Labyrinth Lord vs. Castle Keeper in MORTAL KOMBAT

24 03 2012

Maybe not quite. But over at Dragonsfoot, I just posted some of the reasons that Faster Monkey products sport the Labyrinth Lord Compatible logo.

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You know you have something worthwhile when someone steals it.

1 03 2012

oh crap...So LTTP a bit… or 30 years early. Anyway. Wizards more-or-less simultaneously announces 5th edition, calling for input from fans, and plans to re-issue the AD&D books.

Why would they do either of these things? Money. Duh. And I’m going to arrogantly suggest that the OSR, in its metastasized giant form, is responsible.

5E is vaporware, a concept generated because Pathfinder started outselling 4E. Raggi’s response, as many have noted, is hilarious.

AD&D is being reissued because someone noticed that some people were making money– a little money at least– by publishing their own versions of the rules.

Simple as that. Say what you like but the people at Wizards are not dumb. We in the OSR should be flattered that we are worth crushing.





Lesserton and Mor revealed!

1 03 2011

In many ways the heart of Eastern Valnwall, the majestic ruins of Mor and the nearby town of Lesserton offer some of the best –and worst– that the region has to offer. No adventurer traveling to these lands would pass up an opportunity to delve the sprawling rubble of Mor, or to enjoy the spoils from his efforts in Lesserton’s gambling halls, fleshpots, and taverns.





In Praise of Penny Arcade’s Gabriel

9 04 2010

So, it seems that many of our fellow soldiers in the Old School Revolution have their coifs in a kerfuffle over a post by Mike “Gabriel” Krahulik of Penny Arcade. Particular schpilkis results from his concluding line:

Maybe seeing for just a night what it was like back then, will give them a greater appreciation of the game they’re playing now.

There’s no need for me to recap the many offended opinions bouncing around the net like Han Solo blasting away in a trash compactor. However, as a fan of PA and an OSR designer, I must carve my own tiny digital initials in the wall of opinion.

Gabe rocks. Seriously. I don’t play 4e and don’t plan to, but before you comment about his influence: have you read all his gaming posts? This guy started DMing just a few months ago and his sessions and ideas have quickly climbed great heights of creativity and fun. It’s almost as if he’s been thinking creatively about games, challenges, and player perspective for years on a professional level.

Yes, his concluding sentence calls the old rules painful, but out of innocent ignorance, not calculated malice. He represents many thousands of people who never played any old D&D, largely because they weren’t even born.

To newbies like Gabe and his players, the OSR does not even exist. Or it didn’t before his post. Without this entry, these folks would no more try a game of Labyrinth Lord than mine their own iron. An affectionate glance backward, and I think it is affectionate, from an internet pinnacle like PA draws many eyeballs along. Some will stick. Even Gabe might find out that he likes some of the detail and flavor offered by an artifact from the primitive era before World of Warcraft.

If not, what’s the harm?