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Midweek Monster Mayhem - The Bloody Ooze of Tenkarian (SWL / OSR)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:49
The Bloody Ooze of Tenkarian is a disturbing sight to see. This red, tendril like mass stands, if one can call it that, 5' high and lays a bit wider. It forms mouths, eyes, tendrils as needed. It attacks via these temporary mouths and tendrils. A successful attack requires a save against poison. A failed save slowly turns the victim into a Bloody Ooze themselves with a loss of 1 HP per round until dead or the infected area is washed off with alcohol - beer or wine is not strong enough, it must be whisky, rum or similar "hard" liquors. Weapons only inflict 1 HP per successful hit on a Bloody Ooze. Fire does full damage as does magic. Bloody Oozes are immune to magic sleep.

The Bloody Ooze of Tenkarian
AC: 7[12]    HD: 1d3   Attacks: 1d3 attacks at 1d3 damage each plus Special   Move: 9
Special: Detailed above

Art by Gary Dupuis


Gotta love the Con Crud ;)
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Midweek Monster Mayhem - Eyes of Malifial (SWCL / OSR)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 03:42

Eyes of Malifial
are servants of Malifial of the Eye. These giant floating eyes are about 4 feet from lowest tendril to the top of the eye. While usually found in pairs they apparently communicate telepathically with their own kind and when confronted reinforcements (numbering 1d6) are usually 1d3 rounds away.

Eyes of Malifial have two types of attacks. The first is a hypnotic gaze. If the target fails its save (no attack roll is needed) they become immobile for 1d6 rounds, unable to move, attack or defend themselves (no dex bonus, no shield bonus and attacks are at + 2 to hit the stunned target). The second attack is a heat beam attack. Such attacks are made at stunned opponents (as detailed above) and inflict 1d6 heat / fire damage. If the target is wearing metal armor an additional point of damage is inflicted. There is no save against this attack.

Eyes of Malifial
AC: 6[13]    HD: 3   Attacks: Special   Move: 6
Special: Detailed above

Publisher's Choice Quality Stock Art Copyright Rick Hershey / Fat Goblin Games


Playing catch up due to last week's convention. Bear with me ;)

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Fat Goblin Games $1 Stock Art Sale - 24 Hours Only!

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 23:42

From an email I received late this afternoon:Sometimes in this industry projects fall apart, clients don't pay, or sometimes things just get delayed. Unfortunately, having a few of these happen at the same time can put you in a bind, especially when being the bread-winner for the family. . . and this time of the year getting behind on bills can be the worst. Well, I'm behind on a bunch of things that need to be paid now - not in a few weeks when other projects pay off.  So, for the next 24 hours, all stock art is marked down to a $1. Yeah, I hate doing it, but don't have a choice as things can snowball in these situations and get worse. The dollar sale includes everything. Subscriptions have been marked down to $75. This is all for the next 24 hours. Take advantage of my situation and get yourself some great resources. I would really appreciate it. Also, if you are friends with me or Fat Goblin Games on FB, twitter, G+, etc. I posted up a cover for sale - check it out and make me an offer. You have 24 hours to take advantage of this sale. 


I just snagged the Lovecraftian Horrors sub for $75

Those are affiliate links above. Helps keep the lights on at The Tavern when you use them ;)
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Kickstarter - Fog Dice Tower for Dice Collectors and Tabletop Gamers

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:07

The Fog Dice Tower for Dice Collectors and Tabletop Gamers Kickstarter looks good. Not like I need a dice tower that blows fog. But shit, its so damn cool a concept. I don't need it but I want it. And if I want it I want it painted.

Unpainted isn't bad at $49.

I'll see how the finances are as the month goes on. Needs over wants. But hell, this is a pretty want.

Oh, almost missed that if you subscribe to any of a various number of crates - Mythoard and Tenkar's Tavern crate jump to the front, you get a $25 credit to a crate sub. Interesting.

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GameHole Con 2017 Photo Dump

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 02:42
Yes, I spent most of my time in the vendor's hall. Hey, its where all the cool kids were ;)

Sharing with minimal comments...

Convinced Rach I need a 3d printer for Christmas...
Still trying to convince Rach we NEED The Well for our new shower curtain, lace be damned!

Laughter is awesome!

Venger & I

Jolly & I

Rach bought a dice cup and some coasters
AS&SH arrived today. My weekend is shot

Swords & Wizardry sold well

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Swords & Wizardry Light Adventures from Pacesetter Games & Simulations - Print & PDF

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:48

Just a quick heads up. Pacesetter Games & Simulations has a series of four Swords & Wizardry Light adventures in their catalogue. I was given print copies of all four at GameHole but have yet to get the chance to read them - con catch up is still in full force - heh.

I was told that the SWL titles were selling very well for them. Exciting times.

The adventures are:

Q1 The Screaming Temple (S&W Light)

Q2 Eruptor's Vengeance (S&W Light)

Q3 Death on Signal Island (S&W Light)

Q4 The Final Chapter (S&W Light)

Three bucks each for the PDFs, eight bucks each for Print plus PDF

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Swords & Wizardry Continual Light PDF has Been Updated at OneBookShelf

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:43

The Swords & Wizardry Continual Light PDF has been updated to correct typos, update some art, add missing text and other small changes. If you've already downloaded a copy, the new file should be up on RPGNow / DriveThruRPG right now.

Yes, this does mean we are a step closer to going Print on Demand at RPGNow / DriveThruRPG.

Additionally, we will be pricing the SWCL PDF at its suggested price of $2.50 starting next week, so the PWYW pricing will be going away shortly. If you've been on the fence about snagging a copy of the PDF or its been sitting in your wishlist, now is the time to snag a copy.

Nearly three and a half weeks later, Swords & Wizardry Continual Light is sitting in the 2nd spot of the Hottest Small Press at RPGNow and that's because of readers like you. I can't thank you enough.

We have lots in store for Swords & Wizardry Continual Light and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride.
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New PWYW Release - Under Tenkar's Tavern, Levels 1-3 (written by someone more talented than me ;)

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:44

Under Tenkar's Tavern is a new PWYW release from Thom Wilson / Throwi Games. Yes, it has my blessing ;)

Seriously, Thom reached out to me to ask if I was okay with him releasing Under Tenkar's Tavern to the masses (as opposed to just Patreon backers) or if he needed to change the title. I happen to like the adventures included in this package, so saying yes was extremely easy. Besides, Thom simply does good work.

Written for Swords & Wizardry it will easily work with SWL / SWCL.

Did I mention its Pay What You Want?

Under Tenkar's Tavern

Yep, we use affiliate links here at The Tavern. Helps keep the lights on and the taps flowing.

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Reminder - Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM Eastern = Post GameHole Con Wrap-up, SWCL and More

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:53
Yep, its another Wednesday night. I missed last week's Tavern Chat with GameHole Con but I'll be there tonight.

In truth, I'll need a nap just to stay up as I'm still catching up from GameHole (what a fucking blast) but I'll be ready by 9 PM.

Use the following link if you haven't stopped in and joined The Tavern's Discord Server prior:


See y'all tonight...

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Wear Some Swords & Wizardry Continual Light - You Know you Want to

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:39

To quote my 6 year old niece "This art sells!"

+James Shields has put the cover art from Swords & Wizardry Continual Light up on RedBubble, so you can now get it on shirts, hoodies, wall clocks and yes, even gamer bags:

Damn but I NEED that bag for cons and such. Oh, and Pinky needs a shirt. heh!

Support your local OSR artist and snag some :)

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Press Release - BARREL RIDER'S BIRTHDAY SALE (50% off all digital releases)

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 02:57

To celebrate Barrel Rider Games founder James M. Spahn's birthday, all digital products are 50% until November 17th! That's 50% off White Star, The Hero's Journey, White Box, Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, and DCC supplements for over one week! It's James's Birthday, but you get the presents!

Barrel Rider Games Store

Those are affiliate links above. Affiliate links keep the lights on here at The Tavern. Oh, and the taps flowing ;)

Yes, James is a very good friend of mine. He also does AMAZING work. Don't wait too long to snag stuff...
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Kickstarter Reminder - The Folio #16 & #17 Double 1E & 5E Adventure Set - 28 Hours Left

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:30

Just a quick reminder: The Folio #16 & #17 Double 1E & 5E Adventure Set has just over a day left to fund. Well, actually, its funded but there's still a day left to back.

Time to put some Asian spice into the OSR system of your choice ;)
I just wanted to give everyone a bit of background on this project and what it entails.  Folio #16 & #17 work as a stand alone double adventure that add Asian inspired flare to a standard fantasy setting.  Back in 'the day', I loved using the old TSR Oriental Adventures to add samurai, ninja, oni, martial artists and more to my D&D campaign.  It helped me flesh out the standard Monk class, and it also brought in other cool aspects that added flavor to my adventures.  With Folio #16 & #17, I'm going to try to provide DMs with what I learned and incorporated, while also continuing on with the overall story arc of the White Ship Campaign.  Yes, these modules do perfectly stand alone, but they are also part of a large puzzle that my Folio series tends to build on.  So, if you love the orient and want to let your players explore and fight within some of its incredible fantasy depth, then these are the adventures for you! And as always, thanks again for having a look at our offerings here at Art of the Genre!
Scott Taylor
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State of The Tavern - Post GameHole Catching Up and Stuffs

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:51

My God what an excellent convention. GameHole really is an integral part of the OSR Gaming Convention trifecta. Rach & I were never at a loss for things to do even if we didn't get an actual chance to game until Sunday night - heh.

Anyhow, I have a couple of GameHole pictures to share - mostly of the vender hall. Of course, that's where I spend the bulk of my time.

There are also some Swords & Wizardry Light releases I need to cover, including one from Thom Wilson that released while I was at the con - Under Tenkar's Tavern, Levels 1-3 

Oh, and can't forget Kickstarters. Need to update those too.

Later today for all that. And tomorrow. Right now, I need lunch ;)

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Empyrea Project Funded and Waiting to Move Forward

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:30
Its been a busy weekend but I wanted to make sure I shared the above before heading to NYC later today (we don't arrive in NYC until nearly midnight)

Looks like the Empyrea Project is funded and ready to go.

I'm unsure who or what entity is empowered or authorized to conduct investigations in the gaming industry but I'm glad to see the project is ready to move forward without crowdfunding.

Tomorrow I  should be back with The Tavern's normal posting frequency ;)
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GameHole Con - A Jolly Ole Time

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:32

It felt good getting my picture with +Jolly Blackburn today, something I had meant to do since Friday when he stopped by the Frog God Booth. Huzzah!

Business was good this weekend and it literally thrilled me to no end to hear stories from folks that had been introduced to Old School Gaming with the release of Swords & Wizardry Light at last year's Gamehole as they stopped by the booth at this year's Gamehole.

Alex Kammer runs a really organized and fun convention. Slowly but surely we are adding to the Erik & Rach convention schedule. Today mars out 6th wedding anniversary and we couldn't be spending it in a better place with nice people. It has truly been an awesome weekend.

Thanks to all that stopped by to say hello.

More posts to come about GameHole when I return home.

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GameHole - Venger Joins the Swords & Wizardry Legion

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:29

Venger paid a visit to the Frog God Booth this afternoon. I think we've recruited V and his familty into the Swords & Wizardry Legion.

All Hail the Frog God
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GameHole Con - Day One Recap - The Vendering

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 03:29

Yep, that's +Zach Glazar and +Michael Badolato manning the Frog God Booth.

Notice the hanging art behind them? Its for sale at the booth. As is the Bards Gate Map and the level of Rappan Athuk shown on the table.

It was a good day. Met a shit ton of great folks, some I've known prior and others I met for the first time. I really can't express how much your support means to me.

Feel good moment of the con. Meeting a woman in her 50s who had never played an RPG until given a copy of the Swords & Wizardry Light last GameHole Con. She was apparently challenged to give the 4 pages a quick read and return to the FGG booth with her impressions. She returned to the booth a short time later and said "I understand this and I want to play it" and she did.

Well, I met her today as she grabbed copies of Swords & Wizardry Complete and Swords & Wizardry Continual Light at the Frog God Booth.  Oh, and she had registered to play in a number of Swords & Wizardry game sessions at this weekend's GameHole Con.

This is why Swords & Wizardry Light IS. It works ;)

We'll have copies of Swords & Wizardry Light, S&W Tome of Horrors Light, Bunnies & Burrows Light, some Swords & Wizardry Legion packs and maybe even some Orcus themed dice - all for free at the Frog God Booth.

Yes, I did say Bunnies & Burrows Light. Play a rabbit - you know you want to :)
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GameHole - Day 1 - Time to Man the Frog God Booth

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:25

Yesterday was table set up time. Muscles are aching and if you see me laid out on the floor behind the Frog God Table, its my right calf. Feel for me... heh

You will have many booth monkeys over the next three days but Bad Mike and I will probably be your man ones. If we aren't at the booth we're probably roaming the grounds looking for Swords & Wizardry games being run in order to offer goodies. We like goodies ;)

Signed and numbered (limited to 50 copies) Swords & Wizardry Continual Light will be available for sale at the Frog God booth. I'm sure Bill, Mike, Zach and other Frogs would be willing to add their signatures if they're at the booth. Copies are 20 bucks each. We'll also have a ton of Swords & Wizardry Light and Bunnies & Burrows Light to hand out for free :)

If you are a Pathfinder player, I do believe the vast majority of the Frog God Pathfinder releases will be deeply discounted.

See you at 10 AM :)
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We Are at GameHole - Time to Sign and Number

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:59

Well, at least I don't plan on returning with any copies. 50 signed and number copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light will be on sale at the Frog God Games booth during the con. As you can see, I've signed and number half thus far.

Rach told me I can only buy as much stuff as the space the original 50 copies took in my luggage ;)

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