Alright. I've done some research, so it SHOULD work in theory, just need to test how WELL it works in practice.


Kickstarter - Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs (System Neutral)

Tue 23 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

In the way back, before I was a blogger, before I was a cop, before I worked retail - I was a college student. Not thinking so clearly back in the fall of 85 I decided to defer my major and just take the core requirements and classes that interested me ...

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Deal of the Day - Gloamhold Campaign Guide (System Neutral)

Mon 22 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Today's Deal of the Day

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Kickstarter - Endless RPG: A Random Dungeon Generator for Pen & Paper

Mon 22 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern
  • When the creator says he needs to purchase art assets, he isn't kidding. - Amazing instructions on "Solo Play": - Even better instructions on "Group Play": Certainly not meant for me nor my play style nor what I would consider an RPG. Well, it isn't an RPG. There obviously is ...
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Weekend Wrap Up - Home, Away and Possible Tavern Chat Facebook Live Dry Run later this Week

Sun 21 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm home now. Rach and I spent Friday afternoon through noon today in the Poconos. My God, we hadn't been there since last November. What a beautiful little weekend vacation it was. Saw deer, wilt turkeys and thankfully no bear this weekend ;)

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ConManKen Has Inspired an App - Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms is in The Works

Sat 20 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Earlier today I was contacted by an app development company to ask if I would be interested in licensing my throw away concept of a #ConManKen game titled Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms. I know the company - they are a small studio that does excellent work and fun games so I ...

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ConManKen Collects ANOTHER Un-Diagnosed Mental Disability - Did I Hear BINGO!?!

Fri 19 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Ah, #ConManKen. Really, if you take Ken's whole spiel as an act or some kind of performance art, he's almost entertaining. Almost...

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Another Fine Article on ENWorld - Ernie Gygax Shares A Little of Tenser's History

Fri 19 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

"Tenser was the first magic user ever in Greyhawk. No books or previous experience existed. The first spell I took was a Read Magic and I used it to read the glyphs above a stairway leading down (level 1 to 2). It told us (Rob, Terry and I) that as ...

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Review - Treat N Ink Issue #7 - Kreature Kompendium

Thu 18 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

A couple of weeks ago, Jethro Wall, the main man behind the Threat N Ink zine reached out to me and asked if I'd be interested in reading a copy of the most recent issue. Figuring I'd be getting a PDF, I readily said "Yes!" and forwarded my ...

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Spring Reminder - The Tavern Pimps What it Will - I'm Not Ignoring You, Just Your Requests

Thu 18 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Its mid spring and it seems that not only is it time for spring planting but also a ripe time for the launch of new Kickstarters. As such, I'm getting hit with requests to highlight new Kickstarters daily, often multiple requests per day, via FaceBook IM, Google Hangouts, G ...

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The Hero's Journey Gets Reviewed on ENWorld

Thu 18 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Well well.

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Tavern Chat Tonight - 9PM Eastern - Time to Party Like its Third Age 2019 ;)

Wed 17 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yeah, I threw a little Tolkien reference in the title of the post. Tolkien and his works came up in last night's recording of Save or Die and its still on my mind. Of course, I don't have near the scholarly background that James or Glen have on ...

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The Tavern Goes Live in June - Facebook Live That Is

Wed 17 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

After yesterday's comment about how a certain Kickstarter was charging 500 bucks to converse with the project's creator, I quipped that folks could talk with me for free.

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Pacesetter Games Releases Four Adventures for Swords & Wizardry Light (Print & PDF)

Tue 16 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

PDFs are $3 a pop, Print plus PDF is $5 each.

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Shining some Continual Light on the status of the Torchlight Mag

Tue 16 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been asked what the status of the Torchlight Magazine is and the simplest answer is "Delayed for a good reason". Actually, there are multiple reasons. All good. First is that I'm currently focused on a project that will be announced in two weeks. To the day. I ...

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A WTF Kickstarter - Solstice (D20 Hack)

Tue 16 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Look at that inspiring logo. Grey always helps, right? So, what is Solstice and why am I even looking at it? I'm going to go with a simple screenshot of the project, because its one of the shorter (description-wise)projects that I've come across: K - he needs to ...

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Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes now available in PDF (Tunnels & Trolls meets James Bond)

Mon 15 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

If ever there was a game that I regret never having played, its Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes. I own the boxed set and I've been psyched for YEARS to play it, but alas. it simply hasn't happened. I can say the same about Tunnels & Trolls itself, but ...

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Frog God Games is Offering Signature Gaming Bundles - Limited Time Only

Mon 15 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Note, although it says its for Swords & Wizardry, its really system neutral, so its  good for all. Bill Webb's Ultimate GM Bundle is available separately for $136.99 (PDF $55.99) but for this 10 day special offer it is $99.99 in print and $24.99 in PDF.

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Announcing Camp Con 2017 - North East PA - 6/30 through 7/1

Sun 14 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

June 30th kicks of the second annual

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Tunnels & Trolls 5e now available in PDF

Sun 14 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Tunnels &Trolls is the 2nd oldest role-playing game and has been in print since 1976. This 100 page PDF contains the classic and widely popular 5th edition of T&T. This is the version that most people remember and used from 1979 to 2006. Like most rpgs you play this ...

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Three Out of Four Ain't Bad - Missed a TPK by > < "That Much"

Sat 13 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, my players launched a frontal assault on a dragon tonight in the caves above The Lost City of Baracus. I expected either a successful attack by the players with minimal casualties (not likely in the least) or a TPK. We nearly had the TPK but not quite. What happened ...

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DCC/MCC RPG Game-Finder for Free RPG Day

Sat 13 May 2017 by Bob Brinkman from Tenkar's Tavern

The folks over at the

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Tonight There Will be Dragon Slaying - or a TPK - Magic Eight Ball says "Ask Again Later"

Sat 13 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, last Saturday night my players were on a roll, knocking down encounters, parleying and roleplaying like nobody's business. All that and they confirmed a dragon nearby in the caves above the

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Necromancer Games Back Stock Blowout! $100 a Box (10-12 mixed HC / SC books per box)

Fri 12 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

It is as it says on the tin above. I asked 

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Deal of the Day - Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition (solid Swords & Sorcery RPG)

Fri 12 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I own the original, non mystical, edition of

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Follow Up #3 - Kickstarter - Rifts® Board Game - In Carmen's Own Words

Thu 11 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Today's update at the Rifts® Board Game Kickstarter features Carmen answering questions and addressing issues in his own words. In the interest of keeping something that resembles a balance on the coverage of this wild ride, I'm going to quote some parts of the update. Note, not all ...

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Follow Up #2 - Kickstarter - Rifts® Board Game - They Snuck in Their Own "Terms and Conditions" - You Can Forfeit Your Reward For Not Answering the Survey in a Timely Fashion

Thu 11 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Holy shit! I've never seen a Kickstarter with its own "Terms and Conditions", especially one that basically says "If you don't confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of us emailing you, you have effectively forfeited your reward. We MAY ship to you if you miss the date or ...

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Followup - Kickstarter - Rifts® Board Game - How NOT to Respond to Your Backers' Questions

Wed 10 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, from about 2 hours ago as I type this. I'm literally STUNNED that anyone associated with a Kickstarter project would post this, but as I said with the previous post on the Rifts® Board Game Kickstarter, this one is going to have drama and more. Guess what Andrew ...

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Reminder - Tavern Chat - Tonight 9 PM Eastern

Wed 10 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Is it really Wednesday already? That went awfully fast. Heh. It was a very busy week in Tenkar Land and I'm still behind on stuff that needs to get done.

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Guest Poster James Shields discusses Artist Transparency

Tue 09 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Tonight we have a guest post by +James Shields where he breaks down the factors that go into the rates for his art. I think it is eye opening and factors in aspects that are often missed by many. A version of this post was shared on G+ by James ...

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Kickstarter - Rifts® Board Game (100 buck buy in, but the drama is free)

Mon 08 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Wow. Simply wow. The Kickstarter is live for less than 12 hours and already there are over 350 comments. Its also 46% to its $100k funding goal.

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Kickstarter - d20 Dice Ties

Mon 08 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

d20 Dice Ties. I'm surprised no one thought of it before. Or maybe they had and it totally went past me. I like the concept. Heck, if I was still working I'd buy one just to wear it at official training classes just to mess with the minds ...

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Excellent Article at Glixel - How a Pen and Paper RPG Brought 'Star Wars' Back From the Dead

Sun 07 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I don't often link to articles from fairly obscure places on the net and in truth I never heard of Glixel before this article was forwarded to me, but damn - its a good article. (and looking deeper, Glixel seems like a decent site to read other articles too)

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When The PC's Inner Monologue Clashes with The Parleying Encounter, Anything Can Happen

Sun 07 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Last night's session of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light was a blast. The group is exploring the cave system above The Lost City of Barakus and last night the party was focused AND lucky. Then came the final encounter of the night. Its a minor spoiler for any that may ...

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How NOT to use the OneBookSelf Mail to Sell Your Goods - Columbia Games Loves to Send its Customers Spam

Sat 06 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I have a high tolerance for this - I do after all, announce sales here at The Tavern without being asked. I've even done so for Columbia Games and was considering doing so again today before I saw the third email land. Three emails in a day, let alone 40 ...

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BRW Games (Adventures Dark & Deep / Castle of the Mad Archmage) 20% PDF Sale and Random Drawing

Sat 06 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

In addition, anyone purchasing a pdf version of a title (that has a print version) will be included in a special drawing. Two lucky winners will win a free upgrade to a softcover version of the title, and one lucky winner will get a free upgrade to hardcover (if available ...

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State of The Tavern - Uncle Duties and Falling Behind and Planning Catch Up

Sat 06 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, "Pinky", my six year old niece that thinks Uncle wrote Swords & Wizardry Light "just for me so Uncle can teach me to read and play Dungeons & Dragons!" was sick this week. I got the call Tuesday Night and the young lass missed some school this week. Official diagnosis was ...

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Rise of the Dungeon Master - Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D - Graphic Novel releases May 9th, 2017

Sat 06 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of ...

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Troll Lords sends a Fishing Email - I'm Not the Only One That DIDN'T Back This Kickstarter That's Asking for a Response and Offering a Supposed Reward

Sat 06 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

They ask the question about the Rules Cyclopedia as the first part of backer kit survey, then they ask you to add add-ons to your Zero Level Pledge.

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Gaming Raffle to Benefit Kits N Kats Rescue of SC

Fri 05 May 2017 by Bob Brinkman from Tenkar's Tavern

We gamers tend to love our furry friends. Whether they are pets, mounts, familiars, or members of the family, cats, dogs, ferrets, etc. we have a tendency to take care of them. Dark Trails creator David Baity has taken his support to a whole new level by running a pretty ...

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Ever Want to Live in Greyhawk? Well, now you Can! :)

Fri 05 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The Taverner's are an awesome bunch, because 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they have their eyes open for interesting tidbits.

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New Release - 50 ShaDes Of vOrpal (ALPHa) (most certainly NOT a review)

Thu 04 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

As far as I can tell, the author, such as he is, forgot to include an actual set of rules with this "set of rules" but that's ok, as the rues aren't the point. This is the fantasy rpg heartbreaker that was hidden from most of the 13 ...

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Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Let's Get 'Er On!

Wed 03 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its a Wednesday and that means tonight is

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Banned Again - Venger - Guardians of Galaxy XXX

Wed 03 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Haven't read it yet, but Venger is offering it as a free download via Dropbox.

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ConManKen - He of Multiple Facebook Accounts - Is Looking for Web Hosts - Suckers Need Apply

Wed 03 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Marcus was kicking something similar off the other week - apply and get hired the same day to host some live sales web show. Now, as Ken has been leaching off of best friend Marcus for months, I'm assuming we are talking the same gig.

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Revisiting Demi-Options - Race Specific Classes for Swords & Wizardry - Light to Complete

Tue 02 May 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

A while back (October of 2012 to be exact) I wrote Demi-Options: Halflings for Occult Moon. It was supposed to be the first in a series of releases, but for reasons that are no longer of import it was one and done. So, what exactly was Demi-Options? Well, here's ...

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