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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.comBlogger5115125
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1d10 Random Weird & Ancient Tombs and Contents Table For The Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea Rpg System

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:10
1d10 Random Weird & Ancient Tombs and Contents Table  This ancient and weathered necropolis stands definitely against the elements for hundreds and hundreds of years now. Upon certain nights of the year the great wrought brass door stands slightly a jar and from within a howling and growling of great beasts can be heard. The tombs occupants have long ago have been sucked into the nameless Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Appendix N Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Classic Download -The Tale of Satampra Zeiros Clark Ashton Smith

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:06
 Grab It Right Here From the 1932 issue of Weird Tales, this one is a must read for both the regular dungeon master and those running Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea. This story has so many of the classic elements of the Hyperborean cycle by Smith. The story is very Dunsanian in its prose, exacution and substance. The story gets right into its world and drags you in asNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Adventures On Old Mars - A Castles & Crusades & Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea Hybrid Campaign

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 05:45
One of the thought exercises that I've been tossing around is the option of using Castles & Crusades plus Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea to run an Old Mars game adventure or two. This has been on radar even since DM Steve spoke at length about the Serpent Men becoming a problem on Old Mars. I'm thinking about using the Castles & Crusades Siege engine systems to power the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Brain Storming - Using Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure Book To Create An Instant OSR Adventure Location

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 16:23
For me everything begins with a good monster book & I tend to build the dungeon around it. Today I want to create a Cthulhu Mythos style dungeon location with a twist or two. Fortunately I happen to have my copy of the Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure book.  Lately readers of this blog know I've been on a Castles & Crusades rpg kick, I dusted off my Monsters & Treasure book on a Sunday.Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Lovecraftian Ecology Of The Serpent Men of Old Mars

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 05:02
Deep in the jungles of Old Mars the cold & evil alien eyes of an old enemy of mankind stirs. Where strikes the serpent men few can say. But their plague of evil once again comes for they have become a plague upon Old Mars! For Serpent Men are awesome monsters of the Lovecraftian Mythos.   Going all of the way back to 2012 I did a piece on Serpent Men on this blog. Since that time I've used Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Throwing together OSR Valusia For An Upcoming OSR Adventure

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 05:00
I need a set of barbarian kingdoms for an upcoming game & was looking across some of the maps of  the Dragons foot site. One of these is a free map of Valusia & it sort of looks perfect for a country  of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea. Or it couple be used as a Sword & Sorcery kingdom possibly ala Robert E. Howard's Kull. How a version of King Kull's Valusia got to Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Castles & Crusades & B5 The Horror On The Hill By Douglas Niles

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 18:44
I've been doing a great deal of thinking about Castles & Crusades today & specifically The Codex Slavorum by Brian N. Young.  This question came to mind, "Is the setting of  Ravenloft even necessary?". Short answer is not at all. While Ravenloft is a fantastic setting but the dungeon master has so many more interesting tools at their disposal. If I dive into the realm of Gothic horror I Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Templar Knight Mayhem - Tegel Manor Session Report Five Inside The Monastery

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 03:52
Tonight's Tegel Manor session was interesting to say the least as the PC's found themselves in the middle of an inter dimensional raid. They ran into a patrol of Aldebaran raiders & found themselves back to back with the bastards. Some dirty tricks & a bit of psionics allowed them to get past the patrol & get the better of them. That's when things got interesting they managed to save Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Aldebaran's Raid - Tegel Manor Session Report Four & More OSR Mayhem!

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 19:38
Switching it up with the Victorious Rpg by Mike Stewart & Amazing Adventures! by Jason Vey , when last left our heroes my version had plane jumped into its new destination. An alien jungle world and things were getting very interesting at the old colony cities on this new plane. Last week the player's PC's heard blaster fire coming from the nearby cities and fires raging. That's whenNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & Commentary on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - I11: "Needle" By Frank Mentzer For Your Old School Campaign

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 05:45
"The king's notice asked for adventurers to undertake a mission to a far land. It was marked with the rune for "high danger, high reward" so of course you volunteered.The king has heard of a great obelisk that towers over a ruined city in a far country. He wants to know more about the obelisk and its strange powers. Your job is to find the obelisk and bring back a report to the king. The Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Retro Review & Adventure Retooling With N2: The Forest Oracle By Carl Smith For Your Old School Campaigns

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 20:20
"The land lies under a curse. Fruit drops to the ground, its pulp black and rotten. Leaves curl and wither on the branches. Animals flee the parched vale, or starve. Long ago, the Downs prospered under the care of Druids, but the priests of nature have retreated deep into the woods and rarely show themselves. One old man claims that the Druids have the power to save the valley, if only someone Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d10 Random Undead Royalty Wasteland Encounter Table For Your Old School Campaign

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 19:39
They come from across worlds, skittering through cracks in the universe to be a plague upon mankind. They have many names many of which have been forgotten over the eons. These princes of the undead have their very existence cursed & they are nothing more then mockeries of life itself. Across the eons they come sometimes to feed upon life, they devour not only flesh but the very souls of their Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & Commentary on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - I10: Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill For Your Old School Campaigns

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:44
""I AM THE ANCIENT ... I AM THE LAND ..." Your screams still echo in your room. Cold sweat soaks the bedsheets and trickles down your back. It seemed so real! The great towers of a darksome place called Ravenloft ... it's misty vales and the terrible tragedy of a man who had sold his soul to unlife. Now the sunlight streams through the window with the promise of a new day. The dread nightmare Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Review & Commentary on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - REF5 Lords of Darkness For Your Old School Campaign

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 21:31
"The Undead. Denied the eternal rest of Death, cursed to wander the many planes and worlds forever, their very existence a mockery of life they constantly crave yet cannot have. Created by the foulest of magics, they have only one thought, on burning goal: revenge against the living. Or do they? "Back in Eighty Eight I received  REF5 Lords of Darkness (1e) as a gift one Christmas from my Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d20 Mysterious Sword & Sorcery Background Trait Table For Your Old School Games

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 00:32
I saw a city in a lonely land:Foursquare, it fronted upon gulfs of fire;Behind, the night of Erebus hung entire;And deserts gloomed or glimmered on each hand.The City of the Titans  (1915) by Clark Ashton SmithLo did the heavens shake & mysterious hellish forces were unleashed beyond the Boreas winds. The very gods themselves perished in battles beyond the ken of human knowledge. They're Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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1d6 Random Minor Treasures & Adventure Hooks Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:44
O Life, thou harlot who beguilest all!Beautiful in thy house, the golden world.Abidest thou, where Powers pinion-furledAnd flying Splendors follow to thy call.Innumerous like the stars or like the dust,Nations and monarchs were thy thralls of yore:Unto the grave's old womb forevermoreHast thou betrayed the passion and the lust.Fair as the moon of summer is thy face,And mystical with cloudiness Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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More Memories S1-4 Realms of Horror by Gary Gygax, & Lawrence Schick For Your Old School Campaigns

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:52
Why is the release of  S1-4 Realms of Horror by Gary Gygax, &  Lawrence Schick significant by Wizbros erm Wizards of the Coast?! Well, now the wilds of the RPG market place are flooded with all kinds of OSR product.But one of the only places to get such a collector's item was from Ebay at horrid prices. Now at least the PDF is available for a collection of some of the classic modules of AD&D Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Diving Blow The Surface of the Kickstarter For Jeffrey Talanian's Hyperborea Otherworldly Tales Modules

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 03:23
Time & again I see reminders today that the Kickstarter for Jeffrey Talanian's Hyperborea Otherworldly Tales modules is winding down with only four days to go. So if you wanna get in on the action then by all means dive into that Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg second rpg kickstarter goodness edition action. These various blog posts & whatnot don't actually get into the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary - 'A Very Different Ecology For 'The Troll' In Dungeons & Dragons & Retroclone Games'

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:01
If there is one monster that I love to use as a cross point in my games its trolls from Dungeons & Dragons, this goes all the way back to original Dungeons & Dragons. For me 'the troll' as monster are the perfect cross point  between the Arthurian legends & Swords & Sorcery style games.Maybe because I read Three Hearts & Three Lions at an early age along with many of the Arthurian romances Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Reconsidering S3 Expediation To The Barrier Peaks By Gary Gygax As Campaign Fodder

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 22:35
Well last night I was speaking with Steve & we began speaking about our trial by fire through the 'S' series of modules for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The 'S' series stands for special and these were some of the most memorable of the adventures we played;"other adventures in the S series include S1 Tomb of Horrors, S2 White Plume Mountain, and S4 Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth." But it was 'Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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