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OSRIC Player's Guide
Publisher: Ye Olde School Stock Art
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/03/2011 17:40:04
Retro, lovely, awesomeness.

Perfect for DMs to give to their players (novice to expert) when using the full OSRIC rules themselves but wanting to keep a few behind the DM's screen (like full monster stats which should be locked away from prying eyes...) :)

This is about as close as you can get to playing AD&D 1st Edition without buying a second-hand TSR Player's Handbook. In my personal opinion it's better organised to boot. (And no psionics, thank the maker!) ;)

Very printer friendly - b/w throughout plus a line art cover. 170 pages will fit into a ring binder nicely if printed double-sided.

The illustrations capture the vintage gaming look perfectly.

Somehow this fresh text can imbue nostalgia in a way that maybe only older players can explain.

I'm very happy with this free download. :)

Excellentness.

-Billiam Babble
http://bit.ly/rpgblog

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Cosmic Patrol: Core Rulebook
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/09/2011 11:01:05
Genius. The potential for this game is huge.
The dice system looks very playable.
I really like the character templates.
The pulp setting can be played totally straight - the representations here aren't too cheesy, just enough humour in the concept without being silly.
The design and art perfectly compliment the game.
Perfect for $4.99.

Join the Patrol!

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Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set Zero: Basic Adventure
Publisher: Okumarts Games
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/03/2011 14:38:24
You could pretty much populate a whole low level D&D dungeon with the classic representations of a hobgoblin, gnoll, orc, bugbear and a little guy who could probably double as either a goblin or kobold. The five stout adventures also included are a magic-user, elven archer, axe wielding dwarf, a monkish cleric and a properly armoured fighter.

The figures are double-sided. Trimming requires a careful hand but the black border allows for touching-up where edges don't exactly meet. (Instructions provided)

I'm a big fan of illustrated dungeon scenery and figures, and my future games will have to employ the Darkfast Classic Fantasy range.

Five stars and all that. ;) Even if your not into printed minis download it just to appreciate the art. Congratulations and thank you again to Okumarts.

Billiam B.
http://bit.ly/rpgblog

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Ancient Worlds - Megalith Circle
Publisher: Lord Zsezse Works
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/28/2011 19:01:23
The Megalith Circle looks simple enough for the more clumsy paper modellers, like myself (thumbs the size of footballs). This would make ideal set piece for fantasy or horror campaigns in RPGs and would probably not go amiss on a sci-fi battlefield, like WH40K.

Really nice work, Lord Zsezse!

Billiam B.
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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set One: Orc Tribe
Publisher: Okumarts Games
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/28/2011 18:56:38
Okay, if you're an old-schooler, a fan of AD&D, or of the earliest Basic editions, you'll be no stranger to the pig-faced orc. Whether or not I believe orcs should have snouts is now completely ambushed in my nostalgia addled mind by the fact that they represent illustrations from those games. David Okum's Orc Tribe is a sheer pleasure to behold. It's a great mix of caricature and chunky costume details.

The PDF containing these printable figures also gives the player the option to select different colour capes and armour with different layers. I'm really looking forward to other figures from this "Darkfast Classic Fantasy" range. Perfect for acolytes of the OSR.

Billiam B
Orcs pimped at:
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Tombs & Terrors Fantasy Role Playing
Publisher: Beyond Belief Games
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/26/2011 16:45:09
This rulebook is really growing on me. After downloading this PDF I bought a printed copy from Lulu.com
Although it's not a "retro-clone" (and doesn't pretend to be) and definitely has an "Old School" build. Tombs &Terrors feels like it's written by a DM from the early 80's flipping through the d20 SRD or DnD3 rules, rediscovering the game rules he is most familiar with.

It would make a perfect gift as an introductory rules for novice gamers, and it would also work as a sort of "primer" for 3e fantasy rule systems.

The inclusion of a scenario and character sheet are both a real plus - making it a "complete" product -in a dizzying world of core sets and multiple expansions.

If you like DnD3/3.5, Pathfinder or other d20-style fantasy titles, and perhaps your a fan of older editions, fast play, light ruleset, want to make a one-off purchase, but you also need a rulebook that's "portable" ... then Tombs and Terrors is definitely for you.

It reminds me, in a positive way of the Simpson's definition of "brunch":
"It's not quite what you expect ... but you get a good meal!"

-Billiam B.

Full review / "old school musings":
http://bit.ly/rpgblog_ToTe

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Battle-Map 1
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/11/2011 14:31:50
Simply exquisite!

These tiles/battlemap are the perfect compliment of to the Little Book of Dungeons Volume I.

These maps are ideal for a dungeon master who likes a blank but structured canvas (if that makes sense) - or even random-contents play. This dungeon is ready for stocking and perfect for any campaign. The grey scale design is perfect for black and white printers, and can be printed in part or as a massive (several) tabletop(s) map - perfect for use with figures employing a 1inch=5ft grid.

Excellent.

-Billiam B.
http://bit.ly/rpgblog

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The Little Book Of Dungeons - Volume II
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/09/2011 18:39:21
CSP have had plenty of experience making really robust and interesting maps.

I adore these greyscale maps. (Much of the following praise is repeated from my comments about Volume I. ) They
feel professional, solid and deliberately absent of filler features (apart from pillars,steps and doors) making these an ideal blank base for stocking with details and denizens.

Volume II has a few extra odd features, parts of caverns, a straight sewer/river/canal, but every map is still linking in with standard dungeons which is a compatibility plus. Speaking of compatibility the flagstone grid is 5ft per square.

Again, I have to say that these monochrome maps are to the quality and standard of the one page dungeons by WotC used to include in Dungeon magazine and are at a pocket money price. Their simplicity in detail is their strength, allowing the DM to adapt them to his or her game setting.

A solid, practical, useful gaming product.

-Billiam B. http://bit.ly/rpgblog
Purchased copy.
Longer review inc. Vol I:
http://adventuresandshopping.blogspot.com/2011/07/little-
-book-of-dungeons-vol-i-ii-csp.html

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The Little Book Of Dungeons - Volume I
Publisher: Crooked Staff Publishing
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/09/2011 18:30:18
These are charming, very slick, textured greyscale maps, which would be absolutely perfect for most dungeon campaigns - especially where the DM suddenly needs a plausibly grand set of underground halls.

The maps feel professional, solid and deliberately absent of filler features (apart from pillars,steps and doors) making these an ideal blank base for stocking with details and denizens. Also if a DM wanted the PCs to traverse a massive empty area (like in much of the Mines of Moria) perhaps leading only to a couple of encounters, these plans are ideal, creating a sense of a dungeon terrain that will take a day to cross.

They would be compatible with most tabletop tiles or systems - especially since they've made the flagstones into a 5ft grid - the staple of all modern plans and battlemats - so a DM could adapt tiles he already owns. :)

These black and white maps are to the quality and standard of the one page dungeons by WotC used to include in Dungeon magazine and are at a pocket money price. Their simplicity in detail is their strength, allowing the DM to adapt them to his or her game setting. If you think that you're that sort of DM, then these are a bargain-"must-buy". :)

-Billiam B. http://bit.ly/rpgblog
Purchased copy.
Longer review inc. Vol II:
http://adventuresandshopping.blogspot.com/2011/07/little-
-book-of-dungeons-vol-i-ii-csp.html

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Old School Fantasy: Heroes (Savage Worlds Edition)
Publisher: Reality Blurs
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/25/2011 11:41:14
I'm looking around for some introductory material to the Savage Worlds system, and these characters look perfect - especially since I'm on an "old school" kick at the moment, so thieves and clerics are just the ticket.

The previous review seems a little harsh - considering it's mainly about the lush background graphic and, yes, the publication *is* free - so no-one's time or money is being squandered. Besides, I think I'd be cutting and pasting the text of the character stats into other documents before printing (although I'm sure some PDF readers provide an option to turn backgrounds off)

(Perhaps Featured Reviewers are just too spoilt for choice ;) )

A nice little pack of characters. :)

Bb
billiambabble at yahoo.co.uk
http://bit.ly/rpgblog

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Savage Insider Issue 1
Publisher: Mystical Throne Entertainment
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/25/2011 11:12:15
A new eZine for all things Savage World based! The Savage Insider eZine (free on DriveThru) is specifically designed for Savage World players, including links and references to the multifarious games and genres connected with that flexible system. The love for Savage Worlds glows on each page. Also includes a comic strip!

Savage Insider is edited by Aaron Huss of Roleplayer's Chronicle, and The Mystical Throne site, both fonts of much news and wisdom.

I hope that there are many more issues of this to come!

-Billiam B http://bit.ly/rpgblog

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Tavern By The Sea
Publisher: Flying Buffalo
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/15/2011 21:24:49
Excellent! A new T&T solo! :)

This is definitely from the light hearted end of the Tunnels & Trolls gaming world. Frivolity and brutality go hand in hand in what would actually make an ideal introductory solo game for a 1st (to low) level character. But don't get too attached to your new hero, there's a few instant death sections lurking.

"_12_ Big Burp isn’t keen on taking any lip from little guys like you. Make a L1SR on CHR. If you make the roll, go to _46_.
If you fail, he rips your head off, and eats it like a cherry. The last thing you hear is a crunching sound! THE END."

Nice. :) You can start the adventure without a character, a random roll determines race, a back-story and quick-choice equipment, just add stats. This is a nice touch, because a new player doesn't have to worry too much about shopping through the equipment lists and worrying about the change. It's a fairly short adventure so I can't afford to cite any spoilers.

The last few pages are for a GM wishing to run the tavern encounters as part of their own campaign.
Again, this is ideal for starting players.

Adapted from a magazine solo in the early 80s Tavern by the Sea has been rewritten to work with T&T7.5 rules, but Mr KsA assures us that any ruleset will work. (This also means that it works with Flying Buffalo's Free Rules) A basic understanding of Saving Throws and combat rules is required, all magic is discouraged, adventure points are awarded for successes - not to mention a fair amount of gold to walk away with, that's if you do actually manage to walk away...

Tavern' is ideal if you like a lot of fun and mortal surprises, perhaps not for players who crave epic adventure and immersive fantasy. Oh, did forget to mention "pirates"? If you like pirates in your pseudo-medieval games, you'll also love this. :) Say "Yarr" like a troll ...

Bb
http://bit.ly/rpgblog
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Claw / Claw / Bite Issue 18
Publisher: Unicorn Rampant Publishing
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/14/2011 06:41:34
A really nice mix of the old and new!
I especially enjoyed the article on the very practical DIY Dungeons: Terrain Tiles on the Cheap which included photographs to illustrate.
As a bit of an old-schooler and nostalgia reader it was really nice to see classic AD&D module Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth getting a mention with regard to adapting old modules for 3-4th editions (including some stats).
The layout is very easy on the eye and design to be read on the monitor (portrait) the text being a large enough size to read without zooming - well thought out. I'm guessing it also looks good on a tablet computer - relatively high contrast might mean it'd look just as good on a b/w e-reader. The articles are short enough for to dip in and out at leisure.
If you've been following the D&D side of the hobby for quite few years but like to play newer systems as well, Claw / Claw / Bite is definitely worth that spare $3.

Bb
http://bit.ly/rpgblog


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The Trouble Brewing at Witchcliff - Game Pack
Publisher: 0one Games
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/30/2011 16:40:40
I'm a big fan of large floor plan sets. I've just bought this (bargain at $6.98) and am printing bits out - lots of fun putting it together. The only downside is that the margins might be too narrow for some printers - but since all the pages fill the same width, page "scaling" will be uniform across the pack, i.e. the grid will still match up. Naturally there's a lot of black ink involved, but the final effect is worth it, also you get to save on colour cartridges! The scenario is larger than I expected (I never read the product description too closely), 20 pages of Pathfinder compatible adventure (will also work with D&D 3.5 I'm guessing). The counters are a nice optional touch - some with head art, many blank - with a 2D "counters bag" as well. :D

Add some 6th-7th level characters and Pathfinder (or d20/D&D 3-3.5) rules and you have a complete immersive tabletop gaming experience, similar to any "out of the box" game currently on sale by the larger publishers.

Excellent!

Bb
http://bit.ly/rpgblog
billiambabble (at) yahoo.co.uk
(Purchased copy)

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Type S Scout/Courier "IISS Dreamcatcher"
Publisher: Scrying Eye Games
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/27/2011 20:23:33
Good value for money ($3 USD).

Absolutely essential floor plan for any Traveller game (old and new). The inside of an S-Scout never looked so good.

Definitely for fans of the Millennium Falcon and Firefly-class Serenity, who like their starships dingy and cluttered!

Summary: Useful eye-candy for space navy heads with minis!

Ace. Fire up the jump drive!

-Bb-
http:/bit.ly/rpgblog

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