Dark Basements: Swords & Wizardry in Play by Post

Follow Our Game Here! One of the struggles with an interest in old styles of gaming is finding people to actually sit down and play the game with you. I made mention of my previous RPG excursions into Labyrinth Lord and D&D Basic. Most of the sessions for these games never went past a few meetings as they were intended to just introduce the game to my friends. Also it was hard to sell the concept of a megadungeon and a leveling system that started at 1500 xp. This was…

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The Dragon Magazine [Issues 1-5] (1976-1977)

My fascination with tabletop has always been an immersion into fantasy with the least amount of props and tools. A lapse into fantastic places with the use of dice, books, and pens which provide hours and days of entertainment over years has always been intriguing to the point of obsession. Tabletop RPGs offer the creativity, social, and introspective escapism to make it one of my premiere hobbies. As I travel further into the history of RPGS, some of my interests also lie in how this type of game emerged and…

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The Pledges of Happenstance [Playtest]

You are tasked to find the [OBJECT] of [NOUN] which is located in the [PLACE] guarded by [MONSTERS] under the rule of [BOSS] The Pledges of Happenstance was created out of both want and necessity. I wanted to play games at different places and my friends who I eventually convinced they needed to have it wherever we went. If you are like me, there is a desire to combine gaming with various social activities. While sitting at home playing at a proper table is always enjoyable, pick up games at…

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The Lost City (1982)

The Lost City

This article represents my continuation into the world of old school roleplaying games. The adventure for me has been to try to replicate, piece together, and imagine the experience of roleplaying in the 1980’s. This has been done by introducing my current play group to clones of older systems and even the preserved systems themselves. I took them last time through haunted halls with Labyrinth Lord and Stonehell Dungeon. Because most of them threatened me with bodily harm if we were to ever dive into a massive megadungeon again, I…

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Labyrinth Lord / Stonehell Dungeon

“Explore over 700 rooms, encounter more than 40 new monsters, and discover 18 mysterious magical items — and that’s just in the first book!” These games I am reviewing are not new. In fact, some of the newer ones are still nearing 10 years old with the majority of them being from decades past. Perhaps this review might be useful for people interested in old school Dungeons and Dragons and avoiding and welcoming some of the hilarity which comes in it’s package. For me, who adores the flavor of old…

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D&D BASIC (1983)

This is it. Months of pining over playing an actual game of Dungeons and Dragons using the basic rule set has finally come to a pass. The pass is when I acquired a original ruleset and forced all of my friends to come over and play it one Saturday. Sometimes one needs to take things in their own hands to get games rolling and stop thinking about what things would be like. What follows is a mix between review, history, and impressions of gameplay coming from a group that has…

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DUNGEONS OF FATE

Dungeons of Fate came about randomly at International Tabletop Day. When I say randomly, I mean that our DM for the Dungeons and Dragons basic game that I have been hyping up in previous articles never showed, so a table of us were left on our own. Luckily, and quite predictably, the question arose “does anyone have anything they want to play.” I have been long talking about my BaRPG kit, which includes a binder full of one off games and dice box designed for use in bars and at…

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INTO THE DUNGEON: Delving into Old School Tabletop RPGs

This article acts as my inauguration into the world of tabletop articles and reviews. For the past few years, I have been into playing, running, and modifying systems for a variety of tabletop play. Our editor, Brendan, asked if I wanted to start writing about my experiences. I did not know where to start, so I chose the beginning…sort of. I am sure you have heard the letters D&D and perhaps even AD&D. These stand for Dungeons and Dragons and Advanced Dungeon and Dragons. What about S&W, C&C, DCC, LL,…

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