First and foremost, Brave The Labyrinth is back!
Small Niche Games and Barrel Rider Games have joined forces to announce the return of Brave the Labyrinth, the Labyrinth Lord™ OSR magazine! We're looking for submissions! You can learn more here - http://halflingsluck.blogspot.ca/2016/08/brave-labyrinth-is-back.html
I've been talking on and off with +James Spahn and we were both of the opinion that Labyrinth Lord has gone by the way side a bit. We were trying to figure out what to do about it. There was some discussion about doing a podcast, but doing so requires a lot of time and forethought. Not to mention gear. (to which i have some...) Alas its a big time commitment. Our discussion ended briefly, as I had to jump back into actual work. Next thing I know there's the announcement of the NEW mag! Woot. Now to try and figure out what to write about for the book.
From what I gather this all sort of came about because of this blog post - http://halflingsluck.blogspot.ca/2016/08/ebb-and-flow-in-osr.html
Super excited about this one! I've been following a few posts from +James V West as he has been working on it.
Rabbits & Rangers
Remember when four-fingered talking animals wielded magic swords, cast spells, and fought demons? No? Well grab your Labyrinth Lord and dice because you're about to enter a world of properly wild critter crawls! Herein you will find rules for running funny animal campaigns including rabbits, ducks, mice, lions, bears, fossas, and many more!
Rabbits & Rangers is a supplement written for Labyrinth Lord describing 50 cartoon animal races and various rules tweaks that let you get a slightly more cartoony vibe out of your game. Fully illustrated, this book also contains new spells, monsters, and magic items. I mean, who couldn't use a Ring of Ahkme that will let you mail order any device required to achieve your genius goals? Act now! GET IT HERE
This was just released the other day, I downloaded it right away. First off, it looks slick! I have a copy of S&W whitebox, and its similar but there's a few added extras. For one the Thief class, which does a great job of creating a mechanic for "thieving stuff". Something I'm going to use. In all honesty, just reading this is making me want to do a switch from our current system. It's just a bit more rules lite. And I had been thinking of similar ideas for my own house rules version. As well the art is awesome sauce.
White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game is an update with new art and layout of the excellent Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox game. This is not an official S&W publication. It is my own version with a few added ideas from various other OSR sources.
Henchmen: the forgotten underclass of the adventuring party. Often cast aside or used in ways that no sentient should be, this playable class for Labyrinth Lord allows you to experience life as a henchman/henchwoman/henchthing.
- Low barrier to class/career entry!
- Progress quickly through initial Levels, and then switch to an adventuring class!
- Develop a number of skills and abilities that enhance and support all adventuring parties!
- Rise above the ranks of other Henches who don't dedicate themselves to being all they can be!
- Become an actual Meatshield, but with the skills and training to survive being thrown at things that will kill you dead!
- Three variants: the Cavalryman, the Infantry, and the Scout! GET IT HERE
And a few more cool things!
Great blog post by +Wayne Rossi about open source gaming & basic fantasy
And +Dyson Logos is working on revamping "Challenge of the frog god idol" which I am immensely excited about!
Here's a link to the original version - https://rpgcharacters.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/dyson-logos-challenge-of-the-frog-idol.pdf
As for me, I'm all over the place lately.
I am working on a set of space rules for the B/X campaign challenge, based on holmes D&D.
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my current old school campaign, doing a bit of writing for it. The PC"s are currently on their way to Elerd's Keep. When they get there I'll need a couple of dungeons & adventures paths for them. I'm considering running this - http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.ca/2016/04/princess-of-silver-palace-bya-lot-of.html