[Review] Strabonus (C&C 3PP); Monument to the Ancients

[Adventure]Strabonus (2004)Gabor Lux (self-published)Lvl 6 – 9 A while back, I posed a challenge to any would-be module cobblers, to resist the lure of the artpunk and come up with all manner of bizarre concepts and weird non-sensical creatures, to instead strive to master the conventional forms of D&D first, and strive to innovate when … More [Review] Strabonus (C&C 3PP); Monument to the Ancients

[Review] EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror (AD&D 1e); Iterate

[Adventure]EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror (1983)E. Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 9 – 12 The second part in the highly unusual EX series, penned by the master of D&D, Gary Gygax himself, it either took me a while to grok this style of absurd D&D or he seems to have established a rhythm that for … More [Review] EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror (AD&D 1e); Iterate

[Review] EX1 Dungeonland (AD&D 1e); The world’s first Artpunk module

[Adventure]EX1 Dungeonland (1983)Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 9 – 12 Great news gang. It turns out some hack fraud had already written a module for Red & Pleasant Land before it even came out! A little known OSR author by the name of E. Gary Gygax introduced such a venture in his original Castle Greyhawk campaign, and … More [Review] EX1 Dungeonland (AD&D 1e); The world’s first Artpunk module

[Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 31/32 (B/X Mystara): Lake of Lost Dreams

On the 24th of the Ambyrmont our heroes did cross the great plain of Eastern Karameikos in search of the Lake of Lost Dreams and the promise of reward. They came upon a grisly massacre halfway through the day, a man and goblin, both perished from their injuries, leaving a lone mule behind laden with … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Chaos 31/32 (B/X Mystara): Lake of Lost Dreams

[Review] The Outsider’s Doom (5e); Now Wakes the Sea

The Outsider’s Doom (2021)Ben Gibson (Coldlight Press)D&D 5e (w. Conversions for Pathfinder & OSR)Lvl 1 – 5 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content I am very hard on 5e adventures. Dungeon Age is doing god’s work in bringing oldschool sensibilities to the starving catgirl masses, but I think his work lacks gravitas and is too arcadey. Stephen made … More [Review] The Outsider’s Doom (5e); Now Wakes the Sea

[Review] Red and Pleasant Land (Lotfp); Once more Unto the Breach…

It was the time of the Two Thrones when the Artpunkman first came to our lands. The OSRmen were few, living lives of pious observance to the Appendix N, and would only occasionally look upon the great purple monolith that had been erected alongside the twenty-sided throne with wary disgust. Even then the ways of … More [Review] Red and Pleasant Land (Lotfp); Once more Unto the Breach…

[Review] White Dwarf 39/40; A tale of two modules

The harvest was a good one this time around. Early White Dwarf seems to trump Dragon/Dungeon when it comes to adventures as well as supplementary material. Everything, even the core classes that no one uses, seem more considered and sophisticated and certainly more fantastical. Dungeon only started in 1986, has the rise of the more … More [Review] White Dwarf 39/40; A tale of two modules

[Actual Play] Swords Against Mystara 29 + 30 (B/X Mystara); Detour

It was the 15th of the Ambyrmont when the Lame Ones met Miss Fyodorl a days hard riding from the homestead of Susikyn. As evening fell, Miss Fyodorl asked that they spend the night here, and they would discuss in the morning. Niffa responded by casting the Sleep spell. The Lame Ones were lucky. The … More [Actual Play] Swords Against Mystara 29 + 30 (B/X Mystara); Detour

[Review] In the Name of the Principle! (Swords & Magic); Science Fantasy Done Right

[Adventure]In the Name of the Principle (2016)Gabor Lux (E.M.D.T. 22)Lvl 5 – 7 Gabor Lux is probably the best kept secret in the OSR. A Fight On! Contributor, Rappan Athuk afficianado, early Castles & Crusades homebrewer and now the purveyor of the excellent Echoes from Fomalhaut Magazine and the spectacular Xyntillian, his every appearance is … More [Review] In the Name of the Principle! (Swords & Magic); Science Fantasy Done Right