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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Last Call For SWAp Day Winners!

Alrighty then.  We have two winners of +James Spahn's White Box Omnibus that still need to claim their prizes!  +Nick Cooper is entitled to a PDF of the book, or $10 in BRG credit.  Also +Andrew Wolverton, winner of a softcover of the same title.

Please email me before May 1st to claim your prizes.

+Sophia Brandt, you were one of three winners of the Goldenrod Guides: a Guide to Combat for Swords & Wizardry PDF.  Please email me as well.

Email me at luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Goldenrod Giveaway Winners

Good Friday (Not like "Good Friday" the Friday before Easter, but like "I'm wishing you a good day, today, which is Friday.)  I swear I'm not drunk or high right now.

Right.  Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I would like to announce to you winners of the Goldenrod Guides: a Guide to Combat for Swords & Wizardry pdf.  I've got to say, either a bunch of people must have bought this OR people don't have any interest in getting a free copy. Either way, only nine people entered.  Want to know what came in the mail this week?  My shiny new Impact Miniatures D9.  That's right, I got a 9 sided die.  Nine people entered the contest.  Yep, the universe is telling me something.  That something is roll this new die and let it choose your winners.  When the universe tells you to roll dice, you damned well listen.  So I rolled.  *drum roll8 AND THE WINNER ARE:


Alright winners!  Congratulations!  Email me at luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com.  I'll respond to you with a coupon code for a free download at the Open Gaming Store!

If you didn't win, don't cry.  You can buy this thing of beauty right here for the low, low price of $2.99.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Come Joust With Us! OD&D/Chainmail Style Jousting Tourney For All!

Join our Joust Master (JM,) +Mike Davison and all of our knights in the OSR Jousting Community Jousting Fields of Normandy for The Second Annual Summer Faire of Karrog!  Join us as we joust for glory and old school swag!  Mike has a wonderful set of variant jousting rules based upon the ones found in "Chainmail."  The rules are free and it's free to play.  Create a knight and join in "play by post jousting!"  It's easy and fun, plus the winners get some old school stuff! What more reason do you need? Click the link and join up now! The joust begins May 1st.  Your knight must be registered with Mike prior to this.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Goldenrod Giveaway! Post SWAp Day Giveaway!

I have a fever, and the only prescription is more Swords & Wizardry.  Specifically I need to give you, the readers, more cool stuff.  Therefore, I am running a post SWAp Day giveaway!  I want to give you a PDF copy of my booklet: Goldenrod Guides: a Guide to Combat for Swords & Wizardry.
I know that right now you must be asking yourself "How can I win this cool thing?"  You can win by commenting with your favorite house rule to use when playing S&W (any version) OR a rule that you would like to see created for the game.  Comment here before 8:00 PM EST on Thursday April 23rd.  I will review all comments Thursday night and choose three winners.  The winners will be announced sometime Friday.  And, hey, if you don't win, you can always click the link on the right hand side of this page and buy it from the Open Gaming Store.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaway Winners

It is with great pleasure that I wish to announce the winners of the two Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaways.
The hardcover copy of Swords & Wizardry Core goes to +D.j. Chadwick!

Next up are the winner for the PDF copies of the White Box Omnibus by +James Spahn.  These go to +Nick Cooper, +Adam Hutcheson  and +Michael Morales

The softcover copy of White Box Omnibus will go to +Andrew Wolverton.

Last, the hardcover copy of White Box Omnibus will be going to +Gordon Richards.

If you are a winner of any prizes, please email me at luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com.

If you are a winner of the Omnibus and it turns out that you have a copy of your winning (or picked one up during the sales on Friday) +James Spahn will issue you a credit for RPG Now, toward any Barrel Rider Games product instead.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Compatibility Logo

Many of you have been awaiting this for some time.  It is my pleasure to give you the Swords & Wizardry Compatibility Logo!  

Creative Commons LicenseSwords & Wizardry Compatibility Logo by Christopher Arendt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

So, who can use this? Anyone. Period.  What can you put it on? You can place this logo on any product that is compatible with any of the three Swords & Wizardry Rulesets. It does not matter if the product is for profit, or free. That is it. Go ahead and stick this logo on your Swords & Wizardry product today!  Additionally, anyone can host the logo, so long as you link back to the originator and include the Creative Commons Attribution.

Swords & Wizardry Goldenrod Guide 1 - RELEASED!

So, many of you are aware of my labors on the various Goldenrod booklets for Swords & Wizardry Complete.  Well, my first has been released over at the Open Gaming Store!  That's right.  You can now be the proud owner of  Goldenrod Guides: a Guide to Combat for Swords & Wizardry. If you buy it today with the current sale, you can get it for less than $2.00!  So, show some support, go get me thing.

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015 - Contribution Index

 2015 Index

Happy Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day!  As a quick note, not all links will be working when this is first posted. Updates will be made a couple times throughout the day. Some folks will be working through the day to get several posts up.  Also, remember to tune in to the Livecasts tonight!  Keep checking back!  The Index will be updated throughout the day!

Appreciate the Creator:

+Matt Finch's updates:

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015 - Post 1

From what I gather in this forum post, Matt is going to start drinking at NTRPG Con and Knight people. You get a knighthood, you get a knighthood, EVERYBODY GETS A KNIGHTHOOD!

Appreciate Free Rulesets! Download All Three Swords & Wizardry Games Free!

Download Swords & Wizardry: Whitebox

Download Swords & Wizardry: Core

Download Swords & Wizardry: Complete

Appreciate Sales and Products:

Barrel Rider Games - New Release, White Box Demihumans, PWYW untile Midnight!

Chaotic Henchmen Productions is offering print copies of +Rob Kuntz's Dark Druids at 33% off today only!  Dark Druids Sale!

Frog God Games is running a 33% off ALL SWORDS & WIZARDRY PRODUCTS UNTIL MIDNIGHT!  This sale price is only good for ONE PURCHASE.  You cannot fill your cart multiple times, so make sure you grab everything that you want!  Frog God Games APPLY COUPON CODE: S&W-33%OFF

ADDITIONALLY the frogs have started a new Lost Lands Kickstarter today for both S&W and Pathfinder.  You can back it here: Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms Kickstarter

Genius Loci Games is giving us 30% off all Swords & Wizardry products!

Ivanhoe Unbound is releasing Demihuman Delvers a racial codex for S&W at a special Appreciation Day rate.  They are also releasing a bundle of their first three Black Box Book supplements!  These can be bought here: Demihuman Delvers and here: Black Box Books Bundle

The Open Gaming Store is having a sale in honor of the Appreciation Day.  40% off all Swords & Wizardry PDFs all day! Open Gaming Store - 40% OFF Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Sale

Sundered Blade Games has written a module in celebration of the day!  Pick it up here Free today! The Shrine of Sruukor

Three Sages Games is running a 50% off sale on all three of their Swords & Wizardry compatible products!  They can be found here at their Drive Thru RPG Page. This sale will be going on for a FULL WEEK!

Vince Florio (Wild Games Productions) and Brian Fitzpatrick (of Moebius Adventures) have produced two adventures so far their "Lost Age" line for Swords & Wizardry White Box, which will be offered at a 33% off for the event. links can be found here in Brian's Post.

Appreciate the Blogfest:

19th Level - White Box Thief

19th Level - White Box House Rules

Applied Phantasticality -Wild Talent Generator and Psychic Combat Simulator

Building the Middle Kingdoms - Weird World

Channel Zero - Swords & Wizardry Tomb of Horrors Pre-Gens

Die Heart - Why Swords & Wizardry

Dispatches From Kickassistan - A Stone's Throw

Dispatches From Kickassistan - Vault of the Living

Dispatches From Kickassistan - The Astral Seed

Dorkland - That Big Swords & Wizardry News 

Dungeon Fantastic - What I Like About Swords & Wizardry

Ed0War's Blog - The Badass

Gamers & Grognards - The First Goldenrod Guide Is Up For Sale!

The Gibbering Gamer - The Followers of Tset

Gothridge Manor - The Flayed King

Halfling's Luck - The Gift of Swords & Wizardry

Hereticwerks - New Monsters And A Compilation PDF!

Howard Andrew Jones -Swords And Wizardry Appreciation Day: Heroic Dueling

Humanitarian Orc - Torchbearer Class

Leicester's Ramble - Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day

Lost in Time - Trouble in Trollwood, An Old Norse Inspired Adventure

Moebius Adventures Contribution

MSJX - The Sword Tomb

Nerdomancer of Dork - New Take On Attribute/Task Checks For Swords & Wizardry

Northport -In appreciation of Swords and Wizardry

The Other Side Blog - Multiclassing

The Other Side Blog - The Ovegua

Polar Bear Dreams and Stranger Things -Play Your Hand Well

The Retro Chamber - Free Download - The Goo Grimoire

Small Niche Games/OSR Today - Freelance Factions: Burrowmoor and the Blackthorn Society

Tales of Aeril - Potions & Monsters

Tenkar's Tavern - Tavern Tankard Giveaway!

The Theoretical GM - Contribution

They Might Be Gazebos - Outer Space Raiders For Swords & Wizardry

Appreciate the Broadcasts:

There will be TWO Live Broadcasts for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day! 
DRINK SPIN RUN - DSR will be running the first of the Livecasts.  +Adam Muszkiewicz and +Donn Stroud will be hosting the event with special guests +Matt Finch (creator of S&W)  +James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games) and yours truly.  A special drawing will be held strictly for those watching live! Check out the info and link to watch live at 9:00PM EST/6:00PM PST on April 17th:

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast - Happy Jacks' +Tim Huntley will be hosting a Livecast following the DSR Livecast.  As noted above, there will be a second chance to win all of the White Box Omnibus prizes on this Livecast!  So, when you've finished listening to DSR, tune in to Happy Jacks for more Live S&W goodness!  This broadcast will go live at 11:00PM EST/8:00 PM PST on April 17th:

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast: Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Livecast

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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Is Nigh - Time For A Rundown!

Happy Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Eve!
Allow me the opportunity to give you the run down of tomorrow's festivities.
First off is the Swords & Wizardry Blogfest.  If you have not sent me your entry, and intend to participate the deadline is 8:30 EST tonight.  Even if you have mentioned your intention to me, you will not be listed on the blog tomorrow if you do not register by tonight.  The only exceptions are those whom I have already expressly spoken with regarding this. You can register following the guidelines listed:

I look forward to all of the material and stories that we should be getting from this! It is my intention to have the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015 Index posted around 12:00 PM EST on Friday, April 17th.
Likewise, if you or your company is running a sale for S&W related product, you have the same deadline and email.
At present Gamers & Grognards is aware of no less than 5 Giveaways happening tomorrow!
1st - +Tony T will be giving away ONE Hardback Copy of Swords & Wizardry Core.  I will be doing this drawing myself live on the DSR livecast (details below.)  You can enter to win this prize at:
2nd +James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games is giving away FIVE copies of his White Box Omnibus.  One hardcover, one softcover and three PDFs.  James will be doing the drawing for these LIVE on the DSR livecast (details below.)  Details to enter can be found at:
3rd - James has made me aware of a very special giveaway.  He will be giving away a new Swords & Wizardry related MYSTERY PRODUCT live on the DSR Livecast.  ONLY LIVE VIEWERS will be able to win this one!
4th -  +Tim Huntley has partnered with James to DUPLICATE THE WHITE BOX OMNIBUS GIVEAWAY on Happy Jacks RPG Podcast!  Yes, that means a total of 10 Copies of the Omnibus will be given away Friday night! Yes, that means that James has gone completely mad! Contact Tim for details on this giveaway.  See below for details on the Happy Jacks livecast.
5th -  None other than the founder of the original Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, +Erik Tenkar will doing his own giveaway!  Erik will be giving away a Tenkar's Tavern Tankard on Friday!  You can go to the Tavern for details:
There will be TWO Live Broadcasts for Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day! 
DRINK SPIN RUN - DSR will be running the first of the Livecasts.  +Adam Muszkiewicz and +Donn Stroud will be hosting the event with special guests +Matt Finch (creator of S&W)  +James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games) and yours truly.  Check out the info and link to watch live at 9:00PM EST/6:00PM PST on April 17th:
Happy Jacks RPG Podcast - Happy Jacks' +Tim Huntley will be hosting a Livecast following the DSR Livecast.  As noted above, there will be a second chance to win all of the White Box Omnibus prizes on this Livecast!  So, when you've finished listening to DSR, tune in to Happy Jacks for more Live S&W goodness!  This broadcast will go live at 11:00PM EST/8:00 PM PST on April 17th:
I have already been made aware of three sales happening on S&W Appreciation Day.  If you or your company intend to have a sale and want a link up, please see #1 and follow the same criteria as Blogfest participants.
While it's tiring, I've been having a pretty good time running the even, thus far.  It is my intention, at this time, to make Gamers & Grognards the home of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day every year for the foreseeable future.  I will revisit the topic sometime following the Day itself.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Broadcast Special Guest Announcement plus a THIRD GIVEAWAY!

Good Evening!  It is with exceptional pride that I announce our special guest for Friday Night's Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Broadcast!  In addition to +James Spahn+Adam Muszkiewicz+Donn Stroud and myself we will be joined by none other than the creator of Swords & Wizardry, +Matt Finch himself!  Come to the hang out and here the discussion!  

If that isn't enough to get you viewing us live on Friday night, I need to announce that James will be running additional giveaways.  Firstly, he has added three PDF copies of the White Box Omnibus to the prize pool, thus giving us FIVE drawings on air for those that have entered the giveaway!  That isn't all, folks.  James has told me that he wants to have a LIVE VIEWERS ONLY GIVEAWAY! That is one lucky watcher of the show will be chosen at random from the viewers left at the end of the show!  What does the view win?  Well, that is a surprise.  Let me tell you, our mystery surprise is extra badass!  If you love old school gaming, you don't want to miss out on this one!  

So, tune in to the Drink Spin Run Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Live Stream Friday Night at 9:00 PM.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Sale at Open Gaming

On Friday, several sites intend to get sales going.  All of them will be listed in the S&W App Day index under Sales.  However, to get a jump, I would like to announce that the Swords & Wizardry SRD's own +John Reyst will be holding a special sale.  On Friday ALL Swords & Wizardry PDFs in the Opening Gaming storefront will be 40% off.  This includes official Frog God Games releases like Rappan Athuk and the newly release Sword of Air.  You will be able to take advantage of this sale right here in the Open Gaming Store.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Appreciation Will Be Televised! Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Live Broadcast & A Giveaway At Tenkar's Tavern

Three Updates on S&W Appreciation Day today.
1.  This is a biggie.  Gamers & Grognards in cahoots with +Adam Muszkiewicz and +Donn Stroud of the Drink, Spin, Run RPG Podcast will be doing a live Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day broadcast over G+ Hangouts!  We will have special guest +James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games on with us.  James and I will be doing the drawings for the S&W giveaways live on air.  After the show is done I will get a post up on G&G listing the winners, for those not able to watch.  We will be discussing S&W, favorite Appreciation Day blog posts, possibly revealing upcoming product, and maybe taking watcher questions.  Join us for the Appreciation.
Furthermore, the artist that has been working (and scrapping) and working again, on the  Creative Commons S&W Compatibility Logo is getting it complete now.  We will be unveiling this long awaited project for public consumption during the broadcast.
You will be able to watch right here, Friday April 17th at 9:00 PM. 
2. I want to apologize to everyone who sends me a link for the blogfest in case I do not write back to you to confirm.  I am already being hit with links (which is good.)  Between the blogfest, my daughter and my day job, I will simply not have time to respond to everyone individually.  Rest assured, if you have emailed/are emailing a submission, you are not being ignored and it will be posted on Friday.

3. The man who originally created S&W Appreciation Day, +Erik Tenkar, will be running his own giveaway!  Tenkar will be giving away one Tenkar's Tavern mug!  Please see his post for details: Tenkar's Tavern Mug

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaway, Round 2: Barrel Rider Games

Good morning!  It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the SECOND in our series of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaways! +James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games has announced that he will be donating both a hardcover and softcover copy of his best selling WHITE BOX OMNIBUS for S&W White Box. This is pretty good.  For those not in the know, James's White Box series has had at least one item in RPGNow's Top 10 selling items since he started releasing them! We will draw two names for this giveaway, one winner for the hardback and one for the softcover.  What is in the Omnibus? Here's what James said upon the release: 
Now you can get it all in one place! White Box Omnibus is a compilation of all the material found in White Box Companion, White Box Treasures, White Box Bestiary, White Box Adventures: The Wererat's Well, White Box Adventures: The Wizard's Tower, and White Box Adventures: The Dragon's Hoard.

But wait, there's more!

It includes twenty-five pages of new material never before published! Add a two-fisted monk to your adventuring party, experience the power of artifacts from ages past and encounter a plethora of new monsters!

Bring your Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox campaign together with the Willow Valley Gazetteer! Over twenty pages of brand new material detailing the region where all these adventures are set. Easy to drop into any campaign, it'll add depth to the featured adventures and provide hooks for even more sword & sorcery thrills! Brave the Swamps of Sithiss or explore the Stoneaxe Citadel! Visit the halflings of Burrowmoor and help the citizens of Willowford find peace!

Over 130 pages of Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox fun!
How to enter?  See below:
1. In the comments on any of the G+ forums that this is posted in, leave a comment telling us why you love Swords & Wizardry Whitebox.

2. Comments must be left by 12:00 AM on Thursday April 16th. 
3. We will randomly determine a winner (likely by dice roll.)  The winner will be announced on Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, at which point we can get the winner's shipping address.

4. James will send the books to the lucky winners.

That's it.  Go see your local lucky Halfling and start your commenting now!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Giveaway!

It is my pleasure to announce that one of the first Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day contributions is in, and we need a head start on it.  This will be a Giveaway!  +Tony T has purchased a copy of the hardcover Swords & Wizardry Core Rules and would like to give it away to one lucky reader!  How, you ask, do you enter in the giveaway to win this great prize?  Simple.
1. In the comments on any of the G+ forums that this is posted in, leave a comment telling which of the three versions of Swords & Wizardry is your favorite and why.
2. Comments must be left by 12:00 AM on Thursday April 16th. 
3.  I will randomly determine a winner (likely by dice roll) on the 16th.  The winner will be announced on Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, at which point we can get the winner's shipping address.
4. Tony will send the book to the lucky winner.
That's it.  Start your commenting now!
*Offer not available on Barsoom.  Elder Gods ineligible to compete.  Winner is responsible for shipping if located in the Outer Planes.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day 2015

Good day, good people (and lawful & chaotic ones too.)

It has been some time since we have had a Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day.  It's high time that it happens again!  It is not secret that I love S&W (the amount of time that I spend working on Goldenrod should be an indication.)  I think that S&W Appreciation Day should be an annual event.  Therefore, I have spoken with +Matt Finch and +Erik Tenkar (who has no intention of nearly killing himself organizing this again) and taken on the privilege (burden?) of hosting S&W App. I will be hosting a blogfest.  If you sell S&W materials (for any of the three iterations of the game) I will post links to those as well.  So, how do you take part in this? 
- 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 Thursday, 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 
-Make sure to have the actual post/sale active by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th.
-Email to me at: luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on April 17th. 
-Receive the glory of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day.
Share this around!  Let's make this day bigger than it was last time!