OSR Archive

  • Psychedelic Fantasies: Gleams of the Livid Plaque (OSR) This module/setting supplement clocks in at 11 pages, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ […]

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Gleams of the Livid Plaque (OSR)

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Gleams of the Livid Plaque (OSR) This module/setting supplement clocks in at 11 pages, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ […]

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  • Psychedelic Fantasies: Streams of the Lucid Crack (OSR) This module/setting supplement clocks in at 11 pages, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This is a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ (20’) are […]

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Streams of the Lucid Crack (OSR)

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Streams of the Lucid Crack (OSR) This module/setting supplement clocks in at 11 pages, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This is a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ (20’) are […]

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  • The Undercroft #4 (OSR) This installment of the Undercroft clocks in at 24 pages, minus one page if you take away the editorial; this is laid out, as always, in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look! My review is primarily based on the stitch-bound softcover version.   As always for the ‘zine, the rules employed are LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) rules, but conversion to other OSR rules-sets is not particularly taxing. Theme-wise, this is a horror-supplement; the easily-offended or squeamish need not apply.   So, let us begin with the crunchiest article contained within – penned by Marc “Lord Inar” Gacy, we have an alternate take on LotFP, attempting an engine to present a class-less […]

    The Undercroft #4 (OSR)

    The Undercroft #4 (OSR) This installment of the Undercroft clocks in at 24 pages, minus one page if you take away the editorial; this is laid out, as always, in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look! My review is primarily based on the stitch-bound softcover version.   As always for the ‘zine, the rules employed are LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) rules, but conversion to other OSR rules-sets is not particularly taxing. Theme-wise, this is a horror-supplement; the easily-offended or squeamish need not apply.   So, let us begin with the crunchiest article contained within – penned by Marc “Lord Inar” Gacy, we have an alternate take on LotFP, attempting an engine to present a class-less […]

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  • The Chest (OSR) This module clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, ½ a page editorial (the other half is an introduction/how to use), 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so as always for The Merciless Merchants, the rules-system employed is For Gold & Glory – based on second edition AD&D. Ultimately, this means that adaption to e.g. OSRIC is super simple, and that there is a lot of information given – We have size categories, morale, activity cycles (!!), organization etc. noted for creatures. Attack values use the good ole’ THAC0 ( What we knew as ETW0, […]

    The Chest (OSR)

    The Chest (OSR) This module clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, ½ a page editorial (the other half is an introduction/how to use), 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so as always for The Merciless Merchants, the rules-system employed is For Gold & Glory – based on second edition AD&D. Ultimately, this means that adaption to e.g. OSRIC is super simple, and that there is a lot of information given – We have size categories, morale, activity cycles (!!), organization etc. noted for creatures. Attack values use the good ole’ THAC0 ( What we knew as ETW0, […]

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  • The Dragon Horde Volume II, Issue 1: Wherein Evil Lies (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 42 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Wait, what does the number mean? Isn’t that the third Dragon Horde-installment? Well, yeah, but the “Volume II” denotes the reboot with the new layout and the color cover; the issue is also PWYW, so you can leave a tip for the creator’s hard work.   Rules-wise, this book presents […]

    The Dragon Horde Volume II, Issue 1: Wherein Evil Lies (Patreon Request) (OSR)

    The Dragon Horde Volume II, Issue 1: Wherein Evil Lies (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 42 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   Wait, what does the number mean? Isn’t that the third Dragon Horde-installment? Well, yeah, but the “Volume II” denotes the reboot with the new layout and the color cover; the issue is also PWYW, so you can leave a tip for the creator’s hard work.   Rules-wise, this book presents […]

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  • Hell Hath No Furry (OSR) This module clocks in at 6 pages, with e.g. cover art as a small ~1/4 of a page artwork, so let’s take a look!   Just before you ask: No, this has nothing to do with furries or fursecution.   Rules-wise, this employs BECMI/labyrinth Lord rules and is intended for four to six characters of 3rd level. Conversion to other old-school rule-sets is pretty simple. While this nominally has ties to the Lands of Lunacy supplement, the reference may be removed easily, should you choose to do so. 60’ (20’) is the default MV, AC is descending and we get HD-ratings and saves based on certain classes – “F5” e.g. pertaining to saving like a […]

    Hell Hath No Furry (OSR)

    Hell Hath No Furry (OSR) This module clocks in at 6 pages, with e.g. cover art as a small ~1/4 of a page artwork, so let’s take a look!   Just before you ask: No, this has nothing to do with furries or fursecution.   Rules-wise, this employs BECMI/labyrinth Lord rules and is intended for four to six characters of 3rd level. Conversion to other old-school rule-sets is pretty simple. While this nominally has ties to the Lands of Lunacy supplement, the reference may be removed easily, should you choose to do so. 60’ (20’) is the default MV, AC is descending and we get HD-ratings and saves based on certain classes – “F5” e.g. pertaining to saving like a […]

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  • The Red Prophet Rises (OSR) This module clocks in at 30 pages of content, already disregarding pages devoted to editorial, front cover, etc. The module was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   Okay, so “The Red Prophet Rises” is an adventure intended for 3-6 characters of levels 3-5, using the For Gold & Glory ruleset based on 2nd edition. This means that we have THAC0s, descending AC, HD, morale noted, etc. – when all’s said and done, this means that conversion to pretty much any OSR-rules system is pretty simple, as the statblocks etc. note a lot of information. Even an activity cycle, mind […]

    The Red Prophet Rises (OSR)

    The Red Prophet Rises (OSR) This module clocks in at 30 pages of content, already disregarding pages devoted to editorial, front cover, etc. The module was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   Okay, so “The Red Prophet Rises” is an adventure intended for 3-6 characters of levels 3-5, using the For Gold & Glory ruleset based on 2nd edition. This means that we have THAC0s, descending AC, HD, morale noted, etc. – when all’s said and done, this means that conversion to pretty much any OSR-rules system is pretty simple, as the statblocks etc. note a lot of information. Even an activity cycle, mind […]

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  • A Credit for your Thots (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look! Wait, why supplement? Because, while there is a module included here, it’s not the central focus – the main meat of the module is devoted to rules and help for prolonged Alpha Blue games.   Now, as always, this is an Alpha Blue module – this means that it’s inspired by 70s/80s porn parodies of scifi movies, and as such, raunchy material is included in this pdf. If you have an issue with sexuality featuring in your game, this may not be what you want to purchase. […]

    A Credit for your Thots (OSR)

    A Credit for your Thots (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look! Wait, why supplement? Because, while there is a module included here, it’s not the central focus – the main meat of the module is devoted to rules and help for prolonged Alpha Blue games.   Now, as always, this is an Alpha Blue module – this means that it’s inspired by 70s/80s porn parodies of scifi movies, and as such, raunchy material is included in this pdf. If you have an issue with sexuality featuring in your game, this may not be what you want to purchase. […]

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  • The Dragon Horde #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Dragon Horde-‘zine clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisement (one inside the ‘zine), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so first things first: The title is not a typo – it’s a pun, and the editorial confirms as much. Without much ado, we dive right into the first article herein, which depicts linnorms, 6 types of them, to be more precise. These list their respective bites, breath weapons and […]

    The Dragon Horde #2 (OSR)

    The Dragon Horde #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Dragon Horde-‘zine clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of advertisement (one inside the ‘zine), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so first things first: The title is not a typo – it’s a pun, and the editorial confirms as much. Without much ado, we dive right into the first article herein, which depicts linnorms, 6 types of them, to be more precise. These list their respective bites, breath weapons and […]

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  • The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – this publication’s name is not a typo, but a joke. While hoard/horde is indeed one of the most common homophone errors I encounter, this time it’s no error. As for the rules-sets employed, the publication sports both 0e/1e stats and B/X-stats for the monsters included in the start – these would be a leech man, and a halfling/elf racial mix. Both are decent, if not spectacular critters. Both […]

    The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR)

    The Dragon Horde #1 (OSR) This ‘zine clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   So, first things first – this publication’s name is not a typo, but a joke. While hoard/horde is indeed one of the most common homophone errors I encounter, this time it’s no error. As for the rules-sets employed, the publication sports both 0e/1e stats and B/X-stats for the monsters included in the start – these would be a leech man, and a halfling/elf racial mix. Both are decent, if not spectacular critters. Both […]

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  • Psychedelic Fantasies: Proteus Sinking (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school […]

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Proteus Sinking (OSR)

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Proteus Sinking (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Yep, we get basically a fifth of a page editorial and the like – and then, the rest is adventure. This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school […]

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  • One Waiting, One Prisoner, One Sacrificed (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement; each of the three chapters has its own sub-cover page, which means we arrive at 15 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   All right, structurally, this is one narrative that was released in 3 installments by the Gothridge Manor patreon; the three chapters each represent a nice mini-adventure, and depending on how fast your players are, you can potentially finish the entire module in a single, long session. Unlike many multi-part adventures, the different chapter manage to retain their own, concise themes while still gelling together […]

    One Waiting, One Prisoner, One Sacrificed (OSR)

    One Waiting, One Prisoner, One Sacrificed (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement; each of the three chapters has its own sub-cover page, which means we arrive at 15 pages of content, laid out for 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   All right, structurally, this is one narrative that was released in 3 installments by the Gothridge Manor patreon; the three chapters each represent a nice mini-adventure, and depending on how fast your players are, you can potentially finish the entire module in a single, long session. Unlike many multi-part adventures, the different chapter manage to retain their own, concise themes while still gelling together […]

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  • The Towers of the Weretoads (OSR) This mini-adventure clocks in at 6 pages, with one page devoted to the front cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so are you familiar with One-Page-Dungeons? You know, where the map features also all the information on locales? This dungeon is depicted in that type of format – one page per level of the dungeon, which features basement, ground floor and tower/treetop-levels. Nice: The supplement uses red and black text and arrows to denote what’s what – when printing this, going color is a prudent way, as red notes rules-relevant aspects, saves, traps, etc. – all in all, this color-coding makes running the dungeon pretty […]

    The Towers of the Weretoads (OSR)

    The Towers of the Weretoads (OSR) This mini-adventure clocks in at 6 pages, with one page devoted to the front cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so are you familiar with One-Page-Dungeons? You know, where the map features also all the information on locales? This dungeon is depicted in that type of format – one page per level of the dungeon, which features basement, ground floor and tower/treetop-levels. Nice: The supplement uses red and black text and arrows to denote what’s what – when printing this, going color is a prudent way, as red notes rules-relevant aspects, saves, traps, etc. – all in all, this color-coding makes running the dungeon pretty […]

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  • Vault of the Faceless Giants (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, ½ a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, first of all: This adventure assumes that you’re using the Basic Psionics Handbook, the impressive psionics-rules provided for B/X. While it is possible to run this without access to said rules, the module does lose some of its unique flavor and requires some serious GM-work to adapt, so I strongly suggest getting the Basic Psionics Handbook, also due to flavor reasons.   Why? This module assumes a jungle/quasi-Indian/Hindu-style background, with the chakras that govern the […]

    Vault of the Faceless Giants (OSR)

    Vault of the Faceless Giants (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, ½ a page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, first of all: This adventure assumes that you’re using the Basic Psionics Handbook, the impressive psionics-rules provided for B/X. While it is possible to run this without access to said rules, the module does lose some of its unique flavor and requires some serious GM-work to adapt, so I strongly suggest getting the Basic Psionics Handbook, also due to flavor reasons.   Why? This module assumes a jungle/quasi-Indian/Hindu-style background, with the chakras that govern the […]

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  • Lands of Lunacy Setting Guide (OSR) This supplement clocks in at roughly 27 pages if you take away editorial, ToC, etc. – why “roughly”? Page Zero contains an etymological definition of “Lunacy” that blends actual fact with some fantastic tidbits, and the final page has only approximately half a page of text, so it comes out at this page-count.   If the title wasn’t ample clue, this supplement does deal with madness to a degree and starts with a proper disclaimer. Personally, I consider it laudable, yet also a bit sad that nowadays, our elfgame-supplements, particularly ones like this, need such a disclaimer. To contextualize this: The supplement is probably as PG-13 as can be.  This is not a horror […]

    Lands of Lunacy Setting Guide (OSR)

    Lands of Lunacy Setting Guide (OSR) This supplement clocks in at roughly 27 pages if you take away editorial, ToC, etc. – why “roughly”? Page Zero contains an etymological definition of “Lunacy” that blends actual fact with some fantastic tidbits, and the final page has only approximately half a page of text, so it comes out at this page-count.   If the title wasn’t ample clue, this supplement does deal with madness to a degree and starts with a proper disclaimer. Personally, I consider it laudable, yet also a bit sad that nowadays, our elfgame-supplements, particularly ones like this, need such a disclaimer. To contextualize this: The supplement is probably as PG-13 as can be.  This is not a horror […]

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  • The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page kickstarter-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page to track monster hit points, 1 page to note down dead PCs, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this module with a brief author’s commentary before getting into the nit and grit of things. This module is intended for 4 – 5 level 1 – 2 characters, and the rules employed are LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) and may be easily adapted to other OSR-games. My review […]

    The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (OSR)

    The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page kickstarter-thanks, 1 page ToC, 1 page to track monster hit points, 1 page to note down dead PCs, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 23 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5), so let’s take a look!   We begin this module with a brief author’s commentary before getting into the nit and grit of things. This module is intended for 4 – 5 level 1 – 2 characters, and the rules employed are LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) and may be easily adapted to other OSR-games. My review […]

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  • The Undercroft #3 (OSR) The third installment of the Undercroft-‘zine clocks in at 23 pages, one of which is the editorial, which, unlike in many comparable publications, I actually find myself reading more often than not; this leaves us with 22 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5); my review is based on the print copy, which is a well-made saddle-stitched booklet.   Okay, so you’ll notice something pretty unique here, in that this ‘zine contains 2 different articles and a short story; the short story is penned by Alex Clements and focuses on what happens when a youthful warrior and an old warrior meet at a bridge and come to an impasse that has to result […]

    The Undercroft #3 (OSR)

    The Undercroft #3 (OSR) The third installment of the Undercroft-‘zine clocks in at 23 pages, one of which is the editorial, which, unlike in many comparable publications, I actually find myself reading more often than not; this leaves us with 22 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5); my review is based on the print copy, which is a well-made saddle-stitched booklet.   Okay, so you’ll notice something pretty unique here, in that this ‘zine contains 2 different articles and a short story; the short story is penned by Alex Clements and focuses on what happens when a youthful warrior and an old warrior meet at a bridge and come to an impasse that has to result […]

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  • Psychedelic Fantasies: Within the Radiant Dome (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 10 pages, one of which doubles as the front cover/editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content.   This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition. HOWEVER, there is something different here – this has been penned by Gavin Norman, nowadays better known for his superb work on the Wormskin-zine and the Old-School Essentials (formerly B/X Essentials) […]

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Within the Radiant Dome (OSR)

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Within the Radiant Dome (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 10 pages, one of which doubles as the front cover/editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content.   This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition. HOWEVER, there is something different here – this has been penned by Gavin Norman, nowadays better known for his superb work on the Wormskin-zine and the Old-School Essentials (formerly B/X Essentials) […]

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  • Psychedelic Fantasies: Beneath the Ruins (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 10 pages, one of which doubles as the front cover/editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content.   This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ (20’) are the default movement rates, HD are noted, […]

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Beneath the Ruins (OSR)

    Psychedelic Fantasies: Beneath the Ruins (OSR) This installment of the Psychedelic Fantasies-series clocks in at 10 pages, one of which doubles as the front cover/editorial, leaving us with 9 pages of content.   This series adheres to a pretty minimalist approach to module presentation – two columns of black text in a white background. Headers are bolded, but the small statblocks have no internal formatting – this is as minimalist as can be. As for the rule-set, the module does not subscribe to a particular OSR-game or edition, claiming general compatibility, which means that you will have to do some tweaking to modify the module for your preferred old-school game. 60’ (20’) are the default movement rates, HD are noted, […]

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  • The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with instructions, which are simple enough – you see, each of the tables here contains a matrix of 4 columns and 10 rows – these generally span 2 pages per table. You roll a d4 to determine the column, a d10 to determine the row. Simple, nice. With the entries differing in density and complexity, the respective font-size varies from what looks like regular sized 10 or 11pt (not good at differentiating those) to pretty large letters, so if you’ve got issues […]

    The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR)

    The Level 1 Creature Generator (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with instructions, which are simple enough – you see, each of the tables here contains a matrix of 4 columns and 10 rows – these generally span 2 pages per table. You roll a d4 to determine the column, a d10 to determine the row. Simple, nice. With the entries differing in density and complexity, the respective font-size varies from what looks like regular sized 10 or 11pt (not good at differentiating those) to pretty large letters, so if you’ve got issues […]

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  • Trollback Keep (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 31 pages of content, not counting cover, editorial, etc.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy of the adventure. My review is based on the print version; I do not own the pdf-version.   Rules-wise, this game assumes the For Gold & Glory rules-set, which is based on 2nd edition AD&D; as such, conversion to other OSR-rules is not difficult. In case you were wondering: We do get a THAC0, HD-ratings, sizes, morale and the average movement rate for humanoids is set at 9, with small targets instead having 6. All in all, this makes modifying the module for other old-school systems […]

    Trollback Keep (OSR)

    Trollback Keep (OSR) This adventure clocks in at 31 pages of content, not counting cover, editorial, etc.   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy of the adventure. My review is based on the print version; I do not own the pdf-version.   Rules-wise, this game assumes the For Gold & Glory rules-set, which is based on 2nd edition AD&D; as such, conversion to other OSR-rules is not difficult. In case you were wondering: We do get a THAC0, HD-ratings, sizes, morale and the average movement rate for humanoids is set at 9, with small targets instead having 6. All in all, this makes modifying the module for other old-school systems […]

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  • Death is the New Pink (OSR) This game clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page dedication, 4 pages blank, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 85 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so what is this? On a mechanical level, this is basically a post-apocalyptic hack of “Into the Odd”; in themes, this is very much inspired by Borderlands, Tank Girl, etc. – which you can also confirm in the Appendix N, which also lists Dredd and the music […]

    Death is the New Pink (OSR)

    Death is the New Pink (OSR) This game clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page dedication, 4 pages blank, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 85 pages of content, laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5) so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so what is this? On a mechanical level, this is basically a post-apocalyptic hack of “Into the Odd”; in themes, this is very much inspired by Borderlands, Tank Girl, etc. – which you can also confirm in the Appendix N, which also lists Dredd and the music […]

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  • Wormskin #8 (OSR) The eight installment of the Wormskin-zine depicting the strange Ur-forests of Dolmenwood clocks in at 36 pages of pure content (laid out in 6’’ by 9’’/A5), not counting editorial, etc. As always, my review is both based on the print and pdf iterations of the ‘zine.   The OSR-ruleset employed within this book would be B/X (or Labyrinth Lord), but the rules can be pretty easily tweaked to work for other systems.   All right, so the first thing you’ll notice, is that the ‘zine, in its slumber has obviously received an aesthetic upgrade: Leafing through the pages, I was surprised to see full-color, original artworks for all of the monsters featured within, which this time around, […]

    Wormskin #8 (OSR)

    Wormskin #8 (OSR) The eight installment of the Wormskin-zine depicting the strange Ur-forests of Dolmenwood clocks in at 36 pages of pure content (laid out in 6’’ by 9’’/A5), not counting editorial, etc. As always, my review is both based on the print and pdf iterations of the ‘zine.   The OSR-ruleset employed within this book would be B/X (or Labyrinth Lord), but the rules can be pretty easily tweaked to work for other systems.   All right, so the first thing you’ll notice, is that the ‘zine, in its slumber has obviously received an aesthetic upgrade: Leafing through the pages, I was surprised to see full-color, original artworks for all of the monsters featured within, which this time around, […]

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  • Wormskin #7 (OSR) The seventh installment of the Wormskin-zine clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content – a massive bunch, so let’s dive in!   As always, the OSR-rules employed within this supplement are intended for use with B/X or Labyrinth Lord, but are easy enough to translate to other settings.   All righty, we begin this installment of Dolmenwood with a massive table-assortment penned by Gavin Norman, Brian Richmond and Greg Gorgonmilk, one that features a significant assortment of common names to be found in Dolmenwood: D30 human […]

    Wormskin #7 (OSR)

    Wormskin #7 (OSR) The seventh installment of the Wormskin-zine clocks in at 70 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 64 pages of content – a massive bunch, so let’s dive in!   As always, the OSR-rules employed within this supplement are intended for use with B/X or Labyrinth Lord, but are easy enough to translate to other settings.   All righty, we begin this installment of Dolmenwood with a massive table-assortment penned by Gavin Norman, Brian Richmond and Greg Gorgonmilk, one that features a significant assortment of common names to be found in Dolmenwood: D30 human […]

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  • Advanced Adventures: The Mouth of the Shadowvein (OSR) This installment of the Advanced Adventures-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front/back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is part of a series of requests undertaken at the request of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so, as always, this module is penned with the OSRIC rules in mind, but conversion to other OSR rulesets is relatively painless. As always, we don’t get read-aloud text herein, and there are a couple of formal differences from the formatting conventions that OSRIC employs, but these, for the most part, apply in […]

    Advanced Adventures: The Mouth of the Shadowvein (OSR)

    Advanced Adventures: The Mouth of the Shadowvein (OSR) This installment of the Advanced Adventures-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front/back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is part of a series of requests undertaken at the request of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so, as always, this module is penned with the OSRIC rules in mind, but conversion to other OSR rulesets is relatively painless. As always, we don’t get read-aloud text herein, and there are a couple of formal differences from the formatting conventions that OSRIC employs, but these, for the most part, apply in […]

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  • Advanced Adventures: Down the Shadowvein (OSR) This installment of the Advanced Adventures-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front/back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is part of a series of requests undertaken at the request of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so, as always, this module is penned with the OSRIC rules in mind, but conversion to other OSR rulesets is relatively painless. As always, we don’t get read-aloud text herein, and there are a couple of formal differences from the formatting conventions that OSRIC employs, but these, for the most part, apply in a mostly […]

    Advanced Adventures: Down the Shadowvein (OSR)

    Advanced Adventures: Down the Shadowvein (OSR) This installment of the Advanced Adventures-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front/back cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is part of a series of requests undertaken at the request of my patreon supporters, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Okay, so, as always, this module is penned with the OSRIC rules in mind, but conversion to other OSR rulesets is relatively painless. As always, we don’t get read-aloud text herein, and there are a couple of formal differences from the formatting conventions that OSRIC employs, but these, for the most part, apply in a mostly […]

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  • The Undercroft #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Undercroft-zine clocks in at 21 pages (laid out in 6’’ by 9’’/A5) if you disregard front cover, editorial, etc. I own the print copy, which is stitch-bound, well-made little booklet as far as ‘zines are concerned.   Anyhow, important to know: While nominally, the content herein is designed for use with the LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) system, the majority of the articles contained within are not only pretty rules-lite, they actually can be applied rather easily to other systems – to the point where I’d consider this to be almost system neutral. So yeah, if you’re playing 5e or PFRPG or the like, it’ll be easy to adapt the […]

    The Undercroft #2 (OSR)

    The Undercroft #2 (OSR) The second installment of the Undercroft-zine clocks in at 21 pages (laid out in 6’’ by 9’’/A5) if you disregard front cover, editorial, etc. I own the print copy, which is stitch-bound, well-made little booklet as far as ‘zines are concerned.   Anyhow, important to know: While nominally, the content herein is designed for use with the LotFP (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) system, the majority of the articles contained within are not only pretty rules-lite, they actually can be applied rather easily to other systems – to the point where I’d consider this to be almost system neutral. So yeah, if you’re playing 5e or PFRPG or the like, it’ll be easy to adapt the […]

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