A long hiatus since my last post (I had the holidays) and a damn long time since we covered SWN. In our last entry we took a look at SWN’s excellent Sector generation subsystem. Today we continue our dive into the majestic sandbox subsystems of Stars Without Numbers by covering the Faction System. Gaze in … More [Review] Stars Without Number Pt. VI; Breakfast of Champions
[Adventure] The Punchline (2018) Zzarchov Kowolski (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) Levels ??? (1-3) Summary: The Last Circus + Solomon Kane The Punchline marks the latest contribution  of the inimitable Zzarchov Kowolski in the Lotfp canon and concerns the machinations of a villainous band of satanic clowns menacing a vaguely French region with plague … More [Review] The Punchline (Lotfp); Last Laugh?
[Adventure] Obscene Serpent Religion 2 (2018) Jeff Rients (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) Levels ??? (2 – 4) Summary: WhF + Vicodin + The Ramones “I wanna be Sedated” Its back to Lotfp again children. The longer I do this shit the more I start to notice patterns. I propose again that even before #Zakgate … More [Review] Obscene Serpent Religion 2 (Lotfp); The Centre Cannot Hold
[Adventure] Palace of the Silver Princess (1981) Jean Wells (TSR) Levels 1 – 3 Palace of the Silver Princess is the next entry in the thus far excellent B series for Basic DnD and is often overlooked, lacking the fame of B1, B2 and B4. For shame say I, for while it is not without … More [Review] B3 Palace of the Silver Princess (DnD Basic); Enigma
[Adventure] Saving Saxham (2018) Joseph Robert Lewis (Dungeon Age Adventures) Levels 1 – 3 Disclaimer: Sponsored Content The village of Saxham has been struck by a terrible curse! Or perhaps it’s being terrorized by demons, ghosts, and the undead? Or… was there a terrible storm? Maybe? No one seems to know exactly what happened here. … More [Review] Saving Saxham (DnD 5e); Last Wish for A New Age?
[Adventure] Tower of the Stargazer v2 (2014) James Edward Raggi IV (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) Lvl 1 Tower of the Stargazer was one of the first OSR adventures I’ve ever reviewed. I have run it more then any other adventure I know. I rated it very highly then, but over time my perspective has … More [Review] Tower of the Stargazer v2 (Lotfp); We have always been at war with Eurasia…
[Megadungeon] The Black Maw 1 (2018) Craig Pike (self-published) Levels 1-2 Disclaimer Strange times. The Black Maw 1 (Craig Pike) seems from the future. Post-Brycean Singularity. The non-essential is stripped until essential remains. Terse. Evocative. Description? Black Maw = 1st level of megadungeon. 6 pages. Conveys content of 15 pages. If Brevity = soul of … More [Review] The Black Maw 1 (LL) – The Last Delve of Avid Gruesome; Post Brycean-Singularity
Now comes the true meat of the game. Where Stars would have already been a fine, more playable remake of Traveller, its greatest merit is its systematic codification of the principles behind Sandbox play and the tools it grants to facilitate the systematic generation of entire stellar sectors. We should spend a moment and contemplate … More [Review] Stars Without Number Pt. V; A Sand Box full of Stars
[Adventure] The Return of the Blue Baron (2018) Michael Thomas, Venger As’Nas Satanis, Denis McCarthy, Golbin’s Henchman, James & Robyn George, Jon Wilson, Jeff Cape, Shane Ward, Scott Charlton, Wayne Rossi (Collaborative Dungeon) Edited by Shane Ward (with special thanks to Scott Charlton) Levels 3+ Disclaimer: Requested content After reviewing An Invitation of the Blue … More [Review] The Return of the Blue Baron (Blueholme); Second-time’s the Charm
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