Old School News from December
(The majority of this news is taken from my Examiner.com RPG news roundups – if I’ve missed something, please put it in the comments and I’ll make sure it gets added in an edit/update to this post.)
There was a lot of cool, exciting news in the Old School RPG world this December – as 2009 winds down, the OSR is going out with a bang.
At the end of November, LotFP Publishing released their new module, The Grinding Gears, to many good reviews. Created for just about any original/old school game, Grinding Gears is a classic “challenge the player’s wits” module.
December started with news of an amazing supplement to Swords & Wizardry being released. Setting material from a personal 30 year campaign was published: The Majestic Wilderlands by Rob Conley. What is unique about this setting is its status as a licensee of the old Judges Guild Wilderlands of High Fantasy property. Created for the Swords & Wizardry OD&D retroclone, this source material is perfect for old school and OOP D&D use.
Robert Kuntz of Pied Piper Publishing announced that he is releasing a color module of the first 3 levels of the “Castle El Raja Key.” This dungeon setting was used, according to Robert, to play-test the original D&D and had a hand in spawning the famous Greyhawk campaign and original D&D Greyhawk supplement. This is a very interesting development, given this year’s brouhaha regarding Troll Lord Games, Gail Gygax and the “Castle Zagyg” series which was cancelled. This isn’t the last time we’ll hear PPP making announcements in December.
The imaginative standard-bearer of all things “pre-1990”, Fight On! magazine, has released their 8th issue. It’s jam packed with material for games like “Empire of the Petal Throne” as well as another adventure from Gabor Lux and lots of things old school and wildly imaginative.
Joseph Bloch over at the blog Greyhawk Grognard released another installment of his megadungeon “Castle of the Mad Archmage”. Joseph’s CotMA has been an underground hit with the Greyhawk fans and definitely worth a look for an example of excellent 1979 D&D play.
Noble Knight Games has earned a solid reputation for quality customer service in providing new and out-of-print games. They were very busy right before Christmas by announcing that they’ve become the exclusive distributors of Pied Piper Publishing games and materials. They’ve also started distributing the ENnie award winning Swords & Wizardry D&D retroclone game, Knockspell Magazine and other Mythmere Games products produced by Black Blade Publishing.
If John Carter of Mars or the pulp “Swords & Planets” type of adventures gets you fired up, the new supplement written for Swords & Wizardry might interest you. Savage Swords of Athanor mixes pulp science fiction with fantasy to give you a whole new set of adventures and worlds to explore.
Randall at the blog Retroroleplaying.com has been offering contests and giveaways in exchange for contributions to help him with a set of devastating medical bills that his family has incurred this year. He recently gave away a set of original Dungeons and Dragons books and supplements to a private donor. He received word that this donor auctioned off those books in a “20th Century Rarities” charity auction for EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS! That’s an amazing amount of money for the LBBs.
Here’s to a wonderful 2010 for the OSR and traditional gaming!