OSR Archive

  • Carcosa (OSR) This massive campaign setting/hexcrawl clocks in at 283 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of index (VERY USEFUL!), leaving us with 274 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that the inside of the covers, respectively, contain gorgeous full-color hex-maps – inside the front cover, we get an overview, while inside the back cover, we gain an in-depth hex-crawl of one such hex, highlighting the sheer VASTNESS of Carcosa. As you can surmise, I actually own the hardcover, namely the second printing, which was provided by a generous patreon for the purposes of reviewing it at my convenience. I subsequently based my review […]

    Carcosa (OSR)

    Carcosa (OSR) This massive campaign setting/hexcrawl clocks in at 283 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of index (VERY USEFUL!), leaving us with 274 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that the inside of the covers, respectively, contain gorgeous full-color hex-maps – inside the front cover, we get an overview, while inside the back cover, we gain an in-depth hex-crawl of one such hex, highlighting the sheer VASTNESS of Carcosa. As you can surmise, I actually own the hardcover, namely the second printing, which was provided by a generous patreon for the purposes of reviewing it at my convenience. I subsequently based my review […]

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  • Green Devil Face #5 (OSR) The fifth installment of Green Devil Face clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover,  leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the layout of this pdf makes it possible to fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper, being generally intended for an A5/ 6” by 9”-standard.   We begin this pdf with “A Rather Unfair Trap” -a pool of water with a submerged cage containing a ruby. Touching the ruby switches places, potentially drowning the victim. Such a victim then slowly dissolves and the liquid changes the brain into a new ruby.   Next up are two d30-tables – one […]

    Green Devil Face #5 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #5 (OSR) The fifth installment of Green Devil Face clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover,  leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look! It should be noted that the layout of this pdf makes it possible to fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper, being generally intended for an A5/ 6” by 9”-standard.   We begin this pdf with “A Rather Unfair Trap” -a pool of water with a submerged cage containing a ruby. Touching the ruby switches places, potentially drowning the victim. Such a victim then slowly dissolves and the liquid changes the brain into a new ruby.   Next up are two d30-tables – one […]

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  • Green Devil Face #4 (OSR) The fourth installment of LotFP’s Green Devil face e-zine clocks in at a massive 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 68 (!!!) pages of content. It should be noted that the pdf adheres to roughly an A5-layout (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this, provided your eyes are good enough.   We begin with a brief class, the Knight of Science (as featured in No Dignity in Death/The People of Pembrooktonshire), who gains d8 HD (d10 in advanced edition games). They are immune to charm, sleep, hold or cold spells (hold or […]

    Green Devil Face #4 (OSR)

    Green Devil Face #4 (OSR) The fourth installment of LotFP’s Green Devil face e-zine clocks in at a massive 73 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 68 (!!!) pages of content. It should be noted that the pdf adheres to roughly an A5-layout (6” by 9”), which means you can fit about 4 pages on a given sheet of paper when printing this, provided your eyes are good enough.   We begin with a brief class, the Knight of Science (as featured in No Dignity in Death/The People of Pembrooktonshire), who gains d8 HD (d10 in advanced edition games). They are immune to charm, sleep, hold or cold spells (hold or […]

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  • Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR)

    Bad Myrmidon (OSR) This module clocks in at 52 pages, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page encouragement, leaving us with 48 pages of content. These have been formatted for booklet-size (A5 or, approximately 6” by 9”), which means you can fit up to 4 pages on a given sheet of paper. I tried it and the text remained legible. The PoD-version sports the hex-map, which in the pdf is inside, on the back, in color.   Why encouragement? Well, yes, this module was originally penned for the benefit of Mandy Morbid, with artwork by Gennifer Bone and Wayne Snyder, cartography by Dyson Logos and content mainly by Rafael Chandler, though James Edward Raggi IV did write one […]

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  • Guarding Galaxy XXX (OSR) This modules, formerly known as Guardians of Galaxy XXX, clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page full-color artwork doubling as back cover, 1/2 page editorial, leaving us with 7.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for use with Kort’thalis Publishing’s Alpha Blue RPG, which centers on capturing the aesthetics of 70s and 80s scifi-porn-parodies. As such, the usual disclaimer regarding adult topics applies. If you’re not familiar with the system and its tropes and themes, I have reviewed the 3 core supplements for it and assume familiarity with the respective rules in this review. These reviews would also be a nice place to ascertain whether […]

    Guarding Galaxy XXX (OSR)

    Guarding Galaxy XXX (OSR) This modules, formerly known as Guardians of Galaxy XXX, clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page full-color artwork doubling as back cover, 1/2 page editorial, leaving us with 7.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for use with Kort’thalis Publishing’s Alpha Blue RPG, which centers on capturing the aesthetics of 70s and 80s scifi-porn-parodies. As such, the usual disclaimer regarding adult topics applies. If you’re not familiar with the system and its tropes and themes, I have reviewed the 3 core supplements for it and assume familiarity with the respective rules in this review. These reviews would also be a nice place to ascertain whether […]

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  • What’s your Sign? (system neutral) This’ll be a quick one. Why? This pdf covers 2 pages and it is FREE – one page contains the cover, the other the content.   What we get here would be a d4-drop-table with 12 fantasy signs: Each sign has 4 entries that you can just roll or choose from. These basically represent fluffy characteristics which may or may not influence the game – while e.g. 1 in 6 chances and similar notes are in concordance with OSR gameplay, there is no reason this cannot be applied to other, more complex systems as a little flavor guideline.   The signs covered would be Lemurs (which can yield, to list some examples, a keen sense […]

    What’s your Sign? (system neutral)

    What’s your Sign? (system neutral) This’ll be a quick one. Why? This pdf covers 2 pages and it is FREE – one page contains the cover, the other the content.   What we get here would be a d4-drop-table with 12 fantasy signs: Each sign has 4 entries that you can just roll or choose from. These basically represent fluffy characteristics which may or may not influence the game – while e.g. 1 in 6 chances and similar notes are in concordance with OSR gameplay, there is no reason this cannot be applied to other, more complex systems as a little flavor guideline.   The signs covered would be Lemurs (which can yield, to list some examples, a keen sense […]

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  • The Northlands Saga Complete This GIGANTIC tome clocks in at 795 pages if you take away editorial, ToC, etc.. No, that is NOT a typo. While I was a backer of the kickstarter that made this book, I was in no way involved in the production of this epic tome.   All right, so the introduction tells us a bit of what this is: A take on Norse adventuring, with a healthy dose of the weird, fantastic and sword & sorcery sprinkled in. It should be noted that the 8 pregens from the Player’s Guide, as well as the excellent “Winter’s Teeth” stand-alone module from the “Long Winter’s Night”-series are included in the back of the tome.   Okay, so […]

    The Northlands Saga Complete

    The Northlands Saga Complete This GIGANTIC tome clocks in at 795 pages if you take away editorial, ToC, etc.. No, that is NOT a typo. While I was a backer of the kickstarter that made this book, I was in no way involved in the production of this epic tome.   All right, so the introduction tells us a bit of what this is: A take on Norse adventuring, with a healthy dose of the weird, fantastic and sword & sorcery sprinkled in. It should be noted that the 8 pregens from the Player’s Guide, as well as the excellent “Winter’s Teeth” stand-alone module from the “Long Winter’s Night”-series are included in the back of the tome.   Okay, so […]

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  • Slippery When Wet (OSR/d6) This module for the Alpha Blue RPG clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   At this point, I expect you’re familiar with Alpha Blue – it’s a RPG designed in the vein of 70s and 80s scifi-porn-parodies and thus contains copious amounts of sleaze and associated themes. I covered all three big supplements for it, so if you’re not familiar with the game or unsure whether this is for you, take a look at the respective reviews. Rules-wise, we have a variant of the VSD6-engine, so if you’re familiar with Venger’s “The Outer Presence” or “Crimson Dragon Slayer”-games, […]

    Slippery When Wet (OSR/d6)

    Slippery When Wet (OSR/d6) This module for the Alpha Blue RPG clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   At this point, I expect you’re familiar with Alpha Blue – it’s a RPG designed in the vein of 70s and 80s scifi-porn-parodies and thus contains copious amounts of sleaze and associated themes. I covered all three big supplements for it, so if you’re not familiar with the game or unsure whether this is for you, take a look at the respective reviews. Rules-wise, we have a variant of the VSD6-engine, so if you’re familiar with Venger’s “The Outer Presence” or “Crimson Dragon Slayer”-games, […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter: One Night in Valhalla The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 12- 14 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context/setting without any hassle whatsoever, provided Norse deities exist; its raw content clocks in at 14 pages, if you take away the pdf’s editorial, cover, etc..   This being an adventure-module, the following contains […]

    The Long Night of Winter: One Night in Valhalla

    The Long Night of Winter: One Night in Valhalla The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 12- 14 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context/setting without any hassle whatsoever, provided Norse deities exist; its raw content clocks in at 14 pages, if you take away the pdf’s editorial, cover, etc..   This being an adventure-module, the following contains […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter: The Hidden Huscarl The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 8- 10 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context, but I’d honestly wouldn’t recommend it this time around.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . So, the first thing you have […]

    The Long Night of Winter: The Hidden Huscarl

    The Long Night of Winter: The Hidden Huscarl The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 8- 10 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context, but I’d honestly wouldn’t recommend it this time around.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . So, the first thing you have […]

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  • No Escape from New York (OSR) This module/supplement from the Crimson Dragon Slayer-game clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a page of advice on how to structure a CDS game and/or how to run this. The pdf does include conversion notes for traditional ACs and attack bonuses, making this more hackable than it would otherwise be. The pdf does include 3 tables that let you generate a dark secret for an ally, 12 prior events and a […]

    No Escape from New York (OSR)

    No Escape from New York (OSR) This module/supplement from the Crimson Dragon Slayer-game clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with a page of advice on how to structure a CDS game and/or how to run this. The pdf does include conversion notes for traditional ACs and attack bonuses, making this more hackable than it would otherwise be. The pdf does include 3 tables that let you generate a dark secret for an ally, 12 prior events and a […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter: Oath of the Predator The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context/setting without any hassle and its raw content clocks in at 21 pages, if you take away the pdf’s editorial, cover, etc..   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should […]

    The Long Night of Winter: Oath of the Predator

    The Long Night of Winter: Oath of the Predator The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It can be run in another context/setting without any hassle and its raw content clocks in at 21 pages, if you take away the pdf’s editorial, cover, etc..   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter: The Drowned Maiden (PFRPG/OSR) The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 9- 11 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . There are multiple ways to immortality – […]

    The Long Night of Winter: The Drowned Maiden (PFRPG/OSR)

    The Long Night of Winter: The Drowned Maiden (PFRPG/OSR) The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 9- 11 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . There are multiple ways to immortality – […]

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  • Hill Cantons Compendium II (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, I assume that you’ve read my review of the Hill Cantons Cosmology, for there, I explained the general make-up of this rather intriguing fantasy setting. It should be noted that, while this pdf explains the concept of corelands, borderlands and weird, I still maintain that it’s smart to read up on the former pdf before reading the two flavor pages that kick off this book: In these, both the city of Kezmarok and Marlinko, both with brief notes on surrounding areas and the […]

    Hill Cantons Compendium II (OSR)

    Hill Cantons Compendium II (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now, I assume that you’ve read my review of the Hill Cantons Cosmology, for there, I explained the general make-up of this rather intriguing fantasy setting. It should be noted that, while this pdf explains the concept of corelands, borderlands and weird, I still maintain that it’s smart to read up on the former pdf before reading the two flavor pages that kick off this book: In these, both the city of Kezmarok and Marlinko, both with brief notes on surrounding areas and the […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter: The Raid (PFRPG/OSR) The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . Going on raids is a crucial part of […]

    The Long Night of Winter: The Raid (PFRPG/OSR)

    The Long Night of Winter: The Raid (PFRPG/OSR) The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . Going on raids is a crucial part of […]

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  • The Long Night of Winter – Winter’s Teeth The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though. Minus editorial etc., we are left with 13 pages here, just fyi.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the […]

    The Long Night of Winter – Winter’s Teeth

    The Long Night of Winter – Winter’s Teeth The series “The Long Night of Winter” was conceived as supplemental material/optional tie-ins for the massive Northlands Saga, but each of the modules can be run as a stand-alone module as well. I backed the kickstarter for Northlands Saga back in the day, but otherwise was not involved in this project.   This module is intended for levels 6- 8 and is set in the eponymous Northlands of Frog God Games’ Lost Lands campaign setting. It does translate well to other fantasy campaign settings, though. Minus editorial etc., we are left with 13 pages here, just fyi.   This being an adventure-module, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the […]

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  • Northlands Saga Player’s Guide (PFRPG/OSR) This Player’s guide for the massive Northlands Saga Player’s Guide clocks in at 50 pages if you ignore SRD, advertisement, editorial, etc. My review is based on the dead tree version, which comes as a nice softcover. I was a backer of the Northlands Saga kickstarter, but other than that not involved in any way with this project.   So, how do we start? We start by contextualizing the Northlands and their myths – inspired by real life mythology from Scandinavia, a central leitmotif and proposition of the series was to get the feeling of the Northlands right – and, indeed, flavor-wise, the pdf begins pretty much from the get-go to do just that, presenting […]

    Northlands Saga Player’s Guide (PFRPG/OSR)

    Northlands Saga Player’s Guide (PFRPG/OSR) This Player’s guide for the massive Northlands Saga Player’s Guide clocks in at 50 pages if you ignore SRD, advertisement, editorial, etc. My review is based on the dead tree version, which comes as a nice softcover. I was a backer of the Northlands Saga kickstarter, but other than that not involved in any way with this project.   So, how do we start? We start by contextualizing the Northlands and their myths – inspired by real life mythology from Scandinavia, a central leitmotif and proposition of the series was to get the feeling of the Northlands right – and, indeed, flavor-wise, the pdf begins pretty much from the get-go to do just that, presenting […]

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  • The Hill Cantons Cosmology (OSR) This brief cosmology clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this pdf is exactly what is says on the tin – a description of the cosmology of the Hill Cantons, which serve as a backdrop for several of the modules put out by the Hydra Collective. But it is frankly more than that.   The world described here would be called Zěm, and after the header, which explains how the world came to be, we begin with a dialog-like frame-narrative that is hilariously irreverent. In the beginning, there was void (or has world-matter existed before?) and […]

    The Hill Cantons Cosmology (OSR)

    The Hill Cantons Cosmology (OSR) This brief cosmology clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this pdf is exactly what is says on the tin – a description of the cosmology of the Hill Cantons, which serve as a backdrop for several of the modules put out by the Hydra Collective. But it is frankly more than that.   The world described here would be called Zěm, and after the header, which explains how the world came to be, we begin with a dialog-like frame-narrative that is hilariously irreverent. In the beginning, there was void (or has world-matter existed before?) and […]

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  • The Quickly-Equipped Murderhobo (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (also including introduction notes) and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content. Additionally, there is a second pdf included, which is 3 pages strong if you take away the front cover. More on that one later.   So, one strength of OSR gaming as opposed to more complex systems, would obviously be the easy to grasp rules – the entry barrier is very, very low. While PFRPG, 13th Age and similar systems require that you read a huge tome, OSR system basics, enough to play anything but spellcasters, can be explained in 5 minutes. There is […]

    The Quickly-Equipped Murderhobo (OSR)

    The Quickly-Equipped Murderhobo (OSR) This pdf clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (also including introduction notes) and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content. Additionally, there is a second pdf included, which is 3 pages strong if you take away the front cover. More on that one later.   So, one strength of OSR gaming as opposed to more complex systems, would obviously be the easy to grasp rules – the entry barrier is very, very low. While PFRPG, 13th Age and similar systems require that you read a huge tome, OSR system basics, enough to play anything but spellcasters, can be explained in 5 minutes. There is […]

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  • Universal Exploits (OSR/d6) This massive supplement clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page for notes, 1 page Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 101 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, first things first: This is a book for the Alpha Blue RPG –  that means it’s deliberately written as an homage to 70s’ and 80s’ scifi-porn spoofs. The eponymous Alpha Blue would be a space-station know for its decadence, sex and drugs. It is also that book that contains the base rules for the Alpha Blue system, a variant of Venger As’Nas Satanis’ […]

    Universal Exploits (OSR/d6)

    Universal Exploits (OSR/d6) This massive supplement clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page for notes, 1 page Kort’thalis glyph, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 101 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, first things first: This is a book for the Alpha Blue RPG –  that means it’s deliberately written as an homage to 70s’ and 80s’ scifi-porn spoofs. The eponymous Alpha Blue would be a space-station know for its decadence, sex and drugs. It is also that book that contains the base rules for the Alpha Blue system, a variant of Venger As’Nas Satanis’ […]

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  • SlaughterGrid (OSR) This module clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page inspirational music (which partially reads like a metal playlist I’d make – including favorites of mine like Amorphis, Enslaved, Nile and Shape of Despair – metalheads, check it out!), 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 41 pages of content. The pdf is accompanied by jpg versions of the maps featured herein as well as jpgs of the graphical representation of a puzzle featured in this pdf. Front and back cover in full color all included as jpgs as well.   All right, so if Neoplastic Press’ superb Teratic Tome (Seriously, check it out – it’s PWYW for […]

    SlaughterGrid (OSR)

    SlaughterGrid (OSR) This module clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page inspirational music (which partially reads like a metal playlist I’d make – including favorites of mine like Amorphis, Enslaved, Nile and Shape of Despair – metalheads, check it out!), 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 41 pages of content. The pdf is accompanied by jpg versions of the maps featured herein as well as jpgs of the graphical representation of a puzzle featured in this pdf. Front and back cover in full color all included as jpgs as well.   All right, so if Neoplastic Press’ superb Teratic Tome (Seriously, check it out – it’s PWYW for […]

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  • Teratic Tome (OSR) The pdf of this massive book clocks in at 118 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 alphabetical list of monsters, 2 pages of art-credit, 1 page author bio, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 110 pages of content. My review is mostly based on the hardcover print version, but more on that in the conclusion.   First a word of warning: This is a tome of MONSTERS in the literal sense of the word; the creatures herein are not for the faint of heart and the target demographic of this book would obviously be adults. The artworks do contain gruesome nightmare fuel, the text mentions explicit and gory details and the pdf does feature […]

    Teratic Tome (OSR)

    Teratic Tome (OSR) The pdf of this massive book clocks in at 118 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 1 alphabetical list of monsters, 2 pages of art-credit, 1 page author bio, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 110 pages of content. My review is mostly based on the hardcover print version, but more on that in the conclusion.   First a word of warning: This is a tome of MONSTERS in the literal sense of the word; the creatures herein are not for the faint of heart and the target demographic of this book would obviously be adults. The artworks do contain gruesome nightmare fuel, the text mentions explicit and gory details and the pdf does feature […]

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  • Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral) This book is 64 pages long, with one page credits…and we actually get MORE out of the book than its 64 pages. How does that work? Well, let me elaborate.   This pdf is based on the second edition, primarily the print edition. It has received pretty much a selection of awards. So why review this now? Because all reviews I found did not really prepare me for what this book actually brings to the table.   So let’s start with the obvious: This book is radically and systematically designed to make use of the features of the physicality of the medium book. The hardcover comes with a sleeve and on the […]

    Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral)

    Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (OSR/almost system neutral) This book is 64 pages long, with one page credits…and we actually get MORE out of the book than its 64 pages. How does that work? Well, let me elaborate.   This pdf is based on the second edition, primarily the print edition. It has received pretty much a selection of awards. So why review this now? Because all reviews I found did not really prepare me for what this book actually brings to the table.   So let’s start with the obvious: This book is radically and systematically designed to make use of the features of the physicality of the medium book. The hardcover comes with a sleeve and on the […]

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  • Fetishistic Arcana (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, though it should be noted that they’re formatted for A5 (6” by 9”)-sized booklets; you can fit 4 of them on one sheet of paper, if you choose to print them out, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, on the first page, we actually get a public domain extract from a German ethnographic collection, including a bit of text, which was somewhat hilarious and fitting to me, contextualizing the concept presented within these pages. So, what are fetishes in the context of this pdf? […]

    Fetishistic Arcana (OSR)

    Fetishistic Arcana (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank, 3 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, though it should be noted that they’re formatted for A5 (6” by 9”)-sized booklets; you can fit 4 of them on one sheet of paper, if you choose to print them out, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, on the first page, we actually get a public domain extract from a German ethnographic collection, including a bit of text, which was somewhat hilarious and fitting to me, contextualizing the concept presented within these pages. So, what are fetishes in the context of this pdf? […]

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  • Slaves of Tsathoggua (OSR) This adventure for Crimson Dragon Slayer (the new, d6-based version) clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 14 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, we begin this pdf with a d20-chart that lets you determine how much of a peasant your character is: While some of these have minor in-game effects (like being a bad gambler), they also include living in a cardboard box, having dirt on even the dirt on you, etc. In short – this can make for a fun negative-bragging at the table: “Dude, my characters is so peasant, he only has *rolls* 3 teeth remaining!”   The PCs […]

    Slaves of Tsathoggua (OSR)

    Slaves of Tsathoggua (OSR) This adventure for Crimson Dragon Slayer (the new, d6-based version) clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 14 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, we begin this pdf with a d20-chart that lets you determine how much of a peasant your character is: While some of these have minor in-game effects (like being a bad gambler), they also include living in a cardboard box, having dirt on even the dirt on you, etc. In short – this can make for a fun negative-bragging at the table: “Dude, my characters is so peasant, he only has *rolls* 3 teeth remaining!”   The PCs […]

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  • Mutations Mutable (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The idea is pretty simple: You have 5 pages, each of which sports 6 mutations. You take 12 or 20 of them, put them on a chart and roll – the pdf suggests 1d12 or 1d20 for that. Mutations may replace previous versions of the mutation, stack with it, reverse it, etc. Yep, this does mean that the respective mutations have several degrees of severity, which you determine by rolling 1d6, with the higher results yielding the more potent abilities.   The pdf has an […]

    Mutations Mutable (OSR)

    Mutations Mutable (OSR) This little pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The idea is pretty simple: You have 5 pages, each of which sports 6 mutations. You take 12 or 20 of them, put them on a chart and roll – the pdf suggests 1d12 or 1d20 for that. Mutations may replace previous versions of the mutation, stack with it, reverse it, etc. Yep, this does mean that the respective mutations have several degrees of severity, which you determine by rolling 1d6, with the higher results yielding the more potent abilities.   The pdf has an […]

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  • 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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