Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday OSRIC!

On this day 10 years ago, OSRIC was first shown to the world. Thanks to Papers & Paychecks and Mythmere for helping people feel comfortable making for-profit products for 1e, and getting them into stores. More importantly — thanks for helping people learn & understand AD&D!

What the critics said:

"This is official notice that I'm making the OSRIC owners aware that they have failed to comply with the terms of the OGL, and have thirty days to fix it." Steven J. Ege, who isn't at all affiliated with WotC, lol!)

"I wouldnt touch that with a 10' pole." Clark Peterson, of Necromancer Games

Monday, June 20, 2016

Illustrations for The Sorcerer

My buddy Alex added some illustrations to his table copy of The Sorcerer. Here are a couple...

Demon of Ideas

Thief picks a fighter's pocket. Assassin murders a sorcerer.
I need to scan these, increase the contrast, and try to drop them into the pdf. He may be willing to clean up and/or ink a couple of them. Cool!

Edit: New version of the pdf uploaded with five of Alex's illustrations added!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

AD&D Equipment & Encumbrance Summary

For my AD&D campaign, I made a pdf combining the equipment cost & encumbrance details from the PHB and DMG. It unifies the different weapon tables in the PHB plus other relevant weapon notes from the DMG and elsewhere (including one of my house rules). The idea is to collect & organize just the info in the PHB and DMG (but not UA, because I don't use it), without attempting to resolve any of the gray areas with respect to equipment, encumbrance or movement rate.

This is a newer iteration than the one we actually use in my home game, and I haven't had a chance to use this version yet in a real game. The fine folks at the Knights & Knaves Alehouse have thrown their eyes on it and helped me fix a couple minor issues. If you see any glitches, let me know.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Old School Pregenerated Character Library

Get your tournament/convention pregenerated characters here!

All these downloadable characters are ready to print and hand out to players, with gear, spells, and other necessary details already set up.

Want your pregens added to the library? Make a note in the comments below. They must be free and ready to print & hand out. If you depend on a ref/player to transcribe them onto character sheets, I'm not gonna list yours here. This list is only for AD&D, OD&D, B/X D&D, their clones (OSRIC, S&W, LL, etc.), plus a few others that I like — Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea; Stormbringer 1st-3rd ed.; maybe Gamma World or Metamorphosis Alpha.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

15 characters, 9th-15th level (source Allan Grohe based on Giants & Drow-series pregens, with changes)
12 characters, 8th-14th level (source: Allan Grohe transcribed from Giants & Drow-series modules)
9 characters, 8th-14th level (source Rich Franks transcribed from Giants & Drow-series modules)
15 characters, 5th-11th level (source: Allan Grohe)
8 characters, 6th-10th level, uses Unearthed Arcana (source: T. Foster)
8 characters, 5th-9th level (source: transcribed from S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth)
8 characters, 6th-8th level, uses Unearthed Arcana + some house rules (source: Bedivere)
21 characters, 3rd-8th level (source: Motley Jerks)
10 characters, 4th-7th level (source: Joseph Browning)
10 characters, 4th-7th level (source: Joseph Browning)
9 characters, 3rd-6th level (source: transcribed from A1 & A2 Slave Lords modules)
8 characters, 3rd-5th level (source: Allan Grohe based on Seren Ironhand pregens, with changes)
8 characters, 3rd-4th level, some illegal class+race combos (source: Peter Darley)

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea

8 characters, 6th-7th level (source: Rich Franks)
17 characters, 1st-2nd level (source: Handy Haversack)

Planet Eris House Rules (for OD&D)

(Get the Planet Eris House Rules here)
11 characters, 6th-7th level (source: Rich Franks)

Swords & Wizardry

10 characters, 7th level, over-inflated hp (source: Nathan Panke)
4 characters, 1st level, mediocre formatting (source: Hall of Bones module)

Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons

6 characters, 3rd level, for Moldvay/Cook (source: Rich Franks)
7 characters, 1st level, for Holmes (source: Zenopus Archives)

Labyrinth Lord

480 characters, 1st-6th level, mundane equipment not listed, 4-per-page (source: Björn Wärmedal)
9 characters, 1st-2nd level (source: Rich Franks)