I like Original D&D (aka OD&D or Zero Edition D&D) with all the supplements, as gathered together in the Swords and Wizardry retroclone. It’s nice and simple, so I can easily hold its rulings in my head and easily expandable. It was also the system that all my favourite adventures from White Dwarf used originally. Adventures like the Lichway and The Halls of Tizun Thane. Although I encountered them in the Best of White Dwarf reprints in the late 80s, when they had been updated to AD&D 1st with a rather embarrassed note from the editor that they had only done it to keep up with the current rules.
My own gaming history is that I got B/EX D&D first, picked up AD&D 1st next. So when I got S&W in the early 2000s that was my first exposure to OD&D the game my inspirations (Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson, Albie Florie, Graham Davis, Graham Morris etc) were playing and being inspired by.
OD&D inspires and guides, not directs like later editions, which I think is important.
My haul from the Swords and Wizardry Kickstarter
Lawrence Whitaker posted this on BRP Central about the latest Mythras Bundle of Holding.
Mythras is once again the featured system over at Bundle of Holding, with some seriously spectacular deals on Mythras PDFs. This time around the Bundle consists of a Starter Collection (Mythras, Mythras Companion, Monster Island, Two Mythras Combat Training Modules) and the Bonus Collection – which contains Lyonesse (and two scenarios), Luther Arkwright, and the epic Arkwright campaign, Parallel Lines.
The price just can’t be beaten: just $7.95 for the Starter Collection, but if you pay a little more and meet (or beat) the Threshold Price, then the Bonus Collection is yours too.
There is no better way to get into both Mythras and the amazing worlds of Jack Vance and Bryan Talbot than through this Bundle of Holding deal. And as Lyonesse is a self-contained game, it represents astonishing value.
The Mythras Bundle of holding runs until Monday 14th June, and 10% of all proceeds go towards Direct Relief, a charity that ensures protective equipment and critical care medications get to key health workers across the US and the rest of the world
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Lawrence Whitaker about Mythras, and upcoming releases for the game.
I’m pleased to say that the main OpenQuest 3 rulebook is done and off to print proof, so it’s time to open up a pre-order.
I’ve set up two options for pre-ordering OpenQuest 3rd Edition if you missed last year’s Kickstarter.
OpenQuest 3 Signed and Sent (£25) – Better quality print, ribbons, endpapers, and five colour plates, signed by myself and sent directly to you.
OpenQuest 3 Print on Demand (£10) – Print on Demand via drivethrurpg.com.
Both come with immediate pdf downloads of the book, along with the OpenQuest Quick-Start: The Lost Outpost. Also when it is ready you will also receive at no extra cost the OpenQuest Companion in PDF and at cost Print on Demand. Also, purchase of either of these entitles you to buy a selection of Add-ons that were available to Kickstarter backers.
This pre-order closes on Sunday, May 9th 2021.
I am pleased to say the free pdf version of the OpenQuest 3rd Edition Quick-Start, the Lost Outpost is now available.
This pdf is designed to get players and Referees up and playing OpenQuest, with the minimum of preparation.
It contains the following sections.
- Characters. A rundown of what an OpenQuest character is made up of, both in terms of numbers and concepts.
- Quick Rules. A concise version of the OpenQuest rules, enough to play the adventure.
- Combat. The rules for physical combat.
- Magic. The basic approach to magic, known as Personal Magic.
- The Lost Outpost. An introductory adventure set in OpenQuest’s example setting, the Empire of Gatan.
- A set of six pre-made characters. Players should pick one and get ready to play.
Here’s the cover by Jonny Gray.
The Lost Outpost, art by Jonny Gray
To the Stars is the Science Fiction counterpart to this fantasy blog.
Its been set up not only to support River of Heaven, our OpenQuest powered Science Fiction game, but also the recently announced Blasters and Lasers rpg whose Zero Edtion was funded as part of the recent Grogzilla 2 Kickstarter.
Blasters and Lasers Zero Edition Cover by jeshields
I’m back for ZineQuest 3, with Grogzilla issue 2 which funded twelve hours after its launch. It has got a mini adventure for Crypts and Things, a short introductory article for Monkey the RPG, with the big feature being The Duck Crusade a one-shot adventure with premade characters for OpenQuest.
If you missed out on the OpenQuest 3 Kickstarter, there’s an opportunity to get hold of the book, either as a POD copy or the Signed and Sent print copy, plus the first supplement The OpenQuest Companion as an add-on.
The Kickstarter is only open for two weeks until March 10th.
Shush I am reading AD&D 1st Edition Player’s Handbook Here is my impressions
My copy (6th Printing 1980) for a 41-year-old book is in very good condition, as bombproof as I remember it from my teens, and smells kinda funny (sort of musky)
The text is very small and gets even smaller on tables. The book while epic in scope is a nice and tidy 128 pages long. It is sparsely illustrated, mainly filler pieces and a hand full of full pagers. The front page Gnome on the dice is my favourite with the fighter on p23
You can hire Assasins to kill people! There’s a table on p29. This one of the wacky almost stream of consciousness rulings made for character classes and their subclasses (remember them).
Talking of rules, subsystems rule the day. There’s a sort of consistent pattern that emerges from the text, but there’s a lot of noise and we are very very far from the unified rulings of D20 let alone 5th Ed. In fact, the book cuts out with a proper set of rules for combat.
I have an official AD&D Fighting Wheel (that has all the data for weapons) SO FIGHT ME ! 😀
I’m in the final days/weeks of development of OpenQuest 3rd Edition, a task that began in earnest at the end of last summer and was kicked into the high gear due to the success of the 2020 Kickstarter last September.
I’ve just passed the art complete fully laid out layout draft to its editor (Paul Mitchener) and its proofreader, and I anticipate that the pdf will be available to backers in the next couple of weeks, which will allow me to do some form of pre-order. This will include the option to buy the printed version as well as the POD version, which will have endpapers, ribbons and colour plates of all the upcoming OQ 3 supplement covers by Jon Hodgson.
Also the Quickstart rules and Adventure, the Lost Outpost has been passed over for proofing and checking and should be available shortly for people to get their first taste of the game, and its default setting the Empire of Gatan.
Here’s Jonny Gray’s cover for it
The Lost Outpost, art by Jonny Gray
Moreover at OpenQuestRPG.com and more of the moment frequent updates on Twitter using the #OpenQuestRpg tag.
As part of our Dark November sale, I’ve re-released my long-unavailable adventure for Crypts and Things, Blood of the Dragon, for free in pdf format.
It’s available until the end of the month, then it won’t be available again until the adventure/setting book Under Dark Spires, of which it will be part, is released in early 2021.
The first adventure module for Crypts and Things, intended as an introduction to the game. Compatible with other Old School Class/Level based games based on the Worlds Favourite Fantasy Role-Playing Game in its 70s/80s incarnation.
“Under a land shrouded in volcanic ash punctuated by rocky spires that tear at the sky they say the Great Dragon sleeps. Tyanos the Black, Trickster god of the long-dead Hu-Pi people stole their blood and bottled it for his insane delight. As the drink of the gods, it confers immortality to mortal man, but at what terrible price? The very quest for this elixir is insane. A trip into a harsh and unforgiving land of the Spires, a poor and bandit ridden weird land, inhabited by the likes of Black Joop, Nigus the Headless and the Mother of Hydra. Names that should send a shiver down your spine. So pick up your sword, down the last of your ale to steady any nerves and stride off towards a great adventure amongst the rocks that defy the sky.”
What this Module contains
Blood of the Dragon is a short introductory adventure set in the ancient and ruined lands of The Spires.
- A Rough Guide to the Spires
- Adventure: The Lair of the Battle Apes
- New Monsters – The fearsome Battle Apes.
We don’t do this Black Friday or Cyber Monday nonsense here at D101 Games, but we do Dark November, a celebration of all our wonderful British Old School Renaissance titles.
Until 30th November we are having a sale where the following titles are discounted from 50%-10% off. P&P to UK addresses is free on orders over £10.