The Glatisant: Issue #38
The Old-School DnD Newsletter from Questing Beast
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Castles and Crusades (one of the first OSR systems) has a huge sale at Humble Bundle where you can get $395 worth of books for just $18. A total of 37 books in all, only 3 days left.
The Warhammer 40k RPG (the d100 system, not Wrath and Glory) is also on sale, with $743 worth of books for $25.
Ten Foot Pole gives his “Best” award to two adventures: The Secret of Black Crag and The Forest of Gornate.
Dododecahedron reviews the PbtA/OSR mashup Realms of Peril.
Seed of Worlds reviews the mini-sandbox adventure Where the Wheat Grows Tall.
Save Vs. Total Party Kill reviews Patrick Stuart’s Demon Bone Sarcophagus.
The Alexandrian reviews the new D&D movie.
Matt Colville walks you through Castle Amber (and has a shout out to one of my videos!)
At Questing Beast, I review Aberrant Reflections, a very clever puzzle dungeon with overlapping dimensions.
I also take a look at Vermis, a guide book to a horror game that doesn’t exist. Packed with delightfully eerie art and ideas to steal for your campaign.
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A 4th edition of Whitehack is in the works.
Luka at Wizard Thief Fighter lays out the roadmap for his upcoming RPG Synthetic Dream Machine and the 2nd edition of Ultraviolet Grasslands.
Robin D. Laws is leveraging the surreal nature of AI generators to make art for his upcoming Legions of Carcosa book.
Chaosium announces a new edition of the Basic Roleplaying game engine.
Games Workshop announces a streamlined 10th edition of Warhammer 40k, softening the blow for people who just got into 9th edition by promising to release all of the army and unit rules for free. They’re also making the smart move of selling boxes of pre-balanced mini-armies for each faction, so you can grab two boxes and play.
At Questing Beast, I try to tier rank a whole bunch of RPG publisher logos.
The Dwarf in the Glass: a mirror dungeon for the GLOG and other OSR rulesets by Arnold K (of Goblin Punch) and Phlox.
Jason Thompson has released the Quickstart rules for his Dreamland RPG, along with the starter adventure The Paradise of the Unchanging.
From Trilemma Adventures: The Terrible Salt
The Dungeon23 project continues, with participants creating a megadungeon over the course of a single year. One of my favorite projects is Zedeck Siew’s, who is creating a new scenario each week filled with beautiful art.
Sam Mameli is creating a more traditional dungeon, floor by floor.
Theory and GM Advice
Sheep and Sorcery: The Players are Looking for Trouble
Dreaming Dragonslayer: The Two Rules
RPG Diegesis: Fantasy TTRPG Actual Plays I like
At Questing Beast, I discuss different ways to convert your players to the old-school ways.
Gundobad Games: Party Stances for Dungeon Turns
Creative Game Life: Zine Making and Book Binding for TTRPG Adventures
Goblin Punch: How to Handle Parley as an OSR DM
Grumpy Wizard: How do I Play a First Level Magic User?
Luke Gearing: Bullet Points vs Prose
The Alexandrian: The Railroader’s Fallacy
Dieku Games interviews Joel Hines (Desert Moon of Karth) and Vasili Kaliman (The Night Land).
Whose Measure God Would Not Take: Meaningful Terrain Generation
Was it Likely?: Laws of the Land: meaningful terrain via in-fiction limits and conditions
Throne of Salt: 12 Cultural Relics of the Post-Event Age and Some Thoughts About Language in RPGs
Haruspex’s Hovel: A Manuscript Recovered from the Personal Effects of One “Nicholas Fleming” Following His Mysterious Disappearance on the 22nd of March, 1997
GoranGligovic on twitter has posted art from some (imaginary) animated movies of Earthsea and Elric.
Coins and Scrolls begins sketching out a scifi setting, and even has a great piece of fiction set there.
Goblin Punch: Antimodrons
A fantastic martial arts movie concept:
That’s it for this month, see you in the next one! This newsletter makes use of affiliate links, which help support Questing Beast at no cost to you.