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    Free B/X Bandits--"Monster of the Week: Carnivorous Garden"

    Michael Moorcock's "The Knight of the Swords" includes an animated magical garden of bloodthirsty plants surrounding the castle of the sorcerer Shool. This seems like a wonderful obstacle for player characters attempting to invade the tower of a powerful B/X magic-user. :)...
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    Review Here's what I love most about B/X...

    With so many editions of Dungeons & Dragons out there, including past editions, their retroclones, and simulacra, someone unfamiliar with B/X might ask what's so great about it. Answers will vary with the person asked, but I went over the Basic and the Expert books, and here's what I decided...
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    Free Monster of the Week: Water Demon

    Micheal Moorcock’s The Queen of the Swords includes a very interesting, and from a D&D perspective, unusual threat—the Lake of Voices. Here’s my take on a version playable in B/X. Monster of the Week: Water Demon
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    Review Source Material: "Castle", by David Macaulay

    The castle construction rules in the Cook/Marsh D&D Expert book are more interesting when you’ve read one of the non-fiction sources Tom Moldvay recommends in his D&D Basic book. Source Material: “Castle”, by David Macaulay
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    Review From Jonathan Becker, Comes Chaos

    I finally took an opportunity to write up my thoughts on the B/X setting “Comes Chaos”, by Jonathan Becker. From Jonathan Becker, Comes Chaos
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    Press What IS B/X, in 2022?

    After publishing my article last month about the large amount of new material available for B/X, I received responses from multiple readers questioning why I had omitted material for compatible retro-clones. Here’s my follow-up...
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    Review Source Material: "The King of the Swords", by Michael Moorcock

    I conclude my analysis, from a D&D perspective, of Michael Moorcock’s Swords Trilogy with a discussion of “The King of the Swords”. Source Material: "The King of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock
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    Press Monster of the Week: Ursine Warrior

    What happens when the barbarian chieftain threatening the realm calls upon the powers of Chaos to grant him victory? https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/monster-of-the-week-ursine-warrior
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    Press Magical Treasure: Sigil of Authority

    I like magic items that can make B/X thieves more effective in their role, especially at low levels, where they struggle to be more than the "backstab specialist" and the "climb walls specialist". The sigil of authority is designed to help any character (but it's a natural fit for thieves) be...
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    Press Monster of the Week: The Metaphysical Horde

    While reading Michael Moorcock's "The Queen of the Swords", I became fascinated by the idea of an unpredictable, unstoppable force, randomly fighting for one alignment or another. Here, in D&D terms, is an adaptation of Moorcock's concept...
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    B/X Lives!

    B/X fans have got it pretty good these days. https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/bx-lives
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    D&D General Monster of the Week: Felinus

    My take on Whiskers, from Michael Moorcock’s “The Queen of the Swords”: https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/monster-of-the-week-felinus?r=9qcce&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
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    D&D General Source Material: "The Queen of the Swords", by Michael Moorcock

    My analysis, from a D&D perspective, of Michael Moorcock's "The Queen of the Swords", the middle novel in "The Swords Trilogy". https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/source-material-the-queen-of-the
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    D&D General Monster of the Week: Grievous Bat

    Another monster inspired by Michael Moorcock's "The Knight of the Swords"--something other than dragons or griffons for aerial knights to ride, if they can keep their mounts in check... https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/grievous-bat
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    D&D General The Beating Heart of the OSR, Part 2

    The qualitative part of this review turned out to be more of a challenge than I had expected, but I settled on a conclusion that satisfies me as to the nature of the role B/X has played in the OSR to-date...
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    D&D General Monster of the Week: Eln

    I recently read Michael Moorcock's Swords Trilogy. I really like the rivalry he establishes between the elf-like Vadhagh and the equally ancient Nadragh, as well as his inclusion of both magic and technology in some of his fantasy stories. The elnes are my attempt to create an equaly powerful...
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    D&D General The Beating Heart of the OSR, Part 1

    I love the history of D&D! So when I ran into the repeated claim that B/X is the basis for more OSR games than any other system, I had to dig into it. Part 1 of 2... https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/the-beating-heart-of-the-osr?r=9qcce&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web "A common opinion I’ve...
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    D&D General Monster of the Week: Chaos Koi

    The greatest danger of metaphysical Chaos may be unpredictability, rather than malice. https://bxbandits.substack.com/p/monster-of-the-week-chaos-koi?r=9qcce&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
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    D&D General Source Material: "The Knight of the Swords" by Michael Moorcock

    For a long time, I've wanted to read through the works and authors on Moldvay's "Inspirational Source Material" list in the 1981 Basic rules, and Gygax's "Appendix N" list in the original DMG. I'm starting with Michael Moorcock's "The Knight of the Swords," identifying details from D&D rules...
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    D&D General Monster of the Week: Positron

    While it is not universally beloved, I am a fan of the D&D tradition of naming monsters using puns and wordplay. This creation grew out of my interest in AD&D's energy planes, and the following note I made about using "positron" as a creature name: "Relentlessly positive monster."...
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