Monday, October 15, 2018

Some RPG Products I Recommend (With Links!)


Ravenloft Campaign Setting, Revised, Boxed Set

This is what I used for my "Condensing Ravenloft" posts, which I eventually compiled into this document.

Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure

There are so many usable tables in here, you can practically generate a whole campaign in about an hour.

Red Tide: Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit

Again, lots of usable tables, as well as some lovely name lists.

Veins of the Earth

A perfect example of games as art. It has good writing, good ideas, good artwork, and a nice bestiary. A little difficult to use at the table due to its verbosity though.

Krevborna: A Gothic Blood Opera

I only just recently god this one, but I absolutely love it. Perfect for any gothic/dark fantasy game, with lots of usable stuff, particularly the adventure generator.

Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos

Not OSR, but contains some neat information on some of the more obscure aspects of the Cthulhu mythos, as well as good advice on integrating it into a standard fantasy setting.

Realms of Crawling Chaos

Like Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos, but it came first and has a bunch of stats for mythos creatures for Labyrinth Lord. Also, I really like the spells.


All the Pathfinder Bestiaries

Its really easy to convert 3.5e/PF monsters to OSR, and a lot of the pathfinder bestiaries have some really cool stuff, like skeletal whales, 3 headed sharktopuses, faceless shapeshifters made by the aboleths, etc.

Malleus Monstrorum

Basically every Call of Cthulhu monster you could ever need, written up and alphabetized. Can be converted to OSR using an appendix in Silent Legions.

Monstrous Manual

In my opinion, better organized and more interesting to read than the Monster Manual, but not quite as evocative.

Monster Manual, Monster Manual 2, and the Fiend Folio

The original 3 good monster manuals. Fiend Folio is very good for a swords and sorcery style setting.

Lusus Naturae

Ludicrously edgy at times, but always creative!


Deep Carbon Observatory

A good way to get into the Veins of the Earth, and just a damn fine adventure on its own.

Dyson's Delves

Dyson's Delve is a very good, easy to use multi-level dungeon, easily enough to kick off a campaign and keep it going for some time.

One Page Dungeon Compilations

Hit or miss, but with some real gems if you dig around!

Adventure Anthology 1

Just a collection of solid adventures, though some are easier to use than others.


Basic Fantasy RPG

B/X but with race and class separate, and ascending AC. Also extremely cheap in print, I got mine for 5 bucks on amazon.

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

I don't like a couple of the illustrations, but the rules are solid, and the general tone is nice. Free artless version here.

Shadow of the Demon Lord

A sort of gonzo dark fantasy game, if that makes sense? Steampunk robots, shape-shifting fey, and eccentric goblins are all playable characters, and the basic premise is that the Demon Lord is attempting to break the barriers between realities to eat the world.

Moldvay Basic Set

What I started role playing with. Its a solid, lovely system that exudes such a lovely sense of adventure.

Holmes Basic Set (Unfortunately it is not available on RPGnow at this time)

Basically the closest you can get to running OD&D while not mentally cursing Gygax's layout. Also, has a lot of very innovative stuff in it, and a great starter dungeon!

AD&D 1st Edition

At the very least its loosely compatible with most old school D&D systems, and the classes and spells are quite good.