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OSR News Roundup for January 29th, 2024

It's the last Monday in January, which means that ZineMonth is right around the corner. I'm sure I'll keep banging this drum over the next month or so, and I hope y'all will humor me with this. There are three places you can go to check out the projects on tap this year:

And, of course, I'll be keeping as up to date as I can here. There's going to be a lot going on, of course, and if you're a creator or know of something I should spotlight the best way to make sure it gets included is to message me.

Also, just to gripe for a second, this is the first Roundup I've written using Drivethrurpg's new site, and, I gotta say, I'm not lovin' it. It makes browsing difficult. Of course, it could just be that I'm old and stuck in my ways.

  • Cities of Constant Rain is an analog techpunk game put out by Roachtrout. It's inspired by media such as Strange Days, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Escape from New York, and more.

  • David Blandy has put out some great stuff (Lost Eons is something I'd love to get back in stock), and they've just released The Art Lover, a mini-dungeon for Cairn written in memorial of Jennell Jaquays.

  • Runecairn is one of the more popular indie games that we carry, and Colin Le Sueur, the author (you can read my interview with him here) is running a KS for a remastered version of Runecairn Wardensaga.

  • Sad Fishe Games has published Expanded Magick Weapons for EZD6, a d66 list of unique and interesting magic items. It can be adapted to other OSR adacent systems easily.

  • Unnatural Selections, Vol. 2, is bestiary of monsters for use with Mutant Crawl Classics, released by Dandyline Games.

  • Eric Bloat has released a Referee's Screen for one of my favorite releases from last year: Dark Places and Demogorgon's, his love letter to Stranger Things and kids on bikes.

  • I'm not familiar with the work of Downsized Press, but they've just released Downsized Dungeons, Vol. 1, a short 5-room dungeon designed to be filler for the Referee to use in between adventurers, as a one-shot, or an easy addition to a hexcrawl-style game.

  • Dyson Logos needs no introduction, and they've just released Strange Stones, a collection of tables to use to generate standing stones. Like Dyson, standing stones have been a fascination of mine, and I make liberal use of adding them to adventures and hexcrawls.

  • I'm also a sucker for barrows, and Woeful Barrows and Other Places is a collection of almost 100 pages worth of barrows and barrow-themed adventures, written for Shadowdark.

  • Written for Forbidden Psalms, Frozen Psalms is a collection of five scenarios set in arctic climates, and also include new rules for adventuring in the cold.

  • Raging Swan Press has published Dread Shrine of the Supreme Warlord, an OSR adventure for characters of level 1-2. It's set in their default setting, but can be adapted to other locations with relative ease.

  • Aron Clark has made available a copy edit of the classic adventure The Lichway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of D&D. They revised and edited it to make it more accessible and easier to run at the table.

  • The Into the Wild Omnibus is now available in print and pdf through Drivethrurpg and pdf only through the Sabre Games website. I've just gotten the print proof for the offset book, so that is underway, as well. This book combines A Guide to Thieves' Guilds, Filling in the Blanks, and Into the Wild into a single, 380+ page book.

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