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OSR News Roundup for February 12th, 2024

It's the second Monday in February and the we're entering into the second full week of ZineMonth. Last week I conducted the following interviews:

  • Tanuki Games, with HIC: Tapestry Toilet Roll Game, an art journaling game inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.

  • Michael Putlack, with Be Kind, Rewind, a solo journaling game about a time when video stores were a major part of your life.

  • Nessun Dove, with The Magus and the Oracle, a solo-journaling game that explores loneliness.

  • Stuart Watkinson, with The Abbott Trilogy, a set of three system-agnostic adventures.


The ZineMonth zine sale is still going on. For the entire month of February you can take 20% off all in-stock zines. There will be no Roundup next week; I will be traveling over the weekend and will not have time to put one together. With that out of the way, let's check out some other stuff that was released or announced last week!


  • I'd mentioned the rules-lite game Visceral a little while ago, and I just saw an update that the game is now available in tri-fold pamphlet format.

  • Cezar Capacle is raising funds for ZineMonth on Crowdfundr. Random Realities is an oracle designed for solo gaming, and one of the things that I think is so cool about this project is that the pdf is set up with die-rolling capabilities in the pdf itself.

  • I thought this was super clever, even though as a professional cabinet maker IKEA furniture, and their riddle-like instruction manuals, are the bane of my fucking existence. Dieku Games is Kickstarting FÄNGELSEHÅLA, an rpg laid out and designed around classic Swedish instruction manuals.

  • I saw the link for No Nazis in Valhalla floating around on social media. It's by Spooky Bell Games, and posits that, their defeat imminent, the Thule Society sends a force of important Nazi party members back in time to 865 in an attempt to ally with the Great Heathen Army. The players take the role of these heathens, intent on repelling this new threat from out of time.

  • The Book of Cosmic Creatures is a science fiction bestiary statted for Cairn and Into the Odd. It's got a wide range of creatures for your PCs to encounter.

  • Written for the Black Hack, A Disputation at Worm Rock is an adventure inspired by medieval philosophy and the disastrous voyage of Ernest Shackleton.

  • The folks at the Melsonian Arts Council are fundraising for Swyvers, an rpg of heists and swindles in a dirty, cuthroat world.

  • I don't usually plug promo pages, but Yochai Gal and Space Penguin Inc are getting ready to launch Cairn 2e, now in box set form! I've been looking forward to this for awhile.

  • Nightblade is a new, ruleslight fantasy rpg that's short and sweet but offers tactical play with an old school feel.

  • Written by Glenn Robinson, Grandma's Cottage, Inc is a good starter adventure for OSE.

  • Roderic Waibel, of Izegrim Creations, has published Castle Brookmere. A reworking of the book Return to Brookmere, by Rose Estes (and published with her permission), into a playable adventure.

  • Appendix N Entertainment has published the second volume in their quest to bring the outer planes to OSE: Devilry journeys to the Nine Hells and provides stats for devils, both generic and named.

  • One of my most used GM books is Matt Finch's Tome of Adventure Design, and he's just published City Encounters for Swords and Wizardry, a supplement to help run adventures in urban environments.

  • I'm super thrilled to announce that Sabre Games has started to stock the Salvage Union game by Leyline Press. We've got the core book, patches, and several adventures. This is an absolutely gorgeous mech rpg set in a post-apocalyptic world. You play as salvager mech pilots who scour the wasteland for salvage in scrap built mechs.

  • We've also stocked A Street Level Guide to Urban Troika, a supplement aimed at expanding the options for what to do in the Infinite City between adventures.

  • Issue 31 of Populated Hexes Monthly is in its final week of raising funds on Kickstarter. This issue, printed in classic A5 zine format, provides options to customize the clerical turn undead ability based upon which god they serve, and presents three sample deities created using the rules in Issue 30.

  • Also, the newest session of Basilisk Hills Breakdown is now live, in which the adventurers finally make the journey to Hezli, the mysterious abandoned town along a once vital trade route, and begin to explore the mysteries that are hidden within.

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