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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Kickstarter - SimpleQuest (d100 Fantasy Rules)

A small complete D100 Fantasy Roleplaying Game.

I'm a huge fan of Newt Newport and his D101 Games company. Crypts & Things is one of the best OSR rulesets, and OpenQuest is a convenient entry to the Basic RPG Engine (CoC, RuneQuest, and the like).

SimpleQuest is a streamlined version of OpenQuest, focused on the fantasy genre. I personally find D100 games work best with small parties of players (or at least better than D20-style games) as they are skill-based and not level-based. For a party of 2 to 3 players, SimpleQuest may be a perfect choice.

13 bucks for the SimpleQuest PDF with the at-cost POD is a sweet deal. It's already written, so January 2023 is pretty sweet.

SimpleQuest is a short fantasy adventure roleplaying game. Within its 150 pages, it contains everything you need to play.  

SimpleQuest is ideal if you want a short yet comprehensive D100 fantasy ruleset. 

A Bit More about the Game

Last year I released OpenQuest, a simple, straightforward D100 Table Top Game, as an all-in-one book. SimpleQuest is a concise and compact version of that game, with a few extra rules to make it more pickup and play.

Compact for travelling and viewing on phones/tablets

Concise for straightforward fantasy games, one-shots and short campaigns.

The book weighs in at just over 150 pages, in 6x9 inch format, with full-colour illustrations by Jeshields and a gorgeous wrap round cover by Jon Hodgson.

It will come in three formats.


A Digital Pdf - fully bookmarked with hyperlinked page references.

A Print on Demand version, fulfilled by DriveThruRpg.com

A Printed version, with sewn pages, endpapers and a ribbon. Sent directly from me in the UK to you, postage payable after the campaign via my website.

This book contains the following chapters:

Characters. Use a points allocation or random system to generate motivated characters capable of going on fantastic and thrilling adventures.

Equipment. This chapter deals with the tools of the adventuring trade. Things like weapons, armour and general gear such as rope, backpacks and transport costs.

Rules. In this chapter, the system's workhorse, the D100 Skill Test, is explained in its basic and opposed versions. There is also a section of Spot Rules for common adventuring situations.

Combat. This subset of the rules looks at what happens when blades are drawn and used in anger.

Magic. This chapter details a single magic system that every player character uses.

Creatures. Monsters and animals to populate your adventures.

Gods and Goddesses. To use either as patrons for the characters or religions for them to join.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Kickstarter - 1000+ RPG MAGICAL ITEMS ILLUSTRATIONS! (AI Art)

High-quality illustrations for your magic items and artifacts! Monster Eggs, Potions, Magic books, Rings, Necklace, Wands, Armors...

Yep, it's an interesting Kickstarter, and not just for the amount of art you get for your money (the latest update estimates 2,500 art pieces for 31 bucks American that you can use in commercial projects) but because the art is being generated by Artificial Intelligence. 

The sample pieces look good enough, and out of 2,500, if one piece in 100 were usable (publishing quality), I'd certainly be getting my money's worth, but is this the wave of the future?





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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Deal of the Day - Desert Moon of Karth (Mothership)


A good adventure transcends the game system. From what I've heard from others, and from what I've read online, Desert Moon of Karth is a VERY good adventure.

Until tomorrow morning at 11 AM Eastern, Desert Moon of Karth is on sale for 1.92 (marked down from 7.99 in PDF). At that price, I can hack it into the RPG system of my choice (assuming my choice is not Mothership).

One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...  - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Desert Moon of Karth  is a space western sandbox adventure zine for the  Mothership  Sci-Fi Horror RPG . 

Karth is a tiny mesa studded moon on the galaxy's edge. The only way down is an antique space elevator to the lawless boomtown of  Larstown ; a place surrounded by even greater danger and strangeness in the wastes beyond. Survival or salvation is not guaranteed, partner.

Harvest ossified coral corpses to live forever. Become an involuntary organ donor. Dodge ancient orbital defenses. Explore sand blown ruins. Hunt the fearsome sandsquid. Ride camels through the dunes. Drink whiskey until you've forgotten your own name.

Karth's  inspirations include Dune, Firefly, Alien, John Carter of Mars, Cowboy Bebop, The Dark Tower, spaghetti westerns, and modern adventures like  Hot Springs Island ,  A Pound of Flesh ,  Ultraviolet Grasslands , and  Slumbering Ursine Dunes .

You'll find plenty to use for your other sci-fi RPG of choice like  Stars Without Number ,  Traveler , or  Starfinder  with a touch of back alley stat surgery.

Desert Moon of Karth  is a meaty  52 pages , chock full of evocative illustrations and also includes:

  •  10 detailed and dangerous locations  to explore including a ship graveyard, camel ranch, organic coral caves, and a decadent shattered spire.
  •  Regional Moon Map  and rules for point crawling navigation.
  •  Detailed Larstown map , rumors, NPC's, prospective jobs, and fine establishments.
  •  4  volatile factions  for players to interact with including immortal organ harvesters, tribal park rangers, extinct coral beings, and a colonial boomtown of prospectors.
  •  Evolving encounters based on the day/night cycle  (and it's sometimes night for a week).
  •  Tons of 1d10 tables  ranging from creepy prayers, to strange technology, to requested organs, to random drugs.
  •  Rules for sandsquid hunting  and a dungeon crawl within one, should you be devoured.
  •  3  detailed dungeon maps,  8 new creatures, the dark secrets of eternal youth and more!  

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Monday, December 5, 2022

It's That Time Again - Time to Prep for OSR Christmas!

It's amazing. Christmas comes around every December 25th, and yet I'm always surprised when December rolls around and I need to start getting things ready for OSR Christmas.

Well, I actually started getting things organized yesterday, over at the Tenkar's Tavern Youtube Channel. Believe it or not, we already have three new donors for this year's OSR Christmas and I haven't even approached our regular gifters yet.

This year, the gifts will be given away using multiple "aspects" of The Tavern's network of sites. I suspect the breakdown to be roughly: six days of gifts here at Tenkarstavern.com, four days will be given away on The Tavern's Youtube Channel (Likely on the Wednesday and Friday night live streams), and two days will be given away via the tenkarstavern.substack.com newsletter (we just hit 101 subs as I'm typing this - huzzah!

If you wish to be a donor for OSR Christmas - and this means I'm looking at you Third Party Publishers in the OSR, email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "OSR Christmas" in the subject and we'll talk :)

If you wish to be gifted, you'll need to keep watching this space to see when things are kicking off.



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Sunday, December 4, 2022

From Grinch to Giver(?)....It's THAT Time of Year

From Grinch to Giver(?)....It's THAT Time of Year
There's a few things I'd like to chat about today, but it's the first weekend in December and we generally have one particular day, towards the end of the month, that kind of dominates this time of year.

Yes, for the dense one at the back of the room I am actually talking about Christmas. What, the red & white cap in my pic didn't give that away?

Undoubtedly I have mentioned before that I spent a decade or so in retail and the majority of that was spent overseeing the seasonal section of a larger box store, which has kind of biased me against Christmas. Now don't get me wrong, I like Christmas and I enjoy the season, but so many things rub me the wrong way this time of year and I know it's all me. Please don't ask me to to assemble another fake Christmas tree as I've done enough for several lifetimes (the idea of "fluffing" an artificial tree makes the back of my hands itch....like it used to back in the day). Christmas cards....meh. I'd rather visit with friends and family than send a card and maybe a letter of what I've been up to. 

...and presents for the sake of buying presents for people....no thanks.

I'm at least self aware enough to know that I'm a bit....grinchy during Christmas and when kiddos are involved I can and will suck it up. While I am making note of my more negative feelings of the holidays, don't think for a second I don't participate. I do, just on my terms.

I do like giving gifts, I just loathe the obligation of gift-giving. I tend to get things year-round as I see them for friends and family. I may or may not hold off on giving them until Christmas, but with one exception (and not kids) I'm not going to feel bad if I didn't get someone I call friend or family a Christmas gift. I also don't feel the slightest bit unhappy if I don't receive anything from others this season. Like a few of us I'm a grown-ass adult with no children and grandchildren. Everyday is Christmas for me!

One thing I do this season though, is make gifts.....more for my friends and co-workers. I probably spend more than I should doing so and I don't leave any of my coworkers out, and this flies pretty much in the face of everything I've typed out so far. The thing is I really enjoy making gifts, probably much more than I should. I'm like 20% hoarder to begin with so the collecting of raw materials and tools required to make said gifts is sometimes a scavenger hunt that takes months. Often there is a fair amount of research involved, maybe some test runs and tweaks.....it's a freakin process!

My gaming group is definitely part of my extended family (sorry guys, that's how I roll) and they may or may not be in my recipient list.......last year Christmas came in May or June because my elf had dissemination issues....which are only being pointed out to make fun of him today (Hi Richard!). Last year I did something special for the group in addition to the "normal" gift I made which was a small collection of homemade bitters.

Now clearly I've been rambling on a bit, as I do, but if you're still with me and haven't said, "Screw this, Elf is playing on Netflix, or somewhere..." you might be hoping I'll come around to a point, which is....if you are the "normal" type you might want to get something for your fellow gamers. Again, for my home group, I really hope the previous paragraphs highlight how I'm 110% not needing anything, but for anyone/everyone else the thought of having to add a few more gifts to your Christmas shopping list might be a bit much, so maybe we can brainstorm this thing....and (obviously) I'm going to have some biases thrown in.

If I was feeling any pressure to get some gaming gifts my inclination would be to make something, so that's where I'll start. I like to double-dip somewhat so my initial recommendation would be to get some printed "books" from a small publisher. I'm d30 biased and the man behind New Big Dragon Games Unlimited is my home GM, so I'm suggesting heading over to Lulu.com and getting some of his materials. You can also do DriveThruRPG if you want to print it locally (a quick trip to FedEx Kinkos can work in a last-minute pitch). Now I'm a dice snob, so generally giving me dice (not that this is about giving me anything) isn't ideal, BUT I've recommended Monday Knight Adventures DCC compatible dice sets before. I gave out a few sets last summer and I used some in a game and I actually liked them. The D30s rolled well for me and after my "lost dice" scare this summer I'm totally using one of these as my relatively-expendable travel dice.

I'm also a big fan of Inkwell Ideas and Inked Adventures. Giving the gift of some mapping software or cool map dice from Inkwell Ideas or getting some of Billiam's (Inked Adventures) token or dungeon tiles is cool. As I'm thinking about it I'm seriously considering getting some IA dungeon tiles printed out, glued to some cheap Dollar General foam core, and then cut out as maybe a gift to myself........

I like the idea of getting some digital products, supporting those creators, and then using that to make some physical products as the gift. It does take a little more work, but it isn't that expensive (cash-wise) and I'm really burying the lead here.....at least for me this kind of creation is mentally and physically relaxing during what can otherwise be a stressful holiday. Can't get some normal games in and things are feeling a little hectic? Spend some time building terrain as a gift.....

You could take some of JV West's character sheets and printed them up as a small pad of PC sheets. If you have a decent enough printer you could print them to blank 4x6 index cards and then take some binder clips (to use as a vice) and some white/rubber glue to make a pad.....might even find a small tin/box at the dollar store that can hold a pencil and some dice (let them supply the dice.......) and you're good. Honestly I'd buy a package of gridded index cards for a buck or so and toss in a few so they could map if needed, but you do you....go nuts.

These are just some gaming related things......if your gaming group's waistlines can handle it a plate of cookies or fudge always works in a pinch. Yet, again just me.....I'd go off-book a bit and do something like some Hot Sauce Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies......

......now as a small gesture of goodwill and kind of a present to you for suffering my ramblings not just today, but all year......here's a cookbook I put together a few years ago of previous food gifts I've made over the years. I do recall adding a couple of different "family" recipes and I'm 110% that some of these came from other unattributed sources, but may or may not have been tweaked by me. At least one recipe is totally mine because it took me a good 10 years to get from the initial, somebody-else's recipe (actually a conglomeration of like three recipes) to mine. 


I'll have to update this cookbook 'cause this year I'm making my own concoction I'm calling Triple Fermented Mustard.








PS. IIRC the cookie recipe is on page 23.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Humble Bundle - The Witcher RPG and More from R Talsorian Games


The Witcher
. Fiction, computer RPGs, on-demand TV series, and tabletop RPG. It's one hell of an IP.



For 18 bucks you can snag 15 titles from R Talsorian Games, including The Witcher (core rules and 4 other supplements) and Castle Falkenstein (core rules and 9 supplements). That is a crapton of material for 18 bucks. For a single buck, you can snag the Falkenstein Core Rules.


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Friday, December 2, 2022

Kickstarter - Bizarre Citizens and Foes, for Use With Fantasy RPGs

Two tiny booklets, each a d66 collection of NPC concepts to drop into your OSR fantasy roleplaying game. Created by Philip Reed.


You had me with Phil Reed on the tin :)

Yes, as usual, you can back for as little as a buck and get TWO PDFs and stretch goals, for less than the price of a can of Coke. Yep, Bizarre Citizens and Foes is another amazing Phil Reed Kickstarter.

Following the success of the Bizarre Blades and Torches Kickstarter campaign, and because I had so much fun writing those tiny booklets, I've decided to tackle another wave of (approximately) A6-sized fantasy RPG supplements. This time around, the bulk of the work is focused on NPC ideas that gamemasters may flesh out and throw into their campaigns. 

With your support, I'll produce at least two -- and possibly as many as four! -- different (approximately) A6-sized booklets. The titles in question are:

  • Bizarre Citizens - 16 pages. A d66 collection of NPCs that may be encountered in a fantasy city or town.
  • Bizarre Foes - 16 pages. d66 NPCs who may prove to be less than helpful during the campaign.
  • Bizarre Seafolk - 16 pages. A selection of d66 NPCs, but this time focused on denizens of the seas. $5,000 stretch goal. Unlocked.
  • Bizarre Chests - 16 pages. This d66 collection of trunks, chests, lockboxes, and more exists solely to give the GM some more ideas on where to hide valuables. $7,500 stretch goal. Unlocked.

NOTE: All page counts include covers, inside covers, and the guts of the booklet. These tiny works are designed as a quick source of inspiration for the busy gamemaster who always needs more ideas before the next session.

 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Far West - 11 Years and Counting - Why Bother Caring?

I'm just going to put this here:


This makes me read things like the following with a pound of salt:



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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bundle of Holding - Tales From the Magician's Skull (Swords & Sorcery Fiction)

I own the first few issues of Tales FRom the Magician's Skull in Print plus PDF, and I must say I'm impressed by the writing of the short stories included. I no longer have the focus or patience to read novels or trilogies, and shorter swords & sorcery fiction are the perfect size for me these days.

For 12.95, you can snag issues 0-7 of Tales From the Magician's Skull as well as Cubicles of the Skull in PDF. That is an amazing amount of reading material for the money.

Mortal, behold! Tales From the Magician's Skull from Goodman Publications is a fantasy fiction magazine that overflows with thrilling new adventures in the spirit of the fabled pulps. These stories, crammed with sword-swinging action, dark magic, and ferocious monsters, hurtle forward at a headlong pace. There are swords, and there is sorcery – dark deeds and daring rescues – lands where heroes fear to tread. Picture this as well: maps to wondrous and terrible places; electrifying art for every tale; guides to bring the terrors within to your own game table. This all-new Magician's Skull Quick Deal brings you eight .PDF issues of Tales From the Magician's Skull plus Cubicles of the Skull, a high-spirited booklet of quotations from your host, the Immortal Skull. As he likes to say, "Join me, mortal dog! Together we shall storm the gates of Valhalla!"

 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Humble Bundle - Lone Wolf and Cub and More (Comics)


I remember, back in my days collecting comics, buying Lone Wolf and Cub for the Frank Miller covers, and being blown away by the content BETWEEN those covers. I had never experienced a Japanese comic before, and it was literally eye-opening. Lone Wolf and Cub were some of the best stories ever written and drawn in graphic comic format.

There is a huge collection of Japanese graphic novels available on Humble Bundle. It may not look huge initially, but Lone Wolf and Cub alone account for 28 of the issues available. Snag the entire collection for 18 bucks.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Bundle of Holding - Shadowrun 1E-2E Mega Bundle

 


I remember snagging Shadowrun when it was first released in '89. It was a magical setting that also touched upon cyberpunk themes, thus my group would never step close to it, but it was a good read.

For 19.95, you can snag a (fairly) complete collection of Shadowrun 1e in PDF - Core Rules, expansions, setting guides, and more. If you pay about 42.25, you add a huge amount of Shadowrun 2e material to the mix. I'm not sure if I have the time to read all of this Shadowrun material, but I may just give it a shake.


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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Why Play B/X?

Why Play B/X?
Now I know that this post might be lost on this particular audience, but you know.....internets and all, anything posted online might be useful to other people.

So we play a game that has what (?)......seven editions and going on an eighth, along with about a thousand offshoots and a bazillion house-ruled variations...but I'm going to suggest that anyone not already playing a preferred game...or maybe in this case anyone trying to figure things out for the first time...that they should play B/X.

Now I'm not going to try and go into the history of the game because that's been done several times far better than I'll ever be able to get into. There's a lot of history before the introduction of B/X and far more after the history of this edition.

While history is part of the reason I suggest new players start with B/X, which I'll get into in a moment, it isn't the main reason, and I think a lot of people being introduced to D&D/RPGs would inherently use "history" against choosing B/X.....

....think about it. You can find the current edition of the game easily, at Wal-Mart even, but B/X? Well that isn't so easy to get ahold of for those not in the know. Here are two places you can start:

OK, so I've established the what/where...and maybe even the how, but really the point here is why? What makes B/X the edition you should be playing?

First off, it's an early edition of the game and...simpler to play. You could try and take this reason out to an extreme and try to promote the original Basic or even Chainmail, but I'd argue that they maybe simpler on some levels, but actually more difficult in reality. Those earlier flavors/editions were made for hardcore wargame geeks and....a bit rough around the ridges. When Basic came out the game started to get a bit of a more widespread appeal and with that appeal came a lot of questions, rule clarifications, and published revisions in Dragon Magazine. Basic was literally a beta version of the more refined B/X release. If you read that version you can pretty much see it for yourself....even in just the layout of the pages.

If you start off playing D&D with the B/X edition you'll get essentially the most basic (pun not intended) yet refined edition that can be picked up for free/low cost. There's a TON of additional free/low cost resources for the game and a HUGE potential player base because most OSR players would be up for a game of B/X. 

In short there is a rather low barrier of entry, I'd argue the lowest, for playing RPGs or D&D if you choose the B/X version. For a new player of DM, get those games in, get that needed experience, and then you can branch out into the bazillion variations out there.

Now for those of us that are already more experienced....I suggest you keep B/X around and play it on occasion, for a couple of reasons: to grow new players and to do a compare & contrast. The growing new players is easy enough to figure out and helps pretty much everyone. As far as the compare & contrast?...

Now I've been pretty straight-forward in saying that I'm more of a fan of crunch in my game and B/X isn't that crunchy, so why would I advocate for it? Well just because I like a more complex game, it doesn't mean I'm good with adding said crunch. My fellow players/GM help with this and a lot of times a simpler approach works best. Playing B/X helps in context.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Huge Discounts *some over 50%) on D&D 5e Books at Amazon - D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle 10 Bucks!

There are some huge discounts on D&D 5e books over at Amazon, some discounted AND priced at "get 3 books for the price of 2". If there are holes in your 5e collection, now is likely a good time to plug them.

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I am VERY surprised to find the NEW D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle priced at 10 Bucks. At that price, I may buy copies for my niece and nephew and let them possibly find their own interest in RPGs ;)

D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle (2022 Release) - $20 $10
























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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Black Friday Sales Have Gone Live at DTRPG


This year's Black Friday Sale is live over at DTRPG, and will be live through Monday, 11/28/22. Discounts appear to range from 20-30% off a ton of titles.

Tomorrow, Black Friday, and 11/28, Cyber Monday will have special deeper discounts on a few titles.

I'll follow this short post up with one tomorrow highlighting the special titles and some OSR picks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Kickstarter - Paranoia Perfect Edition

I've been a huge fan of Paranoia since the very first edition - my awesome boxed set that was missing the 2d10 dice that were supposed to have been included. I even playtested a scenario for Hill Sector Blues, and the Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues is still one of the finest RPG adventures ever written.

Mongoose Publishing is Kickstarting a new edition of Paranoia. Sure, there have been a number of editions over the years, but damn, it's such a great game for conventions and one-shots.

About 60 bucks get you the new edition of Paranoia, the Paranoia Perfect Edition in print and PDF, and that includes shipping. I'm in. There are other backer levels, but this one is mine ;)

Say hello to Paranoia Perfect Edition, otherwise known as ‘that cool game with a computer and Troubleshooters, and you shoot everything, and the GM lies, and you die repeatedly but holy cow is that game fun’.

Paranoia created controversy simply by being created. It took the traditional RPG tropes of cooperation, problem-solving and epic adventures against evil and turned them on their heads. Paranoia uses competition, problem-blaming and confusing missions against whatever you were told was evil: a villain, a convenient patsy or evidence of government corruption. Above all else, Paranoia is a roleplaying game that knows it should be fun and entertaining, so it focuses on those and not silly things like plausibility or internal consistency.

You play a Troubleshooter, which is like a volunteer fireman but for police, except it’s not voluntary and people hate you. You receive missions from everyone’s leader and best friend (as required by law), an AI called The Computer. Your job is to find trouble and shoot it. What kind of trouble? Mostly those declared traitors, which includes anyone with a mutant power or who belongs to an illegal secret society.

Oh, your character has a mutant power and belongs to an illegal secret society. So do the other players. And each of you has a laser pistol. Now, play nice! Or shoot each other in the back. That’s more likely.

 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Frog God Games Sale - 50%-60% Off Nearly Everything! Early Black Friday is Here!


Frog God Games is running some Black Friday Sales at DTRPG and their own Frog God storefront and the price cuts are DEEP. 

Everything Frog God Games has in digital format at DriveThruRPG is  60% off. All of the new releases from Necromancer Games are 60% off at DriveThruRPG.

Over at the Frog God Webstore, the discount is 50% off print and PDF prices using the coupon code: MOST-ORCUS-TIME-2022

Did I mention Frog God Games is also offering a holiday-themed freebie? Grab The Terrible Yule Cat for OSE, C&C, and 5e for free!

So, some of my picks are, in no particular order and no preference to the storefront (get your print copies directly from the Frogs and your PDF only from DriveThruRPG)

Lost Lands (Setting Book) - one of the best fantasy settings available, bar none. System neutral, so run it with S&W, OSE, Dungeon Fantasy, The Fantasy Trip - whatever you desire.

Tehuatl (Setting Book) - a mesoamerican themed setting, it is very well done and does a great job showing respect to the setting. Like the Lost Lands setting, it is system neutral.

Rappan Athuk (mega-dungeon) - a timeless mega-dungeon. Available in the "classic" S&W version or the new shiny 5e version, either way, you can't go wrong.

Monstrosities (monster book) - for S&W, every creature has a hook or mini-adventure attached to it. If you don't already have a copy, snag it now.

Moon Daughter's Fate (adventure)- for S&W and 5e, Moon Daughter's Fate has its root in traditional Chinese folklore, not something that you find all that often in an RPG adventure.

The Midderlands (setting) - this is the 5e version of Glynn Seal's fantastic faux Britan setting.

How Orcus Stole Christmas (adventure) - James Spahn at his best. Available in S&W, PF1e, and 5e flavors.

Much, much more ;)

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Bundle of Holding - Engine GM Guides (System Neutral)

I've picked up each of these Engine GM Guides over the years and they are excellent resources, both for game prep and for improv in session. I really can't recommend them enough, and for less than 10 bucks for the six titles, it really is a steal.

Gamemaster! This Engine GM Guides Quick Deal gathers ebooks from Engine Publishing that help improve your skill in running tabletop roleplaying games. Written by the experienced GMs at the widely read gamemastering blog Gnome Stew and by many of the field's leading RPG designers, Engine's system-neutral guides show how to prepare and run a game session, conjure interesting characters and storylines, manage an ongoing campaign, and (ahem) improvise when your players gleefully destroy your sessions, characters, storylines, and campaign.

Odyssey the Complete Gamemaster Guide to Campaign ManagementEach of these terrific guides has appeared in one of five past Bundle of Holding offers, 2013-2020. If you missed any of those, or if you're new to the collected wisdom of the Gnome Stew bloggers, this Quick Deal gives you the complete six-book collection for less than the retail price of one guide. For just US$9.95 you get all six complete gamemastering guides in our Engine Collection (retail value $78) as DRM-free ebooks:

Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Gamemasters (previously in the November 2013 Worldbuilder's Toolkit 1)

Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions (in Toolkit 4, Nov 2016)

Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (in Toolkit 1, Nov 2013)

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep (in Toolkit 3, Dec 2015, and in Bundle 5, Aug 2013)

Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management (in Toolkit 2, Nov 2014)

Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (in Toolkit 3, Dec 2015)

 

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