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07 Oct 2017

Reading Update and Bundle of Holding - Don't Miss It!

Here are a quick update and a reminder about the Lamentations of the Flame Princess bundle.

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Bundle of Holding

Only available until Monday, Oct 9th!

Well, I dropped the ball on the Lamentations of the Flame Princess +2 Bundle of Holding.
It contains a lot of excellent gaming material, even if you don’t play LotFP (like I do).

For the base price of $14.95, you’ll get Kiel Chenier’s award-winning adventure Blood in the Chocolate plus other stuff like Carcosa (weird science fantasy setting) or Death Frost Doom 2e.

But you might want to check out the bonus collection. It comes with Veins of the Earth (Patrick Stuart & Scrap Princess), The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem (my review here) and Broodmother Skyfortress (Jeff Rients).
Broodmother Skyfortress is one of the best books on game mastering advice for old-school D&D.
The bonus collection has a “level-up threshold” price at ~ $28.

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to the charity.

And one lucky bonus tier purchaser will also win one of every LotFP book that the author, James Raggi, has in stock. Fingers crossed!


I’m reading Fog, Dust, and Glowing Embers at the moment.
I love the setting at the cusp of the industrial age, mixed with alchemy, numerology, etc. - it reminds me of the Mistborn novels.
The artwork is impressive, too.
The game uses a simple d6 system. You roll a white die (challenge difficulty) and a black die (your skills etc.). You take the difference and try to score successes with your black die.

I’m reading a draft of The Black Hack Edition 2.
It’s gone from under 20 pages to around 120 pages. I can’t say much about it yet. But I noticed that the game now has a lot of tools and tables for the Game Master. Die Drop Tables for treasure, NPC generators, advice on how to run dungeons, a sample adventure - such things.

I’m writing a review for the Exodus System SRD by Jacob D. Ross.
It is an old school game inspired by The Black Hack but also newer games like Numenera. There are some interesting bits in it. For example, with character creation you can mix different roles (a combat role like Tank with a party role like Technician and a flavor like Companions and Defense).

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