Saturday, December 21, 2019

New Third Party Titles Released for The Fantasy Trip (Gaming Ballistic)

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the DriveThruRPG page to find that Gaming Ballistic had released some The Fantasy Trip adventures.

I knew that Douglas Cole, the man behind Gaming Ballistic had intentions to do so, but I had no idea they were being released so soon. The titles are:

Curse of the Pirate King (by Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett) 3.99
The expedition seems simple: travel to the former capitol of a vast pirate nation, and find the fabled Blade of Dawn. This “straight-forward” mission is complicated by several factors: 
  • A long-ago betrayal brought a centuries-long curse upon the realm of the Pirate King and his island fortress.
  • The island is far from uninhabited . . . though few walking its lands are properly described as living
  • The players must discover how death has found a way to bring strange “life” to the isle of the pirate king
All the party has to do is go to the lifeless rock, and loot the treasure of a thousand dead buccaneers. What could go wrong? This quest follows the events of Crown of Eternity with that powerful organization now working against the players. 
The last page of the adventure contains 42 print-them-yourself tokens for monsters and NPCs that appear in the adventure (in black-and-white).
 Crown of Eternity (by Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett) 3.99
The party is tasked with finding a lost researcher for an exclusive league of magical explorers. The lost eldritch archaeologist was in search of the fabled Crown of Eternity. 
This is a quest adventure, with the following goals:
  • Bring back the explorer . . . dead, alive, maybe a bit of both
  • Cross a vast ocean, a treacherous desert, and a poisoned sea, beset from ahead and behind by competing factions and dire threats
  • The party must succeed where a rival daredevil failed: find the Crown of Eternity, snatching it from his grasp if necessary
This is a patronage quest, and introduces the Indhyna League, a mysterious and well-funded group of treasure-seeking mages and scholars. They very much have their own agenda. 
The last page of the adventure contains 42 print-them-yourself tokens for monsters and NPCs that appear in the adventure (in black-and-white). 
 Vampire Hunter Belladonna - Double-sized Programmed Adventure - 5.49
You are Belladonna, the young maid and cook at Castle Ironskull—moonlighting as a
vampire slayer! 
Years ago, the sinister Lord Adrik Blackbird turned your best friend into a vampire. For their own good, you had to stake them both! Somehow, you succeeded—but while those vampires perished, they had already infected others. The bloodsuckers will spread like a plague through the local countryside—unless you hunt them down! 
Play as the lethal maid Belladonna (wielder of silver stakes and deadly poisons), or as your own vampire slaying hero or wizard. Travel through the villages and wilderness near Ironskull Castle, hunting vampires (and possibly other monsters). During your quest, you may uncover disturbing rumors of the rise of a new and terrifying master vampire, and the arcane relic they seek. Can you find it first? 
Vampire Hunter Belladonna is a programmed adventure for The Fantasy Trip. You won't need a Game Master—instead a system of branching paragraphs directs you from encounter to encounter as you make your own choice. You resolve combat or other encounters using the TFT rules. 
In this double-sized 32-page adventure, you will find: 
Over 200 paragraphs detailing wilderness and village encounters.
  • Multiple new monsters (not just vampires!) and magic items.
  • A "sandbox" wilderness setting that can reward multiple plays.
  • A choice of using the included pre-generated characters or your existing PC.
  • 42 "print your own" 1" square counters for use on tactical maps for the adventure
VAMPIRE HUNTER BELLADONNA is an independent adventure, but it has ties to IRONSKULL CASTLE, so you can use both together in a campaign if you wish. If you think of it as "Vampire Hunter B," we won't mind that either. 
The adventure is also available as an offset-print, saddle-stitched softcover printed on 85#/128gsm paper through the Gaming Ballistic website.
I may just be inspired to run some TFT in the New Year. :)

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Kickstarter - Dragon Themed Polyhedral RPG Dice Set

After numerous requests, the Dragon RPG Set is here! New colors and great exclusives! THE DRAGONS ARE BACK!

Have I mentioned my dice addiction? heh

Here I am, backing another dice Kickstarter. Go figure. Let me present the Dragon Themed Polyhedral RPG Dice Set Kickstarter
In a sea of competitors, we'd like to list out what makes these dice unique and why we believe they will hold a place of honor in your dice bag! 
  • Dragon Breath Swirl We're very proud of the coloration of our swirled dice. They feature a blend of two colors with an iridescent glimmer that came out fantastic! We think they are super cool and the blending method perfectly captures the billowing dragon breath attack! Glitterwing Dragons These glimmering dragons are infused with glitter and shine in the light. These new dragons rely on the same glitter effects from our Oblit-O-Tron and Black Death dice that have been well received with our customers. The glitter is incredibly fine and creates a lustrous shimmer.
  • Larger Size Like all the dice we produce, these dice are larger and stand out on your game table. They tower over lesser dice and are easier to read.
  • Draconic Design The thematic design on the maximum face of each die captures the power of the dragons!
  • Choices Once funded, you will have the choice of any of the two base colors! As we unlock additional dragons, this will only add to the available options.
  • Dragon Hoard Along the way through the project we will be unlocking several bonus stretch goals. If you select one of the Dragon Hoard reward levels, you can expect to receive one of each of these with your rewards shipment!
  • Project Exclusives We have several items exclusive to this project. They are unique and fun and, of course, dragon themed!
  • Dragons Awesome in their own right. Death from above!!
You can get a set and a pin for 14 bucks. I'm in for 70, as I want the 6 1/2" die.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

OSR Christmas 2019 - Day Two of Gifting

I bet some of you thought I forgot about OSR Christmas this year. While my plate is currently very full, a tradition such as OSR Christmas must live on. There will be THREE actual days of gift-giving (this is Day Two). If you are interested in the chance of being gifted, you will need to comment on that post. It is as simple as that.

The plan, on the blogside at least, is to do the gifting on December 13th, December 19th and December 24th, with 5 days after the announcing of gifts to name those receiving and 5 days for folks to claim their gifts (unclaimed gifts will be regifted ;), so December 18th, December 24th, and December 29th will be the respective cut off dates. Gifts will be randomly awarded on the following day. Unclaimed gifts will be awarded on January 6th, 2020.  Hopefully, it will all wrap up by the end of the year. That would be a first :)

There will be some gifts gifted on the Tavern Chat Podcast side. You'll have to listen ;)

Today's Gift Pool:

2 - Moon Wizard OSR Patchs by Thad Moore

1 - James Mishler Games "One of Everything" in PDF
       (19 titles in all)

From MonkeyBlood / Glynn Seal
 1 - The City of Great Lunden hardback plus Map Sets and Pregen
Character Cards (Print - Ships Worldwide)

 1 - HandyMaps Towns & Villages (Print - Ships World Wide)

 1 - Midderlands PDF

 1 - The City of Great Lunden PDF

Note - FOUR separate gifts from MonkeyBlood

From Genius Loci Games

1 - Pyramid of the Lost King (at cost Print on Demand)
1 - New Class Options (PDF)

From Roan Studios

Full Roan Studio (pdf) collection on Drive Thru RPG (15 titles) 

From Tenkar's Tavern / The Tavern Chat Podcast

2 - $10 DrivethruRPG Gift Certificates

Remember, comment before midnight, December 24th for your chance to be gifted. You have five days to claim your gift. Want to add more gifts to the gift pool? Email tenkars.tavernATgmailDOTcom with "OSR Christmas Gifting" in the subject. Huge thanks to all who have donated.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

OSR Christmas - Day One - Time to Receive Gifts!

Alright, it is time to gift those who are receiving random gifts from Day One of OSR Christmas
Randomizers in hand, its time to roll some dice!

Today's Gift Pool:

1 - Moon Wizard OSR Patch by Thad Moore - Narmer

1 - James Mishler Games "One of Everything" in PDF
       (19 titles in all) - sevenbastard

From MonkeyBlood / Glynn Seal
 1 - The City of Great Lunden hardback plus Map Sets and Pregen
Character Cards (Print - Ships Worldwide) - Ryan @aqualithmedia 

1 - HandyMaps Towns & Villages (Print - Ships World Wide) - Joel Watkins 

1 - Midderlands PDF -  RhinoDino1973 

1 - The City of Great Lunden PDF -  Basement Axis Mundi

Note - FOUR separate gifts from MonkeyBlood

From Genius Loci Games

1 - New Class Options - vivaldi0

From Tenkar's Tavern / The Tavern Chat Podcast

2 - $10 DrivethruRPG Gift Certificates
     - Baron Greystone
    - JanE

There you have it. If you gift is a PDF / digital / Gift Certificate, we'll need the email you use with DriveThruRPG. If the gift is physical, we need you snail mail / shipping address.

Please email tenkarsDOTtavernATgmailDOTcom by December 23rd, 2019 to claim your gift. Put OSR Christmas Gifted in the subject of the email.

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New gift list posted will be posted.tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Kickstarter - RPG Monsters: A to Z - Stock Art (James Shields)

I'm a HUGE fan of Stock Art. If you are a small third party publisher or self publisher, good stock art is often your life's blood. Affordable and good? That's a home run.

James Shields is Kickstarting RPG Monsters: A to Z, 26 creatures for your publications as little as a buck a piece in B&W
I'm creating a stock art library of 26 creatures and monsters, one for each letter of the alphabet. I want this library to be a mix of the following: 
  • Recreating some Classic Creatures
  • Makeovers of 'Failed' Monster Ideas
  • Designing Brand New Creations
  • Backers will submit ideas for each letter of the alphabet. I will curate those submissions (and maybe include some of my own) and allow backers to vote on which ideas get illustrated. 
All images will be quarter to half page illustrations at 300 DPI.
Black and White is 25 bucks, add in color and its 50 bucks. Very affordable and excellent art.

Monday, December 16, 2019

News - Gary Con 2020 - Grand Geneva Overbooked - Check Your Email

Shared from the Gary Con website:

Growing Pains: Grand Geneva is Overbooked
December 15, 2019  By MELF

Gary Con attendees are passionate about coming to Lake Geneva and celebrating with the Gygax Family. The Grand Geneva received such a huge and overwhelming response when they opened up the Gary Con hotel block earlier this year that the reservations team booked more rooms than there were actually available.  The error was temporary but several people were booked in a twenty-minute period when all the rooms were already reserved.  So check your spam folders and see if you were one of those people because there is a limited time offer if you were effected. 
Thankfully, the Grand Geneva has come up with a way to take care of all of the people that are overbooked.  A brand new hotel, The Fairfield Inn and Suites, opened up this fall only 1.4 miles from the Grand Geneva.  Everyone will have the opportunity to book a room at the Fairfield for $129.00 per night plus get some great perks.

  • Complimentary breakfast at the Fairfield
  • Complimentary transportation between the Fairfield and Gary Con at the Grand Geneva
  • Complimentary parking at both places if you want to drive your car
  • $25 Grand Geneva Resort Credit per room, per night for use towards food and beverage (up to $75)
  • A Gary Con Gift pack ($35 value)
  • Preferred booking at the Grand for Gary Con XIII in 2021

If your reservation at the Grand Geneva was effected you have until DECEMBER 30, 2019 to claim your room at the Fairfield.  SO please check your emails.
Some observations and comments from your bartender:

  • Registration was back in March of 2019.
  • It was booked within hours.
  • It takes 9 months to realize you are overbooked?
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites was asking for volunteers to move from the Grand Geneva to Fairfield a few days ago. It was a limited time offer. Does this mean the Grand Geneva was hoping enough guests would switch venues voluntarily and thus avoid having to announce the screw-up?
  • Some folks affected have complained that their billing info was shared with a third party - Fairfield - without their consent.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Deal of the Day - 6th edition Call of Cthulhu for 4 Bucks

I've always enjoyed Call of Cthulhu. I'm not sure I'd run it as a full campaign, but as a break from a more tradition RPG for a few sessions I think it truly shines.

An opportunity to snag the PDF of Call of Cthulhu 6th edition (most current is 7th edition) for Four Bucks is simply a no brainer if you have never had the CoC bug in your head ;) Grab it by 10 AM Eastern 12/17/19.
The Great Old Ones ruled the earth aeons before the rise of humankind. Originally they came from the gulfs of space and were cast down by even greater beings. Remains of their cyclopean cities and forbidden knowledge can still be found on remote islands in the Pacific, buried amid the shifting sands of vast deserts, and in the frigid recesses of the polar extremes. Now they sleep -- some deep within the enveloping earth and others beneath the eternal sea, in the drowned city of R'lyeh, preserved in the waters by the spells of mighty Cthulhu. When the stars are right they will rise, and once again walk this Earth. 
Call of Cthulhu is Chaosium’s classic roleplaying game of Lovecraftian horror in which ordinary people are confronted by the terrifying and alien forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. Call of Cthulhu uses Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying System, easy to learn and quick to play. This bestseller has won dozens of game-industry awards and is a member of the Academy of Adventure Game Design Hall of Fame. In 2001 Call of Cthulhu celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 2003 Call of Cthulhu was voted the #1 Gothic/Horror RPG of all time by the Gaming Report.com community. Call of Cthulhu is well-supported by an ever-growing line of high quality game supplements. 
This is the 6th edition of this classic horror game, completely compatible with all of previous editions and supplements for Call of Cthulhu. This is a complete roleplaying game in one volume. All you need to play is this book, some dice, imagination, and your friends.
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