For years folks have been asking for an index for the Adventures Dark and Deep Bestiary. Well, now it’s a reality. It includes a complete index of all creatures in the Bestiary book, as well as suggestions for replacements for things that weren’t able to be included because of licensing issues.
After many months of work, the print edition of the Random Terrain and Encounter Generator is now available. We were holding off doing the print version of the book because a major portion was still under construction. It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that the book now contains a complete system for generating urban environments and encounters, as well as wilderness and dungeons.
There are 24 different city district types (each with their own mix of buildings), special features, and random encounters designed for districts in both day and night.
If you have previously ordered the pdf version that did not contain the urban section, you will be getting a notification that your file has been updated. If you didn’t get the notification, then just go to DriveThruRPG and click on “My Library” in the upper-right. You’ll find the link to download the new version there.
In addition, if you ordered the previous version of the pdf, you will also be getting an email containing a discount on the printed book, so you don’t have to pay anything extra. If you don’t get it in a day or so, be sure to check your spam folder. You can email email@example.com if you don’t see it at all, just make sure you include the original order number so we can confirm.
One thing that people have been asking for over the years is an errata, so they can have all the various minor tweaks that have been made to the rules over the years. It’s especially helpful for people with hard copies of the books. Well, we’ve taken a first, tiny step in that direction and released version 0.1 of the Adventures Dark and Deep Errata, which right now consists of a single table (the updated Multi-Class Options by Race table, for those who are curious). This is just a start, of course, and over the coming months the plan is to get all of the errata compiled into this single document, and keep it updated going forward. This is not an inconsequential project, and it’s happening on top of everything else that’s going on, but it’s definitely something that you all will find useful.
For now, you can download the pdf here. Once it gets a little more robust, it will go up on DriveThruRPG as a free download.
A hundred years ago, the pirate king Harven Half-Skull was buried with his ill-gotten booty in a secret tomb. Your band of adventurers have a map that claims to show the final resting place of the pirate king, and you’re off to claim his loot. But the dead do not rest easy…
The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull is an adventure for 3-6 characters of level 3-4, and is a classic dungeon crawl designed to be completed in a single gaming session.
Written for the Adventures Dark and Deep™ rules, The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull can be played with most Basic and Advanced compatible rule sets with little or no conversion needed.
Special sale going on!
Between now and Halloween, everyone who has previously purchased the Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual in any format, can get a hardcover version for 20% off. This is your chance to upgrade from a pdf or softcover version for a nice discount.
Emails containing the special discount link are going out right now. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder. If you still don’t see it, you’ve probably turned off getting promotional mail from RPGNow.
Blogger Christopher Bishop posted a multi-part review of Adventures Dark and Deep on Multiverse today. Do check it out – I’ve never seen such an in-depth review.
He has also written a review of the new Random Terrain and Encounter Generator. Another great one!
One of my fans has suggested that I set a stretch goal to come out with a print edition of one of my earlier adventures, Bitterbark’s Circus. The Circus is a mirthfully malevolent place, and can also be used as an expansion for Castle of the Mad Archmage (Level 11, Area 34, for those keeping track). Up until now, it’s only been available in pdf format.
However, if we break $4,500 on the Musicland Kickstarter, making a print version of the adventure will be bumped to the top of the priority list, and will almost certainly be available by the time Musicland is. Backers of this Kickstarter at any level will also receive a coupon for a 25% discount on the print version of Bitterbark’s Circus if we hit the stretch goal (and all print versions include the pdf, too!).
I’ve gotten a bunch of inquiries about putting out stand-alone versions of the new classes and sub-classes in Adventures Dark and Deep:
Well, after a bit of work, that request is now a reality. All of the “new” classes in Adventures Dark and Deep, based on the outlines that Gary Gygax made in various places online and in Dragon Magazine, are now available as stand-alone pdf files.
In those files, you’ll find the full class description, as well as every spell available to that class.
I see this as being of interest to three different types of people:
Those who are playing one of these classes, and want a handy reference guide at the table. Rather than flipping through the whole Players Manual to get your spells and abilities, it’s all in one convenient place.
Those who want to add a particular class to their Old School game. Want to have mountebanks in your Labyrinth Lord game? Now you can, without having to even invest in the whole Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore book.
Those who are curious about Adventures Dark and Deep, but want to get more of a feel for how the game is laid out and rules handled, without having to plunk down a bunch of cash sight unseen.
And the price? Each one is a buck. You want them all? You only pay $4 for five of them. A twenty percent discount.
It’s admittedly an experiment, but I know if I was playing the game, having a class-specific mini-handbook would be really convenient.
Here are all the links:
Personally, the mountebank is my favorite. Which one is yours? Sound off in the comments.
OneBookShelf is running its annual “Christmas in July” sale, and naturally BRW Games is participating. That means you can get everything in the BRW catalog at deep discounts:
What’s that? You want specifics? Well, roll these around your brain and see if it doesn’t scream BUY ME!!!
The original Castle of the Mad Archmage, in print, no less, for under $45. Yes, that includes both print and pdf! Seriously, you could literally spend years with your players in this dungeon. 13+ levels, thousands of encounter areas, new monsters, new magic, the thing is effing HUGE.
Not enough? How about this…
The Adventures Dark and Deep core rulebooks and DM’s screen, for under $100. Yes, again, that’s both print and pdf! What is it? Why, it’s 1E meets Gygax’s original plans for the next version of the game. Start with the 1E rules, streamline the stuff that needs streamlining, add new classes and spells and monsters and magic, and off we go! If you liked Unearthed Arcana, you’ll love Adventures Dark and Deep.
Plus there’s a whole bunch of other stuff also on sale; expansion modules, adventures, my take on a fantasy China expansion rulebook (all completely compatible with most Advanced RPGs… ahem).
So head on over and check out the sale! I wrote most of it, but honestly, it’s a really good deal, and stuff you’ll get a ton of use out of for years.
In conjunction with the recent ADD/CotMA pdf sale, three lucky winners were going to get free hard copies of their purchases. All three winners have been contacted through OneBookShelf, but unfortunately I’ve only heard from two of them!
- Jonathan M. Thompson won a softcover copy of A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore
- “Weird Dave” Coulson won a hardcopy cover of Castle of the Mad Archmage (OSR version)
But we still have another winner to be heard from! If you’re reading this and bought a pdf during the sale, please look for an email from Chris Tang (from OBS) with the subject line “Free Book” and follow the instructions within.
If I don’t hear from our mystery winner within a week, I’ll be forced to draw another winner. I’ll also ask OBS to try to get in touch with him again.
Jonathan and Weird Dave, your books will be en route shortly. Thanks to everyone for participating!