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Evey Lockhart

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Poetic bits about a monster.
Fingerbone Crawler aka Side-channel Worm What were they? What are they, crawling in the dark? Clawing, clawing in the dark. Do they hate? Do they know? Could they understand? Would they comprehend? Are their spines for violen...
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Scott Anderson

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What's the deal with character funnels, anyway?
This thread over on Tenkar's Tavern about the new 0-level DCC book "Sky ov [sic] Crimson Flame" prompts me to look into the idea of the "character funnel." Johnny Thickskull, Funnel Runner A character funnel is an adv...
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I love the funnel concept, but yet to play one (or GM one - definitely on the priority to do list)
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Ivan Sorensen

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A skill check system that tries to balance roleplaying, drama and rolling dice.

Intended for Valiant Fantasy but can slot into pretty much anything.

This is a tiny bit more "indie-game" than the typical OSR fare but I hope you'll find it interesting.
The Skill Check is used when a character wishes to accomplish something that is not otherwise covered by a rule. Examples may include scouting ahead, hunting for food, picking a lock or researching an ancient text. Skill Chec...
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These are great, love roll under - the player suggested setback is very interesting - have you playtested that (how did it go, if so?)
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Eric Fabiaschi

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And your Uncle Eric is back with some sword & sorcery downloads, past incarnations, OSR tie ins, and more!
Past Incarnations, Free Classic Adventure Fiction Downloads, Domain Management, & Old School Campaigns
http://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/2016/09/past-incarnations-free-classic.html
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Ivan Sorensen

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Another step in the Valiant Fantasy series - the option to have a faithful Ally follow your character.
Frodo had Sam and Elric had Moonglum.

Distinct from the normal henchmen, Allies function as an extension of your player character.

This will be an optional rule of course, and could also be ported into any other OSR game.
It's a little open to interpretation right now, being a first draft.
Every hero needs someone they can rely upon. If using the Ally system, each player character will begin play with an Ally. In a more low-key campaign, Ally acquisition can be delayed until level 2 at the GM's decision. An All...
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Pookie UK

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Slügs ain't what they used to be—being a review of Slügs, the gastropodic molluscular bestiary written Free RPG Day 2016 by James Raggi IV for use with Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Roleplay and other Retroclones.
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Brian Ashford

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Oh no! The pharmacy's deliver is running late and I have half an hour to kill while I wait for my prescription be ready for collection. Disaster!
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Ivan Sorensen

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Would "race" or "species" be more accurate in a game?

Race is the traditional term, but I seem to recall an old article explaining that it's not technically the proper term for characters biological origin.

What say you?
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""Race" is so well established in convention, and its meaning for this particular hobby is so benign, that there is not really any harm in using it either, but it is not the correct term as far as the English language goes." In what way? It's actually pretty difficult to be "wrong" about a term that can refer to anything from 19th century racist pseudoscience to different nationalities to Jasper's race (the descendants of a cat named Jasper)
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This is an update on the design status of the Crying Blades, an OSR HouseRules book I am working on.
I hope the simple combat system alone is worth the price tag, but there's a bunch of useful ideas in there, for all old-school games...
As always, questions and feedback are more than welcome.

There's also a free package on RpgNow/DTRPG that allows you to download a faily large preview, to see enough of the book and of the character sheets and decide if this suits your tastes.
 
I added a new file to the Crying Blades beta: over 60 pages (6x9) of spells and blessings (for sorcerers and clerics).
The game is still in beta and I plan in a few weeks to introduce a chance to the Turn-system which I will playtest soon.

In the meanwhile, if you want to grab a copy of the beta pdf, have a look here:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/186667/Crying-Blades-volume-one

If you don't feel like paying the 2.5$, there is a free preview which will hopefully convince you that the product is worth your money even in beta:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/192729/Crying-Blades-free-preview-and-character-sheet

... To answer your question: it's an OSR game, and the differences with other OSR games are presented in a few paragraphs on RpgNow and DTRPG :-)


Crying Blades: volume one - The Crying Blades Houserules Volume OneCharacters and Rules WARNING : PLAYTEST The Crying Blades Houserules is an
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Erik Tenkar

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$0.45 for 12 images +Denis McCarthy pointed out on his his Northport Blog that Aegis Studios is running a huge 70% off sale, not just on games and gaming material but stock art too. The stock art happens to have been done by ...
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For fans of the OSR; a community of role-playing gamer that have an affinity for the types of tabletop role-playing games that we played in the early days of the hobby. Variously called the Old School Revival, Renaissance, or just plain Roleplaying. Please note that discussions of 5th Edition D&D are off-topic unless they directly involve OSR-type games (such as comparisons of mechanics). (OSR Logo by Stuart Robertson)

Michael Gibbons

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Friday, time for B/X Mars
Next week will be weapons and unsafe for work. 
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Oooooh I like that. 
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Thaumiel Nerub

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I created a couple of things for Patreon.

Purple Of Green Priestess Yolanda Ziggurat is a lady who stalks Monster-land baptizing chaotic and evil creatures. She wants good adventurers to be evil and chaotic, too!
Hand drawn, scanned and amazingly colored with GIMP.

Final Redemption is a last safe place before dreaded Monster-land.
Hand drawn on old paper (you can see the amazing texture), scanned, cleared and added text with GIMP and finally made pointers with Inkscape.

Here is a link to my blog from where you get links to Patreon post to download them. Thank my patrons for making these available! The preview picture only shows Yolanda, but there's also a map of Final Redemption!

http://cryptofrabies.blogspot.fi/2016/09/patreon-purple-of-green-priestess.html
Been a busy (and awful) month. Now releasing two Patreon things I've been working with past month. Here is a lady who stalks the Monster-Land of Yingvaerd baptizing monsters, evil, and chaotic creatures. She wants to make you...
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Marcus Burggraf

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If there is one place someone should be able to enlighten me it would be here I wager.
 
Old School saves and Thieves... I know we had the discussion just a few days ago, but I was wondering if maybe someone would like to chime in who actually uses the old 5 saves instead of the 3 save variant.

The linked article made a lot of things clearer to me. I can relate to most of the saves now. But I have real trouble explaining to my players why their thief, the guy who should be good at traps, sucks at avoiding them, because traps use the Breath save from my understanding (Quick movement to avoid). And all posts I read about this topic seem to only focus on Fighter/Mage/Cleric and never mention the thief. So yea, hopefully someone can shed some light or share practical tips from their games.
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Do you award your players XP for completing Quests in your games?
If so, how do you calculate it?
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What is this "quest" you speak of?
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Oli Palmer

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Excited/interested/mildly aroused about the upcoming Crypts of Indormancy? You can find out more info in the interview thingy here.
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Howard Beleiff

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I thought about a Ranger...but decided i was more like a Rogue!
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I test-drive a concept car, the Dodge Druid, but it doesn't hug the road -- it hugs trees and fauna. Also, every model has mistletoe hanging from the rearview mirror.
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Dave Baymiller

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Although The Brass Bull is written with a 1950’s B-Movie setting, it can easily be transported to other times and settings such as Victorian pulp, 1920’s weird horror, modern, and fantasy. The Brass Bull The brass bull, ...
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Ivan Sorensen

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Character creation.
A bit more heroic than 3D6 in order, but not too much.
An alternate take on alignment and fixed hit point progression (though race and class will play into that as well, giving bonuses at particular levels)
Scroll down to see the two previous posts. Generating characters will require a bit of a more generous dice method than the typical 3D6, as our characters are expected to be the finer specimens of their particular species. Ab...
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I have a similar alignment rule set only with three axis, but its very similar to this. I like it.
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