Jun 11, 2021

Swords & Wizardry Complete Box Set Unboxing


The new Swords & Wizardry Complete Box set just arrived in the mail.

It has 4 booklets, a character sheet pad, a polyhedral dice set, a bookmark, and a letter from Matt Finch the writer. All in a sturdy digest sized box.

While the font was much smaller than expected it is very legible. I've only flipped through it and haven't sat down to read it all yet, but first impressions are it is about what you would expect. Perfect bound digest sized books with the minimalism S&W is known for.

The organization of the combat section was a little confusing, maybe it will make sense once I read it in more detail.

The pages are smooth coated paper which is good for full color printing, but it is printed essentially monochromatic so I don't think it was necessary for the added cost of that kind of paper. So the touch and feel of it are a bit off.

I recorded a video so you can see my first impressions.


Jun 6, 2021

Fight On! Compilations

 I've picked up a few copies of Fight On! magazine over the years, but recently I decided to fill out my collection. When I looked into it I found on the Ignatius Umlaut Lulu page there are compilations of issues 1-4, 5-8, and 9-11  Each issue is packed full of useful material, but when you get the compilations you can really appreciate the quantity and quality. Each article feels passionately created, mostly from direct experience at the gaming table. It reminds me of the best years of early Dragon magazine crossed with some of the best thing about the Judges Guild periodicals. The website seems to stall out at issue 11, but the Lulu store has up to issue 14. 

I'll be digging into more details in the coming weeks as I read through them. 

A message from my dog Loki

Jun 3, 2021

Gamma World 1st Edition Bundle

Next to the Moldvay red box set and the original AD&D hardcovers few other old RPG's hold the same special nostalgia as Gamma World. This was one that when I first saw it I immediately had to get it, but I missed out on 1st edition. Fortunately the 2nd edition is just as good, possibly better and the summer I got that set my friends and I played the heck out of it. 

Even though I have since found a copy of the 1st edition, I like to also have copies in PDF format. And Wizards just put this bundle on sale for a good price. I don't know how long it will last, but I wasted no time in getting and downloading it. The scans are clean and well presented, so I'm happy with the purchase.

The bundle includes the original boxed set, the Referee's Screen, GW1: Legion of Gold (not only one of the best GW adventures, but ranks high in all adventures), GW2 Famine in Far-Go, and GW3 The Cleansing War of Garik Blackhand. That's enough Gamma World adventures for months worth of campaigning.

From the description:

Can you survive in a world gone mad? A world where civilization as we know it has been destroyed in a cataclysmic holocaust? What is left in this world? Find out and encounter such bizarre things as mutated plants and animals more terrible than you can imagine, radiation wastelands that stretch as far as the eye can see, and fearless machines gone uncontrollably berserk . . .

This is the setting for a GAMMA WORLD™ campaign, with players taking on the persona of an individual character somewhere in this forbidding locale. In a quest for survival and in search of a better future, the players adventure across the land, enduring hardships and encountering dangerous obstacles and mysterious foes - never knowing quite what to expect. The result is a game which can go in many directions, but which will be challenging and fascinating no matter what the outcome.

The GAMMA WORLD™ Set includes all the basics needed to set up your own "world": game booklet (packed with terrible mutants, as well as guidelines for creating additional ones of your own), a large campaign map (designed to be easily modified by individual gamemasters), and a full set of polyhedra dice. The only other things necessary are a good imagination and a spirit of adventure! The GAMMA WORLD™ rules are also suitable for use with the ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS™ rules.



Bookmark Dungeon: Deathly Cell of Xangarius the Berserk Princess

 Princess Xangarius was cursed by a vampiric sorcerer, and she was imprisoned in an impenetrable cell deep below Fendal castle.

May 25, 2021

Clip Art - OSR Cover Template

 Of all the requests for art I get one of the most frequent is for the page texture and layout I do for my OSR roleplaying game books.

I will say, they look simple but I put quite a bit of time and effort in fonts kerning, leading, and layout and have refined the format over the years. So for those interested here is a ready made template you can use for your own OSR games. It has all you need including font information (you'll have to get those separately), background page texture, and I even made a fun little wizard logo you are free to use to show that your game is OSR friendly. Which to me means it is basically compatible with all the popular retro-clones that emulate the original fantasy roleplaying game.

As a special offer this is half price from what I've sold this template for on my website.