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Frog God Games - Holiday Freebies - Day 9 - Tour De Sinnar Coast PDF Bundle - Must Have!

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 00:23
Alright, I don't say this much but here it is - The Tour De Sinnar Coast PDF Bundle is a MUST HAVE. No excuses, grab it. It is in many ways pieces of the puzzle of what is the Lost Lands. It is also systemless, so no matter what system you prefer this bundle fits your needs. Did I mention its...

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On the Ninth Day of OSR Christmas, My Gaming Community Gave to Me....

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:05
I have caught up with emails through Sunday. The work continues ;) So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum. Those being gifted from yesterdays post are: Michael Gross - White...

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Jon Peterson Tracks Down Gary Gygax Interview from "Tomorrow" with Tom Snyder (1979) - Audio

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:37
When Jon Peterson strikes gold, the man strikes it by the pound. Yesterday Jon shared the sound file of a TV interview from "Tomorrow" with Tom Snyder from back in 1979 in which Snyder interviews Gary Gygax. It is simply an amazing piece of history that probably hasnt been heard in 38...

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Frog God Games - Holiday Freebies - Days 7 & 8 - Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 02:03
I can't keep up with all the holiday goodness going on in the OSR and beyond. Frog God Games has added two more PDF Freebies to their Holiday Gift Basket. The Northlands Saga 1 and Cyclopean Deeps Chapters 1 & 2 are the latest adds. You can find all of the Frog God Freebies here. Grab them...

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On the Eight Day of OSR Christmas, My Gaming Group Gave to Me....

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:48
I have caught up with emails through Sunday. The work continues ;) So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum. Those being gifted from yesterdays post are: Joseph Bloch - The Midderlands...

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Wherein I Receive a Surprisingly Honest Answer From Anuj (re: Top 100 RPG Blog List)

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:01
"Not everyone is paid. We compiled the list organically." Which means, the top of the list is just that - and the rest of the list is paid for. So, yes - ENWorld, The Pundit, Dieheart and others made the list legitimately - but sadly, the list itself is illegitimate. You can't have a legit Top...

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Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 23:46
This will be the last Tavern Chat before Christmas. Yes, Santa Tenkar is STILL catching up on OSR Christmas Emails, so if I seem to lose my attention span tonight on occasions, I'm probably working on the emails. Tavern Chat takes place on The Tavern's Discord Server at 9 PM Eastern and generally...

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Follow Up to the Feedspot 100 Top RPG Blog List - New Email and ENWorld Denial

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:21
So, it looks like someone really wants my 3 bucks a month. This is from earlier today: If you subscribe to Feedspot Gold, we will feature you in our Top 100 RPG Blogs post - which doesnt have 100 blogs / Reddits / Youtube Channels - whatever. Its sitting at 75. Now, Morrus over on ENWorld says...

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On the Sixth & Seventh Days of OSR Christmas my DM Gave to Meeeeeee....

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:03
I took yesterday off in the hopes of catching up on OSR Christmas emails - needless to say, I'm still catching up and today will be a busy day as well. You are not forgotten. I'll probably be working on emails during tonight's Tavern Chat ;) So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift...

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Dungeons & Dragons Movie - Coming July 23, 2021

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 03:17
Variety reports that the next Dungeons & Dragons movie is slated for July 23, 2021. Something tells me not to hold my breath on this. Actually, I find it more exciting that there is a Micronauts movie is on the calendar October 21st, 2021. Shit, that's even further out. Ah well, no one is...

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Frog God Games Day 5 & 6 Christmas Freebies

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 23:37
I missed yesterday's Frog God Games freebie, so today is a two-fer :) Holiday Day 5 -- One Night Stands #1 - Pathfinder or Swords & Wizardry in PDF Holiday Day 6 -- Razor Coast Freebooter's Guide - Pathfinder or Swords & Wizardry in PDF Shop Smart - Shop Frog-Smart ;P

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22 Hour Warning - The Frog God Games / Kobold Press 5e Humble Bundle is Coming to a Close

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 20:28
Real quick, as I'm running around like a headless chicken today. The Frog God Games / Kobold Press 5e Humble Bundle is coming to an end in just over 22 hours. I would have loved to have made this a 24 hour warning, but such was not to be. Listen, even if you only go in for a buck, the rewards...

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State of The Tavern - Playing Catch Up with Santa

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:52
There will be no OSR Christmas post this morning. I need to catch up on matching gift receivers with gift givers, so a day off will hopefully allow such. Tomorrow will be two days worth of gifting. Last night was also the first night in weeks that I got a solid night's sleep. I think Rach worked...

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When you Have to Pay to be on a "Top XX List" is it REALLY a List of Value?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:49

ENWorld last week had a posting about their being #2 on the Top 100 RPG Blogs List. Now, there are some really obscure sites listed on that list - which currently only goes up to 75. There is some sort of equation using Twitter, Facebook and Alexa ranking that pulls it all together.

Following the link to the Top 100 RPG list I found on ENWorld, I noticed you had to submit your site for consideration. I figured, what the heck - nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Then I received the above email this morning.

So, in order to be listed, I would need to subscribe for 3 bucks a month. A list of 100. The list can potentially bring in 300 bucks a month, 3600 a year.

And Feedspot has "Top XX" lists for everything.

But if you have to pay to be on such a list, what is the true value of the list?

First, they aren't all blogs. Youtube channels and Reddits are also on the list. Which is why the competing titles are confusing.

Second, Congratulations for paying to be on a list!

Third, the list is FAR from the "most comprehensive list of best RPG blogs on the internet." But I guess Anuj is "honored" to take your cash every month.

Last, as I said above - the list doesn't even hit 100.

In any case, I won't be paying to play and neither should you.
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On the Fifth Day of OSR Christmas my DM Gave to Meeeeeee....

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:08


So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum.

Those being gifted from yesterdays post are:
Mike Bauer 1 - White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only

Kevin Searle 1 - Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Tim Shorts 1 - $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
Michael S 1 - The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDFThe above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "I've been gifted!" in the subject - state your name / pseudonym and the gift you are receiving. 
Now for today's gifts:

1 - The Petal Hack - Print- US Only

1 - The Midderlands in PDF with The Midderlands  Additions in PDF

1 - Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF with Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF
For the above, comment below with your Holiday Wishes before 11 AM Eastern, Tuesday, December 19th, 2017. Gift receivers will be randomly chosen from the comments placed in that time.

Remember, Gaming Ballistic is hosting their own daily OSR Christmas Giveaway. So, leave your daily comments at Gaming Ballistic and get in the mix!

Note - I'm receiving your emails but this has been a busy weekend  still busy but catching up- three birthday celebrations and mouse infestation cleanup in the Tenkar kitchen. Communication catch up commences tonight / tomorrow morning soon! I apologize for the email silence.

Santa's Bag
Tony T                   (1)  White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only 
Paul Baldowski     (1) Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Hog Town Games  (2)(3) Print and (2)(3) PDF Copies of Dice Roll Zine (OSR)

Monkeyblood Designs (5)(6) copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands                                                             Additions in PDF.
                                     (5)(6) copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF.

Brett Slocum           (1) The Petal Hack - Print

Grim & Perilous      (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
                                 (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
                                 and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF

Barrel Rider Games  (3)(4) White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs
                                 (2) The Hero's Journey PDFs

@Padre's                (1) $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

Edwin Nagy            (1) Return From Dragonmount - Print      Gifted


Frog God Games:   (1) Copy of The Blight - for Swords & Wizardry - Hardcover / Print
                                (1) (2) $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
                                (2) (3) $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

Silver Bulette        (2) Copies Orb of Undying Discord (PDF)
                               (2) Copies of their next release (PDF)

Gaming Ballistic   (2) Copies Dungeon Grappling in Print - (6) Copies of DG in PDF (note - handled
                               (2) Copies Lost Hall of Tyr in Print - (6) Copies of LHoT in PDF (at                                                                                                                                              (www.Gamingblastic.com)

Precis Intermedia(1) Choice of one issue of RPG Pundit Presents in PDF
(Brett Bernstein)   (1) Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

Crossplanes         (5) (6) Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

The Tavern           (4) (6) Copies Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print

The Tavern
Monkeyblood Design (1) Copy Midderlands in Print

As a side note, don't expect print copies to ship prior to Christmas ;)

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Frog God Day 4 Christmas Freebie - The Brain Gorger's Appetite (5e)

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:46

The Brain Gorger's Appetite is the Day Four Freebie at the Frog God website. The author, Alex Kammer, is the main man behind Gamehole Con.

Written for 5e it should also work fairly easily with the OSR system of your choice.

Link for the Brain Gorger's Appetite.

Link for the rest of the Frog God freebies.

OSR Christmas will be delayed until later today - busy morning and afternoon for your bartender ;)


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On the Fourth Day of OSR Christmas my DM Gave to Me....

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 16:27


So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum.

Those being gifted from yesterdays post are:
ENN - $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate Nathan Christenson Print Copy of Dice Roll Zine  Poumpouridis Konstantinos -  PDF  Copy of Dice Roll ZineFr DaveSwords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print (US Only - Others get $7 RPGNow GC)Keith Higdon - The Midderlands in PDF  with The Midderlands  Additions in PDF.The above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "I've been gifted!" in the subject ;)
Now for today's gifts:

1 - White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only

1 - Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

1 - $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
1 - The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF
For the above, comment below with your Holiday wishes before 11 AM Eastern, Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Gift receivers will be randomly chosen from the comments placed in that time.

Remember, Gaming Ballistic is hosting their own daily OSR Christmas Giveaway. So, leave your daily comments at Gaming Ballistic and get in the mix!

Note - I'm receiving your emails but this has been a busy weekend - three birthday celebrations and mouse infestation cleanup in the Tenkar kitchen. Communication catch up commences tonight / tomorrow morning. I apologize for the email silence.

Santa's Bag
Tony T                   (1)  White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only 
Paul Baldowski     (1) Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Hog Town Games  (2)(3) Print and (2)(3) PDF Copies of Dice Roll Zine (OSR)

Monkeyblood Designs (5)(6) copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands                                                             Additions in PDF.
                                     (6) copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF.

Brett Slocum           (1) The Petal Hack - Print

Grim & Perilous      (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
                                 (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
                                 and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF

Barrel Rider Games  (3)(4) White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs
                                 (2) The Hero's Journey PDFs

@Padre's                (1) $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

Edwin Nagy            (1) Return From Dragonmount - Print      Gifted


Frog God Games:   (1) Copy of The Blight - for Swords & Wizardry - Hardcover / Print
                                (2) $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
                                (2) (3) $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

Silver Bulette        (2) Copies Orb of Undying Discord (PDF)
                               (2) Copies of their next release (PDF)

Gaming Ballistic   (2) Copies Dungeon Grappling in Print - (6) Copies of DG in PDF (note - handled
                               (2) Copies Lost Hall of Tyr in Print - (6) Copies of LHoT in PDF (at                                                                                                                                              (www.Gamingblastic.com)

Precis Intermedia(1) Choice of one issue of RPG Pundit Presents in PDF
(Brett Bernstein)   (1) Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

Crossplanes         (5) (6) Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

The Tavern           (4) (6) Copies Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print

The Tavern
Monkeyblood Design (1) Copy Midderlands in Print

As a side note, don't expect print copies to ship prior to Christmas ;)

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Hex Crawl Chronicles #1 - Free in PDF at Frog God Games (S&W and PF versions)

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 23:08

Well, the Frogs had a hiccup over the past few days at their webstore but it seems to be fixed as I type this. Day 3 of the Frog God Holiday Giveaway is Hex Crawl Chronicles #1 in PDF - Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder versions are available.

Day 2 was The Blight: The Bloody Jack adventure in PDF. That's available in Swords & Wizardry, Pathfinder and 5e versions.

The rest of the free Frog God Games downloads can be found here:

https://www.froggodgames.com/free-downloads

Free stuff for the holidays. Enjoy ;)





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On the Third Day of OSR Christmas my DM Gave to Me....

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 16:10


So, this year will be giving the previous day's gift giving with the announcement of the new gifts in the mix. Trying to keep the post spam to a minimum.

Those being gifted from yesterdays post are:
David Sullivan - White Star Galaxy Edition in PDFNgo Vinh-Hoi  - Wizardry Unearthed in PDFJoel Watkins - Return From Dragonmount - PrintThe above need to email me at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing with "I've been gifted!" in the subject ;)
Now for today's gifts:

1 - $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

1 - Print and 1 PDF Copy of Dice Roll Zine (2 separate gifts)

1 - Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print (US Only - Others get $7 RPGNow GC)
1 - The Midderlands in PDF  with The Midderlands  Additions in PDF.
For the above, comment below with your Holiday wishes before 11 AM Eastern, Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Gift receivers will be randomly chosen from the comments placed in that time.

Remember, Gaming Ballistic is hosting their own daily OSR Christmas Giveaway. So, leave your daily comments at Gaming Ballistic and get in the mix!

Recent additions to Santa's Bag:
Tony T                   (1)  White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game - Print - US Only
Prior: 
Paul Baldowski     (1) Chtulhu Hack Bundle in PDF (The Cthulhu Hack, From Unformed Realms,                                                             The Haunter of the Dark, Thro' Centuries Fixed, Three Faces of the Wendigo,                                                         The Dark Brood

Hog Town Games  (3) Print and (3) PDF Copies of Dice Roll Zine (OSR)

Monkeyblood Designs (6) copies of The Midderlands in PDF each with The Midderlands                                                             Additions in PDF.
                                     (6) copies of The Demon Stones (Swords & Wizardry version) in PDF.

Brett Slocum           (1) The Petal Hack - Print

Grim & Perilous      (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - core book PDF
                                 (1) Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG - GM screen PDF
                                 and possibly Arcane and Divine Magick cards PDF

Barrel Rider Games  (3)(4) White Star Galaxy Edition PDFs
                                 (2) The Hero's Journey PDFs

@Padre's                (1) $25 RPGNow Gift Certificate

Edwin Nagy            (1) Return From Dragonmount - Print      Gifted

Frog God Games:   (1) Copy of The Blight - for Swords & Wizardry - Hardcover / Print
                                (2) $20 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store
                                (2) (3) $10 Gift Certificates to the Frog God Store

Silver Bulette        (2) Copies Orb of Undying Discord (PDF)
                               (2) Copies of their next release (PDF)

Gaming Ballistic   (2) Copies Dungeon Grappling in Print - (6) Copies of DG in PDF (note - handled
                               (2) Copies Lost Hall of Tyr in Print - (6) Copies of LHoT in PDF (at                                                                                                                                              (www.Gamingblastic.com)

Precis Intermedia(1) Choice of one issue of RPG Pundit Presents in PDF
(Brett Bernstein)   (1) Supergame: Super-Powered RPG (Classic Reprint) in PDF

Crossplanes         (5) (6) Copies Wizardry Unearthed in PDF

The Tavern           (5) (6) Copies Swords & Wizardry Continual Light in Print

The Tavern
Monkeyblood Design (1) Copy Midderlands in Print

As a side note, don't expect print copies to ship prior to Christmas ;)
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Kickstarter - Cool Dice Bags...with dice inside!

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:33


I think I've mentioned this before but I really like dice. I also like dice bags but usually the ones I REALLY like are priced beyond my impulse buy price point and I usually just get plain old run of the mill dice bags.

Now, Cool Dice Bags...with dice inside! might be a silly name for a Kickstarter but it does convey what is being offered. Oh, and offered at a really attractive price, too.

These embroidered, 5" x 8" bags are 9 bucks a bag plus shipping. Back for 5 (like a certain bartender you might know) at 34 bucks plus 5 to ship. Did I mention there's a free dice set included with each bag?

I already know Rach wants the "Green Man" dice bag. I don't need to ask. Trust me.

I'll be traveling with style - maybe even in time for Gary Con ;)




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