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OSR News Roundup for April 15th, 2024

It's the middle of April already, and time for another Roundup. Releases seem to come and go at different speeds, and for whatever reason I haven't managed to find many releases on itch. A reader last week asked about the best way to search for game jams. Unfortunately, while you can search the "jam" category on itch, there doesn't seem to be a good way to sort out the ttrpg ones from the digital games. Perhaps if enough people request it this is a feature itch would be willing to integrate.

  • My apologies to the authors of Mystic Punks, a ttrpg of weird punk role-playing. This project is based off the previously published solo rpg, and a quick start version of the game can be found on itch.

  • We carry a few products by Crumbling Keep, and they're currently running a Kickstarter for The Troll Hunter, a trifold pamphlet adventure written for OSE. If you're interested you should hurry up and back, as the project ends in about two days from the publication of this blog.

  • Luminary Matt Finch has just launched Swords and Wizardry Expansions, a collection of new stuff for Swords and Wizardry.

  • Cloud Empress, by Watt, is a unique and charming Nausicca-inspired setting that uses a rules-lite version of Mothership. They're currently Kickstarting Cloud Empress: Life and Death, an expansion upon the original products, which a bunch of new stuff and options. This is definitely worth a look.

  • I've mentioned projects by Wuggy before, and they've just released an urban art asset pack on itch. For 2.00 you get over 500 hand-drawn icons for use in your projects, whether personal or commercial. They're super impressive and detailed, and an absolute steal at the price point. They're in .abr format, for programs like Photoshop and GIMP. I haven't taken them out for a test drive yet to see if they work in Worldographer.

  • Robin Fjärem has released Shadow over Gloomspire, an adventure for the new and increasingly popular Dragonbane RPG. It's inspired by dark fantasy and gothic horror.

  • Robert Conley's How to Make a Fantasy Sandbox is out and available on Drivethru, along with the mini-setting the Isle of Pyade.

  • Sword of the Dragonslayer is an adventure for characters of levels 4-6 and written for OSE.

  • Wandering Mage has released a collection of six new classes for the popular Shadowdark rpg, including the assassin, troubadour, and the intriguing looking undead revenant class.

  • Ill-met in the City is a collection of urban locations that can be added to your fantasy game. It's described as having a Lankhmarian vibe, which is right up my alley in terms of tone.

  • Along with Wuggy's icon release, Elderberry Inn has released a series of icons that also use the Creative Commons license. This icon pack seems more geared towards VTT play and less towards map-making or commercial use.

  • Sam Sorenson has just released The Seas of Sand, an intriguing-looking setting designed for OSR play. The premise is that the setting is a vast desert of amorphous sand; by day ships can sail upon it, while at night the sand solidifies and can be walked upon. I'd seen this mentioned on social media over the past few weeks, and am excited to see it released.

  • The Domain, featuring art by a Roundup favorite JE Shields, is system agnostic fantasy setting that comes in at almost 300 pages.

  • I'm not sure I would ever use any of the items in 20 OSR-style Magic Items, but it is a collection of odd and unique magical items that can be added to games, perhaps as low-level trinkets to amuse your players.

  • After is billed as a "post-apocalyptic stone punk rpg", and is inspired by a wide variety of systems and settings. There are a couple of sample spreads in the titles description that do more to sell the product than any promotional blurb could.

  • I've launched a Quickstarter for Issue 33 of Populated Hexes Monthly, which picks up were Issue 32 left off with a look at adding artifacts and relics to your OSE and OSR-style games.

  • Just a reminder that I've decided that the only Third Kingdom Games books that I'll be keeping in stock will be offset versions, which means I'm putting my remaining inventory of print on demand titles on deep discount, 50% off all titles. The POD titles will still be available via Drivethrurpg and Lulu, but my goal is to only stock offset versions in my own webstore. If you'd like to pick up some books at 50% off now is the time to do so.

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