Anyhow, if you are looking to snag a copy and either missed it at Gen Con OR like me, aren't at Gen Con, your FLGS should have it as well as Amazon. If you buy from your local FLGS, check the spine and binding - there have been reports of something amiss in a few cases:


Matt Finch is Doing a Series of Youtube Videos About old School Gaming

Thu 17 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

If you haven't met and spoken with +Matt Finch face to face, his new YouTube series is a decent substitute. As I post this, Matt has three videos uploaded with more to come.

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OSR Deep Tracks - A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore (Greyhawk Grognard)

Thu 17 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been meaning to do this for a while - start an irregular series of posts about influential yet often overlooked releases in the OSR. This is THAT first post for

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Monstrosities, the S&W Monster Book - Back in Stock in Print - Just 20 Copies

Wed 16 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Run, don't walk to the Frog God Games Online Store if you want your chance to own a physical copy of the Monstrosities book for Swords & Wizardry. 50 bucks gets you a copy in Print and PDF, but only while stock remains. You can never have too many monsters ...

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State of The Tavern - InDesign - Livestream - Content - Oh My

Wed 16 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

So, I recently gave up on trying to learn from the official InDesign "textbook". Shit was all Greek to me. I never decided on a birthday gift from Rach last month, and remembering that +Zach Glazar had suggested Lynda.com for my InDesign lessons (not inexpensive), I decided on a ...

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Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM - and We Won't Talk About WEG Star Wars - Really ;)

Wed 16 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Tonight is a Wednesday Night, and that means the weekly

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Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 30th Anniversary Edition (West End Games Version)

Wed 16 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to return Star Wars: The Roleplaying to print as a collectible set of two high-quality, hardbound books presented in a stylized slipcase. You'll find all the original game materials—just as playable as ever—and they're presented with the same graphic design and ...

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Kickstarter - RPG WorldBuilder (Android App from Simian Circle Games)

Tue 15 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Looking for an app for your Android device to create maps (world and dungeon), supports random tables, has a dice roller and includes digital versions of the World and Dungeon Architect cards?

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The Tome of Horrors Light Volume I Releases to the Wild (Swords & Wizardry Light)

Tue 15 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Frog God Games

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Kickstarter - Dungeons of Doom III - Dragon Slayers - Star Hat Miniatures

Tue 15 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Simply put, Star Hat Miniatures offers some great minis, and I'm not just saying that because they did an official "Tenkar" mini with their last Kickstarter. They are, quite simply, awesome minis.

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Gamer in Need - Zach Best Family Benefit Bundle - 10 Bucks for a Bundle worth over 100 Bucks

Tue 15 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

One of the roles that

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In the Next Tenkar's Tavern Crate - There will be Castles & Crusades

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

When I returned to gaming after about 10 years away, the first thing I stumbled across was Castles & Crusades. Back then, it was the first print of the C&C Player's Handbook. Monsters & Treasure wasn't even on the radar - if you wanted monsters, you broke out your AD ...

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Bill Webb (Frog God Games) on the Economics of Publishing High Quality Hard Cover Books for Three RPG Systems

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I understand the thoughts behind the hardcovers--but just so you know; we hire top writers (Ed fricking Greenwood! ), hire top artists (Terry Pavlett, among many), and hire top cartographers (Alyssa Fadden and Robert Altbauer). I also got a ton of feedback that fans needed a lower price point buy in ...

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Kevin Crawford (Stars Without Number) Did an AMA on Reddit - Interesting piece on Free vs PWYW

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I'm an infrequent visitor to Reddit. I find it difficult to navigate and finding value is often a needle in a haystack route. Thankfully, someone else follows closer than me, and I found this link last week on Google Plus:

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Kickstarter - RPG Alignment Pins

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

RPG Alignment Pins

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Kickstarter - Quests of Doom 4 (Frog God Games - PF / 5e / S&W)

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Early this morning, Frog God Games launched their latest Kickstarter - Quests of Doom 4. Instead of packing 16 adventures into a single (or double) hardcover volume, these adventures are being individually published in softcover. So, that's 16 adventures in 3 rules systems, so 48 individual possible adventures. 14 bucks ...

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The Frog God finds a Little Discord ;)

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, any minute now there will be a live chat with none other than 

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DriveThruRPG Launches “Storytellers Vault”, a Creators Content Program for Vampire: The Masquerade

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

It isn't often that I pass along actual press releases, but I do know a significant number of "old school gamers" that have a special place in their gaming hear for the

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Press Release - Historic Dungeons & Dragons® Campaign Returns - Frank Mentzer

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been waiting for the announcement for a while. I spoke with Frank about this in June at NTRPG and I'm avidly looking forward to launch.

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Some Relevant Facebook Quotes from Frank Mentzer re: Empyrea Campaign Setting Kickstarter

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

There are bits and pieces of Frank's Facebook comments quoted on

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Press Release - Marauder Task Force RPG (Action Figure Powered RPG)

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Heh! I'm becoming a "press release" site it seems - not! But it does just so happen that there is a lot of cool stuff being announced jut before Gen Con and folks are nice enough to send me the announcements. I may need to steal back my NYPD Police ...

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So, There is "Apparently" a Swords & Wizardry White Box Light on the Market - How Could This Go Wrong?

Mon 14 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

First, its the logo. The Swords & Wizardry graphic is obviously a screenshot. Notice the fuzziness to the lettering? I don't think you can title your product as shown. But they didn't, kinda. Its listed as White Box Light on RPGNow. But wait, here's the copyright claim in ...

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Work Continues on Getting the Hero's Brew Podcast to Your Ears

Thu 10 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

As I mentioned in last night's Tavern Chat, I had to drop out 30 minutes early to join a Skype conversation with my fellow Hero's Brew conspirators, +James Spahn and +Glen Hallstrom . What were we discussing? All things Hero's Brew. Now, if you don't know who ...

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Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight 9 PM Eastern and HUGE Thank You to the Tavern's Community

Wed 09 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Tavern Chat is tonight, 9 PM Eastern, using the chat widget on the right side of this very page. Yes, I'm sure the Hero's Brew Podcast will come up. Now, a HUGE thank you to Tavern's Community. We just went through a health scare with Rach. This ...

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Deal of the Day - Feast of the Preserver (DCC RPG)

Wed 09 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Looking for a bargain priced quality adventure for your

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Plate Mail Games Hacked - 3200 Tracks Downloaded for Free before Corrected

Wed 09 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The reality is something different, as many of those sales were probably from folks that were curious about using music in their RPG sessions and might not have purchased a copy otherwise. So, is it a loss of 3,200 potential sales? Perhaps. This morning I found out that my ...

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Dragon Warriors - Free in PDF

Tue 08 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Enter a world of magic, folklore and danger. Here, superstition covers peoples' lives like autumn mists cover the moors, and terrifying monsters with bizarre powers lurk in the shadows. The king is a weakling, barons scheme against each other, and lordless knights, back from the Crusades without the honour or ...

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State of the Tavern Keeper - a Kick in the Can

Tue 08 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been told I've been extra cranky the last week or so. Its quite possible. There are some behind the scene stuff in the Tenkar Family that's been adding some extra stressors over the last week or so. Health issues. We had hoped for a positive resolution ...

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Games Workshop is Being Sued For $62.5M - By a Retailer / Lawyer

Mon 07 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Looks like there's some money to be squeezed out of Games Workshop - or a the very least, a valiant attempt to do so. SpikeyBits has the details of a $62.5M lawsuit filed "in the US Federal Court of Southern Florida alleging six criminal violations of US law and ...

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Announcing the Hero's Brew - The Official Podcast of The Tenkar's Tavern Community

Mon 07 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Here's the link to our opening. If this doesn't tell you the kind of podcast we plan to give to the community, I don't know what does. It really is a podcast for the community. We plan to get y'all involved with the podcast. How? Heh ...

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Free - GM's Monthly Miscellany: August 2017 (Raging Swan Press)

Mon 07 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

GM's Monthly Miscellany: August 2017

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There is a Disturbance in the Force - ENWorld Homepage is Down, but Direct Links Work

Sun 06 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

It's working now. I suspect this tweet (4:58 PM) has something to do with it:

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Kickstarter - The Blue Vale: A Tabletop RPG in Augmented Reality (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain)

Sun 06 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've been told I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Its possible. Of course, when I did a search on Kickstarter for "rpgs" this is the one that stuck out to me:

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Whay is This even a Thing? #RPGaDay 2017

Sun 06 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Whay is This even a Thing? #RPGaDay 2017 31 days of not all that insightful commenting on RPGs - is that really a thing these days? I understand blog carnivals - everyone blogs about the same topic and it all gets linked. That's one post over the course of the month ...

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State of The Tavern - The Taps, They are a Changin'

Sat 05 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

There are some changes in the works here at The Tavern. Layout may change a bit and we may add some "special guest" access. +James Spahn , +Glen Hallstrom and myself are working on a post Save or Die project (note - Save or Die has made its save - new hosts(s ...

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Podcast - Hobbs & Friends of the OSR #12 - Hex Talk

Sat 05 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

As I've said many a time in the past year or so, my podcast listening has suffered with my lack of daily commuting. I'm not saying I wish I were commuting again, but I do need to set aside more time to listen to podcasts.

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How to Piss Off Your Bartender in One Easy Step - Post Comments that have Nothing to do with the Blog Post in Question

Fri 04 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I get it. Really I do. There's a late Kickstarter project (or pre-order) and the project creator doesn't seem any closer to getting the goods in your hands.

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Save or Die - New Episode is Live - NTRPG Recap and Moving On

Thu 03 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

The latest and greatest episode of Save or Die is up for you to listen to. +James Spahn , +Glen Hallstrom and myself talk about NTRPG Con 2017 from back in June. Yeah, it was a while between episodes. Life doesn't always cooperate as one might like. I did make ...

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Bundle of Holding - Palladium Fantasy - The "Other" D&D ;)

Thu 03 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Palladium Fantasy

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Far West Non Announcement from Gareth on Twitter Video

Thu 03 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Hey, he admits that a lot of people are angry with him and should be. While that itself isn't a release date or the like, that is a pretty important step. If he finally announces something in the next few months? Even better. But he admits that there is ...

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Kickstarter - Stars Without Number: Revised Edition (Free Beta PDF Available - Link Included with Permission)

Thu 03 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern
  • At $20,000 I will release all commissioned art for the game as royalty-free, zero-cost art available for other gamers and publishers to use for their own personal and commercial products. I've made arrangements with the artists for this game, including Tan Ho Sim, Christof Grobelski, Joyce Maureira, and ...
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Reminder - Tavern Chat - Tonight at 9 PM Eastern - The Stars are Alighned

Thu 03 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Tonight is a Wednesday Night and your bartender will be hosting the weekly

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Kickstarter - Reminder - Top Secret: New World Order - the espionage roleplaying game - 3 Days Left in Funding Period

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I am so excited to get my boxed set of Top Secret: New World Order before the end of the year. (I do have a PDF copy of the rules and the system is slick - then again, I've playtested it the last 2 years at NTRPG Con) The plan ...

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I'll Be Kicking off a Swords & Wizardry Light Campaign at my FLGS - Need Tables for My DM screen

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Come September I'll be kicking off a Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light campaign at Legendary Realms in Plainview, NY. First and third Thursday of the month, 6 PM till 930 or so. If you live in the area, consider joining us. Over the next few days I'll be ...

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition now available in PDF at RPGNow

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Probably the longest non D&D / OSR campaign I have run was Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay from Games Workshop, what is now WFRP 1e. and the Enemy Within Campaign. I just loved the setting and the system, the mix of horror and dark humor, it was simply a blast to run ...

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RPGNow Deal of the Day - ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG - 5 Bucks / Full Art (WFRP Clone)

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

A few days ago I mentioned that the art free version of the

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Which is More Dangerous to a Campaign - Over Planning or Lack of Planning?

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Overplanning. Good plans are like meat and should be served raw. More seriously, if you overplan you tend to marry yourself to a plan of action or storyline and tend to be less flexible and responsive to the players' desires and responses. And players are famous for being able to ...

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Mini Review - Merchants & Markets

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

I've really failed to keep up on the reviewing side of The Tavern. Just so much to do, and so little actual time in the day to do it. So, with all of that said, I'm doing a short review today for

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Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, its another Wednesday and that means another

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Reminder -Three Days Left to Fund The Midderlands - An OSR Mini-Setting & Bestiary Kickstarter

Wed 02 August 2017 by Erik Tenkar from Tenkar's Tavern

"Situated in the middle of Havenland is an area known by the ancestors as the Middle Havenlands. They don’t use that name much any more, preferring to talk lazily, and skip letters. There are many peculiar folk that call these Midderlands home. Generally mistrusting of outsiders, they suspiciously eye ...

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