It was the 10th of the Fyrmonet, and our heroes gathered what spoils they could from the cold bodies in the dungeons under Haradraith’s Keep. Magic all but spent, they trudged upwards to make their camp a half hour’s march from there. In the morning, rejuvenated, they returned, to finish it once and for all. Finding … More [Actual play] Swords Against Chaos 21 (B/X Mystara); Queen’s Harvest
Within the walled estates of Penhaligon on Fyrmont 10, they returned on horses laden with gold and trinkets, and drew many a curious glance from its population of trappers, merchants, hunters and yeomen. So laden down with loot were they, that they were eager to spend some, if only to lighten the load on their … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 20 (B/X Mystara); Reconnoiter in Force
[Hexcrawl]The High Moors (2020)Stephen J. Jones (Unsound Methods)Levels 1 – 9 Disclaimer: Sponsored content. The OSR is dead, they say. In all the salons and gay bars of the world the cry of ‘The OSR is dead’ is taken up with unseemly, high-pitched cackling, and traffic is disrupted as a colonnade of poorly maintained hybrids … More [Review] The High Moors (5e); OSR Sleeper Cell
The Volsunga saga or Saga of the Volsungs is probably the most influential of the Viking sagas, serving as inspirational fuel for the likes of Wagner, Eddison and Tolkien. In this evil age, it is all but forgotten by the common man. It is time to bring it back and remember the old ways. Now … More [Booktalk] A Literary Appendix N; The Volsunga Saga (William Morris & Eirikir Magnusson)
And so it was on the bloody 6th, our heroes fled from the Fortress Haradraith and gathered together in the shade of the surrounding hillside, watching warily whilst the few defenders closed and barred the gates behind them. As the sun travelled across the horizon Rallo, Sarah and Hummingbird scaled the cliffs surrounding that ancient … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaost 19 (B/X Mystara); The Storming of Fortress Haradraith.
[Adventure]Death Love Doom (2012)James Edward Raggi (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)Level 1 While I’m wading through another 200-pager and doing the patron rules for Palace DCC I think it’s time for another one of these. My opinion of it changed over the years, both with time, and with experience. That’s right kids. Uncle Prince actually … More [Review] Death Love Doom (Lotfp); Death by Edge.
[Adventure]In the Vine’s Eye (2015)Jeff Sparks (Faster Monkey Games)Lvl 4 – 6 Near the town of Rennington is said to be a mysterious valley. Rumors speak of great treasure, wine so good it drives people to obsession and a terrible curse on any who go into it. You are hired by a merchant to find … More [Review] In the Vine’s Eye (LL); Mythology & Craftmanship
[Adventure]War of Darkness (1985)Mark Perry (Mayfair Games)Lvls 12 – 14Summary: B12 + Shadows of Evil – Subtlety Whelp we are back again. High level adventures aren’t very good, case #192425. This entry in the Role Aids bypasses the laudably ambitious but somewhat unwieldy Lich Lords and instead fails reasons all too familiar, despite a handful … More [Review] War of Darkness (1e 3PP); On the Nose
This is the last part of my review of Imperial Matchmaker. In previous parts I have tried, often in vain, to scratch at the surface of this bulky, horrendously organized but laudably ambitious sandbox, only to be driven back, time and again, by layered bulwarks of flavortext and impenetrable references. We arrive at the last … More Imperial Matchmaker III (5e 3PP); Disorganization Monogatori
William Morris is arguably the world’s first fantasy writer. There were stories with elements in them that the author believed was fiction (just look at the Gothic period), but Morris was the first to set his story in an entirely fictional world. Coming out in 1896, Well at the World’s End spans 4 volumes and … More [Booktalk] The Well at the World’s End (William Morris)