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Friday, June 9, 2017

Simple Cantrip Rules For Swords & Wizardry and OD&D

Cantrip is an archaic word originally meant to define a trick performed by witchery. Later it was used to mean a malicious trick or a sham. In recent years (at least since the publication of the AD&D version of "Unearthed Arcana") it has come into usage in fantasy role playing to mean a bit of minor magic. This is typically in the form of 0 level spells in D&D and it's simulacra. I like the idea of a magic user having access to spells that are useful little utilitarian spells that do not have major effects. That said, I don't believe that these effects should be individual spells themselves. I like the idea that a Vancian mage could memorize a spell and siphon off some of it's power without releasing the spell. This does not work with divinely granted magic like that of a cleric or druid.
 
How are we going to make this work? Well, this takes bargaining between the referee and the player. A mage can attempt to cause a minor magical effect based upon the effect of any spell currently memorized (or known spells not expended in the case of my sorcerer class.) For example, a mage with fireball written may want to light a pipe from his finger. A witch being bothered by a would be suitor may want to make him drowsy, heading off to bed, without expending the full effect of the spell and making him not off there and then. Likewise a sorceress with telekinesis may want to cause a bell that she can see ring, or wind chimes sound, without using the full effect of her spell. Minor effects like this might be allowed without question (possibly allowing a saving throw for the chap that is getting drowsy.)
 
Occasionally a player may want to make a cantrip a little more powerful. If this is allowed it should only be allowed once prior to expending the spell, and be possible to fail at. For an example, let's look at the fellow who lit his pipe with a fireball based cantrip. He may want to use that fireball for other things. He may want it to deal damage with it, to a lesser extent, than normal. Perhaps he is in close quarters and wants to reduce it to a 1d6 "firebolt" cantrip focusing on one enemy? Or maybe he and his companions are in a cold region and cannot light a fire. In this instance, perhaps he wants to use it to generate heat? These things are more game affecting than using the cantrip to light a fire or pipe. The referee can, of course, just rule that these sorts of things are not possible. Alternatively this could be allowed, but making an attribute check based upon the caster's prime requisite. My Power attribute could be substituted, if it were being used. If the check were successful, the effect could go off. Note that as stated before, more powerful cantrips should be of limited use. If the check fails, however, a saving throw should be made at a penalty of the spell's level. If the save passes, the effect does not occur. If the save is failed, the spell is expended for the day as if it were cast normally.
 
Let me know what you think. I've been playing around with this for a while.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Swords & Wizardry Picks From the OSR Extravaganza Sale

Seeing as I am a strong supporter of Swords & Wizardry in both it's "official" and third party formats, I thought I would drop a post to highlight some of the awesome products on sale during the OSR Extravaganza Sale! There is some good stuff, and some at a far deeper discount than the standard 15% that the sale is offering! So, what are my S&W picks?

First of all, let me highlight a couple of larger deals happening.



+James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games has the vast majority of his catalog marked at 20% off or better. That means that you can have a plethora of White Box and White Star goodness at a deep discount! Did I mention he just release issue #1 of Star Sword Magazine, the official magazine of White Star? You can see everything James has to offer right here!
 
  

The OTHER Spahn, that is to say +Pete Spahn, also has a really great deal in the White Box family of games right now. It's a great deal, if you have yet to pick up WWII: Operation White Box. If your itching for some World War II or Weird War II action, this is where you want to be. In this bundle, you Get OWB in hardcover, premium color along with a copy in softcover for table use, the pdf and three modules to kick off your campaign! About $65 of product for only $44.99. You can grab this deal here.






 Now let's take a look as some new classes for your S&W Game. These are pretty cool.


+Mark Chance, of Spes Magna Games, gives us The Magus, which I have been a fan of since it's release! It's a neat little class with some simple astrology rules to add into your campaign. It's well worth the look for only $0.84! You can nab it up right here.












Next up, +Timothy Brannan gives us his latest foray into the world of witchcraft. The Warlock  ports over the class from 3.X - 5E into S&W with Tim's special brand of witchcraft. With notes on using the class with Tim's other Witches, there is a real value here. The real value here is for those who want this in physical form, which is currently about 33% off. If you're looking for new spells or want to bring the Tiefling into your S&W Complete campaign, this is the book for you.






Next up is a full campaign setting, complete with some alternate rules.


Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood is a fantastic supplement/campaign setting. I backed this when it was a Kickstarter. I can tell you, it is well researched from a historical perspective, and that alone makes it worth the price of the book. You get a campaign setting, new classes, and some new options for your fighters. The historical data helps for setting the scene, even if you don't intend to use the book as written. The book contains information on running both a historical OR high fantasy version of the Robin Hood myth. Complete with historically based classes. This is a Swords & Wizardry book worth having!



Onward to Adventure!

The first adventure I would like to highlight is brought to us by Genius Loci Games. Pyramid of the Lost King is a low level campaign more than it is an adventure module! With a town, a plot and several dungeon/encounter regions, this could take months of regular play to get through. With professional looking layout and editing and terrific content, this is a steal at $8.50 for the pdf or $15.00 in softcover!








Ursined, Sealed and Delivered is a favorite of mine that I have both played and run. It's a great old school module that goes beyond just being a dungeon crawl. Published by the Frogs themselves and written by none other than veteran Dennis Sustare (creator of the OD&D Druid class!) and with a cover by Jennell Jaquays, this is an already an old school classic. In recent years it has become one of my all time favorite adventures along side the likes of Palace of the Vampire Queen and Dark Tower.






There you have it. Some of my top S&W picks from the massive sale that is soon to end! Remember, purchasing from my links helps Gamers & Grognards with a 5% commission from your sale.










 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars 40th Anniversary!

 
Star Wars was first released on May 25th, 1977. Today marks it's 40th anniversary. To show my gratitude for a thing that still inspires me and shapes my world today, I give you a collection of Hildebrandt Star Wars pieces to inspire your own Star Wars games and stories. Also, any old school gamer celebrating on this day would use the OSR Extravaganza Sale to pick up some of the great White Star titles that are on sale right now! Happy Anniversary Star Wars!













Wednesday, May 24, 2017

OSR Extravaganza!

In case you've missed it. OBS (Drivethru RPG/RPG Now etc.) is having a HUGE OSR sale! Right now you can get AT LEAST 15% off on most OSR titles and HUGE savings of 80% on bundles. The bundles include official old school D&D products. There is and AD&D bundle as well as a Known World Bundle, featuring the Rules Cyclopedia and the Gazetteers. This sale goes on for the next 18 days!
Follow the links to savings. There isn't a better time to get in on any OSR products. Remember that purchasing through the links here helps to fund the blog and the future of Gamers & Grognards Studios.

OSR Extravaganza, Main Page - Saving of 15% or more on OSR titles!

AD&D Core Megabundle - $74.92 worth of AD&D Titles Now $14.95

The Known World Megabundle - Ever want to have ALL of the Gazetteers AND the Rules Cyclopedia? Well now you can for only $14.95

Planescape AD&D 2nd Edition Bundle - The Core Boxed Sets of the Planescape setting plus the three core 2nd Edition Books. All for $14.95
Help support your game, the OSR and Gamers & Grognards all at the same time!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Drawing Winners

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day  happened a week ago. I think it's time that I post the winners of the live drawing the occurred during the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day live broadcast last Saturday night, in case anyone missed it. I also find that it's helpful to give the winners direction as to how to claim their prizes. So, here we go…


The winners Hunter's Moon: Ghost the Machine pdf
 
for White Star by HAZARD STUDIO are

+Reece pc+Mick Reddick and +robert lambert 

The Winners of Goshahri: The City in a Cave pdf from Spes Magna Games are:

+Troy Tucker+Walt Robillard+Jayson Gardner+Andrew Moss+Ryan Hixson+James Shields+Sam Dimercurio+Jason Vines+Jonathan N.+Stephen Connor+Matt Stark and +John Anhaiser 

The Winners of Beyond the Ice Fall pdf from Raven God Games are:

+Gary Brown and +Michael Gross 

The winners of the physical Saturday Night Specials bundles are:

+Paul Go and +Vincent Jones 

Finally, the winner of the hardback copy of White Star is:

+Dave Kesler 

If you are on this list you may claim your prize by emailing me with your contact info (email for PDFs and mailing address for physical copies.) Make sure the subject is "S&W Appreciation Day Winner."

If you are one of the publishers, send me a new email so that we can get people their prizes promptly.

email: luxfaust@gmail.com



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Castles & Crusades Mega Bundle

I was so busy this month, with Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, in addition to daily life, that I nearly missed this great deal from Troll Lord Games. They are currently offer $150 in PDFs for only $29.95! Inside you get The core rulebook, an optional magic system, a city book with a fleshed out city plus new spells and classes, and 10 modules! That's a good value, moreso if you are looking to check C&C out, but were on the fence about it. It's one of my "go to" games right after Swords & Wizardry. Definitely worth a look.

 
 
 
Note, a portion of sales through this link helps to support the blog.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2017 - Contribution Index - Sales! Blog Posts! Product Releases! Podcasts!

Happy Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day!  Updates will be made a couple times throughout the day as some folks will be working through the day to get several posts up.  Also, remember to tune in to the Livecast tonight on Drink Spin Run! A link can be found below, along with program information. Keep checking back!  The Index will be updated throughout the day! Don't forget to click the link below in the "Giveaway" section to register for tonight's drawings to win some free S&W goodness! Updates will be made throughout the day as more posts and sales go up!

Appreciate the Games! Download All Four Swords & Wizardry Rule Sets Free!
Swords & Wizardry Complete Character Sheets made by +Stacy Dellorfano for the well designed 3rd Printing of S&W Complete!


Download Swords & Wizardry: Light




Don't forget about the Swords & Wizardry SRD







Join the Legion!
You can join and get some free Light swag by joining via the Swords & Wizardry Legion Facebook page OR by emailing Bad Mike direct at mikebadolato@ntrpgcon.com.





The Free Compatibility Logos For Publisher Use:
Swords & Wizardry Compatibility Logo - Free
By Gamers & Grognards Studios



This Year's New Hot Logo
From +Charlie Mason of "White Box" fame, designed by Michael Clark.


Appreciate Sales and Products:

All Spes Magna Old School Products can be purchased at 30% off here in the Spes Magna Store on OBS.

Creation's Edge Games have all of their Swords & Wizardry compatible products available for 30% off! If you're looking for a short adventure that can fit into one session, these guys have them in droves. I've picked up most of them myself. You can pick them up right here.

The Inadvertent Wizard from Coach K is a new PWYW module. 

Three Sages Games will be having a S&W Appreciation Day sale. S&W PDFs will be 25% off,Print On-Demand will be 15% off, and we have two bundles which will be 30% off the normal price of the PDFs. The sale will go on until the end of next weekend. 

Okumarts have a plethora of Old School Goodness on sale!

Return to Fel'Valashar is a new PWYW Module from Sundered Blade Games. Written in celebration of Swords and Wizardry Appreciation Day 2017, Return to Fel’Valashar picks up where Dungeons of Fel’Valashar left off. In this book is a collection of mini dungeon adventures with a small region called Fel’Valashar that they take place within. Each of these adventures is written in such a way that they don’t have any ties to each other or to Fel’Valashar. This means you can easily drop them into your own world with no fuss. Includes: Details of the south-western region of Fel’Valashar. Four mini dungeon adventures. New monsters. New magic items.

The Snake's Heart - A Lost Age Adventure From Moebius Adventures is currently free in it's Swords & Wizardry Edition!

The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry) From MonkeyBlood Design is FREE in PDF today

The Swords & Wizardry Light Dropbox is filled with free goodness, including the new "Preserve the Feedbank" adventure by none other than Dr. Dennis Sustare

+Antonio Bravo's Free Index Card Character Sheet

Raven God Games has both "Beyond the Ice Fall" and "Dungeon Connections Pack #1" on sale at 40% off through April 24th!

"Journeys In The Land Of Khordesh" A rules supplement intended for use with S&W: Core and in the vein of Greyhawk or Blackmoor for OD&D. Free Download! by +Cameron DuBeers 

+Douglas Zielsdorf brings us two free adventures! High Caves Drifters and The Best Intentions...


The Dwarves of Copper Gulch by Ian McGarty FREE!

FROG GOD GAMES SALE!

The Frogs are having a HUGE SALE for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day!




Appreciate the Blogfest!

Blood of Prokopius gives us the White Guard Mini Campaign

Dyansty Zero gives us four legendary weapons for villains.

Fantastical Beckelhimer gives us new races, classes and a free adventure: Classes and Races here and the module "The Tower of Skulls" is here.

Gothridge Manor +Tim Shorts gives us "The Temple Of Putrescence"

Halfling's Luck +James Spahn has a huge announcement!

Halls of the Nephilim  present the Bootlegger, a class for Swords & Wizardry

Hobbs & Friends of the OSR Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Podcast!

Monstrous Matters Alternate Character Classes

Mord Mar+Jayson Gardner (You probably know him as Rocky) gives us a new adventure.

Mord Mar Rocky gives us a free Weather Generator

The Other Side +Timothy Brannan introduces The Warlock class for Swords & Wizardry

Raven God Games S&W Appreciation Day Blogpost and Announcement

+Reese Laundry  has put out Teaser Classes For Chrome: Cyberpunk Roleplaying - Hard Light Edition

Spes Magna S&W Blog Post Index

Tenkar's Tavern +Erik Tenkar gives us a new class for the coinciding of S&W Appreciation Day with Earth Day

Tenkar's Tavern With S&W Appreciation Day Announcements

Tower of the Valkyrie presents Old Norse Old School Roleplaying

Appreciate the Broadcast and the Annual Drawings:

This year Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day will have it's third annual Live Broadcast, that you can tune into, watch and participate in. Once again the Broadcast will be hosted by +Adam Muszkiewicz and +Donn Stroud on Drink, Spin, Run. I will be co-hosting as in previous years. As far as the guests you can tune in and ask questions of we will have returning guests, creator of Swords & Wizardry +Matt Finch, White Star and The Hero's Journey creator +James Spahn. Additionally we will have +Charlie Mason, creator of the wildly popular "White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game. The Live Broadcast and Recording will be happening Saturday night (04/22) at 9:00 PM EST. You can tune in right here! During the show we will be doing a drawing for our annual giveaways.  You can learn how to enter the contest in this post. We hope to see you there!






I would like to thank everyone that participated in this event!  I hope you can all return next year to carry on the tradition!