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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.comBlogger4519125
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An OSR Commentary - Monster Matters From B/X Dungeons & Dragons In Old School Campaigns

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:57
So on the phone yesterday I had a friend whose a Gamma World dungeon master exclusively. Yes there are folks still running Gamma World first & second edition games forty plus years on. So the big deal here is that & I quote there are no creditable threats left on Gamma Terrestria. The answer of course is B/X Dungeons & Dragons with a good helping of AD&D supplements! Because the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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More OSR Observations on The Basic Dungeons & Dragons Rule Book By Tom Moldvay

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:10
For me Basic Dungeons & Dragons was a sort of weird transition point between original Dungeons & Dragons to Holmes then to Basic. The whole theory behind the product for me didn't feel so much as a new beginning but a transition of adventure play. We didn't bother with taking our games over to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons until much later on. The Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary On The Classic TSR Era Expert Dungeons & Dragons Book By David Cook

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 06:01
Tegel Manor event went down well on Saturday with all of the players happy & their role playing advancing the adventure's thread. They wove around the adventure & interacted with a good number of NPC's from Tegel village. But I was thinking about the Expert Dungeons & Dragons rule book later that night. So what's so important about the Expert rules? Well for the dungeon master this is the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Bloody Invaders & Unexpected Guests - Tegel Manor Actual Play Session I

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 17:26
"Traveling through the Other World the lost valley sea coast the  of accursed manor makes it way to unknown destinations. Our heroes have made their own way into Tegel village settled into a local flop house. The sky around the valley burns with demon stars as the PC's plot their next move! Death will take the first man or woman who hesitates! The demon haunted manor beckons them back Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Happy Gary Gygax Day & The High Road To The Astral Plane With The Free Adventure ZA6: Journey to the Astral Plane by Joseph Mohr

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 15:32
Today would have been Gary Gygax's eightieth birthday today & we're supposed to celebrate his life. Gary Gygax was a lot of things designer, writer, & to a certain extent he was a Renaissance man. There was a lot of water under the bridge with the history of Dungeons & Dragons. For some folks those events yesterday even if it was forty plus years ago. But someplace along the line I Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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B/X Dungeons & Dragons Along With The Winding Adventure & Campaign Set Up

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 18:34
Two events mark their passage in the next day or so. One of of course is Gary Gygax's birthday who would have been eighty years old on Friday. Its a bit hard to process this in 2018 because Mr.Gygax's death seems to be fresh in my mind. The other thing that's on my mind is B/X Dungeons & Dragons once again. The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules (1981), by Tom Moldvay,yet it seems like its still Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d6 Random Low Level Dire Plots From Around The Colosseum Table For Your Old School Sword & Sorcery Games

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:52
The blood spatters the ground & the crowd goes wild, from across the empire have been brought slaves & not all men. Through the thick roar of the crowd a lone woman leaves the thick of blood combat & makes her way along the thick marble stairs. She looks beyond distraught as she's watched another of her husband's friends die at the bloody end  sword of a sharp sword. But she has a plan & inNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d8 Random Low Level Sword & Sorcery Treasures Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 05:56
Treasures are uncovered after being lost to time in word, thought, & crime. These baubles cross the path of destiny into the hands of adventurers. These treasures & relics of the wasteland carry their own special brand of weirdness & strangeness for those whose path they cross. Not all the circumstances that they bring are good nor kind. I carved a woman out of marble when The walls of AthensNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d6 Random Low Level Occult Adventure Locations Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 06:16
"There are places where adventure has settled in like the cloak of a crow's wings on a Winter's day. Corruption & degeneration have come home to roust with the greed & misfortune of any who cross these places path in the offering.  These places  have become lairs of evil where misdeeds have lain treasure on the very doorstep of places where once the sun shined. Can your adventurers help to Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Gamma Greyhawk - GW1 The Legion of Gold Adventure Plus The World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:54
"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.These creatures struck from nowhere and vanished without a trace when their deeds were done. The Warder has decided that Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Lost In The Eighties! OSR Carcosa & OSR Actual Play Workshop Session II Giant Monster Boogaloo

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:35
So with the latest Godzilla: King of The Monsters trailer drop the other day from Comic Con I've had to content with players talking non stop about Kaiju or 'titans' last night. Sure what a problem?! But is it really one?Well no not really at all. I've already got my  Lost In The Eighties! OSR  Carcosa game already in play. The fact is that I can use a combination of Mutant Future /Gamma Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Tegel Manor Bound - Meeting & Actual Play Event Plus More Tegel Free Resources

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 18:01
"The PC's are on their way as the dead stars of a million planes wheel overhead. The land around them is unreal & seems to change with each foot fall as they approach the village. The pit of their stomachs aches with stepping foot back into that Fey village again. Will the inhabitants remember them?! Is there now a murderer among them & are there other factions among the populace of Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & OSR Commentary On The Free AD&D Adventure - ZA5: Flayers of the Mind.

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 05:01
"The adventurers find themselves outside of a set of caves in the Dragon Teeth Mountains. They do not remember how they got here or why they came. But they feel drawn by the psychic energies from within the cave and feel compelled to explore them. This is an AD&D psionics adventure for 4-6 characters of from 7th to 10th level of experience. At least one or two characters from the partyNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Myth Beyond The Monster Manual - The Erinyes Devils of Violence & Justice For Your Old School Sword & Sorcery Campaigns

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:08
I've  been quietly cracking open my first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual & looking into the devils section last night. I looked into the Erinyes entry  for a bit of Sword & Sorcery inspiration.The Monster Manual & even the original Dungeons & Dragons monster stats profile has been lacking. Greco Roman mythology is so much richer on these goddesses & children of Chronos's Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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"A Deed Without A Name" The Wayward Sisters & Cults for Old School Campaigns

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 05:28
SCENE I. A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. "Thunder. Enter the three Witches First Witch Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. Second Witch Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined. Third Witch Harpier cries 'Tis time, 'tis time. First Witch Round about the cauldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights has thirty-one Swelter'd Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Tegel Manor A Mid Summer & Fall Campaign Meeting & Actual Play Event

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 16:57
"Tegel Manor, a great manor-fortress on the seacoast, is rumored to be left over from ancient days when a charm was placed over it protecting it from most of the ravages of time and human occupation. The hereditary owners, whose family name is Rump, have been amiss in their traditional duty of providing protection for the market village to the west. Some have said that this failing andNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Six Unexpected Monsters & More From Advanced Dungeons & Dragons's The Monster Manual That Would Fit A Post Apocalyptic Setting

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 00:38
Today I was having a friend over after work for a beer & we got to talking about the recent release of Gamma World Fourth edition back into print. Now for years I've taken it on the chin because I've always used the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual for mid level management & boss monsters in the ruins of Gamma World urban & city settings. There are any number of lower tier Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Beyond S1 The Tomb of Horrors & More OSR Sword & Sorcery Campaign Commentary

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:07
'Well the place is cleared out & all of the horrors are gone never to cause the people of keep anymore trouble.'  'Did you hear that rumbling in here last night?' 'Scary wasn't it''Grab the last of the loot will ya?''Say that stone door wasn't there before was it?!' 'We'd better go tell the bosses about that' 'Wouldn't want to get ambushed or anything by those demon pig bastards things again!' 'Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Lost In The Eighties! LoFP Carcosa & OSR Actual Play Session One

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:19
A brand new group of young adventurers faces down the legacy of the Nazi expedition to the alien shores of  'lost Carcosa' but a far more heinous threat looms for this Earth! Come with us now to the Eighties the Age of Heroes! June 1957 marked the end of 'the Prenatural Wars' as the very last expedition to lost  Carcosa crashed into the seas off of Sicily. The last of the radioactive Nazi Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Drums of War on Hyperborea, The Temple of Elemental Evil, & Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:39
"Once far from any important activity, the Village of Hommlet became embroiled in the struggle between gods and demons when the Temple of Elemental Evil arose but a few leagues away. Luckily for its inhabitants, the Temple and its evil hordes were destroyed a decade ago, but Hommlet still suffers from incursions of bandits and strange monsters."I spent most of the weekend away from Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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