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Daniel Boggs commented on a post on Blogger.
Very interesting and thoughtful write up. I think you are on to something there with your observations about what your players are doing and the structure of Ravenloft. But I think what you are describing isn't rooted in a Hero's vs. Murder Hobo Bandits motif so much, but rather in immersive and smart play vs. the bull in the china shop play that seems all too common. I think even when the motivation is as simple as get treasure/level up, smart play will make a world of difference in how successful the PC's will be and how quickly they can finish an adventure. I've had a very similar experience in my group. One of the players is very tactically and strategically savvy and an experienced gamer. He has basically taught the rest of them by example and now each session is a joy for me just watching them scheme and plot their way through the game.
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Cool. It never occurred to me to associate the OSR with any kind of music, but if I did, I think it would be Gregorian chants...
OSR is Punk Rock to me!
OSR is Punk Rock to me!
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I always seem to forget to mention things here - my apologies for those of you who have already seen this, but....
Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg - part 3 is up on my blog. If you aren't familiar, Tonisborg is a 1973/74 megadungeon - one of the earliest - created by D&D playtester and original Blackmoor player Greg Svenson. Tonisborg was long beleived to be lost, but was recently rediscovered in an old box. The first part of the 3 part series begins here:
http://boggswood.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-lost-dungeon-of-tonisborg.html
The Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg
The Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg
boggswood.blogspot.com

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Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg - part 3 is up on my blog. If you aren't familiar, Tonisborg is a 1973/74 megadungeon - one of the earliest - created by D&D playtester and original Blackmoor player Greg Svenson. Tonisborg was long beleived to be lost, but was recently rediscovered in an old box. The first part of the 3 part series begins here:
http://boggswood.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-lost-dungeon-of-tonisborg.html
The Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg
The Lost Dungeon of Tonisborg
boggswood.blogspot.com
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Just wanted to say, "hey thanks Matt" for adding my blog to the OldSchoolGamersRadio list. Very cool.
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Hey Blackmoor fans - I'm doing a series of posts of interviews with Original Blackmoor Player Chuck Monson. Fascinating guy, topics will include wargaming in the Twin Cities, role playing, D&D manuscripts, Beyond This Point be Dragons, etc. Fun stuff! First post is here:
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Boggs has started a Patreon page! This is to help fund and fuel my research into early fantasy RPG gameplay, especially as it occurred in Blackmoor, and the creation of related gaming material. For the past six years on my Hidden in Shadows blog, I have turned that research into practical ideas and tools for use at the gaming table, and with your patronage, I hope to continue and expand those efforts. By supporting me through Patreon, you help produce high-quality articles that delve into the roots of gaming and provide insights, ideas and products for hours of fun. It takes a tremendous amount of time to investigate the available resources and produce this kind of content, so if you support these kinds of old school endeavors and enjoy what you read on the 'blog, please consider becoming a patron.
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Here's a post I wrote recently on what might be the oldest character sheet extant, and it is actually dated. Have a look.
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