[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] 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

[Review] White Dwarf 34 – Trouble at Embertrees (AD&D); Technical Write-Off

[Adventure]Trouble at Embertrees (1982)Paul Vernon (White Dwarf 34)Lvl 1 – 2 A thorough reading by the DM is necessary before play begins. With those ominous words Trouble at Embertrees heralds in what might very well be the densest 5 pages in rpg history. Forget reading through it, the only way you are going to scratch … More [Review] White Dwarf 34 – Trouble at Embertrees (AD&D); Technical Write-Off

[Review] A Fool’s Errand (OSR); Skill Curve

[Adventure]Fool’s Errand (2020)Shane Ward (3toadstool Publishing)Lvl 3 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content. Humble adventure cobbler Shane Ward tried to get me to take his submission with the tagline ‘Feel like ripping me a new one?’ and at the promise of some of the ole’ rip & tear I could not, in good conscience, refuse. The damage is … More [Review] A Fool’s Errand (OSR); Skill Curve

[Review] Big Puppet (Lotfp); Dying of the Light

[Adventure]Big Puppet (2020)Alucard Finch (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)Low levels Big Puppet made me realize that Lotfp is never going to publish another Carcosa, or another Veins for that matter. Lotfp’s undeniable asset has always been to gather a host of interesting, popular and talented authors with distinct visions and to have them produce weird, … More [Review] Big Puppet (Lotfp); Dying of the Light

[Review] White Dwarf 24: The Lair of Maldred the Mighty (AD&D); Prize-winningly Garbage

[Adventure]The Lair of Maldred the Mighty (1981)Mark Byng (White Dwarf 24)For moderately high level (???) The winner of many a contest and included in the White Dwarf Best Of compilation, the dreaded phrase ‘for moderately high levels’ should have clued me in that this was going to be a stinker. And its not the usual … More [Review] White Dwarf 24: The Lair of Maldred the Mighty (AD&D); Prize-winningly Garbage

[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 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