Yeah, I'm a bit late on sharing this but I'm still in catch up mode. Maybe I need to bring my laptop to the booth next con so I can get some extra blogging in ;)
Anyhow, we now have the Old School Revival + 5 Bundle of Holding. The starter collection is $12.95 and what do you get?
- The Nightmares Underneath (Red Box Vancouver, retail price $15): Johnstone Metzger (Adventures on Dungeon Planet) presents a complete game of Dream Kingdom incursions in the waking world -- invasions that manifest as dungeons to be crawled and destroyed. (never heard of prior)
- Mortzengersturm, The Mad Manticore of the Prismatic Peak (Hydra Cooperative, retail $8): Trey Causey's deceptively whimsical foray into a wild wizard's mad magic mansion. (well done adventure)
- Gathox Vertical Slum (DIY RPG Productions, retail $10): A gonzo transdimensional campaign by David Lewis Johnson, set in a city growing on the back of a world-hopping godling. (never heard of this either)
- Red Tide (Sine Nomine Publishing, retail $8): Kevin Crawford's sandbox campaign in the savage jungles of the Sunset Isles. [Originally presented in our November 2013 Worldbuilder's Toolkit.] (another awesome piece of work by Kevin)
So, the Starter Collection has two solid pieces and two I can't really comment on as I never came across them prior. Which means I don't have two parts of the Start Collection.
What about the Bonus Collection (currently at $25.55)?
- Index Card RPG (Runehammer Games, retail $16.50): The bestselling fast-play light-rules system from the creators of Drunkens & Dragons on YouTube. (yeah, never heard of it -
Copper on RPGNow and no rank on DTRPG. Claims it went Gold - not sure where- apparently it went Platinum on DTRPG - I stand corrected) not sure how this is old school either)
- Dragon Kings (Soldier-Spy, retail $20): Dark Sun co-designer Timothy Brown created its spiritual successor, a sand-blasted desert of desperate city-states, monstrous rulers, and dark sorcery. (I remember the Kickstarter and I'm interested in seeing how this turned out)
- An Echo, Resounding (Sine Nomine, retail $10): Kevin Crawford brings Game of Thrones-style domain-level struggles to the untamed wilderlands of Red Tide or any campaign (Yes, more Kevin. Another solid release)
- 2016 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review (ZERObarrier, retail $8.50): Dyson Logos, king-hell master of dungeon cartography, gathers new works from his Dyson's Dodecahedron blog. Includes Dyson's Business Cardography, ten business card-sized geomorphic dungeon maps available only in this offer and nowhere else. (Dyson IS maps. 'Nuff said)
- NEW! The Crimson Pandect (Sine Nomine, retail $10): Kevin Crawford's expansive sorcery system for Red Tide or any Old School game. With this addition, this OSR collection now has all three Red Tide books. (my God - I somehow missed this!)
- NEWER! City of Poison (Red Box Vancouver, retail $5): A sample Dream Kingdom incursion by Johnstone Metzger for The Nightmares Underneath. (I missed this one. Looks interesting)
Very much a mixed bag. I you have none of the above, the value is good even with some potential misses. If you have more than two or three listed above, you might be digging a bit deep to find value. That being said, Dragon-Kings and The Crimson Pandect alone might make this worth my purchase.