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Tales of the Scarecrow for Lamentations of the Flame Princess

James Raggi IV is still cranking out those creepy fun adventures. This time it’s Tales of the Scarecrow and it’s only $2.50.
This is a really short and compact adventure and how long it takes a party to get through will all depend on the party. Tales of the Scarecrow is very much a”It Depends What The Party Does” type of adventure. A party could get through it in a matter of minutes or spend an entire evening messing with place.
I won’t go into any spoilers but the whole adventure centers around a cornfield, a scarecrow and a three-room farmhouse. That’s it. There’s basically one monster. Yeah, just one. And in true Raggi fashion there some awesome but very dangerous magic items that have some interesting side effects. The whole adventure is only 10 pages.
What I really like about so many of the Lamentations adventures is that the choices that the player characters makes can have an effect on the game world and the campaign (looking at you Death Frost Doom). It’s not just a Hack ’em and Slash ’em and move on. When I’m stuck on writing something or just wondering if want I spent a couple hours feverishly hashing out, I read a little of James Raggi’s stuff. It’s sort of a bench mark for coolness and uniqueness.
Tales of the Scarecrow has a lot punch in just a few pages and couple of encounters. Well worth checking out.

YARC! & The $20 Dungeon

I know I haven’t posted that much about YARC! or any of my other projects in a while. It doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been in the back of my mind. It’s then end of the year and the holidays and a bunch of other crap just keeps getting in the way. But never fear dear reader. There is a plan.
YARC! will continue to be on going project. As I get more and more tidbits done, I’ll post them here and then who knows what exactly I will do with the finished version? Not me that’s for sure.
I’ve got another little side project. The $20 Dungeon. No, this isn’t an adventure. I sort of got the idea with my little DIY terrain posts. So I got thinking just how much dungeon terrain can I put together for just $20. Since it’s Christmas time, I’m spending way too much time in stores so I’m taking the opportunity to shop around and grab up a few things. So stay tuned for that.
And that is sort of what’s going on.

Wizardawn: Check It Out

Hot damn. I don’t even remember what exactly I was searching for but I stumbled across this site. And what can I say. It’s looks damn handy.
Wizardawn has not only systemless generators for your good old OSR game but also Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC and Swords & Wizardry. How sweet is that? I mean like a whole dungeon. Pretty damn, cool. Not only that but there’s some cool looking free games. And who doesn’t like free. I could sit here and rant on about it but just head over there and start playing with it. It’ll be worth your time.

There’s No Storytelling in the OSR

WTF? OK, yeah. When I have time I wander around the Internet and see whatever crosses my path. Sometimes I’m bored, sometimes I find something really neat and then sometimes I just scratch my head. This is one of those scratch my head moments.
I see this pop up every now and then. But isn’t storytelling something that isn’t very “Old School”? Like I keep saying, “No”. Storytelling versus Hack & Slash have been one of those debates that have been around since the beginning. It boils down to the good old “You’re playing it wrong”, “I heard it…” and “My DM …” ideas. Story or no story isn’t about the rules. It boils down to the people sitting at the table. If the DM just runs hack & slash marathons and ignores story hooks from the players. If the players run their characters with less personality than an 8-bit video game character then it doesn’t matter what the DM has planned or tries to do. No story happens.
For storytelling to happen it takes both a DM and a group of players willing to tell a story. It’s just that simple. Personally, I find it easier to tell stories with OSR type games because you aren’t sitting around messing with a whole butt load of clunky mechanics or updating a spreadsheet just to figure out what your attack bonus is.
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The Noble d30

I was going through my dice bags the other day and there it was my hefty d30. I hadn’t used that thing in years but it’s still there ready and waiting.
I’ve got plenty of charts and stuff to use it with but I don’t why I rarely do. Right now, it’s easy to figure out. I’m not playing or running a game that would use any of those charts. But I still miss the guy.
There’s plenty of stuff out there just do a little Google search and you’ll see. But I just don’t think that this handy dandy tool is remembered enough. On my very long to do list is make up a note book of all those neat d30 charts and probably make some of my own. Crits, fumbles, encounters and random treasure, The usual stuff but still fun.
Yes, I know this is a rambling post. I do that sometimes.