Paolo Greco Archive

  • Mageblade! ZERO (OSR) This game system clocks in at 32 pages, with the wrap-around cover provided as its own .png. If you take playtest thanks and editorial together, they’ll take up about half a page, and the character sheet provided similarly clocks in at about ½ a page. As a whole, one can claim that this has about 31 pages of content, which are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5)-size, meaning you can fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper when printing this.   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Now, Mageblade Zero is a rules-lite system that could roughly be associated with the OSR games out there, […]

    Mageblade! ZERO (OSR)

    Mageblade! ZERO (OSR) This game system clocks in at 32 pages, with the wrap-around cover provided as its own .png. If you take playtest thanks and editorial together, they’ll take up about half a page, and the character sheet provided similarly clocks in at about ½ a page. As a whole, one can claim that this has about 31 pages of content, which are laid out in 6’’ by 9’’ (A5)-size, meaning you can fit up to 4 pages on a sheet of paper when printing this.   This review was requested by my patreons, to be undertaken at my convenience.   Now, Mageblade Zero is a rules-lite system that could roughly be associated with the OSR games out there, […]

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  • Burgs & Bailiffs: Warfare, Too! (OSR) The second installment of the Burgs & Bailiffs-‘zine/series clocks in at 34 pages if you disregard ToC, the introductory explanation of how this came to be, etc. The pages are laid out for pamphlet-size (A5/6’’ by9’’), but there is a difference here that you should be aware of: While the first book sported a two-column standard regarding layout, we get a one-column standard this time around. The font size is also SIGNIFICANTLY larger than the font used in the first installment, which means that there is actually much less content in this one than in the first one. This one also is available exclusively in print, and as such, my review is based on […]

    Burgs & Bailiffs: Warfare, Too! (OSR)

    Burgs & Bailiffs: Warfare, Too! (OSR) The second installment of the Burgs & Bailiffs-‘zine/series clocks in at 34 pages if you disregard ToC, the introductory explanation of how this came to be, etc. The pages are laid out for pamphlet-size (A5/6’’ by9’’), but there is a difference here that you should be aware of: While the first book sported a two-column standard regarding layout, we get a one-column standard this time around. The font size is also SIGNIFICANTLY larger than the font used in the first installment, which means that there is actually much less content in this one than in the first one. This one also is available exclusively in print, and as such, my review is based on […]

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  • Burgs & Bailiffs: Hunger, Disease & The Law (OSR) This little ‘ine clocks in at 28 pages of content, laid out for A5 (6’’ by 9’’) pamphlet-size; this number assumes you disregard the presence of a further reading list and an introduction explaining the genesis of this book – basically, a funny remark spiraled out of control: „Life in the Middle ages was some kind of extremely hardcore live RPG that went on 24 hours a day.“ From there on out, a mock-cover gave rise to what would become this supplement.   So, first things first: As you may know if you’ve been following most of my reviews (or due to your own knowledge and experience), most RPGs we play […]

    Burgs & Bailiffs: Hunger, Disease & The Law (OSR)

    Burgs & Bailiffs: Hunger, Disease & The Law (OSR) This little ‘ine clocks in at 28 pages of content, laid out for A5 (6’’ by 9’’) pamphlet-size; this number assumes you disregard the presence of a further reading list and an introduction explaining the genesis of this book – basically, a funny remark spiraled out of control: „Life in the Middle ages was some kind of extremely hardcore live RPG that went on 24 hours a day.“ From there on out, a mock-cover gave rise to what would become this supplement.   So, first things first: As you may know if you’ve been following most of my reviews (or due to your own knowledge and experience), most RPGs we play […]

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  • Adventure Fantasy Game (AFG/OSR) This game clocks in at 102 pages of raw content once you take away ToC, editorial, etc. (101 if you don’t count the index). My review is based on the softcover print edition, fourth printing, 10th revision to be more precise. The book, as usual for OSR-games, is in 6’’ by 9’’/A5-format.   This review was requested by my patreons.   Okay, so Adventure Fantasy Game (AFG) can be considered to be an OSR-game, but it is one that strongly deviates from the roots of the game. The tag-line is “New School Mechanics – Old School Adventure Gaming” – sounds interesting right? Well, the first and most obvious deviation from e.g. Labyrinth Lord, S &W or […]

    Adventure Fantasy Game (AFG/OSR)

    Adventure Fantasy Game (AFG/OSR) This game clocks in at 102 pages of raw content once you take away ToC, editorial, etc. (101 if you don’t count the index). My review is based on the softcover print edition, fourth printing, 10th revision to be more precise. The book, as usual for OSR-games, is in 6’’ by 9’’/A5-format.   This review was requested by my patreons.   Okay, so Adventure Fantasy Game (AFG) can be considered to be an OSR-game, but it is one that strongly deviates from the roots of the game. The tag-line is “New School Mechanics – Old School Adventure Gaming” – sounds interesting right? Well, the first and most obvious deviation from e.g. Labyrinth Lord, S &W or […]

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  • Pergamino Barocco (OSR/system agnostic) This booklet clocks in at 24 pages of content, once you take away the editorial, front and back cover, etc. This review is based on the print-version (digest-sized, A5/6’’ by 9’’), on the economy-version of the booklet, to be precise – I do not own the original leporello version.   Okay, so, what is this? Well, if you’ve spent any amount of time with real life occult and/or magical traditions, you’ll quickly realize something: Spellcasting in any version of D&D or d20 and all derivatives is significantly different from what you’d consider to be magic(k)al practices in our world. Magic in traditional texts not only has a vast, philosophical background, it also feels different – it’s […]

    Pergamino Barocco (OSR/system agnostic)

    Pergamino Barocco (OSR/system agnostic) This booklet clocks in at 24 pages of content, once you take away the editorial, front and back cover, etc. This review is based on the print-version (digest-sized, A5/6’’ by 9’’), on the economy-version of the booklet, to be precise – I do not own the original leporello version.   Okay, so, what is this? Well, if you’ve spent any amount of time with real life occult and/or magical traditions, you’ll quickly realize something: Spellcasting in any version of D&D or d20 and all derivatives is significantly different from what you’d consider to be magic(k)al practices in our world. Magic in traditional texts not only has a vast, philosophical background, it also feels different – it’s […]

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