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100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/21/2021 21:25:42

"Welcome to “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” the seventeenth entry in Skirmisher Publishing’s popular and bestselling series of system-free sourcebooks dedicated to inspiring rich stories and spicing up encounter areas with exciting curiosities!

“100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair” draws on the long spanning multicultural tradition of Vampire myth-telling across the world and, of course, the plentiful body of literature and films that feature them. This supplement is dedicated to the places where Vampires lurk and focuses on the horrors that accompany the denizens of their lairs and provides enough detail on each to bring them to life (so to speak). "

“100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” is a system agonistic tool kit from Skirmisher Publishing for dressing up your adventures or old school encounters. Vampires are the focus & one thing to remember is that vampires can be some of the most dangerous thinking NPC monsters in old school games. These undead can come in many varieties. The Ravenloft campaign setting for Advanced Dungeons & Dragon 1st & 2nd edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons have weaponized the vampire. Here we have “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” which helps to dress up a vampire's lair within 18 pages with a handful of dice. “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” is a great addition for a DM's tool box for creating a vampric NPC villain's base of operation. And for a classic dungeon master there's the Dragon magazine article from The Dragon October 1979 #30 'Good Evening' By Lenard Lakofka .

Reference photo taken from Wayne's Books.

“100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” works really well with the Dragon magazine article from The Dragon October 1979 #30 'Good Evening' By Lenard Lakofka for creating base or lair, contents, and even perhaps secondary options for adventures & encounters. So not only can “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” be remote lairs & adventure locations but also lairs in modern cities or fantasy city locations. “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” goes fast & loose enough to be used with a wide variety of rpg products. So if we want to take the route of the Call of Cthulhu rpg with “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” then there's another Skirmisher Publishing product we can use their classic 'Mythos Society Guide to New England'. Which goes into the history of vampires in Rhode Island.

Is there another OSR use for “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” to use this book to generate vampire lairs with Elf Lair Publishing Night Shift Veterans of the Supernatural Wars.

“100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” From Skirmisher Publishing is agonistic set of tables & reference pieces that brings that brings home the idea that home & lair are easily the central point of an old school & modern encounter. You can use “100 Oddities for a Vampire Lair,” From Skirmisher Publishing to dress your dungeons or modern encounters. Its easily worth the down load! Thanks for reading our review.. Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Blog Want more OSR Content?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector
Publisher: Independence Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/08/2021 21:41:32

"Designed to excel!

Robots are a common sight in Clement Sector. They are often seen taking on not only the jobs that humans, altrants, and uplifts cannot do but also the jobs where biological lifeforms are unwanted. Often seen as tools and machines rather than entities, few care if you endanger the existence of a robot.

Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector provides you with a detailed design sequence that allows you to create robots of all shapes and sizes. With Artificial, you can create everything from a common cargo loader to a state of the art synthetic companion. Anything from the average cleaner bot to a biosynth avatar of your starship's computer AI. "

"Artificial also provides a method to play a robot as a player character. Play anything from an efficient robot butler to a dangerous warbot!

Artificial is designed to be compatible with Clement Sector, Cepheus Engine, and any science fiction setting where robots are present.

It's time to create!"

Clocking in at one hundred pages of artificial A.I. & robotic guideline goodness for the Clement Sector. And this supplement Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector By Michael Johnson fits the bill quite well. The Clement & Earth sectors use all of the A.I. bells & whistles from the Cepheus Engines rpg. Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector takes the Cepheus Engine guidelines & turns the volume up to eleven then breaks the knob off. What this book does is allows the DM to create any robotic & A.I influenced life forms that they want.

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The Clement Sector is balls to the wall high end technologies & this includes cybernetic & robotic lifeforms. These guidelines extend what was laid down in the Clement Sector rulebook & the core setting books. What Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector does is push the envelop by presenting the rules & guidelines for all sorts of robotic or cybernetic lifeforms. But it also presents rules & guidelines for androids as well. All of the robotic staples for the Clement sector are here and their presented well. The Clement Sector books are some of the best unofficial original Travellers rpg books & supplements to be published. Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector isn't any exception. Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector not only offers the guidelines & rules for creating you're own artificial lifeforms & robots. But it also offers you the opportunity to use the factions & groups built up around the Clement Sector setting. Take for example; 'The Sanctity of Belief This anti-robot and AI group primarily operates within the Hub and Sequoyah subsectors. Known to have Caxtonist roots and with strong evidence indicating it is funded by Kingston-based backers, The Sanctity of Belief is the extreme expression of the deep distaste of all artificial life according to Caxtonist religious teachings. The trademark sword through a stylized robot head symbol is always painted near an area the group targets giving them the derogatory nickname “pointy heads” by popular media throughout the two subsectors, belying the seriousness of their actions.' Its not hard to see how this group or faction could impact your own Clement sector setting campaign. This is going to be especially true if you've got an android adventurer or pilot on the party's pay roll. And this is one of the rpg factors that adventures & campaign have to balance when playing within the Clement sector setting.

Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector is both campaign & adventure setting sourcebook that plugs directly into the Clement Sector & the Earth's Sol sector themselves. And this is one of the marks of a good solidly done sourcebook. The book isn't over done at 100 pages. 'Artificial: Robots in Clement Sector' By Michael Johnson is a must have book for the Cepheus Engine DM or Player who wants to liven up their Cepheus Engine rpg with an artificial or robotic PC!

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It Came from the Scriptorium
Publisher: Stellagama Publishing
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/07/2021 12:16:13

"Dark times has fallen upon the Storm Wolf Tribe. Once edible fruits and plants had become poisonous and game that was docile turn into viciously aggressive malformed monstrosities. The source is an abbey used as a vault for dark knowledge way too harmful to be left loose on the world. Something horrible has happened to the kind yet weird monks living in the abbey and it seems to be ancient and beyond evil. Is up to the tribe's most brave warriors to find out and stop this force before it engulfs the Storm Wolf tribe in its darkness." "It Came from the Scriptorium is a horror dungeon crawl adventure for 3 to 5 PCs, using the Barbaric! sword & sorcery rules ruls and fully compatible with The Sword of Cepheus or any other 2d6 OGL fantasy game. The default setting is the Steel Borderlands, a wilderness distant from the settlements composing the civilized lands of kingdoms and empires but it will fit very easily into almost any sword & sorcery setting.

The players should be aware that due the horror nature of his adventure that their PCs mortality rather will be high."

' It Came from the Scriptorium' By Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut" is a solid adventure for the Barbaric rpg & its a rather nasty horror adventure. But its a fun one. And while it only clocks in at twenty three pages of horror goodness I'd say that this is an adventure for experienced Barbaric players. Barbaric is a full on Sword & Sorcery 2d6 supplement rules for 'The Sword of Cepheus' Rpg.

And now back to ' It Came from the Scriptorium' By Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut". This is a lethal little adventure about the goings on at an isolated monastery that has a whole tribes of Wolf barbarians who live nearby. They're bothered by the haunted goings on at said monastery. Now Ivan Cantero Muñoz "The Fictionaut" seems to be a fan of Bruce Campbell vs the Army of Darkness because this adventure is a back handed love letter to that cultclassic movie.
Forbidden books, undead demons, plenty of undead, and more make ' It Came from the Scriptorium' a must get for the fans of those films. But this is a lethal little number of an adventure and quite perfect for a mid Winter horror game. ' It Came from the Scriptorium' would work quite nicely as a 'The Sword of Cepheus' Rpg. one shot quite well. Where ' It Came from the Scriptorium' shines is when this adventure is used with Barbaric! Then its full on barbarians vs demon undead in the monastery from Hell.

' It Came from the Scriptorium' provides a fun little horror filled & lethal romp through a barbarian horror filled 2d6 adventure that will thrill your players. And kill more then a few PC's off.

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Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3
Publisher: Independence Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/05/2021 21:56:37

"Incoming intelligence!

Ship captains need information about the systems to which they are traveling. These captains depend on Wendy’s Naval Weekly as their primary source of naval fleet information. It is rare to find a ship captain that doesn’t have Wendy’s Naval Weekly on their handcomps or mindcomps.

Wendy’s Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector Volume 3 is the third entry of a series which will collate all the available information to provide a complete overview of the fleets of the nations of Earth Sector. Each of these books will briefly outline a nation’s spacegoing navy as well as provide some insight as to how that organization functions and provide a list of the ships reported to be in commission.

This book provides information on the space navies of the Antiochian Union, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and the Seleucid Confederation. The book covers every ship currently operated in those fleets, their doctrines, and even their uniforms. The book also contains an in-depth discussion of the Nahash-class system defense boat, one of the many classes of ship used by the Space Navy of Israel."

So I'm coming at Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 very late. Earth space has been cut off from the Clement Sector. The Clement Sector & Earth have no connections with each other. The interstellar hyperspace gateways have collapsed entirely. In the meantime, technologies have gone on including space craft. Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 brings more of the smaller space craft fleets of Earth. Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 By Michael Johnson brings this home right within the introduction; 'At the date of this publication, it has been twenty years since the collapse of the wormhole conduit leading to Clement Sector. This volume explores the naval forces of those nations who were little effected by the Conduit collapse. These smaller navies, regarded by defense organizations as third tier, still provide their nation with defense and security of their interstellar holdings'. This is brought home by the first Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 1

Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 By Michael Johnson From Independence Games breaks these lesser Earth fleets down. The volume is solidly done with a great indepth discussion about the Nahash-class system defense boat. This is a backbone craft of the lesser interstellar fleets. PC's would encounter these craft dealing with some of the Earth trade routes when pirates or criminals come calling. Given each of the Earth nation’s space going navies are showcased there's a sense here that the Earth is a dangerous interstellar power unto itself. For old school Traveller or Cepheus Engine Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 By Michael Johnson outlines the Earth as a force to be reckoned with. Its a solidly done book with some very good Earth details thrown into the interstellar mix. Countries such as Indonesia fielding a small space fleet means that these smaller interstellar powers can take the fight to galactic pirates or other local issues. Are there opportunities for adventure?! Yes I believe there's plenty of hooks for using Earth as a center for Cepheus power campaigns and Wendy's Guide to the Fleets of Earth Sector, Volume 3 could provide what the players need when dealing with Earth's smaller fleets. I have to mention the fact that artists such as Ian Stead, Michael Johnson, & Tiziano Cremonini really help to make this supplement a really solid addition to the Clement Sector family of books. Thanks for reading our review! Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery blog Want more OSR goodness?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Monstrous Miscellany #02
Publisher: James Mishler Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/24/2021 13:48:35

So 'Monstrous Miscellany #02' By James Mishler & Jodi Moran-Mishler Compatible with Labyrinth Lord was sent to me by the authors. This is a great little monster addition for your OSR or Old School games. The Mishlers bring the monsters with Monstrous Miscellany #02.

Monstrous Miscellany #02 brings to the table the " Giant Centaur – A giant creature appropriate for Lost Worlds and Mysterious Islands. Krum the Smasher – A monstrous godling who does nothing but smash the works of civilization leaving ruin and suffering in his wake.

Brain Moths – One eyed, one tentacled, flying purple brain eaters from another dimension

Ulfartrolls – Born of the union of lycanthropic witches and trolls, these berserker beasts surpass their ancestors in their wickedness and might!" So the Mishlers on a roll because these monsters are a fit for a number of OSR Pulp & Old School game campaigns.
Many of these monsters are straight out of mythology, literature, & legends. For example Giant Centuars are straight out of Dante's Inferno & while they are listed as neautral these monsters could easily be converted over to the Inferno version. Here's a bit of background on these horrors; 'Giant centaurs resemble normal centaurs in that they are the combination of a humanoid and quadruped, but they are not merely up-scaled centaurs. They have the body and legs of a baluchitherium with the torso and arms of a hill giant. They stand 10 feet tall at the point at which the hill giant torso emerges from the shoulders of the baluchitherium body, for a total height of about 16 feet. Their hill giant torso, arms, and head have grayishbrown skin, with grayish-black hair and mane that flows from their head, down their back, to merge with the grayish-black coat of the baluchitherium body. They resemble neanderthals more so than ogres, with prognathous jaws and large, heavy brows." According to Dante's Infeno; "The Centaurs--men from the waist up with lower bodies of horses--guard the first ring of circle 7, a river of blood in which the shades of murderers and bandits are immersed to varying depths. Armed with bows and arrows, thousands of Centaurs patrol the bank of the river, using their weapons to keep the souls at their allotted depth (Inf. 12.73-5)"

Are we saying that 'giant centuars' were taken from Dante's Inferno?! Nope, I'm saying that James Mishler has created some really great monsters that can be easily adapted to your campaign, dungeon, or old school games. Ulfartrolls would not be out of place within a Lamentations of the Flame Princess rpg session. Ulfartrolls as monsters are absolutely brutal & dangerous. Brain Moths fit the bill for Carcosa or a Science Fantasy adventure. All in all for a dollar this is a really nice piece of rpg value & ulitity.. Thanks For reading our review. Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Want more OSR content?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Manhunters: Bounty Hunters in Clement Sector
Publisher: Independence Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/07/2021 20:53:00

"Bring 'em back alive!

With the many independent governments of Clement Sector, it is necessary to have a method to capture criminals who take advantage of the lack of a ruling interstellar polity and go on the run from justice. For most governments in Clement Sector, the answer is the manhunter. "

"Manhunters include those who have dedicated their lives to tracking down criminals on the run, average ship crews who see an opportunity in being the person to bring in a wanted criminal for a bounty, bail enforcement agents and marshals who work for a single government or corporation, thieftakers that work for aggrieved families in finding justice, repossession agents who recover stolen property and capture ships from captains who are behind on their payments, altrant and uplift hunters who operate on the fringe of society capturing those who have escaped their "owners" and made it to freedom, and the skiptracers whose research and dedication can aid all of the above."

Manhunters: Bounty Hunters in Clement Sector covers all of these and delves deeply into the laws, regulations and traditions of manhunters in the Clement Sector setting. This book includes eight career tracks as well to allow characters to delve into the world of justice and recovery."

'Bounty Hunters In The Clement Sector' By John Watts is a slightly different book then others that have crossed my gaming table. This book covers bounty hunters who handle everything from debt collecting to full on manhunts for the local intergalactic governments. And it does so with the Clement sector in mind Because the Clement sector is more then slightly different. There are a wide variety of local system laws & legal tape to keep track of. And 'Bounty Hunters In The Clement Sector' allows one to take care of the small details & generate the type of PC that can handle the smooth & the rough of skip tracing, debt collecting, and even full on manhunts for pirates. Because let's face facts 'Bounty Hunters In The Clement Sector' By John Watts is a book end for 'Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector'.

Why because you're going to have to track down the space pirate at some point as well as be the space pirate. And its all about shifting alliances, corporate factions, and the relationships of adventurers in the Clement sector. This is a sector with higher technologies, lots of problems, and a boat load of opportunities for bounty hunters of all stripes. From Blade Runner's Deckard to Bobba Fett the opportunity is there in Manhunters: Bounty Hunters in Clement Sector. John Watts does a cracking job of cranking up the details & yet providing a fast read for his DM's. Manhunters: Bounty Hunters in Clement Sector is a good read & surprisingly well thought out for the DM. There's plenty of opportunity within the universe that's presented in Manhunters: Bounty Hunters in Clement Sector. The scores here are highly thought of and the rewards done right. This is a solidly done, maturely thought out, and well executed book for the Cepheus Engine rpg as well as the Clement Sector. If you want to run a complete bounty hunter campaign in the Clement Sector or the Cepheus Engine rpg then this is the book to get. Highly recommended. Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Want more OSR & 2d6 goodness?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector
Publisher: Independence Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/07/2021 10:23:53

"ARRRR! Heave to and prepare to be boarded!

Piracy has been a near constant in Clement Sector since the Conduit was first opened. In fact, some historians maintain that piracy may have played as large a part in the direction that civilization spread from Hub as did the astrography of the sector. The act has been part of the fabric of the sector and continues to be so despite the best efforts of the many planetary governments."

"Piracy in Clement Sector includes down on their luck merchant crews forced to compromise their morality, people who watched one too many episodes of Superpirate! and think they can do that too, ex-military people who are working for one government to disrupt the trade of another, dedicated pirates who are just stone cold killers, and marauders who are attacking new colonies along the frontier."

Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector by John Watts has absolutely zero to do with luck & everything to do with renegade corporate cartels & illegal outlaw merchant crews. Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector clocks in at only eight six pages. This is eighty six pages of packed information with spare artwork but well done artwork. The information is dense but it covers a good range of the Clement sector. This information is right in line with the quality of the material from Independence Games before. From set up of pirate gangs, corporate sponsored factions, to running a full on space pirate campaign Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector by John Watts covers it very well. The short adventure within outlines not only the other pirate groups in the race, but some new ships and provides details for several systems. And it includes pirate havens along with those corporate factions supplying said pirates. Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector focus the lens of John Watts on space piracy as both a life style & way of life with a thumbnail sketch of the full on interstellar career at its center. Mr.Watts outlines everything that a DM needs to chart out a campaign of space piracy within the Clement Sector. But is Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector good?! No I believe its a solid addition to the roster of a DM's tool box for the Clement sector campaign setting. But often desperate times & all that. Space pirates may find themselves far out of sector and in need of still plying their trade. I think that Piracy & Privateering by Josh Peters is a perfect book end for Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector. This secondary Cepheus Engine book could be used to generate further interstellar piracy targets easily.

The Clement sector campaign setting itself offers plenty of opportunity for the space pirate & a crew of ruffians of the outerspace ways. Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector by John Watts is an excellent book offering plenty of challenges for a well seasoned group of players who want something different then the usual Traveller style adventures. I recommend Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector by John Watts as a great addition to the Cepheus Engine rpg collection. Thanks for reading our review! Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery blog Want more 2d6 or OSR action?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Clement Sector Core Setting Book
Publisher: Independence Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/01/2021 21:53:30

"Welcome to Clement Sector!

In 2210, scientists discovered a wormhole allowing travel to the opposite side of the Milky Way galaxy. Once across, exploration teams discovered worlds far more suited to human habitation than those in star systems nearer to Earth. Were they terraformed by some unknown race? Are they just a coincidence in the vast diversity of the universe?"

"Over the ensuing years humans left Earth and began to colonize these worlds. Nation-backed colonies. Corporate colonies. People who simply no longer felt compelled to remain on Earth. The best and brightest.

In 2331, the unthinkable happened. The wormhole collapsed leaving those in Clement Sector cut off from Earth. Now these new worlds and new civilizations must stand on their own.

The year is 2342. Adventure awaits!"

John Watts approached me about taking a look at a bunch of Independence Games books & The Clement Sector setting book has been on my Drivethrurpg wish list to get forever. But when you take a look at the extensive and I do mean extensive catalog of Independence Games books it can be a bit intimidating as a new Cepheus Engine rpg DM. So when DM Steve turned me onto Zozer Games Hostile. This might have been a mistake. Now in the past I've taken a look at Omer's 'These Stars Are Ours' but Clement Sector seemed a bit intimidating to me at first. Now that there's been a ton of Cepheus Engine rpg books under my belt & so many games let's take another look!

Clement Sector is humancentric and that's awesome right out of the gate! The Clement sector feels like the best Traveller 2300 rpg setting that isn't ripping that game system or setting off at all. This is a hard science fiction setting with several marked distinctions. Distinction one is the fact that the Clement Sector has a manufacturing base when the worm hole collapsed. Two the Clement Sector is its own entity & an interstellar power within its own right. 'The Clement Sector' setting is a place where your adventurers are going actually want to adventure in & there's lots of opportunity for such. The Clement Sector is really its own game setting & even system separate from the rest of the Cepheus Engine rpg universes. And this is one of the things that also works in its favor. Because if you want to use a pre Fall galactic civilization then the Clement Sector is brilliant for this. Remember that the Clement Sector book is big as in two hundred & seventy two pages big. Your PC's are going to be adventuring there for a long time! The Clement Sector is for lack of a better term a sci fi campaign setting from the edge of eternity. This is a well thought out, expansive, weird, and at its edges quite deadly science fiction campaign for the Cepheus Engine. The technology is high, the spaceships awesome, & the Earth very distant in its own way. The writing is crisp & the Cepheus Engine does an excellent job with the Clement Sector itself. John Watts does excellent design work & The Clement Sector setting is a fine example of this! Highly recommended! Thanks for reading our review! Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Want more OSR goodness?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America
Publisher: Michael Brown
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2021 10:44:32

Oh, beautiful for spacious skies

Skies that are colored gray, not like that of a dead channel, but from rain trying in vain to wash away the grime and evil of the streets below.

For amber waves of grain

Grain used to make “food” to feed America’s 430+ million people; and of course, the fatcats still get the first — and sometimes the only — mouthfuls.

"For purple mountains’ majesties

That the average person will never get to see, because they’re too busy with their noses to the grindstone, pleasing their corporate masters. If the skies were even clear enough, that is.

Above the fruited plain

At least those plains that haven’t been devastated by the worsening weather events brought on by climate change.

America, America

No longer exists in a recognizable form, ever since becoming a mere fascist shell of itself under the boot heel of an ascendant China."

"God shed his grace on thee

The gods now live above the masses in their mighty towers of polycarbon and glass, imposing their will through tyrannical (and compliant) politicians and legions of armored federal agents.

And crown thy good with brotherhood

There’s very little good in the world anymore and “brotherhood” is a joke. There is only destroy or be destroyed, succeed or fail...and the system is rigged to make you fail.

From sea to shining sea

Which (also thanks to climate change) comes a little closer every year, flooding once-habitable land"

"New World is a cyberpunk campaign framework based on the Traveller SRD (which is itself based on The Original Science Fiction Roleplaying Game published in the 1970s) and the Cepheus Engine SRD. Set in the middle of the 21st century in an America rendered almost unrecognizable by past events, the campaign features many of the tropes commonly expected in a cyberpunk world, along with some developed expecially for New World:

A timeline based on and extrapolated from real-life events A familiar lifepath character generation system A generous selection of cybernetic modifications, mundane equipment, and vehicles Simplified rules for computer use and cyber-combat A discussion of mid-21st century American life and culture, including a glossary of slang terms A look at the changes wrought on America and the rest of the world A system for mapping sections of the “Net (aka cyberspace) A system for determining spontaneous radicalization, one of the worst scourges of the future age And much, much more It’s a new world, just around the corner. Welcome to the future, daoren…hope you survive it!"

Someone once told me that all good cyberpunk rpg's are a political statement. And this is true but not in the way that you might think! Michael Brown's New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America does what some games take pages & pages to do in sixty eight pages of Cepheus Engine rpg goodness. And it does it by hitting all of the usual Cepheus Engine & Traveller notes.

And Mr.Brown lays it out in the first campaign overview; "The High Concept: The heroes are high-tech lowlifes navigating precarious existences in an authoritarian, China-influenced United States. Setting: America, in the near future (within the next 50 years.) America is a “soft” vassal state of China, now the world’s premier superpower. Social and financial breakdowns have produced a dystopian society of haves and have-nots, overseen by megacorporation executives in their mighty towers and preyed upon by organized crime and a puppet US government. However, America still views itself (and behaves) as a mover-and-shaker in global politics; the general public is unaware that the impetus for American policy often begins in the halls of Beijing. Scope: (Suggested) Local at first (one or two cities), perhaps becoming international as the party gains more power and influence and begins tackling larger and more complex adventures." Make no mistake New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America isn't your usual cyberpunk style game setting. This is an America that is past its prime, seen better days, & is very dangerous. The setting is part action movie & part thinking man's cyberpunk campaign. Brown's design & writing is tight, solid, & easy to incorporate into a 2d6 campaign. Michael Brown is easily one of the least appreciated Cepheus Engine rpg designers using the 2d6 rpg platform today in my opinion. And that's a true shame. The man know what he's doing and New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America shows this. New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America is expansive and very well done. New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America showcases the strengths of the 2d6 system with solid career paths, an extensive cyberpunk array across the board. And a very dangerous setting. In point of fact one could add in either Cepheus Atom or Mr. Brown's Afterday to show areas that have broken down in society. While you don't need either of these products they can easily slot in.

Michael Brown's New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America uses its cyberpunk aesthetic to its advantage taking carefully created & crafted rules that are perfect for a short beer with pretzels game night. Or as a part of an extensive cyberpunk campaign that could last years. I highly recommend Michael Brown's New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America. New World: 2D6 Adventure in a Cyberpunk America is a reliable, playable, easy to run, & fun game campaign setting. At eight dollars this is a steal for a fun & very dangerous cyberpunk rpg campaign setting to add to your Cepheus Engine rpg collection!

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The Gods Left It Behind
Publisher: Old School Role Playing
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/24/2021 15:02:38

"Archeologists have been studying the primitive natives on the jungle world of Eniran. These natives have carved cities out of the thick jungle there. According to the native legends a god like race lives in a castle in the clouds above them. At first the archeologists thought that this was just native superstition but recently they discovered that there is, indeed, a castle floating in the clouds.

One of the archeologists offers to pay the travelers to accompany him on an expedition to this castle and find out who built it."

Joseph Mohr has been at it again & this time it's 'The Gods Left It Behind' a 'pay what you want 'Cepheus Engine rpg mission that works really well & its a dungeon crawl with a difference. Things go sideways & get complicate in this variation on a dungeon crawl really quickly.

'The Gods Left It Behind' has lots of potential especially for taking the usual dungeon crawl ideas & turning them on their head. Things get very complicated very fast in 'The Gods Left It Behind' really quick and don't let the intro fool you as a DM;

"Sonoran archeologists have been studying the planet Eniran recently. They have been spending time with the various tribes that have carved cities out of the triple canopy jungle on this world. Recently they have discovered legends about a god like race that live in a castle floating in the sky over their world. After a great deal of searching these scientists have discovered that there is, indeed, a castle like structure floating in the sky. It was very difficult to spot as the clouds on this world are often very thick. Archeologist Samuel Logan approaches the travelers about a proposition. He offers CR 100,000 for the travelers to visit Eniran, with him, to explore this castle. He wants to find out what is there, who built it and where they have gone. He also intends to try to find out how this castle is still floating in the sky after all these years. He offers a bonus of CR 10000 for every alien artifact found (and handed over to him)"

The DM could easily take 'The Gods Left It Behind' & adapt in several elements from Sword of Cepheus or even Cepheus Deluxe. This could be done to expand upon the adventure ideas within 'The Gods Left It Behind'. 'The Gods Left It Behind' presents a very short, well done, easy to read, and expand upon adventure for the Cepheus Engine rpg. This is a deadly little adventure in some regards so consider yourself warned!

We have no idea who the aliens were of Eniran within 'The Gods Left It Behind' and its open for the DM to expand upon the ideas, alien life forms, artifacts, etc. within it. There's plenty of potential here for out & out campaign expansion. The adventure elements are really easy to adapt to a wide variety of Cepheus Engine genres. And this unto itself is a solid premise to expand upon the material in 'The Gods Left It Behind'. All in all I'm going to be running to be running 'The Gods Left It Behind' for my Hostile rpg campaign coming up! Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Blog Want more OSR & 2d6 action then please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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A Groats-worth of Grotesques
Publisher: The Skull as a Complete Gentleman Co
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/20/2021 14:47:59

" Being a SYSTEM-AGNOSTIC Role Playing supplemental treatise ON MONSTERS; which is to say a BESTIARY for your Tabletop Games of Fantasy. Styled in the manner of the Baroque Period; a Curiosity Cabinet of Creatures for enlivening the table!"

"The over 100 entries were gathered out of sundy authors, philosophers, physicians, and poets; sacred and profane. The illustrations are collages of diverse prints and emblems. From the lowly ant to the earth shattering Behemoth, the mundane dog to the alien Ch M G, this collection is a rollicking gambol through history and myth"

A Groats-worth of Grotesques* from G. Edward Patterson III, came in the mail today. This is so very cool, what A Groats-worth of Grotesques is actually is an in universe 'Monster Manual'. A Groats-worth of Grotesques is made up of creatures, monsters, & nasties done with public domain artwork. But done so in such a way as to take many Middle Ages creatures & animals with a brand new OSR spin.

A Groats-worth of Grotesques takes these familar animals & turns them on their ears! We get ants with alien 'in universe' qualities that takes the ant in a completely new direction. There's two hundred and fifty one pages of monsters & creatures. These are done in a complete OSR fashion. This means that the OSR retroclone of your choice can now feature a familiar animal with completely different spin. So you can get the drop on your players with some really nasty or normal creatures.

Ants for example make friends & enemies of other insects. These can be vary dangerous for farmers or other food stuff producers in OSR & D&D style games! This is only the start of this.

G. Edward Patterson III does an excellent job of taking these monsters in weird & different directions. This means that you can get maxium adventure or encounter utility out of the monster or creature from A Groats-worth of Grotesques.The set up is familiar & yet weird for your OSR adventures. The idea that another world or campaign setting is actually different from a creature or biological standpoint is going to keep players on their toes. The illustrations while public domain are put to excellent use. The monsters are colourful & engaging. There's a ton of stuff going on in A Groats-worth of Grotesques. These are all push overs and there's a touch of the alien about many of these familiar creatures of myth & legend.

Many of these creatures & monsters looks like they would feel right at home in a wide variety of OSR systems. Some these in my mind include Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Lion & Dragon, & even B/X Dungeons & Dragons. A Groats-worth of Grotesques is also perfect for a mythic or Middle Ages Castles & Crusades game!

So what can you actually do A Groats-worth of Grotesques?! The monsters & creatures of 'A Groats-worth of Grotesques' is perfect for setting up a Fairytale land or plane. These monsters could also be used nicely as a Jim Henson 'Labyrinth' style game setting dressing or adventure potential! Other uses spring to mind include the following.

Many of these creatures & monsters could well be used as unusual & rare monsters as magical or Fey disease vectors within old school or OSR campaigns. The idea that the monsters from 'A Groats-worth of Grotesques' could serve as the basis for a magical or Fairyland related plague for an OSR game isn't far fetched at all. So is A Groats-worth of Grotesques worth getting?! In my humble opinion, 'Oh Hell yes it is! Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Blog Want more OSR coverage?! Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Hot Zone
Publisher: Zozer Games
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/13/2021 11:21:30

"Hot Zone – that’s the crew’s name for LS809, a burning hell-hole orbiting Gliese 9028. It’s where they need to be, the location of a missing hyperspace probe. Acting strangely, whilst plotting new hyperspace co-ordinates, the probe has crashed-landed on the Hot Zone.

Now the ICO want it back - quickly … and quietly.

But the planet won’t let them take the prize so easily. This is a truly ‘hostile’ world with some terrifying and dangerous obstacles to overcome. And … something else… wants the probe."

Hotzone is one of those unassuming little titles that's bypassed me on the Drivethrurpg shelf now like a solid 80's or 90's Sci fi VHS tape whose cover artwork is less then stellar. But whose contents shine far more then the exterior let's on. The basics first this adventure is for Zozer Games Hostile setting. But the more I learn about 2d6 Cepheus Engine driven rpg's this adventure could be easily adapted into other sci fi engines. Paul Elliot is a man who loves his details as is evident by this adventure & even the DM set up introduction shows this; "This is a recovery mission. The player characters (PCs) are the crew of an ICO (Interstellar Commerce Organization) ship called the USCS Outlander that has been given the mission to recover a crashed hyperspace probe. These large unmanned probes map out new hyperspace routes to the stars, and this one has gone awry (on purpose!) and crashed onto uninhabited planet LS809, a hot desert world that orbits Gliese 9028 – a red dwarf star." Already we've got the set up & run through for this mission an its gonna be a really nasty one. Paul Elliot's writing here is spot on walking the line from solid Hostile straight into 'B' movie Friday night rental mode. This is the perfect combo for Hostile on the whole and Hotzone proves this once again.

Hotzone clocks in at twenty seven pages of high octane survival fun! This book brings to mind another Zozer games title and that's Dirtside! Dirtside isn't a title you need to run Hotzone at all! But Hotzone takes full advantage of the design & writing lessons that Mr.Elliot learned on Dirtside. In other words, the writing & design is tight in Hotzone. This is a fun but deadly little adventure where the menace is three fold the planet, the situation, and the other. The other here is just waiting for PC's to screw up so bring extra characters to this one. But is Hotzone worth the download?! In a word yes for a multiplicity of reasons. Hotzone is going to provide more then a few sessions of play. The world planet LS809, a hot desert world that orbits Gliese 9028 – a red dwarf star has some decent potential for extended play across a spectrum of Hostile adventures if the DM uses his head. Mining, exploration, and more are mixed into the adventure if the player's PC's survive. This isn't one off kill zone adventure but a highly dangerous mission on an alien planet. And its a solidly done adventure up too the quality that Zozer Games produces. Thanks for reading our review Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery blog Want more Swords & Stitchery blog Please subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Cepheus Deluxe
Publisher: Stellagama Publishing
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/08/2021 21:08:51

" Starships riding fire across the sky. Heroes and villains exchanging laser fire. Desperate spacers struggling against an alien monstrosity. Vast planetary vistas, flying cities, moonscapes, mad robots, and first encounters. In short: high-action science-fiction adventure that stimulates your sense of wonder. Cepheus Deluxe puts you in the shoes of an adventurer visiting distant stars and encountering the unknown. Whether you are a seasoned player looking for a rules-light game, or a new gamer wanting to experience what science-fiction role-playing games are all about, Cepheus Deluxe opens your way forward.

Cepheus Deluxe is a set of rules for playing classic science fiction games. It includes rules on creating characters, resolving actions, fighting other creatures, and engaging in space battles, generating worlds, handling the risks of interstellar speculative trading, exploring new worlds, and many other activities. While designed for fast, action-packed play rather than an accurate simulation of reality, Cepheus Deluxe encompasses a wide variety of rules and materials for building a science-fiction universe and playing in it.

Cepheus Deluxe draws its inspiration from old-school science-fiction roleplaying games. It shares many similarities with these games. Material from older rules sets and those created with Cepheus Deluxe, the old Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine Core, and old-school sci-fi roleplaying games, are easily compatible with only a moderate amount of adjustment."

The other day I received my copy of Cepheus Deluxe and this is one OSR system that we've been looking forward to for sometime. Authors/designers Omer Golan-Joel, Richard Hazlewood, Josh Peters, & Robert L. S. Weaver really do actually deliver the goods here. Cepheus Deluxe is far different & far superior to other versions of the Cepheus Engine even though they are cross compatible. How is this version of the Cepheus Engine different then say Cepheus Light? Well according to the Omar Golan-Joel himself; "Double the size of Cepheus Light - including animal generation rules, robot creation rules, new and expanded ship design rules, many new vehicles, equipment, and cybernetics, and many, many optional rules to easily permit you to make the game your own. We revised all rules based on customer (and, later, playtester) feedback, to make this as playable and enjoyable as possible."

And they really have clocking in at two hundred & twenty seven pages of OSR & Cepheus Engine goodness Cepheus Deluxe covers everyithing from PC generation down to space combat in an easily understood format. The material here within Cepheus Deluxe is up to Stellagama Publishing standards & its very well done. Cepheus Deluxe has easy to read colums, nice layout, & presents a well tested system. Cepheus Deluxe travels down the same road as The Sword of Cepheus Sword was published in 2020, so it has sold quickly. It uses a streamlined and skill-based 2d6 system & so does Cepheus Deluxe. Cepheus Deluxe takes full advantage of the Cepheus Engine system in invovatlve & well thought out ways. So what can be done with Cepheus Deluxe?! Anythng! The material & rules of Cepheus Deluxe is geared for actual campaign play & it lives up to its The Sword of Cepheus pedigree. Cepheus Deluxe is geared towards adventure & campaign play. The rules are simple, reliable, & easy to digest 2d6 system goodness done with respect to the legacy of the Cepheus Engine. Very solid design & good ultility with Cepheus Deluxe as it only sells for a mere 9.99 for the pdf on Drivethrurpg. Cepheus Deluxe is an amazing addition to the Stellagama Publishing line of games continuing the amazing quality of products. For me Cepheus Deluxe is definitely worth the download! Thanks for reading our review! Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Blog For more reviews & support for 2d6 Cepheus Engine & other OSR products please subsribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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Cha'alt After Dark
Publisher: Kort'thalis Publishing
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/18/2021 17:22:53

"Cha'alt is an eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting for old and new versions of D&D, retro-clones, and every OSR homage in-between.

Cha'alt After Dark contains a smattering of Game Mastering advice, optional rules relating to sex, and adventures both long and short - with plenty of random tables. Be mindful that Cha'alt After Dark touches on mature themes. "

Let's be honest here, Cha'alt After Dark by Venger Satanis is a series of supplemental rules, sexual encounter random tables along with consquences, and lots of Venger Satanis DMing advice. This section is followed by three adventures sequences Manfestation which charts a crash landing on Cha'alt. Facing down Ja’areth-Syn the priest of the Great Old Ones (an NPC based on the cultlclassic 'Maelstorm The Destruction' film). The entire affair bleeds into the next adventure arch 'So beautiful So Dangous' a homage to the Seventies Sci Fi film ' Heavy Metal'. These adventure with desert encounters & more strange interconnected encounters all wtih the random tables that Venger is famous for. These mini adventures can be run upon their own or as a part of an interconnected micro campaign.

'Cha'alt After Dark' goes into its next cycle of adventure arches with the 'The Girl with the Tentacle Tattoo'. And again with get a few random tables, smatterings of Cha'alt encounters, a micro dungeon & some down & dirty dungeon crawling the Satanis Way. And lots more random encounters. 'Cha'alt After Dark' kinda interconnects with his previous module 'Saving Cha'alt'. Thing is that Venger has gotten much better at the module & adventure writing. Part of the idea here with the random tables & Cha'alt themed ideas is that the module never runs the same way twice. The fact is that 'Cha'alt After Dark' is good value. If your into Cha'alt & Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise then 'Cha'alt After Dark' is a must have for you!

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Thirsty for More!
Publisher: Super Savage Systems
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/09/2021 22:10:53

" JULY 1ST Massive update! Complete layout makeover as well as major editing. Looks better than ever, you won't want to miss this!

That's right! The 1st supplement to "Neon Lords of the Toxic Wasteland" is here! The solo rules and adventure packs quite a punch! This high octane adventure pits your favorite neon scum face to face and against the odds. Construct traps to take down those mutie scum, you're gonna need all the help you can get! If you manage to survive you can keep the action going with solo gigs. Jobs posted for "people of your particular set of skills" Ranging from a pizza delivery job to take down the president! Packed with Loads of new monsters, weapons, and traps there is sure enough packed in these 30 something pages to keep even the most grizzled neon lord happy!

So take a few shots of trash water, strap on your fanny pack, ready your slasher, and dive right in. Take on the vile mutie scum of the wasteland all alone and come back stinking filthy rich!"

Playing by yourself has been a bit of a weird aspect of role playing but a vital one. How often do we hear of one player coming into the hobby through " choose your own adventure" game books. What would happen if you as the player were thrown into the neon lit dank streets of Neon Lords of the Toxic Wastelands rpg?! 'Thirsty for More!' presents something not seen in Gonzo gaming too often, 'solo play'. There are the occasional exceptions & ' Thirsty For More' comes in a big 80's & 90's green neon blazing thirty six pages of solo play!

' Thirsty For More' slides into the NEON LORDS OF THE TOXIC WASTELAND rpg like an Eighties porche. The rules focus the various PC classes into the NEON LORDS OF THE TOXIC WASTELAND rpg for solo rpg play. Where this shines is in the free introductory adventure 'The Last Outpost on the Left Remastered.'

' Thirsty For More' adds in a the exact same game ideals & systems that we saw using the following; ""In addition to being built on top of the 'BX" rules, the core rules use an ability class points system and fortune points in which grants the player some flexibility in dire rolls. ' Thirsty For More' is only thirty six pages but it includes a Hell of a lot for thirty six pages. You basically get gobs of little missions & adventures strung together to create an adventure prelude to 'The Last Outpost on the Left Remastered.' You get everything from new monsters, weapons, etc. all under the cover of a solid Neo-Terraxx cover. This is a fine addition to Neon Lords of the Toxic Wastelands rpg! Eric Fabiaschi Swords & Stitchery Want more OSR goodness Subscribe to https://swordsandstitchery.blogspot.com/



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