This Week In The OSR – Saturday, February 6, 2010
This Week’s OSR Releases.
The big news, this week, was the release of the Advanced Edition Companion, from Goblinoid Games. If you missed the Mid-Week Update post, you can click the link to check out the details. As of last night, the new addition to the Labyrinth Lord rules-set, was still #1 on RPG NOW and The Dungeon Alphabet, is still #2.
Basic Fantasy, now has their Wandering Monsters – Release 1, available for free download. They also have available, Release 5 of The Dungeoneer’s Almanack. If you haven’t checked out their site, in a while, you may be pleasantly surprised, to find that there’s been a ton of support material, uploaded of late. It’s well worth checking out!
If you’re fortunate enough to be on Christian Walker’s Mailing List, you may have already received your copy of The Freecity of Haldane, a supplement for Labyrinth Lord. Credit to ze bullette, for letting everyone know that this has gone out. I keep meaning to send Christian some snail mail, with postage bucks, but, haven’t managed to get around to it, yet. If you’re like me and missed out, no worries. Just head over to the Iridia web page and you can download a pdf of the supplement and cover. A fantasy city, ruled by a Dragon, is a football I can take and run with for a good, long while. Haldane was previously presented, in issue # 87 of Iridia and a review of this earlier edition, by James Maliszewski, can be found here.
Relative Entropy Games has released the Elegia RPG. Here’s the blurb, from their storefront:
“ELEGIA is a free fantasy RPG based on the tropes and mechanics of eight-bit console RPGs. Inspired by the "old school renaissance" and "neo retro" clone games, ELEGIA is at once familiar and brand-new.”
The print version is $7.99 and a free pdf version is also, available. Be sure to check out their Labyrinth Lord setting, Empires & Engines, which is available for purchase, or free pdf download.
If you head over to Robert Pinnell’s storefront, you can download a copy of his latest free release, The Assassins of Abu-Dala. The author has several supplements, both for purchase and for free download, which you can check out, while you’re there.
From their storefront:
“PESKY PLAYERS… The average player writes "torch" or "rations" on his character sheet exactly once, at start of play, and never thinks about it again. But as an old-school referee, it’s your job to make the players think about the details. An ill-equipped party must suffer the consequences. Still, who can remember to keep track of all the torches, lantern oil, wandering monster checks, and rest periods? Well, you can, because now you can get Faster Monkey’s simple yet brilliant TURNTRACKER game aid. Download the PDF for less than the price of a latte, print it once on sturdy cardstock, and use it forever. Tick away the turns with ease and watch those light sources burn out, PCs succumb to fatigue, and monsters come looking for the adventurer buffet. It’s all at your fingertips, and those sneaky players will never get away with their hijinks again. Available in both LABYRINTH LORD™ and OSRIC™ versions, to suit your choice of old-school style. THE TURNTRACKER: Making Dungeons Scary Again.”
Available for $3.00. I couldn’t find anything, regarding the page count.
Recent and Upcoming Events and Happenings.
Earlier this week, Havard announced the Grand Opening of The Comeback Inn, Blackmoor forum. The new site already has 175 members, which, bodes well for the future of this community. Congratulations to Havard and “The Regency Council,” along with a hearty thanks.
The One Page Dungeon Contest, 2010, is underway, with a submission deadline of March 1, 0:00 GMT. The Judges and Prizes lists are up, along with all the info you need, to create and submit your Dungeon Masterpiece! If you missed last years contest, you can check out a pdf compilation of the Winner’s, with Runner-up entries, as well as one featuring all the submissions. Just visit the Chatty DM, Here.
OD&DITIES is returning! For 12 issues, the original run of this Old School zine, helped keep the flame of Traditional Gaming alive. If you want to catch up on the back issues, you can do so, here. Richard Tongue, has stated on his blog, that he’s utilizing Labyrinth Lord, as a default rules set. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has in store.
Norman, from Troll and Flame, has sent me some news, on a couple of upcoming events! First, there’s the North Texas RPG Con, a specifically Old School Gaming Convention! June 3-6, in Irving Texas. Here’s the Con Webpage. So far, they have the following confirmed guests: Rob Kuntz, Tim Kask, Paul Jaquays, Dennis Sustare, Steve Winter, Jim Ward and Jason Braun. From looking at the events, scheduled, it’s going to be a blast!
Gary Con II is scheduled for March 19-21, in Lake Geneva, WI. Event registration is now available, online. The event catalogue, is online, as well, so, if you’re able to attend, head on over and check it out! If you’re unable to attend and would still like to support this and future Gary Con’s, please check out the TARGA Pledge an Auction site. Proceeds go to the con, as well as the planned Gary Gygax memorial statue. If you don’t have anything to donate, you still might be interested in the gaming related items, up for auction.
Speaking of Gaming Events, International Traditional Gaming Week is March 21-27. If you would like to join with TARGA, to promote the games we all love, click here, for info.
More on the Publishing Front
Usherwood Publishing is looking for a few gamers, to edit and proofread an upcoming Advanced Edition/Osric, release. Contact Kramer at email@example.com. Here’s a link to the publisher’s post, on the Swords & Wizardry forum.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Greyhawk Grognard, then, you know that Joseph Bloch, is hard at work on his latest project, Emprise!™, a version of AD&D, based upon Gary Gygax’s plans for a revised edition. Joseph has been keeping us up to date and asking for reader’s opinions, so, if you haven’t been following his blog, now’s a good time to start. While you’re there, you can catch up on his many insightful posts and download the latest update of The Castle of the Mad Archmage.
And so, until next time…
I hope I’ve managed to turn a few of you on, to some things you missed. I’ll be back next week, if not before, with more Old School Renaissance news. If you have any news to share, please leave a comment. Or, shoot me an email, at dmkastmaria(at)gmail(dot)com.