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Saturday, December 26, 2020

OSR Christmas Day 5 - OSR Patch Collection - Three Patches to Rule Them All, and in Gaming Bind Them

Yep, it's that time again. Today we have two sets of Thad's amazing OSR patches to gift to The Tavern's community. You've seen them at conventions, you've seen photos online, but here is your chance to have your own set.

So, how can you get gifted on Day 5 of OSR Christmas? Simply comment below with the magic item your favorite character would want to find under their holiday tree. Two random commenters will be chosen to be gifted. This is a physical product AND ships worldwide due to Thad's generosity and holiday spirit. 

Comments must be in by Monday, December 28th, @ 12 noon.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

OSR Christmas - Awarding Day 3 Gifts - Day 4 is Tonight's Iron Rations LiveStream @ 10 PM Eastern


OSR Christmas continues on Christmas Day :)

From OSR Christmas Day 3, the following need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavernATgmail.com for their Gift Certificates:

Tim Baker

grayhawkbard

You both have $25 DTRPG Gift Certificates coming your way.

Tonight on the Iron Rations LiveStream with JoetheLawyer, we are giving away two $25 DTRPG Gift Certificates to two commenters on the LiveStream. You do need to be present to be gifted.

Subscribe to YouTube.com/ErikTenkar and never miss any of the various Livestreams :)

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

OSR Christmas, Day 3 - Shop with a DTRPG Gift Certificate

What, OSR Christmas Day 3 ALREADY? Where were days 1 and 2? Days 1 & 2 were held on the Talking Crit Livestream the last 2 Wednesday Nights. So, here is Day 3 :)

Today we have two $25 DTRPG Gift Certificates up for gifting. All you need to do is comment on this blog post with a holiday greeting or wishes for your fellow gamers before Noon Eastern Time, December 25th, 2020 (tomorrow). Sometime tomorrow afternoon I'll randomly determine two commentators to be gifted with some holiday gaming cheer :)

Also, tomorrow evening (time to be determined) JoetheLawyer and I will be kicking off the Iron Rations Livestream, a twice a month Livestream of gaming goodness. We will be giving away another two $25 DTRPG Gift Certificates to commentators on tomorrow night's Livestream.

Subscribe to YouTube.com/ErikTenkar and never miss any of the various Livestreams :)

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Talking Crit Tonight @ 8 PM Eastern - Bad Mike & Tenkar are Joined by Mike & Liz Stewart - OSR Christmas Day 2 too ;)

Tonight on the Talking Crit Livestream, Bad Mike and your's truly, are being joined by Mike & Liz Stewart. Yes, THAT Mike & Liz. Save or Die Podcast, Save for Half, the Three Castles Award-winning Victorious RPG, and more.

What are we going to talk about? Bad Mike & I refer to Talking Crit as a hex-crawl podcast, unscripted and entertaining our audience as well as ourselves. We thrive on the comments of our live viewers, so why not join us?

https://youtu.be/mT1V55NGVeg

Oh, and at least 2 $50 DTRPG Gift Certificates will be randomly gifted to our live commentors on YouTube. Yay! OSR Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Frog God Games PDF 75% off Sale - Nearly Everything (Includes newer releases such as the Lost Lands Setting)

Ah, tis the season, the season for deep discounts and gifting. OSR Christmas kicked off on the Youtube.com/ErikTenkar stream last Wednesday, will continue there again tomorrow with more DTRPG Gift Certificates to be gifted (then gifts here on the blog side for the 24th and the 25th). So, what would you spend your DTRPG monies on?

How about Frog God Games 75% Off of Nearly Every PDF Sale over at DTRPG? Swords & Wizardry, Dungeons & Dragons 5e, and even Pathfinder 1e.

World of the Lost Lands - $55 down to 13.75

The new Christmas adventure, Orcus on 34th Level, from $9 down to 2.25

The old Christmas adventure, How Orcus Stole Christmas, from $4.79 to 1.20

The new Bunnies & Burrows RPG? $11.24 to 2.25

Hex Crawl Chronicles for .75 each

Rogues in Remballo for 15 cents

Tome of Horrors Complete (4.50) and Monstrosities (3.75) - 9.25 for the pair. Damn!

I went through all of the Swords &Wizardry releases (one link to rule them all ;) and except for the bundles and the rare print POD, they are all 75% off. Heck, about half are priced under 2 bucks.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

So, Where is that LotFP Referee Book? (Funded October 2013)

This past summer, James Raggi made a personal appeal to the OSR community to bail him out of debt to the Finnish government. Loans were coming due and if James didn't pay them, LotFP would likely cease publication.

Well, the community certainly saved James's bacon (60k euros that were coming due in loans, plus another 30k not as immediate), and James made enough in sales to pay off his debt. But the Referee Book, which hasn't seen an update since February on the Indiegogo page, and will be two years late in January, and funded in October of 2013, is still not scheduled for release:

Just want to thank everyone for a big year here at LotFP. We came really close to total disaster, but you all made sure we live on to fight another day.

But now it's time to advance again. Looks like the next releases won't be to the printer until March or so (five months later than I'd hoped... sigh) and then the release cycle after that... seriously... the Ref book. So I need to conserve resources for all that, but there is much to do between now and then.

I know James feels that backers of the Referee Book are due an update unless he has something concrete, but with the current situation, I think an update would be a kindness that the backers deserve.

Yep, "the media" is requesting an official update ;)

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Looks Like I Might Start GMing Again (Finally!)

 

Looks Like I Might Start GMing Again (Finally!)
[Special Note: I'm generally not a huge fan of repeating myself, but I'm not 100% sure of just how much overlap this post will have with some earlier ones, but as the situation is eerily similar to one from a year or two ago I've mentioned at least in part.....it at least feels like I'm rehashing old ground. If so, indulge me as a Christmas offering....]

On a personal note, this week has totally sucked big green donkey #%$! I'll spare you all the details, but one of my challenges this week is the fact my home (I rent a small house) busted a water pipe and my crawlspace became a swimming pool. I've been without water for a week now, which isn't a huge deal, BUT I had some time-sensitive cooking Christmas gifts to work on. I'm making some hot sauce that has to be bottled at a certain point and it's literally unsafe to be working with the fermented peppers without the ability to clean up. Luckily I was able to reach out to a Brother (someone from my old Air Force career field) and go over to his place to borrow his kitchen.

A couple hours into this process his youngest daughter comes home and we all hang out in the kitchen while I'm doing my thing. The conversation comes around to the daughter's participation in an Anime convention and cosplay and I mention that some of the conventions I've been to have had cosplay events, either on the schedule or the spontaneous cosplay participants that are just there.

"Wait.....you 'do' Dungeons & Dragons?"

It ends up my Brother's 8th grader really wants to play D&D, but is kind of lost. Last Christmas he bought her a D&D Boxed Starter set, and some other stuff, but these thing haven't even been opened up, which makes sense since she wants to play, not GM. He's on-board to play as well, but again....lost.

"What do we do?"

First off.....you know I have to be all "I got you". Hearing this plea hits me right in the obligation. Yes, I feel completely obligated to introduce this family to RPGs. I'm sure we'll probably be playing the current edition of D&D, but I've already laid the groundwork for starting off with playing a session of several different iterations before letting her choose which one we go forward with. I thought maybe starting off with Dungeonteller, but she's older/smarter/mature enough that I'm thinking a session of Old School Essentials for more of a BX flavor, HackMaster (current edition), and then the D&D Box set she already has. I highly suspect she'll really like the HackMaster character creation, but prefer OSE and a more "theater of the mind" playstyle.....but I'm speculating. My thought was to expose the both of them (father & daughter) to the range of crunch and let them decide what they like the best before moving forward. 

These opportunities to grow fresh blood into this hobby don't come along everyday. I know one of my early posts here at the Tavern lamented my frustrations with attempting to game in rural Iowa. Man....if I had been able to start proper at that age I might have managed to get good at this thing by now!

Since this Brother is local, and I have a lot of free time coming up, this is going to happen.....well at least my end is a given. I haven't GM'd in a couple years now, and never for one this young. If any of you have some useful advice, by all means....send it my way! Actually, post it in the comments below so anyone else in a similar situation can take advantage of the advice as well.


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