2020 The Year in Perspective

It’s been a strange year, but stuff gets done when you can’t leave the house. The PDF of Palace will likely go out to backers on January 1st. I endeavor to impress, to delight and to astound. The POD versions will take considerably longer because of the delay in shipping. The proofs are underway. Second, … More 2020 The Year in Perspective

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[Review] White Dwarf 22/23; Hope springs eternal

[Adventure]The Search for the Temple of the Golden Spire (1980)Barney Sloane (White Dwarf 22)Lvl 2 – 4 A stalwart 4-pager. When entering the village of Greywood the characters see the innpost struck by the light of the moon, revealing cryptic instructions, IN RHYME. This is a good adventure, considering the length its admirable. The heroes … More [Review] White Dwarf 22/23; Hope springs eternal

[Review] White Dwarf 20/21 (AD&D); Just another day at the mill…

[Adventure]Grakt’s Crag (1980)Will Stephenson (White Dwarf 20)Lvl 3 The delve into White Dwarf, praying for another Halls of Tizun Thane, continues. With some adventures it feels like just another day at the office. Grakt’s crag is a 3 page tomb that never reaches the level of bad but isn’t particularly good or memorable either. There … More [Review] White Dwarf 20/21 (AD&D); Just another day at the mill…

[Review] White Dwarf 18: The Halls of Tizun Thane; Bone-Deep S&S

[Adventure]The Halls of Tizun Thane (1980)Albie Fiore (White Dwarf Magazine #18)Lvl 1 – 2 Though D&D has its roots firmly in the Sword & Sorcery genre, modules with an actual S&S theme, as the Great Melan observes, are the exception rather than the rule. Today we discuss such anexception. A recommendation by a reader by … More [Review] White Dwarf 18: The Halls of Tizun Thane; Bone-Deep S&S

[Review] The Obsidean Keep (OSR); Beacons of Hope

[Adventure]The Obsidean Keep (2020)Joseph Robert Louis (Dungeon Age)Lvl 1 – 3 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content I say unto you the Old Ways are Forever. While the tents of fickle pilgrims lie empty as they wander from our hearth into a trackless waste without shape or form, a desert that swallows men and that is named 5e, … More [Review] The Obsidean Keep (OSR); Beacons of Hope

[Review] White Dwarf 12: Pool of the Standing Stones; Dawn Age Fragment

[Adventure]Pool of the Standing Stones (1978)Bill Howard (White Dwarf Magazine)Lvl 5 – 6 A 4-page dungeon from the dawn age. Early white dwarf has a reputation for being pretty good. Lichway was pretty damn good. This one falls more on the bizarre spectrum but there are a few noteworthy touches and charming ideosyncracies. Let us … More [Review] White Dwarf 12: Pool of the Standing Stones; Dawn Age Fragment

[Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 23 & 24 (B/X Mystara); Disaster at Misha’s Ferry

And so it was that on the 27th of the Fyrmont our heroes grew weary of poring over tomes and supping on fine ales and hearing the pleas of petitioners, desperate to join their band. Much had happened. Shing and Niffa were all but lost to the world, pouring over captured tomes and scribing many … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 23 & 24 (B/X Mystara); Disaster at Misha’s Ferry

[Review] G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief (AD&D 1e); The birthplace of Gygaxian Naturalism

[Adventure]G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief (1978)Gary Gygax (TSR Games)Lvl 9+ The holidays are dawning, my vacation is coming, Screaming Caverns is done and once again requests are pouring in. Before we get to those I think it time to center myself by going back and looking at an old classic. G1 is famous, … More [Review] G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief (AD&D 1e); The birthplace of Gygaxian Naturalism

[Review] Cha’alt II; Fuschia Malaise (O5R) Pt II; Section I Subsection Six Act Three

The second part of Fuschia Malaise. Encounters.Various wasteland encounters are described. This is the grab-baggiest of Cha’alts chapters. Most of these are essentially little adventuring hooks, but its nice to see lessons were learned since the dark days of Battle for the Purple Islands. NPCs can be teamed up with, always have a goal, and … More [Review] Cha’alt II; Fuschia Malaise (O5R) Pt II; Section I Subsection Six Act Three