UK OSR Round Up for November 2016

Dragonmeet, the annual games day held in London this year on Saturday Dec 3rd, is nearly upon us. It’s being co-sponsored by Lamentations of the Flame Princess as well as Chaosium and there are many UK OSR publishers attending as well as us:

Among the guests are old school heroes Ian Livingstone & Steve Jackson of Fighting Fantasy/early Games Workshop fame and Joe Dever author/creator of Lone Wolf.

D101 Games is in attendance and I’ll have a big pile of Crypts and Things with me, as well as OpenQuest and River of Heaven among the pile of D101 goodness

The Design Mechanism  continues to surge ahead on the Mythras release front.

First off is the return of Mythic Rome by Pete Nash, originally released as an BRP version which won a Silver Ennies, in a time when the Ennies were dominated by D&D product, updated for Mythras with brand new art as a lovely hardback.  It covers Rome from its foundation to the end of the Republic. If you want to run games inspired by Steven Saylor’s Sub Rosa series or HBO Rome this is the book to get.

mythic-rome

And because Pete and Loz love you and want you to try out Mythras for the next couple of months they are going to putting out standalone adventures compatible with both Mythras and the free Mythras Imperative. The first one is a Sci-Fi (they’ve already taken Mythras in that direction with their Luther Arkwright book and check out M-Space by Frostbyte Books) called A Gift From Shamash ( in pdf via drivethrurpg.com and in print from Lulu ).

gift-from-shamash

Crypts of Indormancy for Lamentations of the Flame Princess and other OSR games funded recently and everything is on track for November release  according the latest backers report.  Keep an eye out for its release, it will be a good ‘un 😉

Grogmeet happened in my home city of Manchester….and I completely missed it. My excuse being a I was already signed heavy weekend of family fun, but hoping that this becomes a regular thing 🙂  Here’s a quick highlights movie they made.

Finally not strictly OSR (because its for 5Th Ed) but Cubicle 7’s Adventures in Middle Earth hit the shops this week, and I bagsied a copy. I must confess I usually by C7’s Tolkien stuff for the gorgeous art, and this book keeps up that tradition using the same smooth colourful layout with lashings of fantastic colour illustrations, but from a quick skim its a seamless version of 5ed blended with Tolkien flavour and the unique rules that made the One Ring so special ported over.  Looking forward to picking up the companion Loremaster’s Guide when it comes out. This one has a special place in many UK Grognards heart’s because Tolkien was very much part of growing up in the UK, for example many people read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as part of their English education at school, and even though there wasn’t an official D&D adaptation many people played the game with a strong Tolkien flavour. So 30 years on its very heartwarming to finally see an licensed adaptation for D&D and see it get so right.

Adventures in Middle Earth by Cubicle 7, I has it my precious!!!!

Adventures in Middle Earth by Cubicle 7, I has it my precious!!!!

What D101 is up to?
I’m currently busy getting the adventures for the Crypts and Things Kickstarter together. Tombs of the Necromancer is getting some clean up work done, some extra bits by author Paul Mitchener, and Life and Death Zarth Edition is getting new art and layout. Its neck and neck which one will get released first. Blood of the Dragon/The Dark Path (new) and Fort Boneguard (new) are all getting put together along with a new scenario, The Lost City of the God Emperor, into one book called Under Dark Spires. Tournaments of Madness and Death is quietly trundling along.

I've got me nose in a good book :)

I’ve got me nose in a good book 🙂

David M.Wright who did the art for the main rule book is signed up to do the art for the adventures. David recently got his rulebook and was dead chuffed with it 🙂

“C&T encapsulates pretty much everything I love about classic 80’s RPG fantasy (which was all around when I was growing up as a lad), but with all the naff stuff removed!  It’s a 100% pure Sword & Sorcery game.  There are Barbarians, Warriors, Sorcerers and Thieves, all pitted against an ever expanding assortment of monsters, amorphous Hell-Spawed demonic crypt dwelling conglomerations, and the like (none of your wishy-washy elves, gnomes, and sappy fairies here!). There is Blood, there is Fire, there is Magic, Muscle, Mist, and Steel!  : )”

Oh and to keep us going until the adventures land I’m putting a C&T fanzine together called “From the Shroud”, a little A5 affair that currently has a couple of articles by me and a small introductory scenario called “The Secret of Skull Hill”, that I’m hoping will be on sale at Dragonmeet. If you are interested in contributing get in touch via newt@d101games.com. The deadline for submissions is tight however, this coming Sunday 20th November.

I’m also starting the playtest of Beyond Dread Portals (the new name of Paul Mitchener’s Empire of Ys ) this week, which will run into early next year with an aim of getting out in the first half of next year.

In non-fantasy-land I’m putting wrapping up the last bits of writing on the River of Heaven Companion, so that should be out early 2017 🙂

Remember my reporting on this UK OSR Update is only as good as my attention span on G+, so if I’ve missed anything just point it out in the comments below.

 

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Crypts and Things Review

Behold another Crypts & Things Remastered review by Edgewise of the Artifacts and Relics blog 🙂

“There’s a lot of game here, and it provides a GM with very a distinctive set of rules and setting that are familiar enough to fit into the OSR tradition. Crypts and Things Remastered is a standout work, and I hope it gets the attention that it rightly deserves.”

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Swords & Wizardry Light – D&D in two pages!

Erik Tenkar of Tenkar’s Tavern fame has put together a slimmed down version of Swords & Wizardry, the OD&D retroclone, that covers levels 1-3. The game is basically a 4 pager, that is laid out (very colorfully and professionally in this release) as a player’s side and a DMs (Playing the Game) side.

Swords & Wizardry Light Logo

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Crypts and Things Remastered Reviewed

Another review of Crypts and Things Remastered, this time by backer Chuck Thorin who doesn’t seem to have been disappointed by the final book.

“My opinion overall is that it offers some good variations on a stock elves-and-dwarves style game. Don’t expect it to be a Conan RPG either. It hits a a sweet spot of a weird fantasy, alien dying world. It’s not totally in your face like Carcosa. It’s uses a well tested and supported rules system in Swords & Wizardry which also makes it easily hackable with other OSR games. For me, it goes on the “I really want to run this some time” list.”

Read the rest on Chuck’s blog

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The Zarth Tourist Bureau is open for business!

Jeff Sparks (aka Bighara) has open the doors of his Crypts & Things fan blog “Zarth Tourist Bureau” and his done a very reasonable four part review of Crypts and Things Remastered:

BEER!

The Zarth Tourist Bureau recommends you drink responsibly 😀

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For the next 24 hours O

For one day OpenQuest 2 Deluxe is on sale for 50% off. Pdf at DriveThruRpg (where its Deal of the Day) and print/pdf at D101games.com. Free UK postage, so UK residents could snag a full colour hardcover for £10 during the next 24 hours 🙂

OQ2 cover by Jon Hodgson

OQ2 cover by Jon Hodgson

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Crypts and Things Remastered one week after

First off a big big thanks for everyone who has brought the game so far. Its been one of the best opening weeks of sales for any of my games and is still going strong. If you’ve bought a copy you and the Glorious Backers of the Kickstarter have assured the game’s future in sense that I’ve got the customer base to do big supplements in the future.

Its already gone Copper at DriveThruRpg.com, been in and out of the the top ten Small press chart (position 5 was its highest) over the last week which has been fun to watch on a day to day basis.

There’s small number of five star reviews over at DriveThruRpg.com. Folk seem to like it 🙂

Here’s some excepts:

“This game pulls from some of my favorite source material: Conan, Elric, Weird Tales, Lovecraft, etc., The O.G. Dungeonmaster’s Guide, Fiend Folio, Stormbringer, music inspirations that remind me of my high school days (old Metallica, Slayer, etc). Magic is powerful and mean (no saving throws, though player characters can “test their luck” to mitigate some dangers). The selection of beasts is a mix of Howard/Lovecraft and others. Magical treasures are reminiscent of Warhammer Fantasy (unique and often consequence laden). Corruption and sanity serve as balancers to the corrupting forces of black magic (yeah, I used corrupting to define Corruption. Big C vs little c. Just go with it, it works.).

What I’m saying here is: the game has an incredible atmosphere that the rules firmly back up. This is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of a game.”

Allen H DriveThruRPG.com customer.

“An amazing blend of old school D&D with a classic sword and sorcery sensibilities (Conan etc). The rules are streamlined with luck replacing saving throws much like old school Fighting Fantasy.
Magic lite with a sparkle of the weird, very much the product of British writer. All wrapped up in a unique world that is fun to explore.”

Neil Shaw DriveThruRPG.com customer.

“OK ,do you like OSR Rules?
Conan?
Lovecraft?
Are you prepared for a game without Clerics?
Still with me?
Then boy Oh boy do I have the game for You!”

Bob Peterson. DriveThruRPG.com customer.

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Crypts of Indormancy Kickstarter

I must admit I’m late to the party, but UK Fanzine Publisher Daniel Sell and his little crew of merry miscreants are diversifying into the Adventures market. So they need money, so behold a Kickstarter has arrived!

Its already funded, with the money going towards upping the production values. Its also a chance to pick up reprints of all the Undercroft Fanzines + Something Stinks in Stilton, which is one that I’ve seized!

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While we wait for the C&T release…

Now ye savages will learn how a Northman fights. Prepare to KISS MY AXE!!!

via GIPHY

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Round up of stuff going on the UK OSR Scene Sept 2016

Dragon Warriors the classic British Fantasy game that was originally published in six gamebook format books in the 80s and is currently published by Serpent King Games in big book format is on Bundle of Holding. This is a classic FRP game that for many UK gamers was their first

Mythras is out! pdf now print soon. The rebranded and relayed out game formally known as RuneQuest 6. Now with added combat cards for tracking special combat manevuers.

mythras Cover

Romance of the Perilous Land by Scott Malthouse a  British Medieval inspired game with various bits from all editions of D&D blended together is out on pay what you want via Drivethrourpg.com

ROMANCE OF PERILOUS LAND COVER

On the D101 Front…..

Crypts and Things is almost finalised. The final draft pdf is with the backers and the final production quaility pdf should be with them by this coming Friday.  General release of printed book and pdf mid to end of September via DriveThruRpg.com

Beyond Dread Portals, Paul Mitchener’s love letter to AD&D 2ed and Planescape has reached 1st draft. If you fancy playtesting it or peer reviewing, email me at newt@d101games.com.

 

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