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

26 Oct 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Doom Realm, OSR Blogs, Dark Sun 5e Rules, Directions Stortyplaying System

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Indie Games/Narrative Games

Michael Reisner made a free little group storytelling game called And Then.

You can grab a free adventure for Hunters of Alexandria (a Fate-based game by D101 Games) here: Bite of the Crocodile God.
Hunters of Alexandria is on sale through October 31st on DTRPG or D101 Games.

Ever heard of Directions Storyplaying System? It’s a universal modular framework without a GM - in development. Free. The design ideas sound promising.


Don’t forget to check out the free online multi-user (!) dice roller Roll For Your Party. It’s an excellent tool for online gaming.

A new version of Hextml, the web-based hexagonal cartographer is out.

Here are some music playlists for your game: UPDATE: Curated Spotify playlists I use in my D&D sessions. Organized by mood, encounter, atmosphere, etc..

Solo Gaming

Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game (Second edition) by Simon Cogan now has more books: an Enemy Booklet, Ref Sheets, and more! (Thanks, Jacob Ross, for pointing this out.)


Microlite81 Complete Digest/Epub ($9.95) is out:

The Microlite81 Complete Digest/Epub Edition is based on the Basic and Expert (B/X) boxed sets of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game published in 1981. This game takes the popular B/X version of the game and recreates it using the rules-lite Microlite20 version of modern D20 system.

Someone on Reddit asks about Favorite OSR and Systemless Blogs?. Holy crap, there are some good ones there that I didn’t know of.

And how do you go about Combining Yoon-Suin, A Red & Pleasant Land, Vornheim, DCO, etc. into one setting?.

Dungeon Full of Monsters (PDF $15.00) is a modular mega-dungeon for use with Labyrinth Lord and other old-school fantasy role-playing games. It looks great.

Bryce Lynch does a final post on his reviews of all Dungeon magazines: Dungeon Magazine – Final Retrospective.

Midkemia Press has some free adventures, too. They are from 1981. The Black Tower and Towns of the Outlands. (Thanks to Gerald Williams on G+ for finding this.)

Alex Schroeder made me aware of the Triple Secret Random Dungeon Fate Chart of Very Probable Doom by Jeff Rients (from 2008). At the end of each session, any character still in the dungeon must roll to see if they escape.

A Review of Hot Springs Island, a hexcrawl setting, by Ben Milton:

(I really should insist on getting physical copies for my reviews, too…)

D&D 5e

The Uncanny Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons shines a light on how D&D gains popularity.


I found it interesting that Smiorgan from Department V reads some games backward for a fresh look and to avoid making assumptions: Rpg Backwards Look: Daytrippers Core.

RPG Design/Layout

Keith Hann continues with Layout Part III: The Full Monty.


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