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Partial Grimoire #3 and Thanks for Donations

Partial Grimoire #3 and Thanks for Donations

While I still haven’t found all the master pages for issue #3 of The Grimoire (and fear they no longer exist), I have found the last few pages of the third issue — a complete set of rules for a “Star Trek” boardgame called “Warp Nine” with another Loubet illo: some not quite...

Help Randall and Get Grimoire Fanzine PDFs

Help Randall and Get Grimoire Fanzine PDFs

This post is all about something I don’t do that well. Asking for help. Many long time readers know that my wife is recovering successfully from oral cancer and that I worked on the original Microlite74 as way to cope during her recovery from 6 weeks of radiation treatment last year. What I’ve...

Busy Times But the Games Play On

Busy Times But the Games Play On

The last two weeks have been very full with tests and doctor’s appointments for my wife (who is still cancer free one year after radiation), computer issues, and relatives visiting. This hasn’t left me much time to blog or follow message boards (as is probably obvious to regular readers), but both Sunday games...

Dave Arneson, Co-Creator of D&D, Passes Away

Dave Arneson, Co-Creator of D&D, Passes Away

The Arneson Family has announced that Dave has passed away. Shortly after 11pm on Tuesday, April 7th, Dave Arneson passed away. He was comfortable and with family at the time and his passing was peaceful. The Arneson family would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few days, and for...

Chgowiz’s One Page Dungeon Templates

Chgowiz’s One Page Dungeon Templates

Chgowiz has produced a “dungeon sheet” — a one sheet dungeon template. The top of the page has a grid to draw a small dungeon (or area of a larger dungeon) and an area for a map key and any needed tables (e.g. wandering monsters) to the right of the map area. The...

OSRIC 2.0 is Out. Get your Free Copy NOW!

OSRIC 2.0 is Out. Get your Free Copy NOW!

OSRIC 2.0 is finally out and at about 400 pages of First Edition retro-clone goodness, it was well worth the long wait. The original version of OSRIC was only about 130 pages. While OSRIC 1.0 seemed to be designed more as an SRD for publishers, OSRIC 2.0 is definitely designed to be played...

Hidden Valley Setting, Part IV

Hidden Valley Setting, Part IV

Places in the Hidden Valley, Continued Hidden Lake This large lake is hidden in the arms of the Outer Mountains. Some say that the Black Abbey, the headquarters for all the thieves and assassins in the Hidden Valley is located on the far shore. Before this part of the valley was overrun by...

Microlite74: Release Candidate 2 Available

Microlite74: Release Candidate 2 Available

The second release candidate for Microlite74 is available. Major Changes from Release Candidate 1: Major Changes to Races: No stat bonuses, special abilities for elves, dwarves, and halflings similar to those in the first fantasy RPG.Added simple language rules.Restored “Flame Demonlord” to monster listStarted Designer’s Notes. Comments are greatly desired — and, as...

I’m a Wizard. What a Surprise (not).

I’m a Wizard. What a Surprise (not).

Your Score: Wizard 25% Combativeness, 33% Sneakiness, 94% Intellect, 41% Spirituality Brilliant! You are a Wizard! Wizards are spells-casters who study powerful arcane magic. While Wizards tend to be pretty fragile, some of those spells can pack quite a punch. Unlike Clerics, Wizards aren’t as good at fixing people as they are at...

FAST — A Simple Universal RPG

FAST — A Simple Universal RPG

In the 1990s, I spent a lot of my spare time trying to design a very simple, universal roleplaying game. I was attempting to recapture the spirit of the games I started playing in the mid-1970s. I finally decided that the best way to recapture that feeling wasn’t to create an entire new...