Sunday, March 2, 2014

50 Bucks for the New PHB?!?!

For all who say that adjusted for inflation its about the same ask yourselves this:  does that math work when wages adjusted for inflation have remained flat since like 1974 or so?  Even the ENWorld fanboys don't like this deal.  And assuming a smaller simpler PHB to go along with a simpler system, you are getting less for the buck than before? And have to wait how long until you have a complete set of books?  At least with pathfinder you got 2 books in one for 50 bucks.  And still do get that deal today.  They've driven many peeps to preview the book by other than ethical means just to see if the thing is worth buying.  Way to promote piracy.  And no word on an ogl yet.  Why would they possibly need other supporting products to be released the same day as their product? After all, it wouldn't help sales or  buzz or anything.  And officially we have a "No comment" from WOTC according to a guy on ENWorld.

Way to hurt brick and mortar stores too.  Who is gonna drop 50 bucks plus gas to get there and back when you can get it for 35 at amazon and free shipping?  Especially when faced with the prospect of 100 bucks more in book costs just to play the game.  Yeah Yeah B&M stores are dead and can't compete with Amazon.  Blah Blah.  There were still some people who went there regardless to try to support them.  This pricing really makes that difficult to justify in this economy.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I Made an OSR Zine Run Today

Had a tad extra in the wallet this week after the bills were paid, so I made a Zine run.  :)

First I picked up the last couple issues of Tim Shorts' excellent print Zine "The Manor".  Always a good read.  In fact, +Erik Tenkar ran us through an adventure contained in one of them the other day, and it was a great time. :)

Next I picked up the first four of nine issues of another print Zine called "Crawl."  I've been hearing good things about it, and can't wait to dig in.

After that, I bought the print Zine "CrawlJammer" #1.  Figured I'd get in on the ground floor for this one.

A new one I just heard of today was Zogorion.  Issue one ordered of this print Zine.

Of course I can't forget to update my collection of +John Stater 's "Nod" Zine.  I needed 5 of the pdf's to bring me up to date.  He also has them all in print.  Both are available on LULU.

For the paid one I picked up today, last but not least is the new Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad.  Everyone's talking about this print Zine it seems.

A few new Zines were brought to my attention this week:

Encounter comes only in an electronic version, but it is free.  Four issues are out already, and have been downloaded.  :)

Another free one I just heard of is called & Magazine.  They have about 8-10 issues and supplements out already.

One that I'm shocked  I've never downloaded before is the Dragonsfoot site's magazine called "Footprints" of which there are already 20 issues published.  All have been downloaded.  

I ran out of extra cash by the time I got to Oubliette magazine, of which there have been 8 issues published so far.  Both print and pdf are available from LULU.

Both these and the rest of the Crawl Zines are for the next paycheck.  :)

Here's my question to any other Zine fans or publishers out there---what did I miss that I can still get my hands on? I prefer print, but I'll go for anything, as you can see.  Even stuff that's no longer updated or in print.  I just love the whole DIY aspect of Zines and the creativity they show.

Lastly, +Christian Walker +Christian Walker any Zines coming out soon?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Great D&D Find on Craigslist

I made a great find on Craigslist for D&D stuff the other day.  I was finally able to obtain the Holmes Boxed set.  I had the book as a separate thing for a while, but never owned the boxed set.  I also got a few bonuses with it that the seller wasn't aware of.  :)  (Ignore the red tint to the photos, just my mood lighting.  :)  )

Book and Dice, book in excellent condition.  Missing a 20-sider to the dice set, but the rest are there---the old mixed colored ones you needed to color in with the white crayon. :). 

Inside I found a complete Monster and Treasure levels 1-3. 

Also, 4 Dungeon Geomorphs. 

Someone photocopied the character sheets, there were about 20 in there.

Plus, maybe my favorite thing, I ended up with an actual player's character sheet, Isaac the Knight.  I love it when I find stuff like that.  It's like a little bit of history from someone's old campaign. 

As a bonus for not being able to ship to me when he said, he also included this module, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars by Jeff Grubb (MHSP-1) plus a brand new set of black/grey Chessex dice.  :)

All that for 20 bucks plus 5 bucks shipping isn't bad  :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Just How Big is the OSR Getting?

I've had my issues with ENWorld over the years, and some of the admins there (PirateCat is a cool dude though), due mostly to the fact that back when 4e hit I thought they became a bunch of kiss-ass pussy cheerleaders for the biggest name brand, and were trying to push out all dissenters.  So I left.  Fuck 'em.

Look where that got them, supporting the Edition of Suck. And they lost me.  Losers.

I pretty much stopped hitting the boards regularly after that, except for the occasional post at the Mos Eisley of RPG Boards,  It was easy, as I was never into many other boards, and always somehow managed to avoid the big one, Every time I went there it looked like a the topics were controlled by cabal of asshole admins jumping on whoever got out of line.  The tyranny of culture in full effect.

I started this blog I got involved with the then-new OSR blogger crowd, and found a place more to my taste. 

The OSR thing has had its ups and downs and all arounds, and has grown a lot since its humble beginnings.  It's had its TARGA riots, its porn interludes, and its own naval-gazing never-ending narrations on what the fuck it is in the first place.

What's grown from it though has been far more.  It's a great place to meet people who are going back home, getting back to their roots, their childhoods, their "happy places" again.  People who hop on a G+ game to play D&D  for the first time in decades to kick some goblin ass, fathers and sons bonding over mass slaughter in the Caves of Chaos through the joys of FLAILSNAILS.  Along the way we've dissected every motherfucking rule in every single edition, whether in print or not. 

People noticed!  Articles were written about it in obscure places!  WOTC re-printed old shit and said a lot of good stuff about the old editions as they are devloping their new edition.

One thing I noticed though--the old boards, when I popped in, still kept to themselves, discussing the same crap they always did.

Check 'em out now.

ENWORLD, a former 3e haven, then a 4e devotee playground of self-delusion and denial, decided to break out older editions of D&D on separate discussion boards.  They also added a sub-breakout for the OSR (though they call it the Old School Revival.  Must be a British thing.)

Tonight, as I do when I'm either bored, drunk, or under the influence of Longbottom Leaf (trifecta tonight!) I checked out  My bookmark always takes me to the board where they talk about all RPG's in general.  (In four years I haven't had the uuumph to change the where the link link goes to the D20 and D&D related board.)

To my surprise,  on the general board, I saw two threads on Harn and one on Runequest.  Curious, I went to the d20/D&D section.  I saw threads on:

Gygax Games
Microlite 20
Castles and Crusades three times
2e and Kara-Tur
Barrowmaze 2
1e and clones
Against the Giants 1-2-3

Out of 34 threads on my first page.

That's like a third of Big Purple.
I've always had nothing but disdain for Big Purple Disease Ridden Cock, but if their D&D boards have like 1/3 of the articles dealing with the OSR in some way, I may have to re-evaluate.

Also, how fucking cool are we? Look at where we've permeated?   We're influencing everything!

And spreading!

Kinda like this.