Monday, December 1, 2014

Blackmarsh Review


I started working on a bunch of free, cheap & pay what you want OSR resources that are available on drivethru & rpgnow, etc.  Blackmarsh was one of them and then I realized that Blackmarsh is its own blog all by itself.  So here we go. 

Blackmarsh

drivethrurpg.com - FREE! 

Product Description
In the days when man knew only the working of stone and fought for their existence against the orc and the goblin, the sky turned to ash and down fell the fiery mountain onto the land. The world tore open and the grey waters rushed in. Those who survived the impact were lost as boiling clouds rushed out in all directions leaving a wasteland in its wake.

Blackmarsh is a complete, ready to run setting for your campaign. It can be run as its own setting or an expansion of your existing world. Contained in Blackmarsh are 17 geographical entries, 78 described locales, and one detailed town; Castle Blackmarsh. Each entry provide one or more adventure hooks to use in your campaigns.  Read more

I grabbed this pdf along time ago, and I'm at the point where I may order the softcover (its $5.70 CDN a steal).  From what I gather Blackmarsh was the original setting for OD&D, or atleast that's the rumor I've heard.  Reading it, it feels very war gammer, for use with Chain Mail possibly.  Example "hex number - 300 Orcs live here" that kinda thing makes me think that.  However its an awesome setting, and good enough to keep you busy for a long time.  Plug in a bunch of random dungeons & adventures and your off and running.  If you don't have a copy of "Keep On The Borderlands" don't worry,  Castle Blackmarsh is just as detailed!  The nice thing about Blackmarsh is its just detailed enough that it doesn't stay your hand as a GM.  You can toss stuff out, fix stuff up.  300 Orcs, lets make that 30.  At this point I think that Blackmarsh may just become my default setting for games.  

If your not great at drawing maps here is a few recommendations, you can grab FREE http://paratime.ca/cartography/bw_dungeons.html - all you gotta do is fill em with monsters, traps and treasure! 

You can also get some super sexy maps by +Dyson Logos over here - http://www.rpgnow.com/product/114976/Dysons-Delves?affiliate_id=470115