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Designer, ACKS, Domains at War, Modern Spearhead.
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A quick update on the Patreon:

- Issue 5 of AXIOMS is now available to backers; it will go on DTRPG at the end of this week

- Issues 6 and 7 are being laid out and will be available within a week

- New form-fillable Heroic Fantasy Handbook character sheets are now free to download for all (patrons or nor) at this link:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/18278861

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Heresy! -- "In conclusion, the ACKS mage has more versatility than the B/X mage and a noticeable, but not overwhelming, increase in power due to this versatility. B/X is a fine system, but more and more, I think ACKS might be just a bit better."
ACKS vs Pure Vancian Spellcasting
ACKS vs Pure Vancian Spellcasting
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Congrats to Omer Joel for a 5/5 review on Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu!

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If you haven't joined the ACKS Discord that Jard set up, you should! Great discussions going on. Maybe even talk of some online ACKS play!
https://discordapp.com/channels/427567650449915904/427567650449915907

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A review of ACKS!
A brief RPG review of ACKS! Originally published in Knights of the Dinner Table and now available on my blog.
https://withinthedungeon.blogspot.com/2018/03/adventurer-conqueror-king-rpg-review.html
Adventurer Conqueror King: RPg Review
Adventurer Conqueror King: RPg Review
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Simon Forster is one of my favorite cartographers. So glad he is part of the ACKS community. More of his work in our upcoming Kickstarter, too!
Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time. Well, I’ve made…
Lairs & Encounters: Amphisbaena
Lairs & Encounters: Amphisbaena
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I suppose I shall chime in on my thoughts on the OSR, too! I was inspired to start a B/X D&D campaign in 2008 because of an article that the great +Allen Varney wrote for The Escapist in which he highlighted the then-nascent old school renaissance.

I converted my existing campaign world, the Auran Empire, from Runequest to B/X and began to run for a group of co-workers. I chose B/X because I still had my original, tattered, 1980s copy of the rulebooks; but B/X led me back to OD&D, and OD&D to Chainmail and the wargame origins of D&D. ACKS grew out of a desire to create a version of D&D that segued into a miniatures wargame at higher levels.

The bloggers that most influenced my views were +Rob Conley, Justin Alexander, Delta, Tenkar, and James Mal. I also found that Dragonsfoot's message boards were a trove of insights into the views of Dave Arneson and Frank Mentzer; the cleave and freecasting mechanics in ACKS derived from conversations I had there.

I know that for some people the OSR experience means 'do it yourself', or 'rules light' or 'gonzo'. For me the OSR experience means:

- sandbox settings
- wilderness hexcrawls
- megadungeons
- Gygaxian naturalism
- procedural generation
- domain-level play

The OSR products I've enjoyed most have been those that touch on these aspects of gaming, such as Rob Conley's gazetteers, Wolf Packs and Winter Snow, and the "D&D in space" Hulks & Horrors.

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My older brother is podcasting his return to miniatures gaming. https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/outerring/id/6226885
The Outer Ring: Episode 1
The Outer Ring: Episode 1
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