men and women of this thing we call "The OSR."

I'm tossing a half dozen print copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light into the pot along with a copy of Glynn Seal's amazing Midderlands (Glynn was generous enough to send me an extra copy)

As with last year, I will NOT be a centralized hub to mail out gifts in print - such is the way of madness. If you have something to gift and you want it given away at The Tavern during OSR Christmas you'll be sending the gift direct to the recipient - I'll do the matching up for ya.

We can run the giveaway at The Tavern or your own website / blog / forum / etc. The Tavern can make the announcement and send folks to you.

If you want to participate as an OSR Christmas Gift Giver, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with OSR Christmas in the title.

Remember, PDFs do not have the added expense of being shipped outside of your country's borders. Gift certificates are a fine gift too :)

Lets have a Very Merry OSR Christmas this year!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Reminder - Tavern Chat - 9 PM Eastern - If I'm Late, Blame the OSR

So, I'm in a S&W / Ultima themed game from 730 pm to 9 pm Eastern. I may not be exactly on time for Tavern Chat. If I'm late, blame the DM ;)

As an aside, today marks the 2 year anniversary of The Tavern's Facebook Community. Huzzah!

Invite for The Tavern's Discord Channel:


See ya tonight :)

The Tavern's Facebook Community is Two Years Old Today - 1974 Members

I remember creating The Tavern's Facebook Community 2 years ago today. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it earlier. When the thought did finally occur, it was literally a "duh!" moment ;)

1974 members at the moment. Not bad for two years. Hopefully we will surpass 2k before the year is out.

Of those 1974 members, 1745 are considered active in the community by Facebook. Build it and they will come :)

The community is yours. Enjoy it. Post. Comment. Discuss. Most of all - do.

Here's to an amazing first two years and many more to come!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kickstarter - Appendix N Updates - I'm Still Confused

Here's the latest Appendix N Kickstarter update. I backed for $100. I got my first shipment (which didnt have the bells and whistles of the 2nd shipment) which was the first 2 adventures. Did every that was supposed to get their first 2 adventures?

So, I'm gathering from this update that the current shipment will include #3, 4 and 6 and some extras that were in the 2nd shipment of the first 2 adventures.

I like John. I really do. I almost wish he had just thrown in the towel on this. Because the endless stretch goals made this one hell of a money sink. This is a solidly in the red project. Again, in print stretch goals can kill a successfully funded Kickstarter. In this case, we ave folks that still haven't gotten their first shipment five years after it was supposed to ship

November 28, 2017
Posted by John Adams (Creator)
Hey Folks,

Full update today.

As I prepared the next two modules in print to ship, I was not happy with the amount of material in them as compared to the first two modules. I know it has been too long and I need to wrap up this project, but I went ahead and expanded the two adventures a bit and made them much deadlier too. I have also added almost all of the Add-On Adventures to these two modules as well. I know some folks did receive a couple Add-On Adventures in print during the second shipment, but not everyone. Now everyone will. And lastly, I have also included the Kickstarter-Only Add-On Adventure #6 by Michael Curtis, “Room and Boarded.” Pictures of each module packet are below with the details.

Each of these two module bundles have been made by hand in the BHP workshop (other than the thee covers) and each bundle has been signed and numbered by me.

I am currently shipping to the $500, $200, $100 pledge levels, to those who offered extra for shipping, and to the few folks who did not receive either one or both of the first two shipments. I will post the progress each week on Fridays.

Appendix N Adventures #5: "A Face to Face With Dzyvatz," by Yves Larochelle is a much larger module that is nearing completion (just waiting on cover and map art). The plan is to have it ready, released, and printed by Gary Con. Again, everyone will get a pdf of the module and those who gave extra for shipping and the pledge levels above $50 will get a copy of it in print.

Thank you for your continued patience. See you on Friday.

Appendix N Adventures #3: “The Treacherous Cobtraps” Bundleby Jimm Johnson
"Vance’s Merry Men" by Michael Curtis with Cover and map

Appendix N Adventures #4: “The Witch of Wyfield” Bundle by John Adams
"The Green Orb" by Sal Mac and John Adams (with Cardstock Map)
"Gifts of the Only" by Daniel J. Bishop
"The Perplexing Disappearances in Brambury" (with Card stock Map) by John Adams
"The Untimely End of Scaviolus Hitherhill" by Michael Curtis

New Release for Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light - The Orb of Undying Discord

I'm really enjoying the various releases for Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light. Each release in support of the system is like an angel getting their wings. Alright, maybe not quite that but it does give me the warm fuzzies ;)

The Orb of Undying Discord is the latest release in support of SWL / SWCL. Written by Ian McGarty, a longtime Swords & Wizardry GM / player, it is a fine addition to your Swords & Wizardry adventure collection, whether you run Light or Complete.
This adventure is designed for use with Swords and Wizardry Light/Continual Light. It is compatible with Swords & Wizardry and other OSR systems. This adventure is for 4-6 characters of level 2-3. Can you brave the dangers and outsmart the puzzles to obtain the Orb of Undying Discord? This is the 3rd adventure in the Undying Orbs series. These will culminate in an anthology after the upcoming release of the Orb of Undying Law. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lulu Cyber Monday Coupon Code - 40% off

Lulu.com is running a Cyber Monday Sale with 40% off for those that use the coupon code CYBER40.

Shop and be merry ;)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cyber Monday at the DMs Guild - AC4 The Book of Marvelous Magic (BECMI) 99 cents and Tome of Magic (2e) $1.99 - More...

There's a bunch of sales to highlight - I may miss some and if I do, please let me know:

Through tomorrow: AC4 - The Book of Marvelous Magic is on sale for 99 cents in PDF and The Tome of Magic for 2e is on sale for $1.99 in PDF. Oh, and there is some 3.5 release for Eberron also on sale.

The storewide OBS sale where the majority of releases are marked down by 17% also ends tomorrow.

For those into The New World of Darkness, there is also a bundle with a very decent markdown.

Zweihander is currently $2.99 in PDF. (49.99 in print)

A fan of Matt Forbeck or Margaret Weiss? Drive Thru Fiction has some bundles for Cyber Monday.

Now through Friday December 1st all Inkwell Ideas Card Decks & Dice are 25% off in our (Inkwell) store. Whether you've got your eye on our NPC Decks, Creature Decks (5e Stats or System Neutral or Fate), Dungeonmorph Dice & Cards, or Sidequest Decks, they're all 25% off.  Just use the code "cyber-monday" as you check out.

FROG GOD BLACK FRIDAY - 30% off EVERYTHING*, 40% off all Pathfinder*
* except the Blight, sorry

Here is to hoping you are having the Blackest of Black Fridays. To celebrate this macabre sounding shopping gala Frog God Games has 2 coupons (must be used on separate transactions) valid through Monday at midnight). Everything we sell is 30% off (except the Blight) using coupon code-


Pathfinder fans get an even bigger bonus with all Pathfinder products (except the Blight).


Coupons cannot be combined but multiple transactions are encouraged.

We started Black Friday on Tuesday this year, but our sale is still going strong! Everything in our store is 40% off if you use the coupon code blackfriday2017. This applies to EVERYTHING. Print and PDF books alike, dice and accessories, all items in the Goodman Games Online Store are on sale!

While this sale runs through Cyber Monday (November 27th), do not hesitate! This has been a hugely popular sale and we don’t want you to miss out on some of your favorite items!

There are some affiliate links above to OneBookShelf storefronts. Others do not do affiliate sales but do give them your business as they are great companies that strongly support the hobby and the gaming community.

Its Been Two Years Since I Focused on the Gygax Memorial Funded - Oh, and the Death Knell of Gygax Magazine is Two Years Ago Too

Hard to believe its been two years (and a day) since I kicked the hornets nest known as the Gygax Memorial Fund.

Now, what did we accomplish?

  • Posting of missing tax returns
  • Promise of an audit (posting since deleted)
  • Threat of legal action for saying something I never said
  • Accused of harassing sweet little old lady over the mismanagement of nearly $250k of publicly donated money
  • Pissed off the youngest child of said sweet old lady

No memorial. No bricks sold. Heck, Gail hasn't even presented in front of the Lake Geneva City Council or any of its sub boards in over 2 years (I know - I've checked the records) - last we heard the two sides were still in disagreement over the location of the monument.

Then there is the demise of Gygax Magazine due to legal actions taken by Gail Gygax / The Gary Gygax Irrevocable Trust. Two years and a day or two more ago.

Next book to be published by the Gygax Trust - How to Make Friends & Influence Others Through Threats of Legal Action. Wait, that would be the first book published by the Trust...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

LotFP Referee Book Indiegogo Update - This IS How Project Updates SHOULD Be

Wow. Is the latest update on the LotFP Referee Book brutally honest? Yes. Is it spam? Fuck no! This is what a project update should be. No holds barred, no vagueness, no bullshit dates that aren't going to happen anyway. 

I'm thankful James shared this via the project's page. I suspect not everyone follows him on G plus or catches him at Cons and this is probably the best way to ensure all backers have access to the update.

posted by James Raggi
Nov 24, 2017 • 1:09PM PST
Update November 2017

OK. Media-mandated update.

First note about why no updates: Because if I don't have anything definite to tell you, I'm wasting your time and mine. I back a fair number of crowdfunding campaigns, and I hate 'just keeping in touch' updates. It's spam.

As it was I was telling people at Gen Con "my part will be done by Spiel" and then at Spiel "by Dragonmeet" and now Dragonmeet's next week and it won't be ready by then. Hoping by the end of the year.

Because one thing I've learned over the last few years is that saying "I'll have it done by x date," or that anyone else telling me "I'll have my thing done by x date," (you all think I like only having one commercial release for the whole year?) basically is wishful thinking, so why in the world keep telling people that when I am quite obviously full of shit with it?
So that's why no official updates. If you're actually wondering if I'm still alive, I'm not hard to find either on social media or at conventions, but I don't consider it anything special to say anything on this specific website.

So the FAQ:

Why is it taking so long? Honest answer: I'm an idiot. Seriously. I'm going for an AD&D 1e DMG level of masterpiece. To give you an all-time great work of gaming. That's pretty much impossible to do on purpose, but even missing that mark it should be damn good. And writing such a thing, and not a workaday kind of thing, is significantly more difficult, and there are other excuses that aren't good excuses, and I'm slow as shit even at the best of times.

Is the project dead? FUCK NO. It's coming. Pretty much every crowdfunding thing I've ever done has been late as shit, and that's not at all a good thing, but it arrives. (and after the Ref book stuff there's still odds and bobs from other campaigns to get to as well...)

This is coming.

Are you working on other things at the same time? Besides managing other peoples' projects (mainly just acting as traffic cop), not really except for the few weeks in Nov/Dec doing the Free RPG Day thing, which has just been monsters or spells, projects of disconnected items that don't need grand narratives. (yes, it's that time again... will be out of the way very soon.)

So shouldn't there be some sort of penalty for this? OK, that's more a question I made up, but to let you know that every day there's no Ref book available, I'm losing quite a bit of income. Rules & Magic sales were up 50% between 2015 and 2016, and up another 25% for 2017. I have every reason to believe a Ref book would have sold similarly had it been available during that time. There has been a financial cost, so those of you into such things, you can enjoy that I've lost that while dragging my ass on the project.

For those of you being patient, I thank you. For those of you not so patient, I understand, and I just ask that you keep your understandable discontent to less-than-mad-rage levels because it's all going to be worth it.

Now for the audience distraction poll... one of the people set to be a "guest commentator" on the book is Frank Mentzer. He's been put into the naughty house recently. Is this a problem for you?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Attention Backers of the City State of the Invincible Overlord Kickstarter - Some Good News!

Reposted with permission:

I am Rob Conley one of the cartographers on the Wilderlands Maps. I wish I knew more about what going on but I haven't had any communication with Robert Bledsaw III for a while. I do have some good news for the backers of this kickstarter. As you all know I got the City State map and my Wilderlands maps done in late 2016. It now been a year and nothing has happened.
In addition to doing work for this Kickstarter, I have a business relationship with Bob III's father Robert Bledsaw II through my company, Bat in the Attic Games. I have a limited license to produce material for my take on the Wilderlands known as the Majestic Wilderlands. So I decided to talk to Robert Bledsaw II about the maps. There are things that could effect the Wilderlands maps so I can't do anything at the moment with them. However that not the case with the City State map. So we talked and came to a license arrangement. I have permission to release the map as a Judges Guild authorized product for the Wilderlands of High Fantasy through Bat in the Attic Games.

I am not responsible for what happened with the kickstarter nor do I have any financial stake. But we are a small hobby and the Judges Guild name has been dragged through the mud because of the mismanagement of this kickstarter. That effects what I do with my work as Bat in the Attic Games. I feel what is right is to offer each and every kickstarter backer a complimentary coupon for the release. Understand it is PDF only. RPGNow/DriveThruRPG are not able to print poster sized maps through print on demand. I think you will find that the City State Map PDF package to be a nice one.
Now for the logistics. this Friday I am going to post a code in the comment section of the September 2017 backer only post. You can use that code to get your complimentary copy. I would ask you spread the word to any other backer you know. So you know the number of times the code can be used is limited to the number of backers (965). I will be posting my email address in the comment so you can contact me if there are any issue.

As for the Wilderlands maps, if there no movement by March 2018, then I will talk again with Robert Bledsaw II and see what can be done.

If you are a backer, go here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/judgesguild/city-state-of-the-invincible-overlord/posts/2001214

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Indigogo - LotFP Hardcover Referee Book - Last Update was 13 Months Ago, and it Wasn't a Feel Good One

I knew that the LotFP Hardcover Referee Book Indigogo project was going to be long in the tooth, but no update in 13 months (and the last update basically saying "I never should have crowdfunded this") is not a positive sign.

In any case, for those that missed +James Raggi 's last update on this project, here it is:

Yeah, 4 years now.

Edit: Hate to say it, but I really no longer have a use for this, having moved on.

Amazon - $5 off $20 in Books - Stock up on Swords & Wizardry Continual Light ;)

I love The Taverners, as they share some amazing stuff that might otherwise escape me. Shared in The Tavern's Facebook Community earlier today is a coupon for 5 bucks off a purchase of 20 bucks or more in dead three - printed - books.

Grab 3 copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light for 21 - 5 - 16 bucks and free Prime shipping.

Or grab some Basic Fantasy Roleplaying. Or 5e. Or some fantasy fiction. Whatever. Save 5 bucks.

The code is: GIFTBOOK17

Swords & Wizardry Continual Light

Any purchases you make through the above link helps The Tavern. If I find other deals I'll be certain to share them.

Reddit Has a Tread on Vaporware RPGs - and The Tavern has Covered Many That Got Mentioned

Ah, sweet Reddit. Where the rabbit holes go deep and wide.

The Vaporware RPG thread is an interesting read. The Tavern even gets linked for a Far West post from this summer.

It is a long and winding thread with projects familiar and others not. Still, an enjoyable read and an eye opener.

Enjoy your Turkey Day (and read about some turkeys on Reddit ;)

RPGNow Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale is Live - Save 17% on over 32k Titles

The RPGNow Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale is live right now. I'll try and find time to go through some picks but its damn near everything (including a benefit bundle, if you can believe it)

Yes, even Swords & Wizardry Continual  Light is on sale. The price for the PDF drops from 2.50 to 2.08.

You probably already have a copy ;)

Yep, affiliate links keep the lights on here at The Tavern...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tavern Chat Reminder - Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - We MAY Have a CSIO Update

Now, as always, possible news and updates are subject to change but we MAY have a CSIO related update tonight in Tavern Chat. If you backed the Kickstarter you'll probably want to hear this.

Other than that? The usual BSing and related tangents ;)

9 PM Eastern in The Tavern's Discord channel:


See you tonight :)

Kickstarter - Dungeon Alphabet 4th Printing (Goodman Games)

I love the Dungeon Alphabet. Each printing adds more stuff and seems to come closer to perfection than the one before. There hasn't been a new printing in over 4 years.

Now its back with the Dungeon Alphabet 4th Printing Kickstsarter.

What's new? Well, the pricing is insane in a good way. Print plus PDF is only 12 bucks plus shipping. Seriously. Black Friday special and all that.

The book now stands at 80 pages. Third print was 64 pages. First was 48 pages.

It funded in less than 12 hours.

I'm quoted in the Kickstarter ;)

I stand by those words...
What Is The Dungeon Alphabet? 
The Dungeon Alphabet is a book of fantasy inspiration. It is filled with random tables that are themed to letters of the alphabet. For example, A is for Altar, B is for Books, and C is for Crypts. The target audience is dungeon masters and anyone who wants ideas for dungeon design. We have heard over the years that many players also enjoy looking through the book as well. 
Each page of The Dungeon Alphabet uses a letter of the alphabet to provide inspiration. In the first printing, so many years ago, there were 26 entries for the 26 letters. With each new printing, we have doubled-up on select letters to add even more material. This 4th printing is now up to 41 entries, including 2 completely new ones and others collected from our annual Gen Con Program Guides, to add a total of 7 letters that are new since the 3rd printing: 
C is also for Crypt
G is also for Guardians
H is also for Hazards
L is also for Levels
O is also for Omen
Q is also for Quests
U is also for Underwater

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Goodman Games - Black Friday Sale - 40% off Print & PDF at the Goodman Online Store - Starts Now

Literally just got the email and its too good not to share right away!

Black Friday Tuesday!

Black Friday starts early! This year we’re really getting into the holiday spirit with an amazing offer!

We are giving you 40% off…on everything. Yes, EVERYTHING! Every item in our online store is 40% off if you use the coupon code blackfriday2017. This applies to both print and PDF items. The sale only lasts until Cyber Monday (that would be Monday, November 27th) so act fast!

The sale includes EVERYTHING in the online store – including great gift items like the ones shown below. Buy these for your favorite dungeon master, dungeon mistress, buddy, stranger, or even yourself! With this kind of bargain, it’s okay to be generous!

If you are looking for a few stocking stuffers, may we recommend things like:

  • The DCC Dice Sets!
  • The DCC Quick Start Rules!
  • The latest DCC Adventure Modules!
  • A Fifth Edition Fantasy Adventure!
  • Or some fabulous Goodman Games Apparel!

You get 40% off EVERYTHING IN OUR ONLINE STORE with the coupon code blackfriday2017!

Goodman Games Online Store link

Kickstarter - Tome of Horrors: Reborn for Fifth Edition (Frog God Games)

If you are a 5e gamer - DM or player - this is probably a book you don't want to miss. Tome of Horrors: Reborn for Fifth Edition. I have the Swords & Wizardry edition and it is awesome. Heck, I'm tempted to grab the 5e version with all the new color art simply for the art.

Or I can get a set of Tokens of Horrors. What's that? That is this (punch out printed tokens and VTT versions):

At least 200 tokens. 20 bucks for the VTT and 40 for the punch out type AND VTT version. I think I'm in for tokens. Shit. They simply are system neutral.

What? You want pricing on the actual book? Hardcopy starts at $50 (and includes the PDF) That's a damn fair price for a Frog God book.

Damn it. Why the hell am I jonesing for tokens. I'll actually need to start using them ;)
Frog God Games' wants to unleash the next iteration of its iconic Tome of Horrors series for 5th Edition . Hordes of sinister adversaries, restless dead, and other horrific monstrosities to gleefully challenge your players' expectations. Bursting with hundreds of creatures, new additions as well as converted classics, in a library-bound and stitched full color volume, the next Tome of Horrors will be a must have for your 5th edition campaign.    
Everybody needs more monsters.  

These days I swim in the Frog God pond. They publish and distribute for free Swords & Wizardry Light and allow me to work the booth at cons. I work for a warm bed and three hots at cons- and beer. And yes, I'm definitely backing for the tokens ;)

Monday, November 20, 2017

About The Tavern's Wayward Kickstarter Posts - Why "Something Fishy" Doesn't Cut it and Other Stuff

I get numerous requests to cover various Kickstarters that are late. A Kickstarter being late doesn't necessarily bring it to the level of a "Wayward Kickstarter" as The Tavern looks at it. If it did, I'd be posting such daily as the vast majority of gaming Kickstarters fulfill late. No, I dont have a percentage.

Now, while some of the requests include details such as "X is selling their release at GenCon and backers haven't received theirs yet" and "Y just got sick for the sixth time and the dog ate the only copy of the manuscript" some just want me to look at something because its late. Occasionally, I get the "there's something fishy" or "I dont trust Z" without telling my what is fishy or why they don't trust the project creator. That doesn't give me anything to go on,

I very much do need something to go on.

If you follow my Wayward Kickstarter posts, you'll notice I use a fair number of screen shots. I like to back up my findings with evidence and while opinion and likely but unproven conclusions often appear, they too are backed by a trail of evidence, even if it is only circumstantial.

Why is that? Its how I was trained. Shortly before I became a Sgt in the NYPD I was trained as a Compstat officer - statistics, crime patterns, mapping of crimes - all became my new routine. After promotion to Sgt and doing my time on patrol I was made the Precinct Compstat Sgt - preparing weekly Crime Stat books for the precinct. A year and a half later, Internal Affairs was expanding a Corruption Stat unit that looked for patterns of corruption and I was added to the team.

There is a misconception that Internal Affairs looks for dirty cops. They do, but that is not their mission. The mission is to keep good, honest cops from going dirty. To do that, you need to be proactive in addressing corruption within the department. Dirty cops need to be made an example of, not hidden away.

Do I bring some of that to The Tavern and the spotlight it shines on Wayward Kickstarters? Certainly. RPG Gaming is my community. Its where I hang my hat. I want to see the best of the best thrive. I want show the worst of the worst, oftentimes in ways that embarrass them, in the hopes that others will avoid following them. With few exceptions - #ConManKen - I don't think project creators plan to succeed in funding but fail to produce. I don't think they plan to misuse the funds and have nothing left to fulfill. Sometimes the path is a slippery one. But by keeping, as best I can, the largest failures in the spotlight I hope to prevent other larger failures.

The end result is a combination of investigative reporting backed by police investigative skills and experience and it is done because the service is needed.

I remember a few years back, some angry commenter on G plus asked me "Who made you the RPG Police?" I don't think I had an answer for that, or at least I lacked a good enough answer that I can remember it now, but I do know the answer for today - YOU made me the RPG Police. The Kickstarter Police. The GMF Police. You, The Tavern reader, that expects more from their hobby.

I have no authority aside from that given by The Tavern's readership but I have a responsibility to the community. The readership has a responsibility too, to keep me honest. It is very much a two way street. Without your feedback I'll never know how to improve and what I'm doing right - and wrong.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this.

My chills have broken so maybe I wont be as cranky this week ;)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

State of The Tavern Keeper - I've got Chills, They're Multiplying...

This afternoon I got hit with a nice chill. Now, I'm the type of guy that wears short sleeves 12 months a year and wears shorts in the house year round. My usual normal temp is 98.2 not 98.6.

I'm running 97.0 today.

Fuck me. If I was running a Kickstarter I'd demand a 5 year reprieve. I haven't been myself for the last 2 weeks.

Ah well, my miserable fuckery will continue I guess...

Kickstarter - Marauder Task Force Roleplaying Game (Break out the Action Figures)

Sometimes a Kickstarter "clicks" and sometimes it doesn't. Despite highly successful prior Kickstarters for action figures and accessories, the Marauder Task Force Roleplaying Game Kickstarter isn't clicking. Its been funding for a week and a half and hasnt even hit 25% of funding. Quite simply, its going to fail to fund or will be put out of its misery prior to that.

Why the lack of interest?

I think the folks that backed the prior Kickstarters for action figures did so because they were action figures - the desire to play with them with actual rules wasn't part of the equation. Someone, somewhere doesn't know their audience. Damn shame.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Basic Demographics - The Tavern, ENWorld and RPG.net

I was looking at The Tavern's demographics and started to wonder how similar (or different) they were to the "Big Two" RPG sites.

Not a huge surprise that The Tavern is an older, mostly male crowd. The initial D&D / RPG community was nearly all male and nostalgia for Old School Gaming is still strong.

How about The Tavern's Facebook Community?

Lets look at ENWorld:

ENWorld is a much younger community. The percentage of women is twice that of The Tavern yet still doesn't hit 8%.

How about RPG.net?

RPG.net hits 9% for its female audience. Much like ENWorld, it skews younger.

I couldn't find basic demographics for Roll20, which I think would have been the most insightful.

In any case, those are the numbers.

edit - this is the best I could find for Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds:

Also, this for Roll20:

and this for FG2

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gygax Memorial Fund - Nearly 2 Years After The Tavern Started Digging - Still Little to Show

I really started picking over the carcass of the Gygax Memorial Fund nearly two years ago - November 25th, 2015 to be exact. What, too damning a description? Perhaps. But if it ain't dead yet, its certainly dying.

Halfway through November of 2017 and we STILL don't have the 2016 tax returns posted. Nor do we have the promised audit (the promise has since been deleted but I've shared the screenshot on previous posts)

Now, why would that be? If I were a betting man, I'd surmise that the promised audit revealed some issues that had to be corrected and / or brought up other interesting questions that have been posed at The Tavern already - such as why the funds - over $200k last we checked, haven't earned a penny of interest in the last seven years of tax returns. That much money sitting in ANY account would earn some sort of minimal return - monies that could offset office costs or fund that scholarship mentioned on the Fund's site. Not earning any sort of interest seems fiscally irresponsible when every penny counts.

Did I mention that the Fund's assets are heading in a negative direction?

2013  $222,165

2014  $220,449

2015  $217,042

2016  ? Note - 2016 is expected to have some significant expenses. or was that 2017?

What about the cash cow of selling "bricks?" What ever happened to that?

Now, Alex Gygax was added to the GMF Board in August of this year:
Or maybe he wasn't. Four months later and the listing of the board members hasn't changed.

As for Coordinator of Educational Programs and Special Projects - Dianne Curtis - what has she done in this regard? Wonderful title but I can't find ANYTHING educational done by the Fund.

I guess Busness Manager (gotta love the typo that I never caught until now) is in charge of shipping shirts and pencils. Anyone buy them? Can you speak on the quality?

And what ever happened with this?

Sadly, the Fund and other related projects don't ever seem to move forward. Its almost like an extremely late unfulfilled Kickstarter - actual completion makes everything come due so best to just punt the ball time and time again and never actually get to the end.

Wow. Yeah, being sick is making me one heck of an ass ;)

Announcement - Frog God Games sponsored Extra-Life Team broadcast is Live - For the Children

My apologies, as I lost track of when this when happening only to realize it started an hour ago. Still 23 hours left ;)

Here's the Frog God Games Press Release / Reminder. I'll be popping in later tonight to enjoy the festivities:
Hate Children? Think their hospitals for them a waste of space? 
Then you are a bad person, like this fellow...

If you, on the other hand, support Children's Hospitals, please tune-in for the Frog God Games sponsored Extra-Life Team broadcast beginning at 6 PM EST.


It is guided by Edwin Nagy, conversion specialist and all around good guy.

Please donate and spread the word. For Children! If you cannot watch you can still donate by going here...


Seriously, its a good cause and a fun time. I'll see you all after yoga. No, not my yoga - I pisk up Rach from HER yoga. Damn these sinus headaches!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wayward Kickstarter - City State of the Invincible Overlord - Full of Excuses and Not So Invincible

Hard to believe its been nearly a year since I last shed light on the fiasco known as the City State of the Invincible Overlord Kickstarter. No, really. Here's my last post on this train wreck.

Now, let me forewarn you. I'm high on decongestants and fighting a sinus headache. I'm in no mood to be nice.

CSIO is nearly 3 years late. While not quite at the level of Far West in that category, the excuses are an embarrassment. We know all of the maps are done and have been done for ages. All we need now is to finish layout. Well, and money to print and ship.

Say what?

Just like Far West is financially bankrupt (and likely refuses to complete the PDF as there will be a demand for physical product that there is no money to either print or ship) I suspect most if not all of the $85k raised by CSIO has been long lost. Again, finishing the PDF will put demands on physical product and associated shipping costs - shipping costs that have had three years to increase. Yeah, the picture isnt pretty.

So, how about some of the excuses:

Yep, weekly updates six weeks apart. Weekly updates since the end of March have been monthly at best.

Oh, and nearly two months since the last update. I guess monthly isn't working out either.

Progress? Please! Layout isn't going at a page a day or a page a week. Maybe 2 to 3 pages a month?

But wait! Look at that! A hint of a better future!

Its an illusion though. If there were a better future we wouldn't be without an update nearly two months later. What is this in reference to? There've been rumors that Kickstarter fulfillment had been shopped to two or three of the more sizable old school publishers in the hobby. Aside from the goodwill of the backers there is little upside to such a deal for any publisher - the cost to fulfill would be on them and profits (as well as costs associated will making the Kickstarter backers whole) would rely on a retail market that is geared to 5e these days and not so much Pathfinder.

Where does that leave us? I do mean "us", as I'm in for $145 myself. I fear we are left with little hope without a "white knight" publisher coming to the rescue and I fear that the costs associated with such a rescue are cost prohibitive for most.

Not the legacy Judges Guild wished to leave us with but a legacy none the less.

Yep, I'm a fuck when I'm sick.

Far West - Soon to be SIX YEARS Late - You Won't Hear from Gareth Again until Delivery Time - Unless You Read his Daily Twitter Feed

Ah, Far West. Still no closer to completion. How do we know that? Because Gareth isn't updating the Kickstarter page until there is "something concrete to deliver."

Next month will put the project in the SIX FUCKING YEARS LATE category. I don't think ANY Kickstarter creator has outright lied to their backers about the state of their project as much as Gareth has. Six years is a lot of time to lie.

Which actually makes sense as to why Gareth is maintaining radio silence. Pretty much every update he's made over the past six years has been full of misstatements, falsehoods and outright lies. In order not to make new lies he needs to keep his virtual lips from moving.

I still think if Gareth could have figured out a way to write Far West at 140 characters a clip we'd have a completed project already. Oh course, it would have to be scraped off Twitter, which is where our friend seems to spend all of his waking hours these days.

Just think, all I have to show for my $150 is:

It was days away in May... of 2016

See, he never said what "year" this "June" was in.
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