Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Original Edition Role Playing Appreciation Day Festivities & Participation

Original Edition Role Playing Appreciation Day is Saturday May 5th! That's just over two weeks away! The announcement was initially made here.

This year I have opened up the participation of what sorts of games might be involved as well as supported activities.
GAME SYSTEMS ALLOWED:
  1. Your article, product, podcast, public game etc. must focus on Original Dungeons & Dragons or one of it's derivatives.
  2. Derivative systems refer to systems based directly upon OD&D, including: Swords & Wizardry, Delving Deeper, Iron Falcon, Warriors of the Red Planet, etc.
  3. Derivatives of the derivatives will also be accepted: White Star, Crypts & Things, The Hero's Journey etc.
  4. Additionally I will accept Holmes basic and Blueholme, as the Holmes version of the game was intended as a cleaned up, easy access version of the original game.
  5. The following will NOT be accepted: Basic/Expert, BECMI, Rules Cyclopedia, AD&D or any direct derivatives of these. I know there are those that count all "Basic" versions of the game as OD&D, but that is not our definition here, or for the purposes of this day. Only the Original game from 1974, it's supplements and derivatives of these (and compatible materials, supplements and modules) will be accepted.

This year, I am putting out the call for PUBLIC OE GAMES! If you want to run a game publicly, either in person at a store or online on OERAD (May 5th) it would be a fantastic way to get these systems in front of people and help garner interest.

Submitting a game to be played publicly on OERAD: If you want to submit a game, email me at luxfaust@gmail.com NO LATER THAN Saturday April 28th! The subject line should real "OERAD Public Game."  I will get a post up by Monday April 30th with listings on locations and hangout games that will be available for public attendance.

If you are creating a blog, podcast, new product or sale for the day, these are your guidelines:


- Write a post, article, free pdf, podcast etc. related to OD&D, accepted systems listed above, or get a sale going with product you already have or announce a new release..
-Email me with a link to you blog, website etc. By 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, May 5th. Email both your link and title/sale. 
-Make the subject of your email: "OERAD Post (or sale)" and the blog/site title. Send email to: luxfaust@gmail.com
-Make sure to have the actual post/sale by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th. IF POSSIBLE GET POSTS TO ME BEFORE THIS SO THAT I CAN PLAN APPROPRIATELY.
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog around 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Original Edition Role Playing Appreciation Day Logo


Original Edition Role Playing Appreciation Day is Saturday May 5th! The announcement was initially made here.

Time for this week's OERAD post. We have an official logo! The recognizable Lizardman (now in a more dynamic pose) was drawn by +Clayton Williams from Lansing, MI. If you like what you see you can check out more of Clay's work here on his Instagram account. If you like his stuff and have a project that needs some groovy art, throw some work his way. Feel free to attach the logo to any OERAD posts or events you might have.


Additionally, remember to get cracking on any submissions, we are only a few weeks away from the big day. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Submission Guidelines For Original Edition Roleplaying Appreciation Day

Original Edition Role Playing Appreciation Day is Saturday May 5th! The announcement was initially made here.
It is my pleasure to present to you this years basic submission guidelines. I presume it is a good idea to address this, as multiple game systems will be allowed this year.
  1. Your article, product, podcast, etc. must focus on Original Dungeons & Dragons or one of it's derivatives.
  2. Derivative systems refer to systems based directly upon OD&D, including: Swords & Wizardry, Delving Deeper, Iron Falcon, Warriors of the Red Planet, etc.
  3. Derivatives of the derivatives will also be accepted: White Star, Crypts & Things, The Hero's Journey etc.
  4. Additionally I will accept Holmes basic and Blueholme, as the Holmes version of the game was intended as a cleaned up, easy access version of the original game.
  5. The following will NOT be accepted: Basic/Expert, BECMI, Rules Cyclopedia, AD&D or any direct derivatives of these. I know there are those that count all "Basic" versions of the game as OD&D, but that is not our definition here, or for the purposes of this day. Only the Original game from 1974, it's supplements and derivatives of these (and compatible materials, supplements and modules) will be accepted.
  

If you want to take part in the festivities this year, here is what to do:
- Write a post, article, free pdf, podcast etc. related to OD&D, accepted systems listed above, or get a sale going with product you already have or announce a new release..
-Email me with a link to you blog, website etc. By 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, May 5th. Email both your link and title/sale. 
-Make the subject of your email: "OERAD Post (or sale)" and the blog/site title. Send email to: luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com
-Make sure to have the actual post/sale by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th.
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog around 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Classic D&D At Dragonmead, Spring Schedule

As you know, I run public games at The Loaded Die's Game Nights both Dragonmead, in Warren, MI. These happen on various Thursdays, most months. The Board Game Nights are weekly, my games will typically be once or more a month. 
 
Every game I run publicly for the time being will be public play test of "Gateway to Adventure" the OD&D/Swords & Wizardry variant I spoke about in this post. That is, I will be running OD&D and Swords & Wizardry as the system, dropping my variants in to see how they play out. These are being done in a drop in manor, but as a continuous campaign using early Wee Warriors Modules, "The Misty Isles" and "Palace of the Vampire Queen" as the basis. Palace of the Vampire Queen was the first module ever published. If you have ever wanted to play an OD&D Module using an OD&D based system, but have no where to go, this is your chance. Also, awesome beer is available.
 
If you have a character in any of my public games (including convention games) you can bring, and play, that character to any of the game nights that I am running.
 
Here is my Spring Schedule as it currently stands:
 
April 5th
 
April 26th
 
May 10th
 
 
Games Nights Start at 5:00 PM. Presume OSR games around 6:30 PM.
 

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Original Edition RPG Appreciation Day Will Take the Place of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day

Original Edition Roleplaying Appreciation Day (OERAD) will be held on Saturday May 5th this year!
 
This year we have a HUGE CHANGE in what the Appreciation Day will entail. After thinking on this for the past year, I threw my idea at +Matt Finch, and received his approval. I have been thinking that we are neglecting a great deal of talent in the realm of OD&D based games when we celebrate ONLY Swords & Wizardry. There is a terrific amount of material still be published for OD&D proper, not the least of which comes from David Hill's Mothshad Concepts. Additionally, we have many other great games based in OD&D, such as Delving Deeper and Iron Falcon, not to mention the entire line from Night Owl Workshop, reimagining what OD&D might have been like if it had been inspired by source other than pulp fantasy. We will not be slighting S&W, only expanding upon the celebration. As a side note, I have already asked +Clayton Williams to do create a piece of art that I can turn into a new logo for the festivities! I will share it here as soon as it is complete. So, this year will celebrate the Original Roleplaying Game in all of it's incarnation! Come help us celebrate.

If you want to take part in the festivities this year, here is what to do:
 
- Write a post, article, free pdf, podcast etc. related to OD&D, Swords & Wizardry, Delving Deeper, Iron Falcon or any other OD&D clone OR, get a sale going with product you already have.
 
-Email me with a link to you blog, website etc. By 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, May 5th. Email both your link and title/sale. 
 
-Make the subject of your email: "OERAD Post (or sale)" and the blog/site title. Send email to: luxfaust_at_gmail_dot_com
 
-Make sure to have the actual post/sale by 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th.
 
-I will have all links and titles posted here on the blog around 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 5th. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What's New With Gamers & Grognards

Hey there, folks! I've been absent for a while, I know. Those that follow me over on G+ will know that I spent a lot of the winter car hunting after my OSCar (a '93 Dynasty I had been driving since getting a great deal on a barely used one back in 2012) decided to finally break down. In addition, the work life has kept me busy. However, despite not being on the blog often (which I should remedy, at least with updates,) I have not been idle on the gaming front.
 
Work has continued, both in research and development of my OE clone & houseruled system, mentioned earlier this year. The current working title of the game is "Gateway to Adventure. My plan, to both provide readers with content and get feed back is to release snippets of what I am doing as PWYW pdfs over on DriveThruRPG.com in the Appendix N Entertainment store. I'll make announcements as the "sneak peak" documents are released. That said, I've also been working toward legitimizing Appendix N Entertainment as a company. That should come to fruition very shortly.
 
Last, I have been mulling over a few things regarding Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day. I have talked with Matt Finch, and will be making an announcement later in the week regarding a huge change for this year's day. Keep your eyes here for the announcement!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UPDATED - SOME DATES DROPPED - Metro Detroit OSR Society Public Game Nights Return to the Loaded Die Game Nights!

UPDATE - DUE TO CAR FAILURE AND NEEDING TO CAR SHOP, AT LEAST TWO OF MY GAME DATES ARE CANCELLED. SEE BELOW.

Well, it's a new year and time for me to get back out and run some games (and evangelize the style I love.) With that, I will be resuming the OSR nights at The Loaded Die's Game Nights at both Dragonmead and Brooks Brewing.
 
Every game I run publicly for the time being will be public play test of "Gateway to Adventure" the OD&D/Swords & Wizardy variant I spoke about in this post. That is, I will be running OD&D and Swords & Wizardry as the system, dropping my variants in to see how they play out.
 
If you have a character in any of my public games (including convention games) you can bring, and play, that character to any of the game nights that I am running.
 
This is the current winter schedule that I will be running. Note, that if weather is bad, I will not be out. A spring schedule will be announced in March, after my return from Gary Con.
 
Games Nights Start at 5:00 PM. Presume OSR games around 6:00 PM.
 
Dragonmead - Thursday 1/18  CANCELLED
 
Brooks Brewing - Monday 1/22  CANCELLED
 
Dragonmead - Thursday 2/1
 
Brooks Brewing - Monday 2/5 CANCELLED
 
Dragonmead - Thursday 2/22
 
I hope to see Metro Detroiters there!