So, I left Lake Geneva this morning. Over breakfast I noticed my flight was going to be delayed a half hour, so when Uber arrived and asked if I wanted the scenic tour for a 5 minute longer trip, I said yes. My driver was a retired pilot from SouthWest Airlines - very interesting trip.


Gary Con - Gygax House

Sun 26 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Gary Con wrapped up today. I'll be giving some observations and recaps throughout the coming week. Tonight we did a "drive-by" of the old Gygax House. It was a bit foggy. so maybe that's where we got the halo effect on the left side of the page. Interesting ...

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Gary Con - Breakfast With the Devil and Goodman Games News

Sat 25 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

+Venger Satanis

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Huge Goodman Game Announcement Later This Morning - Gary Con

Sat 25 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

+Harley Stroh

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Behind the Table and More - Gary Con

Fri 24 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm gob smacked by the amazing people I've talked to at Gary Con and there are still 2 days to go. I know some folks say "pictures or it never happened, so here are some pictures ;)

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Gary Con Day One - Kinds Words From Frank and More

Thu 23 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

+Frank Mentzer  stopped by the Frog God booth today and gave me some amazing words of encouragement. Really appreciated and I'm very grateful. The old school is really a great community.

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Let's Talk Swords & Wizardry Light - Gary Con

Thu 23 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Gary Con officially kicks off this morning.

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Gary Con Day Zero - Setting up The Frog God

Wed 22 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Today was spent setting up the Frog God booth here at Gary Con. There is a whole lota stuff here, so someone please buy it all - else we'll have to pack it up on Sunday ;)

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Pocket Creatures Volume 2 is Almost Ready for Prime Time - More Swords & Wizardry Light Monster Madness

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Seriously, as I await RPGNow to clear Pocket Creatures Volume 1 for the market (at PWYW) Volume 2 is nearly ready to be submitted. The material in Volumes 1 and 2 were already posted at The Tavern over the past few years but have been heavily edited and rewritten for ...

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Kickstarter - Satanic Panic - Buy it - for the Children

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

What's the pitch for

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As We Await Approval from RPGNow, Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is being Released for Free in The Tavern's Facebook Community

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I don't know how much longer it is going to take to get approval at RPGNow for Pocket Creatures Volume 1. Until its approved, it won't show up for sale. With the weekend knocking on our door quickly followed by Gary Con I'd like to get this ...

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Torchlight Zine for Swords & Wizardry Light - Submissions

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've had a number of inquiries as to submissions for the upcoming Torchlight Zine. While we won't be posting submission guidelines until after Gary Con, I figured I'd address some of the basics. Torchlight is a zine to support Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light. By extension, that ...

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Bundle of Holding - Space:1889

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I first came across

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Torchlight - Mock Cover and Further Thoughts

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, I decided to mock up a cover for Torchlight. I think it looks damn inspiring myself. As for the featured articles listed, they probably will be regular features by James and I. Now, the color adds punch, even to what is otherwise B&W art. Needless to say, I ...

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Kickstarter - Clash of Steel: A Tactical Card Game of Medieval Duels

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Before I even talk about the Kickstarter itself, lets look at the graphic above. Nice art, states the buy in, players, game time and of course the name of the game. If you want your project to be effectively shared in social media, the above is a perfect example of ...

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And Just Like that, I Went with InDesign...

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Part of me wanted to strike my own path into the wild world of layout, but in the end you can't beat having friends that can hold your hand, and that's what I have opted for

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Gary Con Prep - Pocket Creatures Volumes 1 & 2 Are Printing - Swords & Wizardry Light

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

It doesn't look like I'll have a final beta of the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light rules ready for Gary Con. I MAY bring a handful of pre-edit copies. These are like Alphas. If I do bring, they will be to show and use during pick up games.

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Gary Con Prep Complete - Should Have 5 Alpha (pre-edit) Copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light to Give Out

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Phew!

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A WTF!?! Kickstarter - Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

There is SO much wrong with the Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring Kickstsarter (and yes, that is the exact title of it.) Let's see, where shall we start? 1 - Maybe the damn title itself? You can't call it Dungeons & Dragons (or Dungeons and dragons - its the same ...

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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is Live on RPGNow - PWYW So Grab a Copy

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

We're Number 4! (Hottest Small Press)

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

As of 3/20/17, at approximately 1015 PM Eastern Time,

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We're Number 1 - Hottest Small Press (43rd Hottest Overall ;) - Pocket Creatures Volume 1

Tue 21 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I woke up to a wonderful surprise.

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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is Laid Out and Done for Swords & Wizardry Light

Wed 15 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I started thinking "layout" earlier today as it comes to the Torchlight Zine, so what better way to get myself in the right mindset than to start laying out the Pocket Creature collection. No longer sure we will have a print ready copy of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light ready for ...

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Looking for Advice on Adobe Indesign Alternatives...

Wed 15 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm looking to take over layout duties with the Torchlight Zine. I've heard nothing but good about Indesign - except for its pricing. I think I'd be paying for more horsepower than I need and certainly for more than I'll make my money back on. While you ...

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White Star and the White Star Companion go Pay What You Want - PDF & Print!

Tue 14 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The gaming community just funded 

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TSR Tuesday - New Print on Demand Title - Villains' Lorebook (2e)

Tue 14 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'll be honest. I don't recall the

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Update - Free Operation: White Box PDF With $5+ Pledge - There is a Fund to Send James Spahn to North Texas RPG Con

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I know I posted about this on Saturday, but +Pete Spahn (no relation to James) has sweetened the pot. Now, every pledge at $5 or more gets a copy of Operation: White Box - the OSR rpg set in WWII. Normally 8 bucks in PDF (currently on sale for $5.59 ...

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Torchlight - How the Genre Themed Issues Will Work (SWL)

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Barbarians. Natives. Berserkers. They are called many things, but nothing defines them more than their distaste for civilization and magic. Well, perhaps their loyalty to their friends and their enmity towards nearly everyone else. Fearless on the field of battle, many have been known to work themselves into a rage ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part V - White Star Edition

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part V - White Star Edition Yep, its time to make some  OSR Picks for the current  GM's Sale at RPGNow . This post is  Part V.  Part I  ,   Part II  , Part III and Part IV are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase ...

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Podcast - Hobbs & Friends of the OSR

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I had emergency uncle duties today (sick niece home from school) so I was finally able to catch up on some podcast listening. On the ride home I listened to the first episode of

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Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light Updates and Other Assorted Tavern Stuff

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

+Stephen Newton was gracious enough to offer his services to edit the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light Rules. I've updated the source document with most of the recommendations. Any remaining mistakes are mine and mine alone. I should be ready to start printing the Gary Con copies this coming Monday ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VI - Last Four Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than four days left to the RPGNow GM's Day Sale. And yes, there's more OSR picks to be had :) This post is  Part VI. Part I  ,   Part II  , Part III, Part IV and Part V are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase goes to ...

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Why Less is Sometimes Something More and What I Learned from S&W White Box and Applied to S&W Light

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

In part this is in response to a recent discussion about minimalism in the OSR, but in reality it is something more. Its an observation of

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VII - Last Three Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than three days left to the 

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There is a Fund to Send James Spahn to North Texas RPG Con

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

James M. Spahn is a freelance writer and game designer for the roleplaying industry who has created a myriad of works loved by many. His works are among such titles as Swords & Wizardry , The One Ring RPG , White Star , and many others. This summer, his talent and works may finally ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part VIII - Last Two Days Countdown

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, there's less than three days left to the  RPGNow GM's Day Sale. And yes, there's more OSR picks to be had :) Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes - Every adventure published by +Jeff Talanian  / North Wind Adventures is excellent or better. Grab one or grab them all ...

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Kickstarter - The Umerican Survival Guide (DCC RPG Compatible Post Apocalyptic Setting)

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The Umerican Survival Guide is a DCC RPG Compatible Post Apocalyptic setting book. While it can not declare compatibility with the soon to be released Mutant Crawl Classics (MCC) as MCC is compatible with DCC, all three should work fine with each other IMO. +Reid San Filippo approached me last ...

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Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light Updates and News - 3/12/17

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Gary Con is going to have some major SWL stuff going on. +Zach Glazar , +Michael Badolato and myself will have some goodies to give out. Folders, folios, character cards and even two dozen or some copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light - taking your games to level seven. SWCL will be ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part IX - Last 24 Hours and Counting! Last post in the Series!

Mon 13 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, we are under the 24 hour mark for time remaining i the RPGNow GM's Sale. These will be my last picks. That doesn't mean if something didn't make my pick list that it wasn't good - it probably means I ran out of space.

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Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Where the Cool Grogs of the OSR Hang!

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Just two weeks to Gary Con. Which means in two weeks, I won't be hosting Tavern Chat - as I'll be at my first Gary Con. Still, plenty of stuff to talk about tonight. Maybe even some rare old school collectibles that will be auctioned of in The Tavern ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part IV

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its time to make some  OSR Picks for the current  GM's Sale at RPGNow . This post is  Part IV. Part I  ,   Part II  and Part III are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase goes to support  The Tavern and associated costs for projects like  Swords & Wizardry Light and ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale - Part II

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its time to make some OSR Picks for the current GM's Sale at RPGNow. Lost City of the Dwarves Part 1:Discovery - an OSRIC solo adventure, it is really well done - "The refined OSRIC-compatible adventure system (old school d20 RPG) has a minimal learning time but covers the ...

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OSR Picks for the GM's Day Sale, Part III

Wed 08 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its time to make some OSR Picks for the current GM's Sale at RPGNow. This post is Part III. Part I and Part II are linked. Remember, 5% of your purchase goes to support The Tavern and associated costs for projects like Swords & Wizardry Light and the upcoming ...

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Kickstarter - Fosc Anansi - RPG Adventure Module - 1E & 5E

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Fail Squad Games / 

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Bundle of Holding - Designers. Dragons & More

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, this is for the gaming historian in you - Designers, Dragons & More. Designers & Dragons is probably the best history of RPGs that you can find, and this is coming from a guy who has his BA in History. I'm a history buff, but this is enjoyable reading even if ...

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Deal of the Day - GM's Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing (System Neutral Edition) - (Note - 90 minutes left at posting)

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, I missed this yesterday and the sale price ends at 1059 Eastern Time this morning, so you have just over 90 minutes to score your copy of

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Kickstarter - The Book of Passion (OGL 3.75; Mature Audiences)

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm certainly NO expert on the matter, but I'm guessing they used "3.75" instead of "Pathfinder" exactly because of that, i.e., they cannot use the Pathfinder logo. How convenient. Kickstarter rules clearly forbid multiple simultaneous projects. But even though the "risks" ection of this project brags ...

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It's Wednesday - Tonight is a Tavern Chat Night! 930 Eastern - Be There or Be Not

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, today is a Tavern Chat Night - 930 Eastern - in that little chat box on the right side of this page. As a side note, I will not be hosting Tavern Chat in three weeks time. I will be at Gary Con. or maybe I will be hosting - who knows ...

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Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Swords & Wizardry Light Release

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Perhaps a release at Gary Con...

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The Return of Alternity - at Least in Name

Tue 07 March 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Sasquatch Game Studio is pleased to announce the return of Alternity (TM), a modular science fiction roleplaying game where you create your own future! The game system will launch in 2017 with a 256+ page hardbound book. The game, which shares a name and heritage with a popular RPG from ...

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