Happy Halloween! The Tomb of Horrors with Dwarven Forge and Labyrinth Lord.

Happy Halloween folks!

I ran my Tomb of Horrors Halloween game last night and I wanted to share some quick photos taken by my stalwart player J.D.

I’ll try to post a recap of the adventure so far, over the next day.

Enjoy!

By the way, I just made the Tomb on the fly during playing, the Game Tiles are super easy to use and quite versatile!

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Dwarven Forge and The Tomb of Horrors.

I’ll be using Labyrinth Lord to run The Tomb of Horrors this Halloween. I’m really excited to have my Dwarven Forge Game Tiles to use. I think it’s looking pretty good so far…you?

Dwarven Forge is the Best.

When I owned my comic and game store, I had a shit ton of Dwarven Forge resin pieces. I had to sell them when the store closed. I have been wanting them again ever since. Now, with Dwarven Forge’s Game Tiles, that day has arrived! The Kickstarter is shipping out and I got mine. I’ll get more pics up (since I’m no longer crying over GenCon) as I work on my Halloween Labyrinth Lord game of The Tomb of Horrors!

And yes, I’ll stop neglecting this blog, I was a bit butt-hurt over missing all of my conventions this year, so I took it out on the blog (which was designed as a GenCon Blog).

On a similar note, I’m booked for GaryCon VI, with a room booked at the Lodge. This will be my first trip to the Lake Geneva area and I can’t wait. Well, other than the time I drove to Milwaukee for Gen Con, but it’s not the same thing.

Soon, more Kickstarter crap to show. Deadlands Noir, Hell on Earth Mini’s, Alea Tools’ new colors and Dwarven Forge Game Tiles.

UPDATED: Added more pics Oct. 24, 2013 11:12 a.m. Also, I should mention that I got 3 painted sets, a painted Chamber of Sorrows and a Painted Dungeon Dressing Pack.

Whisper and Venom, an OSR Kickstarter Ending Soon

When I was a kid I would buy the Modules and Box Sets that TSR produced for Dungeons and Dragons, I loved them, they evoked a sense of awe and wonder in me. As I started to get older, miniatures became an add on for my campaign worlds. Now I could get an elf, dwarf or cleric and have a mini to use to represent my character or NPC. But, I always wondered, “Why can’t I get the minis I need for a particular module in a box set?” Apparently, I was not the only one who wondered, because Zach Glazar, the man behind Lesser Gnome, asked himself the same question.

Now, there is a Kickstarter for an Old-School Box-Set that…comes with the minis needed for the adventure! Whisper and Venom is looking to be a wonderful Box Set that will bring back the old days. Dice, miniatures, the adventure, a map…all in the same box. It doesn’t hurt that the map is being drawn by Alyssa Faden, one of the brains behind Torn Armor, which I also backed. The Whisper and Venom Box-Set is growing with each stretch goal, expanding the amount of minis that will come in the box. Stretch Goals are planned for lots more minis and if the project can hit $20,000, a Pathfinder version will be created as well. Currently the Whisper and Venom set uses the Labyrinth Lord and OSRIC rule sets, although, any OSR game should be easily compatible, even Original Dungeons and Dragons.

All in all, I’m very impressed with the components of the set and the miniatures. I’ve received a Thopas miniature from a contest, my wife has gotten some swag as well, buttons, napkins, drink stirrers, matches and tattoos! It’s been a fun Kickstarter so far, why not pledge for this one, get some OSR goodness and BACK THIS GNOME!

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OSR For You

I know the OSR movement has been around for a few years, myself really just finding out about it in the past couple years because of Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities, but also through the various blogs and Old School Gaming sites there are out there. Goodman Games’ DCC RPG was an eye-opener as well, containing a list of OSR Resources that I am still plowing through.

I know of OSRIC, Labyrinth Lord, Swords and Wizardry, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, the new Monsters and Magic, DCC RPG of course and Castles and Crusades. There are plenty of others out there as well. Not to mention you can just actually play the old Editions of Dungeon and Dragons again, thanks to the reprints that Wizards has been putting out along with the website dndclassics.com for all your .pdf needs.

I know OSRIC is a book that people have questions about, as I just researched all of this information for myself a few weeks back, I have also seen some posts on Google+ from people asking about the best version, etc. From my research and experience, get the Second Printing from Black Blade Publishing. It is up to date, it’s a beautiful book and mine was shipped quickly and packaged extraordinarily well. Just be sure to e-mail them, as the website’s store is miscalculating shipping. I’ve been very pleased with mine.

I have also picked up copies of the softcover Labyrinth Lord on Lulu.com. I’m quite impressed with the printing quality on these books as well. At Gen Con I will search out Monsters and Magic, I have the .pdf, but a book is always nice.

All in all, you should roll OSR Style for you. Because it’s something that appeals to you, not because it’s a trend.That’s why I am, it’s a way to reconnect with that little boy inside who dreamed of dungeons. And Dragons.

I’m pretty excited to roll OSR style, it’s been a long time since I used the old system, other than the HackMaster 4th Ed. years and my past year or two with DCC. I have a nice little campaign in mind…

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What to do?

So, while the current game I’m running is Deadlands Noir for the Savage Worlds system, I’m itching for a Dungeon Crawl. As of late, I have been using Goodman Games‘ DCC RPG which I like quite a bit. It has a nice, different feel from the rest of the Fantasy Games I’m accustomed to. “But”, I tell myself, “I’m itching to run The Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to Barrier Peaks. Should I bust out the old PHB, DMG and MM?”

That’s my dilemma. I’ve been interested in the whole OSR movement of which DCC RPG falls under, but what about Labyrinth Lord or OSRIC? Swords and Wizardry? There are more choices than I frankly need right now. So far, I’ve picked up the PDF’s of Labyrinth Lord. They look extremely “Metal” and I like that. Reads well too. I like the ability to mix Basic, Advanced and White Box together. I like that I can use my old books as well.

I want to do an old-school Dungeon Crawl and I want to use old-school rules. Since I want to run this game using Roll20.net, I’ve been shying away from using DCC just because of the Zocchi dice and randomness of the magic system. I think the old rules would work best for the style of game I want to run. I envision a Dwarven Brewery corrupted by magic, a portal to the Underdark and a Mind Flayer riding a Beholder. Sounds like some Old-School fun to me.

Afterthoughts: It’s a couple hours after writing this post and I have realized something. I have not run any form of Dungeons and Dragons in First Edition Rules since the early ’80’s I think. I ran 2nd Ed. in the 90’s, 2000-2008 had 3.0/3.5 and HackMaster. I did a little 4th. All my fantasy lately has been DCC…I need to play the old system just for the fun of it.

GenCon 2012 Recap Part 2.

Part 2 of my GenCon Recap. New information is written in a Swamp color. Photos have been added as well.

Welcome to Episode Deux of my three-part Pre-GenCon babbling, wherein I continue to talk about the booths I want to see.


Eagle & Gryphon Games
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 Booth: 1603

Pirate Dice: Here we go again, folks. Pirates. Ships. Dice. But, this looks good, I love dice and I helped this one via Kickstarter as well. Verdict: Want to Demo/Kickstarter. Conclusion: I did not get to see the game, I heard that people did, I just happened to not. Still a backer and still looking forward to getting the game.

Exile Game Studio: Booth: 419

Hollow Earth Expedition: Love these guys. It’s a tradition each year to make sure this is one of the first booths I visit. The first year Exile was at GenCon, I met Jeff Combos and Sechin Tower and fell in love with HEX. It’s a great game, I urge you to check it out. I just read they are working on a Kickstarter soon, I’m sure I will be following that one. Hopefully I’ll see some more of the Mars stuff they have been working on. Verdict: Have to See. Conclusion: Always good to see Jeff and Sechin. I got in early to the Dealer’s Hall on Thursday because of my Trade Day Badge. It was nice to avoid the crowds and just say hi. I picked up Deadfellas and got in their Kickstarter for Perils of the Surface World.

 

Mad Science Institute with author Sechin TowerMr. Tower wrote this nifty little novel Mad Science Institute. Check it out. You can get a Kindle version right now for 99 cents on Amazon. Anyway, I’m playing in a Hollow Earth Expedition game based on Mad Science Institute run by Sechin Tower. How cool is that? Verdict: Can’t Wait! Conclusion: Excellent game! Run by Sechin, it was my first RPG played at GenCon this year and was a great way to kick off my gaming for the weekend. I picked up a hard copy of his novel, Kindles are cool and all, but I love to read BOOKS.

  

Fantasy Flight Games: Booth: 813, 819, 911, 919, 1107, 1113, 1119

Android: Netrunner: I think this is going to be one of the shows sell-outs. I was thinking about running and getting it when the Hall Doors open, but my Con brain is telling me not to rush. I remember the original version fondly, but I’m not sure about this one. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: Sold out in ten minutes from what I heard. My FLGS just got some copies, I may pick it up still. I’ve been waiting to hear anything about it, but no one I know has grabbed it up yet.

Sky Traders: I’d like to take a look at this one. looks interesting and it has…Airships! Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: Avoided the cramped booth. Sometimes the Con-Corpses make it so I want to run out of the Dealer’s Hall screaming. Walk like you are going somewhere!

So Many Others: Mansions of Madness, Elder Sign and wayyyyy too many others. FFG has a ton of great games. I could spend a couple hours at their booth. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: The FFG Booth was a madhouse this year, as it is every year, but since Netrunner sold out early, I had less motivation to fight the crowd.

Flying Buffalo: Booth: 509

Tunnels and Trolls: I’ll have to stop by the booth and see if there is any news about the new edition, or maybe an Eagle Continent poster. I’m a member of Trollhalla, I go by the name Sharauk-Ru, if you happen to frequent the site. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: I said hi to the TrollGod and shook his hand. I was really making the rounds this year.

Gamescience / FRED Distribution: Booth: 1603

Blue Jasper: I have been bugging this company about this color dice since they were announced. I want them. Yes, Gamescience, I’m the pain in the butt who keeps asking about them, now Take My Money! Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I got my Blue Jasper’s and nobody asked if I was the guy who was a pain in the butt. Score! Something I was wondering about this year…I thought Lou Zocchi had sold off Gamescience as he has not been at GenCon for the past couple of years. Now, this year, he and Gamescience EACH had a booth. Is there a story there I wonder? Gamescience Games vs. Gamescience? I’ll have to look it up.

 

 So, Mr. Zocchi has a Booth… …As does Gamescience? I’m confused.

 Beware the D-Total!

d30: Gotta grab a few for the gaming group, plus, the only one I have is one I bought when I was about 26 years younger than I am now. Time for a new one, especially since I like DCC RPG so much. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: Snagged.

Geek & Sundry: Booth: 633

I gotta say, I missed the boat on this one. There has been a flood of new gaming things happening in the world. This is one of them. Quality gaming entertainment. I never thought I would see the day. This is a corner of the gaming world I haven’t poked around in much (much like my recent foray into Google+). I also just starting watching The Nerdist. I’m a little behind the times. But, I’m happy to see there is a whole aspect of gaming that is new to me. This is the new Golden Age of Gaming. I think I’ll be taking some time to learn and watch, more. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: I’m now watching, and enjoying.

Goodman Games: Booth: No Booth

DCC RPG: There may be no booth, but I’m playing in a couple of games of this GM’d by Harley Stroh. I really like the game, looking forward to this. It’s also one of the games I run, so it’ll be nice to learn from one of the creators. Verdict: Can’t Wait! Conclusion: Seeing Doug Kovacs’ new DCC cover in the flesh and playing in two of Harley Stroh’s games were some more highlights of this year’s GenCon. I’m gonna head out to GaryCon just so I can play with him again, a damn good GM. The two groups I played with were spectacular as well. Three Thumbs Represent! R.I.P. and Long Live Nicos Knicknevin. BTW, Harley flipped me off for saving my character, the mark of a true OSR GM.

 

Kenzer & Co: Booth: 519

HackMaster: I love HackMaster. I do, I do. It’s one of my favorite games to run, and it holds a special place in my heart. The new Player’s Handbook should be there, buy it, it’s a glorious book. I already have my copy. Verdict: Have to See. Conclusion: The Booth looked busy and it was nice to say hi to Jolly Blackburn. 

-Loughmiller’s Pub Saturday 7 p.m.: Looks like there will be a meetup for KenzerCo and HackMaster fans, I’ll probably stop by. I’m HMGMA #300 by the way. Verdict: Maybe. I didn’t go.

 

 

Koplow Games Inc: Booth: 1219

d24, d30: Need to get some for the gaming group for our DCC RPG game. It’s funny, when I owned my game-store, Haunted Chapel Comics and Games, I sold Chessex and Crystal Caste dice. I find I prefer Koplow or Gamescience for my own needs. I just think the pips and numbers look better on Koplow dice, so I buy them. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I got a handful of D30’s and D24’s for the Home Group.

Looney Labs: Booth: No Booth

Cthulhu Fluxx: No booth. It’s really bummed me out that Looney Labs no longer goes to GenCon. I’m an Icehouse/Treehouse fanatic, but no-one will play with me. I’ll bring a copy of Ice Dice for pick-up games. The first games I played with my (at the time) soon-to-be wife, were all Looney Labs games. I used to run demos as well. I’m sure I’ll find a copy somewhere. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I bought a copy of Cthulhu Fluxx at the Steve Jackson Booth along with another game called Cthulhu 5000. 

I’ll be back with more!

Next: Volume C.