Dec 052012

Lamentations of the Flame Princess Anniversary Sale! This week only!
That’s right! James Raggi has a big sale going on this week. Like 50% off big sale! If you haven’t picked up anything from him yet. Just do it.
You can pick up the titles at Drivethrurpg or the LotFP Store.
If you haven’t picked up Lamentations of the Flame Princess-Grind House Edition, Vornheim or Death Frost Doom. Just do and do it now. These are just freaking awesome products. Snatch them up. Really, do it.
Other great stuff to grab up if you haven’t yet is Tower of the Stargazer and Isle of the Unknown. Both just freaking awesome. Crap, I sound like some crazy little fan boy. But like I said, these are fun devious adventures for an OSR game.
Personally, I liked Weird New World but some reviews haven’t been so kind but yes. That another one that I’d recommend.
And yes, I did put some of hard earned money where my mouth is. I really don’t have that much for gaming budget but I just picked The God That Crawls and Green Devil Face No. 5. Heard both of those are darned good.
Also, Troll Lord Games has a their own holiday sale going on. Some deep discounts and some cool stuff. Personally, I’m fond of the the whole Haunted Highlands and Black Tooth Ridge series of adventures. It’s a nice little sandbox to play in. The Engineering Dungeons book is also pretty damned handy. The Black Libram of Nartarus has cool stuff for evil characters and some really nasty spells and stuff. Also a pretty good little source book. But damn it, I’m still waiting for the Castle Keeper’s Guide to reach a reasonable price. That PDF is just too damned expensive. I guess we’ll wait and see on this one.
Happy shopping!

Mar 052012

So if you were a Kickstart backer then you should have your PDF by now. But for those of you didn’t, well, you’ll just have to buy it in a bit. The guys over at Troll Lord Games have put together a pretty darned selection of classic monsters.
So how many tomes of monsters do we really need? I’m of the opinion that you never have enough good ones and think this is pretty good one. All these beasts have already appeared somewhere before, hence CLASSIC monsters (Yes, even the mighty Flumph.) Plus you can never have too many versions of the Tarrasque just to keep the players honest. But what I do like is the slightly different twists to put monsters into the C&C framework. This isn’t a bad thing because it’s still pretty easy to translate stuff into your retro-clone of choice.
Like most monster books, each entry has its own bit of fluff text. Just that slightly different bit of perspective on creature is enough to give the inspiration to do some tweaking and then viola something the players won’t be expecting. Speaking of things players won’t expect the book has plenty of obscure creatures to challenge the players. There’s a good representation of monsters across levels and types. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a good outsider, evil fey, undead, abominations, elementals or whatever. Hell, there’s a great collection of lycanthropes to chose from (Were-Shark anybody?) There’s a damned good chance that there’s something that you use.
The only negative thing I have to say is that I wish there a few pieces of art here and there. Because my aged grognard brain may not always remember what a creature looks like (for example the Meazel) but that’s no biggie.
Overall, I’m really happy that I picked this up. Even more twists on familiar monsters are just a good spring board to create your own creature creations and besides not everybody has their old Fiend Folio laying around.