Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wayward Kickstarter - Far West - Missing Drop Dead Deadlines Since 2011

Gareth missing a deadline might as well be a drinking game. Potential problem? Alcohol poisoning.

Here's the challenge - stop with the fucking Twittering and actually write something longer than 240 characters at a time (or whatever Twitters current limit is).

I gave Gareth some slack when he said he was going to the Open d6 system, hoping the change would spark something within his creativity, but I can see I was wrong.

What's the excuse this time Gareth? Dog eat your laptop? Another pet die? Power outage for the last 3 weeks? Twitter get your tongue? Or are you too busy writing for the Star Trek RPG to fulfill obligations that are over six years old?

But hey, at least you do make some Far West related tweets (if you cut back on the political tweets and drama you would have completed this years ago):

Not that you do any Far West related WRITING...

Taverner in Need - The Tavern Chat Podcast Episode 94 - Josh Beckelhimer

One of the things I am most proud of when it comes to The Tavern and its community is that the community certainly takes care of its own in times of need. Today, the one in need is Josh Beckelhimer and his family.

From the Beckelhimer Family Gofundme page:
The other day, when my husband was driving home from work, the check engine light came on in the car. The car suddenly seemed to have issues changing gears. We took it down to the shop to have it checked out, and the car needs a new transmission. They said that the car was clearly well taken care of and that it was nothing that we could have prevented. They said that unfortunately sometimes these things just happen.  
We have been going with one car for quite some time, which was challenging in itself, but now we have no car. I am on maternity leave, so money is tighter than it usually is, and now we have no way to get back and forth to work or to get our kids to their doctor appointments, etc. Asking for money is really hard for me, but our original quote was $5300. We got a second quote for lower, but it is still more money than we will have until the first of the year at the soonest. Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated.
They are looking to raise $3500. Here's the deal. The Tavern will match the first $250 donated by members of The Tavern's Community. Comment on this post with the amount donated, and when we hit $250 I'll match it. It's that simple.

Edit: Skeeter Green Publishing will ALSO match the first $250 raised by The Tavern's Community. God, I love you all.

Edit: Josh's blog with lots of free OSR content:  http://fantasticalbeckelhimer.blogspot.com/

We've done this before. This is one of the ways your monies, whether from supporting the Patreon or the podcast or shopping via the various Tavern affiliate links, get put to good use.
Somethings take precedence. Taking care of a member of The Tavern's Community in need is certainly a precedence. Josh is looking to get his car running and family to doc appointments and himself to work. The Tavern will match the first $250 raised by The Tavern's community.
Link to Episode 94https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-94---Taverner-in-Need---Josh-Beckelhimer-e21s4q

Link to the Beckelhimer Family Gofundmetenkars-tavern.games/JBfund

Friday, August 17, 2018

Kickstarter - The Expanse Roleplaying Game (AGE Ruleset)

I haven't read the books but I've caught the first two seasons of The Expanse on demand and oh my God, what a great binge watching it was. To find out that the series of books the TV show is based on was in turn based on an RPG campaign? Awesome. And not at all surprising. I thought to myself "this would make a great RPG Campaign!"

Now we have The Expanse Roleplaying Game Kickstarter. Its come full circle.
The Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop. Using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE) rules found in Fantasy AGE, Blue Rose, and Modern AGE, The Expanse takes players to a far-future solar system where humanity is divided: Martians, Belters, and the people of old Earth struggle for political power and resources, but even older, alien, forces are stirring in the universe, and human history is about to take an unexpected new turn. The Expanse applies the fast-playing and action-based AGE rules to spaceships, solar colonies, and adventure and intrigue in the far-future, where the actions of the characters may change the course of history! 
As long time fans know, The Expanse was a roleplaying game campaign long before it was a series of novels or a TV show. We are delighted to bring it full circle with this game! And here's the best thing about The Expanse RPG: we've been working on this for well over a year and rules are done! They've been through multiple iterations and playtesting, and we've worked closely with Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (together, James S.A. Corey) throughout to ensure we are getting The Expanse right.
Best pledge point? 70 bucks IMHO. All you need in print and PDF. Did I mention the Kickstarter is funded at over $316K as I type this?

Even if I never run the rules as written, the source material is worth it for me.

Slightly Older News - Goodman Announces Classic Collectors Reprint / 5e Conversion of X1: The Isle of Dread

Goodman is just now emailing out their Gen Con announcements, so for those that hadn't yet heard about the X1 - Isle of Dread announcement:
The first big news is the announcement of the second volume in our Original Adventures Reincarnated line. The first volume, Into the Borderlands, was the biggest release in the history of Goodman Games. The reception to it continues to amaze us, and we are thrilled beyond belief. And we are very proud to announce that the second volume in the series is…drum roll please…X1: The Isle of Dread! OAR 2: The Isle of Dread will contain scans of the two original TSR publications of Isle of Dread (orange cover and blue cover editions), plus a 5E conversion, as well as interviews with original creators and other special features! We’ve also updated the mapping style of the 5E edition, so it will now feature illustrated hand-drawn maps that bring back memories of the original TSR style. Lead writer Chris Doyle and editor Tim Wadzinski return to the project after doing such a great job on OAR 1: Into the Borderlands. Into the Borderlands is back in print and available, by the way, so check your FLGS or our online store for your copy today! And Original Adventures Reincarnated 2: Isle of Dread is currently scheduled to release in November of this year! We’ll be sure to keep you updated with news about it as it gets closer.
Just some observations on my part:

The Bordlerlands reprint was less than I hoped for. The book was huge but the paper quality was fairly poor - probably an attempt to keep the price down.

November means Gamehole release.

Turn around means this deal was inked well before the Borderlands reprint hit the market.

Eh, I'll probably still pick it up...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy

Yesterday, Pexx, my right hand over on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server, brought to my attention some dead links on the blog side as well as some incomplete (or missing) lists of Free OSR content. I figured it was a good excuse to start a regular feature on the podcast - OSR Freebie Friday - and to kick it off by mentioning some of the free Fantasy titles we have linked for easy download.
With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets listing at Tenkar's Tavern. 
Link to Episode 93https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-93---OSR-Freebie-Friday---August-17--2018---Fantasy-e21jlf

Links to free rulesets mentioned in the episode:










Basic Fantasy - Print - At Cost - https://amzn.to/2wgaBNE












Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Release? -Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER

When is a new release NOT a "new release"? When its a "pre-order".

Further question: What is the point of a "PDF Pre-order"? I understand why you do it with physical releases - you want to get a feel for the demand a product may have and place your print order as a publisher appropriately. PDFs don't have that issue. Their number is potentially infinite, yet they take up no space, have no built-in print cost and have no storage overhead. They are virtual books, not physical copies.

So yes, I'm scratching my head a bit with the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER. At 30 bucks it better be virtual gold...

Edit: So, there is one review (and 22 total ratings of this Pre-order. The review mentions access to a preview copy as do many comments. The text on the main sales page makes no mention of any "Preview Copy" to those that pre-order. Strange to omit that.)
Can’t put it down, can you? You know what’s in here. You’ve seen them. The twisted ones, the arrogant ones, the lost ones. Oh, you’d like to walk away and life be all cake and daisies, but you know you’re going here instead. You’ll try to convince yourself it’s because you’re greedy for the loot, or can’t resist a fight, but we all know the truth. So ready your sword, clean your pistol, and watch out for that dog – he might be small but he’s unreasonably vicious. 
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay takes you back to the Old World. Get the gang together, create your (anti)heroes, and set off to make your way through the vile corruption, scheming plotters and terrifying creatures intent on destruction. 
The Fourth Edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Rulebook contains everything you need for grim and perilous roleplaying adventures in the Old World.
Yep, even pre-orders can make The Tavern affiliate monies ;) 

Kickstarter - Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures

Darcy Perry is a Kiwi that knows his minis :) His latest Kickstarter is Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos by Star Hat Miniatures. Star Hat is the same company that did the Tenkar mini a while ago. Damn, but it rocks.

This time around Darcy is doing Law vs Chaos. As usual, the miniatures look damn amazing. As usual, I'll be backing even if I like the time and skills to paint them. They look great unpainted in any case.
They're back! By popular demand! More Delvers lost in the Dungeons of Doom! Just in time for the cosmic battle between Law & Chaos!  
Welcome to the 5th Kickstarter campaign from Star Hat Miniatures! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos features more heroic delvers from the Dungeons of Doom, caught in the eternal battle of righteous order against the shadowy miasma of entropy.  
Star Hat Miniatures are heroic scale fantasy miniatures, sculpted by hand and cast in metal, for you to enjoy in your roleplaying and tabletop games. The funds from each Kickstarter campaign pay for the mould making and casting of new miniatures. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini (My success is not my own, but from many others).
I'll be doing a live recording of the Tavern Chat Podcast this coming Monday night at 830 PM Eastern (August 20th) with Darcy. You'll be able to listen live on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server and offer up comments and questions via text chat.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties

Holy crap! So, Rob Conley supplied the question about opening The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Party Publishers. I don't think either of us expected this answer.
Follow up on yesterday's ENnies discussion episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Parties. My, the world is a' changing. 
Link to Episode 92 -  https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-92---The-Fantasy-Trip-to-Open-Setting-to-3rd-Parties-e21cn7

Link to The Fantasy Trip Kickstarter - www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying/description

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

Gygax drama. ENnies drama. Non drama. We got it all ;)

Yep, tonight is a Wednesday Night so that means tonight is Tavern Chat.

When? 9 PM Eastern.

Where? The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - tenkars-tavern.games/Discord

What? A voice-based chat for the OSR and beyond. We talk gaming related news, theory and general geek stuff. You don't need a mic if you don't want to talk, but headphones are suggested if you don't want to annoy your family ;)

Sorry for the late reminder. I was out all day on a family obligation. I may bore you with it in tonight's chat...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 91 - ENnies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)

The past few years have led to drama over the ENnies Awards. This year is no different. This year, the OSR did extremely well, Zak S in particular. Thus, it is time to change the system to ensure this isn't repeated.
The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the "gaming" of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same "gaming" of the vote they tell you not to do while telling you exactly how to do it. The same "gaming" of the vote that has been done for years by others, including major publishers, I am sure. The ENnies are not an industry Award, they are a rigged popularity contest. It just that the wrong folks rigged the contest this year. 
Link to Episode 91 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-91---Ennies--They-are-a-Changing-no-more-stuffing-e216fa

Link to ENnies blog - www.ennie-awards.com/blog/ennie-awards-time-for-change/

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

State of The Tavern - Hitting New Heights with Your Help

The last seven days have been pretty damn great across all aspects of The Tavern. That's kind of hard for me to even say, as when I kicked off the blog nine years ago, I never imagined how much more it would become.

In the last seven days, the Tenkars Tavern Discord Server, a place for 24/7 gaming chat, has added 68 members, putting us at 824 members. Simply stunning.

During those last seven days, we've added 45 members to the Tenkar's Tavern Facebook Group. We are now knocking on 2,200 members. It is a very active community, becoming even more so as it grows.

The Tenkar's Tavern Blog (where you are right now) has an Alexa Ranking of 358k worldwide (lower is better). This is The Tavern's best traffic position. Ever.

Finally, The Tavern Chat Podcast is averaging over 200 downloads per day (yesterday was an all-time high of 567 downloads). To say that I'm thrilled at the reception that the daily podcast has gained would be an understatement.

Did I mention that Swords & Wizardry Continual Light received 4.5* from Endzeitgeist? Woot!

This is the community we are building. This is the strength of a Neutral Ground.

How can you support? Post and comment in The Tavern's Facebook Group. Log into The Tavern's Discord Server. Send a voicemail to The Tavern Chat Podcast. Comment here, on the blog. Maybe pitch me the idea of a blog post you would like to share. Remember, its all better with your participation. Not just for you, but for all of us.

If you can support financially, its definitely appreciated, but I'd do all this all anyhow, without financial support. With your support, I hope to do more for you. For us.

For now and the immediate future, this is my job, and I couldn't be happier.

If you are a fan of The Tavern Chat Podcast, for about the price of a can of coke a month at your local deli, you can be a supporter. On the Patreon side, the price is that of a 20oz bottle of soda. Or do what you are already doing and shop RPGNow and Amazon using The Tavern's affiliate links. It helps more than you know.

Again, thank you. All of you. Its been an amazing ride and I have no intention of stepping off anytime soon ;)

The above includes affiliate links. Using The Tavern's affiliate links help keep your bartender employed. Or is it that it keeps me from seeking employment :)

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 90 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 14, 2018

Tuesdays are Kickstarter Day here at the Tavern Chat Podcast. Oh, and we even have a small Gail Gygax update which amounts to this - the 30-year company Gail refers to in her Facebook rant is TriGee (Cyborg Commando anyone?). TriGee was incorporated in Gail's name when it was formed, this it is "her company." See, knowing is half the battle.

Now, what has TriGee published in the last 25 years?
Yep, it's a Tuesday, so that means Crowdfunding projects get a peek. But first, an update on Gail Gygax and her "30-year company". Here's are the projects I look at in today's episode: The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, The Year of Cthulhu - A 2019 Calendar, Dungeon Delve #2: Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm, Brindlemarsh, a 1E & 5E adventure of Dragons and Dungeons, Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures, and Birthday Gemstone Dice.
Link to Episode 90https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-90---Kickstarter-Roundup-for-August-14--2018-e210bl

Project Links:







Monday, August 13, 2018

Sale - Frog God Games - 25% Off - EVERYTHING

Frog God Games is offering 25% off of everything on their new and improved website through August 29, 2018. That's a pretty big deal!

Link to the new site:  https://froggodgames.com/frogs/

Code for 25% off:  aug-25-sale

Enjoy :)

Update - Gail Gygax - I Was Contacted by Margaret Weis' Agent earlier this Afternoon

So, that piece about Margaret Weis from Gail? Denied by her agent, Christi Gardenas:
Hey Erik! Sorry to message you on Facebook, but I don't have your email address. I'm Margaret Weis' agent. We picked up on your post this morning. Interesting start to a Monday. 
In the interest of getting the facts straight, Margaret absolutely never sued Gail, nor did she sit on any board. We're not sure why Gail is choosing to bring Margaret into her public chronicling of woes, but we thought you might want to reference this in a comment or update. You can feel free to reference you heard from me directly as Margaret’s agent. https://www.theplainsagency.com/ 
There you go. Wonder how much is pure fiction? Oh, that's right. Pretty much all.

Original post: http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/08/gail-gygax-says-desanto-suing-for-30m.html

Podcast Episode: http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/08/the-tavern-chat-podcast-episode-89-mrs.html

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 89 - Mrs. E. Gary Gygax or Gail Gygax - Flip a Coin

Oh my. Gail seems to be on fire. Really. Like burning bridges and such. Wow.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up! Wait! I mean the real Gail Gygax. Or Mrs E Gary Gygax. Last night (and overnight) Gail was taking the flames to Facebook. I guess this is what a $30 million lawsuit does to the person on the receiving end...
Link to Episode 89 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-89---Mrs--E--Gary-Gygax-or-Gail-Gygax---Flip-a-Coin-e20q8p

Link to Gail Gygax - Says DeSanto Suing for $30M, Says Home Was Trapped to Kill Her, Property Missing, Calling FBI

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gail Gygax - Says DeSanto Suing for $30M, Says Home Was Trapped to Kill Her, Property Missing, Calling FBI

I've been waiting for an update from Gail Gygax after the DeSanto lawsuit. This WAS NOT what I expected.

Be advised, there are TWO screenshots - one pre-edit and one post edit. Post-edit will be at the end of the post. Wait, now there is yet another edit. Using most current edit.

I'll be going through Gail's post and commenting at points.


Gail Carpenter Gygax
39 mins ·
What is on my mind?@

The 30 million lawsuit Tom DeSanto filed against me in CA, the prestigious producer, lol,DELAYS MY HOPE TO PUBLISH garys original dungeon. An historical work. (Let's all be honest. Gail was never going to let anyone publish anything of Gary's. Simple as that.)

I guess i will be losing our home and Garys dungeon. (wait! this means she KNOWS she violated the agreement with DeSanto)

No one, except my agent has stepped up to defend me. She was fired from APA. TOM deSanto said to me an agent from APA was up on child molestation and basically said they were a third rat agency. (this is a later edit and Wow! But yeah, great agent Gail. She's made you tons of money, right? No?)

My agent is fantastic and I can only say after many years in LA, she is the best. (So fantastic exactly how much of Gary's IP and legacy has been licensed since his death? Do I hear crickets? Why yes I do)

I almost died in 2014 when Luke and Ernie sued me (no Gail, you filed a trademark infringement against them and the new TSR. Actually, it was you that explained to me that you never sued them, but was just protecting YOUR trademark) , and Margaret Weis. Shocking Margaret as Gary was so kind to you.
Et Weis as a board member. Not sure why She was so negative against me other than to gain financial. vControl over the Gygax trademark.. (this is so out of fucking left field I really don't know what to say. I forgot there was a period in time where other than Gail's imediate familty was on the board of the Gygax Memorial Fund)

I believe Tom DeSanto, accordinding to his email wants to strip me of our home and all properties Gary and i were working. On. (wait. Gail was working on this stuff? So, it isn't Gary's legacy but literally Gail's too? Or is this a rewrite of history? As for stripping you of your home I think he just wants the IP before it is too rotten and dirtied to have any worth)

I refuse to attend GarybCon as Luke Gygax is so very negative to me and our much beloved Gen Con due to what i believe are Luke Gygaxes rants with his friends against me. Peter and Gen Con has only been respectful and loving to me and Alexander. (Gail, the attendies of Gary Con are pretty negative about your presence. Gen Con attendies have no clue who you are)

My home has been invaded, there was a trip wire by my back step to kill me and I know what is missing from our home. (This part is fucking insane. Not saying it didn't happen, but its random placement in this wandering missive leads me to believe it didn't happen)

edit - 4th version addition - no screenshot yet:

My stepchildren places a headstone without a body. It reads. E Gary Gygax. Beloved Father and Grandfather. So my step childrens hatred of me is front and center. I was his beloved wife. No respect from them. I was shocked and dismayed when Harold Jog son informed me of this act at Gen Con. I was indeed devastated and bed ridden for two months. (And how many years has the GMF been promising a monument for?)

With NO CONCERN FROM MY STEP CHILDREN. (would you even have allowed them in the door?)

I was Told by Chris Hoffner if i didnt licence GaryCon to him they would run over me. (With what? A car?)

Nice. I created GaryCon in my husbands memory (Can someone with actual knowledge comment on this?). Guess my stepchildren cant share with me and Alex. (Why bring Alex into the mix? He seems to get along ok with his step siblings)

end edit

i can only believe TOM DESANTO AND NEW MYTH entertainment with David Ranes has victomized me. Not sure calling the FBI TOMORROW (oh my fucking God! Somebody get the number to the imaginary FBI from Ken Whitman for her.)

Tom is suing me for $30mil. I asked my stepchildren to help me. Only to get the answer from Luke if i didnt make him branding manager there would be no agreement with his sibblings. What doess that even mean?. He wants control over my 30+ year company. (Yes, he does. Because Luke can make it profitable. But hey, since you don't want Luke or Ernie {allegedly} attached to any of the projects that DeSanto wanted to pitch, because {allegedly} you don't want any of your step children profiting of the rotting IP you control, why would they even return your calls - let alone help you?)

So i start a new jouney to make sure my husbands works are brought forward. I am disappointed Hasbro WOTC will not return my emails. (Not surprising at all. Why would they want to be associated with a raving lunatic at this point? Oh, whatever happened to the monies you received from the PDF and POD sales of the reprints of the core AD&D books that WotC has been sending you for the past few years?)

I WANT garys original dungeon i. With HIS original rules. Dungeons and Dragons. (oh my. wait, are you saying you want WotC's IP and TM regarding Original and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Do tell us how that will work out?)

I hope i have support for this historical moment. (how is it historic? what kind of support are you asking for?)

Mrs. E. Gary Gygax (this is how Gail signed PM's to me in Nov / Dec of 2015 when she was threatening me with legal action. When she was trying to give me dirt on the family, she signed it Gail Gygax. Makes you wonder...)

I will love him until the day i die. He was a truly special man. I was so honored to be married to him.

I'm fucking exhausted. The last two edits happened as I was writing this. I expect more. I hope someone close to Gail see's what is happening and gets her the help she obviously needs. Tenkar

Latest edit:

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 88 - Some Free Adventures & Using Discord to Play

The Far Away Land Adventures by Dirk Stanly are PWYW and virtually systemless. Really, they are a no-brainer pick up if you are an OSR gamer.
I talk briefly about Dirk Stanley's adventures for the Far Away Land RPG and using them with the ruleset of your choice. I also touch upon using Discord for running RPG sessions online. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord - tenkars-tavern.games/FALadventures (affiliate link)
Link to Episode 88 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-88---Some-Free-Adventures--Using-Discord-to-Play-e20klr
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