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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.
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