The campaign is live until the end of the month, and we are smashing stretch goals. Yesterday the OGL SRD web site was funded, and we are now heading off to the updated revised version of our best selling setting/adventure book, The Saga of the Savage North.
If you liked the idea of Crypts and Things, but yearn for the simpler days fo 1st edition when the book only had the four basic character classes (Barbarian/Fighter/Thief and Sorcerer) and Zarth was just an example setting? Or perhaps you are after a nice concise Swords and Sorcery game that use the Black Hack as rules base?
Then Swords Against the Shroud is now available for you in pdf and preorder in print from the D101 Games Web store.
Just putting the final touches on Swords Against the Shroud (a Black Hack version of Crypts and Things) – that will go out to From the Shroud #2 Kickstarter backers (either today or tomorrow), & then be available to order pdf/preorder print via D101 Games website shortly after 🙂
This is Crypts and Things rebuilt using The Black Hack 2nd Edition as a base, instead of Swords and Wizardry. It’s similar in scope to C&T 1st Edition. It only has the four core classes: Barbarian, Fighter, Theif and Sorcerer, the introductory guide to Zarth, a small selection of the creatures in the full bestiary (but all the Swords and Sorcery essentials) + the adventure The Halls of Nizar-Thun. Systems for Corruption and Sanity are based on The Black Hack. All in all, it comes in at 86 A5 pages versus 145 pages of C&T 1st ed which was US Trade (8″ x 11″).
It was mainly an experiment on my part, funded by From the Shroud #2 Kickstarter. If you’ve not picked it up as a stretch goal as part of that campaign, it’s worth your time if you want a short and concise version of the game and you are a fan of The Black Hack.
The upcoming Lost Lands of Grungamesh, will have stats for both C&T and Swords Against the Shroud.
Now rampaging on general release, is the thirty-foot tall three-headed monster lizard called Grogzilla. Originally put together to honour Grogmeet 2019 ( a meet up of old school gamers run by the Grogsquad of Grogpod fame) it was enhanced during Kickstarter’s ZineQuest 2 which brought it to a wider audience.
This being a review of a bit of everything that D101 does, both present and upcoming, there’s a fair bit of fantasy in it. The beast of the zine in OpenQuest and C&T stats, five more fiends for Crypts and Things, a preview of what I’m going to be doing for Mythras, a follow up the scenario to the OSR Road to Hell.
Its available as cheap as chips pdf only (£3) and I’ve a limited number of print copies from the print run for the backers (£5).
I’ve blogged about where I’m up to with OpenQuest 3 over at the new site for the game openquestrpg.com.
Its a somewhat rambling post, but basically I got stuck on the last draft, went back to OQ2, decided to do a tidied up version of that with bits of the last draft incorporated into it. The post itself also breaks down chapter by chapter what the changes are from OQ2.
It’s Fiendish Friday, so here’s some news on what’s coming on for Crypts and Things very soon…
The long-overdue adventure pack for Crypts and Things, Under Dark Spires, after a series of writers blocks, and various production failures (both straightforward and arcane) is back on track for being completed.
Under Dark Spires is a collection of five adventures. Blood of the Dragon (C&T’s long out of print adventure), The Dark Path, Terror At Black Oak, Fort Boneguard and The City of the God-Emperor. There’s also setting information for the Dark Spires region that the adventures take place in. Its a low level, 1st – 3rd, sandpit of nasty wriggly things that rises up to the pcs exploring one of the big secrets of the Serpent Kings.
I’m not going to give a firm date, but I’m looking within the next couple of months.
To help fire me up and inspire me, I’ve commissioned Dan Barker who did the art for Tournaments of Madness and Death, to do the art for Under Dark Spires. Dan brings his own take to the Weird Fantasy Swords and Sorcery world of Crypts and Things.
Here’s his take on a Barbarian being taken by surprise by a carnivorous plant in the fetid swamps of Stink River.
I was going to set up online gaming to playtest various upcoming games from D101 Games, but the Corona Virus and the fact that many gamers are confined to their homes has accelerated this process.
I’m going to run two games weekly, for at least five sessions. Each session will last a comfortable two hours and run during the day 12-14 GMT (I’m in the UK, and for reasons of childcare/spouse care these times are inflexible).
Sky Raiders of the Sky Realms. (Tuesday 12-14 GMT) The zero edition of this D100 based fantasy adventure game of sky island-hopping recently funded. It uses the latest iteration of our D100 rule system, inspired by OpenQuest, but written from the ground up – which I’m casually calling the D101-System.
Lost Lands of Grungamesh using Swords against the Shroud (Thursday 12-14 GMT), which is a Black Hack version of the Crypts and Things. Lost Lands is a Swords and Sorcery game, with the tone set towards the more horrific end of things.
How to Join
I’m looking for four players in each game which. I’ll be running over Google Hangouts because both are reasonably rules-light systems. I may upgrade to Roll 20 or another virtual tabletop if either game needs it.
In the comments below, let me know which of the games you’d like to play, and make sure you fill in your email address so I can get back to you.