[shopping] Temptation waits... what are you resisting?

#81
Hell, the publishers opened the Pledge Manager to the public so, I finally splurged on the Solomon Kane storytelling boardgame, obviously because, Robert E Howard.

https://www.gameontabletop.com/crowdfunding-136.html


Yet, even after the above failed Will Save, another temptation reared its beautiful head, old school style, and cheaper too. 50 Euro for a limited edition tome.

Old-School Essentials, via @Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/necroticgnome/old-school-essentials
 

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#84
I love Dolmenwood by Necrotic Gnome but does anyone really need another version of Basic/Expert D&D?
Especially given that you can get the Rules Cyclopaedia in electronic or dead tree form. I admit that for the purists that's different, being BECMI not B/X, but really?
Labyrinth Lord and Dark Dungeons seemed like reasonable facsimiles as well, if you object to giving WotC your money.
 

Guvnor

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#86
Especially given that you can get the Rules Cyclopaedia in electronic or dead tree form. I admit that for the purists that's different, being BECMI not B/X, but really?
Labyrinth Lord and Dark Dungeons seemed like reasonable facsimiles as well, if you object to giving WotC your money.
Gavin's stuff is interesting but is also not actually B/X either. If you really want it then I agree that Rules Cyclopaedia is more authentic. However.. there are much better versions of D&D IMHO
 
#87
Gavin's stuff is interesting but is also not actually B/X either. If you really want it then I agree that Rules Cyclopaedia is more authentic. However.. there are much better versions of D&D IMHO
Thanks to suggestions here, I have begun browsing for affordable Rules Cyclopedia options. Still until end of month before I decide on the most suitable path for me. Because I never played the original D&D, the old school revival is intriguing.
 
#88
Oh Old School Essentials is on my watch list, if only to see what stupid heights it reaches. Part of me is stupidly excited, since I started with red Box Basic back in the mid-80s. But another part of me points out that I already scratched that itch by buying the Rules Cyclopedia when it came back in the early 90s. Not to mention Labyrinth Lord (Basic/Expert), or Osric (1st Ed Ad&D) or Swords & Wizardry (cleaned up, Original D&D with all the character classes from the supplements). It seems to be part of the OSR that every five years or so it throws up a new must-have retro-clone, quickly followed by a cry for new adventures/settings.
 
#94
Though they mentioned this reprint is from scanned versions of the original, which is disappointing but I guess they did not have desktop publishing software files ever made in those early 1980s.
Nope, that's what held them off for a good five years after they made the pdf available via drivethrupg.com

You can find original copies on Ebay, but be prepared to wait for a reasonably priced copy in good condition. This is how I replaced my copy from the 90s which I foolishly sold in the 3rd Edition days ("cos no one is going to play old d&d right?") about five years ago.

Beware it lives up to its name. It's a dense book, which doesn't teach you how to play and has the rules from four box sets. But if you can pick through it, you have got a good decade worth of a version of D&D that was initially sold to teenagers and then grew up with them :)
 

Dom

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#95
I've been tempted by that several times, but I keep on wanting a digital version of Holmes Basic. Admittedly, Blueholme does go a long way to addressing that.
 
That one's tempted me for a while too.
Oh, my God!

Now you've done it, Mitch. Oh no, not The Guvnor too!!!

My temptation suppressant protocols are am suffering a severe overload now. That cover is reeling me in already. Then reading the setting premise, even more so.

My only savior is my limited shelf space awaiting a huge splurge on Dune late this year.
 

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