Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What About that Old-School Art Book?


Back in March I announced a plan to publish a sketchbook that featured art inspired by old-school 1970's DnD with fully statted characters, creatures, and adventure locales. What ever happened to that book?

On my schedule I was aiming to have it ready in time for Gen Con 50, which I'll be leaving for tomorrow, and the book is still sitting in very rough outline shape. So, blew that deadline!

The only thing holding me back is finishing the writing and the stats. But that's the hard part for any book, right?  Yeah and so is making all the art, and I have a lot of it. How to solve this? It occurred to me this would be a great project to outsource to the community. The last time I was involved in a collaborative project like that was Petty Gods which I think came out fantastic. However that thing took years and years and passed through different hands. This is nothing like that, nor nearly that ambitious. It is a 32-64 page book, a bit like the fanzines Knock spell and the like.

Would there be any interest or support for a project like that? And how best to manage it?

Well, Google Docs is terrific for writers to collaborate on the same document. Setting it up would require a lot of trust that no one goes in and deletes or wrecks the book. Then there is quality control and editing to deal with.

I've got the start of a document here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzlvyPqfnY7qoPYDtGlxy_TML-DoQ1wfaxqvi3cXbzg/edit?usp=sharing

Alternately writers could claim a piece on a spreadsheet and write it in their own preferred word processor and submit that. Like this:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15rw-MNkbyJjBXA8SoqJxPT-Vjp-1KUmnfCUbYHIgmI8/edit?usp=sharing

This is an experiment. If there isn't any interest I'll continue plugging away at it bit by bit and eventually finish it.

Here is the folder full of art, not all of it will be used, collaborators would get a higher rez version of the piece they choose to do, and I'll probably be making some more drawings too:


Monday, August 14, 2017

Half A Million Page Views

This past month this blog passed a huge milestone. According to my stats Page views all time history: 517,568
That's a whole lotta old-school viewing. Some of that is likely bots, and during last year's election there was an unusual amount of traffic from Russia. Seriously. But still, most of that is real traffic.
For those who visit this blog, comment, and share it I want to give a huge thank you. You're awesome! And you help inspire the OSR style books and to keep posting things of interest to the OSR community.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

3-volume Rules Cyclopedia

Dungeons & Dragons 3-volume Rules Cyclopedia. Japan. Mediaworks, TSR Inc.

In 1991 TSR published in Japan a chunky 3-volume Rules Cyclopedia set. Looking at these photos it makes me a little jealous that they weren't published in English too.







Look at how lavishly illustrated, many in full color no less, these books are a real treasure.

For just $425 on this eBay auction you can get your very own set!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dungeons-Dragons-3-volume-Rules-Cyclopedia-Japan-Mediaworks-TSR-Inc-/192244805158

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Sword of Goujian

A new relic for your Raiders! game.

The Sword of Goujian
In a tomb among more than 50 other tombs in Hubei, China lies a near air-tight wooden box held in a tight grip by a skeleton. Inside the box is a perfectly preserved 2500 year old bronze sword that is still sharp enough to slice a stack of over 50 papers at once.

Named after a book, Spring and Autumn Annals attributed to Confucius, the Spring and Autumn period is one of the most turbulent periods in the history of Ancient China. A high number of conflicts between powerful nobles, who fought for supremacy during this period, led to the production of some of the finest bronze high-quality weapons and the Sword of Goujian appears to be among the most outstanding examples.

Measuring 22 inches in length, with a 1.8 inches wide blade and 3.3 inches long handle, the sword is beautifully decorated with turquoise crystals. Eight characters in ancient Chinese script are engraved on the blade near the hilt and translate to: “The Sword belongs to the Goujian, the King of Yue State.”


Possible supernatural powers
If you want to add a touch of magic, or the supernatural, to your game here are some ideas.

The Sword of Goujian gently vibrates in the presence of malevolent spirits. The blade is sharp enough to cut an ethereal creature such as a ghost. It retains its edge regardless of what it strikes, and can cut or even slice such hardened materials as stone or metal. It is +2 and does 3d12 points of damage on a successful hit.


More info here.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Dalluhn Manuscript and CONTAX?

Jon Peterson doesn't post often, but when he does it is always very interesting, thorough, and well researched. He found another clue in the ongoing Dalluhn Manuscript mystery that points to when and who (even where) it may be from. I won't steal his thunder, I'll just point you to his blog post about it:

http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-dalluhn-manuscript-and-contax.html

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Erik of Tenkar's Tavern has posted a great interview of Tim Kask he found. The video was posted back in October last year on the Dorks of Yore channel, but I somehow missed it until Erik pointed it out.

Tim Kask talks about the early early days of TSR with lots of anecdotes (and some pie) about those days long ago when this weird little game called Dungeons & Dragons just came out which nobody really quite understood yet. It's nearly two hours long, only meandering occasionally, and a great ride through TSR history.


Friday, July 21, 2017

XMas in July sale 2017

It is DriveThruRPG's annual big sale. I've included all the Night Owl Workshop products in the sale, so that's 25% off everything.

I'm picking up several things for myself including White Box Gothic, and Dyson's Delves.

Head on over: http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/6385/Night-Owl-Workshop