[Setting]Carcosa (2011)Geoffrey McKinney & Chris Robert (Lamentations of the Princess) It’s time for another Retrospective. One of my earliest multi-part reviews was Geoffrey Mckinney’s Carcosa, a lovecraftian sword&planet hex-crawl set on the nightmare world of Carcosa, 153 light years from Earth, where mutated dinosaurs haunt the irradiated wastes and sorcerers invoke the Great Old Ones … More [Review] Carcosa (Lotfp); The Measure of the OSR
[Adventure]Shipwreckers (1983)S.Stone (Mayfair Games)Lvl 4 – 7 Part of an occupational hazard of reviewing adventures for the internet is that at some point you attain the elfgame equivalent of satori and you begin to get a sense of the cosmic pattern of adventure design, and individual entries start to blur together, becoming points on a … More [Review] Shipwreckers (AD&D 3pp); Versimilitude where is thy sting?
Deep will we delve into the pelagic depths of Imperial Matchmaker. My first attempt merely scratched the surface, today we are going into the mantle. In the first part I covered some of the contents of the Gazzeteer of Imperial Matchmaker and covered its major, some would say crippling, flaws so in this part I … More [Review] Imperial Matchmaker (5e 3PP) Pt. II; Over 9000 fathoms deep…
It was the 21st of the Felmont, and our Heroes stirred from weary slumber with the morning halfway gone, and gathered them weapons and prepared their spells, and set out like automatons marching to murderous inner gears. They marched to the Red Hill and looked upon all that they had wrought. Through a haze of … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 16 (B/X Mystara); Night Assault
As a break from this series, let’s take a look at an entry that is actually on the appendix N. Lord Dunsany is a turn of the century author of “weird” and fantastic fiction and was much admired by the likes of Lovecraft, Howard, C.A. Smith and Tolkien, among countless others. The King of Elfland’s … More [Booktalk] Actual Appendix N: The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
We did it. My thanks to all of you for believing in my grimdark dream. So let’s to business shall we:* Text is done, barring final editing and any playtesting changes* We are currently toiling away at the DCC conversion, there’s some tricky parts involving magic item conversion since some spells don’t exist in … More [Hype] Palace of Unquiet Repose Successfully Funded!!!
[Adventure]Fermentvm Nigrvm Dei Sepvlti (2020)Gord Sellar (Lamentations of the Flame Princess Adventures)Lvls 1 – 3 If there is one man in the OSR to which the attribute of Fool’s Luck applies, it is probably James Raggi. A man who, his generous rates and ability to gather a troupe of talented authors notwithstanding, blunders from ill-conceived … More [Review] Fermentvm Nigrvm Dei Sepvlti (Lotfp); Peppridge Farm Remembers
It was the 20th of the Felmont, and our heroes had rested all day from the hard fighting and the evening march over difficult terrain, and regained much of their strength thereby. They prepared what flasks of oil they would, and spread caltrops before the entrance, and awaited nightfall. And though they heard dimly the … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 15 (B/X Mystara); Massacre at Red Hill
[Adventure]Imperial Matchmaker (2020)Mike Myler (StormBunny Studios)Lvls 3 – 12 Disclaimer: I’m three beers into a review. Also sponsored content. A wise man once said Victory is its own defeat. The long years in the muck, living on hate, pall malls and water, doing 10 part reviews of Avalanche products for an audience of ghosts seem … More [Review] Imperial Matchmaker (D&D 5e) Pt. I; Hills are for dying on
In grim silence, Edmund marched outside with his newfound companion. “No tricks sweetling,” the hard-eyed one spoke, as he ensured his blade was loose in its sheath. “Or I’ll gut thee like a carp.” In the barracks of Fortress Haradraith, Rallo the Bastard was subjected to hard questioning, taking many a punch, and yelping and … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 14 (B/X Mystara); Turning Point