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Been Thinking About a New D30 Table (Just since this morning.....)

Sun, 11/26/2023 - 22:18

One of the reasons I agreed to be a regular guest poster here at the Tavern is because I was advised to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone creatively and having to post on a schedule here is a big part of that....therapy(?). I have found, however, that the regular schedule....knowing that I have to post something on Sunday tends to kind of "hang out" in the back of my mind, causing me to see a lot of things through the lens of some OSR gaming. Ok...so some HackMaster gaming too, but I'm not trying to go there today.

Because this last week was Thanksgiving, and Black Friday, I'd been thinking of community celebrations and even mercantilism.....BUT I'm not going to share any of those thoughts that had been on my mind for a couple of days.

As I'm sitting down to perform this weekly duty, my home smells absolutely-effing-delicious, savory even. A buddy had gifted me a venison leg roast and I needed to get that thing out of my freezer and into my crockpot. It's been cooking since this morning and won't be ready for several hours more. The smell has been making my stomach grumble and my mind has been churning as well.

This venison was shot locally and it's been a while since I've dined on wild game. It got me thinking about hunting on the trail, in game of course. The earliest mention of foraging or hunting for food I can find in D&D is from back in 1983, specifically in the Expert rules (page 21 if you want to see for yourself). Of course I think it's a little too simple (TL;DR move 2/3 rate for the day and only a 1/3 chance of finding food). The next mention is in the 1986 Wilderness Survival Guide (page 53) and I won't bother to summarize it here because it's way too cumbersome. Holy crap, the foraging and hunting rules went from two small paragraphs in Expert to over three pages of content in AD&D.

First off, I'm definitely going to have to create a d30 Hunting/Foraging table that falls somewhere between these two extremes. Not sure I knock it out in a week (I have stuff going on this week) but it's officially on my to-do list. I've got some ideas.....

First off, I think the rules for foraging are a little light...period. Mostly because the simple side of the equation includes not just foraging for vegetation, but also meat from small game. I like the time cost personally, but I think 1/3 success rate, generically, is too low. Don't even get me started on the WSG data. Holy crap, it's way too complicated and success rates are abysmal.

I really think that both sets of these rules are a bit skewed, presumably due to current ideas of foraging/hunting, especially in more densely populated areas that make up the majority of the US. When you're talking about a less populous fantasy world, I think small game has to be in abundance, probably to recockulous levels sometimes (read some frontier/early American accounts....bison herds to the horizon or flocks of birds that took days to pass overhead). Factor in the plethora of monstrous humanoid species and just, well actual monsters that populate the various encounter tables. Tons of monsters, if not apex predators, tend to be towards the top of the food chain and in order to be towards the top, well, there has to be a substantial base. 

While I get that there would be background vs. environmental factors (like an Elf underground), the average PC probably has a much more...rural(?) background than we as players do. Foraging for food wasn't so much a "thing", as just a minor aspect of life in general. It's much harder to forage as a thing these days (illegal in some places, overharvesting, etc.), but it still exists. In an environment rich with wildlife, there should be a corresponding increase in edible vegetation as well (you know, stuff my food eats).

Anyway, as I typed earlier, I've got me some ideas......hopefully they will coalesce well. 

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Humble Bundle - Solo RPG Library by Parts Per Million

Sun, 11/26/2023 - 04:44


This past summer, I went down the Solo RPG Rabbit Hole. Wasn't sure I found what I wanted, but certainly found many options to try out. The Solo RPG Library Humble Bundle might be just what i was looking for. 18 bucks for 42 titles, there likely is something for everyone.



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Doorbuster Sales at DTRPG - up to 80% Off!

Sat, 11/25/2023 - 00:11

 Without further ado, here are today's Doorbuster Offerings at DTRPG:

Fantasy RPG Deals for Black Friday


Apocalyptic RPG Deals for Black Friday


Horror RPGs for Black Friday


There are other titles on sale, with discounts ranging from 20 to 40%.


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Death Notice - Aaron Koelman Has Passed

Thu, 11/23/2023 - 23:32
Aaron, Tenkar, and David Baity

I've been doing death notification posts here at The Tavern for the better part of a decade. There's usually a bit of a disconnect when I do them because it is rare that I know the person in more than passing. I call it "falling into cop mode", with just enough distance to make the responsibility seem slightly less onerous. It's always worked in the past.

I've had to wipe my eyes a number of times simply typing the words above. I was blessed to have been given the opportunity to assist in the fundraising to support Aaron's son for just this moment in time. 

I met Aaron this past June for the first, and only time, at NTRPG Con. I beleive it was Sunday, around noon on the last day of the convention. There was this tall, thin guy, looking slightly lost and distracted, standing in front of the entrance to the dealer hall, across from the registration desk. Something prodded me to see if there was anything I could do to help...

Me: You look a bit awestruck :)

Aaron: I am. I'm actually here at North Texas. It's amazing!

Me: Yeah, I love this place. I never miss it.

Aaron: Noticing my con badge - You're Tenkar? I'm speaking with you!

Me: Confused - You are...

Aaron: Aaron Koelman. You helped with the fundraiser for my son...

At this point, it all gets muddled. We hugged, cried, laughed. Spoke of his upcoming wedding. Shared cancer stories. Cried some more, to the point a con volunteer approached us with a box of tissues. 

I'm a cancer survivor. I understood where Aaron was, and we both knew each day for him was going to be a fight.

The fight is over now, Aaron. 

Rest well.

Aaron peacefully passed away this morning at home, surrounded by family

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Kickstarter - The Woods at Blight's Hollow - Folk Horror & Fairy Tales RPG

Thu, 11/23/2023 - 03:31

Alright, for just over 31 bucks US, for a Hardcover and PDF, I'm in for a copy of The Woods at Blight's Hollow - Folk Horror & Fairy Tales RPG via Kickstarter.

A small town. An infinite forest. A conspiracy of silence. You have a year and a day to solve this mystery.

The Woods at Blight's Hollow is a folk horror tabletop roleplaying game of mystery and imagination illustrated by Corey Brickley (Penguin, Disney, Harper Collins) and written by Oli Jeffery (Quietus, Extreme Meatpunks Forever, Trophy). It concerns the children of Blight’s Hollow, an isolated village surrounded by a trackless forest in a time before electricity and radio, a world of hearthside tales and nights to be feared. Inspired by the works of Guillermo Del Toro, Angela Carter, The Brothers Grimm, Kirsty Logan and Mary Shelley amongst others, this is a tabletop roleplaying game of the darkest fairy tales and the queerest folk-horror.

Mysteries in The Woods at Blight’s Hollow have no set outcome. Using the innovative mystery system seen in games like hit Grannies-vs-cosmic-horror TTRPG Brindlewood Bay, the players may uncover clues called Breadcrumbs provided by Mother (our name for the Games Master or GM) by Sticking Their Nose  Where It’s Not Welcome, but no one - not even Mother - knows what the Breadcrumbs mean at the start. Once the players have gathered enough clues, they will Tell a Tale Out of School, collaboratively answering questions that will allow the children to defeat the Beasts plaguing their town. Even though there are no canonical answers to how to defeat the beasts, this system makes it feel like you're really solving the mystery yourself!

Play conducted in the village is, relatively speaking, safe; but the final clues needed to solve any mystery will always require the children to enter the forbidden woods, where their lives and perhaps their very souls are at risk.


 

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OSR Christmas 2023 - Getting the Ducks in Line

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 02:41

Yep, it's that most, wonderous time of the year. No, I'm not talking about Turkey Day. No, I'm talking about OSR Christmas.

The first OSR Christmas was in 2013, so this will make the 11th year that The Tavern has hosted the annual event.

When does OSR Christmas kick off? Early December. Current plans are to run it on the Blog Side (right here) AND on The Tavern's YouTube channel, on our livestreams. Current expectations are six days on the blog, four days on the Wednesday Night livestreams, and two days on the Friday Night livestreams.

The Tavern will be putting a minimum of $250 in DTRPG gift certificates over the various days, as well as - hopefully - some physical prizes from The Tavern's Duplicates Closet.

Every year, we see the generosity of publishers, big and small, as they donate gifts for OSR Christmas, and I expect no less this year. If you are a publisher - or simply a generous fan, email me at TENKARSdotTAVERN at that Gmail thing with OSR Christmas 2023 in the subject, and let me know if you have gifts to donate. Physical gifts are always enjoyed, but PDFs can travel the world and cost ZERO shipping.



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Bundle of Holding - Sine Nomine Rulebooks

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 01:46

Let me start this by saying I own ALL of Sine Nomine's core rulebooks in Print and PDF. They literally are that good. If you are an improv-style GM, Kevin's rulebooks are the ones you want. Tools for a long and strong campaign? These right here, there are no better. Fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk, post-apoc, Lovecraftian horror, quasi-historical - Kevin has them all. 

Stars Without Number Revised Deluxe, Other Dust, Spears of the Dawn, and Cities Without Number: Free Edition are all in the Starter package for 12.95. The Bonus Collection adds Worlds Without Number Deluxe, Wolves of God, Scarlet Heroes, and Silent Legions and comes to about $26 as I type this.

Seriously, you can't go wrong with Sine Nomine's rulesets.



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What I Look for in a Game Store

Mon, 11/20/2023 - 00:30

This weekend I got the opportunity to head into "the city" to do some shopping, which I did....BUT I've been at a loss to find a good, local game store. I've checked out a few locations, but nothing was better than what I have in my small town (technically it's towards the top 10 as far as city sizes in my state, but shopping & entertainment doesn't mesh will with the population size/base). Now I do have another spot to check out when I'm in the city, but fat lot of good that does me today....

I'm assuming that different Tavern patrons here have different requirements of what makes a good game store, much less a Favorite Local Game Store (FLGS).

For some dumb reason I tend to pick up way more board games than I get to play (so....most of them) and any store that wants to contend for my FLGS title has to have a decent spread of board games. If I can't find a good half-dozen Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year), then they're right out. If 75% plus of the business is Collectible Card Games, which is usually immediately evident, again....right out.

A good game store, has some used games available, and if they have some games (really, ANY games) available to demo......they get on my short list. I think one of the most important services a FLGS offers is serving as a connection spot for gamers. They don't really need a ton of gaming space, but a table or two for demos or a friendly game is a HUGE plus. Some kind of bulletin board for groups seeking players or players seeking groups really helps.

As far as stock goes, yes....I'd love to be able to find used products so I can try or have a place to offload some games I know I'm not going to ever get to play. That's a minor thing.....what is major for me is being able to find new games and expansions that I didn't even know about. Being able to grab some minis or paint supplies is just about required. I don't need to see a large supply of minis, but a mix of PCs, monsters, and terrain is a must if there's going to be any.

Since I travel...a lot, I've seen more than my fair share of stores. Most aren't worth mentioning and some don't seem that great on a quick view, but spend a few minutes checking things out reveal a FLGS in the making. I've noticed many game stores service the local nerd community with more than just games.....a lot have comics as well. A few more might have food and a rare few have a bar! I've seen game stores with a small arcade and one Hastur Games (SLC area) has/had (haven't been there in at least half a decade) had a row of computers for local LAN games or online play.

So...what do you require in a game store, much less a FLGS?

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Kickstarter - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness

Sun, 11/19/2023 - 03:01

Ah, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first Palladium RPG for many of my friends, but not me. I was never a huge TMNT fan. Still, the TMNT RPG brings back many gamer memories from the 90s, as the rules were often brought to our table for inspiration in our Rifts Campaign. Yeah, You're better off not asking ;)

Palladium has managed to renew its license for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and is bringing the RPG back via Kickstarter, which is kinda ballsie after the Robotech Tactics fiasco. Simply google it. It isn't a good look.

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprising, as the RPG community has some serious memory gaps, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness RPG has blown away its funding goal on Kickstarter, currently sitting at over $834k with 10 days left in funding. Yes, it's going to be another Million Dollar RPG Kickstarter before the end of funding.

No, I won't be backing this one. Still, it should be an interesting one to follow, and I'm sure it will be a hit with the TMNT crowd. Thankfully, that fandom passed me by ;)

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A Look at RPGMarket.com

Sat, 11/18/2023 - 00:46

When looking for a specific piece for your RPG Collection, one often goes to Noble Knight or eBay. Neither is especially cheap, and you'll often find current POD offerings at collectible prices.

I was recently introduced to RPGMarket.com. Although it's doubtful you'll go there looking for something specific (but still check it out as you may get lucky), if you like to browse, the prices are, with few exceptions (and likely more collectible offerings) much easier on the wallet than a comparable piece at Noble Knight.

Noble Knight




RPG Market






Noble Knight
RPG Market



(with dice)

If nothing else, RPGMarket.com offers an alternative storefront one can check when looking for something in particular, or simply browsing. I started browsing the Gamebooks section, and that might be a rabbit hole best avoided because there's much that I might want. :)



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Deal of the Day - Trollpak (RuneQuest II)

Fri, 11/17/2023 - 01:24

I'm a huge fan of classic RuneQuest II, from Chaosium (before licensing RuneQuest to Avalon Hill). So, when material for Classic RuneQuest gets discounted, and I don't already have it in PDF, I grab it quickly. This is one of those days.

Today's Deal of the Day is Trollpak for classic RuneQuest II. Normally 14.99 in PDF, but until tomorrow morning Trollpak is on sale for 3 bucks. Yes, I already snagged my copy earlier tonight.

Partial Topic Contents of this Box: troll mythos, genealogy of Darkness deities, troll language, the Exodus, troll migrations during the Storm Age, eleven troll battles, troll eating habits, trolls in the First, Second, and Third Ages, troll dentition, Genertela at the Dawn, troll philosophy, the Gbaji wars, twins, trollkin life statistics, the curse of kin, Kyger Litor wrestles with Gbaji, measurement of time and distance, six troll types examined, troll senses, trollkin ownership, clothing, troll noises, the Holy Country, troll gestation and lifespan, Blue Moon plateau, funeral rites, posture and body language, the Shadowlands, snow trolls, Pamaltela, Shadow's Dance, Dagori Inkarth, Mistress Race life statistics, elders, Sporewood, Redstone Caverns [sample clan habitat with 9 quarters], troll anatomy and digestion, troll skulls and evolution, the Sazdorf clan [sample history of a troll clan with genealogy and extensive organizational analysis], troll ecology, troll insects, troll tactics, generating troll characters, troll professions, new skills, troll living arrangements, young trolls and family life, hospitality, the cult of Areanea, the cult of Argan Argar, the cult of Gorakiki, the cult of Hunter of Foundchild, updated cult of Kyger Litor, cult of Xiola Umbar, modified cult of Zorak Zoran, industrial insects with statistics, variant troll statistics, introduction to the scenarios, 10 standard troll types, troll caravan, moth riders, locust nomads, Skyfall Lake, the Grog Shoppe, Crabtown, Grubfarm, the flying trollkin, the Sazdorf clan [a large scenario including more than 70 rooms and extensive discussion of troll procedures and defenses], trollball rules, the Sazdorf Whackers & Tacklers, Munchroom caverns A and B, player handouts, a map of Dagori Inkarth and environs, troll drinks, magic mushrooms, 29 completely new Rune spells, nearly 300 individual statistics, 25 types of giant insects, and a trollball field.

The book also includes designer's notes and a detailed index. The PDF is fully bookmarked, with a fully hyperlinked Table of Contents and Index.

 

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Deal of the Day - Dying Earth RPG

Wed, 11/15/2023 - 23:27

Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" is often referred to as a strong influence on Gary Gygax and his design of Dungeons & Dragons (and later AD&D 1e).

Today's Deal of the Day is the Dying Earth RPG from Pelgrane Press. I will admit to owning this in print, but I haven't done more than skim it. Normally 19.95 in PDF, it is on sale for 3.99 until tomorrow morning.

Enter this vivid world in this roleplaying game authorized by master fantasist Jack Vance. Here, the importance of a flashing sword is matched by nimble wits, persuasive words, and a fine sense of fashion. Create an adventurer for any of three different kinds of stories:

  • a typical mortal, such as Cugel the Clever, surviving by wits and cunning;
  • an ambitious magician searching for lost lore, like Turjan of Miir;
  •  a supreme mage to rank with Rhialto the Marvellous, commanding the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins

Created by Robin D. Laws and John Snead, The Dying Earth RPG features easy, fast-playing rules that encourage creativity and interaction. This core rulebook contains everything you need to play a one-shot or campaign set in this evocative world.

No knowledge of Jack Vance's work is needed for play, but fans of the stories will enjoy the badinage, as well as the comprehensive summary of the world's places, creatures, and known spells.


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Deal of the Day - Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (3e)

Wed, 11/15/2023 - 00:58

I always really enjoyed the original Ravenloft by the Hickmans. It was different than the standard AD&D adventures of the time. BBEG had real motivation and history. I never owned Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, as I never ran 3e.

Expedition to Castle Ravenloft is today's Deal of the Day. Normally 14.99 in PDF, until tomorrow morning, it is on sale for 3.60

Based on the classic adventure by Tracy and Laura Hickman, the Expedition to Castle Ravenloft campaign adventure updates the original 1st Edition "Ravenloft" module, retaining the Gothic flavor and familiar elements while expanding and reimagining some of the locations to create a deeper, richer adventure experience. This adventure is designed for characters of levels 6-10 and features a new, easy-to-use combat encounter format. This book also presents new magic items, feats, and prestige classes for player characters. 

 

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Humble Bundle - The Cartographer's Vault: A Treasury of Expertly Crafted Maps (Campaign Cartographer 3)

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 21:28

Campaign Cartographer 3, in skilled hands, makes some beautiful maps for fantasy RPGs and beyond. The Cartographer's Vault: A Treasury of Expertly Crafted Maps Bundle is a collection of maps created with CC3, and you can also snag your own copy of CC3.


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Stuck at Home Working on Some Stuff (Totally My Fault!)

Sun, 11/12/2023 - 20:00

So this weekend was/is Long Con and you know who isn't attending? Yep, this guy. It's really frustrating because this convention is only about a 5 hour drive away...totally doable, if only I'd....I don't know....actually referenced a fricken calendar. I completely failed to realize that Veterans' Day (observed) was this Friday so I had a three day weekend!

The only way it could have been worse was if Long Con was held at a Marriott, since I could've stayed for free if I wanted (it'd cost, but no out-of-pocket cash).

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to stay at home and cook some BBQ. It's a small consolation for not having fun all weekend....but I was home to receive my Christmas gifts (bought/made) for my gaming group. I mean the packages would still be there when I got home later this afternoon, but clearly I had to be here to avoid porch pirates.....yeah, that's the reason I stayed home. Thanksgiving is next week, so it'll be the Christmas rush/season before you know it!

Well I am taking some of the unexpected free time to work on a thing or two for next year's NTRPG, allegedly clean my house (better luck next week!), and get my new "other" gaming toys (computer) prepped. After my trip to Alaska I had enough money saved up to pick up a new computer that is more portable for travelling and tableside use, but a bank canvas, er computer, needs a lot of work before it'll be ready to use.

Speaking of using a computer at the gaming table.....I'm looking for suggestions of needed software. I've been playing with Dungeon Alchemist for some map making. I'm also using a few table generator programs and another for playing sound effects/music, but I'm not sure if I want to stick with MapTools anymore. I don't need much more than pushing a map to a portable screen, but I also don't know what I don't know so......any suggestions for a tabletop computer program that makes GMing easier or the game a bit more immersive.....

.....send 'em my way.


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Humble Bundle - RPG Book Bundle - 5th Edition MegaBundle: Gygax, Kobold, Friends & More

Sun, 11/12/2023 - 02:58

While I am not a huge fan of D&D 5e, I find it to be extremely simple to convert a 5e adventure to the OSR system of my choice. So if you offer me quality 5e adventures at a dirt cheap price, I'm all in.

With the 5th Edition MegaBundle: Gygax, Kobold, Friends & More RPG Bundle, I'm all in.

I have a few of these in OSR releases, but 25 bucks for nearly endless adventuring material is difficult to pass up :)



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A WTF? Kickstarter - Rose Whip Dice II: Unique Metal Polyhedral RPG Dice Set

Sat, 11/11/2023 - 00:54

A distinctive Rose Whip-inspired collection, meticulously crafted to enhance your role-playing with a flourish of elegance

Sometimes, things sound good but aren't feasible in real life. Such is the case with Rose Whip Dice II (there was a first?) If you can't read the numbers on the dice, it's worthless. The Rose and Blue dice pictured above and below? Totally worthless. Unless you are looking to cheat in your RPGs - in which case, totally worth it ;)



Why make, let alone sell, dice that aren't readable without holding it up to your eyes?

Thankfully, it isn't going to fund, and these dice can be relegated to the circular file.



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Deal of the Day - FlexTale Hexcrawl Toolkit (multisystem: Pathfinder, P2E, 5E, OSR, DCC)

Fri, 11/10/2023 - 02:37

Hexcrawls are an often misunderstood method of running a campaign. This makes the FlexTale Hexcrawl Toolkit a very interesting deal of the day. Normally priced at 14.99, until tomorrow morning FlexTale Hexcrawl Toolkit is on sale for 4.50 in PDF.

The Hexcrawl Toolkit contains dozens of topics, organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction, QuickStart, & Checklists
  • Planning
  • Movement, Speed, & Visibility
  • Navigation & Long Journies
  • Points of Interest
  • Encounters & Combat
  • Survival
  • Mapping & Cartography
  • Appendix: Utility Tables, Visual Reference, & Blank Hex Grids

 

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Humble Bundle - The IGN Editor's Choice: 9 & Above Club (Computer Games)

Thu, 11/09/2023 - 02:03

When I check in at Humble Bundle, to see the latest deals, I give the computer games a quick glance, but as a Mac OSX user, I am generally left disappointed. Not this time. Four of the seven games offered run natively on a Mac, and all four interested me (the others may work with Crossover, but I didn't check.

So, what are the games you get in The IGN Editor's Choice: 9 & Above Club Bundle

  • Disco Elysium - The Final Cut - Mac/Windows
  • Wildermyth - Mac/Windows/Linux
  • Chivalry 2 - Windows
  • Spiritfarer - Mac/Windows/Linus
  • The Forgotten City - Windows
  • GRIME
  • Paradise Killer



 

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Humble Bundle - Rick & Morty Comic Collection

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:45

It's rare that I find the One Dollar level of a Humble Bundle offers something of real value, but for a single buck, you can get the first 5 issues of the Rick & Morty Comic Collection. Sure, you can grab SIXTY issues for 18 bucks, for for a single buck, this is a great way to check out digital comic books.

Join the universe’s most notorious superscientist Rick Sanchez and his hapless grandson Morty on adventures across time and space—and beyond all reason—in this bundle of Rick and Morty comics from Oni Press! Based on the hit [adult swim] animated series, this collection features 60 issues from the acclaimed original run, taking readers from dimension C-132 to C-137 and a host of alternate realities in between. Lose yourself in the Rick & Morty comics multiverse, and help support BINC and The Hero Initiative with your purchase!

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