Sunday, February 17, 2019

The OSR News

Dreams of Mythic FantasyJames Smith, of the "Dreams of Mythic Fantasy" blog, writes a weekly column called The OSR News.  It's a roundup of newly published products, reviews, blog post spotlights and news.

It really helpful, cool and he puts a lot of work into it.  You can find the posts here.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Descending Armor Class

You learn something new everyday.  I didn't realize that this was the origin of descending armor class in original D&D.  It's explained here at the Playing at the World blog.

Originally it was intended that you needed to roll 20 - AC.  So AC 2 needed an 18 or higher.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Blades & Black Magic Now Out

BLADES   Blades & Black Magic Book 1It's been a really good year for fans of The Fantasy Trip.  First we get a reissue of The Fantasy Trip itself and C.R. Brandon publishes the long awaited Blades & Black MagicBlades & Black Magic is a swords & sorcery offshoot of of Mr. Brandon's Heroes and Other Worlds which is itself is a descendant of TFT.  So, I'm a happy man.  Blades & Black Magic will be my first purchase of 2019.  (What?  It's here already?)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Brand New TFT Adventure

It's here!  The first official adventure for The Fantasy Trip in decades!  What?  Me excited?  The description says that The Chaos Triads by Steven Marsh is a 12 page, GM run adventure in PDF format.  It goes for $5 at Warehouse 23.

This is supposed to be the first in a series of adventures to support the upcoming release of The Fantasy Trip reboot from Steve Jackson Games.  I actually don't know why I'm as excited as I am because there are good adventures already out there.  Dark City Games has been making quality solo adventures that are compatible with TFT for years.  It's probably just that it's official and that it heralds a resurgence in TFT.

Needless to say I will buy it soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Greg Stafford

Greg Stafford passed away.  This saddens me.  I have never met or interacted with the man or played Runequest or any of the other games derived from it.  However, he holds a special place in my gaming heart.  The first RPG I played with my now 18 year old son was Prince Valiant, written by Stafford.  I tracked down a used copy about 12 years ago because I had heard it was a good introductory game for kids.  Mr. Stafford, through his game, created special memories for my son and me and for that I thank him.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Call of Cthulhu Starter Set

call-of-cthulhu-starter-set-cover.jpgChaosium is coming out with a Call of Cthulhu Starter Set!  Apparently, this news has been out for a couple of months but as usual I missed it.  I've always had a passing interest in CoC but have never dived in.  I've read the quick starts and such but never went beyond that.  Particularly now that the core rules are split into two expensive hardback books.  So, this might actually be the product to get me started.  It looks like it's going to be a boxed set for around $25.  You can find more news here.  If you actually scroll down into the comments a representative from Chaosium confirms the contents of the box.  Also, it appears to be available for pre-order on Amazon and other sites.

Update:  11/29/18 The site I linked above is no longer publicly accessible.  You will need to register with the site in order to read the thread or view any of the content on the site.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Fantasy Trip Kickstart Over

Steve Jackson Games is bringing back The Fantasy Trip.  The Kickstarter to finance it just wrapped up.  It's goal was $20,000.  It hit this goal and surpassed it significantly.  It actually reached $311,821.and reached all of its stretch goals.

What's really exciting to me is that they've commissioned five writers to create adventures that they are going to release through their store even before the game ships.  I'm hoping for a couple of solo adventures.  You can read about it here.  I'm still very excited.