I've been sitting on a couple of releases from the end of 2016 / beginning of 2017 that I've intended to review but just haven't had the time to do more that a quick flip through - until this past week. Being sick and spending lots of time in bed is beneficial to those that like reading PDFs on their tablets. That me. I prefer reading on my tablet to the computer screen.


Sale - Far Away Land RPG - Best RPG that isn't SWL ;)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I do love Far Away Land. The art, the writing, the simplicity with unexpected depth. Oh, and the humor. Deadpan and subtle and oh so effective. Did I mention even I picked up on the rules within minutes? You'll notice its OSR roots even if it isn't an ...

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Empire of Imagination - 30 Kindle Copies Sold Yesterday!

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, 30 copies of Empire of Imagination were sold via The Tavern's Amazon affiliate link yesterday. That is simply amazing. I'm sure more copies were sold today. At $1.99 for the Kindle version of the book (at least in the US) its a hard price to beat ...

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Kickstarter - Treasure Decks for 5th Edition (Nord Games)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yes, its for 5e. I know. A game I'm more than willing to be a player in but have no desire to run.

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Sale - Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons - $1.99 in Kindle Format on Amazon

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I own the hardcover and read just over the first half of the book. While at times I found it to be slow to progress, as a historical look back on the creation of Dungeons & Dragons (and what led to Gary being the man that he was) its pretty good ...

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Kickstarter - Dice Base: Master - Magnetic Game Screen - RPG and Tabletop

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I really don't need more clutter on my gaming shelf.

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Beneath The Battered Dwarf Tavern - A Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Part 4 - Splish Splash!

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Part 1,   Part 2 , Part 3 as well as  the ideas behind it all . The south door of Room #3 is slightly ajar. Upon opening the door the party will see a passageway, 5' wide, heading south before turning east. After turning the corner the party will notice that the ...

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Creature Collectanea - Krimple (SWC & SWL)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

When found walking the earth or its dungeon depths they will have often already caused trouble for others and have remained in the area to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Krimples are only found singularly, as working in pairs has led to Krimple-cide or worse. Krimples stand 3' tall ...

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Ideas for Those That Don't Mind Their Campaigns Topping Out at Level 3

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Well, you could convert your campaign to Swords & Wizardry Complete. I'll be putting together some conversion guidelines in the next few weeks. Its mostly common sense and is certainly an easy way to continue your campaign. In the next few months we'll be releasing the Swords & Wizardry Expert ...

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Tonight We Playtest "Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern" for Swords & Wizardry Light

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been releasing parts of Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern, an introductory adventure for Swords & Wizardry Light in pieces here at The Tavern. You can read what's been released so far here. Most of it is written up in the manner it has been posted on the blog ...

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What Do You Give to Someone That "Allegedly Stole" Nearly $70k from Nearly 800 Backers for the Third Anniversary of "The Alleged Theft?"

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Three years as of February 5th. Yep, 2/5/14 is a day that will live in Kickstarter infamy. The day the Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series funded and #ConManKen started counting his gold. Fools and their money were already parted - now he just needed something to ...

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Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern - Playtest Recap - Stop Ghouling Around! (Part 1)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, last night we got the old group back together, more or less, and kicked of the new Swords & Wizardry Light campaign with a playtest of Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern, a SWL Introductory Adventure. I also allowed the use of any of the classes currently written for the SWL ...

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ConManKen - Felony Theft by Deception? Say it Isn't So!

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yup, the imaginary police have been here every day since his threat. I've been imaginarily arrested, tried, found guilty, and executed for the crime of being mean to Ken. It just makes me sickened to see folks scamming for a living these days. I am sure its gone on ...

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Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern - Playtest Recap - Are You Laughing at Me?!? (Part 2)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, Saturday night we got the old group back together, more or less, and kicked off the new Swords & Wizardry Light campaign with a playtest of Beneath the Battered Dwarf Tavern, a SWL Introductory Adventure. I also allowed the use of any of the classes currently written for the SWL ...

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State of the Tavern Keeper - Its Snot Right!

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I am quite literally under the weather today, as it is raining here in NYC. Yesterday I awoke with congestion and before dinner, it was a fill blown cold.

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Beneath The Battered Dwarf Tavern - A Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Part 5 - Laughter in the Darkness

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Part 1,   Part 2 , Part 3, Part 4 as well as  the ideas behind it all . Laughter in the darkness, just at the edge of your hearing. Was it real or just your imagination? Room 7 is the location of a Krimple. You'll need to read up on this ...

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#ConManKen - THIS is How You Go About Filing Criminal Charges - Don't Make any Longterm Plans

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Edit: Wow Kenny! Is this an attempt to pay off possible witnesses? Note, its a question. Besides, you don't have the cash. You'd need Marcus for that... Now, #ConManKen - watch what you say. You DO KNOW the authorities are watching you and probably reading these posts.

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Stock Art - Publisher's Choice - Fantasy Collection - Over 450 Quality Public Domain Images

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

This collection of Public Domain stock art has been hand-picked and presented in this massive download for you to use in your own products. Now, we didn't just grab some public domain art and toss it together, each image has been adjusted, modified, cleaned, and prepped for your use ...

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Troll Lord Sales - Bluffside in Print 10 Bucks - PDFs 50% Off or More at RPGNow

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The Trolls have two sales going on...

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Tavern Chat - Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Hopefully I'll be Awake and Join You...

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Today is Wednesday, meaning tonight is a

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Kickstarter - Kev Adams / Tim Prow Oldhammer Goblin Miniatures

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

My love for miniatures knows no bounds. Sadly, my skill at painting such is greatly limited. Still, lack of skill does not preclude me from enjoying said miniatures in their native state.

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Bundle of Holding - Advanced Adventures (Expeditious Retreat Press)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Let me start this by saying I believe I have all of these releases in print (hardcover compilations) and just bought them in PDF for the sheer convenience of reading in bed (and maps for VTT gaming) There price just can't be beat.

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What is Swords & Wizardry Continual Light? Oh, and other SWL updates

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

What is Swords & Wizardry Continual Light? Oh, and other SWL updates Some of you may remember my discussion of a project called Swords & Wizardry Extra Light, where we ( +James Spahn , +Zach Glazar and myself) were going to take Swords & Wizardry Light to Seventh Level in about 16 digest sized pages ...

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Bearmageddon - From Axe Cop Co-Creator Ethan Nicolle and an assist by Sanctum Media (DCC RPG Podcast)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Sanctum Media is pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle in an effort to bring his latest project to life. Bearmaggedon tells the story of a group of slackers and a mountain man caught up in an ursine war on humans. Bearmageddon ...

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Free RPG - Mazes & Minotaurs 2017 Anniversary Edition - Now on RPGNow

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

You know about

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And thus begins work on The Hidden Sanctum of the Blood Cult

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been under the weather all week, literally since I woke up Monday morning. I am the definition of the tag line for Nyquil (Sniffling, Sneezing, Coughing, Aches & Fever) Which means many things, not the least of which is the cancelation of tonight's game with the B-Team, probably ...

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Kickstarter - Game of Dragons - Trial 4 (If at first you DON'T succeed, try, try again...)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

There needs to come a point where you say to yourself: "Maybe I need to let this one go..."

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Finding the True Trends of an Active Kickstarter via Kicktraq

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

You ever look at Kicktraq? It has interesting stats and projections about currently funding Kickstarter projects. Now, as I'm sure you've heard elsewhere, number can lie. That is not true. They can, however, mislead. Its all in the presentation.

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Creature Collectanea - Cave Otter (SWC & SWL)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'll be writing up a series of creatures for Swords & Wizardry using various sources of public domain art for inspiration. The Cave Otter is the first in the series. The Cave Otter appears to be a cross between an otter and a wild boar. While primarily found deep in ...

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Nearly 1 AM and The Tavern Lights are Still On

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

If you missed it, you can always scroll through the chat log.

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Far West - The Dog Ate My Project - New Excuse, Same Results

Sun 12 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, what's the first Far West update of 2017? Computer problems, so Gareth can't do layout. Now, mind you, we were supposed to get a work in progress before the end of last year. We didn't. Official explanation? None. But there was some blaming of Attorney Generals.

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Its Wednesday and that Means Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern

Wed 01 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, tonight is another Tavern Chat. Let general mayhem ensue! Or major mayhem. Maybe sergeant mayhem? Anyhow, its always a good time. Topics range from, well, practically everything. I do expect the call from PETA to do away with "fur" on Warhammer 40k minis will get a mention.

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Beneath The Battered Dwarf Tavern - A Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Part 3

Wed 01 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Part 1 and Part 2 as well as the ideas behind it all. When the party drops from the storeroom (room #2) to the hallway below, they will find the hallway lit by a magical glowing torch. The torch can be removed from the sconce it is held by. As ...

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For Those that Missed Monday Night's Tavern Talk Uncut, Here are Some Quick Swords & Wizardry Light Updates

Wed 01 February 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

If you have the time, watch / listen to this past Monday's Tavern Talk Uncut - Episode # 3. You'll get some interesting info on what lies in the future for Swords & Wizardry Light, some insight into how it came to be and some upcoming projects for Frog God Games. Now ...

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Kickstarter - The Ultimate Apocalyptic Planet - 77 Worlds RPG James M Ward

Tue 31 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The Ultimate Apocalyptic Planet - 77 Worlds RPG by James M Ward. Or is it The Blasted Earth: The Ultimate Apocalyptic Planet? What about the Lost 77 Worlds? I'm confused already. First, look at the art / splash above. Personally, I think it looks like shit. It tells me nothing about ...

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PETA - Boldly Going Where No Sane Group Should Go - Trying to Make Games Workshop "Fur Free"

Tue 31 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I first saw this yesterday and initially figured it HAD to be a joke. PETA, the animal advocacy group, wants Games Workshop (Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, etc) to stop sporting figures with fur. Now, follow this. This are "miniatures" - they are not real. Which means that any fur detailed is not ...

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And Here I Thought it was an Email about Swords & Wizardry...

Tue 31 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Ah well, guess not. I HAVE been fielding a number of questions regarding publishing supplements and adventures for

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An 11 Year Old Runs a Session of Swords & Wizardry Light - and she LIKES it :)

Tue 31 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'd like to thank +Christopher Bishop for the excellent post at his Rolling Bones Blog. Nothing warms my heart as much as seeing my little offering to the gaming community find a proper home. The fact that the home it has found is with Chris' 11 year old daughter ...

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Kickstarter - One Hundred Dungeons: A Make/100 Dungeons Project (Crowdfunded and Crowdsourced)

Mon 30 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

2 - Its crowdsourced - "everyone who backs at the Dungeon Builder level (up to 100 backers) will become an active participant in the creation of this Mega Dungeon. You will be able to see and comment on layouts, room elements, traps, monsters, quests, and even the overarching storyline. You can be ...

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Tavern Talk Uncut # 3 - Livestream Link Enclosed

Mon 30 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Live at 7ish PM tonight.

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Beneath The Battered Dwarf Tavern - A Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Part 2

Mon 30 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I realize in retrospect that we didn't discuss Turning Undead in the previous post. If the Ghoul is successfully turned (requiring a roll of 13 or better on 3d6 by a 1st level Cleric) it will attempt to flee. In this case, it will attempt to flee whence it ...

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Tavern Talk Live Uncut Vidcast # 3 - Livestream @ 7 PM Eastern Tonight

Mon 30 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Can you believe it? We are actually sneaking a third Tavern Talk Live Uncut Vidcast into the month of January. Join +Zach Glazar and myself and a live audience (live and able to chat and ask questions via chat- not live as in "studio audience" ;). Ask us about Swords & Wizardry ...

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Patreon - James Spahn is Creating Old School Roleplaying Games

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

You know +James Spahn I hope. The man behind White Star, the various White Box supplements and of course more Labyrinth Lord classes than you can shake a stick at. He's also a co-conspirator on Swords & Wizardry Light. I'll bet you didn't know James has a Patreon ...

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My Goal With the Swords & Wizardry Light Starter Adventure - Assume Little and Explain Everything

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

In the first encounter I explain how to roll initiative, what happens if the initiative rolls are ties, what happens if a PC is hit by the ghoul and fail their save and the like. In a way, its the exact opposite of the succinct presentation of the SWL rules ...

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Kickstarter - How to Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck (Goodman Games)

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

How to Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck

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Kickstarter - Alternative Facts - A Hilarious Card Game by Frog God Games

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Inspired by current events BUT not by politics itself - or maybe its the other way around. Damn facts get subjective at times, don't they? What is NOT subjective is the minds behind this little project - +Matt Finch and Krista Webb (along with enablers +Bill Webb and +Zach Glazar ) With ...

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Frog God Games to Support Starfinder (and the release of the Starfinder Compatibility License)

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

No, I don't know any details but I do listen for rumors. Once I have some I'll pass it on.

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Why Play a Retroclone When You Can Get the Original Rules via Print on Demand?

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm sure everyone has their own answer to this question but I'll give mine for what little it is worth: Twice a month, on Thursday Night's, I play in a very wacky, drop in - drop out, AD&D 1e campaign. The group consists of grogs that have ...

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Kickstarter - Miniature RPG Terrain Wood Furniture (There's a F@ckin' Tavern!)

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

My God! This is so damn sweet! The Miniature RPG Terrain Wood Furniture Kickstarter has a tavern option. More accurately, multiple tavern options. The Kickstarter has about 5 weeks to go and it is already funded. Andy "Cosmo-Joe" Watkins has offered to send me a sample to review and I ...

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Swords & Wizardry Light Campaign Kickoff Adventure - Picking Up Where I Left Off

Sun 29 January 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

A foul looking creature bursts forth from the storeroom of the Battered Dwarf Tavern. It holds a gnawed arm in its mouth as it surveys the dinner crowd. The arm drops to the floor with a thump as it softly slurs the word "buffet." The bartender, an old and bearded ...

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