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Friday, August 17, 2018

Slightly Older News - Goodman Announces Classic Collectors Reprint / 5e Conversion of X1: The Isle of Dread

Goodman is just now emailing out their Gen Con announcements, so for those that hadn't yet heard about the X1 - Isle of Dread announcement:
The first big news is the announcement of the second volume in our Original Adventures Reincarnated line. The first volume, Into the Borderlands, was the biggest release in the history of Goodman Games. The reception to it continues to amaze us, and we are thrilled beyond belief. And we are very proud to announce that the second volume in the series is…drum roll please…X1: The Isle of Dread! OAR 2: The Isle of Dread will contain scans of the two original TSR publications of Isle of Dread (orange cover and blue cover editions), plus a 5E conversion, as well as interviews with original creators and other special features! We’ve also updated the mapping style of the 5E edition, so it will now feature illustrated hand-drawn maps that bring back memories of the original TSR style. Lead writer Chris Doyle and editor Tim Wadzinski return to the project after doing such a great job on OAR 1: Into the Borderlands. Into the Borderlands is back in print and available, by the way, so check your FLGS or our online store for your copy today! And Original Adventures Reincarnated 2: Isle of Dread is currently scheduled to release in November of this year! We’ll be sure to keep you updated with news about it as it gets closer.
Just some observations on my part:

The Bordlerlands reprint was less than I hoped for. The book was huge but the paper quality was fairly poor - probably an attempt to keep the price down.

November means Gamehole release.

Turn around means this deal was inked well before the Borderlands reprint hit the market.

Eh, I'll probably still pick it up...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy

Yesterday, Pexx, my right hand over on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server, brought to my attention some dead links on the blog side as well as some incomplete (or missing) lists of Free OSR content. I figured it was a good excuse to start a regular feature on the podcast - OSR Freebie Friday - and to kick it off by mentioning some of the free Fantasy titles we have linked for easy download.
With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets listing at Tenkar's Tavern. 
Link to Episode 93https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-93---OSR-Freebie-Friday---August-17--2018---Fantasy-e21jlf

Links to free rulesets mentioned in the episode:










Basic Fantasy - Print - At Cost - https://amzn.to/2wgaBNE












Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Release? -Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER

When is a new release NOT a "new release"? When its a "pre-order".

Further question: What is the point of a "PDF Pre-order"? I understand why you do it with physical releases - you want to get a feel for the demand a product may have and place your print order as a publisher appropriately. PDFs don't have that issue. Their number is potentially infinite, yet they take up no space, have no built-in print cost and have no storage overhead. They are virtual books, not physical copies.

So yes, I'm scratching my head a bit with the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition Rulebook PRE-ORDER. At 30 bucks it better be virtual gold...

Edit: So, there is one review (and 22 total ratings of this Pre-order. The review mentions access to a preview copy as do many comments. The text on the main sales page makes no mention of any "Preview Copy" to those that pre-order. Strange to omit that.)
Can’t put it down, can you? You know what’s in here. You’ve seen them. The twisted ones, the arrogant ones, the lost ones. Oh, you’d like to walk away and life be all cake and daisies, but you know you’re going here instead. You’ll try to convince yourself it’s because you’re greedy for the loot, or can’t resist a fight, but we all know the truth. So ready your sword, clean your pistol, and watch out for that dog – he might be small but he’s unreasonably vicious. 
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay takes you back to the Old World. Get the gang together, create your (anti)heroes, and set off to make your way through the vile corruption, scheming plotters and terrifying creatures intent on destruction. 
The Fourth Edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Rulebook contains everything you need for grim and perilous roleplaying adventures in the Old World.
Yep, even pre-orders can make The Tavern affiliate monies ;) 

Kickstarter - Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures

Darcy Perry is a Kiwi that knows his minis :) His latest Kickstarter is Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos by Star Hat Miniatures. Star Hat is the same company that did the Tenkar mini a while ago. Damn, but it rocks.

This time around Darcy is doing Law vs Chaos. As usual, the miniatures look damn amazing. As usual, I'll be backing even if I like the time and skills to paint them. They look great unpainted in any case.
They're back! By popular demand! More Delvers lost in the Dungeons of Doom! Just in time for the cosmic battle between Law & Chaos!  
Welcome to the 5th Kickstarter campaign from Star Hat Miniatures! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos features more heroic delvers from the Dungeons of Doom, caught in the eternal battle of righteous order against the shadowy miasma of entropy.  
Star Hat Miniatures are heroic scale fantasy miniatures, sculpted by hand and cast in metal, for you to enjoy in your roleplaying and tabletop games. The funds from each Kickstarter campaign pay for the mould making and casting of new miniatures. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini (My success is not my own, but from many others).
I'll be doing a live recording of the Tavern Chat Podcast this coming Monday night at 830 PM Eastern (August 20th) with Darcy. You'll be able to listen live on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server and offer up comments and questions via text chat.

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties

Holy crap! So, Rob Conley supplied the question about opening The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Party Publishers. I don't think either of us expected this answer.
Follow up on yesterday's ENnies discussion episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Parties. My, the world is a' changing. 
Link to Episode 92 -  https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-92---The-Fantasy-Trip-to-Open-Setting-to-3rd-Parties-e21cn7

Link to The Fantasy Trip Kickstarter - www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying/description

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

Gygax drama. ENnies drama. Non drama. We got it all ;)

Yep, tonight is a Wednesday Night so that means tonight is Tavern Chat.

When? 9 PM Eastern.

Where? The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - tenkars-tavern.games/Discord

What? A voice-based chat for the OSR and beyond. We talk gaming related news, theory and general geek stuff. You don't need a mic if you don't want to talk, but headphones are suggested if you don't want to annoy your family ;)

Sorry for the late reminder. I was out all day on a family obligation. I may bore you with it in tonight's chat...

The Tavern Chat Podcast - Episode 91 - ENnies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)

The past few years have led to drama over the ENnies Awards. This year is no different. This year, the OSR did extremely well, Zak S in particular. Thus, it is time to change the system to ensure this isn't repeated.
The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the "gaming" of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same "gaming" of the vote they tell you not to do while telling you exactly how to do it. The same "gaming" of the vote that has been done for years by others, including major publishers, I am sure. The ENnies are not an industry Award, they are a rigged popularity contest. It just that the wrong folks rigged the contest this year. 
Link to Episode 91 - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/Episode-91---Ennies--They-are-a-Changing-no-more-stuffing-e216fa

Link to ENnies blog - www.ennie-awards.com/blog/ennie-awards-time-for-change/

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