Friday Grab Bag: Free Zines, Goodies for 5e, and Mad Lib Dungeons
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OSRBlack Pudding #3 is a PWYW artistic OSR zine. Paying for Safe Passage; or, Banditry and Barons by Wayne Rossi is a useful read. An overview about guides for old school gaming (adventure writing, game mastering, etc.). Interesting look at adventure design: Kiel Chenier breaks down making Blood in the Chocolate. Spinetooth Oasis is a free OSR adventure location by Evlyn Moreau. The Short Concise Spell List by Mike Evans from 2012 is still useful. It's based on the Pathfinder spells. And if you're looking for free OSR games, you are not the only one - check out this reddit post for some recommendations.
5eFifth Edition Character Sheets by Dyson Logos are PWYW. And here are nifty Illustrated Equipment Packs, PWYW.
Mad Lib DungeonsI have this from the Roleplaying Tips Newsletter. I couldn't find a direct link to this issue (July 14th), so I'll just share the important bits:
Use this Mad Lib to create a ton of 5 Room Dungeon seeds for your campaigns:This could be cool for solo role-playing, too.
[A GROUP] [IS DOING SOMETHING] with [AN ITEM] at [THE LOCATION] in order to [MOTIVE]. The location is the site or setting of your 5 Room Dungeon.
The group is an NPC or faction from your campaign.
The item is a MacGuffin, something the party or a PC wants, or a reward.
"Is doing something" is the PCs' combat mission or quest.
And the motive is how you can connect this 5 Room Dungeon to your campaign. Make it a reaction to something the PCs did a few sessions ago. For example:
A druid circle is summoning a dead dragon with an ancient henge at the heart of the Darkwood Forest in order to fight an even greater evil.