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  1. Libertad

    OSR [Let's Read] Magical Industrial Revolution

    Most D&D settings, OSR and otherwise, are pretty conservative in wanting to maintain a stagnated level of pseudo-medieval technology. Innovations, magical and otherwise, have various handwavium explanations for why they fail to impact society especially in regards to economy and standards of...
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    2E [A semi-Let's Read] The unsung genius of the 2nd Edition Dragonlance Chronicles

    Hello everyone. Some of you may not know this, but sometime last year I did a sort-of Let's Read compiling a list of changes made to edition conversions of the Dragonlance Chronicles adventure series. Someone else on the Something Awful FATAL & Friends thread was already doing a review proper...
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    OSR [Let's Read] The Class Alphabet for Dungeon Crawl Classics

    A more recent release in comparison to my other reviews, I made a rare exception to cover the Class Alphabet for several reasons. Partly because it’s a collaborative community effort by over two dozen people, and the different writing styles and design philosophies are presently obvious. But...
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    5E [Let's Read] Unbreakable Volume 1

    The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. -Morihei Ueshiba There’s no denying that medieval Europe dominates the conceptual playspace of Dungeons & Dragons when it comes to fantasy counterpart cultures. And even on that note it draws most of its influence from Medieval Britain, with a...
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    5E The Wagadu Chronicles: A free African Fantasy introductory setting, adventure, & bestiary

    The Wagadu Chronicles is a 5th Edition compatible fantasy setting deriving strong influence from African history and folklore. It details the land of Wagadu, which people are "born into" by falling from the Upper World and are taken in by nearby communities or spirits to start new lives in this...
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    OSR [Let's Read] The Nightmares Underneath: 2nd Edition

    Hello everyone and welcome to my next Let’s Read! I realize it’s been a long time coming, but a lot of stuff’s been going on in life that disrupted my regular schedule. However, now that I have more time to devote to writing, I’m fulfilling my promise to those who voted for this book way back in...
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    Five Torches Deep

    It seems these days that there's a retroclone for just about every Dungeons & Dragons edition and popular concept in tabletop gaming. But one of the remaining untapped markets is using the rules systems of fantasy D20 editions to simulate an 'old school feel.' Five Torches Deep strips 5th...
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    OSR What OSR Book Should I Review Next?

    Those keeping up with my work likely know that I reviewed a bunch of 5th Edition books, and I plan on doing so in the future. But it’s good to shake things up a bit and take a break, so I figured that reviewing some old-school style sourcebooks would be a nice change of pace. Below are four...
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    5E [Let's Read] Five Torches Deep

    The concept of RPGs that are “like Dungeons & Dragons, but X!” is a very dry well by late 2019. Straight clones of every major iteration of D&D are over 10 years old, while popular newer products attempt instead interesting and novel spins. The Nightmares Underneath is a cross between Darkest...
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    Odyssey of the Dragonlords

    The style and flair of Ancient Greece can be found in Dungeons & Dragons in various forms. The polytheistic style pantheons and myriad monster types point to its influence in a 'setting neutral' way. But when it comes to worlds explicitly styled after the eras of glorious Athens and the Trojan...
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    5E [Let's Read] 5e: HARDCORE MODE

    The image of a polyhedron-shaped skull has been staring at me for the past month and a half whenever I logged onto Drive-Thru RPG. I found myself shrugging it off at first, but as the weeks went by this book still remained within the top-selling category. The sinister song finally wore me down...
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    5E [Let's Read] 5e 3rd Party Class Sourcebooks

    Hello everyone! This is not a Let's Read of a single product so much as a bunch of smaller sourcebooks detailing new classes and subclasses for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. The OP will serve as a WIP Table of Contents linking to later posts. I'm focusing on some of the more well-known...
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    5E High 5e: Review, Resource, & Request Thread

    Hello everyone. During my work on Odyssey of the Dragonlords I came up with the idea of reviewing third party 5th Edition sourcebooks for the Den. Much like the OGL of the 3rd Edition era, we have tomes ranging from professional writers with high production value to shovelware cash grabs. While...
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    5E [Let's Read] Odyssey of the Dragonlords

    Greetings everyone, and welcome to my next Let’s Read! I know that I said I’d review SIGMATA, but I found myself feeling a lot more passionate about another book. As such undertakings take quite a bit of time and effort on my part, I felt it best to do the ones that fill me with the most...
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    2E [Let's Read] Al-Qadim: Land of Fate Boxed Set

    Hello everyone! I’m back from my writing hiatus, and as promised my next review is for one of 2nd Edition’s more innovative settings. First published in the early 90s, Al-Qadim drew heavily from Arabian Nights and Middle Eastern history. Its first sourcebook, Arabian Adventures, was light on...
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    General [Let's Read] Dragonlance: Dragons of Krynn

    For a 3rd party publishing company, Sovereign Press did quite well in producing large books with high production values. In its 4 years it made 3 map packs, 3 era/setting companion books, a Bestiary and a Revised update as part of its own print run, a 3-book conversion of the original AD&D...
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    General [Let's Read] Dragonlance: War of the Lance

    Happy New Year everyone! I figured that my Let’s Read for 2020 should cover an appropriately iconic Dungeons & Dragons setting: Dragonlance during the War of the Lance! As of 2020 the Dragonlance setting has had 4 official rulesets: 1st Edition AD&D, 2nd Edition AD&D, the unique SAGA System...
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    General [Let's Read] Dragonlance: Towers of High Sorcery

    Dragonlance was in a rather interesting position during the 3rd Edition era of gaming. Albeit an official setting, Wizards of the Coast wanted to focus on its three major worlds for publishing: Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk (albeit in bits and pieces), and the soon-to-be-released Eberron. In 2003...
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    General [Let's Read] Dragonlance: Legends of the Twins

    When it comes to gaming, most Dragonlance players are familiar with one of two eras: either the original Chronicles which spanned an epic fantasy against a dragon-themed evil empire, or the Fifth Age which detailed events fifty years after the former. But a new trilogy of books revolving around...
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    Deadlands is retconning the Confederacy away. They lost the war, no longer playable.

    So I found this on a Savage Worlds Facebook group of some other big changes coming to Deadlands. The Confederacy is being retconned so that it lost the war and is no longer a playable faction. This was listed as one of several things in an October update on the official site.
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