This is our fourth annual offering featuring the Old School Revival -- the neoclassical movement to recapture the vigor and style of the earliest days of Dungeons & Dragons. The OSR offers tools, not plotlines -- rulings, not rules -- a gamemaster who doesn't railroad players onto a prearranged script but lets them sink or swim through their own actions. Encounters aren't necessarily "balanced," and outcomes are seldom scripted. Characters who don't use their heads usually wind up losing them. These fantasy RPGs, supplements, and modules are part of the passionate movement to reinvigorate and popularize play-styles associated with the first incarnations of D&D -- whether brown/white-box Original D&D, Holmes-Moldvay-Cook Basic/Expert, or AD&D 1e. Many, many "retro-clone" games recast the rules of one or another of these games in new language.
This huge new collection features vivid campaign settings, strange megadungeons, unsettling modules, hundreds of maps, and -- ta dahhh! -- the new edition of Tunnels & Trolls!
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$112.50. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all eight titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- Deep Carbon Observatory (False Machine, retail price $10): A harrowing underground quest by Patrick Stuart (Maze of the Blue Medusa) illustrated by the redoubtable Scrap Princess.
- The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom (Expeditious Retreat Press, retail $6): The first Advanced Adventures module by OSR pioneer Matthew Finch (Swords and Wizardry).
- Castle Gargantua and Mad Monks of Kwantoom (Kabuki Kaiser, retail $5 each): A Gothic megadungeon generator and a spectacularly fun Asian campaign sourcebook.
- One-Page Dungeon Compendia 2013-2015 (Shattered Pike Studio, total retail $9): These three official collections present 270+ entries in the popular One-Page Dungeon Contest. Sales of these collections support the contest.
- 2014 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review (ZERObarrier, retail $7.50): Dyson Logos, archmage of dungeon cartography, gathers works from his Dyson's Dodecahedron blog.
- Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls (Flying Buffalo, retail $20): The latest and greatest edition (386 pages!) of Ken St. Andre's 1975 classic. Includes the Gamemasters Screen (retail $1).
- Dwimmermount (Autarch, retail $10): The Labyrinth Lord version of Autarch's colossal 400-page science-fantasy megadungeon and campaign setting.
- Yoon-Suin (noisms, retail $9): David McGrogan's acclaimed roll-your-own campaign setting, a languorous Yellow City in a remote Purple Land.
- Misty Isles of the Eld (Hydra Cooperative, retail $12): Chris Kutalik's acid fantasy mini-sandbox standalone sequel to Slumbering Ursine Dunes.
- Chthonic Codex (Lost Pages, retail $18): Paolo Greco's unique campaign setting of cutthroat academic politics in a magical university.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge supporter of the "old school" movement, I think it's hearkening back to a "golden age" that really wasn't. I'll probably look at the new Tunnels and Trolls because the original game was fun, the rest of it doesn't really appeal to me. But if you like this sort of thing it looks like a fairly huge collection for the money, and probably reasonably good value. But as usual YMMV