[Review] Wheel of Evil (LL); Smells like Matango

[Adventure] Wheel of Evil (2010) Jeff Sparks & Joe Sparks (Faster Monkey Games) Levels 3 – 5 Another early OSR entry, Wheel of Evil shows us how much can be done with the classic elements and 24 pages if these are used properly, intelligently and creatively. Picture the town of Renneton, famous for its cheeses. … More [Review] Wheel of Evil (LL); Smells like Matango

[Review] The Hidden Serpent (LL); Surface Mimicry

[Adventure] The Hidden Serpent (2010) Jeff Sparks (Faster Monkey Games) Levels 2 – 4 Today I am reminded of an adage, whose source I have conveniently forgotten, that if one seeks to do a remake or a homage one best selects mediocre or obscure works rather then trying to vainly imitate greatness. Case in point; … More [Review] The Hidden Serpent (LL); Surface Mimicry

[Review] Skull Mountain (LL); B/X Dark Souls

[Adventure] Skull Mountain (2010) Jeff “Bighara” Sparks (Faster Monkey Games) Level 4-6 At the risk of getting too meta, Skull Mountain is sort of retro-OSR, by which I mean that it was published in the dawn age of the movement, when the watchword not so much experimentation as it was Reaffirmation. How can a movement … More [Review] Skull Mountain (LL); B/X Dark Souls

[Review] The Mad God’s Jest (LL); The cooky quasi-deity’s pun…

[Adventure] The Mad God’s Jest (2014) Shane Ward (3 Toadstools Publishing) Levels 6 After exhausting all of my bants in my previous review, let’s see if we can get through a couple of them without swearing. Highscore; 1. I’m in a stage of blogging where I want to tackle some significant (or at least wildly … More [Review] The Mad God’s Jest (LL); The cooky quasi-deity’s pun…

[Review] Oak Grove Whispers (LL); A last glorious huzzah!

[Adventure] Oak Grove Whispers (2013) Peter C. Spahn (Small Niche Games) Levels 1 – 3 We have reached the end of the line. Oak Grove Whispers would be the last adventure by Spahn for Labyrinth Lord (though he continues to publish stuff like Operation Whitebox, an OSR WW2 game and there are some campaign setting … More [Review] Oak Grove Whispers (LL); A last glorious huzzah!

[Review] The Black Gem (LL); Een goed begin is het halve werk…

[Adventure] The Black Gem (2015) Jeff Sparks (Faster Monkey Games) Levels 1 – 3 Sometimes when you read a premise alone you know an adventure is going to be awesome. Don’t get me wrong, writing a good adventure is not easy, but it takes a real bungler to mess up a great premise. “The PCs … More [Review] The Black Gem (LL); Een goed begin is het halve werk…

[Review] The Stealer of Children (LL); Back to form

[Adventure] The Stealer of Children (2013) Peter C. Spahn (Small Niche Games) Levels 1 Summary: DnD + It I have to admit I looked toward The Stealer of Children with no small amount of trepidation. After Atarin’s Delve I didn’t know if Spahn still had it in him. Another great man, I told myself, another great man … More [Review] The Stealer of Children (LL); Back to form

[Review] Atarin’s Delve (LL); “…and then I found a ten euro bill.”

[Adventure] Atarin’s Delve (2011) Peter C Spahn (Small Niche Games) Levels 1 – 3 Atarin’s Delve is the fourth adventure for the Chronicles of Amherth setting and it is the weakest entry in the series. It’s not a bad adventure but its inconsequential when compared with entries like Blood Moon Rising or the stellar Inn of … More [Review] Atarin’s Delve (LL); “…and then I found a ten euro bill.”

[Review] Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands (LL); Blue-collar Mordor

[Gazetteer] Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands (2012) Peter C Spahn (Small Niche Games) Hades. Mordor. The Shadowlands. Stygia. Zothique. The Lands beyond the Wall. The Land of Iuz. The Plains of Obsidean. Citadel Cavitius. We all know these places. We might not know all of them specifically. But we know what they mean, in … More [Review] Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands (LL); Blue-collar Mordor

[Review] Shadowbrook Manor (LL); Tegel Manor v2 – Electric Boogaloo

[Adventure] Shadowbrook Manor (2010) Patrick Kennedy (Goblinoid Games) Levels 1 – 3 If you didn’t know this already, this review is FULL of spoilers. Goblinoid Games is the original publisher of Labyrinth Lord, one of the first “commercial” retroclones on the market with the stated intent of recapturing the feel of oldschool games. Shadowbrook manor … More [Review] Shadowbrook Manor (LL); Tegel Manor v2 – Electric Boogaloo