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Monday, December 31, 2018

Indiegogo - Menace in Ravenreach - Frog God Games (Swords & Wizardry, Pathfinder & 5e)


I've really been enjoying the recent Frog God Games releases on Indiegogo. Sall and relatively inexpensive compared to the larger, hardcover releases. Menace in Ravenreach looks to be another solid release.
When the group of adventurers arrived in the outpost town of Ravenreach they headed directly to the local tavern. As was usual, it took under the hour until fists started flying, glassware shattering and furniture flying. The fighting ended, just as the last of the locals melted away.  
Their incarceration made the wanderers the ideal candidates for an unusual errand. The Master Minder, the court wizard, requires the capture of a local troll  – alive – for his studies.  Without hesitation they accepted the task and into the wilds they went.
Not exactly start to a Saga of old, but the days are young as they slip into the dark woods.
What to Expect:
Menace in Ravenreach by James Thomas- available in Fifth Edition, Pathfinder or Swords & Wizardry versions, is an adventure for mid-level characters. We expect this will be the only only time we offer the premium softcover version for sale.
Within its covers (or the digital PDF file) you will find:
  • New creatures and new magic items.
  • A swift and dangerous journey requested by a powerful NPC.
  • NPCs which are both allies and antagonists.
  • An adventure found while visiting a far away outpost, ruled by the illegitimate son of nobility that has its share of intrigue.
  • The first portion of a two part adventure release, both this title and the sequel are completed. The second part is scheduled for a second indiegogo project in Q1 of 2019.
  • Full-Color Map by Robert Altbauer.
 Menace in Ravenreach is 17 bucks plus shipping for the Print plus PDF and is available in Swords & Wizardry, Pathfinder and 5e flavors. 6 bucks for the PDF. Did I mention it launched a few hours ago and is already hitting stretch goals.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day 8 - Santa is Working Overtime ;) (Includes Physical Copies Shipping Worldwide)



This post should have been up last night, but I was falling asleep in front of the TV by 8 PM and was lights out, in bed, by 930. I must be fighting something, as I didn't get up 'till after 8 am. Talk about sleep (and I even napped for 90 minutes this afternoon - no "old man" jokes please) ;)

As usual, we have some awesome gifts in the OSR Christmas mix. Note, some print gifts WILL NOT ship outside the states, but today that is NOT an issue. :)

1) Far Away Lands - PDF Bundle (Simian Circle Games)

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - ships worldwide

4) 1 PDF Copy of White Star Galaxy Edition (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games)

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games)

6) Print copies of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Fallen Justice - shipping anywhere in the world. (Gallant Knight Games)

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 sometime after 6pm Eastern (so comment before), we will randomly determine those to be gifted from the comments received. It really is that simple. Check back often, because we'll have at least 12 days of OSR Christmas running into January.

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool. N/A this round of gifting

Note 2 - Anything shipping from me (Tenkar) won't be shipping until later this week.

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Below is a more or less complete list of the upcoming month of gifting.

Far Away Lands - PDF Bundles
OSR Patches - Multiple sets - some shipping worldwide
World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" - PDF copies
Castle of the Mad Archmage and all the expansions (Level 3 East, Musicland, and Bitterbark's Circus - in Print)
Lord of Suttham Oldfeld bundle for The Midderlands shipped anywhere in the world
Daily PDF giveaway of the Midderlands
Print copy of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Print copy of Fallen Justice anywhere in the world.
ZWEIHÄNDER Complete Digital Bundle (all 13 digital products)
3 PDF’s of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG)
ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person
Some Frog God Games Print products signed by Bill Webb (shipped by me)
Outdoor Encounter Cards and Dungeon Challenge Card - in Print (shipped by me)
4 Class Compendium PDFs, 4 White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs, 4 The Hero's Journey PDFs
Random Gaming Material from a Taverner's Gaming Collection
Random Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - at least three Priority Mail boxes of stuff
6 copies of Dragon Heresy in Print
2 copies Undying Orb in Print
PDF copies of The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest / System Neutral
The Mystery at Port Greely”, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian

RPG Breakfast Club - Live at 10 AM Eastern on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - In Less than 30 Minutes



Sunday mornings are RPG Breakfast Club mornings on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server.

What is the RPG Breakfast Club? It's like a Convention Panel that you can attend in the privacy of your own home. Different topics and rotating speakers each week.

This morning your hosts are:

Badmike (Frog God Games)
Elizabeth Stewart (Save or Die, Save for Half, Victorious)
Greg Gillespie (Barrowmaze, Forbidden Caverns of Archaia)
Jim Wampler (Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, Marvin the Mage)
and maybe a few others.

My God, that's an all-star lineup!

Here's your link for this morning's show:

https://discord.gg/rXeRaV

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Wayward Kickstarter - Yarr! The Pirate ArrPG Hardcover : Make 100 Edition



I hate having to write Wayward Kickstarter posts, because it means a Kickstarter I likely backed and shared, has reached a point where it is possible it won't fulfill. Today, that Wayward Kickstarter post is about Yarr! The Pirate ArrPG Hardcover : Make 100 Edition.

I backed for $25

Its 15 months late. The last update, back in September was mostly to pimp a friend's Kickstarter. The relevant part of the update is here:

Here are my concerns:
  • It was due in September of 2017 and was merely an update and rewrite of an existing Yarr! RPG. Such shouldn't have a 15-month delay. (Quote from the KS page - I'm feeling inspired by the Make100 initiative to revisit and improve Yarr! THE Rules Light Pirate RPG in a special collector's edition. This hardcover printing will be about 6x9 inches and around 96 pages, collecting and improving all existing Yarr! products to date, possibly with input from me fellow Sea dogs!
  • Offers by the community to edit and assist with layout have gone unanswered.)
  • Lack of updates is vexing. Truly. Its almost like he is willfully ignoring the community that backed this project.
  • Bill is having "legal issues". This leads to me worrying about the funds being available to print. Because "money" is the first victim of "legal issues."
  • A year ago - December 28th, 2017, Bill apologized for offering a litany of excuses for why the project was late. It's been a year and the excuses are just getting longer.

Do I expect it to fulfill? God only knows...

How many have asked me to cover Yarr! and it's waywardness? Many.

edit - added link :)






Friday, December 28, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Seven - Awarding the Gifts



Here we go with awarding the gifts for Day Seven of OSR Christmas. Let's see who gets what today: Print books can only be delivered in the US with this gift pool, digital can all be delivered worldwide. Let's see what's in the mix today:

1) ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person - ViP

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood - ButtMonkey

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - The Malum

4) 1 PDF Copy of Class Compendium  (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games) - Ronald Redmond

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games) - Frank Turfler

If your name is above, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "OSR Christmas Gift" in the subject.  If you are receiving a physical gift I'll need a physical shipping address I can forward on (or use myself). If the gift is digital, I will need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. Day Seven of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow. It's a busy time of year and I am behind on emails again. Anything coming from me - that I need to ship - won't be shipping until at least January 2nd. Yes, OSR Christmas will be running WAY past the 25th :)

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.


(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

State of The Tavern - Massive Email Catch Up - OSR Christmas - Oh My!

I really fell behind on emails before the Christmas weekend. They should all be caught up for OSR Christmas through day Five. Day Six gifts will be awarded tomorrow. Day Seven will go up afterward.

Remember, "OSR Christmas Gift" needs to be in the subject of the email. A few did not do so, and I think I caught them all, but there are no guarantees ;) You can re-email if you think I missed you.

Anything shipping from me should go out January 2nd, 2019.

I appreciate all of the kind words and ask forgiveness for the lag in responding to and forwarding emails.

Alright, I need to get some sleep :)


Kickstarter - Deck of Wonder: After Dark - 100 NSFW Random Spell Effects



Its been a bit since I've simply searched Kickstarter for interesting projects. This afternoon, that's exactly what I did :)

The Deck of Wonder: After Dark - 100 NSFW Random Spell Effects Kickstarter is an interesting beast. You can grab a blank deck of 50 cards to create your own deck - but that could be done just as easily with index cards or simply typing out a table, and that would save you the 10 bucks plus shipping. Then there is the original Deck of Wonder. I didn't catch it when it was a Kickstarter, but you can grab it for 20 bucks.

No, what I think is a more interesting option is the deck of 100 Not Safe for Work cards for 20 bucks. This will be where this project hits or misses. Somehow, with the groups I've played with,  I suspect this would be a hit ;)

For use with Pathfinder and 5e, but I suspect it would work well with any OSR game.

Eight days left to fund and

I'd rule these cards can be the only ones at the table if they were in use, but that's just me.

Eight days left to fund.

They've hit a few stretch goals too. I prefer it when my games don't take themselves too seriously...







Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat - 9 PM Eastern - Live RPG Voice Chat on The Tavern's Discord Server



Yep, today is a Wednesday and that means at 9 PM we're going to be having our weekly Tavern Chat.

What the topics will be is anyone's guess, but there has been some OSR drama over the last week or so that might come up in the discussion.

Here's the link:  https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

See you all tonight!

Humble RPG Book Bundle: 5th Edition Fantasy – Dragons, Dungeons, Maps & More



The Frogs and their friends are at it again, this time with a 5e bundle (which can easily be converted on the fly to the OSR system of your choice)

Presenting the Humble RPG Book Bundle: 5th Edition Fantasy – Dragons, Dungeons, Maps & More

Let's see what we have, shall we?

One buck gets you the following:



If you spend 8 bucks or more, you get the 1 buck level AND the following:



I think 15 bucks is the sweet spot. Heck, the Rappan Athuk digital maps is literally a new release and is 25 bucks on the Frog God webstore.



All sales of the Humble RPG Book Bundle: 5TH Edition Fantasy – Dragons, Dungeons, Maps & More via The Tavern's affiliate links put a portion of the proceeds into The Tavern's coffers as well as Hospice of the Northwest.


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Seven - Let There Be Frigging Frogs! (HUGE Swords & Wizardry Bundle)



Alright. Today is Christmas and I'm running ragged. Still, OSR Christmas MUST continue!

Today, there are a limited number of gifts in the mix, but what there is, is simply awesome.

1) ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person - this is huge and will make Bad Mike miserable. Merry Froggin Christmas!

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore

4) 1 PDF Copy of Class Compendium  (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games)

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games)

6) 1 PDF Copy of The Sentinel Chapel (DQ / System Neutral)

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Thursday, December 27th, 2018 sometime after 6pm Eastern (so comment before), we will randomly determine those to be gifted from the comments received. It really is that simple. Check back often, because we'll have at least 12 days of OSR Christmas running into January.

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.


Note 2 - Anything shipping from me (Tenkar) won't be shipping until after Christmas

Note 3 - I've fallen behind on emails again. Holidays suck for emails. I'm working on it.

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Below is a more or less complete list of the upcoming month of gifting.

We have an amazing list of gift givers and gifts. The gifts list is literally growing daily, but here is a quick list as of this moment:

Far Away Lands - PDF Bundles
OSR Patches - Multiple sets - some shipping worldwide
World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" - PDF copies
Castle of the Mad Archmage and all the expansions (Level 3 East, Musicland, and Bitterbark's Circus - in Print)
Lord of Suttham Oldfeld bundle for The Midderlands shipped anywhere in the world
Daily PDF giveaway of the Midderlands
Print copy of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Print copy of Fallen Justice anywhere in the world.
ZWEIHÄNDER Complete Digital Bundle (all 13 digital products)
3 PDF’s of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG)
ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person
Some Frog God Games Print products signed by Bill Webb (shipped by me)
Outdoor Encounter Cards and Dungeon Challenge Card - in Print (shipped by me)
4 Class Compendium PDFs, 4 White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs, 4 The Hero's Journey PDFs
Random Gaming Material from a Taverner's Gaming Collection
Random Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - at least three Priority Mail boxes of stuff
6 copies of Dragon Heresy in Print
2 copies Undying Orb in Print
PDF copies of The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest / System Neutral
The Mystery at Port Greely”, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian

For those wondering about the OSR Patches:


Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve at The Tavern - My Niece Admits She's only Read a Half Page of SWL



So, Christmas Eve is spent at my sister's - we do the gift exchange, have dinner and all the regular holiday stuff in preparation for Rach and me hosting Christmas (and driving out to Connecticut Christmas morning for breakfast and gift exchange - its a busy couple of days NOT including picking my son up from the airport at 6 PM)

In any case, I recorded an episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast with my niece after dinner. I asked her about Swords & Wizardry Light - the game she told me at the time of release 2 years ago that I wrote it so I could teach her to read and she could play D&D.

Well, here we are, two years later and the girl is reading like she was born to it. She takes after her uncle in that regard. So, how much of the four pages of SWL has she read?

Half a page.

Sigh. But she's excited to play in 2019. She just has to find her copy of the rules again...

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Six - Awarding the Gifts



Here we go with awarding the gifts for Day Six of OSR Christmas. Let's see who gets what today: Print books can only be delivered in the US with this gift pool, digital can all be delivered worldwide. Let's see what's in the mix today:

1) 1 Dragon Heresy in Print from Gaming Ballistic (US Only) - dogrodeo

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood - Avram Shannon

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore -  Michael Gross

4) 1 PDF Copy of The Hero's  (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games) - EAG

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games) - Gothridge Manor

6) 1 PDF Copy of The Sentinel Chapel (DQ / System Neutral) - 賈尼

7) Undying Orb in Print from Silver Bullett (US Only) -  Frank Turfler

If your name is above, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "OSR Christmas Gift" in the subject.  If you are receiving a physical gift I'll need a physical shipping address I can forward on (or use myself). If the gift is digital, I will need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. Day Six of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow. It's a busy time of year and I am behind on emails again. Anything coming from me - that I need to ship - won't be shipping until after Christmas. Yes, OSR Christmas will be running WAY past the 25th :)

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.

Note 2 - I am behind on emails. There, I've said it. The holiday weekend is busy. I'll see if I can address some before bed...

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Happy Holidays from the Sanctum Secorum - Escape From Yule Mountain! (PWYW - DCC)


I was asked to add my bandwidth and I happily do so:
From the twisted mind of David Baity comes Escape from Yule Mountain! Pay what you want – we will give all the money raised from sales of the adventure to David Baity’s favorite charity, Feline Lifeline.
There's an affiliate link above. Affiliate links keep the beer cold and the light's on at The Tavern. Affiliate links do not reduce the publisher's share of monies paid per sale. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Far West - Coming in 2019 - Maybe?

I know. I know. There are a handful of "Leave Garth Alone!" folks out there in the wilds. "Just let the man work in peace!" Sorry, fuck that noise. This shit was due back in December of 2011.


Now, here I sit, seven years later and 150 bucks poorer, and guess what?


Gareth is, if nothing else, consistent in his lateness and excuses.

RPGNow Deal of the Day - The Spire - System Neutral Setting/Dungeon


Today's Deal of the Day at RPGNow is The Spire, a system neutral setting book from Simon Forster. The Spire clocks in at 168 pages and is priced at 6.64 (normally 12.66)
The Spire. A towering edifice a mile high and nearly a third wide at its base. This conical spike pierces the fertile soil of a small valley, standing before a narrow pass that cuts through the Perilous Mountains. From a distance the Spire is as black as night, but upon close inspection it is made of dark volcanic glass, seamless. Openings lead inside, to dark levels that rise high, stretching from its Roots and the obsidian tunnels that criss- cross underground, to an interior garden and woodland. Higher still are levels where water is collected from rainfall, feeding a waterfall that waters the woods inside; excess rainfall cascades down the sides of the Spire, pooling around its base to form a small lake and a river that flows down through a gully below.
The Spire is a system-neutral setting/dungeon and settlement set in and around a cone of obsidian that holds dungeon levels reaching up into the sky. This 168-page PDF/book contains an overview of the setting, details of the town and key buildings, details of the Spire itself and the thirteen levels that make up its structure, and notes on factions within the dungeon and town. 
Most locations are on two-page spreads, one page holding the map, the other the map text. Some go over several pages, usually 'tables' of loot, information, interesting characters. 
Sections
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Shadow-Under-Spire
  • Church of the Aspirants
  • Church of Consumption
  • Church of the Bold
  • The Black Oak
  • Guildhall
  • Pilgrim's Rest
  • All-Seeing Eye
  • The Offal Pit
  • Dead Man's Rise
  • Gloaming Forest
  • Factions
  • Index
Spire Levels
  • Roots
  • Common Crypts
  • Aspirants Crypts
  • Haunted Dormitories
  • Infested Workshops
  • The Gardens
  • The Iridescent Falls
  • The Rain Gods
  • Purgatory
  • Chambers of the Maestro
  • The Wind Watchers
  • The God in Amber
Affiliate links keep the taps flowing and the lights on at The Tavern. I thank you in advance :)

Friday, December 21, 2018

State of The Tavern - 2019 is Going to be Amazing :)



There is so much in motion for 2019 for all things Tavern related. I'm going to spill some beans below after I fall on the sword and explain why things have fallen behind here at The Tavern as 2018 winds down - family responsibilities and a fairly full plate otherwise. Interviews, podcasts, doc appointments, physical therapy, some serious uncle duties, family "Uber" - it all means less time for other things on my plate - like keeping OSR Christmas up to date, catching up on emails and all of the other fun stuff. Hopefully starting tomorrow I get to play catch-up and get ahead of the ball going into 2019. And yes, OSR Christmas will extend into 2019.

What's coming up in 2019?

Here, on the blog side of things, we should (hopefully) be transitioning to more of a community driven blog. Yes, I'll still be blogging daily, but the hope is to invite others to post under The Tavern's general banner too, while also giving them full control over their blogs. The Tavern wouldn't only be hosting my thoughts but that of others. More on that as we get closer (and I figure out exactly how to accomplish such).

On the podcast side, we have 45 Designers & Makers that are "on the grid" to be interviewed over at The Tavern Chat Podcast and that number is growing almost on a daily basis. 219 daily episodes and going strong.

How about the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server? 2019 is going to be huge. In addition to the weekly Frog Talk and Tavern Chat hangouts, the Sunday morning Breakfast Club will be recording their episodes and sharing it as a weekly podcast. Can't make Sunday mornings because of sleep / church / family responsibilities? Not a worry - we'll have you covered. The RPG Breakfast Club has been likened to the various panels you might see (or listen to) at conventions - but weekly.

Need more scheduled programming? The Dungeon Show will be kicking off on Monday evenings in January. It will be an interview show featuring live guests. In February we should see the kicking off of RPG Coast to Coast. It will have a similar format to the RPG Breakfast Club but on Thursday evenings. More details as we get closer.

Are you a Designer and/or Maker of RPGs? Our "secret" Networking Club is available for you on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Just PM Tenkar or Pexx for more information and to get the proper access.

There's more in the works, but this is what is slated for early 2019...

Link to The Tavern Chat Podcasthttps://anchor.fm/tavernchat

Link to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Serverhttps://discord.gg/fReGmuD

Thursday, December 20, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Six - Only Halfway Through? Oh My!



Here we go with Day Six of OSR Christmas. Print books can only be delivered in the US with this gift pool, digital can all be delivered worldwide. Let's see what's in the mix today:

1) 1 Dragon Heresy in Print from Gaming Ballistic (US Only)

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore

4) 1 PDF Copy of The Hero's  (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games)

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games)


6) 1 PDF Copy of The Sentinel Chapel (DQ / System Neutral) 

7) Undying Orb in Print from Silver Bullett (US Only)

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 sometime after 6pm Eastern (so comment before), we will randomly determine those to be gifted from the comments received. It really is that simple. Check back often, because we'll have at least 12 days of OSR Christmas during the month of December (and definitely into January too)

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.


Note 2 - Anything shipping from me (Tenar) won't be shipping until after Christmas

Note 3 - I've fallen behind on emails again. Tomorrow, hopefully, will be catch up time.

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Below is a more or less complete list of the upcoming month of gifting.

We have an amazing list of gift givers and gifts. The gifts list is literally growing daily, but here is a quick list as of this moment:

Far Away Lands - PDF Bundles
OSR Patches - Multiple sets - some shipping worldwide
World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" - PDF copies
Castle of the Mad Archmage and all the expansions (Level 3 East, Musicland, and Bitterbark's Circus - in Print)
Lord of Suttham Oldfeld bundle for The Midderlands shipped anywhere in the world
Daily PDF giveaway of the Midderlands
Print copy of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Print copy of Fallen Justice anywhere in the world.
ZWEIHÄNDER Complete Digital Bundle (all 13 digital products)
3 PDF’s of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG)
ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person
Some Frog God Games Print products signed by Bill Webb (shipped by me)
Outdoor Encounter Cards and Dungeon Challenge Card - in Print (shipped by me)
4 Class Compendium PDFs, 4 White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs, 4 The Hero's Journey PDFs
Random Gaming Material from a Taverner's Gaming Collection
Random Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - at least three Priority Mail boxes of stuff
6 copies of Dragon Heresy in Print
2 copies Undying Orb in Print
PDF copies of The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest / System Neutral
The Mystery at Port Greely”, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian

For those wondering about the OSR Patches:


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Get Your Yap On :)



Tonight is a Wednesday Night, and that means Tavern Chat. Wanna talk with other gamers and members of the gaming industry? You never know who will drop into Tavern Chat.

When? 9 PM Tonight until...

Where? The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server  https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Day Five of OSR Christmas - Awarding the Gifts



Here we go with awarding the gifts for Day Five of OSR Christmas. Let's see who gets what today:

1) 1 Box of Random Shit from the Tenkar Book Collection (TSR Era Fiction) - US Only - Robert Morris

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood - B|X Rules

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - jscifert

4) 1 PDF Copy of White Star Galaxy Edition (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games) - Jan Egil Bjune

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games) - Mike Bauer

6) 1 Print Copy of Dragon Heresy (Gaming Ballistic) - US Only - Michael S

7) PDF Copy of The Sentinel Chapel (DQ / System Neutral) - Josh Beckelhimer

If your name is above, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "OSR Christmas Gift" in the subject.  If you are receiving a physical gift I'll need a physical shipping address I can forward on (or use myself). If the gift is digital, I will need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. Day Six of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow. It's a busy time of year and I am behind on emails again. Anything coming from me - that I need to ship - won't be shipping until after Christmas. Yes, OSR Christmas will be running past the 25th :)

Huge Amazon Sale on D&D 5e - Get Some Stocking Stuffers (Stone Giant Sized Stockings ;)

Yep, Amazon has a huge sale on D&D 5e books, with coupons and sales that stack. This list was compiled by Sean Fannon over at ComicBooks.com, so if you want to put some coins in Sean's pocket, follow this link:  https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/12/17/dungeons-and-dragons-book-mega-sale/?fbclid=IwAR0a4ty_JSBkhTnxyXp0iBN-8dojlmerFUu9u_1N56dyCJkjtSsBk14tPZI

The following links will put coins in The Tavern's coffers (Sale ends Dec 21st):

1. Player's Handbook: $17.74 with GIFTBOOK18

2. Dungeon Master's Guide: $13.85 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

3. Monster Manual: $14.02 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

4. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: $11.97 (it is eligible for GIFTBOOK18 if the total book purchase is over $20)

5. Xanathar's Guide to Everything: $13.67 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

6. Waterdeep Dragon Heist: $13.98 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

7. Dungeon of the Mad Mage: $23.28 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

8. Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica: $14.02 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

9. Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes: $14.02 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

10. Volo's Guide to Monsters: $13.85 with GIFTBOOK18 and 10% coupon

11. Art & Arcana Special Edition: $68.23 with GIFTBOOK18 (we've seen better deals on this one - might be best to wait)

12. Art & Arcana Standard Edition: $25.87 with GIFTBOOK18

Shit, at these prices I might NEED a D&D 5e collection...

Remember, purchases made on links via this page go to support The Tavern. Keep the lights on and the taps flowwing with your help :)


Monday, December 17, 2018

Bundle of Holding - Adventures in Middle-Earth (5e)


Bundle of Holding has had some decent bundles recently. Adventures in Middle-Earth is a very decent bundle.

17 bucks get you the Player's Guide and two supplements. 28 bucks add in the Loremaster's Guide and another two supplements.

If you want to play in Middle-Earth using rules that are a bit more familiar to an old-school gamer (they are built off the 5e rules) Adventures in Middle-Earth is a damn good option.




The Tavern Chat Podcast - Weekly Roundup - December 8th thru December 15th, 2018



Last week was a busy week in the Tenkar household. We started with a stomach virus at the beginning of the week and finished it with three birthdays in the end. All that and we kicked off the Designer's and Makers series of interviews on The Tavern Chat Podcast. Woot!

E207 - Podcast Nominations at ENWorld and some Minor Rants
Published on Dec 9, 2018
ENWorld is looking for nominations of the Best Podcasts of 2018. I rant a bit about the LotFP Referee Book and Far West, then look at the POD of the AD&D 2e rulebooks on DriveThruRPG.

E208 - 52.5 Million G+ Accounts Exposed to Private Data Breach Bug, Shutdown Moved Up to April 2019
Published on Dec 10, 2018
Google has proven to be an unreliable custodian of personal data, with 52.5 million accounts' personal data exposed.

E209 - Episode Zero of Designers & Makers - Wherein Your Bartender Interviews Himself ;)
Published on Dec 11, 2018
We'll be kicking off the Designers& Makers series of interviews in the next couple of days, but to prepare folks for what's in store, I asked myself (and answered) the five questions that will be asked of all. These are not the be all and end all of the questions, but simply a common baseline. Enjoy :)

E210 - Designers & Makers #1 - Interview with Michael "BadMike" Badolato (NTRPG Con/Frog God Games)
Published on Dec 12, 2018
Today we kick off the Designers & Makers series of interviews (with about 40 interviews currently on the grid over the next three months). Michael "BadMike" Badolato has the notoriety of being our first guest in the series. BadMike is one of the main guys behind the NTRPG Con, works for Frog God Games and does his own business selling old school games on eBay. Join us as BadMike answers "Ths Five Questions" after which we free range a bit ;)

E211 - Hawk the Slayer - I Finally Watched from Beginning to End
Published on Dec 13, 2018
Yep, apparently I never actually watch Hawk the Slayer in its entirety until this morning. You can find it to stream on Amazon (3 bucks to rent / 10 to buy) Its a fun movie so long as you go into it accepting its limitations - low budget, poor acting, lame special effects, and a horrid script. Pass me the beer and popcorn please!

E121 - Follow up to Hawk! News - New D&D Show Starring Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll
Published on Dec 14, 2018
Tim Shorts calls the podcast. Designers & Makers Networking Group kicks off on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll to headline a new D&D show for streaming. New drama, same drumbeat.

E213 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Tom Knauss (Writer/Freelancer/Frog God Games)
Published on Dec 15, 2018
On today's episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, I talk sit down across the virtual table with Tom Knauss, best known for his work as a writer for Frog God Games. We talk RPGs, art, Hawk the Slayer and more ;)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Five - A Box of Random TSR Era Fiction from the Tenkar Fiction Collection - and Much More!



Here we go with Day Five of OSR Christmas. Print books can only be delivered in the US with this gift pool, digital can all be delivered worldwide. Let's see what's in the mix today:

1) 1 Box of Random Shit from the Tenkar Book Collection (TSR Era Fiction) - US Only

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore

4) 1 PDF Copy of White Star Galaxy Edition (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games)

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games)

6) 1 Print Copy of Dragon Heresy (Gaming Ballistic) - US Only


7) PDF Copy of The Sentinel Chapel (DQ / System Neutral) 

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Thursday, December 18th, 2018 sometime after 6pm Eastern (so comment before), we will randomly determine those to be gifted from the comments received. It really is that simple. Check back often, because we'll have at least 12 days of OSR Christmas during the month of December (and possibly into January too)

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.


Note 2 - Anything shipping from me (Tenar) won't be shipping until after Christmas

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Below is a more or less complete list of the upcoming month of gifting.

We have an amazing list of gift givers and gifts. The gifts list is literally growing daily, but here is a quick list as of this moment:

Far Away Lands - PDF Bundles
OSR Patches - Multiple sets - some shipping worldwide
World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" - PDF copies
Castle of the Mad Archmage and all the expansions (Level 3 East, Musicland, and Bitterbark's Circus - in Print)
Lord of Suttham Oldfeld bundle for The Midderlands shipped anywhere in the world
Daily PDF giveaway of the Midderlands
Print copy of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Print copy of Fallen Justice anywhere in the world.
ZWEIHÄNDER Complete Digital Bundle (all 13 digital products)
3 PDF’s of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG)
ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person
Some Frog God Games Print products signed by Bill Webb (shipped by me)
Outdoor Encounter Cards and Dungeon Challenge Card - in Print (shipped by me)
4 Class Compendium PDFs, 4 White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs, 4 The Hero's Journey PDFs
Random Gaming Material from a Taverner's Gaming Collection
Random Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - at least three Priority Mail boxes of stuff
6 copies of Dragon Heresy in Print
2 copies Undying Orb in Print
PDF copies of The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest / System Neutral
The Mystery at Port Greely”, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian

For those wondering about the OSR Patches:


Reminder - RPG Breakfast Club - 10 AM Eastern - Sunday, December 16th - Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server


I know the reminder is a bit late and I apologize. Its been a busy week for the Tavern Master and Uncle Duties are currently in effect - Shannon turned 8 on Friday and is sleeping over tonight ;)

Anyhow, tomorrow morning at 10 AM eastern the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server is hosting the weekly RPG Breakfast Club.

Your hosts will be Archon, Tom Knauss (go figure, I just interviewed him on the Tavern Chat Podcast), Todd, Jerry247 and Niven81. Yeah, I need to get a list of true names behind the Discord Handles so we can bind folks in magic circles...

Here's an invite to The Tavern's Discord Server if you aren't already a member. Hope to see you on the flip side - assuming my niece allows me.

https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Day Four of OSR Christmas - Awarding the Gifts



Here we go with awarding the gifts for Day Four of OSR Christmas. Let's see who gets what today:

1) 1 Box of Random Gaming Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - US Only - Carlson

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood - Nathan S

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - Carles Saeger

4) 1 PDF Copy of Class Compendium (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games) - V. A.

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games) - Lincoln Shone

6) 1 PDF Copy of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG / Purple Sorcerer) - Lord Gargoyle

If your name is above, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "OSR Christmas Gift" in the subject.  If you are receiving a physical gift I'll need a physical shipping address I can forward on (or use myself). If the gift is digital, I will need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. Day 5 of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow - or later tonight if I can squeeze it in. Its been a busy week, so I apologize for the delays. I expect there will be more ;)

Heh - This might run through Three Kings Day at this rate ;)

Friday, December 14, 2018

Announcing The Networking Group for Designers & Makers on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server


Last night on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server we had a meeting with some of our Designers & Makers - folks involved in the making of gaming content. One requested feature was a section on the server to help find folks with specific skills to work on various projects. Similar to the "Looking for Group" section on other servers and gaming forums, our hope is that the new Networking Section will help match creators with projects that are looking for their talents.

Note, the Networking section is only available to those that request the Designers & Makers tag for their profile on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server.

Already on the server and want access? Just PM Pexx or tenkar and we'll make it happen.

Not a member of the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server?

You can join with the following link:  https://discord.gg/ae568vp



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bundle of Holding - Warhammer FRP 1E


I simply love Warhammer Fantasy RolePlay 1e. I have some amazing memories of running this in the late 80s. The material is evocative and the system is solid.

12 bucks for the initial buy-in? Priceless.

25 bucks (currently) for some of the best setting/campaign material for any system - ever.

Really, I wholeheartedly endorse the Warhammer FRP 1e Bundle :)


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Post Pub Party - I May be a Bit Lit :)



Yep, tonight from 5 PM to 8 PM, my local pub is having its Christmas Party. I may be a bit intox for tonight's chat. It's a damn good thing my local pub is within walking distance :)

What is Tavern Chat? It's been compared to a weekly podcast where all can participate. It's literally a live voice chat with members of the OSR community where we get to hang out and BS.

When is it? 9 PM Eastern until whenever. Usually, it lasts for at least two hours, although I have seen it run beyond six hours (Bill, I'm pointing fingers at you!)

Where is it? It's on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server.
Here's your link: https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

We hang out in the "Speakeasy" voice chat channel.

Designers & Makers Interview with Michael "BadMike" Badolato on The Tavern Chat Podcast



Today we kick off the Designers & Makers series of interviews (with about 40 interviews currently on the grid over the next three months). Michael "BadMike" Badolato has the notoriety of being our first guest in the series. BadMike is one of the main guys behind the NTRPG Con, works for Frog God Games and does his own business selling old school games on eBay. Join us as BadMike answers "Ths Five Questions" after which we free range a bit ;)

Link to today's episode of The Tavern Chat Podcast:

https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E210---Designers--Makers-1---Interview-with-Michael-BadMike-Badolato-NTRPG-ConFrog-God-Games-e2ohls

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OSR Christmas - Day Four - Another Box of andom Gaming Shit from the Tenkar's Game Collection - and Much More!



Here we go with Day Four of OSR Christmas. Print books can only be delivered in the US with this gift pool, digital can all be delivered worldwide. Let's see what's in the mix today:

1) 1 Box of Random Gaming Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - US Only

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore

4) 1 PDF Copy of Class Compendium (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games)

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games)

6) 1 PDF Copy of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG / Purple Sorcerer)

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 sometime after 6pm Eastern (so comment before), we will randomly determine those to be gifted from the comments received. It really is that simple. Check back often, because we'll have at least 12 days of OSR Christmas during the month of December (and possibly into January too)

Note - If you live outside the US and get picked for a Print gift, I will substitute a $5 OneBookShelf Gift Certificate and the print prize will go back in the pool.

(edit - all comments at The Tavern have to be moderated - approved by an admin - meaning me. The Tavern has become the target of spambots and others and this is the best, if most tedious, way to handle such. I approve comments as fast as I can. I appreciate your patience - Erik)

Below is a more or less complete list of the upcoming month of gifting.

We have an amazing list of gift givers and gifts. The gifts list is literally growing daily, but here is a quick list as of this moment:

Far Away Lands - PDF Bundles
OSR Patches - Multiple sets - some shipping worldwide
World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" - PDF copies
Castle of the Mad Archmage and all the expansions (Level 3 East, Musicland, and Bitterbark's Circus - in Print)
Lord of Suttham Oldfeld bundle for The Midderlands shipped anywhere in the world
Daily PDF giveaway of the Midderlands
Print copy of For Coin & Blood, Eorathril, and Print copy of Fallen Justice anywhere in the world.
ZWEIHÄNDER Complete Digital Bundle (all 13 digital products)
3 PDF’s of the Sunken City Omnibus (DCC RPG)
ALL Frog God Games Swords & Wizardry releases in digital format (that they can account for) in a bundle for 1 person
Some Frog God Games Print products signed by Bill Webb (shipped by me)
Outdoor Encounter Cards and Dungeon Challenge Card - in Print (shipped by me)
4 Class Compendium PDFs, 4 White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs, 4 The Hero's Journey PDFs
Random Gaming Material from a Taverner's Gaming Collection
Random Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - at least three Priority Mail boxes of stuff
6 copies of Dragon Heresy in Print
2 copies Undying Orb in Print
PDF copies of The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest / System Neutral
The Mystery at Port Greely”, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian

For those wondering about the OSR Patches:


Monday, December 10, 2018

Day Three of OSR Christmas - Awarding the Gifts



Here we go with awarding the gifts for Day Three of OSR Christmas. Let's see who gets what today:

1) 1 Box of Random Gaming Shit from the Tenkar Game Collection - US Only - Stu Ordana

2) 1 PDF Copy of The Midderlands from MonkeyBlood - Rus H

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - Jeff B

4) 1 PDF Copy of The Hero's Journey (James Spahn / Barrel Rider Games) - Ngo Vinh-Hoi

5) 1 PDF Copy of the World War II: Operation WhiteBox adventure "The Argentine Connection" (Stouthearted Games) - Fr Dave

If your name is above, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing. Put "OSR Christmas Gift" in the subject.  If you are receiving a physical gift I'll need a physical shipping address I can forward on (or use myself). If the gift is digital, I will need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. Day 4 of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow - or later tonight if I can squeeze it in.

I 've caught up on nearly all emails. There is still a bit of a stomach bug going through the Tenkar household. 

Before I forget, Thad sent a pic of the OSR Patches in the bundle. If you would like to purchase any patches, drop me an email and I'll forward your info on to Thad.


News - Google Plus Shutdown Moved Up to April - 52.5 Million Exposed to NEW Data Leak



Why am I not surprised? (quoted from The Verge
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. Google+ will now close to consumers in April, rather than August. Additionally, API access to the network will shut down within the next 90 days. 
According to Google, the new vulnerability impacted 52.5 million users, who could have had profile information like their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to developers, even if their account was set to private. Apps could also access profile data that had been shared with a specific user, but was not shared publicly.
I'm thinking I may need to delete my account and leave before the final light is turned off at this point.
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