[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] 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

[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

[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

Mörk Borg Cult review: The Artpunk Crusade Continues

Once upon a time there was an old man named Prince who was travelling back to his home after the evening sermons. Tall, statuesque, old before his years, a leonine neck of hair, calamity had only tempered him, for above all he loved the OSR.When he approached his home through his back yard he paused. … More Mörk Borg Cult review: The Artpunk Crusade Continues

[Review] The Dark Heart of Space (3PP SWN); In the void, the distant gleam of sulfur

Requested content Thief of Whispers, a longtime fan of the blog, has requested I review his homebrew SWN adventure. I don’t normally take requests for free stuff, or blog posts or whatever [1], but I am making a rare exception. SF gaming and especially SF adventure writing is different from the regular OSR material. The … More [Review] The Dark Heart of Space (3PP SWN); In the void, the distant gleam of sulfur

[Actual play] Swords Against Chaos 28 (B/X Mystara); The Siege of Suskisyn

They bound their wounds and lay in wait, the Lame Ones and the ranchers, and awaited the promise of salvation that dawn would bring. At 5 past midnight all the drums had ceased, and they heard a great angry howling from the east, soon replaced by eerie chants. Shing, still in the tower, kept careful … More [Actual play] Swords Against Chaos 28 (B/X Mystara); The Siege of Suskisyn

Mörk Borg 3rd party product crawl; Fuck Hitler

Artpunk (ÄarT-PoonK). An abbreviation of the so-called Einsatzschwerpunkt genre of roleplaying games, originally conceived in the trenches of the Somne in fall 1915. After an equilibrium had been reached on the western front, both sides sought desperately for any advantage that could give a decisive edge to break the stalemate. German High command under Chief … More Mörk Borg 3rd party product crawl; Fuck Hitler