James Edward Raggi IV Archive

  • Weird New World (OSR) This module/sandbox clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 60 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for the A5 (6” by 9” booklet)-size, which means you can pretty easily fit 4 pages of content on one sheet of paper when you’re printing this out.   All right, so this represents pretty much one of the experiences where I got a book merely for completion’s sake. The title “Weird New World” did not appeal to me and neither did the cover…but I am very much happy that I did get this book.   So, what is this? In short, it is a depiction of a fantastic version […]

    Weird New World (OSR)

    Weird New World (OSR) This module/sandbox clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 60 pages of content, though these pages are formatted for the A5 (6” by 9” booklet)-size, which means you can pretty easily fit 4 pages of content on one sheet of paper when you’re printing this out.   All right, so this represents pretty much one of the experiences where I got a book merely for completion’s sake. The title “Weird New World” did not appeal to me and neither did the cover…but I am very much happy that I did get this book.   So, what is this? In short, it is a depiction of a fantastic version […]

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  • Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR)

    Tower of the Stargazer (OSR) This module clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page b/w-version of the cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, though these pages are A5-booklet-sized (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 of them on a given sheet of paper, provided your eyesight is good enough.   This review is based primarily on the print-version with new layout from 2014, though I took the electronic version for reference purposes.   So, first things first: This is intended as an introductory module…perhaps not necessarily for gaming as such (more on that later),but for LotFP’s distinct style of design.  […]

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  • Hammers of the God (OSR) This massive module clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  leaving us with 84 pages – these are A5-sized (6” by 9”) and thus, you can fit up to 4 on a given sheet of paper when printing them out. The font-size is appropriate when doing so, mind you, so no undue straining of the eyes.   All right, it’s a trope as old as fantasy gaming (older, in fact!) – the dwarven empire/civilization that crumbles. We’ve seen that before, right? Well, as it happens to be, the PCs have come into the possession of a map, which will lead them straight to one of the lost places where dwarves […]

    Hammers of the God (OSR)

    Hammers of the God (OSR) This massive module clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  leaving us with 84 pages – these are A5-sized (6” by 9”) and thus, you can fit up to 4 on a given sheet of paper when printing them out. The font-size is appropriate when doing so, mind you, so no undue straining of the eyes.   All right, it’s a trope as old as fantasy gaming (older, in fact!) – the dwarven empire/civilization that crumbles. We’ve seen that before, right? Well, as it happens to be, the PCs have come into the possession of a map, which will lead them straight to one of the lost places where dwarves […]

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  • The Grinding Gear (OSR) This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 27 pages of content. However, the maps are 4 extra pages in a separate pdf and the module also comes with a handy 3-page GM-cheat-sheet. With the exception of the maps in the separate pdf, these pages generally are formatted for an A5-paper-size (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 of the pages on one A4 sheet of paper, though your eyesight should be good if you opt for that option.   Okay, this module is called “Grinding Gear.” It’s penned by James Edward Raggi IV and is released by LotFP. From the cover, I […]

    The Grinding Gear (OSR)

    The Grinding Gear (OSR) This module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 27 pages of content. However, the maps are 4 extra pages in a separate pdf and the module also comes with a handy 3-page GM-cheat-sheet. With the exception of the maps in the separate pdf, these pages generally are formatted for an A5-paper-size (6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 of the pages on one A4 sheet of paper, though your eyesight should be good if you opt for that option.   Okay, this module is called “Grinding Gear.” It’s penned by James Edward Raggi IV and is released by LotFP. From the cover, I […]

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  • People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral)

    People of Pembrooktonshire (OSR/system-neutral) This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, with about 1/2 page being devoted to the editorial, leaving us with 43 1/2 pages of content, though it should be noted that the pdf is made with the assumption of A5 (6” by9”) booklet-size. I printed out 4 pages on a given A4-sized page. While this is possible, I only recommend this option to people with good eyesight –  the pdf is crammed to the brim with text and thus, my dead tree iteration became somewhat strenuous to read. If in doubt, print it out regularly.   While intended as the companion book to the “No Dignity in Death”-adventures, the content herein is useful beyond the confines of […]

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  • No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR)

    No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides (OSR) This collection of 3 loosely-linked modules clocks in at 38 pages, front and back cover are contained in a separate pdf and so are the 4 pages of maps and the 2-page handout (more on that below). It should be noted that the page-size assumed would be a5 (6” by 9”) and that you can, provided you have good eyesight, jam 4 pages on one A4-page when printing this out.   All right, so, the 3 modules herein are set in the capital letter ODD town of Pembrooktonshire; while the companion-book depicting a gazillion of weird and strange characters is not required to run these, it does add to the general experience…but […]

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  • Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)abisgroup.ru The third installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 15 pages, the first page of which would be devoted to editorial + introduction, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   Alfred John Dalziel begins with an interesting pool that regrows lost limbs – but, in the case of anything but a neutral adventurer, the limb has the opposite alignment of its owner, which may result in confusion. It is also suggested to make the save potentially penalizes, depending on the amount regrown. Yeah, call be cynical, but been there, done that.   Andreas Davour has a neat, sadistic little trap: A harmless room, non-descript, really, with a treasure […]

    Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #3 (OSR)abisgroup.ru The third installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 15 pages, the first page of which would be devoted to editorial + introduction, leaving us with 14 pages, so let’s take a look!   Alfred John Dalziel begins with an interesting pool that regrows lost limbs – but, in the case of anything but a neutral adventurer, the limb has the opposite alignment of its owner, which may result in confusion. It is also suggested to make the save potentially penalizes, depending on the amount regrown. Yeah, call be cynical, but been there, done that.   Andreas Davour has a neat, sadistic little trap: A harmless room, non-descript, really, with a treasure […]

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  • Green Devil Face #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Green Devil Face e-zine clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction – the cover-artwork and similar shenanigans is its own pdf…so what do we get this time around?   Well, something rather different – not a dungeon, but rather than that, trap-rooms! The first would be the eyes of Parsifur and Dunsane, penned by Kent. It should be noted that the following contains SPOILERS for the traps/encounters herein – only referees should read further. … .. . Okay, so the first room is shaped like a cathedral and is EVIL: A troll thing, friendly enough, wants to paint the characters…and when he does, the character is imprisoned in the […]

    Green Devil Face #2 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Green Devil Face e-zine clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction – the cover-artwork and similar shenanigans is its own pdf…so what do we get this time around?   Well, something rather different – not a dungeon, but rather than that, trap-rooms! The first would be the eyes of Parsifur and Dunsane, penned by Kent. It should be noted that the following contains SPOILERS for the traps/encounters herein – only referees should read further. … .. . Okay, so the first room is shaped like a cathedral and is EVIL: A troll thing, friendly enough, wants to paint the characters…and when he does, the character is imprisoned in the […]

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  • Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #1 (OSR) The first installment of the Green Devil Face magazine clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page editorial/introduction, leaving 20 pages of content – and in case you were wondering: The cover etc. is its own pdf contained in the folder.   So, what is this? As the author tells us, this was originally a project called “Fantasy Fucking Vietnam”; it is, unlike what most people will associate with Lamentations of the Flame Princess, obviously and very intentionally a satire…and it is a massive module…a dungeon, to be more precise. 59 rooms strong and ready to rock for  OSR-games. There is no key-less, player-friendly version of the b/w-map, but considering the price-point, I am okay with […]

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  • Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR) This massive core rule book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 167 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the version of the rule book that *does* have the artwork.   Wait, before we do, a general disclaimer: This book has an 18+ mature content warning. Now personally, I wasn’t offended by any imagery here, but your mileage may vary. The artworks contained herein feature copious […]

    Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR)

    Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplaying Core Book: Rules and Magic (OSR) This massive core rule book clocks in at 176 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 167 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on the version of the rule book that *does* have the artwork.   Wait, before we do, a general disclaimer: This book has an 18+ mature content warning. Now personally, I wasn’t offended by any imagery here, but your mileage may vary. The artworks contained herein feature copious […]

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