Richard J. LeBlanc Jr. Archive

  • D30 Sandbox Companion (OSR/almost system neutral) This massive gaming toolkit clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page index, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, the first thing you need to know, is that while this has been penned with an eye towards the 0e, 1e and B/X-rules in particular, the VAST MAJORITY of this book ultimately works for most games – whether they be 2e, another retro-clone, or even modern games; one could use the majority of this book just as well with e.g. 13th Age, […]

    D30 Sandbox Companion (OSR/almost system neutral)

    D30 Sandbox Companion (OSR/almost system neutral) This massive gaming toolkit clocks in at 56 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, 1 page index, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, the first thing you need to know, is that while this has been penned with an eye towards the 0e, 1e and B/X-rules in particular, the VAST MAJORITY of this book ultimately works for most games – whether they be 2e, another retro-clone, or even modern games; one could use the majority of this book just as well with e.g. 13th Age, […]

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  • D30 DM’s Companion (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC,.1 page index/SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue at the behest of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so, this supplement begins with a page that explains the D30 (and how you can use it I conjunction with this supplement); this includes e.g. referencing d30’s digits separately to index two resulting outputs on the same table: There are essentially 3 rules conventions: A single result can […]

    D30 DM’s Companion (OSR) (Patreon Request)

    D30 DM’s Companion (OSR) This supplement clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC,.1 page index/SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue at the behest of my patreon supporters.   Okay, so, this supplement begins with a page that explains the D30 (and how you can use it I conjunction with this supplement); this includes e.g. referencing d30’s digits separately to index two resulting outputs on the same table: There are essentially 3 rules conventions: A single result can […]

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  • Fifty Fiends (Patreon Request) (OSR) This massive supplement clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover/editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue by one of my patreon supporters.   In many ways, this is a love letter to the Fiend Folio of old (not the 3.X version), and rules-wise, this employs the B/X rule-set, making this pretty much Old School Essentials-compatible, even if Gavin Norman’s new presentation of the classic rules is not explicitly pointed out, the description of the respective attacks and special […]

    Fifty Fiends (Patreon Request) (OSR)

    Fifty Fiends (Patreon Request) (OSR) This massive supplement clocks in at 76 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover/editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 71 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue by one of my patreon supporters.   In many ways, this is a love letter to the Fiend Folio of old (not the 3.X version), and rules-wise, this employs the B/X rule-set, making this pretty much Old School Essentials-compatible, even if Gavin Norman’s new presentation of the classic rules is not explicitly pointed out, the description of the respective attacks and special […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • P/X: Basic Psionics Handbook (OSR) This book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One of my patreon supporters pointed this book out to me, and asked me to cover it, so that’s what I’m doing!   First of all: If the title wasn’t enough of a clue, this is intended for use with the elegant and minimalist B/X-rules. If that sounds like a squaring of the circle, then you’d be right. But let me give you a brief rundown: You see, today, psionics, particularly those championed by Dreamscarred Press, have become a staple in […]

    P/X: Basic Psionics Handbook (OSR)

    P/X: Basic Psionics Handbook (OSR) This book clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   One of my patreon supporters pointed this book out to me, and asked me to cover it, so that’s what I’m doing!   First of all: If the title wasn’t enough of a clue, this is intended for use with the elegant and minimalist B/X-rules. If that sounds like a squaring of the circle, then you’d be right. But let me give you a brief rundown: You see, today, psionics, particularly those championed by Dreamscarred Press, have become a staple in […]

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  • The Ogress of Anubis (OSR) This module clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for a group of characters level 4 – 6, with the suggested number of characters contingent on a) system chosen, and b) the skill of the players. This adventure, unlike most OSR-modules, does not simply subscribe to a single rule-set, nor does it provided barebones basic stats – one of its big advantages would be that the module truly covers 0e, 1e and B/X stats, […]

    The Ogress of Anubis (OSR)

    The Ogress of Anubis (OSR) This module clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This module is intended for a group of characters level 4 – 6, with the suggested number of characters contingent on a) system chosen, and b) the skill of the players. This adventure, unlike most OSR-modules, does not simply subscribe to a single rule-set, nor does it provided barebones basic stats – one of its big advantages would be that the module truly covers 0e, 1e and B/X stats, […]

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  • Creature Compendium (OSR) This massive book clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page Foreward (which is a typo or a pun – I opt for the latter), 1 page alphabetic ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Why am I reviewing this? Well, Gavin Norman’s B/X Essentials-line up of new and refined takes on the classic and much beloved B/X-rules made me look for monsters, and this is one of the books I found. As noted in the “foreward”, the mission of this book, and I quote, is “The memories of that original tome inspire this one—a book that […]

    Creature Compendium (OSR)

    Creature Compendium (OSR) This massive book clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page Foreward (which is a typo or a pun – I opt for the latter), 1 page alphabetic ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Why am I reviewing this? Well, Gavin Norman’s B/X Essentials-line up of new and refined takes on the classic and much beloved B/X-rules made me look for monsters, and this is one of the books I found. As noted in the “foreward”, the mission of this book, and I quote, is “The memories of that original tome inspire this one—a book that […]

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