Greyhawk Grognard, ces 30 derniers jours

Blog de Joe Bloch - Amateur de longue date de Greyhawk et rédacteur du fan module "Castle of the Mad Archmage"



dimanche 24 août 2014

  • No, cosplaying a drow isn't racist
    Is that drow on the right dual-wielding banjos?So last weekend R.A. Salvatore had his photo taken with some folks cosplaying drow, and it was posted to the official D&D Twitter feed. Naturally, some people went apeshit, because, well, racism. The line from the Outrage Brigade was that these (...)

mardi 19 août 2014

  • Well, I've certainly been quiet lately
    If you've noticed a certain slack in my frequency of posting lately, it's not your imagination. I've got a couple of Really Big Somethings brewing, but I can't take the lid off the pot just yet. Give it a month or two. But in the meantime I'll try to find some game-related ephemera to fill up (...)

dimanche 17 août 2014

  • Game Magazines
    By way of explanation of the title of this post, I don't mean "magazines about games". I mean "magazines that come with games", which is a unique subset of the game magazine industry that I thought had reached its zenith in the 1970's and early 80's, but is alive and well and quite vibrant (...)

vendredi 15 août 2014

  • I've been playing D&D wrong all these years...
    The folks at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, who have turned the infamous Jack Chick tract "Dark Dungeons" into a movie, have put the first seven minutes up on YouTube: The rest of the film is available for $5 on their website. Judging by the first free part, it's going to be well worth it. The (...)

lundi 11 août 2014

  • 5th Edition Player's Handbook: First Impressions
    Now that I've had a weekend to read through and digest the new Player's Handbook for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, I wanted to share some impressions with you. But seriously, folks... I'm very impressed with the book itself as well as the rules. The book has some nice artwork, but it (...)

vendredi 8 août 2014

  • How do you read rulebooks?
    Now that the 5th Edition Player's Handbook is here (it still feels weird to put that apostrophe in there), at least at those FLGS's who are members of the Wizards Play Network, I wanted to ask a general question. How do you read new rulebooks when you get them? Do you read them cover-to-cover? (...)

  • Whither the FLGS?
    My attention was caught by the following exchange on Twitter tonight, in the context of the new D&D Miniatures being available at GenCon prior to their being available at your local FLGS: @Wizards_DnD so I can buy at #wizkids at @Gen_Con next Thursday but can't buy them from my FLGS (...)

mercredi 6 août 2014

  • Review: Artifact of Evil
    (Caution: Spoilers) Hot on the heels of my review of Gary Gygax's first novel, Saga of Old City, we come to the second in the series (and the last published by TSR), Artifact of Evil, published in 1986. This book has a very different feel than its predecessor, even though the action takes place (...)

vendredi 1er août 2014

  • Factions of Greyhawk - The Scarlet Brotherhood
    The HarpersOne of the new elements in the upcoming 5th Edition D&D rules are factions. Specifically, there are rules for factions in the Forgotten Realms as part of the D&D Adventurers League, which is the new organized play thing (is it replacing the RPGA? I've not seen anything one (...)

vendredi 25 juillet 2014

  • Review: Saga of Old City
    (Caution: Spoilers) At last I come to the series of novels and stories written by Gary Gygax, featuring his hero Gord. The first in the series is Saga of Old City (1985), which was released as part of the last gasp of products written by Gygax right before his ouster from TSR. Saga of Old City (...)

  • Interview: Greyhawk Reborn's Dave Guerrieri
    I'm on an interview roll, it seems. I've known about the Greyhawk Reborn project, which is an attempt to keep the old Living Greyhawk campaign alive with a new and continuing "living campaign", as it is active in my neck of the woods, and I've seen mentions of it at conventions and online. At (...)

mercredi 23 juillet 2014

  • Thor and Cap: Big Changes? Big Deal
    Beta Ray Bill as ThorThere's of course been a ton of churn in the last week or so about Marvel's announcements that their comic book versions of Thor and Captain America are going to be changing, specifically being replaced with a woman and a black man, respectively. A lot of people are either (...)

samedi 19 juillet 2014

  • Interview: "The Great Kingdom" Filmmakers
    I had the opportunity to ask some questions of Andrew Pascal and Chris Haifley, the filmmakers behind the documentary The Great Kingdom, which is being Kickstarted right now, ending this Sunday. As of this writing, they're less than $10,000 away from their goal. They've reached their goal! * * (...)

mercredi 16 juillet 2014

mardi 15 juillet 2014

  • Advice Solicited: Miniatures
    Terrain by Legendary Realms; awesome stuffAnd thus do I throw open the gates wide and ask for your advice and opinions, my faithful readers. With the advent of 5th Edition, I'm going to be starting a new campaign, and I have resolved that I would like to do so with the aid of miniatures. Sounds (...)

dimanche 13 juillet 2014

  • Wargames Illustrated Magazine - Special Pulp Issue
    I know a lot of my readers are very into pulp fiction, and games that feature pulp themes. Even if you don't normally consider yourself a miniatures wargamer, I'd urge you to pick up a copy of this month's Wargames Illustrated magazine. (Stores that lean more heavily towards miniatures will (...)

jeudi 10 juillet 2014

  • 5th Edition
    Apologies for my delayed post following the release of the 5th edition Basic Rules and Starter Set. Between being at a convention and seeing my family off on their annual summer road trip, things have been hectic here at the Grognard's lair. So there are basically two things at issue, it seems (...)

lundi 7 juillet 2014

  • Dexcon/OSWARP 2014
    Well it's been an exhausting five days, but another Dexcon is now behind us, and the first-ever OSWARP as well. OSWARP went really well, even if attendance was a little under our expectations. Hopefully next year we'll grow, and will eventually be able to go solo. As it currently stands, OSWARP (...)

samedi 5 juillet 2014

lundi 30 juin 2014

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 6)
    And now, at long last, we come to the "Monsters of Greyhawk" section. Taken as a whole, there really isn't any reason that the creatures contained herein need to be specific to Greyhawk, with a couple of exceptions that are tied to specific areas of the Flanaess. The full list of new monsters (...)

samedi 28 juin 2014

  • The OSR and your FLGS
    Theboardgamefamily.comThe other day the OSRToday announced the creation of a directory for those FLGS's who stock items of interest to the OSR to put their names and relevant data onto a list, with the idea that it might encourage more custom to said stores. All well and good, and certainly (...)

jeudi 26 juin 2014

  • On Barbarians and their Ilk
    Over at Tenkar's Tavern, the question of the day revolves around Unearthed Arcana, that AD&D expansion book that is something of a fissure among fans of the game. Few and far between are those who have no opinion on it; it often elicits a love it or hate it reaction. Erik himself seems to (...)

mardi 24 juin 2014

  • Batman's 25th anniversary
    While there's a lot of churn around the 75th anniversary of Batman's first comic book appearance this year, Tim Burton's Batman had its opening weekend twenty-five years ago. A lot of people at the time thought casting Michael Keaton, who was mainly known for comedic roles, was a huge risk. But (...)

  • What do you want to play or run?
    Riffing off a post by Zachary Houghton on G+, here's a question. What game do you want to play, but just can't find anyone else who's interested? For me, it's Chivalry & Sorcery and Ringworld. I love both those games, but it is a rareified atmosphere indeed. What about you? What would you (...)

vendredi 20 juin 2014

  • BRW Games Midsummer Madness Sale
    It's here! From June 20-22, BRW Games is having a sale, with 30% off all of our titles. That's pdf and hardcopy. Rulebooks and adventures. Supplements and novels. Everything. If you've been holding off getting Castle of the Mad Archmage, now's your chance. You can get it for under $14 in pdf, (...)

dimanche 15 juin 2014

  • Wanna see how Tekumel was done "back in the day"?
    The incredibly talented Chirine ba Kal (who played in MAR Barker's original Tekumel games and has forgotten more about gaming than many gamers ever learned) has posted the following series of videos to his YouTube channel. The whole thing will take about two hours to go through, but ye Gods is (...)

jeudi 12 juin 2014

  • Swords of the Damned 2nd Printing Now Available
    A few months ago, BRW Games published the first novel based on Adventures Dark and Deep, called Swords of the Damned, by Richard Tongue. Unfortunately, as some readers pointed out, it was somewhat lacking in proof-reading, and contained numerous errors. I'm pleased to say that a second printing (...)

mercredi 11 juin 2014

  • Midsummer Madness is Coming, June 20-22
    I don't do sales. I've never done sales. But now, I'm about to do a sale. Midsummer Madness is upon us! In conjunction with both Free RPG Day and the Summer Solstice, all BRW Games products will be available for 30% off from Friday June 20 through Sunday June 22. What does this mean? It means (...)

lundi 2 juin 2014

  • OSWARP Deadline Approaching!
    If you are planning on running a game or three at the first-ever Old School Wargaming and Role Playing (OSWARP) convention in New Jersey this 4th of July, you'd better get off your duff and submit your proposals, because the deadline for submitting a proposal is Sunday, June 8. That's less than (...)

dimanche 1er juin 2014

  • Beyond the Flanaess: Where are *you* most interested in?
    One of the things that has been lurking in the back of my mind since I did my "Beyond the Flanaess" maps is that there are just so many regions crying out for attention. Now, obviously, up until now, we've only gotten information about the Flanaess in the written sources (aside from the (...)

jeudi 29 mai 2014

  • Adventures as Sourcebooks
    I only run published adventures very rarely out of the box. I have run a few - T1 The Village of Hommlet comes to mind - straight as published, but on the whole I look at adventures more as mini-sourcebooks about a facet of the game world (in my instance, Greyhawk, of course), rather than for (...)

mercredi 28 mai 2014

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past review (spoiler-lite)
    I saw the new X-Men: Days of Future Past film on Friday with my 13 year old daughter. We saw the regular (non-3D, non-Imax) version. Bottom line: it's a terrific movie, but not the best in the X-Men series. Definitely worth seeing in the theater. It's very difficult to discuss this film without (...)

samedi 24 mai 2014

  • Local television shows
    I'm old enough to remember the days when there were independent television stations. Not like the CW or the WB, but honest-to-goodness television stations that played whatever the heck they wanted (or could afford) and which actually produced their own shows. Usually in the UHF end of the (...)

mercredi 21 mai 2014

  • The D&D Adventurers League
    Some more news out of Wizards of the Coast today: At the core of the new D&D Organized Play experience is the D&D Adventurers League. Essentially, we’ve given the system a name, because we wanted to emphasize the connected nature of our public play programs. For the first time, we’ll (...)

mardi 20 mai 2014

  • WotC Publishes 5th Edition D&D Dates, Prices, Covers
    We now have official street dates, cover art, and prices for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition books (and other goodies). First, the boxed D&D Starter Set comes out July 15th with a MSRP of $19.99. It "includes a 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get (...)

samedi 17 mai 2014

  • What am I running at OSWARP?
    For those of you who are planning on running games at the first-ever OSWARP old-school gaming convention, in Morristown, NJ over the 4th of July weekend, you should get off your duff and submit your game proposals, because the deadline is looming (June 8). Here's what I will be running. Castle (...)

jeudi 15 mai 2014

  • Supplement Organization - An Informal Poll
    I've written before about what I perceive to be the failings of the AD&D 1E Oriental Adventures book. Specifically, although it was marketed as being broadly descriptive of "oriental" culture, it was really focused on feudal Japan, with a few bits and pieces from Yuan/Ming China thrown in. (...)

mardi 6 mai 2014

  • Gotham TV series trailer
    I was originally skeptical about a Smallville-like show that presented Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, etc. as kids. But I have to say this looks pretty good.

mercredi 30 avril 2014

  • OSWARP Website Now Up!
    OSWARP, the east coast old school gaming convention, now has an official website. Come on by, and if you're anywhere near New Jersey (or will be in July), sign up for the convention, maybe run a game. It would be terrific if we had enough support to spin the convention off on its own in (...)

mardi 29 avril 2014

  • If I owned Greyhawk
    A thought experiment. If I was in charge of Greyhawk right now, with 5th Edition coming out this summer, and the setting itself having officially lain fallow, for all intents and purposes, for nearly fifteen years, this is what I would do with it. I'd have a three-pronged approach. The first (...)

dimanche 27 avril 2014

  • On Sandboxes
    Even though I'm probably best known for megadungeons, the style of play I personally prefer is the sandbox. The thing is, the sandbox, while it seems on the outside to be relatively simple (throw a lot of random stuff together, and let the PCs have at it), it's actually one of the most (...)

samedi 26 avril 2014

  • Who Framed the Avengers?
    For obvious reasons, there is a lot of talk in fandom about the various Marvel properties owned by competing film studios. Fox owns the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Sony owns Spider Man, and of course Marvel itself owns the rest, including the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, (...)

lundi 21 avril 2014

  • More on the Temple of Elemental Evil
    Over the years I've done a lot of thinking about the published T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil. To my mind, it's one of the great disappointments in D&D history - we fans were waiting literally for years for the follow-up to the excellent T1 Village of Hommlet, and what we got seemed bloated, (...)

dimanche 20 avril 2014

  • Happy Easter
    Yes, it's a real album, and you can download it.

  • New Spell and Monster: Egregore
    (This spell and associated monster description are published under the auspices of the OGL, and are designated as Open Game Content.) Create Egregore Level 4 Mage spell (evocation) Requires: Incantation Casting time: 1 hour per maximum level of spellcasters This spell invokes an egregore - a (...)

vendredi 18 avril 2014

  • OSWARP is looking for game masters!
    Hey all! I wanted to throw out a reminder that registration for OSWARP (and DexCon, the parent convention) is now open. OSWARP is the Old School Wargame and Role Playing convention, to be held in Morristown New Jersey on July 4-5. We're looking for you to run a game! If you volunteer to run (...)

  • On the epidemiology of rumors
    I've long advocated using the broad sweep of history in the Flanaess, with all the wars, revolutions, invasions, and other changes to the setting acting as a vast and sweeping backdrop against which the campaign and the PCs can operate (Mortellan over at Greyhawkery covered this very subject (...)

jeudi 17 avril 2014

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 5)
    Having left off last time with Incabulous, the book now turns to Istus, the Baklunish goddess of fate. She goes from being a 14th level cleric, 14th level druid, 24th level magic-user, and 14th level illusionist to being just a 16th level cleric and 16th level magic-user. She also plummets from (...)

mercredi 16 avril 2014

  • WotC News Roundup
    A couple of news items of interest today... Dead in Thay, the next season of D&D Encounters, is launching on the weekend of May 10-11. Seems to be an old-fashioned dungeon crawl. There's a revised version of the Dungeon board game coming out in June, with a sticker price under $20. No word (...)

  • Lords of Light - The Thundarr the Barbarian Story
    Check out this amazing short documentary on one of the great formative cartoons of my childhood. h/t to +Noah Stevens

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Oerth Journal 28

dimanche 12 mai 2019

Février 2019 : Parution du numéro 28 du Oerth Journal
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Oerth Journal 27

vendredi 20 janvier 2017

Il a mis 5 ans à arriver, mais il est là...

Sur le Web : Canonfire

Greyhawk Reborn !

samedi 21 novembre 2015

Greyhawk Reborn is a new living-style campaign based in the legendary World of Greyhawk using the D&D 5E rules !

Sur le Web : Greyhawk Reborn

Best of Greyhawk # 15

lundi 26 août 2013

Voici le 15e fichier qui compile les meilleurs articles postés sur le forum Greyhawk d’AOL (Juillet - Aout 1996).

Best of Greyhawk #15

Canonfire Chronicles

vendredi 2 août 2013

Un petit frère (un fork amical) à Oerth Journal, vient tout juste d’être publié. Il contient plus de 150 pages, essentiellement d’aventures, rédigées par les amateurs et les spécialistes du monde de Greyhawk.

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