The Labyrinth Lord Resource Lists were updated to remove multiple dead links to sites, pages, and products. These lists have not been maintained since late 2011 so are missing products from the last 5 years.
Back in August of 2010, I posted about a variety of gaming terms based on Google Trend data. While its not quite 4 years later (closer to 3.5), let’s see what those terms are doing today.
These are the same terms, with the addition of some new terms (noted below), which I suspected would interesting. Nothing has really changed over the course of a few years. Pretty much anything gaming related is sloping down. Of course, this is trend data based on search terms and there are many, many alternate ways people find materials today; even more than there were four years ago with the explosion of social media.
I also added a few terms based on systems that I hear about on a regular basis — Labyrinth Lord, Pathfinder, and Dungeon Crawl Classics. Virtual Table Top was a new entry as well, since it has been popular the last couple of years. (I tried LOTFP but no trend data was available). There are many others but I chose that small set. Pathfinder and Labyrinth Lord bucked the down and to the right trend. PF is gaining audience based on search popularity and LL is holding near flat. DCC appears to have the same general trend as gaming in general. VTT has a curious cliff at the end of the chart. People appear to be searching for a specific client rather the generic term — namely Roll20. The Roll20 trend line is awesomely upwards.
The Original Terms
Overall, the original terms are pretty much what one would expect. Almost everything gaming is down and to the right. Porn is holding strong but seems to have hit a wall of late. Farmville had its moment in the spotlight but lost its luster quickly. It will be interesting to track the downfall along with the “D&D” and “Dungeons and Dragons” terms. I suspect it will crater at some point in the future; a fate I do not foresee with the D&D brand. Cat videos are still amazingly popular. I have no idea why.
I am a bit sad that the donkey videos are flat-lining. Cats are more popular than ever but donkeys just don’t get enough love. Perhaps they are too closely associated with jack asses for the modern politically correct aesthetic.
I stumbled across an erroneous bit of code that was giving bonuses for Armor Class for low Dexterity rather than subtracting from the AC. It is now fixed.
This post is brought to you by my new friends Greg and Gregory. Two Gregs in one week is awesome in and of itself.
Greg #1 dropped me a line to say how useful the various Labyrinth Lord utilities were for tossing together an adventure. Greg’s returning to gaming due to the request of his wife to play D&D. She’s never played and he picked Labyrinth Lord as an introductory system. Greg comes from the Red & Blue era. He’s made an excellent choice of modern systems to introduce D&D to his wife. Hopefully, she’ll soon join us in the fantastic, chaotic realm of RPG enjoyment.
Greg #2, aka Gregory, sent in a feature request. He asked that I include an option in the 1E Treasure Generator to generate gems and jewelry independently of treasure type. The suggestion made complete sense. I already broke out many different elements so why not gems & jewels? Quality requests require a quality response. The feature is now included. In return, Gregory asked what he could do for me. He offered to promote the site. I countered with him buying me a beer. He won by promoting Mithril & Mages on two separate sites. Now I need to buy him a beer.
Receiving feedback from visitors energizes me to continue to improve. No matter if it is a bug report, feature request, or just a quick word of thanks/commentary.
Cheers to Greg and Gregory. May all your games be epic and the dice roll in your favor.
Sorcerers often make promises they find difficult to keep. In the Pacts of the Wise, a Labyrinth Lord will find six sinister bargains suitable for PC and NPC wizards alike, each one offering advantages to the canny arcanist in exchange for the mildest of services. Any might tempt the prudence of a bold young adventurer, but will the wizard find it quite so fine a bargain when his patron’s price come due?
While the Pacts of the Wise fits with the sorceries revealed in the Crimson Pandect and is set within the world of the Red Tide Campaign Setting and Sandbox Toolkit, the contents are perfectly usable with any old-school gaming system. You’ll find the patrons, magic items, and plot seeds for each occult devotion, all free for the taking for your own campaign!
The recent release of Oubliette #8 included Monster Mark tables for levels seven and eight. The inclusion allowed for the expansion of the Labyrinth Lord™ Monster Stocker to include the new tables. The upgraded generator is now live. Monster Stocker generates 100 random monster entries for the specified level . Results include NPC Party generation. Additionally, treasure can be toggled on or off depending on the needs of the user.
Issue #8 is free for a limited time. The contents include some great material including setting materials and two mini-adventures placed within the setting. The adventures can easily be dropped into other campaigns.
Djeryv’s Dungeon Door has been gone for a while. The link validation utility flagged all the prior links as dead. Most of his prior tools are now available at a new site, Labyrinth Lord resource pages. The change eliminated multiple utilities and a few different supplements.. However, they require upload of data files for Labyrinth Lord [OSRIC support is built in] so I have chosen to eliminate the links on the
The goal of the Labyrinth Lord™ Resource List has always been to focus on material specifically aimed at that system. Many things are compatible but lack the system specific focus. Due to that self inflicted policy, Djeryv’s many useful products had to be removed. Djeryv is dead, long live Wizardawn.