OSR Archive

  • 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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  • Strange New Fields (OSR) This collection of charts and generators clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page blank, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first page of this pdf contains name-tables – 10 male names, 10 female names, 10 last names and 11 over the top fantasy names for males and females with the 12th entry of said table denoting “roll twice and combine”.  From an internal consistency point of view, it’s a bit weird to see the regular name table clearly distinguishing between male and female names in two columns, while the fantasy names separate male and female sounding names with an “or” – […]

    Strange New Fields (OSR)

    Strange New Fields (OSR) This collection of charts and generators clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page blank, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first page of this pdf contains name-tables – 10 male names, 10 female names, 10 last names and 11 over the top fantasy names for males and females with the 12th entry of said table denoting “roll twice and combine”.  From an internal consistency point of view, it’s a bit weird to see the regular name table clearly distinguishing between male and female names in two columns, while the fantasy names separate male and female sounding names with an “or” – […]

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  • Little Devils (OSR) This little PWYW-scenario clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages, so let’s take a look!   If that stuff is relevant for your interests, the module makes use of ascending AC as well as the silver standard championed by LotFP et al. The pdf begins with a table of 10 male and 10 female names as well as 10 last names and 11 more fantastic names. From an internal consistency point of view, I don’t get why the latter table has no separate column for male and female and separates them with an “or” – but that is just me nitpicking.   This being an adventure-review, the […]

    Little Devils (OSR)

    Little Devils (OSR) This little PWYW-scenario clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages, so let’s take a look!   If that stuff is relevant for your interests, the module makes use of ascending AC as well as the silver standard championed by LotFP et al. The pdf begins with a table of 10 male and 10 female names as well as 10 last names and 11 more fantastic names. From an internal consistency point of view, I don’t get why the latter table has no separate column for male and female and separates them with an “or” – but that is just me nitpicking.   This being an adventure-review, the […]

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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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  • Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the trope of the serpent cult is probably one of the oldest and most tired ones out there; throughout the pulp genre, horror, etc., serpents and snakes are one of the creepy go-to-critters for evil cults, rivaled only by spiders and bats. At one point, I was surprised to come to the realization that “Is evil, worships snakes”…well, does not really make for a good rationale if you take a closer look.   This is where this book comes in […]

    Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR)

    Obscene Serpent Religion (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, the trope of the serpent cult is probably one of the oldest and most tired ones out there; throughout the pulp genre, horror, etc., serpents and snakes are one of the creepy go-to-critters for evil cults, rivaled only by spiders and bats. At one point, I was surprised to come to the realization that “Is evil, worships snakes”…well, does not really make for a good rationale if you take a closer look.   This is where this book comes in […]

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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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  • The Lost Lands: Bard’s Gate (PFRPG/5e/OSR) This colossal TOME clocks in at 535 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/introduction, 1 page advertisement/product checklist, 3 pages of ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page obituaries, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 524 pages of content.   Yeah, I know. You expected Northlands Saga first. Well, while I was digging through THAT massive tome, I was asked by several people to cover this monster first. So I listened, put Northlands Saga on the back-burner (its review should hit site early 2017) and instead started devouring this massive tome. So consider seeing this first to be basically me listening to the vox populi.   Ahem. Let that page-count […]

    The Lost Lands: Bard’s Gate (PFRPG/5e/OSR)

    The Lost Lands: Bard’s Gate (PFRPG/5e/OSR) This colossal TOME clocks in at 535 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/introduction, 1 page advertisement/product checklist, 3 pages of ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page obituaries, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 524 pages of content.   Yeah, I know. You expected Northlands Saga first. Well, while I was digging through THAT massive tome, I was asked by several people to cover this monster first. So I listened, put Northlands Saga on the back-burner (its review should hit site early 2017) and instead started devouring this massive tome. So consider seeing this first to be basically me listening to the vox populi.   Ahem. Let that page-count […]

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  • A Green Jewel They Must Possess (OSR) The first stand-alone module for the rules-light Outer Presence role-playing game clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Before we dive into the meat and grit of the module, we are introduced with a 20-entry strong table of character subplots for PCs – whether en route towards a bad drug-habit, PTSD getting worse or having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, there is a stressor back in the PC’s mind. It is autumn in Chicago, sometime during the 1970s and the second concept to determine would be how the PCs are aligned with Ezra Jackson, their […]

    A Green Jewel They Must Possess (OSR)

    A Green Jewel They Must Possess (OSR) The first stand-alone module for the rules-light Outer Presence role-playing game clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Before we dive into the meat and grit of the module, we are introduced with a 20-entry strong table of character subplots for PCs – whether en route towards a bad drug-habit, PTSD getting worse or having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, there is a stressor back in the PC’s mind. It is autumn in Chicago, sometime during the 1970s and the second concept to determine would be how the PCs are aligned with Ezra Jackson, their […]

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  • Green Devil Face #3 (OSR) 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) 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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  • Adventures in the Borderland Provinces This massive hardcover clocks in at 166 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/product overview, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page of back cover, leaving us with 160 pages of pure adventure…so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and critical review.   “Welcome to the Borderlands. You’ll probably die here.” – Ari Marmell’s first sentence of the introduction of this book is pretty much amazing…and it makes clear from the get-go that this book provides old-school modules, in the slogan of FGG: “Modules worth winning!” – i.e. challenging, hard modules that […]

    Adventures in the Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR/5e)

    Adventures in the Borderland Provinces This massive hardcover clocks in at 166 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/product overview, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page of back cover, leaving us with 160 pages of pure adventure…so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and critical review.   “Welcome to the Borderlands. You’ll probably die here.” – Ari Marmell’s first sentence of the introduction of this book is pretty much amazing…and it makes clear from the get-go that this book provides old-school modules, in the slogan of FGG: “Modules worth winning!” – i.e. challenging, hard modules that […]

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  • The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e)

    The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces (PFRPG/OSR (S&W)/D&D 5e) This massive book clocks in at 269 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal 262 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.   All right, so we have been to the Sundered Kingdoms and taken in all the sights and cults…but this is something different. While situated in the adjacent region to aforementioned adventure-collection, we actually have a massive setting sourcebook. As such, the tome begins […]

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  • The Outer Presence (OSR) This module/system for very rules-light investigative horror clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/introduction, 2 pages of space for notes, 2 empty pages, 2 pages depicting the Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book with character generation, which is pretty simple – we begin with choosing a profession from a list of 20, though adding new ones is heartily encouraged. For purposes of determining cohesion and identity within the world, 10 organizations and 6 possible relationships with said organizations can be found. […]

    The Outer Presence (OSR)

    The Outer Presence (OSR) This module/system for very rules-light investigative horror clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/introduction, 2 pages of space for notes, 2 empty pages, 2 pages depicting the Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this book with character generation, which is pretty simple – we begin with choosing a profession from a list of 20, though adding new ones is heartily encouraged. For purposes of determining cohesion and identity within the world, 10 organizations and 6 possible relationships with said organizations can be found. […]

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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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  • Girls Gone Rogue (OSR) This massive expansion-book for the sleazy space opera RPG Alpha Blue clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 72 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, before we dive in: This is designated as Mature Content. It is the expansion book for a rules-light RPG that reproduces the aesthetics of scifi-porn-satires, so if you have a problem with sexuality, dick/vagina/boob-jokes and gender stereotyping for men and women, this may not be for you. While the males and females I played this with considered […]

    Girls Gone Rogue (OSR)

    Girls Gone Rogue (OSR) This massive expansion-book for the sleazy space opera RPG Alpha Blue clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 72 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, before we dive in: This is designated as Mature Content. It is the expansion book for a rules-light RPG that reproduces the aesthetics of scifi-porn-satires, so if you have a problem with sexuality, dick/vagina/boob-jokes and gender stereotyping for men and women, this may not be for you. While the males and females I played this with considered […]

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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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  • Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 This one-hour game-version of Crimson Dragon Slayer clocks in at 11 pages -all content, no frills.   So what is this? Intended for relative novices to the game, this is a stripped down version of the regular Crimson Dragon Slayer-rules, with a different focus – where the regular version features a goofy, over-the-top and awesome metal attitude, this one emphasizes dark science-fantasy as a default assumed genre. The pdf explains the basics of roleplaying and the system, which is ridiculously easy.   The basis for this is VSD6-system: A roll of 1 is a critical failure, a roll of 2 a failure, a roll of 3 mostly failure, 4 = mostly success, 5 = success and […]

    Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 (OSR)

    Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 This one-hour game-version of Crimson Dragon Slayer clocks in at 11 pages -all content, no frills.   So what is this? Intended for relative novices to the game, this is a stripped down version of the regular Crimson Dragon Slayer-rules, with a different focus – where the regular version features a goofy, over-the-top and awesome metal attitude, this one emphasizes dark science-fantasy as a default assumed genre. The pdf explains the basics of roleplaying and the system, which is ridiculously easy.   The basis for this is VSD6-system: A roll of 1 is a critical failure, a roll of 2 a failure, a roll of 3 mostly failure, 4 = mostly success, 5 = success and […]

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  • The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (5e/OSR) The freshman offering of Dark Naga Adventures clocks in at a classic 32 pages, with one page editorial and 1 page SRD, leaving 30 pages of content – and no, this does not include the front and back cover, since this book very much does not only hearken back to the classic era in tone – it is saddle-stitched and has a detachable color cover that sports maps on the inside – of course in the classic blue/white!   This module was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy. The review is based on this print copy of the kickstarter premium print edition.   Okay, before we dive […]

    The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (5e/OSR)

    The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (5e/OSR) The freshman offering of Dark Naga Adventures clocks in at a classic 32 pages, with one page editorial and 1 page SRD, leaving 30 pages of content – and no, this does not include the front and back cover, since this book very much does not only hearken back to the classic era in tone – it is saddle-stitched and has a detachable color cover that sports maps on the inside – of course in the classic blue/white!   This module was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy. The review is based on this print copy of the kickstarter premium print edition.   Okay, before we dive […]

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  • Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR)

    Swords and Wizardry Complete Rule Book (OSR) This massive rule-book clocks in at 144 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page list of tables (important!), 6 pages of supporter-thanks, 1 page legal appendix, 1 page note-space, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 130 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ähem. I feel old. 😉 This is my birthday-review, my present from myself to myself, so please bear with me regarding the obvious deviation from my usual standard regarding reviewing. Kidding aside regarding age and the like…when I started playing, believe it or not, you young ‘uns, the game didn’t have that much to do with math. Sure, we needed it. […]

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  • Alpha Blue (OSR) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 114 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 4 pages of note-space, 1 page blank, 1 page Kort’thalis-glyph, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 100 pages of content, so let’s take a peek!   This book was moved ahead in my review-queue due to me receiving a complimentary print copy.   Okay, before we start: This is a satire, a spoof of 70s and 80s cheesy, low budget exploitation-scifi-flicks and aesthetics. Alpha Blue is a space station, where sex addicts were sent to experience experimental treatment techniques – what began as an institution devolved into a space brothel/casino; […]

    Alpha Blue (OSR)

    Alpha Blue (OSR) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 114 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 4 pages of note-space, 1 page blank, 1 page Kort’thalis-glyph, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 100 pages of content, so let’s take a peek!   This book was moved ahead in my review-queue due to me receiving a complimentary print copy.   Okay, before we start: This is a satire, a spoof of 70s and 80s cheesy, low budget exploitation-scifi-flicks and aesthetics. Alpha Blue is a space station, where sex addicts were sent to experience experimental treatment techniques – what began as an institution devolved into a space brothel/casino; […]

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  • The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence (OSR) This hex-crawl sandbox clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page Index, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 104 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print-copy in exchange for a critical and honest review.   Well, before we do, let’s make one thing clear (if the cover hasn’t already…) – this is declared as “mature content”…though, at least to my European sensibilities, it does not require this declaration. There are literally more butts in just about any music videos and there is no full-frontal nudity or the like herein. While […]

    The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence (OSR)

    The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence (OSR) This hex-crawl sandbox clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page Index, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 104 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print-copy in exchange for a critical and honest review.   Well, before we do, let’s make one thing clear (if the cover hasn’t already…) – this is declared as “mature content”…though, at least to my European sensibilities, it does not require this declaration. There are literally more butts in just about any music videos and there is no full-frontal nudity or the like herein. While […]

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  • Cyclopean Deeps Volume II The second tome of Matt Finch’s massive subterranean sandbox clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 244 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me reiterate for a second what this is and what it means: Well, on the obvious side, this is the second part of the massive Cyclopean Deeps-mega-adventure-sandbox, which, per default, is situated even below the dungeon of Rappan Athuk in the Lost Lands campaign setting – but, quite frankly, there is no place in any given campaign setting you conceivably couldn’t plug this into […]

    Cyclopean Deeps Volume II

    Cyclopean Deeps Volume II The second tome of Matt Finch’s massive subterranean sandbox clocks in at 250 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 244 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, before we do, let me reiterate for a second what this is and what it means: Well, on the obvious side, this is the second part of the massive Cyclopean Deeps-mega-adventure-sandbox, which, per default, is situated even below the dungeon of Rappan Athuk in the Lost Lands campaign setting – but, quite frankly, there is no place in any given campaign setting you conceivably couldn’t plug this into […]

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  • Revelry in Torth (OSR) This module clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 4 pages editorial, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s check this out! This book was moved forward in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an unbiased and critical review.   All right, so, from the get-go, let me make one thing perfectly clear: This is not a module in the traditional sense…or rather, it actually is. What do I mean with this cryptic statement? Basically, this is a wide open sandbox, like some of the best Frog God Games, Lamentations of the Flame Princess or Raging […]

    Revelry in Torth (OSR)

    Revelry in Torth (OSR) This module clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 4 pages editorial, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s check this out! This book was moved forward in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an unbiased and critical review.   All right, so, from the get-go, let me make one thing perfectly clear: This is not a module in the traditional sense…or rather, it actually is. What do I mean with this cryptic statement? Basically, this is a wide open sandbox, like some of the best Frog God Games, Lamentations of the Flame Princess or Raging […]

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  • Three Swordsmen (OSR) This FREE little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page editorial, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a nice introduction to the matter at hand and then are introduced to the Templar Knight. These guys must be lawful and may deflect an amount of damage equal to his level plus the sword’s enhancement, but the decision to deflect the attack must be made before the results of the damage-roll are made known. If the fighter also reconsecrates and reforges his sword in a ceremony, the character may also add his Strength-modifier to the amount of damage deflected.   1/day, he may also sway the undecided, up to character […]

    Three Swordsmen (OSR)

    Three Swordsmen (OSR) This FREE little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page editorial, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a nice introduction to the matter at hand and then are introduced to the Templar Knight. These guys must be lawful and may deflect an amount of damage equal to his level plus the sword’s enhancement, but the decision to deflect the attack must be made before the results of the damage-roll are made known. If the fighter also reconsecrates and reforges his sword in a ceremony, the character may also add his Strength-modifier to the amount of damage deflected.   1/day, he may also sway the undecided, up to character […]

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  • The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR) This free supplement clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a one-page introduction of the origin of the class. The baleful sorceror gets d6, may not wear armor and are proficient with daggers, short swords, sickles and scimitars. They may also use poison as a thief of the same level and may rebuke, command or destroy undead as a cleric of the same level. This sorceror learns one spell of a higher level every level, though more power can be gained via trafficking with dreaded Tsathag’Kha, putting that control in the GM’s hands. The sorceror may also try […]

    The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR)

    The Baleful Sorceror of Tsathag’kha (OSR) This free supplement clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with a one-page introduction of the origin of the class. The baleful sorceror gets d6, may not wear armor and are proficient with daggers, short swords, sickles and scimitars. They may also use poison as a thief of the same level and may rebuke, command or destroy undead as a cleric of the same level. This sorceror learns one spell of a higher level every level, though more power can be gained via trafficking with dreaded Tsathag’Kha, putting that control in the GM’s hands. The sorceror may also try […]

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