Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Blogs Added, Space-Age Sorcery, and Petty Gods

I have just added a few great blogs to my blogroll (right side). I have been following them for a while now. They are Swords and StitcheryGorgonmilk, and Heretikwerks. They are all great sources of OSR materials but I see them more than just great sources of inspiration for my own game; they have taken up the challenge and become creative centers of OSR knowledge packaging and re-distribution.

One great example of their work is this amazing new download at Heretikwerks: Space-Age Sorcery. If you want to bridge the gap between magic and technology, this is a must have. The greatest thing about it is that it doesn't create loads of new rules to make technology and magic work together... it just creates techno-spells that effect robots and other machines.

Another example is the work that is going on at Gorgonmilk. Greg has cast Resurrection on the corpse of James M's Petty Gods project... and upon rising from the dead it has become more powerful than ever just like Obi-Wan Kenobi and JC. Today sees the release of the original Petty Gods (download it here) compendium, an homage to the old Judge's Guild publication Unknown Gods. A grander, expanded version  of Petty Gods is in the works as well. I can't wait! BTW, I will have a little goddess in there of my own.

I think that Greg's banner (above) expresses the new force within the OSR scene... moving from the "Old School Rennaisance" to what I think should best be called the "Open Source Revolution". Even the most popular clones out there are open source. Swords & Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess,  the most popular 1st Gen D&D clones, all have free versions available for download. That is how I first discovered these games a few years ago. Greg and the rest of the gang have become the new locus of OSR attention and they are producing some awesome resources.

There are other great blogs out there which have been inspirational to me as I have jumped back into D&D and turned to my D&D roots. I will detail some of them in the future.

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