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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.comBlogger5301125
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The d' Amberville Gambit - Campaign Session Commentary Report 1b - Now With More Jame M. Ward

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 00:54
So my Castles & Crusades rpg campaign has been humming along with me updating various adventure elements thanks in part to the Castles & Crusades rpg community on Facebook. I was able to get my local print shop to do an incredible bang up job on my recent purchases from Drivethrurpg.So I've been incorporating huge swaths of past campaigns & that brings me to one of my most Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Mail Call Commentary - Campaign Session Commentary Report 1a

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 16:18
So the United States Post Office finally came through on Friday & decided to deliver my order to me from The Collector's Store. Note that this wasn't Covid 19 related but the second time that we're gonna lose your package. I put in a case & everything with the United States Post Office this was after the The Collector's Store screwed up my order with details on my address. The first order is Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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In The Shadow of Tegel Manor - Play Session Report One

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 19:54
So we rolled in at about five A.M. & it was a great night of gaming! I'm using various incarnations of Tegel Manor including Frog God Games Tegel Manor. I cranked up the Gothic & Lovecraftian elements to eleven in last night's game. Frog God Games old Tegel Manor kickstarter video. It really gets the manor's feel across!A pirate ship anchored itself into the bay of Tegel village after Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Lions, Dragons, Dinosaurs, & Slavers - Wrapping the Campaign World Setting Up -Tegel Manor Session Zero Play Report Part II

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:05
Off the California coast strange prehistoric beasts have been seen. The locals are trying to mount an expedition but there's been rumors of strange lights, 1400 century pirate ships,etc. Alright so I converted my old copy of X1 Isle of Dread over to my current Castles & Crusades campaign. I'm getting a real Valley of Gwangi feel about this version of X1 in the campaign setting so I'm Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Cha'alt 1870's - Tegel Manor Session Zero Report Part I

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 04:16
So tonight I got out the twins & began to go back over Cha'alt. I've owned Venger Satanis's Cha'alt now for a few months as a physical book & its been one of the best OSR gonzo Science Fantasy books on today's market. The PC's have over the last year made some really nasty enemies within the walls of the black pyramid. Those Lovecraftian  enemies are well aware of the PC's movements & Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Back To The Manor Baby! Tegel Manor Session Zero Play Report

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 18:51
One of the ideas that's been kicking around my head has been using Castles & Crusades with the older 3.5 Ravenloft books but twisting it around Tegel Manor. But there's far more to my version of Tegel manor. But that could wait as we dive back into Tegel Manor's long & storied history in my OSR games.  Sorry folks but I've been a wee bit absent for the last day & a half but campaign Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Bare Bones of An Upcoming Adventure Using Castles & Crusades Classic Monsters book & Frog God Games Glades of Death

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 16:27
So I've been going through Castles & Crusades Classic Monsters book & setting up wilderness campaign encounters for an upcoming Victorious rpg campaign. Work has had me on the ropes for some time now but some how I've squeezed a few ideas into the campaign mix. The Classic Monster book basically has a rework of many of the Fiend Folio favorites in it Behirs and Boggarts cavefishers,  Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & Commentary On AX4: Ruined City of Cyfandir by Simon Forster, & AX6: Sepulcher of the Sorceress-Queen (SoSQ) crowd funding effort by Autarch For The Adventurer,Conqueror, King Rpg

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 14:52
"Two hundred years ago, the elven capital of Cyfandir fell to the savage assault of the Great Dragon Aisoth, self-proclaimed goddess and sovereign of the lizardmen who followed in her wake. The elves, occupied with the Argollëan War, were unprepared for the attack and the city fell swiftly. The elven residents fled, many dying at the claws and teeth of the lizardmen who waited in ambush in the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Issued Apology To Erik Tenkar & More Free Castles & Crusades Goodness With The Updated & Expanded Castles & Crusades Crusader's Companion

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 17:24
So let's start off with an email from Robert Higdon, "Not familiar enough with your Blog to understand why the dig at Tenkar, but he is in the hospital right now with a heart condition, so perhaps he can be excused for not covering the issue."  The 'dig' in question was this; "Apparently I managed to sneak this order  in before the great Lulu controversy of 2020. Evil races not being Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Review & Commentary On The Book of Manos: A Grimoire of Handy Spells By James Mishler, & Jodi Moran-Mishler

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 05:22
"The Book of Manos: A Grimoire of Handy Spells is a 16-page PDF that expands upon the classic “hand” and “fist” magic-user spells, providing a legendary historical context in which to fit them; guidelines on their use; 21 new magic-user spells; six new Manos-based magic items (including the infamous relic, the “Hand of Manos”); and not one but three Manos entities that a magic-user can evoke to Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Review & Commentary On Troll Lord Games Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde 3rd Printing By Stephen Chenault

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 03:36
"Within Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde lies a veritable host of legendary monsters. Each entry comes fully detailed with descriptions, habits, treasure, combat, special abilities, details on culture where needed, as well as a special section on each monster’s place in Aihrde. Over 170 Monsters! A mountain of Special Magic Items! Enhanced Character Content!'Despite a typo on the back cover Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Lulu Controversy & Free Castles & Crusades Material

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 17:22
So over the last couple of days I've been a bit overwhelmed by sewing machine repair work & the on going pandemic. Not to worry I've still managed to sneak in a bit of Patrick Wetmore lulu action with some mail call today.   Thanks Patrick! I look forward to using these at the table top! Apparently I managed to sneak this in before the great Lulu controversy of 2020. Evil races not Needleshttp://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

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 05:21
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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The Saga Continues.. Not That One But My Castles & Crusades Ordering Adventure..

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 21:49
The Castles & Crusades saga continues & this time it starts with the collectors store.com. Back on 24th Apr 2020 I was looking for some Castles & Crusades book bargains. Up pops the  the collectors store.com & a bunch of great C&C titles. So I jumped at the chance to own some of these. They really are some great ones. I found  Castles & Crusades Death in the Treklant for 3 dollars & fifty Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Foul Deals in N1: "Against The Cult of the Reptile God" By Douglas Niles - An Alternative Timeline Adventure Set Up For Using The Siege Engine System

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 18:35
"Terror by night! The village of Orlane is dying. Once a small and thriving community, Orlane has become a maze of locked doors and frightened faces. Strangers are shunned, trade has withered. Rumors flourish, growing wilder with each retelling. Terrified peasants flee their homes, abandoning their farms with no explanation. Others simply disappear. . .No one seems to know the cause of the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Keep On The Marne - An Alternative Timeline Campaign Set Up for B2 Keep on The Borderlands By Gary Gygax Using The Siege Engine System

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 19:14
German soldiers (wearing distinctive pickelhaube helmets with cloth covers) on the front at the First Battle of the Marne during World War I, taken in September 1914. Possibly staged for the camera due to the wearing of medals, which according to the source was not common practice in battle.The year is 1918 &  'The First Battle of the Marne' rages as the German forces try to take a small Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & Commentary On the Free Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure book by Stephen Chenault , & Robert Doyel

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 17:59
"Upon the Edge of Battle Lie the Spoils of GloryUpon wind-swept battlefields, they seek their glory. With weapons of steel,stout shields, and sorcery, they drive ever onward, seeking the grandeur of conflictwith creatures of terrible wrath or beasts of legend. In all hours of every day,they gird themselves for war and struggle, to drive those evil beings of foulintent to doom and oblivion. Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Matters of Dungeons & The Specter of Green Violence - Another Ecology of the Goblin For Old School Campaigns

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 20:21
Lady of Hat's art rendition of the classic Dungeons & Dragons style goblin.  Lets hit one of the green spots in Dungeons & Dragons, the lowly dungeon dwellers the goblins. There's supposedly a bunch of prejudices associated with the little green chaotic murder machines as well. Again I've been hearing this since the dawn of time & gaming. This goblin plagued blog entry is gonna depend upon Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Half A Can of Whoop Ass - Another Ecology of the Half Orc For Old School Campaigns

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 20:17
Ever since I was a kid I've had to deal with the ins & outs of the ;real world; vs  'table top world of original Dungeons & Dragons. Everything from the Satanic panic to the full on nose sticking fun of folks delving into the 'true' meaning of Dungeons & Dragons. The game I love in all of its editions & incarnations has endured despite the attempts to the contrary. Which brings meNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Blood for Bacon - Another Ecology of the Orc For Old School Campaigns

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 23:32
Much of what follows in my wake is taken from the Wiki entry on orcsEver since I was growing up going up in the Seventies I've been hearing about how 'orcs are racist' & how its wrong to paint them as merely evil's cogs & parts that act as a mechanism for slaughter of PC's & the forces that commit genocide on campaign settings. To which I say, "bull shite". Orcs have been with the grand game Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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