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It's Been A While, Bookface!

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Underworld Lore #1. Excellent zine from Gorgonmilk to keep us happy until Petty Gods gets wrapped up (last I heard, Greg was waiting for a few of the "big names" to finish up). Of course, I'm biased in my opinion as to the greatness of this issue, as I contributed a ton of stuff. Still, you need to go check it out.





The fantastic Simon Forster surprised me late last week with an envelope from England. Inside were these gorgeous hand-drawn maps (one on each side of a piece of parchment) and a lovely piece of flash fiction entitled "Countdown." I have to say that I haven't seen a sheet of A4 paper in a long time, and I think I like it better than the American standard letter size.

The maps are quite lovely and the cross-hatching is mesmerizing.





I picked up the D&D 4e version of Gamma World, plus both of its expansions, for less than $40 from one of Amazon's affiliate sellers as remaindered stock. The box set alone retailed for $39.99, so I consider thi…

Mongoose "Living" Campaigns + Other Goodies

Doing more digging in the Internet Wayback Machine, this time on the archive of Mongoose's site. I was able to find both the "Living Glorantha" and the "Living Traveller" campaigns from back in 2010; these are hard to find on Mongoose's current site.

I've tossed the files in a folder on my Dropbox. You can grab them here

The RuneQuest SRD is widely and freely available (grab it here in Microsoft Word format or here in a very nice PDF).

Back in 2001, they also made the Blood of Orlanth epic, fully updated for the RuneQuest 2 rules, for free. The blog post link with the announcement leads to a dead link, but Google is your friend.

Mongoose also makes two freebies for Legend (essentially a reskinned RuneQuest) available, too. Check out Beneath an Opal Moon and Spirit Magic for some extras to add to your game.

As far as Traveller goes, you can grab the original three black books of GDW Classic Traveller for free at RPGNow.com OR download the Traveller SRD …

More Free Old d20 Adventures

After some more Wayback Machine searching, I've added the following to my d20 Freebies Dropbox folder:

3am Games: The Lost Font of Frilyn Wir

Airweaver Games: A1 The Milk Run

Dark Portal Games: DF1 Dead Fire

Inner Circle: The Fool's Abbey

Roc Games:
Love ForlonOlduvai's Test
Second World Simulations:
Adventure Toolkit: Organization Book 1 - Black Fist OrcsAdventure Toolkit: Organization Book 2 - Amethyst Legion
Small Worlds and Exiles
Silven Publishing: Hussle

Sovereign Stone: A Tangled Web

Tyranny Games: Good Intentions

Grab them here.

EDIT on 2013-10-28: Added A Tangled Web.

EDIT: Link & files removed on 2015-03-05. I figure if you haven't grabbed them by now, you aren't going to, and I need to clean up space in my Dropbox account.

Even More Classifieds for Gorgonmilk

FREE RATS! Domesticated pet rats. Available in many colors, mostly brown with black markings; I have a few white ones, too! Atrium bred and raised, 10 weeks old. Trainable and easy to handle. Guaranteed non-were. Come see Pete "Knuckles" Pfieffer at the Wizard's Tower.

UROBORIALIS GUIDE US IN OUR TIME OF NEED. Provider of wisdom and understanding, open our minds to see the mysteries and obtain for us the grace of the Greater Gods.

LOST PACK MULE. Medium-sized gray mule with trimmed mane and tail. Last seen near Borderkeep Caverns. If found, please contact Brother Agnon of the Order of the Clenched Fist, Taverntoss.

BEAT THE LICH AND WIN FREE DRINKS! Come on down to the Toasty Harlot this Middlesday for another round of "Drink Down Danny!" By popular demand, Danny the Lich, undead bard of wide renown, will be on hand to inspire and disgust all comers. If you don't vomit during his rendition of "The Scourge of Al'mhet Ra" then you win FREE DRIN…

More Classifieds for Gorgonmilk

SUPER REPLICAS! Non-magical magical weapon reproductions, Gag-bags of Holding, Glass Jewelry, Boots and Capes of Elviskind, inaccurate hourglasses of all shapes and sizes! Make your buddies laugh and cry at the most inopportune moments! Unbelievable pricing! Narwick Reproductions, Slant's Way, Brookshire.

TRY THE NEW ALL ALE DIET! St. Armitage used this diet to lose 5 stone a week! Amazing results with little effort! You won't believe your eyes! Come talk to Talia at the Slatternly Mermaid, back left booth on even days only.

LOST: Angry dwarf. Usually drunk. Regular dwarf height, greyish-brown beard, beady eyes. Has no clan name, but will respond to "Vlaaran" or "Vlark". Last seen in Dolmvay. If found or sighted, please report to Filchard Fallagen at Guard House 2, Walthamthorp.

WHERE OH WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE? Will pay top coin for return of my little poochie-woochie. Wolfhound/hellhound mixed breed answers to the name "Norris"--but not a…

Check It: UNDERWORLD LORE #1

Gorgonmilk has done it again! Check out Underworld Lore #1, a new OSR zine. He's got 24 pages chock-full of underdark goodness ready for download, including several contributions from this here blog.

Grab it here!

FOUND: Gamma World d20 Free Adventure

Back in the d20 days, White Wolf had the Gamma World license and produced a series of hardbacks that utilized the d20 Modern SRD to produce a Gamma World campaign setting. The hardbacks were released right around the time the d20 license was rescinded (not the OGL -- the license to use the little d20 logo to indicate product compatibility). The Gamma World books fizzled.

They didn't release a free demo or quick start or fast-play, but White Wolf did release a single free d20 Gamma World PDF. Here it is:

Gamma World d20 - Midnight in the Mystery Garden.pdf (link removed)



Spycraft d20 for FREEEEEEE!

Check it out! Crafty Games has a ton of free Spycraft d20 stuff for download:

Classic Spycraft Downloads

This is essentially everything you need to play a spy & espionage version of the Modern d20 rules.

And speaking of Modern d20, there are a ton of free adventures over at WotC still available. And a few Web Enhancements.

Combine these with the Modern d20 SRD and the Future d20 SRD and you'll have enough gaming material to play a modern espionage based game for many years to come. And it's all FREE.

Also, be sure to grab this free d20 Modern bundle from RPGNow, too.

Last Post on the Whole 1PDC Softcover Book Thing

1. I've been getting a lot of emails about my "tone"--from people calling me a tool to people saying I was too harsh to people telling me I was justifiably indignant. Tone is hard to read without verbal inflection. Suffice to say, my use of "what the fuck is going on," "WTF," "dick move," and "seriously pissed" might sound angry, might sound annoyed, might sound juvenile. Imagine The Dude saying these things. Then imagine Pee Wee Herman saying these things. Then imagine Krusty the Clown saying these things. Different tone each time, right? Right. Even if they were all angry or shocked or indignant, the tone you are hearing in your head is different.

What people are objecting to is not my tone but my word choice and the accusations I leveled. As George Carlin says, words are just words and it's the context that counts—and in this case the words were justified as I *was* shocked and indignant.

Bitching about "tone" was …

New Use License

Effective immediately, I have changed the acceptable use policies of this blog. Please see the updated Use License page for details.

Precis Intermedia Selling Softcover Compilation of 2013 One Page Dungeon Contest on Amazon.com

WTF!?!

As a submitter and a winner in the 2013 contest, I was startled this evening to find this:

The One Page Dungeon Contest 2013 Softcover

and this:

The One Page Dungeon Contest 2012 Softcover

What the fuck is going on here Alex Schroder Schroeder (listed as "author") and Brett M. Bernstein (listed as "compiler")?

Both are listed as being published by Precis Intermedia.

Yes, it's perfectly legal to do this, as the entries were submitted under a Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. But it still would have been nice to be notified.

This is seriously a dick move. If Alex is making money off of the community efforts, I'm going to be seriously pissed.

So, Alex--what is going on here?

EDIT:

As you can read in the comments below, Alex finally responded to my queries:

http://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2013-10-21_1PDC_in_print

d12 Table of Underdark Fungi

For Gorgonmilk's zine:


d12 Table of Underdark Fungi

Ancient lore tells of sundry adventurers who survived their delves into the underdark by subsisting on various fungi foraged from beneath the depths. Why and how these spores spread and sprout is matter for further speculation; suffice to say that only mere whispers of these unusual edibles have been handed down through the ages. Descriptions of these fungi is scant and they are often compared to their more widely known above-ground cousins.

1. Gardak's Brain
Fist-sized mushroom with an irregular, brain-shaped cap, blood red in color. Fatal if eaten raw. Edible only after roasted over open flame for two minutes. Grants the ability to see in complete darkness for 1d4 days.

2. Henry's Bleeding Tooth
Colorless, bulbous fungus with large conical cap. When harvested, seeps a black, mild-smelling, vinegar-like liquid that dissolves tooth enamel upon contact. Must be swallowed whole or take 1d4 chewing damage.

3. Giant's Ding…

All The Pretty Quick-Starts

I've been delving again. I've managed to find copies of many of the free RPG quick-starts that companies have posted for free to their websites. These might be the same versions that you can download from Drivethrurpg.com or RPGNow.com, or they might be an older rule set. At any rate, rather than link to individual PDFs in the Internet Archive, I've gathered them in a Dropbox folder. Here you go:

Free Quick Starts

If you have links to some I'm missing, let me know.

I'll keep these up for a few months and then remove them -- there is a bout half a gigabyte of files here.


EDIT: Link & files removed on 2015-03-05. I figure if you haven't grabbed them by now, you aren't going to, and I need to clean up space in my Dropbox account.

Archive.org Dumpster Diving

I've been doing some delving into the Internet Archive's Internet Wayback Machine again. I've dug up a handful of d20 stuff that was posted for free on many gaming companies' websites.

d20 isn't old school, of course. But these freebies have good content that is easy to adapt to most OSR rulesets.

Rather than point you to each archive.org link, I've thrown them all in a folder on my DropBox account. Feel free to download to your heart's content. I'll probably be yanking these in a few months to free up the space.

d20 Freebies DropBox folder
If anyone has any other non-WotC freebies from the d20 era that I should throw in the folder, let me know.


EDIT: Link & files removed on 2015-03-05. I figure if you haven't grabbed them by now, you aren't going to, and I need to clean up space in my Dropbox account.

Two Last Ones for Gorgonmilk's Table of Magical Gems Found in the Eye Sockets of Animated Skeletons

Gorgonmilk's latest community project is located here. Here are my last entries.

Eye of the Beholder
This large white pearl has a hypnotic blue-black swirl radiating from its center to the outside of the stone. The gem is rumored to be a fossilized Beholder eye, but this rumor is only partly true; it is a fossilized tear duct from a Beholder’s eye stalk.

Anyone who stares at the pearl for more than 15 seconds will find themselves at the mercy of one of two effects.

Roll 1d6:

On any result other than a 1, the PC finds himself open to a Suggestion spell that lasts up to 1d6 turns (no Save).

Anyone under the Suggestion spell will immediately carry out any off-hand remark or suggestion as if it was a command; anything from “I wouldn’t do that if I were you” to “Go stick your head up your arse” to “Cover me!” will result in the PC attempting to carry out the literal meaning of the remark. This effect cannot be dispelled by magical means.

On a roll of 1, the pearl emits a Finger of De…