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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reminder - RPG Breakfast Club - 10 AM Eastern - Sunday Morning (Tomorrow)


Tomorrow morning at 10 AM Eastern the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server is hosting its weekly RPG Breakfast Club.

What is The RPG Breakfast Club? It's been likened to a convention panel, except that you can listen from the comfort of your own home. Heck, most sessions even take questions and comments at the end as they open up the voice chat for the listening audience.

Tomorrow the guests are:

@Mottokrosh (Mottokrosh Machinations)
@Rob Conley (Bat in the Attic)
@የሁዕዕረቿነ (Strange Gods)
@Todd (our host / Hexed Press)
@Andrew1879 (FASA Games)

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

Friday, January 4, 2019

News - Darwin Bromley, Co-Founder of Mayfair Games, Dies at 68


You can read the full article at Tabletop Wire.

Mayfair Games was big when I was in my teens and college years. Not only did they publish DC Heroes and Underground, but they also had the RoleAids series of releases. RoleAids were the only non-TSR era releases that I often considered as official and canon as the actual TSR releases.

Heck, they even won the lawsuit that TSR filed for trademark violations, although if memory serves, it almost drained Mayfair Games dry in the process.

Actually, didn't they also published Chill after Pacesetter folded?
Darwin P Bromley, attorney, game designer and co-founder of Mayfair Games, has passed away at 68. He is survived by his wife, Trella and their four children. Bromley was born in West Virginia, but moved to the Chicago area to attend school. He studied mathematics at Marshall University and obtained his law degree in 1975 from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He most recently lived in Jacksonville, Florida. 
Bromley founded Mayfair Game in 1981 with his brother Peter and other, and was company president from until 1997. Peter died in 2016 of a sudden illness. Darwin recently donated the brothers’ game collection to The Strong, National Museum of Play.
During Bromley’s tenure at Mayfair, the company published a range of role playing products including RoleAids, DC Heroes RPG, and Underground RPG. Mayfair won a lawsuit filed by TSR in 1993 for violations of an trademark agreement. 
Rest well. Day of death was the first of the year :(


Thursday, January 3, 2019

OSR Christmas - Day 9 - The Gifts that Keep on Giving



I love OSR Christmas. It really is the gift giving celebration that keeps on giving.

As usual, we have some awesome gifts in the OSR Christmas mix.

1) 1 Print Copy of The Mystery at Port Greely, an AS&SH adventure module, signed by the author, Jeffrey Talanian (US Only)

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 The Hero's Journey (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) 1 PDF Copt of Heart of Darkness (White Star Adventure/ Middle Kingdoms Adventure & Trading Co.)

How do you enter for a chance to be gifted? Simply comment on this very post. On Saturday, January 5th, 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 3 more days of OSR Christmas running this month.

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 at least Monday. I've been running around everywhere it seems BUT the post office. Sigh.

(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 OSR Christmas Grab Bag:

  • 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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Deal of the Day - The Sentinel Chapel (DragonQuest / The Fantasy Trip)

Todays Deal of the Day is The Sentinel Chapel for DragonQuest, with a conversion sheet for The Fantasy Trip and easily converted to most any fantasy RPG. Sure, I'm late with this post but I had a busy day ;)
A DragonQuest adventure for 3-6 adventurer-level characters. 
Late in the year, as the harvest season is closing, and towns and villages are preparing for the coming winter, word has reached the group that someone is looking for a small band of adventurers for a dangerous, but well-paying task. They are to travel into the Fealhoa Valley, a region that has been deadly dangerous for the past 30 years, when it became overrun with monsters and undead creatures. A village called Cambray, several days' travel into the Fealhoa Valley has been cut off, and no one has been in contact with that community for many years. 
The adventurers are to travel to the site of a chapel located about a day's travel from the town of Cambray and recover the silver letters on the family graves of a group of silversmiths who were originally from Cambray, and whose remaining family members now live in exile. 
Although this adventure has been designed and written for the DragonQuest role-playing game, it can be easily translated for use with other game systems. The GM will need to make the necessary interpolations beforehand in order to do this. 
For use with The Fantasy Trip (Melee, Wizard, In the Labyrinth), there is a free PDF conversion sheet that provides stats and descriptions for the adventure for use with that game system.
Regularly 4.95, The Sentinel Chapel is on sale for 2.97 until 11 AM tomorrow morning.

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Reminder - Tavern Chat - 9 PM Eastern - First of 2019



Can you believe its the first Tavern Chat of 2019. We've been hosting Tavern Chat for a number of years now, but moving to Discord and voice chat has been huge!

Want to ask about what's coming up for all things Tavern? This is your chance.

Want the link? Here you go: https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

See you tonight at 9 PM Eastern :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

OSR Christmas - Day 8 - Awarding the Gifts



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

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

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

3) 1 Bundle of OSR Patches from Thad Moore - ships worldwide - Simon J. Hogwood

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

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

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


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 Nine of OSR Christmas should go up tomorrow. Anything coming from me - that I need to ship - won't be shipping until at least January 2nd. More likely we are looking at Friday the 4th. Yes, OSR Christmas will be running deep into January ;)

(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)

New Release - Advanced Labyrinth Lord (Dragon Cover)



Labyrinth Lord was probably the first OSR ruleset that I stumbled across when I found the OSR. Well, first after Castles & Crusades, and certainly the first ruleset that had a free PDF available for it.

Now, I cut my teeth on AD&D, unlike much of my generation which was introduced to RPGs via the Basic set. Labyrinth Lord is a rewrite of Basic/Expert, so the aping of the original B/X fonts doesn't quite make me nostalgic, but I do appreciate the thought.

Advanced Labyrinth Lord takes the core LL book and seamlessly combines it with the Advanced Edition Companion into one book.

I'm not sure which cover I want for my print copy :)
Finally the basic and advanced game rules are in one volume! 
This book combines the material originally presented in the Labyrinth Lord core rules and in the Advanced Edition Companion. Play advanced and basic characters in the same group, or choose to play one or the other. 
Enter a world filled with labyrinths, magic, and monsters! Choose a basic race-class, advanced class, or even multiclass to combine the two! All of the basic and advanced options are within reach. 
Labyrinth Lord is the Rosetta Stone of old-school fantasy rules. 
It is easy to use basic and advanced game adventures from other publishers with these rules.  
In this book you will find...
  • A complete guide to basic and advanced characters
  • All core basic and advanced monsters
  • Basic and advanced spells
  • The full repertoire of basic and advanced magic items
  • Optional rules to make your game even more advanced
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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
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