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A blog about sewing machine repairs,but mainly my hobbies which include old school role playing games, science fiction,films, horror, and general geekery. Sit down and stay a spell. Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.comBlogger4250125
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'The Cosmic Struggle In Old School Campaigns' An OSR Commentary

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:19
So its been a Thanksgiving run around kinda day hence the lateness of this blog post but there's been something bothering me about B/X Dungeons & Dragons & its various retroclone bastard children for sometime. Campaign settings are planar backwater worlds, the struggles of adventurers,the epic fights, etc. all are very minor on the greater stage of occult circles & even the retroclone Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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B/X Dungeons & Dragaons & OSR D&D Rules Encypclopedia Campaign Commentary

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:54
So I'm looking through my Dungeons & Dragons rules cyclopedia again doing a cross comparison between monsters, PC classes, etc. for research purposes for my  Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition/Adventurer,Conqueror, King hybrid campaign. There's an old thread on Dragon's foot about B/X Vs Rules Cyclopedia D&D  but the truth is that the Rules Cyclopedia isn't Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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More Lovecraftian Old School Monster Ecology & OSR Campaign Commentary

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:14
I've been doing a lot of research over the weekend between work, calls, etc. on B/X Dungeons & Dragons monster & lair placement. The fact is that many of the traditional monsters certainly fit into the junket of being opportunists of the highest orders. That is that if a ruin or other adventure location is available they'll take it. This is something that Holmes B/X D&D monsters  take Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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'Smoke & Mirrors of Olathoë' Session Report

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 07:51
In tonight's hybrid game, the party wandered through the streets of Olathoë and made contact with the bard's guild after spending the night in the local temple of Tsathoggua.The monks of the temple were tending & helping to heal the city's soldiers who were having lots of problems with inhuman raiders in  the western wastelands of the land of Lomar. The temple is serving as a hospitalNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Appendix 'N' Commentary - The Eternal Battles of The Worm Ouroboros By E. R. Eddison For Your Old School Campaigns

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:00
Life works in strange & mysterious ways, last night I had wicked migraines, these are something that I've had since I was a kid. I know what causes them & their nothing to be concerned about but my work schedule has been a bit scattered & hectic to say the least. But in my travels up at the wilds of the wild & wholly Litchfield hills of my home I came across not one but two treasures Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Thoughts on Thouls,the Throghrin,& Old School Monster Ecology For Your Campaigns

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:42
I've been thumbing through the B/X Dungeons & Dragons rule book today on my lunch break; we've been incredibly busy at work today. Hence the late posting on my blog but whist zipping around the monster section I noticed the Thoul. They've been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.I love using Thouls because their Sword & Sorcery weird feel I began to want to use them for my next up Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary - Episodic Adventures & Quick Old School Campaign Design

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:25
"There is much to worry about in the mutated world of the future, but Baron Jemmas, Warder of Horn, has more on his mind than most. In recent weeks several of the outlying towns of his Barony have been wiped out by a band of mysterious golden marauders." I've been mediating on Gamma World's Legion of Gold module & wishing that B/X Dungeons & Dragons had followed this adventure's example. Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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New OSR Monster & Spell - Ashes of Sunset

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:23
Who fares to find the sunset ere it fly, Turning to light and fire the further west, Shall have the veils of twilight for his guest, And all the falling of an ashen sky. On lands he shall not know, the splendor lies— A pharos on some alienated shore, In foam and purple lost forevermore, Where dreams are kindled in remoter eyes. Ashes of Sunset  (1922)  by Clark Ashton Smith Down from Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Character Workshop & Loose On The Streets Of Olathoe Session Report

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 18:25
So last night I got together with friends to have a character workshop using Adventurer,Conqueror, King & Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition. Character workshops enable me to make sure the players are all on the same page with their PC's. All of the players are extensively experienced Dungeons & Dragons players who have played a number of editions over their timeNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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New OSR Spell - Summon Gremlins of Nightmare

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 07:06
Sleep is a pathless labyrinth, Dark to the gaze of moons and suns, Through which the exile clue of dreams, A gossamer thread, obscurely runs. The Maze of Sleep  (1912) by Clark Ashton Smith Summon Gremlins of Nightmare Level: illusionist 2, wizard 3, witch 2, shaman 1 Range 120 feet, Duration 6 turns (1 hour) The wizard, shaman, witch or illusionist reaches deep into the realms Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary On The Orc Raids Of B11 King's Festival By Carl Sargeant For Your Old School Campaigns

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 06:29
"Someone has "borrowed" a cleric, and without him, the fabled King's Festival cannot go on. Unfortunately, it looks like the orcs have him, and your characters must rescue him. "So I've been playing around with & looking over lots & lots of B/X  & Advanced  Dungeons & Dragons adventures over the last six to eight months. Now let's dive into the deeper B/X pool with an adventure that Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary - B/X Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Watz & Science Fantasy Campaign Construction

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:06
Many folks look at B/X Dungeons & Dragons as a basic or beginning set for the grand game of table top role playing but I have found a bit more respect rummaging through the annals of this game. Lately I find myself referring constantly back to it mixing and matching B/X with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition & Adventurer, Conqueror, King with bits of Labyrinth Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary B/X Dungeons & Dragons Blues plus Lovecraftian Underworlds

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:30
Lizardman on giant lizard (David Sutherland from the Holmes/blue book Basic D&D rulebook, TSR, 1977) So lately I've been falling back in with B/X Dungeons & Dragons as well as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition spliced with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition & Adventurer, Conqueror, King. So like every other OSR Dungeon Master out there I mix & match systems.Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Using WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun By Gary Gygax For AD&D 1st Edition As Sword & Sorcery Jump Off Point

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 19:10
I've been quietly thinking about WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun & adapting it to my 'Old Earth' setting along the lines of Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique. The Norkers are the key here, now since I'm going to be running this with a combination of Adventurer, Conqueror, King & Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition. The key here is the Norkers which in 'Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Play Session Report For S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth By Gary Gygax & Actual Play Event At Privait Con 2017

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 07:14
Privait Con 2017 came off in the hills of North Western Connecticut today without a hitch. What is Privait Con? Well its a small gathering of like minded OSR war gamers & OSR Dungeons & Dragons players for a private Con that's been happening for around five years solid now. About fifteen people showed up in today in Litchfield Ct at an undisclosed location. Its been happening for those who Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d20 Random Deadly Sword & Sorcery Encounter Table With The Royalty of Undeath For Your Old School Campaigns

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 18:04
"Echoing foot falls sounded through the dusty canyon of the old mountains, older then when life had paid its tax to the universe. These rocks throbbed with occult energies beyond the ken of man's knowledge. For the three wizard's apprentices it just might become their graves. They had awoken something ancient, mean, & evil. Now it wanted their hides! "Do you see it?""No but I can feel it, you Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary On The Kingdoms of Dust & Sand 'X4 Master Of The Desert Nomads' By David 'Zeb' Cook For Expert Dungeons & Dragons & Your Old School Campaigns

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 05:36
"To arms! To arms! The battle lines are drawn as desert men and inhuman tribes wait poised to strike on the fertile and rich lands of the east. The call has gone out through the civilized lands. The armies have been raised to match the invading foes from the west. Nobles and peasants have joined swords to greet the foes. But Fate or Chance has decreed another role for a small few. No Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Review & Commentary On Flower Liches of the Dragonboat Festival From Kabuki Kaiser For Your Old School Campaigns

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:59
"When omens portend ill fortune for the city, the priests call upon a Dragonboat Festival: a racing competition gathering swift boatmen from all over the continent. Their ancient chants call forth the powers of the undying, waking the Flower Liches from their distant graves. For a week, the liches roam the city freely, and oversee the race, taking the losing crews as tributes and Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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New OSR Monster - Giant Alien Skeleton Warriors For Your Old School Campaigns

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 00:45
" "Did you hear that?", The city guard captain spoke quietly to his fellow guardsmen "Hear what?", the second guard had only seen something out of the corner of his eye for a moment. 'I don't know it sounded like wings or something',the captain was skeptical at best. That's when the first skull faced freak mounted the wall & blew a cloud of candy coloured gas into the city guard's faceNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d7 Random Scared Martian Treasures of Vultoom Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 15:44
"Beneath the shifting red sands the ancient life stirs once again.The birth of an alien world right in Earth's back yard was both unexpected & horrific! Brand new life forms not seen in a thousand years once again roamed the red sands of ancient Mars! What treasures & horrors were unleashed? A new 'gold rush' has broken upon the fertile sands of Mars but this is no unguarded world. Old Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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