[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] 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] IW1 Journey to the Inside Out (S&W); Vestigial

[Adventure]IW1 Journey to the Inside Out (2020)Christian Toft Mansen (CTM Publishing)Lvl 2 – 4 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content Sometimes success is perched on a razor’s edge. Sometimes success is a Boolean and it takes only a little thing to push it either one way or the other. IW1 is a Hollow-Earth inspired adventure by Christian Toft … More [Review] IW1 Journey to the Inside Out (S&W); Vestigial

[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 18: The Halls of Tizun Thane; Bone-Deep S&S

[Adventure]The Halls of Tizun Thane (1980)Albie Fiore (White Dwarf Magazine #18)Lvl 1 – 2 Though D&D has its roots firmly in the Sword & Sorcery genre, modules with an actual S&S theme, as the Great Melan observes, are the exception rather than the rule. Today we discuss such anexception. A recommendation by a reader by … More [Review] White Dwarf 18: The Halls of Tizun Thane; Bone-Deep S&S

[Review] The Obsidean Keep (OSR); Beacons of Hope

[Adventure]The Obsidean Keep (2020)Joseph Robert Louis (Dungeon Age)Lvl 1 – 3 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content I say unto you the Old Ways are Forever. While the tents of fickle pilgrims lie empty as they wander from our hearth into a trackless waste without shape or form, a desert that swallows men and that is named 5e, … More [Review] The Obsidean Keep (OSR); Beacons of Hope

[Review] Death Love Doom (Lotfp); Death by Edge.

[Adventure]Death Love Doom (2012)James Edward Raggi (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)Level 1 While I’m wading through another 200-pager and doing the patron rules for Palace DCC I think it’s time for another one of these. My opinion of it changed over the years, both with time, and with experience. That’s right kids. Uncle Prince actually … More [Review] Death Love Doom (Lotfp); Death by Edge.

Imperial Matchmaker III (5e 3PP); Disorganization Monogatori

This is the last part of my review of Imperial Matchmaker. In previous parts I have tried, often in vain, to scratch at the surface of this bulky, horrendously organized but laudably ambitious sandbox, only to be driven back, time and again, by layered bulwarks of flavortext and impenetrable references. We arrive at the last … More Imperial Matchmaker III (5e 3PP); Disorganization Monogatori