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

09 Nov 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Games for Stranger Things, Lots of Solo Gaming, OSR Tools, Free Adventurers, Dungeon World

This week in role-playing geek: Some solo gaming tools, advice for writers, some Stranger Things games, Dungeon World Google Sheets, and some OSR generators and modules.

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Dungeon World

Dungeon World Newsletter Issue #16 offers some Dungeon-World-related releases from the last weeks.

And here are some free Google Docs-style Sheets for online gaming by Devin Ekins and Mattie Casper.

Narrative Games

How to Run Stranger Things in The Whispering Road by Brent Newhall, creator of TWR.

The Whispering Road is a storytelling game of cooperation and exploration, inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

Speaking of games for Stranger Things, Super 8, The Goonies, etc.: Kids on Bikes, a lightweight narrative game with collaborative world-building, is on Kickstarter. You can read about my first impressions here.

PBTA – Moves overload by Josh Fox is a thoughtful article about PtBA moves and cognitive burden.

World of Troublemakers by is a neat and small Dungeon World game. (Found on G+ via Paul C - follow this guy!) I never heard of the blog, but I like what I see. For example, the latest entry is 1d6 osr ultra lite + small dungeon.

Gaming Tools and Solo RPG

Solo Gaming Appreciation Month 2017 is in full swing and makes for some influx of actual plays and solo gaming tools.

Here is Predictive Writer, a free writing tool with random words. (Found on G+ via James Smith in the Lone Wolf community.)

English Eerie: Rural Horror Storytelling Game for One Player by Trollish Delver Games - PWYW. Here is an actual play by Justin Gordon on Google Docs.

Ivan Sorensen published his solo gaming tool Blade & Lock Pick ($5.99).

Blade & Lockpick is a role playing engine written with the following goals:
To present a group-oriented resolution system where the party act as a group, not a collection of individuals.
To provide a universal resolution system that could handle combat, mountaineering and research projects equally well.
To allow an interesting game where one player can easily handle a group of characters.

More info here.

And Peter Schweighofer shares his Favorite Resources for Solo RPG Play.

Old-School Gaming

Diogo Nogueira shares his 10 Commandments for Good Refereeing. I like rule number 1: “[…] create a world where players can experience adventures and other shenanigans.”

Murcanto’s Lair (PWYW) by Samwise7RPG is a 50-pages-system-neutral module. Thanks to James Spahn for pointing it out on G+.

Rafael Chandler has some OSR Random Generators on his site.

Max Vanderheyden gives us a fresh one-page adventure called Fortress of the Wolf Mother.

The System is a free RPG system from way back then. Richard LeBlanc, the genius behind the D30 Sandbox Companion, the D30 DM Companion and the CC1 Creature Compendium (PWYW) wrote it when he was 16.

WLB Presents: The Lost and Forgotten Volume One (PWYW) is “a collection of Bonus Monster Cards, Marvelous Items, Gear, and Resting rules not included in The Wasted Hack or Waste-Land Beasts and How to Kill Them.”

OSR: Attack the Sheet is an interesting article by Skerples from Coins and Scrolls.

Here is another PWYW adventure: Under Tenkar’s Tavern, Levels 1-3.

Barrel Rider Games runs a birdhday sale (50% off) on all products until November 17th! Barrel Rider Games Sale - I own several products and the quality is good.

Oakes Spalding relased Seven Voyages Of Zylarthen Electronic Edition: “This new Electronic Edition features revised, consolidated and extensively bookmarked/linked versions of the four original booklets for the now classic OD&D neo-clone.”
I had the original booklets and I found them an interesting read (never played it though).

Wheel of Evil is “a 16-page adventure for old-school characters of levels 3 to 5, plus a full-color cover, classic maps, and handouts.” Currently free. Found via G+, Brian Holland.

Kiel Chenier Double Feature: Jason Hobbs invited Kiel to H&FofOSR #23 – Kiel Chenier to talk about Blood in the Chocolate and other stuff on his podcast.
And Ben Milton talks with Kiel Chenier about Designing D&D Adventures with Kiel Chenier.


I didn’t realize up until now that Adventurers! Revised 2Pages Edition is a free download. It offers a rules-lite gaming experience in a tight package.

How to Finish Your Projects is solid advice (note: broken link; removed)

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers (via G+ Kabuki Kaiser).

Revolution D100 Raises Money for a Hardcover Edition, 5 days to go. The game is a mix between BRP (Basic Roleplaying) and Heroquest. This review provides a good overview. I’m currently reading through the book and so far I concur with his opinion. Supporting the campaign gives you a cheaper PDF (5 €) than buying it on DTRPG.

Crowdfunding Collection #56 and Crowdfunding Collection #57 by Teylen keeps you up to date with the latest crowdfunding news.

Jim McGarva is donating all his proceeds from the sale of his Strike! RPG in November to the SickKids Foundation, which supports The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Read more here. (Found on a private share on G+.)

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