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Jeff Rients
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So over on tumblr Wil Wheaton reblogged this post from the Otus Shrine and it is blowing up. That's a slightly weird note to end my crazy day on.

I feel like this might be the most important Erol Otus piece. It communicates something very important about D&D.
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Yes, that would be amazing!
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the Broodmother that might have been
Here's a little trivia about Broodmother Skyfortress (still available here and in PDF-only here ).  At one time in the development process I wanted this to be the cover art: That's an illustration by late 19th/early 20th century artist Henry Justice Ford.  ...
Here's a little trivia about Broodmother Skyfortress (still available here and in PDF-only here ). At one time in the development process...
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+Jeff Rients James already has much to answer for, including my poor eyes, burned out almost immediately after opening the book. No mercy.
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Feeling a little nostalgic tonight for the time when it looked like the Cold War might end and we'd all live together in peace and harmony.
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I would gladly give up the fear of terrorism to return to the fear I had during the Cold War.
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LotFP vs BX - operations
"Operations" is my pet term for the stuff you do to make an adventure happen that aren't the fighty rules.  Obviously in some games most of the operations rules are in the skill section, while others fold combat and operations into some sort of universal me...
"Operations" is my pet term for the stuff you do to make an adventure happen that aren't the fighty rules. Obviously in some games most o...
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Just want to say I love your ongoing comparison. It's interesting and helpful. Thanks.
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“Warriors of the Shadow Realm” (1977-1978), by John Buscema, Ruby Nebres, and Peter Ledger
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I remember buying this while on summer holidays. There was an interview at the back (I think of Buscema), where I first heard of Tolkien. 
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LotFP vs BX - equipment
Happy New Year!  Today I continue scouring through the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic hardbound and comparing it to good ol’ Basic/Expert D&D.  Let’s look at equipment. BASIC EQUIPMENT Item Cost (gp) LotFP  (sp) Notes Backpack 5 1 Flask of...
Happy New Year! Today I continue scouring through the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic hardbound and comparing it to good...
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lard :)
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Hello, Danny. Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever... and ever... and ever.
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I can't believe this is real.
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holy shit
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Broodmother is #1 at RPGNow again.
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I got it last night. It's pretty awesome! 
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That soundtrack is pretty legit
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I missed this when it was originally posted.
 
Just finished reading Broodmother Skyfortress for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. It's an excellent book for those interested in OSR games, being part adventure, part high quality GMing advice from Jeff Rients.

Whether it is the "most awesome adventure ever" that it claims to be will vary depending on your definition of awesome. That said, with giant sharkophants wrecking the place, and an exceptionally weird dungeon in the case of the Skyfortress, what's not to love? The adventure is detailed enough, but really provides the bare bones for you to build it into something greater and more integral to your campaign world. This is something it doesn't shy away from and explicitly encourages you to fill in the blanks, providing plenty of suggestions and helpful advice on how to do so without expresdly telling you what to do. GMs looking for something they can run straight from the book are bound to be disappointed, but Broodmother has the capacity to open their eyes to a whole new way of how to approach a published scenario.

Jeff's advice, which comprises the latter half of the book, is varied enough to provide material for pretty much any GM. Even if you don't find yourself using all of it, it is very much worth reading through. The writing style is lovingly conversational - it's as if you could imagine Jeff sitting across from you giving pointers on running a great OSR game.

Definitely recommended reading.
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I agree with all of the above. And it bears repeating: "giant sharkophants".
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I made these
Inspired by the rainbow logo and tagline at the end of this classic commercial , I spent a few minutes on pixlr.com turning Chad Thorson's OSR logo into this stuff.  This was primarily for my own amusement and as part of my ongoing efforts to suck less at g...
Inspired by the rainbow logo and tagline at the end of this classic commercial , I spent a few minutes on pixlr.com turning Chad Thorson's ...
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much fetch indeed
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