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Is it time for OSR 2.0?

The last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least. And it looks fans and creators have won for now. But the whole OGL drama and folks jumping to licenses and rewriting products got me thinking. Is it time for OSR 2.0?

I remember back in the hey day of the OSR. There wasn’t a week that went by that I didn’t see something that just made stop and say, “Wow! That’s so cool.” Sure. You couldn’t swing a stick without hitting yet another BX clone with some minor changes. But as time passed things got a little stale. It just seemed that really interesting and odd ball adventures and supplements didn’t have the same spark as they did earlier.

Let’s face it. This whole OGL mess, despite the current outcome, has thrown the hobby into chaos. Folks are looking for other games outside their corporate comfort zone. Publishers are looking at the products that they’ve already produced and ones that are in the works. Heck, even some Youtubers and bloggers started to reevaluate things. With all this going on, it’s the perfect to time to color outside the lines. Just go a little crazy. Make some cool stuff. Let’s rekindle that excitement from just a few years ago.

And yes. I’m following my own advice. You can follow my progress over on the Parteon and Locals on the top two projects that I’m working plus other updates.

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Dungeons & Lasers: Fantasy Bits

I picked up the Dungeons & Lasers: Fantasy Custom Bits on Amazon for cheap and figured that I’d share some thoughts on it since I haven’t that many reviews.

My primary reason for picking this up is some scatter terrain as well some random bits to accent other pieces. I know some one will ask how do these compare to Terrain Crate? To be honest. I don’t know. I haven’t picked up any Terrain Crate mini’s yet. From what I can gather from other reviews, the Terrain Crate plastic is more pliable than the Dungeon & Lasers.

So all the pieces are on sprues. I haven’t done the whole thing set so we’ll see how that goes. The plastic is good. I used some really cheap, crappy stuff from Dollar Tree and it isn’t like that. There are some gaps when assembling the multiple piece bits and there are some engineering problems. The good news is that many of the pieces are single solid pieces like the chests and barrels. Do you need to prime them? I couldn’t find a good answer online some of the below are primed and some aren’t and I didn’t really see any difference. And I used el cheapo craft paint. I used good old Super Glue to join the pieces.

Here’s the two pillars with some mini’s for scale. So they do seem a little small and you can see where the two pieces for each pillar join. What’s really odd on scale, is that there piles of books and compared to the miniatures those stacks are huge. So it seems that scaling is a bit off between the pieces.

The spiraling staircase is three pieces as you can see and miniatures only fit on the top. You can also see the base I added since that’s the only way I could have the thing stay standing. Looking at other pieces in the set, I’m expecting the same thing with the weapons rack and the mirror.

And here’s the candelabra. I think it’s a great piece. Scaled nicely and it’s a single piece of plastic. So overall, I’m happy with the set for some additional bits to add to other terrain or just use as additional scatter terrain. But don’t get too excited when you 70 pieces on the box. A bunch of those are tiny things sconces to add to a wall sections. Now some of the bits also are designed to attach to Dungeon & Lasers terrain but that shouldn’t be a problem when kit bashing.

I know that there’s lots of different types crafters out there. Me personally, I make the stuff to throw it on the table and play! So what may be only something minor to me, may be a deal breaker for others.

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1,000 Posts & OGL Drama

Yes, I’ve been blogging a long time. This isn’t my original blog. That one died along time ago and migrated to this one. And with this I’m hitting 1,000 posts. I was planning on doing something fun and cool but no. Instead, I’m going on an OGL rant.

Yep, still using that same old picture for the WOTC crew. You have to have been living under a rock to have not heard about the insanity around the new OGL. There’s already plenty of places around the Internet to get analysis and implications of the whole mess so I won’t go into all that. But what I will do is say what I’m doing. If you want to do the same then go ahead.

  • It’s been a long time since I bought any of the 5E books. The last thing I bought was the Ebberon book. Well, not another red cent to them.
  • I’m not spending money with any of the major licensees like Wizkids and not another dime to cool licensed merch.
  • Just say no to the D&D Movie.
  • Every time I see a Facebook ad or social media post from WOTC or D&D Beyond. I drop the hashtag of the day in the comments. Letting them know that these issues are not forgotten.

A lot of folks are putting out the reminder to be polite. OK, really don’t be a jerk. But you can be professional and terse in your responses.

Also, many people are fleeing to other games. Take this opportunity to be a sort of Ambassador for you favorite games. Post about them. A lot. Spread the word on cool games that don’t carry the corporate D&D label.

This is going to take a long time to resolve. Heck, it might even end up in court. Will WOTC win? I don’t know. But if they do win then let’s make it a Pyrrhic Victory.

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White Box Wednesday: Clerics and Their Spells

This post is finally going up and the OGL drama is still going on. But let’s talk about those clerics and their spells this week.

I know this image isn’t from White Box but it is an iconic cleric image. And I also know that I’m going to rehash some stuff in this post. So clerics. Nope not healbots. That is the biggest shock for anyone new to older games. But let’s stick the White Box version. No spells until 2nd Level. That’s right. And one of my favorite options, make Turn Undead a first level spell. This option is good if you want a really gritty game. Otherwise let them turn those Undead all day.

Like Magic-Users, Clerics have a very limited spell list. Another case of less is more. They already have decent armor and weapons, they don’t need any flash bang spells. It’s just my opinion but the original Cleric is a bizzaro combination of a Knight Templar, Van Helsing, and a Saint performing miracles. Their spells cover the basic things that they need to that is divine or supernatural. Everything else relies on their grit, determination and skill. Think about it. At best, a high level cleric will only get 4 1st level spells per day. That’s it.

And with that, I’m probably going to give White Box Wednesday’s a rest. Why? I want this OGL drama to get resolved and have a solid path forward. But that also basically (IMHO) a whole new version of many of these games and possibly more games on the horizon. Even maybe something from your truly. So keep with the other posts. Keep up with the blog. And have some fun gaming. We all need that now.

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White Box Wednesday: The Future?

I was going to write something else this week. You know a rant about Cleric spells. Instead, it’s about the whole OGL mess and wild guesses about the future.

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Let’s start with some bad news. It’s a long time since I’ve seen anything from Seattle Hill Games of White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game. So I’ve no idea what may happen to that. From what I’ve seen other publishers are keeping their eyes open and just planning at this stage.

There is some good news. Matt Finch of Swords & Wizardry did a live stream last week. Swords & Wizardry is getting scrubbed of OGL content. They are doing the Complete version first and then going on to Core and White Box.

And now for that selfish part. I don’t for sure what I’m going end up doing with the stuff I’ve published. Most of it is for White Box style play. There’s all the stuff for White Star that I might have to rewrite. The stuff for Barbaric! just might need to swap out licenses. And there’s the stand alone stuff. I don’t know what’s going to happen to that. I had all sorts of plans to write new stuff this year not rewrite stuff from years ago.

So there are some glimmers of hop in the future. Let’s hang on and make it through yet another year of crazy.

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