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

23 Nov 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Five Parsecs From Home, Ironsworn RPG, Black Friday Sale, Powered-by-the-Apocalypse Games

This week in gaming offers us some fresh PtbA playtests (Ironsworn RPG, The Company of Monsters), some supplements for supers games, new solo RPG material, and a few interesting reads (e.g., The Invention of Randomly Generated Dungeons).

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Narrative Games/Indie Games

Sword Breaker Issue No. 5 - The Folded Lands is out. Sword Breaker is a digital fanzine for Dungeon World. Pay What You Want.

And there is a new Dungeon World Newsletter Issue #17.

You can get the Bundle of Holding’s Indie Cornucopia +5 right now. It includes games like The Sprawl or vs. Stranger Stuff - Season 2.

Ironsworn RPG is a gritty-ish, PbtA-inspired fantasy RPG that supports solo and co-op GM-less play. Currently, there is a free 190-pages-preview PDF available.

Karlsburg (note: broken link) is a free child-friendly RPG setting for the OneDice RPG system.

Elegy for the Lost, A Roleplaying Poem about Memories for 2 or More Players. It is a free short game.

And here is A Mini Review of Headspace by David Schirduan.

The Company of Monsters, a Powered by the Apocalypse RPG by Johnstone Metzger is in public playtest.

The game’s main goal is to let you play this Patreon project’s monthly monsters, instead of just seeing them as antagonists for your murderhobos to massacre. Instead, you play the monsters who kill the adventurers!

Old School Gaming

Someone on Reddit asks about OSR games not focused on dungeon crawls?.

Creature Loot: The PDF is a pretty 96-pages free PDF of loot you can harvest from creatures. Thanks to Jens D. for pointing this out.

Here are the New OSR Products at RPGNow/DTRPG — November 21st, 2017 by Jeremy.

The Invention of Randomly Generated Dungeons is an interesting read by Jon Peterson.

And here are some Alternative Saving Throws Ideas by Michael Bacon.

d100 Secrets of the Murder Hobos on the Elfmaids & Octopi blog.

Ben Milton reviews Veins of the Earth on Youtube.

Solo Gaming

Five Parsecs From Home 2nd Edition is a “solo-oriented campaign game, aimed at providing the sort of Traveller meets Trigun meets Borderlands game play style that a lot of games grasp at.”

Here is a free Four Against Darkness Compatible Game Board by Spencer Salya.

The Zach Bestiary, is a free Google Form document by Todd Zircher.

It’s intended to be a resource for anyone either for NPCs as is or to inspire others.

Free d6 Skirmish Rules by Carsten Rossner.

Quick skirmish rules mixing the Pathfinder tactical options with the simplicity of the In Darkest Warrens engine and adding special abilities from the miniature game for flavor.

Riccardo Fregi created a new (free) game called Daily Quests. You can use this to gamify your to-do list.


Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale has started on DTRPG.
I recommend Dice Roll Zine #1 ($3.32), here is my review.
I have Flower Liches of the Dragonboat Festival, Warriors of the Red Planet Warriors of the Red Planet, Death is the New Pink and Theorems & Thaumaturgy Revised Edition on my wishlist, so maybe I’ll spring some bucks for that.

One-Page Adventures by Michael Siebold: A Night Under The Eelskin Moon and A Fur-Minster’s Grand Affair.

Gaming and BS RPG Podcast talk with Jason Hobbs about Combat Adding to Story.

MoonSylver has a free “source book/Patrol Encounter System + extra random charts for use with “The Vigilante Hack” or your Supers game of choice”: City of Crime.

“The Vigilante Hack” Class Hack by MoonSylver offers 15 new classes for this old-school comic book/modern game.

And A Night On Patrol is a system neutral supplement for superhero games.

Carphaneüm (English) in on Kickstarter. I’ve heard of a while ago when someone pointed out interesting settings and beautiful books by our French neighbors. It is a stand-alone Arabian-Nights-Fantasy game. There is a free Quickstart.

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