Friday, August 31, 2018

WWII Operation Whitebox is now PWYW - Its Time to Go to War

Here's the announcement:

September 1st, 1939. Nazi Germany invades Poland. Adolf Hitler claims the invasion is in response to Polish aggression. Poland’s army is unprepared for the ferocity of the German blitzkrieg and surrenders in less than a month. World War II has begun!

Now you can reenact these events from the safety of your own gaming table---for FREE! WWII: Operation WhiteBox™ puts your characters in the role of special forces operatives undertaking covert missions behind enemy lines.

Download WWII: Operation WhiteBox™ for FREE and get right into the action. It’s your war now! 

Fast forward to 1944 with our D-Day Bundle and get six (6) action-packed missions for one low price. This bundle features the newly released Bustle in Your Hedgerow mission set in France. Written by Alasdair Cunningham with maps by Morne Schaap, Bustle in Your Hedgerow is a support mission designed for  WWII: Operation WhiteBox™. Parachute into Normandy on D-Day, take out a German artillery battery, and rescue fellow paratroopers from a Nazi-occupied village!

Bustle in Your Hedgerow is the perfect way to kick off a D-Day campaign. Check it out now. It's Berlin or Bust!

Yep, those are affiliate links above. Keep your Tavern Keep in cold beer by using The Tavern's affiliate links.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 107 - Of Dogs, Men and Critical Fumbles

Psst! I've got this here guard dog to sell you. Only used my a little ole' lady on Sunday's to protect her home when she went to church. One time cost. Will work for leftovers...
Recorded on the back porch in The Poconos. I talk about the benefits of using dogs over henchmen for low-level PCs as well as critical fumbles.
Link to Episode 107https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-107---Of-Dogs--Men-and-Critical-Fumbles-e24hre

Support The Tavern at: tenkars-tavern.games/patreon

Thursday, August 30, 2018

UPDATE! - Sale - Swords & Wizardry - Frog God Games - Select Titles 50% off in Print (includes free PDF) (Stacks with FGG 30% Humble Bundle Coupon)

Frog God Games is running a 50% off sale on select Swords & Wizardry titles. The three titles are the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules book (3rd printing), Razor Coast and The Blight.
Take a look at the new website and enjoy 50% off all three of these great Swords & Wizardry titles!! Sale through September 5th !! (Fifth Edition? Your sale is next week).
Frog God Websitehttps://froggodgames.com/frogs/

Use coupon code SW-Humble-2 at checkout.


Grab the Frog God Games Pathfinder Humble Bundle for as little as a buck, get a stackable 30% Coupon - for a total of 65% off the above products. (30% is off of 50% - thus 65% off)

Note - purchases made via The Tavern's Humble Bundle affiliate links return a percentage to The Tavern.

Of course, I won all of the above ;)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 106 - Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Hits

Critical hits. Love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion about them. Today, you get to hear my words on the topic ;)
Critical hits are something I've always loved and hated as a player of RPGs. Today, I explain why that is.
Link to Episode 106 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-106---Some-Critical-Thoughts-on-Critical-Hits-e24b0s

Link to the Digital Tabletop Humble Bundlehttps://www.humblebundle.com/games/digital-tabletop-bundle?partner=tenkar (affiliate link)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern

Yep, its a Wednesday Night (and the last Wednesday Night before the end of August)

Join us in Tavern Chat, tonight at 9 PM Eastern.

While most of the activity takes place in the Open Bar voice channel, you don't need a mic to listen. Heck, we even have an accompanying text channel.

The link to join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server is:


Humble Bundle - Pathfinder 2018 (Frog God Games)

Sure, the Humble Bundle Pathfinder 2018 from Frog God Games is, sadly, Pathfinder, but for the 15 bucks (or less) converting to Swords & Wizardry of D&D 5e is well worth your time.

Stoneheart Valley rocks. One Night Stands is a great selection of adventures.

Northland Saga is a sweet Viking Campaign.

Tome of Horrors Complete. Bard's Gate Complete. The Sword of Air. THIS is the sweet point. 15 bucks and a few hours to convert. Or convert on the fly. Its what I do ;)

What other Humble Bundles might tempt you?

LotR / One Ring RPG

Digital Tabletop (Talisman and more for Windows / OSX)

Torchwood Audio Books

The above include affiliate links. Tavern Keeper needs cold beer, badly. 96 degrees here in NYC after at 430 PM...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 105 - How Unique are Your Magic Items?

Tired of that same old +1 sword? Know what Boots of Elvenkind do before you even slip them on? Tell your DM that they need to create some unique magic items for your game...
The most memorable magic items your players' characters will find in their travels are the ones the players haven't seen before. Unique and useful magic items will stay with the characters even as they grow in level.
Link to Episode 105 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-105---How-Unique-are-Your-Magic-Items-e2443m

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Humble Bundle - Digital Tabletop (Talisman and more for Windows / OSX)

There is a new Humble Bundle up that may interest The Tavern's readers. The Digital Tabletop Bundle includes some classic games like Talisman :)

One buck gets you Ticket to Ride and some other games. For a buck its worth it for Ticket to Ride alone.

The sweet spot, in my opinion, is about six bucks. Carcassonne, Talisman with expansions, Pathfinder Adventures and Sentinels Multiverse. Well worth it just for the core Talisman game.

This has been a fun Humble Bundle Month, with The LoTR / The One Ring RPG and Torchwood also in the mix.

The above include affiliate links. Tavern Keeper needs cold beer, badly. Still 89 degrees here in NYC after 10 PM...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 104 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 28, 2018

Ah, sweet Tuesday. Kickstarter Day at The Tavern Chat Podcast ;)
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, Modular Dungeon Rooms, TROIKA! RPG: Numinous Edition, Create Your Own Fantasy RPG Adventure - RPG Resources Books, and a shout out to The LotR Humble Bundle 
Link to Episode 104 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-104---Kickstarter-Roundup-for-August-28--2018-e23r33

Links to the Kickstarters:




(Free Edition - try before you buy - https://www.rpgnow.com//product/199604/Troika--Free-Artless-Edition&affiliate_id=1446 )



Monday, August 27, 2018

Bundle of Holding - Beasts & Barbarians: Steel Edition (Savage Worlds)

I've heard good things about Beasts & Barbarians (for Savage Worlds). This might be my opportunity to try out the setting. Then again, I just snagged The One Ring / LotR Humble Bundle. So much to read, so little time ;)
Hero! Conjure the pulp fantasy of the 1930s with the tabletop roleplaying campaign setting Beasts & Barbarians from GRAmel Publishing that uses the fast-furious-fun Savage Worlds game rules from Pinnacle Entertainment. With our bargain-priced Beasts & Barbarians Bundle you'll channel the vintage spirit of Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and Fritz Leiber for adventures of iron-thewed heroism, sanity-twisting sorcery, and base treachery. Venture into ancient ruins to battle pre-human beastmen -- fight in the sun-scorched arenas of Faberterra to appease the crowds of the decadent Iron Empire -- and stop mad sorcerers from invoking demons in temples older than humankind. 
For just US$12.95 you get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $68) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete full-color 2017 Beasts & Barbarians Steel Edition (the 144-page Player's Guide, the 144-page Game Master Guide, and the Heroes of the Dominions collection of pregenerated player characters); the Beasts of the Dominions bestiary; the introductory adventure Soul in the Water; Steel Edition Figure Flats print-and-fold character standups; and the Game Master Screen. (We also include the free Savage Worlds Test Drive introductory rules.) 
And if you pay more than the threshold price of $25.10, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $70, including three location sourcebooks (Dark Places of the Dominions, Jalizar - City of Thieves, and Tricarnia - Land of Princes and Demons); three character supplements (Gladiators of the Dominions, Pirates of the Dominions, and Tattered Banners - Bandit Lords and Mercenary Captains); and the full-length Steel Edition adventure Enyia's Song.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 103 - Wanna Work on Cards Against Humanity?

Sometimes the planned episode becomes something completely different...
I was on, of all places, a police forum when I found a link to apply to write for Cards against humanity. I give you the pitch and a link: submissions.cardsagainsthumanity.com/
Link to Episode 103https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-103---Wanna-Work-on-Cards-Against-Humanity-e23o4f

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 102 - Can Eldritch Tales Bring Insanity to All?

Joe Salvador really put together an amazing ruleset for Mythos Roleplaying building off of Swords & Wizardry White Box. Now I may just need to reverse engineer it to steal ideas for a more (or less) traditional fantasy campaign ;)
I've really been enjoying the time I've spent so far reading Joe Salvador's Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing. It's inspired me to think of ways to bring the game's insanity rules and class skills to both fantasy and sci-fi themed OSR rules. I may be insane myself? ;)
Link to Episode 102 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-102---Can-Eldritch-Tales-Bring-Insanity-to-All-e23jqu

Link to Eldritch Tales - https://www.rpgnow.com/product/250356/Eldritch-Tales-Lovecraftian-White-Box-RolePlaying&affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link)

Link to the Tenkar's Tavern Patreontenkars-tavern.games/patreon

Saturday, August 25, 2018

New Release - Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing (S&W)

Wow. Simply wow. I just started looking through the Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing and it is a beauty. Art? Spectacular. The layout is clean and the table of contents are bookmarked.

System-wise, Eldritch Tales is built of the Swords &Wizardy White Box rules you already know with some twists. Attribute feats are checks against one of the ability scores. Basic difficulty gives a 50% chance of success on a d6. High ability scores make that a 4 in 6 chance. More difficult situations will adjust the chance of success downward. Class skills can give bonuses. Simple and effective.

There are four classes: the Antiquarian, the Combatant, the Opportunist, and the Socialite. It covers the range of what you need and the optional Occupations allow further specialization.

Wait. What about insanity? Wisdom is not a dump stat here.

Contacts are the game juice that players can use to move things along. They also add depth to the characters and the campaign. It's a great touch and could easily fit into an urban fantasy campaign setting.

I personally like the Random Occupations Table. I think it adds depth to the characters.

Alright, only six chapters in thus far. More later, likely a full review, once I digest this fully. But damn does it look good this far.
Aeons before man arose from the primordial mire, ancient creatures descended from the stars or stepped through dimensional passages to inhabit the Earth. Whilst many of these Old Ones have since passed into inactivity, the secrets they carried with them have been shared with man and now terrible cults haunt the fringes of modern society. These ancient terrors thus still menace mankind and, if the prophecies are to be believed, the Old Ones shall return to reign again over the Earth! 
Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing in an OSR rule set with its roots in the Original version of the world's favorite RPG, but instead of exploring musty dungeons, characters in Eldritch Tales investigate Mythos horrors in the 1920s! The setting and background are based on the cosmic horror tales of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other members of his writing circle.  
Within the pages of Eldritch Tales you will find four character classes representing many classic pulp archetypes, occupations, rules for insanity, spells, monsters, esoteric tomes, artifacts, and setting material, as well as advice on using Eldritch Tales with other White Box games. This game is compatible with Swords & Wizardry White Box and other OSR games.

Yep, that's an affiliate link above.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 101 - R Good & Evil Simply a Matter of Perspective?

Back in my college days, I wanted to experiment with a campaign where the Church of Saint Cuthbert was in schism and effectively at war with itself. It made me think about good and evil as a perspective.
Are good and evil simply matters of perspective? Different sides of the same coin? Does evil see itself as "evil?" Can a church in schism view the breakway as evil? Gaming thoughts with your old school bartender. 
Link to Episode 101https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-101---R-Good--Evil-Simply-a-Matter-of-Perspective-e23f6n

Link to the Lord of the Rings RPG Humble Bundle - tenkars-tavern.games/LotR-RPG-Bundle (affiliate link)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Wayward Kickstarter - Far West - Limping to Potential Completion

Let's look at Gareth's "recent" Far West timeline of notable events, shall we, and the "D6 Era" promises...

5/1/18 - Far West enters the D6 Era. New rules, new excuses.

5/24/18 - "For those of you who have contacted me about getting a look at the new rules doc, I expect to be sending that along next week." (3 months later)

6/4/18 - First cold of the summer. "As those of you who follow on Twitter know, I got my ass kicked last week by a summer cold (as far as I'm concerned, there should be a law against catching colds in the summer -- nothing more miserable)."

6/8/18 - Cold still kicking. Depression still kicking. But working through the weekend.

6/18/18 - Trifecta - "Held this one off until Monday — last week was a week of family obligations that kept me pretty busy.  My birthday was mid-week, Father’s Day was yesterday, and, unfortunately, earlier in the week we had to put our old lady cat to sleep."

6/29/18 - Now its the heat - "Heat indices of 115+ are no kinda fun, especially when you live in a house with no central air -- curse these 19th-century neighborhoods!  Ah, well -- I'll just take it as "sensory research" for writing about the Thousand Mesas region! Work continues, getting back onto schedule.  I am still expecting to be sending a finished manuscript to layout (and to you) in July."

7/10/19 - "Another quick one (as all of them will be in July, as I get this wrapped up) -- work continues". Of course, nothing about actual progress.

7/27/18 - Not going to be done when promised. Damn it, Gareth missed Gen Con because of US! "I'm working through this weekend, but it doesn't look like I'm going to hit my self-imposed deadline of July.  (I know, I know -- I've already beat myself up over this.)  It is what it is, and July has been challenging. Regardless:  I'm fairly sure that I only need a week to get things squared away -- but, to be on the safe side, I'm going to give myself two. The coming week, of course, is GenCon.  I will not be going.  For those of you who are, I hope you have a great time!"

7/28/18 - 8/28/18 Silence - and even silent on Twitter the past five days. Wow, he must be working now.

8/24/18 -Manuscript Chapters - Update

Just a quick note, visible to backers only.

As you might know, if you've checked Twitter, I've been offline for the past week, getting the manuscript together, finalizing edits and sending them as we sign off on them over to Eric for layout.

Anyway -- here are the first sections that have already gone into layout.  I'll be sending more out to you (and to Eric) over this weekend, and the rest of them will follow in the coming week.  Everything will be on Eric's desk by a week from today, because starting September 1st, I start working weekends, running my friend Ruth Thompson's art shop at the KC Renaissance Festival, and, honestly, I have no desire to be working 7-day weeks!  :)

So here's the first of them --

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If I set this up correctly (my brain is a bit fried at the moment, so that's not a given), the link is logged and will require you to enter a password -- which is PASSWORD REMOVED.   Be sure to email me at gms@adamantentertainment.com if you have any trouble.

This is the front matter, the foreword, the introduction (which gives the overview of the D6PLUS system), and character creation.   As I said above, more is coming this weekend, as we sign off on them, with the rest coming within the week.

Back to it,


So, what do we get today?

If you are a backer, you will need to download the zip file folder. Trying to download individual files leave it hanging with nothing happening.

I need to give chapter 3 a solid read through, but I do appreciate this nugget from the foreward:
What followed the successful Kickstarter was the 7 hardest years of my life. I won't bore you with the story. Suffice to say that after interminable (and some might say infamous) delays, what you now hold in your hands is the culmination of a very long road. A road that I'm proud to have traveled.
I will be very surprised if we see a complete (and artless) version of the Far West rules before the end of September. Also, one should note there has been no recent discussion of the print release. Still, it is progress on a project that I, for one, no longer have an interest in playing the completed product. 

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 100 - Need I say More?

I'm not sure whether to curse or bless Hobbs, Tim, Matt and the others that got me into this "Anchor Podcasting" thing (whether they knew they were an influence at the time I do not know). Here I am posting up the 100th episode of that became a daily podcast right out of the box. Damn!
Woot! 100 episodes in 100 days. I never expected that when I kicked off this little podcast. We also hit some other milestones this week. September 22, 2018 is Shire Con. Guess who is a "notable industry guest"? Really. Guess ;)
Link to Episode 100 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-100---Need-I-say-More-e23b0d

Link to Shire Conhttp://throwigames.com/shirecon.html

Dice Roundup - I Went Shopping for Dice to Give Away at Shire Con (and bought more than intended)

Tonight I went looking for dice to give away Shire Con next month. I gave away a set for the best death at Gary Con this past March and I'm thinking about giving a set to each player at my Swords & Wizardry Light session. So a shopping I went at Amazon.

Below are some of my possibles that I looked at as well as the one dice I decided on. I left commentary with each. You may find you like something that I wasn't fully satisfied with. Then i found glow in the dark dice. Oh, and a metal set I simply must own. They will match my chainmail dice bag perfectly :)

Note, below are links to The Tavern's Amazon affiliate store. If you purchase from these links, a small portion of the monies you spend will go to support The Tavern. And beer. Mmmmmm.

CiaraQ 35 Pieces Polyhedral Dice, Double-Colors Polyhedral Game Dice with 5 Pack Black Pouches   

9.99 Prime Shipping


The price isn't bad and the dice are mostly readable. Colors are okay. A dice bag for each set of dice.

Smartdealspro 5 x 7-Die Series 5 Colors Marble Dice with Free Pouches                                                      
8.49 Prime Shipping


Great price. Bland looking dice. Ivory dice set is pretty much unreadable. A dice bag for each set of dice and a larger bag to rule them all and in the darkness bind them...

Sopear 49 PCS Double-Colors Polyhedral Dice

11.99 Prime Shipping


Seven sets of dice make this a great price. Sadly, it looks like some sets will be hard to read. A dice bag for each set.

Smartdealspro 7 x 7-Die Series 7 Colors Symphony Dice with Free Pouches

10.50 Prime


Boring ass dice but good price. How much do I love my players? ;) A dice bag per set of dice and bag to hold all the smaller bags.

KUUQA DND Dice Set Polyhedral Game Dice Set with Dice Bags

10.99  Prime


Plain colors with matching dice bags. Easy to read.
Seven sets of dice. I think we have a winner :)

TecUnite Zinc Alloy Shiny Silver with Black Enamel Metal Polyhedral 7-Die Dice

21.59 Prime


Metal, readable and actually good looking. May get for me.

Bescon Gemini Glowing Polyhedral Dice 7pcs Set ICY ROCKS, Luminous RPG Dice Set

16.91  Prime


They glow in the dark. Need I say more?

TecUnite Set of 7 Metal Dice Shiny Gold with Blue Enamel Paint Polyhedral Dice Set with Drawstring Pouch

21.25  Prime


I have found my dice set. These are my colors and this set will be mine. My precious.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wilderlands - Rob Conley Announces the Release of the Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde (Judges Guild)

I'm sharing this from Rob Conley's Bat in the Attic blog with his express permission. Linked products have affiliate links that support The Tavern. This was shared by Rob last night. Tenkar

I am pleased to announce the release of the Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde. This is one of four products covering the eighteen maps that encompasses the Judges Guild Wilderlands setting. This product covers five of the maps as detailed below. The four sets combined will cover a region equal in size to Western Europe providing years and decades of adventuring for you and your group.

Unlike many setting products, the Wilderlands sketches out the overview and history in light detail. Then presents a comprehensive list of local detail in a compact format that is customizable. This eliminates much of the tedious work involved in creating a setting and allows the referee to focus on the campaign and the grand adventures the players face as their characters.

This is presented at two products both in PDF and Print on Demand.

This product is a 38 page Guidebook for the five maps of the Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde. The books have an introduction and commentary by Robert S. Conley who has used the Wilderlands as his main fantasy campaign for nearly forty years. Each map is detailed with the following listings: Villages, Castles & Citadels, Idyllic Isles, Ruins & Relics, and Lurid Lairs.

Included with the Guidebook are letter sized blank map of the Wilderlands that can be used to take notes during a campaign. A PDF with the map legend. A letter size black and white guide to the placement of each of the 18 maps within the Wilderlands. This guidebook covers the City State of the World Emperor Map Six, Desert Lands Map Seven, Sea of Five Maps Map Eight, Elphand Lands Map Nine, and Lenap Map Ten.

Finally a giant-sized preliminary version of the master map that I used to crop the individual maps from. With the right printer, this can be printed as a full-scale map 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. With the PDF you can selectively copy out regions as complete maps that overlap the borders of the 18 maps. After the release of the final set of maps, this file will be updated as a layered PDF allowing for custom maps of the Wilderlands to be copied or created.

The second product is a set of five maps: City-State of the Invincible Overlord, Barbarian Altanis, Valley of the Ancients, Tarantis, and Valon. When ordered via print on the demand they are printed in two overlapping halves each on a 12" by 18" poster. In addition, each map is presented as a 22" by 17" PDF file.

The maps have been redrawn from the original in a color style. Instead of the distinct symbols of the original maps, the terrain has been drawn as a  transparent fill and vegetation represented by colored areas. This allows both terrain and vegetation to overlap. Representing more accurately the complexity and diversity of the Wilderland's geography.


Preview PDF (Free)

The Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde Guidebook  4.99 PDF / Print plus PDF 6.99

The Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde Color Map  9.99 PDF / Print plus PDF 14.99

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 99 - LotR RPG Bundle, Torchwood Bundle and More

My ass is dragging this morning. But hey, sleeping from 5 am to 10 am is perfectly normal...
My internal clock is doing a flashback of two years and thinks I'm working overnights - oh my! Humble Bundle has a LotR RPG Bundle as well as a Torchwood / Dr Who Audio Book Bundle. Did I mention there is a Munchkin StarFinder release on the horizon? 
Link to Episode 99 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-99---LotR-RPG-Bundle--Torchwood-Bundle-and-More-e234cc

Link to the LotR RPG Humble Bundletenkars-tavern.games/LotR-RPG-Bundle

Link to the LotR RPG Bundle post at The Tavern - http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/08/humble-bundle-lord-of-rings-rpg-15.html

Link to Torchwood & Dr Who Audiobook Bundlehttps://www.humblebundle.com/books/more-torchwood-doctor-who-audiobooks?partner=tenkar

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Humble Bundle - The Lord of the Rings RPG -15 bucks for $270 of PDFs

Holy crap! I almost missed this. I have the core rules in hardcover of The Lord of the Rings RPG but little more. Now I was able to grab damn near everything for 15 bucks. Tolkein nirvana ;)

Maybe I'll get the play it at some point!

Use the following link to support The Tavern:


Here are the levels you can purchase at:

The above includes an affiliate link. Support The Tavern by using our affiliate links. Besides, this is a HUGE bargain :)

RPGNow Deal of the Day - B/X Essentials: Classes and Equipment

The B/X Essentials line is just that - B/X D&D presented in a very clear and well written version. If this is your preferred flavor of the classic, B/X Essentials is for you. 

Today's RPGNow Deal of the Day is B/X Essentials: Classes and Equipment. Normally $3.99 in PDF, for the next 14 hours or so (I know, I'm late ;) it is on sale for $1.49. At that price, it's a virtual no-brainer ;)
The B/X Essentials line is a restatement of the classic Basic/Expert fantasy adventure gaming rule set, given a fresh, new presentation focused on usability: 
  • Basic and Expert rules seamlessly combined.
  • Streamlined presentation optimised for ease of reference during play.
  • Meticulously researched; a guaranteed 100% accurate rendition of the classic rules of yesteryear.
  • Carefully clarified, ironing out ambiguities in the original rules.
This second book lays out the standard classes of adventurer and the ways in which characters can spend their hard-earned treasure, including: arms, adventuring gear, mounts, sea vessels, mercenaries, specialists, and (eventually!) castles and strongholds.
Yep, that's an affiliate link above. Keep your bartender in fresh, cold beer by using The Tavern's affiliate links. Mmmmmm! Beer! 

Reminder - Tavern Chat - 9 PM Eastern - #ConManKen has Pencils?

Yep, today is a Wednesday. That means tonight is Tavern Chat. Aside from #ConManKen there should be a lot to discuss ;)

Tavern Chat is held at The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server at 9 PM each Wednesday.

You can use the following link:  https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

Most of the chat is via voice, but you can just listen if that is your preference. There is also a linked text channel.

See you tonight :)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 98 - Extended Interview with Darcy Perry -Miniatures

This interview was a bit of an experiment, as we recorded it in a room with live listeners on The Tavern's Discord server. While it runs far longer than most episodes of The Tavern Chat Podcast, I was loath to cut it into smaller pieces. So, the longest episode of The Tavern Chat Podcast by far. You've been warned ;)
In this episode, I have a (virtual) fireside chat with Darcy Perry of Star Hat Miniatures. Darcy is the sculptor of the official Tenkar miniature. The episode runs 57 minutes and was recorded in front of a live audience with questions and comments via text chat.
Link to Episode 98https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-98---Extended-Interview-with-Darcy-Perry--Miniatures-e22ulg

Link to Darcy's Current Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darcyperry/dungeons-of-doom-v-law-vs-chaos-star-hat-miniature

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kickstarter - Brindlemarsh, a 1E & 5E adventure of Dragons and Dungeons

The Brindlemarsh Kickstarter by Fail Squad Games in one on a series of adventures that Lloyd Metcalf has successfully produced via crowdfunding.

Things to know about Lloyd:

  • an amazing artist
  • a skilled adventure writer
  • a highly competent Kickstarter creator
  • 11 prior Kickstarters all on time or early
  • all around nice guy ;)

Nagareth the Poisoned returned to his lair more powerful than ever, but found his mate gone and his brood missing. The wicked dragon will get his revenge on the Dwarves who caused his misery! If he can add the Kobold Kivuli to his terrible vengeance, all the better.  
A secret gate and some mysterious runes are the only clues found in the mines. Can the heroes save Brindle? will they be able to save themselves? 
This is the continuation of the Brindle Series adventures for 1E / OSRIC and Fifth Edition of the world's favorite RPG involving Dragons and Dungeons. 
This adventure explores Kivuli's pet, the missing Dwarves who created the mines, and presents our heroes with some tough adventures, unusual allies, and challenging adventures. 
New Adventure, New Challenges, New Magic 
Written by Lloyd Metcalf and Ric Martens, this adventure covers multiple sessions and challenges with new unique magical items.
Sweet points are 6 bucks for the PDF and 10 bucks for the print copy.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 97 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 21, 2018

Ah, sweet Tuesday. Kickstarter Day at The Tavern Chat Podcast ;)
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, Dungeon Challenge Cards, THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!, MAIN GAUCHE, and Precision Milled Metal 60-Sided D20 and Full Set of RPG Dice.
Link to Episode 97 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-97---Kickstarter-Roundup-for-August-21--2018-e22o8u

Links to the projects:







Monday, August 20, 2018

Kickstarter - Update - The Fantasy Trip – Pocket Box Stretch Goal

Earlier today Steve Jackson Games posted an update to The Fantasy Trip Kickstarter. Below I am sharing the update in full:
More Pages, Random Dungeon Generation, and the Melee/Wizard Pocket Box Stretch Goal 
Posted by Philip Reed  
$230,000 - We’ll make the font larger, AND make room for a bit more art, by increasing In the Labyrinth to 176 pages. 
BGG - 400 Wizard Fans - We will print a random dungeon generation drop table on the inside lid of the Legacy Edition box. 
And fantastic timing on unlocking those two goals as we go into the final days of the Kickstarter project! That $230,000 stretch goal falling was a trigger for our team, and we're now ready to reveal the $300,000 stretch goal: An eighties-style Pocket Box combining the Melee and Wizard games, using classic-sized maps and counters, and featuring new cover art by Liz Danforth! 
Pocket Box mockup not final. NOTE: The plastic box will be inspired-by the eighties box, not identical to the eighties box. 
If met, we will produce this combined Melee/Wizard Pocket Box game and pack it at no extra charge into the I Want It All reward level. And for those of you who need extras, if the Pocket Box is unlocked, we will also open it up as an add-on item. 
We're in our final days of the project, so there's not much time left to unlock that $300,000 stretch goal. Please get out there into the wilds of the web and tell everyone about the return of The Fantasy Trip! 
- Phil Reed
Well, The Fantasy Trip is currently at $235k. So, the first stretch goal is unlocked. The $300k stretch looks awesome. Screw it, backing at the $110 I Want it All reward level. Curses!

Live Interview Tonight - 830 PM Eastern - Darcy Perry - Star Hat Miniatures

So, we're doing something different tonight. I'm having a chat with / interviewing Darcy Perry of Star Hat Miniatures, the man that did the Tenkar Mini and currently has the Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos Kickstarting running.

It was Darcy's idea to run the interview Live, so I have a voice chat room and associated text chat room ready to go on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server.

We'll be using The Interview Room for the recording and if you want to listen (you won't be able to talk, or at least, that's how i THINK I set it up) just hangout out in the room. Also, drop into the interview-room-chat to comment/ask questions via chat. You can be in both at the same time.

I'll release the interview on The Tavern Chat Podcast this week.

Just about 2 hours to go.

Here's the link: https://discord.gg/v2j6ph

The Tavern's Community is Awesome - Far Over $250 Raised for Josh Beckelheimer & Family

As my regular readers know, The Tavern pledged to match the first $250 raised for Josh Beckelheimer & Family for emergency car repairs. Skeeter Green Publishing also agree to do the same match.

Well, The Tavern's Community has done it and then some. The Tavern actually donated $350 thanks to an anonymous donor who sent a $100 donation to us to forward to Josh.

Josh and his family are not out of the woods yet but they are getting closer, because of you.

I sincerely thank everyone that has donated to Josh and his family.

This is a most amazing community.

Further donations can be made via the following link:  tenkars-tavern.games/JBfund

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 96 - Ken Whitman, Foiled (Machine) Again - Deja Vu

Ken Whitman - The hits just keep on coming. Much thanks to the Not Another Dime Blog for keeping the accurate and thorough accounting of Kenny.

P.S. - Kenny, September doesn't have 31 days...
The Tavern Chat Podcast hit over 20k downloads total last night. Can I get a Woot Woot!?! Ken Whitman "allegedly" has a foil machine to make pencils. Of course, earlier in the year he claimed to have two such machines. Also, tonight (Monday, August 20th - 830 PM Eastern - Live Interview with Darcy Perry, The Interview Room on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - you can listen and ask questions via text chat).
Link to Episode 96 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-96---Ken-Whitman--Foiled-Machine-Again---Deja-Vu-e22hm4

Invite to Tonight's Live Interview with Darcy Perry / Star Hat Miniatures (830 PM Eastern): discord.gg/v2j6ph
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