Saturday, November 9, 2019

Indiegogo - Feast of the Gobbler (S&W, 5e, PF)

Who wants a Thanksgiving-themed adventure? I know I do, and the author's I'd want to see it from are either James Spahn or Casey Christofferson. Both are amazing authors with just enough weird in their sense of humor to pull off a usable and entertaining holiday-themed adventure. This time around, we've got Casey giving us the Feast of the Gobbler ;)
What evils lurk in the deep woods? Only the Gobbler Knows! 
The Ennie nominated adventure originally released over 16 years ago returns with a fury of bad puns and just desserts! 
This adventure designed for 3-5th level characters takes you deep into the eternal autumn of the Greenhill Woods. Here the characters find themselves caught in the midst of a conflict between settlers and native folk at odds over a recent rash of deaths and disappearances. Their exploration of the region takes a surreal turn as they investigate Councilors’ Bluff, uncovering its dark secrets. 
The adventure requires equal parts detective work, puzzle and trap solving, and action adventure to discover the truth behind the missing ones and the horrible fate that awaits those who fail to stop the rise of the cult of the Gobbler! 
Available for the first time in print, this adventure classic is revised and re-edited to include brand new content for use with 5th Edition, Swords & Wizardry, or Original Pathfinder!
6 bucks for the PDF, 16 plus shipping for the print plus PDF. I'm in for the print plus PDF ;)

Friday, November 8, 2019

News - Troll Lord Games Steps in to Rescue the Ernie Gygax's Marmoreal Tomb Kickstarter

Now, THIS is truly a surprise.

Greetings from Troll Lord Games, 
If you are reading this, you are probably a backer of the Marmoreal Tomb Kickstarter. This kickstarter is a bit late, and in order to help facilitate its completion, Ernie Gygax and Benoist Poire, the principle co-authors, have partnered up with Troll Lord Games. With a little luck and determination, together, we’ll knock this thing out. 
A quick note of introduction, I’m Stephen Chenault, owner and CEO of Troll Lord Games. We’ve been in business for about 20 years publishing RPGs for d20, Gary Gygax, Castles & Crusades, Amazing Adventures, Victorious, a small host of others. We have an experienced staff of writers, artists, and designers. Tim Burns heads up all communication (and it’s with him you’ll probably be talking mostly). We’ve successfully run 30 some odd Kickstarters, are in the process of fulfilling one, with more gearing up to ship as the year plays out; and one, the NPC Almanac, live right now. We have a fully functional print shop for printing, etc., etc. 
In short, TLG has been in the business for a while and has a fairly good handle on the processes involved. 
You can find out all you want to know about TLG at our website: www.trolllord.com
Ernie and I are long time friends. We met way back in  about the 2000 and have been fast friends ever since. Ernie was the first ever guest at Troll Con back in 2000 or 2001. When it was brought to my attention (during the recent Gaxmoor KS) that Ernie’s own Kickstarter had not been fulfilled, I reached out to Ernie and Benoist to see if we could help. They both graciously accepted our offer and brought TLG on board. Hopefully we can help them wrap this up. 
I can’t make any promises on what is going to happen next. But here is the immediate plan of attack. 
Communications with backers will resume with the idea of keeping backers abreast of what is going on and where we are on the project. 
I will get a handle on all the components of the project so we can see what is actually needed. This part will take some time to sort and figure. 
I’ve put our layout guys at their disposal so that we can take that worry off their heads. When the time comes to lay the book out, with Ernie and Benoist’s direction of course (we don’t want to lose their vision), we’ll do the actual nuts and bolts so they can remain focused on other aspects of the Kickstarter. 
I’m very excited to dive into this, but a note of caution. We have our own Kickstarters that we are running and do not wish to have any of them derailed, so those, and the daily operations of the company, will take precedence. That said, there is more than enough of us here at TLG, or who are independent contractors, that we can manage both our own and assisting in this one. 
I will strive to have another update out in a few weeks, or as soon as I get a handle on what is in the overall project and how we can best help Ernie and Benoist. If you wish to contact us directly, please feel free to email us at productsupport@trolllord.com.
Thank you all and have a nice day! 
Steve Chenault

Kickstarter - Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #7: Dread Swamp of the Banshee (OSR)

"RPG Module used with OSRIC or adapt to 1E AD&D, D&D 5e, DCC, Pathfinder or OSR role-playing games!"

The Maximum Mayhem series of adventure releases has an excellent track record thus far. I expect Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #7: Dread Swamp of the Banshee. The fact that it is fully written already is simply the cherry on top :)
This module is completely written (see the full Kickstarter video above) with the usual Maximum Mayhem Dungeons humor and wicked style you know and love.  We had a blast working with author Joe Pearce and have created another adventure we know you will enjoy playing for many years with your family and friends! 
So, what is the Kickstarter funding? More maps and more art. Simply the way it should be.

10 bucks for the PDF, 25 bucks (plus shipping) for the Print plus PDF. I'm probably in for the PDF (as money is tight and my bookshelves are bursting!)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

State of The Tavern - Preparing for the Swords & Wizardry Reboot / Boxed Set / Kickstarter

It's no secret that Swords & Wizardry is getting a new shiny coat in 2020. The plans that have already been discussed in public include:

- One ruleset to rule them all. White Box and Core will no longer be supported. Swords & Wizardry Complete will be rebranded Swords & Wizardry (yes, Swords & Wizardry Light will still be supported, but its an intro to the fuller Swords & Wizardry game).

- Boxed set. This has been asked for for years and I am eagerly awaiting it :)

- Digest sized and multiple books, much like the Orignal White Box. With room in the box for further digest-sized books.

Needless to say, Gamehole Con got my creative juices flowing. I have a list of projects I'd like to work on, with the intent of having some of these ready to go with the launch of the Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter. The list is fairly long, but the idea is with months before launch, if I work daily on whichever pieces inspire me that day, I'll have some of this ready in time for launch.

Here's the current list (I started working on a new Bard class last night). Much of this will get seen first here on the blogside of things. When released all would be in digest-sized. 4-page releases would be PDF only but easily printed at home double-sided and digest-sized. Note, it is very much an outline/todo list at this point.
New Spells for all levels (with Bad Mike) - I've been enjoying the process of rewriting 1e spells and creating new ones
Magic-user 1-9 (level 1 is done)
Cleric 1-7
Druid. 1-7
New Magic Items - I've been doing this for years and sharing here, but I've also been adding new items at convention sessions I've run
Unique magic
From Blog
From Cons
Relics? / Artifacts? 
New Classes - started the bard (and wrote a prior version of the class way back in Knockspell 6)
Elementalist - from blog
Flesh out for S&W (written for SWCL)
Demi-Options (race-based classes) 
New Creatures & Adversaries (I already have the art and a handful of creatures already written for the undead book) 
Undead - (with Glen) release as a themed book
Others - From the blog
Convert to S&W from SWCL
Also, write new ones
        Good, Bad & Ugly? 
Zine (heavily leaning towards monthly)
4-page digest monthly?
16 page quarterly?
Community (its been asked for - details still need to be worked out)
Tenkar’s Community graphic for releases from Discord Community publishers 
Adventures (looking at 4 digest-sized pages)

Pocket Settings (thinking more genre than setting with the idea of showing the versatility of the S&W rules)
16 page setting / genre books
Explore horror / swords & planet / sci-fi / sci-fantasy, etc
Could be 16 page setting / 16 page rules / classes / spells / etc 
Reboot Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day (this will be community-driven and probably timed to coincide with the launch of the Kickstarter)
Launch zine on said day

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Kickstarter - Fight This Mutant (MCC RPG)

"More Deadly Mutants for Your Mutant Crawling Game"

Who better to write more material for the Mutant Crawl Classic RPG than the man who wrote the game - Jim "Mudpuppy Games" Wampler.

The Fight This Mutant Kickstarter is Jim's latest project to add material to your MCC RPG game (and other similar themed RPGs).
With over 80 pages of savage gaming content stuffed between its covers, Fight This Mutant features 30 brand-new mutant monsters and races, a whole new Ancient Alliance that your player characters can join or fight, a brand-new character class — the Technomacer, and 20 brand-new neural programs including programs from 1st through 5th levels! 
Usable in any d20-based post-apocalyptic role playing game and penned by the creator of Mutant Crawl Classics RPG, the creatures, collectives, and classes found in this book will put new mutated meat on the table for the players of any science-fiction or fantasy role playing game. Just scan this table of contents.
Already over 200% funded with 11 days left in funding, stretch goals are being hit.


$3,000 - Random Mutant Encounter Generator bookmark. - HIT

$4,000 - Fat Dragon Games Dragonlock 3D Starships Set 1. - HIT

$5,000 - Fat Dragon Games Dragonlock 3D Starships Set 2. - HIT

$6,000 - Cyber-Lich 3D-printable miniature.

$7,000 - Mutant Murder Hobo membership kit.

$8,000 - 70s Pocketbook Homage Edition add-on unlocked.

$10,000 - 11” x17” Omega-Terra setting map add-on unlocked.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Robert Kuntz Letter Regarding Gygax Estate and Kuntz's Alleged Personal Property (adding screenshots for the record)

I would have posted these screenshots last week, as I received them last Wednesday night from an anonymous source, but my laptop just wasnt cooperating with photo uploads. I am sharing them today to add them to the record and to make the original letter available to the public. Link to the original post.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gamehole 2019 Photo Dump - Finally!

I'm sure I'm going to kill the bandwidth for some of my readers, but I wasn't able to post photos while at Gamehole Con.

Pic is blurry but the armor was AMAZING!

I nearly bought this for myself.

 Best hair in the OSR and I'm not referring to Rach ;)

Tell the Frogs you want a pair of your own and it may just happen :)

I have no words that do justice.

 And thus it was that Gamehole Con had its first exorcism...

 Bad Mike is now healed... until NTRPG Con 2020!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

GameHole Con Wind Down

Sigh. Still having issues getting photos to upload to Blogger. Using a workaround, but it's far from perfect.

In any case, GameHole Con was an amazing time yet again. Ran two sessions of Swords & Wizardry Light, worked the Frog God booth and ate well, drank well and was damn near merry all the time.

Huge thanks to my players, my friends, my fellow Frogs, our customers and all those that stopped by to say hello. Oh, and especially Alex. Another well-done convention.

More pics when I get home ;)
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