Thursday, April 21, 2016

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Drawing Winners

It is long past time for me to list the winners of the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Drawing! Below you will find the list of all of the donated prizes. I have listed the names of the winners following the product that you have won. If you are on G+, I have added your name with your G+ handle. If your name is below, contact me at luxfaust@gmail.com. If you have won a digital product, let me know the email address that the company donating it should forward your pdf to. If you have won a physical product, forward your address so that the company donating can send you your product. Please enter "S&W Drawing Winner" in the subject line so that the email does not get lost.



Frog God Games Winners

5 PDF Copies of "Borderland Princes" For Swords & Wizardry  --- +John Miskimen, +Ben Trautman, +James Smith, +Denis McCarthy and +Jose Zamora


AND

3 Physical Copies of "Bill Webb's Book of Dirty Tricks"  --- +Paul Go, +Appalachian Elf, +Joshua Nichols



Pacesetter Games & Simulations physical modules

"Q3: Death On Signal Island"  --- +Brad Black

and

"The Secret of Redscar"  --- +Jason Blalock

1 copy of each available

Dave Johnson Games will be giving away:

A PDF copy of "Grimoires of OSRIC" - a spell creation system for OSRIC, Swords & Wizardry and other OSR games.  --- +Steve Gilman

Tony A. Thompson will be donating:

1 softcover copy of "Swords & Wizardry Whitebox" --- +Adam Hutcheson

Gamers & Grognards Studios will be giving away:

2 Softcover Copies of "Petty Gods" with my own submissions autographed  ---
+D.j. Chadwick, +Scott Dexter

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaway Drawings!

Alright Folks, we have our Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaways ready! Now is your chance to win some free stuff! Here are the giveaway items:


Frog God Games, is generously donating:

5 PDF Copies of "Borderland Princes" For Swords & Wizardry

AND

3 Physical Copies of "Bill Webb's Book of Dirty Tricks"

Many thanks to +Matt Finch and +Bill Webb for these.

Pacesetter Games & Simulations are donating two of their Swords & Wizardry Modules, both physical copies:

"Q3: Death On Signal Island"

and

"The Secret of Redscar"

1 copy of each available

Dave Johnson Games will be giving away:

A PDF copy of "Grimoires of OSRIC" - a spell creation system for OSRIC, Swords & Wizardry and other OSR games.

Tony A. Thompson will be donating:

1 softcover copy of "Swords & Wizardry Whitebox"

Gamers & Grognards Studios will be giving away:

2 Softcover Copies of "Petty Gods" with my own submissions autographed


TO ENTER IN THE DRAWING:


Comment on this post through G+ by 7:00PM EST. Better yet if you say why you love S&W in the comment!

Listen in on the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Live Broadcast tonight on Drink Spin Run, where I will be drawing names live! 

In the next few days I will get a post up with all winners listed and instructions for contacting me to arrange for shipment of your winnings!

It's as simple as that!

Power: A New Attribute For Swords & Wizardry!

The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming booklet that I've been working on for Swords & Wizardry. The book, "Gateway to Adventure: Sorcery Supplement," focuses on my Sorcerer class explicitly, but the attribute can be used by anyone in any S&W or OSR game!

Optional Attribute
Power

My Optional Rules contain several optional attributes that have been created or harvested from various sources and honed to fit the game. Power was chosen to be presented for this work as it is directly related to the nature of magic.

Power

Roll 3d6 for your character's Power score. A high Power level means that your character is in tune with the subtle forces of magic, ley lines, power source and the barriers and veils between the many planes of existence. As an optional attribute it is not the prime attribute of any class. The Power score might also measure the power of the character's mystical aura.

There are several ways in which the Power attribute can be applied in the game. The first of these is as a modifier to Saving Throws vs. Magic, per the Power Table below. This may be because the aura of the character is strong and deflects the magic being used upon her or because the sixth sense of the character picks up on the magic being used, causing other defenses to begin working.

Second, since power measures a character's sensitivity to magic, the referee might rule that an attribute check might be able to be made to determine magical auras, as per the Detect Magic spell. This might only apply to those with a high power score, or it may merely require a check. The way in which such a check is made is up to the referee. It may entail rolling lower than the character's ability score using 3d6 or 1d20. Furthermore, as a house rule in the creation of this attribute, the power of the magic in question is taken into account. The “level” of power of the magic is deducted from the score of the detector and this creates the target number to roll in order to perceive the magic. For example a character with 15 Power has a chance to detect an assassin that has been rendered invisible. Mind you that the character will not innately know that there is an invisible assassin, but will know that something magical is afoot. We will presume that the spell Invisibility was used on the assassin. Invisibility is a 2nd Level Magic-User spell. Thus the referee subtracts 2 from the character's score of 15. The target number to beat will be 13. The player is told to throw 1d20, but not told why. 13 is rolled on the nose. The character realizes that something magical is afoot, and that roughly where it is, but not exactly what it is.

In the same example we can make things more interesting. The referee might rule that more information is gleaned, via the character's Power for each number below the target number that is rolled. Let us assume that that a 9 is rolled instead of a 13. The referee might now rule that the character is also aware of roughly how powerful the magic at hand is. Presuming that character roles lower, let's go all the way to a natural 1 on the roll, the referee might even give insight as to what spell is afoot!

A referee might also rule that highly sensitive characters, that is to say those with a high Power score, might also suffer in the presence of very powerful magic, if they are not used to it's presence. If this is the case a saving throw might be required when such a character is exposed to magic equivalent to spells above 6th level. Ill effects for failing such a save may result in anything from being momentarily stunned and unable to act for a round to seizures that might result in the loss of multiple rounds and potential damage.

The third function that Power can be used for is to retrieve a spell that is cast. As is known, arcane magic functions by trapping a spell in the brain of the magic-user. The spell WANTS to be released. When the spell is cast it's effects take place and it is gone from the magic-user's mind. It is possible, using one's power, to retain a spell as it is being cast, allowing it's effects to take place, but effectively pulling it back into the mind of the magic-user.

A spellcaster may attempt to retain a number of spell levels per day equal to her caster level. At the time of the casting the magician must make a Power check less the spell level. If the check is made the spell is retained and may be cast again that day. If the check is failed the spell is lost as normal. If the check is failed the attempt still counts against the casters retaining attempts for that day. To give an example: a 3rd level sorcerer may attempt to retain three 1st level spells or one 1st level spell and one 2nd level spell.

Table: Power
Score
Save vs. Magic Modifier
3 - 8
-1
9 -12
0
13 - 18
+1

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2016 - 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 Three Swords & Wizardry Rule Sets Free!




Download Swords & Wizardry: Whitebox


Download Swords & Wizardry: Core


Download Swords & Wizardry: Complete

Don't forget about the
Swords & Wizardry SRD












Smoldering Wizard Swords & Wizardry Forums


Appreciate the Giveaways!

Want free Swords & Wizardry Stuff? Check out today's Giveway Post to enter to win some SWAD Swag!

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaway Drawings!


Frog God Games S&W Kickstarter:


If you weren't aware, Frog God Games has a new Kickstarter going right now. "Quests of Doom 3" is a series of 6 adventure modules, hardbound, for Swords & Wizardry & 5E. That's right, six adventures for S&W on KS right now! Did I mention that it's only $32.00 U.S. to get in on this? Did I also mention that it ends tonight, on S&W Appreciation Day? Now's your chance to get in and show the Frogs how many of us love S&W! Click the link below!


Appreciate Sales and Products:

Swords & Wizardry Compatibility Logo - Free
By Gamers & Grognards Studios

 
 
Barrel Rider Games:
 

Cut to the Chase Games:
 
50% Off All Swords & Wizardry Products Through April 18th!

Lotheras Gaiden

Swords & Wizardry Adepts, Quests, and Relics [BUNDLE]

Mythmere Games:

Eldritch Weirdness Compilation - $2.99 for S&W Appreciation Day! - By the creator of Swords & Wizardry!

Okumarts Games:

Retro Space Paper Miniatures For White Star - 50% Off All Sets!

Dread Gazebo Paper Miniature and Statistics - PWYW

Old School Quarterly:

In honor of today being Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2016, and the OSQ Patreon funding previously unlocking the first goal, THE UNTRAINED INITIATE has been released to all backers of the OSQ PATREON. This variant class is only available to backers of the Patreon right now, until the first issue of the magazine is published in Fall 2016.

Find out more about becoming a backer for $6 or more  - OSQ Patreon Page


Small Niche Games:

WBO02: Return of the Mad Hermit - For Swords & Wizardry White Box - PWYW


Stellagama Publishing

Cheating Death, For White Star & Swords & Wizardry - New release

Sundered Blade Games:

Betrayal At Lucir Sword & Wizardry Module - On Sale for $0.99 Today!

Dungeons of Fel'Valashar for Swords & Wizardry - PWYW - A New Release Featuring 4 Mini Dungeons, 3 New Monsters and 1 New Spell!


Appreciate the Blogfest:
Halfling's Luck:

Beyond the Wizardry

Mythmere's Blog: Words From the Game's Creator!

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day - Plus as Sale on "Eldritch Weirdness Compilation" on Table Top Library

Northport:

Things I am grateful for about S&W

Northwind:

Northwind Download - "Northwind" is free house ruled Swords & Wizardry variant with many uncredited rules, thus is a free download.

+Olde House Rules:

 The Filth Eater















Quasar Knight's Fantasy Blog:
 
Appreciate the Broadcast:

Drink, Spin, Run Official Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Podast, Live Recording  -- Click on this link to watch the Livecast and be the first in the know about what is happening with new NEW Swords & Wizardry Complete. We will also be drawing the winners of any of the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaways live! With hosts: +Adam Muszkiewicz, +Donn Stroud,special co-host +R.J. Thompson and guests +James Spahn, +Stacy Dellorfano and the creator of Swords & Wizardry +Matt Finch. We will be bringing you the first official question & answer session regarding the new Kickstarter. Join us for the second annual broadcast at 8:15 PM EST, Sunday April 17th!

Links will be provided to the recordings of these shows for those who cannot listen live!

 





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

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Extension For Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Posts, Giveaways and Sales!

I have had a few requests to extend the deadline for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day posts. To help out anyone who needs a little more time, I am extending the deadline! The new deadline to get posts and sales to me will be 12:00 PM EST on April 17th (TOMORROW.) This will ensure that you get posted in the Blog & Sales index. Likewise 12:00 PM EST will be the deadline to let me know about any products that you would like to offer up as promotional giveaways to be announced on the S&W App. day livecast tomorrow night! You can send me posts and sales after 12:00 PM, and I will get them listed, but you will miss out on the initial posting.



So, if you are participating:

BLOG POSTS, SALES and PRODUCT RELEASES:
- Write a post, article, free pdf etc. related to any version of S&W  OR, get a sale going with product you already have OR release a new S&W Compatible product.
-Email me with a link to you blog, website etc. By 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, April 17th. Email both your link and title/sale. 
-Make the subject of your email: "Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Post (or sale)" and the blog/site title. Send email to: luxfaust@gmail.com

 -Make sure to have the actual post/sale by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th.
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog around 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th.


GIVEAWAYS/PROMOTIONAL DRAWING

If you or your company would like to contribute and get some attention on Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, figure out what product you would like to donate (pdf, print or both) and email me your list at luxfaust@gmail.com. Make sure that your subject line is "Swords & Wizardry Giveaways." Make sure you get this to me by 12:00 P.M EST on Sunday April 17th. 
April 17th I will make a post for those wishing to enter the drawings, featuring all products, companies, rules and eligibility.




Friday, April 15, 2016

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Livecast!

BROADCAST ANNOUNCEMENT!

Click on the link below to watch the Livecast Sunday night and be the first in the know about what is happening with new NEW Swords & Wizardry Complete. We will also be drawing the winners of any of the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaways live! With hosts: +Adam Muszkiewicz, +Donn Stroud,special co-host +R.J. Thompson and guests +James Spahn, +Stacy Dellorfano and the creator of Swords & Wizardry +Matt Finch. We will be bringing you the first official question & answer session regarding the new Kickstarter! Join us for the second annual broadcast at 8:15 PM EST, Sunday April 17th!

Drink, Spin, Run Official Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Podast, Live Recording



And don't forget if you want to participate, here is what you need to do:
 
- Write a post, article, free pdf etc. related to any version of S&W  OR, get a sale going with product you already have.
 
-Email me with a link to you blog, website etc. By 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, April 16th. Email both your link and title/sale. 
 
-Make the subject of your email: "Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Post (or sale) and the blog/site title. Send email to: luxfaust@gmail.com
 
-Make sure to have the actual post/sale by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th.
 
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog around 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th. 
 
If you need inspiration, here is a link to last year's SWAD festivities, Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveways!

With Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day coming up quick (just a few short days now) it is time to find out who is in for promotional giveaways this year. As of this morning, we know that Frog God Games is going to have some giveaways for us.
 
If you or your company would like to contribute and get some attention on Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, figure out what product you would like to donate (pdf, print or both) and email me your list at luxfaust@gmail.com. Make sure that your subject line is "Swords & Wizardry Giveaways." Make sure you get this to me by 6 P.M EST on Saturday April 16th. Sunday,
 
April 17th I will make a post for those wishing to enter the drawings, featuring all products, companies, rules and eligibility.