[Review] Stars Without Numbers (Core Game) Pt. VII; Cross the Stars and Fight…

About a quarter of a year ago I started delving into SWN, a game I have enjoyed immensely as a player for several years. Previous entries may be from here. Like a doddering old fool or perhaps a charismatic, handsome friend with a leather jacket who rides a motorcycle and shows up unanounced at your … More [Review] Stars Without Numbers (Core Game) Pt. VII; Cross the Stars and Fight…

[Review] Stars Without Number Pt. IV; Setting & Appendix SWN

A short entry to the series, today we are going to take a look at the setting of SWN, described in 7 pages of explicit setting material and woven throughout the book in little nuggets and hints, and by deductive reasoning retro-engineer the appropriate materials for an Appendix SWN. Weird? Perhaps. But its the future! … More [Review] Stars Without Number Pt. IV; Setting & Appendix SWN

[Review] Stars Without Number Pt. III (Core Game): Star Systems

Thus continues our multi-part Epic of the inimitable science-fiction sandbox masterpiece that is Stars Without Number. In this section we will be covering the mechanics of the overall game as well as the promised Star Ship section, omitted from the previous part because of length issues. The system should be immediately recognizable to anyone familiar … More [Review] Stars Without Number Pt. III (Core Game): Star Systems

[Review] Stars Without Number (Core Game) Pt. II; Spacestuff

Last time we covered character creation in Kevin Crawford’s genius space OSR Sandbox game Stars without Number. The equipment section is interesting because unlike OSR fantasy games, the credits to physical power curve goes quite deep. While gold coins can’t generally buy magic items and armies of pikemen are impractical in many a fantasy adventure, … More [Review] Stars Without Number (Core Game) Pt. II; Spacestuff

[Review] Stars Without Number (Core Game) Pt. I: Spacer

EDIT: It goes without saying that the person initially responding to me in the comments section is not the real Kevin Crawford. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.  [Core game] Stars Without Number – Core Edition (2010) Kevin Crawford (Sine Nomine Publishing) The year is 3200. Humanity is scattered like dust among … More [Review] Stars Without Number (Core Game) Pt. I: Spacer

[Review] Xas Irkalla Pt. III – Conclusion.

Welcome again to the last section of uber-black metal fantasy heartbreaker and one-man rpg army Xas Irkalla. This section is the moment supreme, where we find whether Xas Irkalla’s brutal combat system can be married to its dream-like setting of psychic coma-patients and matroiska-doll nightmare universes. Can James Vail lead us through the darkness into … More [Review] Xas Irkalla Pt. III – Conclusion.

[Review] Xas Irkalla (Core Game); Bringer of Light, Forever Shrouded by Night Pt II – Setting

Welcome back to section two of our delve into the gnostic black metal survival horror fantasy heartbreaker that is Xas Irkalla. In the previous entry we covered the rules, now we take a look at the setting. And what a glorious setting it is! ALSO SPOILER ALERT. CODE OBSIDEAN! IF YOU PLANNING ON PLAYING THIS GAME AS … More [Review] Xas Irkalla (Core Game); Bringer of Light, Forever Shrouded by Night Pt II – Setting

[Review] Xas Irkalla (Core game); The Carcosa we Wanted, not the One we Deserved Pt. I – Rules

[Core Game] Xas Irkalla (2018) James Vail (Atramentis Games) Suffer a Blackened Birth into a Desolate Land of Surreal Horror. A World Wounded by Psychic Warfare, Mind-Controlled Cities, Interdimensional Labyrinths and Wasteland Tribes. You are the Alien Here, the Last Survivor of your Species. Your Existence Must be Earned.  Well fuck me sideways. I took … More [Review] Xas Irkalla (Core game); The Carcosa we Wanted, not the One we Deserved Pt. I – Rules

[Review] Sorcerer (Core Game); Let him who have understanding reckon the Number of the Beast…

[Core Rulebook] Sorcerer (2001) Ron Edwards (Adept Press) Summary: Hellblazer + Hellraiser “I say to you againe, doe not call up Any that you can not put downe … Have ye Wordes for laying at all times readie, and stopp not to be sure when there is any Doubte of Whom you have … 3 … More [Review] Sorcerer (Core Game); Let him who have understanding reckon the Number of the Beast…

[Review] Zweihander (WFR OSR) Pt. X; Adventure & Conclusion

This final installment in my longest review ever will cover the introductory adventure A Bitter Harvest and then wrap everything up with a nice and tidy conclusion. Introductory adventures are a special and arguably quite challenging subspecies of the Adventure genus, having to balance the introduction of foreign or obscure game mechanics as well as … More [Review] Zweihander (WFR OSR) Pt. X; Adventure & Conclusion