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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Highlights From the Land of OS:A Look At What's Hot at the 2014 U-Con OSR Track

What do we have in store in the new OSR Track this year at U-Con? Plenty of awesome things. That's what. Just take a look as some of the featured events! If you have not registered yet, click the link on this blog and do so!


What Is This OSR Thing Anyway?: Friday evening at 6:00 PM we bring you four OSR Industry Insiders along with two of Michigan's most prolific OSR bloggers together on a panel to tackle what has, again become as hot topic. That topic is the question “What, exactly, is the OSR.” Join, Doug Kovacs (Of DCC RPG art and cartography fame,) Jim Wampler (creator of Marvin the Mage and one of the host of the “Spell Burn” and “Save or Die” podasts,) Tim Snider (author of the Mutant Future supplement “Deviant Database” and co-author of the horror game system “Cryptworld”,) Bill Barsh (president and author of Pacesetter Games & Simulations modules) along with Adam Muskiewicz (of the Dispatches from Kickassistan blog and editor of the “Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad” DCC zine) and Ryan Thompson (writer of the Gamers & Grognards blog) to hammer out this long standing debate!

Mutant Future: Gimme Shelter III: Down to Earth – Join Tim Snider, a Mutant Lord who knows loves the Mutant Future like none other, in this special event, part three of “Gimme Shelter” the third part in a series that he has been releasing as free modules for your post apocalyptic needs!


AD&D: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks: Saturday, in honor of this year's theme: 40 Years of D&D, DM Shawn Dry is bringing us a special treat! Shawn will be running “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks” on it's intended system “AD&D” in it's entirety! To accomplish this Shawn will run this classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons module in three parts over three time slots during the day. The adventure begins at 9:00 AM and continues through the day in the 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM time slots! So this begs the question: Are you old school enough to tackle this entire adventure in one day?

Mutant Crawl Classics RPG: The Warlord of ATOZ: U-Con is proud to present a demo game of the up and coming “Mutant Crawl Classics RPG” being run by none other than “Spell burn's” Jim Wampler! If you love DCC and Post Apocalyptic scenarios, you won't want to miss out on this!

AD&D 1e/OSRIC: Game with the Creator: It Rose From Below: The discerning grognard will not want to miss out on a new release for 1st Edition play. Join president of Pacesetter Games & Simulations, Bill Barsh as he runs a special U-Con release, never seen before made to be played with the AD&D/OSRIC rules! This will be the first time the module is publicly played or seen! Be their if you're a fan of old school AD&D!

Dungeon Crawl Classics: The Spine Wizard's Tower: Join us for the OSR Track's featured Saturday Night game! Doug Kovacs runs his adventure: “The Spine Wizard's Tower” for U-con attendees!

A strange tower shows up in the village square overnight. A void-eyed wizard emerges from the tower and declares "Your world is lost! Join me and you will be saved!" Then the wizard disappears into the tower again. Hilarity ensues.


Mutant Crawl Classics RPG: The Museum at the End of Time: Bring your breakfast Sunday Morning and join Judge Jim as he presents you with an early look at what a 0-Level funnel looks like in the post-apocalypse! Another demo of the as yet to be released “Mutant Crawl Classics!”

Swords & Wizardry Complete: Palace of the Vampire Queen: What do you get when you combine a clone of the first version of D&D created, with the first ever publish module? A great way to celebrate 40 Years of D&D is what! Join Referee Ryan Thompson and the Michigan OSR in an epic close to a perfect weekend as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons as only the OSR can!

We will be hosting the first-ever published full-length module, "Palace of the Vampire Queen," being run with the popular clone of the Original Dungeons & Dragons rules, Swords & Wizardry Complete! We hope you can join us for this event to close out the weekend! For 3 centuries the peasants of the Dwarvish island of Baylor have feared the raids of the Vampire Queen and her minions. Sweeping down at night from the palace in the shrouded peaks of the island, they range ever farther in their search for blood. And not only blood--the children of dwarf peasants often disappear if they are so unfortunate as to be out at night. Even the cities are no longer safe. The most recent victim was the Princess of Baylor, daughter of King Arman, who was taken in a midnight raid on the capital city of Ar Toe within the past weeks. King Arman has offered fabulous riches and land holdings with titles to the person or persons who can brace the stronghold of the Vampire Queen and return his daughter to him alive and well. But, in truth, he holds little hope. For even King Arman, Ruler of Baylor, Defeater of the Ten Orc Tribes, is afraid in his heart to face the Vampire Queen.

If you have Old School Love, make sure you don't miss these events!