Friday, November 30, 2012

New Printing of Neoclassical Geek Revival on Indiegogo

ZZARCHOV of the Unofficial Games blog has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the latest printing of his Neoclassical Geek Revival RPG.

"This is not a campaign to fund development work on the game. That is already guaranteed, as is release.

"This is a campaign to cover printing tanotex bound hardcovers with gold stamping and ribbons and nice high quality paper. Hell if we get lucky we might even be able to afford more art!
"But this isn't any kind of guarantee. If you've seen previous printings and liked them, this is your chance to get a copy of the upcoming 2013 edition."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Desk-top Books Meme

James Maliszewski started a meme on G+ and has expressed his wish to see it hit the blogosphere as well.

I don't have a desk-top at the moment, really and most of my rpg stuff is packed up. However, here's the stuff I have out for reference while working on my campaign:

A couple of close ups and a pic of the ones without spine titles:

My rather raggedy, reading/gaming copy of the DMG. It looks like hell, but the binding is still sound.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In which I play OSRIC for 30 years

So. Gearing up for a new campaign. Definitely a 1e thing, but I think I'm going to run OSRIC again.

Partly because I anticipate again having players new to old school D&D and want them to be able to download a free copy of the rules.

Also, the last OSRIC campaign I ran made me realize something.

While many folks write about their early 1e experiences as being a mash-up of B/X & AD&D, this wasn't my experience at all. No one in my gaming group, or any of the groups I knew of, played B/X. Or, even owned the boxed sets. It was 1e all the way.

We played the game pretty much by the book. I've always used segments and casting times. Weapon damage vs. L opponents. MR based on the caster being 11th level.

We didn't use weapon vs. ac or weapon speed. I imagine that probably was due to the influence of elder gamers who had disappeared into the halls of Valhalla, long before I met my initial gaming buddies. Don't really know for sure

When I look back on it, aside from houeruled individual initiative and lifting limits on single-classed demi's, the game I've played for 30 years looks a hell of a lot like OSRIC!

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Week's Conan Pic

A scene by Fabian, from Queen of the Black Coast:

"Over all brooded a silence as sinister as that of a sleeping serpent. Belit posed picturesquely among the ruins, the vibrant life in her lithe figure contrasting strangely with the desolation and decay about her. The sun flamed up slowly, sullenly, above the jungle, flooding the towers with a dull gold that left shadows lurking beneath the tottering walls. Belit pointed to a slim round tower that reeled on its rotting base. A broad expanse of cracked, grass-grown slabs led up to it, flanked by fallen columns, and before it stood a massive altar. Belit went swiftly along the ancient floor and stood before it."
R. E. Howard - Queen of the Black Coast
You can read the full text of Queen of the Black Coast, here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Guide to Glorantha Kickstarter

For the KS wary:
"The book is designed, written, and ready to go. All we need to get it over the finish line and into your hands are funds for printing the main book, the Argan Argar color atlas, and also the 11 x 17 inch poster map set."
I've never been into Glorantha, but a high production, system neutral, definitive edition of the setting is something that's peaking my interest.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pacesetter Games & Simulations Cataclysm at the Acaeum Kickstarter

Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games & Simulations has set up his first Kickstarter - Cataclysm at the Acaeum - A 1e/OSRIC Megadungeon box set that is also available in a Swords & Wizardry version.

The initial goal has been met, with 27 days left to get in on the backing.

"Cataclysm at the Acaeum is a megadungeon boxed set that is compatible with the First Edition game (as well as the OSRIC system). This boxed set will include four 36-page adventure books (each containing 4-6 scenarios), three 32-page adventure books (large scale adventure), 24+ cardstock maps and a poster map of the acaeum complex. There will also be a separate book detailing all significant NPCs, New Monsters and New Magic Items. When complete, this will be the largest boxed set produced for the First Edition game!
"UPDATE: I have recieved more than a few requests to create a Swords & Wizardry option. Therefore, all backers will have the option to choose either a First Edition version or a Swords & Wizardry version. For those who want both, you can pledge an additonal $55 (you save $10) on any addition boxed set purchases."