the wonder of role-playing games: reviews, solo rpgs, old-school & narrative games

10 Aug 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Dragon Warriors, 35+ Solitaire Roll-And-Write Games, and More

This week has a lot of free games: OSR, minimalist, and/or solitaire games. We also have an OSR mixtape, game aids, and more. Bookkeeping Notes: I may get commissions made through the Onebookshelf links in this post.

Old School

The British RPG Dragon Warriors is now free as a PDF. Dragon Warriors was originally published in 1985 as six booklets. This is the revised edition from 2008 with errata.
Charles Atkins writes a blog post series about Dragon Warriors on his blog.
I played it once and it is definitely clunky. But charming at the same time and the setting is awesome British-colored fantasy. BLOGS ON TAPE is an OSR audio mixtape. Say what? Well, some folks recorded interesting OSR posts as audio books. Give them a listen. I am Kevin Crawford, author of Stars Without Number. AMA. Kevin Crawford puts out wonderful OSR products with excellent sandbox content. If you’re interested in sci-fi OSR or self-publishing, you might want to read this.

Minimalist Games

USR 2.0 (Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying) (PWYW) is another simple game that just works. Domino Writing has a Roundup on USR Settings.

Story Games, Indie Games, Whatever You Want to Call It

I’m not sure if it’s for you but here is the Weekly Indie RPG & Storygame Review Week 31, 2017. Tina Trillitzsch also mentions this blog. Yay! Game Chef sounds interesting. And I totally missed the Indie RPG Awards. You can now download the Complete Rulebook for Untold - Adventure Awaits** for free. (You need a free account at Boardgamegeek.)
Don’t know what it is? Tina Trillitzsch has you covered:

Untold is an “emergent” storytelling game. Every player has their own character, but is also closely involved in telling the story, taking on a author’s or director’s hat as well. It is GM-less (or rather GM-ful), is setting-neutral, meaning you can play in any kind of world or epoch you want, and there is no preplanned plot - the story emerges during play based on your own interpretation of a set of nine Story Cubes (a basic set will come with game, along with a set of Batman cubes for backers, which were a stretchgoal).

Trash Pandas is live! (USD $3):

Trash Pandas is a goofy RPG about raccoons on a heist! It plays in about 20-30 minutes and is for 4 players exactly. There’s no GM, and no need for prep. (There’s some printing and scrounging involved, but that’s it!)
It’s like Ocean’s 11 or Leverage, but you know, raccoons.

Trash Pandas started as a 200 Word RPG in 2017.

Game Aids, Board Games, and Solo Gaming

IMPROVisr 4.0.0 is a “java application designed to generate tabletop RPG material as an improvisation tool for the game master. Everything from encounters to treasure hoards to NPC’s to random items is but a click away, so the GM can spend their creative efforts fleshing out their game notes rather than smacking into a big wall of writer’s block.”. Free. GM’s Monthly Miscellany: August 2017 is a free Pathfinder supplement. Although it says PF on the tin, it is useable for other games as well. 35 (and Counting) Solitaire Roll-And-Write Games Are Now Available for Free, as Part of the 2017 GenCan’T Design Contest.

This year, GenCan’t held a design contest to produce a game for people who can’t get to GenCon. The guidelines were to make a solo roll-and-write game. The winning title is getting a graphics overhaul, so it isn’t available yet, but many of the other entries are now available to download and play.

Hall of the Dwarven King is a free solitaire dice game:

Hall of the Dwarven King is a dice game for one player. Each of your seven dice represents the whims of one of your followers, Sometimes they’ll feel like mining or building, but just as often, they’d rather drink or get into fights.

(Thanks to Cecil Howe for pointing this out.)


Crowdfunding Collection #49 by Teylen. I’m pondering Stars Without Number: Revised Edition. Kevin Crawford has never let me down. His track record is top-notch. Still, I don’t need more OSR games.