"I listen to the Tavern Chat podcast every morning, sometimes I think its NPR, till the F bomb drops then I remember I am in geek heaven instead!" Enjoy a daily chat with your Old School Gaming Bartender :)
The AD&D 1e Dungeon Master's Guide is glorious in the haphazard array of information that is presented within. One fine example of such is hidden on page 39 - ACQUISITION OF MAGIC-USER SPELLS - and the tables given for starting spells. Join me as I take a peek.
Damn it but the Anchor web interface for recording is still offline. So, to my phone I do go. The latest Mythoard arrived today and it includes issue #1 of Gygax magazine signed by the whole crew. Woot!
In today' s episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast we have the latest in the series of Designers & Makers "fireside chats". That's what we are calling it now. Josh talks about his venture into gaming, his relative youth, why one sheet adventures are a passion of his and future plans.
Thank you all! Your support is and was amazing. Gareth's comment was deleted from Facebook but the screenshot lives forever at TenkarsTavern.com ;) Voicemails from Spikepit, JoeTheLawyer, Old Man Grognard and Chris Clark.
Ah, good old Gareth Skarka. He has more empty promises than a politician. Now, on social media, he has alluded to punching me "in the fucking throat" in addition to calling me some choice names. Why is he so upset? Because for the same seven years Far West has been late I've been publicly throwing his own words back at him. Guess that makes me a c-word ;P https://www.mutedhorn.net/far-west-delivery-estimates
Yesterday's interview with Vince Florio has certainly been a discussion generator when it comes to the Anchor Podcast Community. Obviously, I use Anchor and I'm in its debt, as it lowered the entry bar to podcasting, much like Blogger lowered the entry bar to blogging. I suspect the influx of Anchor podcasts will level out once the new shiny has worn off. In this episode, I talk about where I think the Anchor community is right now and where I suspect it will eventually be.
In the latest Designers & Makers entry, I hang out with Vince Florio, podcaster, Youtube and game designer, Vince is the main man at Wild Game Productions and is the main designer of the ENnie award winning Mazes & Perils. He is also the man that introduced me to the world of podcasting. See, now you know who to blame ;) http://www.wildgamesproductions.com/
In today's follow up to Episode 231, Rich Frasier calls in to discuss parley and xp for gold. Is this where the rules as written encouraged a certain type of gameplay, and did the transition from 1e to 2e change the dynamic?
In today's episode of The Tavern Chat Podcast I hang out with Omer Golan of Stellagama Publishing. Omer has a number of releases in support Stars Without Number and White Star but is perhaps best known currently for Cepheus Light, a reworked and reedited version of Cepheus, which is itself an OGL clone of Mongoose Traveller 1e. Come for the Traveller talk, stay for the AD&D 2e observations ;) . Above includes an affiliate link. Affiliate links keep the beer cold at all things Tavern.
Today we have the next installment in the Designers & Makers series of interviews. I am actually loath to call them interviews at this point, as they have turned more into friendly chats than scripted interviews.
This time I sit down with Ia McGarty of Silver Bulette Publishing. You can find their releases here - https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/11366/Silver-Bulette?affiliate_id=1446
And yes, that is an affiliate link. When you use our affiliate links, your purchases help support The Tavern.
As was discussed earlier in the Tavern Chat weekly hangout on our Discord server, too often we see character defeat equal death. Retreat and capture rarely if ever seem like options and perhaps they should be.
Happy New Year! The first week of 2019 will include more Designers & Makers interviews, hanging with JoeTheLawyer to scout out a potential Pub Con location and apparently also included my cat Ashley pooping a big one as I look to wrap up the episode. I hope that a good sign for the rest of the year ;P
Tim Shorts calls in with his thoughts on artifacts and I use Avengers Infinity War as an example as to how to use use an artifact as a campaign plot device. Then i go off the rails and discuss why I think defeat shouldn't always mean PC death.
This morning we recorded another in a series of interviews with Designers & Makers in tabletop gaming. With this episode I hang with Jason Hobbs, of the Ennie nominated Hobbs & Friends of the OSR, Hex Talk and Random Screed podcasts. Jason and I have been friends for a while and it was great to catch up with him :)
In my experience, one of the most abused aspects of AD&D 1e was the Artifacts & Relics in the DMG. While the DMG was often treated like a Sear Catalogue among many players, the Artifacts & Relics section took that to 11 (Spinal Tap for the win)
Sadly, it doesn't stop. Since yesterday's episode, Stacy has now gone so far as to insinuate that violence maybe be used to achieve her goals (what those goals are exactly, aside from attacking Gary Con, Bill Webb and the OSR are ill defined. We've allowed her to be the only voice for too long. Its time to defend our hobby, our creators, our publishers, our conventions and our communities. Speak up!
The attempted boycott of Gary Con continues. The target is no longer one guest, or one convention - the whole of the OSR is under attack by Stacy Dellorfano. You can stand by and do nothing, or you can support the creators, conventions and communities that are part of the larger OSR.
In this episode of the Designers & Makers series of interviews, I talk with Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic. We talk GURPS, OSR, Kickstarter, usable unarmed combat rules for OSR gaming, as well as Doug's current Kickstarter - Lost Hall of Tyr (2nd Edition) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2101297466/lost-hall-of-tyr-2nd-edition-maps-and-print-run
Someone pointed me to a blogpost from Stacy D of Contessa from 2016 and I found myself nodding my head in agreement. But then I was reminded of her current call to boycott Gary Con and I realized she lacked the conviction to follow her own words and stated rules. http://www.contessa.rocks/blog/founders-forum-the-future-of-contessa
On today's episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, I talk sit down across the virtual table with Tom Knauss, best known for his work as a writer for Frog God Games. We talk RPGs, art, Hawk the Slayer and more ;)
Tim Shorts calls the podcast. Designers & Makers Networking Group kicks off on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll to headline a new D&D show for streaming. New drama, same drumbeat. Link to the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server: https://discord.gg/fReGmuD
Yep, apparently I never actually watch Hawk the Slayer in its entirety until this morning. You can find it to stream on Amazon (3 bucks to rent / 10 to buy) Its a fun movie so long as you go into it accepting its limitations - low budget, poor acting, lame special effects, and a horrid script. Pass me the beer and popcorn please!
Today we kick off the Designers & Makers series of interviews (with about 40 interviews currently on the grid over the next three months). Michael "BadMike" Badolato has the notoriety of being our first guest in the series. BadMike is one of the main guys behind the NTRPG Con, works for Frog God Games and does his own business selling old school games on eBay. Join us as BadMike answers "Ths Five Questions" after which we free range a bit ;)
We'll be kicking off the Designers& Makers series of interviews in the next couple of days, but to prepare folks for what's in store, I asked myself (and answered) the five questions that will be asked of all. These are not the be all and end all of the questions, but simply a common baseline. Enjoy :)
Last night was the first annual Tavern meeting. We are on pace for an amazing 2019. ENWorld has posted the results of its most anticipated games of 2019 - any wonder the pic on the ENWorld splash page is number 10 on the list - but their own release.
Ever since last night, some of the language rules in AD&D 1e have been irking me. Alignment tongues, Druid and Thief languages, nine starting languages for elves (ten if they are a thief) - this and more make me question how language was used in 1e.
I posted about the alleged destruction of Zero or more copies of the LotFP release of She Bleeds by an unidentified warehouse (Raggi claims he knows the warehouse and the numbers are unknown and could be Zero). With some additional information I dig deeper, and the more we know, the less we know.
Join JoeTheLawyer, Rach, Judd & myself as we record a live episode of The Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat at the Faile Pun on West 33rd Street in NYC.
We had a great time recording this episode and we hope you'll have a great time listening :)
JoeTheLawyer and I have finalized plans for a Tenkar's Tavern Pub Gathering on Sunday, Dec 2 at Noon. We move to Stout across the street after a wee bit of shopping. First round is on me. We are at 10 gifters for OSR Christmas and the emails keep coming in. I talk a bit about the Dreams of Mythic Fantasy OSR News Blog and a bundle price on the Far Away Land RPG.
JoeTheLawyer and I plan to hit the Complete Strat in Manhattan next Sunday, December 2, and then follow up with some beers at a local pub - and record a podcast episode. Join us if you can. Also, OSR Christmas is coming up. Don't be left out.
Its a news episode of sorts. I discuss a future crossover episode that will be recorded with JoeTheLawyer and others, the return of the Dreams of Mythic Fantasy blog and the soon to be closing of the RPGNow Storefront.
I apologize in advance for the extra-long episode. As I was putting the pieces of the episode together, I discovered a post on our very own TenkarsTavern.com from 2014 that shed further light on the battle for the soul of TARGA, from the one that fought said battle. Additional material is at the end of the episode. It was too relevant to not include. I touch upon the current OSR logo drama too.
Voicemails on Mundane Magic kick us off. It really seems to have an audience. Then we address Stuart R's OSR Logo / Graphic and whether it was ever really needed. I think a TARGA follow up episode will be needed.
I got it into my head today to think about mundane magic. I understand why RPG rulebooks focus on the magic aimed for adventuring, but in societies where magic replaces technologoy, wouldnt there be more mundane uses?
I'm not sure if I actually made my save vs Con Crud. It may be a delayed reaction. Back in 86 or 87, I went to my first gaming convention at Columbia University in Manhattan. It was one of the few times I've up and up "rules lawyered" and I probably use my druid's Rock to Mud spell in a way the rules as written did not expect.
Its not often that I talk about something that is time sensitive, but both the Warhammer / Warhammer 40k Audio Collection and the Warhammer / Warhammer Digital Games Collection have about 6 days left as this episode releases. If you enjoy the fiction or the digital games set in the Warhammer settings, it's hard to pass up. https://tenkars-tavern.games/warhammer - A portion of sales made via this link goes to support The Tavern
I flew home from Madison and boy are my arms tired. My legs, back, and body overall have joined in. I have some ideas on how to combat Con Crud as well as some ideas on personal hygiene at cons. Stinking Cloud spell is not the effect you want.
Gamehole day three is coming to an end. Huge thank you to Phil Reed of Steve Jackson Games for adding goodies to The OSR Christmas Swag Bag. I had a blast running The Mouth of Doom this morning with a truly challenging group. Shout outs to everyone that took the time to say hello.
It has finally happened. There has been a melding of worlds. A mashing of podcasts. Yep, this is the first in a series of "podcast crossovers". Today, I hang with Colin "SpikePit" Green. We touch on many topics related to gaming, geekdom and beyond. Enjoy the podcast that spans both sides of the "pond" ;)
Wow. Three voicemails, all enthusiastic about the cross promotion idea for the various OSR podcasts. Can I get a Huzzah!?! Did I mention tomorrow's episode will kick the whole thing off? Welcome to TavernSpike :)
Joe the Lawyer left me a voicemail on my cell phone asking questions about Anchor and its ease of use. Sadly, the voicemail is not downloadable, but it did lead me to answer Joe's inquiry in today's episode. Simply put, Anchor is downright simple - or as complicated as you want to make it,
Tim Shorts follows up on my idea of cross-promoting the various OSR podcasts. On the news side of things. DnD Sports is now RPG Sports, supposedly because there is such a huge push to expand beyond D&D. Don't you beleive it...
Ont the blog side I asked about folks running horror-themed games for the Halloween season. Tonight, I spitball some ideas to add some OSR horror, via Joe Salvador's Eldritch Tales, to a more standard fantasy setting. Lets see where I meander to...
I still have my AD&D 1e Player's Handbook by my desk. Today, I look at multi and dual classing in the 1e rules (as well as question why certain races had NPC clerics only) - edit - episode was blank - re-recorded with my niece ;)
Glen Halstrom left a voicemail with an interesting note - he picked up an RPG book second hand and it included the prior owner's unique map for their fantasy world. I find that the little extras - notes, remarks, names and even underlining, imparts a sense of history with some second-hand RPG purchases. What are your thoughts? You can leave a voicemail at (347) 509-5168
This episode is going up late because this morning was the first RPG Breakfast Club hosted chat on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. I talk about this morning's chat as well as other hosted chat's throughout the week (and more in the future) on The Tavern's Discord Server. If you enjoy this podcast, you'll probably enjoy popping into a scheduled chat or two with us ;)
Man, the amount of tinfoil hats in our corner of the hobby is simply amazing at times. No, Swords & Wizardry Light was not written to usurp legitimacy and authority from Swords & Wizardry Complete. How could it? They are both published by the same company. No, Swords & Wizardry Light was not written to "dumb down" the OSR and lead to its destruction from within. It was written to lower the barriers of entry to the OSR. Gather around children and your bartender will tell you the true story of the Origins of Swords & Wizardry Light...
Shannon has been asking Uncle to interview her on the podcast pretty much since i kicked off the podcast. Today was another day of Uncle duties, as Shannon has an ear infection to go along with her chest cold. We decided to do the "interview" today. She had so much fun, she wants to do it monthly ;)
My niece has gotten me to go hot-n-heavy when it comes to cleaning out the living room. In doing such, I've unearthed a large amount of partially forgotten RPG material I've acquired as well as identified a significant amount of duplicates. Do you have RPG hoarding tendencies? How do you cope with such if you do?
Way back in Episode 70, I talked about how Hasbro's CEO mentioned D&D eSports, and everyone said that the CEO didn't know what he was talking about and I was being foolish for even mentioning it. Well, take a peek - https://dndsports.tv/news/what-is-dndsports/
Yep, I'm still a miserable fuck, having woken up 1130 in the morning - damn cold. The Tavern has been around for nearly 10 years. I expect it will be around for many more 10s of years. If you look at the history of the Tenkar's Tavern blog, you'll see it has always been in a process of change.
Pexx over on the Discord side of all things Tavern is indexing those nearly 10 years of blog posts, and just a few months in he's already seeing changes. Growths. Missteps. All part of the process. All that which will bring us where we are, not just yesterday, but today and tomorrow too.
Yes, change sucks. Yes, change is great.
I posted on Saturday Night on the blog side about some enhancements I'm looking to do on the blogside of things to help the community get more involved. Feedback was great, especially in regards to the future platform(s) I should explore.
Our Kickstarter Roundup is a day late, so we cover not five, not six, but seven current Kickstarters: Bunnies and Burrows, Phantasmagoria #1, Dragon-Slayer: RPG & Cosplay Wands, Dragon Scales - Dual Drake Metal Gaming Dice, Calidar "On Wings of Darkness", Mutant Mayhem Minis, and "Table Breakers" - Super Heavy Solid Metal Poly Dice Set.
What do you do if you expose the user info of half a million of your users? Shut down the service, that's what. Google has given G+ users a 10-month warning that its social media platform is going the way of the dodo. Most migration in the OSR Community appears to be heading towards MeWe. https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/10/google-plus-to-come-to-end-august-2019.html https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/10/the-mass-migration-of-osr-from-google.html
I received review copies of Dungeons & Dragons - Art and Arcana: A Visual History yesterday and they look amazing. Doesn't translate well to a podcast though ;) Black Hat is laying off stay and canceling some planned releases. They are hoping to be back in "the black" in 2019, which means they are "in the red" for 2018...
We have some voicemails related to Episode 141 and the Tome of Adventure Design. Afterward, I talk about steps you can take to protect yourself and your reputation from groundless accusations on social media. Quite simply, screenshot anything and everything in a conversation online that may go south.
Last night, while recording the latest episode of The Old School Blues podcast (here on Anchor) we touched on the topic of "adventure inspiration" and I totally forgot to mention the Tome of Adventure Design
I had put a call out for mapping programs that were easy to use and the results were usable commercially. Illwinter's Floorplan Generator fits the bill perfectly. Its affordable (7 bucks) and cross-platform )PC/Mac/Linux.
Back in early June of this year, Alex Gygax messaged me to let me know that the latest filed tax return was being updated and refiled. I thought that meant an accounting of the monies WotC indicated it had been forwarding to the Fund since 2015 for the 1e reprints. I thought wrong...
I've been meaning to so this episode for a couple of days now. I guess I was kinda busy ;) I talk about the following Kickstarters: Yarr! The Pirate ArrPG Hardcover : Make 100 Edition, Far West: Western/Wuxia Mashup adventure game, Artisan Dice Does Handcrafted Polyhedrals, and Appendix N Adventure Toolkits (DCC RPG Modules).
First, thank you for all of the support. It means more than you know. We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Old Man Grognard. The news section is about Roll20 moderator, cofounder and manager Nolan T banning a Reddit user, the backlash and dumpster fire that resulted and the actions taken to resolve the public relations nightmare.
Stacy Dellorfano unmasked herself as the individual referred to in episodes 134 and 135. While doing so, she makes some fairly nasty and unfounded accusations against me. Here's my response, along with a transcript of sorts to follow along with at https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2018/09/the-tavern-chat-podcast-episode-136.html
I kinda got worked up on last night's weekly Tavern Chat hangout on The Tavern's Discord Server. Today I rant about the idea of telling people who they can and can not follow on social media and the danger that comes with it. Which gaming books will you burn?
I take a first peek at The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide (releasing October 2nd, 2018). Review to come later. Excellent tool for sandbox campaigns BTW. Also, how to get banned from Gen Con for being punched in the face.
We've got it all! Midderlands patch info, a Tim Shorts voicemail and a peek at four Kickstarters: Svilland: The Norse Mythology Setting for DnD 5E, Dortoka: an OSR + PbtA City Module, Bunnies and Burrows, and Bloodwraith: A Fantasy World of Survival and Torment.
I know I suffer from Gamemaster Anxiety. Right before I have to run a session, that feeling of dread, nervousness, and fear slips in - and immediately leaves the moment I start running the game. Do you suffer the same or similar? How do you handle it?
Today was the ShireCon #1, and it was a blast. Huge props to Thom Wilson. I ran a game of Swords & Wizardry Light today and I discuss on this episode my thoughts on running a successful convention RPG session.
In the past few days, there has been some concern over the perceived lack of content on the blogside (tenkarstavern.com) and the moving of much of my gaming talk to the podcast. I address the concerns while offering no true solutions. Sucks, don't it? ;)
Tuesdays are Kickstarter day here at The Tavern Chat Podcast. We look at 5E Stat Appendix for Fiendish Monster Hardcover, Adventure Realm RPG Tiles - Village and Riverland set, Gorgeous RPG Dice Sets for DnD and other roleplaying games, Mutant Mayhem Minis - RPG Post-Apocalyptic Figures for MCC, and Pirates of the Undead Seas: Fantasy Pirate Miniatures. Oh, and I rant about Far West and Gareth.
Another peek and reaction to a handful of questions from the Dungeons & Dragons Survey. I also talk a wee bit about the new MidderZine #1 release. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4495590/ddsurvey https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/251643/Midderzine-Issue-1?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link) http://monkeyblooddesign.co.uk/The-Midderlands/
I'm really enjoying the D&D survey posted by WotC. Some of the questions are thought-provoking. They certainly drive the conversation. I'd love to hear some community response to the questions I covered on this episode :)
WotC has an in-depth survey up about tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, the editions you play, how you play and such. There are a number of questions that may even lead to their own podcast episodes. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dd-survey-1
News and observations. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is 2 months late in print. ENWorld no longer lists dates or authors with articles linked on the main page. Is this due (in part) to Chris Helton leaving?
Goodman Games is now the distributor of Thom Wilson's Back to BasiX zine in print. Victorious and Amazing Adventures Bundle. Barrel Rider Games 25% off sale for all PDFs. http://goodman-games.com/store/product/back-to-basix-issue-1/ https://www.rpgnow.com/product/215938/Back-to-BasiX--Issue-1?affiliate_id=1446 https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/123060?affiliate_id=1446 https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/4417/Barrel-Rider-Games?affiliate_id=1446 (rpgnow and drivethrurpg include affiliate links)
Wow. Three voicemails and an email. I guess the episode 110 discussing "How much fantasy do you like in your settings" was a good discussion driving episode. This was a blast to respond to and record :)
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Triskelion Space Tabletop RPG, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, Outdoor Encounter Cards, Atmar's Cardography: Full RPG Modules & Random Dungeon Decks, True Level Adventures for 1E and 5E gaming, Metal, Magic and Lore Fantasy RPG - Revised Edition!, and Dice Adventures.
Looks like the new Endless Quest Books have released. More importantly, I talk about fantasy settings and how much fantasy is right for me - and would like to know how much is right for you. Link to the Endless Quest book release on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2wCP1DS (affiliate link)
Whether in retail or law enforcement, I used skills learned in my formative roleplaying game years to help me in my chosen careers. I'd love to hear from others how RPGs have impacted their lives, in employment and beyond. tenkars-tavern.games/patreon
Its the first day of September, which means its the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland. Pete Spahn has put WWII: Operation White Box at PWYW pricing to commemorate. It also means the anniversary of 9-11 is sneaking up, and I use it as an example of a real-life moral check as well as how to use it as an example of how to adjust morale checks in game. https://www.rpgnow.com/product/251318/OWB001-WWII-Operation-WhiteBox-FREE?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link)
The most memorable magic items your players' characters will find in their travels are the ones the players haven't seen before. Unique and useful magic items will stay with the characters even as they grow in level.
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, Modular Dungeon Rooms, TROIKA! RPG: Numinous Edition, Create Your Own Fantasy RPG Adventure - RPG Resources Books, and a shout out to The LotR Humble Bundle - tenkars-tavern.games/LotR-RPG-Bundle
I've really been enjoying the time I've spent so far reading Joe Salvador's Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing. It's inspired me to think of ways to bring the game's insanity rules and class skills to both fantasy and sci-fi themed OSR rules. I may be insane myself? ;) https://www.rpgnow.com/product/250356/Eldritch-Tales-Lovecraftian-White-Box-RolePlaying&affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link) tenkars-tavern.games/patreon
Are good and evil simply matters of perspective? Different sides of the same coin? Does evil see itself as "evil?" Can a church in schism view the breakway as evil? Gaming thoughts with your old school bartender.
Woot! 100 episodes in 100 days. I never expected that when I kicked off this little podcast. We also hit some other milestones this week. September 22, 2018 is Shire Con. Guess who is a "notable industry guest"? Really. Guess ;) . http://throwigames.com/shirecon.html
My internal clock is doing a flashback of two years and thinks I'm working overnights - oh my! Humble Bundle has a LotR RPG Bundle as well as a Torchwood / Dr Who Audio Book Bundle. Did I mention there is a Munchkin StarFinder release on the horizon?
In this episode, I have a (virtual) fireside chat with Darcy Perry of Star Hat Miniatures. Darcy is the sculptor of the official Tenkar miniature. The episode runs 57 minutes and was recorded in front of a live audience with questions and comments via text chat.
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, Dungeon Challenge Cards, THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!, MAIN GAUCHE, and Precision Milled Metal 60-Sided D20 and Full Set of RPG Dice.
The Tavern Chat Podcast hit over 20k downloads total last night. Can I get a Woot Woot!?! Ken Whitman "allegedly" has a foil machine to make pencils. Of course, earlier in the year he claimed to have two such machines. Also, tonight (Monday, August 20th - 830 PM Eastern - Live Interview with Darcy Perry, The Interview Room on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - you can listen and ask questions via text chat) . Invite: https://discord.gg/v2j6ph
Sometimes you need to think out of the box. A suggestion at The Tavern's Discord server led to some ideas of how to crowdsource monsters and magic items via The Tavern in its many forms, but especially the blogside. tenkars-tavern.games/JBfund tenkars-tavern.games/Discord tenkars-tavern.games/patreon
Somethings take precedence. Taking care of a member of The Tavern's Community in need is certainly a precedence. Josh is looking to get his car running and family to doc appointments and himself to work. The Tavern will match the first $250 raised by The Tavern's community. tenkars-tavern.games/JBfund
With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets listing at Tenkar's Tavern. tenkars-tavern.games/freeOSRfantasy
Follow up on yesterday's ENnies episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Parties. My, the world is a' changing. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying/description
The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the "gaming" of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same "gaming" of the vote they tell you not to do while telling you exactly how to do it. The same "gaming" of the vote that has been done for years by others, including major publishers, I am sure. The ENnies are not an industry Award, they are a rigged popularity contest. It just that the wrong folks rigged the contest this year. http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/ennie-awards-time-for-change/
Yep, it's a Tuesday, so that means Crowdfunding projects get a peek. But first, an update on Gail Gygax and her "30-year company". Here's are the projects I look at in today's episode: The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, The Year of Cthulhu - A 2019 Calendar, Dungeon Delve #2: Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm, Brindlemarsh, a 1E & 5E adventure of Dragons and Dungeons, Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures, and Birthday Gemstone Dice.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up! Wait! I mean the real Gail Gygax. Or Mrs E Gary Gygax. Last night (and overnight) Gail was taking the flames to Facebook. I guess this is what a $30 million lawsuit does to the person on the receiving end...
I talk briefly about Dirk Stanley's adventures for the Far Away Land RPG and using them with the ruleset of your choice. I also touch upon using Discord for running RPG sessions online. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord - tenkars-tavern.games/FALadventures (affiliate link)
In this episode, I talk a little bit about some of the local histories of Wayne County in the Pocono Mountains, and an idea to use it to inspire a fantasy-themed adventure. Also, let's talk Discord. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord
WotC has licensed a $500 "Platinum Edition" of its upcoming Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, the same adventure that will release 2 months earlier in hardcover for 40 bucks - shipped - on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2vtsgSq (this is an affiliate link)
Today I talk about using voices - accents and catchphrases, to make your NPCs come to life. I also talk about how the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server has channels for third-party publishers and content creators. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord tenkars-tavern.games/patreon
As we do every Tuesday, its time to look at some current Kickstarters (and one Indigogo) that strike my fancy. Oh, and a four year overdue KS from someone who shouldn't punch windows... MAIN GAUCHE, THE FANTASY TRIP, The Sinister Stone of Sakkara 5E, Dark Naga - OSR Haunting of Hastur Modules, and Glamazons vs The Curse of the Chainmail Bikini.
Yep, its a bit of a smorgasbord with today's episode. An update on the "Gen Con assault", voicemails, highlighting some interesting posts from the blogside and and update on The Tavern's Discord Server (invite link: https://discord.gg/fReGmuD )
Yep, Gail is being sued by Tom DeSanto, the Transformers producer that signed a deal two years ago with Gail to market the Gary Gygax IP. Whatever could have gone wrong with that? Note - the Gygax Memorial Fund is back online.
Today was to be a trip for #ConManKen to NYC for some fun and a court appearance. Kenny dodged that by finally telling the truth. Also, a look at some sales figures and player stats for the RPG industry from ICv2 and Fantasy Grounds.
Yep, today is a Tuesday and we have the latest Kickstarter Roundup. Eldritch Century: Monsters Wave 1, Void RPG Logo, Dice Tube - All Weather, Fantasy World Creator, and THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!
Ah yes, #ConManKen heads to NYC on Wednesday, August 1st to respond to his civil suit. Assuming he even goes, I remind Ken that IF his driver's license is suspended (likely) how best to avoid arrest. Also, Ken's plans for bankruptcy and submission of misleading documentation and evidence. Oh my!
The AD&D 1e Fiend Folio holds a special place in my personal gaming history - it was the first time I ever saw HD defined for monsters. My players never had it so good as when I thought 4+1 HD was 5 HP. Doh!
The quality of the creatures included ranges from awesome to WTF!?!, but you knew that, right? :)
Yep, WotC has gone and done it. Eberron is the new setting up on the DM's Guild and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica releases in hardcover in the fall.
As far as Kickstarters, we look at City of Brass, The Fantasy Trip, The GM's Tarot and All Weather Dice Tubes. Oh My!
You fiend! Yep, that IS a Succubus holding a Monster Manual. Who would have thought? With this episode, I look at demons & devils in the AD&D 1e Monster Manual and my personal experience with the Satanic Panic from back in the day ;)
After tearing apart Arcana Stock Art for repackaging art freely available for use I touch on the following crowdfunding projects: The Forgotten Dungeon Mega Adventure - AD&D, D&D5e, Dice Tube - All Weather, DRINKAGE: The Tipsy Meadows - An RPG Drinking Card Game!, Tiny Dice Buddies | Hard Enamel Polyhedral RPG Pins, NERO Ellipsis Dice and SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game.
You know in movies and comics, when the villain has to explain themselves, their motivation and the details fo their plan to the hero they are about to (attempt to) kill? Well, Ken's been having those moments. Stranger than fiction.
In the third weekly installment of Kicking it with Kickstarter, we cover the following current Kickstarters: The Complete White Ship Campaign 1E&5E mega-adventure, City of Brass: Epic Adventure for 5e and Swords and Wizardry, SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Hall of Judgment - a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement, The RPG Coloring Book, Secrets of the Nethercity (ACKS) and The Mighty Dragon Bag for RPG
Yep, its that time of the year again and its time to offer The Tavern's picks and suggestions for the 2018 ENnies. Congrats to Jason Hobbs for the podcast Hobbs and Friends of the OSR making it to the final five.
Well, one of the Kickstarters I talked about yesterday got suspended an hour or so after the podcast went live. I did mention that the same creator had two projects funding at the same time. Oh, and the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook is 40 years old this month.
Some Kickstarters are amazing, some are "eh" and some hit the WTF level. We got you covered. City of Brass, The Forgotten Dungeon Mega adventure, Dragon scales Fantasy RPG and F@ck! Yeah! 20 Sided Dice.
I've been enjoying looking at the old D&D / AD&D rulebooks with fresh eyes. Today I look at the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook, starting with the back cover and then moving to the front. My God, Rangers are powerful at low levels (and powerful again at name level)
I chat with Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games about the Rise of the Nefarious Kickstarter, the synergy between 5e and the OSR, bringing new and younger blood into old school gaming, Disney and other goodness
It's a pretty full episode (and four full weeks of daily podcasts). We look at the Gygax Memorial Fund and the POD AD&D 1e reprints over at RPGNow - is there money going to the GMF from these sales? What's #ConManKen up to and where is he at? Oh, and Kickstarters. Can't forget the Kickstarters ;)
In today's episode, I take a look at the AD&D 1e Thief class and why I think it was meant to keep players of demihuman races involved until "the end game" and has less value as a "solo class". Danke makes an appearance and Glen is nowhere to be found ;)
Lets talk about some current (as of the morning of May 1st, 2018) Kickstarters - Spectacular Settlements for 5th Edition, The Curse of Roslof Keep high-level 1E & 5E gaming adventure, and Choose Your Own: Sci-Fi Stock Art.