"Go to the sign of Marvel's Axe, a dubious inn on the edge of the Thieves Quarter, in the City of Greyhawk, and look to your own wrist. If you perceive a bracelet and dangling dice, watch for the next throw in the war between Law and Chaos and be prepared to follow the compelling geas." -Signal

Monday, August 28, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991)

From the Back Cover:

Whether you're a player or a Dungeon Master, the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Rules Cyclopedia is now the comprehensive sourcebook you need for the original fantasy role-playing game! For ages 12 and up, the Cyclopedia contains the complete game system and hundreds of features including:

  • All the rules from the D&D Boxed Set series, including Basic, Expert, Companion, and Masters.
  • Guidelines to develop and play characters from levels 1-36.
  • Comprehensive lists of weaponry and equipment.
  • Expansion rules including optional skills and talents.
  • An overview of the Known World and the HOLLOW WORLD game settings, the official D&D campaign world.
  • Rules to convert D&D games and characters into AD&D 2nd Edition game statistics and back again.

Fully compatible with the new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Boxed Set, this volume allows players the full scope of fantasy role-playing from the dungeons to the Outer Planes. Now, more than ever, the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game is ready and waiting for you!


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e) (1989)

From the back cover:

This is the indispensable encyclopedia of fantasy role-playing and also the perfect companion to the referee's 2nd edition Dungeon Master Guide.Everything players need is here: how to determine a character's Strength, Wisdom, Charisma, and other abilities; the differences among the various fantasy races, from elves and halflings to dwarves, gnomes, and others; complete rules for character improvement; the most advantageous mapping and combat procedures; and much more, all in this easy-to-use, revised version of the classic role-playing rulebook. With this 2nd Edition, the best-selling role-playing game in history gets better.


Saturday, August 26, 2023

Alternity Player's Handbook (1998)

From the web:

You're an explorer commanding the newest starship in the fleet, or . . . a brilliant scientist seeking a cure for a deadly alien virus, or . . . a battle-weary space marine fighting to protect the galaxy, or . . . any other SF hero you can imagine!

Experience the future - one adventure at a time!

This roleplaying game provides a framework for all kinds of contemporary to far-future science fiction adventures. The Player's Handbook, the companion volume to the Alternity Gamemaster Guide, contains everything players need to create SF heroes and play the Alternity game, including:

  • An easy-to-learn game system designed around a unique dice mechanic.
  • A "Fast-Play" chapter that teaches the basics and quickly gets you into the action.
  • Rules for generating a wide variety of unique heroes - including five alien hero species.
  • Many distinct character professions and careers that allow you to further refine and define your character - from bounty hunters to computer hackers, starship pilots to interplanetary traders.
  • Simple yet wide-ranging rules presented in a format that lets you add levels of complexity as desired.
  • Optional rules for mutants, psionics, and cybernetics.
  • Plenty of equipment covering a variety of technological levels - computers, vehicles, starships, armor, weapons, and assorted gear.
  • A compilation of tables and forms that players need, plus a comprehensive index.


Friday, August 25, 2023

Player's Option: Combat & Tactics (1995)

From the back cover:

Tired of your fighter doing nothing but trading swings with monsters? Are your dungeon denizen's tactics getting a little too routine? Need help setting up that siege of the evil overlord's castle? Then this is the book for you. This exciting expansion to the AD&D game contains rules and systems that will make your battles more vibrant and realistic. There are new rules covering critical hits, tactical options, and combat maneuvers such as shield wall, disarms, and more! Complete weapons tables for all eras of play include lots of new weapons and revised characteristics for old ones. The Combat & Tactics system has been carefully designed to present sets of rules in easy-to-use modules that you pick and choose from and incorporate into your campaign. Regardless of which ones you do use, you'll find everything works with everything else.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Monster Manual (D&D 3e) (2000)

From the web:

Over 500 Fearsome Foes!

From the mundane to the magical, from the meek to the mighty, the Monster Manual brings the monsters of the Dungeons & Dragons game to life with statistics, descriptions, full-color illustrations, and player character information. This book is essential for every Dungeon Master who wants to keep players on their toes!

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Player's Handbook (D&D 3e) (2000)

From the back cover:

The Key to Endless Adventure
Here is the indispensable manual of fantasy roleplaying. The Player's Handbook includes everything you need to create and play your ideal Dungeons & Dragons character.

Pick up this book and join the millions of other player who've made the D&D game the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game!


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 3e) (2000)

From the back cover:

You've got the Dungeons & Dragons(R) Player's Handbook, but you need more--you're the Dungeon Master, and it's up to you to create adventures and worlds for your friends' characters to experience, explore and conquer.

This book contains everything you need--from special high-level classes to magic items, artifacts, and more! You're the Dungeon Master, and all the Dungeons & Dragons(R) secrets are yours!


Monday, August 21, 2023

Player's Option: Spells & Magic (1996)

From the web:

Does your wizard wish to create a powerful magical item or a potent new spell? What other effects does your priest's favorite offensive spell accomplish? Spells & Magic provides players and Dungeon Masters with expanded rules that are compatible with the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master Guide, and the rest of the Player's Option line of rule books. Within these pages, you will find new spells and proficiencies for wizards and priests, plus further rules on spell research and magical item creating, new options for designing spellcasters, an alternate system of gaining and using spells, and much more. Use this book to bring out the full power and potential of any spellcasting character!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Player's Option: Skills & Powers (1995)

From the web:

These pages hold the keys to humans who spot secret doors as easily as do elves, thieves who sense illusions, half-ogre sword masters, and a multitude of other unique characters. Player's Option Rulebook present an alternative approach to D&D Characters. Custom-craft your next PC, selecting the profession, skills and abilities you want! Characters can even have additional ability scores such as Stamina, Muscle, Balance and others. New proficiencies, talents, and updated psionics round out the Player's Option character. Be ready for anything with Skills & Powers!

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Vampire: The Masquerade (1st Edition) (1991)

From the web:

Vampire: The Masquerade was an original RPG allowing players to explore a dark world of modern vampires in a Gothic-Punk world. The game took players away from traditional elements of RPGs and vampiric lore and into a modern 1990s view of style and performance which was much darker and bleaker than before.

It was designed on a Storyteller system using the dice pool as a main mechanism. The success of this original game lead to a series of similar horror games covering Werewolves, Mummies, Demons and other horror favourites. It also encouraged RPGs to try the newly developing Live Action Role Playing (LARP) scene (it being easier to dress up as a Goth Vamp than an Elf.)


Friday, August 18, 2023

The Vampire Players Guide (2nd Edition) (1993)

 WW2206: The Vampire Player's Guide (2nd edition)

A sourcebook for the Vampire: The Masquerade RPG. Gives the players ways to develop their characters.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Forbidden Lore (1992)

From the back of the box:

The Horror Continues...

A new era in horror role-playing began with the introduction of the RAVENLOFT® boxed set. Combining the best elements of fantasy adventures with spine-tingling techniques of gothic horror, the RAVENLOFT game became an instant sensation. Now the time has come to learn about the secrets of the lands in the demiplane of dread.

Forbidden Lore brings you five books, each containing a wealth of material designed to make your RAVENLOFT game adventures more terrifying than ever before. Brush away the centuries-old dust, sweep aside the cobwebs, and look upon long-forgotten knowledge.

Forbidden Lore contains:
  • Dark Recesses: This book details psionics, the powers of the mind, and their place in the demiplane of dread.
  • Nova Arcanum: New spells and magical lore from the darkest of Ravenloft's lords - Strahd Von Zarovich.
  • Oaths of Evil: Expanded rules for curses and tips on how to make them an important part of any RAVENLOFT adventure.
  • Cryptic Allegiances: An in-depth look at the secret societies hidden within the lands of Ravenloft. Some serve the lords of darkness, while others battle them at every turn.
  • The Waking Dream: For centuries, the Vistani have been the masters of prophecy and fortune telling. This book reveals their secrets and shows how to best use the Vistani techniques in RAVENLOFT adventures.
  • The Tarokka: A genuine deck of 54 Vistani fortune-telling cards and complete instructions for their use in the game.
  • The Dikesha: A set of runic dice used to predict the future, from the mysterious land of Har'Akir.


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Ravenloft: Realm of Terror (1990)

From the web:

In the dead of night, as mists cloak the land, a traveler walks a country road. Footsteps echo behind him, in pace with his beating heart. Is it Death who follows? The man turns, and so turns the phantom. A flash of fang, a bloodcurdling howl, red eyes fueled by a passion from beyond the grave. The traveler discovers what others have learned before him: all roads lead to Ravenloft.

Ravenloft is a new realm of terror for AD&D adventures, rooted in the Gothic tradition. It is a demiplane of dread and desire, a world whose misty fingers can reach into any other campaign setting and draw unsuspecting heroes into its midst. Once it holds them in its icy embrace, it may never let them go...

What lurks beneath the covers of this box?

* A 144-page book detailing a complete, terrifying new campaign world, which was inspired by the classic TSR adventure "Ravenloft." You'll find new twists on magic and the AD&D rules, tips for adding fear to your games, plus a portrait of over 30 new lands and the powerful lords who rule them - from vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to men who are even more monstrous.
* 4 big, full-color maps, detailing deadly domains and shadowy settlements
* 24 full-color cardstock sheets, featuring haunted castles, horrid houses, and fiendish folks.
* 1 transparent map overlay, for measuring distance in the realm of doom.


Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Bushido (3rd Edition) (1981)

From the web:

Bushido is described as a role-playing adventure in Samurai Japan. The game comes in a box which includes a referee screen and two books.

Bushido Book 1: The Heroes of Nippon -- rules of play and players guidebook

Bushido Book 2: The Land of Nippon -- a gamemaster's guidebook


Monday, August 14, 2023

PSI World (1984)

From the web:

A role-playing game of Psionic Powers for a Gamemaster and any number of players. Players take the roles of characters with psionic powers in a world of normals who fear the Psis unjustifiably or the roles of government security forces in a world where society is truly threatened with takeover by a tiny minority with potent psionic powers. The choice of game style is your own.

Included in the box set:

  • PSI WORLD rules, complete and easily understandable.
  • The PSI WORLD ADVENTURE with introductory adventures to get your campaign started.
  • Master Character Sheet, suitable for photocopying.
  • Game Master's Screen summarizing all major tables.
  • 2 10-sided dice and 2 6-sided dice.
  • Everything you need to begin play in an exciting world of adventure and psionic powers.


Sunday, August 13, 2023

World of Greyhawk (2nd Edition) (1983)

From the web:

Boxed set containing the same maps as the first edition, and two books: the 80-page Guide and the 48-page Glossography.

Guide contents:
- Eastern Oerik & Relation to The Whole Oerth & The Heavenly Bodies
- Trees Common to the Flanaess
- A Brief History of Eastern Oerik
- An Examination of Populations
- Characteristics of the Races Inhabiting the Flanaess
- Ancient & Current Languages
- Portentous Runes & Glyphs
- An Overview of Political Divisions
- Geographical Marvels, Regions, & Prominent Features
- Deities of the World of Greyhawk
- Royal & Noble Precedence & General Honorifics
- Social Rank & Hierarchies of Status
- Heraldry

Glossography contents:
- Foreword
- Settlement Populations
- Rates of Travel
- Political and Noble Rulers
- Weather in the World of Greyhawk
- Adventure in the World of Greyhawk
- Determining a Character's Place of Birth
- Personages and Quasi-Deities
- Deities of the World of Greyhawk
- Index to Cities and Geographical Features


Saturday, August 12, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (First Edition) (1977)

From the preface:

This book is based upon the original work published in 1974 and three supplementary booklets published in the two year period after the initial release of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. It is aimed solely at introducing the reader to the concepts of fantasy role playing and the basic play of this game. To this end it limits itself to basics. The rules contained herein allow only for the first three levels of player progression, and instructions for the game referee, the "Dungeon Master," are kept to the minimum necessary to allow him to conduct basic games. This is absolutely necessary because the game is completely open-ended, is subject to modification, expansion, and interpretation according to the desires of the group participating, and is in general not bounded by the conventional limitations of other types of games. This work is far more detailed and more easily understood than were the original booklets nonetheless, for with it, and the other basic components of the game, any intelligent and imaginative person can speedily understand and play DUNGEONS & DRAGONS as it was meant to be played. Players who desire to go beyond the basic game are directed to the ADVANCED DUNGEON & DRAGON books.

Friday, August 11, 2023

City of Delights (1993)

From the back cover:

Golden Huzuz, the City of Delights, is the "heart of the heart" of the enlightened lands. It is the religious and political center of Zakhara and, say its inhabitants, the most beautiful city in the entire world. But beneath the beauty lies mystery, for the court of the Grand Caliph is as full of intrigue as the Grand Bazaar is full of adventures waiting to happen. Come, explore the delights and dangers of Huzuz the Golden, heart of the AL-QADIM(TM) campaign world.


- 2 guidebooks totaling 192 pages
- 8 full-color reference cards
- 1 clear map overlay for measuring distance
- 2 full-color poster map sheets!


Thursday, August 10, 2023

Star Frontiers (1980)

From the web:

This boxed set is the base set for the Star Frontiers system by TSR Inc. This is the same as the original boxed set - just renamed after a number of expansions and modules started to arrive on the scene from TSR. The primary difference is the covers - which were magenta instead of blue.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Marvel Super Heroes

From the web:

Based on the Comic books by Marvel, this license was given to TSR.

Marvel Superheroes (MSHRPG) aka "the FASERIP system" is a role playing game set in the Marvel Universe, first published by TSR under license from Marvel Comics in 1984. In 1986, TSR published an expanded edition, entitled the Marvel Superheroes Advanced Game. Both editions were written by Jeff Grubb, and both use essentially the same game system.

The basic game was designed to let players assume the roles of superheroes from Marvel Comics, such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Hulk, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and many others. The simplest version, found in the 16-page "Battle Book" of the Basic Set, contains a bare-bones combat system sufficient to resolve comic book style superheroic fights.


Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Dwarven Kingdoms of Krynn (1993)

From the back of the box:

Among all the peoples of Krynn, none build such lasting structures, nor labor so diligently to create and expand their domains, as do the dwarves. From the initial dark caverns of Kal-Thax to the vast and multi-tiered metropolis of Thorbardin, these sturdy folk have delved a series of magnificent dwellings.

Some of these domains have been torn into ruin by the oft-wrenching history of Krynn, while others continue to grow and flourish, reaching glories undreamed of a generation or two beforel Yet they all have their places along the River of Time, and whether ancient or modern, they each illustrate the determination nad skill of these sturdy dwarves.
From the Observations of Astinus

At last, the secrets of the dwarves revealed!

The two booklets contained in this boxed set hold information that has never before been collected in one place. Songs of the Loremaster, for players to read, chronicles the history of the dwarven race on Krynn, from their first appearance on the planet's surface to their withdrawal following the Catclysm. A World in Stone presnet each kingdom in turn for DM's eyes only, describing how each cavern was delved, what each clan's world-view encompassed, and what each kingdom's fate has been.

The four mapsheets are invaluable aids for those who wish to campaign in these hallowed halls; modular styling allows endless variations of dwarven cities, large and small.
The Tales of the Lance boxed set is suggested, although not required, for full enjoyment of this accessory.


Monday, August 7, 2023

The Adventures of Indiana Jones (1984)

From the Back of the Box:

From Brazil to Bangkok, from the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple of Doom, INDIANA JONES and his companions blaze a trail of adventure and mystery!

Now you can be a part of the action too! Whenever you play the part of Indy or one of his trusted friends.

The boxed set includes an introductory adventure by John Byrne: "The Ikons of Ikammanen".


Sunday, August 6, 2023

Gamma World (1986) - 3rd Edition

From the box:

"This revised version of TSR's popular Gamma World game brings many innovations to this favorite of science fiction and fantasy gamers."

Saturday, August 5, 2023

TM5: Kara-Tur Trail Map (1989)

From the back of the package:

The mysterious and exotic lands of Kara-Tur cover nearly a quarter of the globe, stretching from the steaming jungle lands of the south to the hidden valleys of the Issacortae in the north, from the plains of the horse barbarians in the west to the war-torn islands of the shogun in the east. And at the center of it all lies Shou Lung, the empire of the dragon.

The Kara-Tur Trail Map complies information from all past products into one comprehensive and authoritative map of the Eastern realms. All geographical and political features of note are included on a 36" by 57" sheet suitable for use in gaming or as a wall poster.


Friday, August 4, 2023

Campaign Magazine (Issue 2 - Mar/Apr 2002)

From the table of contents:

Fading Suns: d20 by Bill Bridges, illustrated by Holistic Design artists

Up Against the Wall!, make your players fear your horror games, by John Tynes

The Cult Leader prestige class, getting the most out of your cult, by Seth Johnson, illustrated by Dave Gulisano

The Bestiary
- Half-Vistani, a new race from Ravenloft 3rd Edition supplied by Sword & Sorcery Studios
- Carrion Bird, a monster from Mystic Eye Games
- Putredryad, monster from Mystic Eye Games
- Glacier Beast, monster from Bastion Press
- Gnarl, monster from Bastion Press
- Polar, monster from Bastion Press
- Undead Warrior, monster from Bastion Press
- Dire Wraith, monster by Timothy S. Gerritson, illustrated by Daerick Gross
- Demi-Wraith, monster by Timothy S. Gerritson, illustrated by Daerick Gross
- Changeling, monster by Glenn Austin and Jon Leitheusser, illustrate by Brian Schomburg
- Nosferatu, template by Glenn Austin and Jon Leitheusser, illustrated by Brian Schomburg
- Revenant, template by Glenn Austin and Jon Leightheusser, illustrated by Brian Schombrug

Be Afraid, fear rules, special abilities and feats, by Paul Beakley

The Circle of the Red Hand prestige class, by Kevin Reid-Rice, illustrated by Dave Gulisano

The Grimoire, necromancer spells, by Glenn Austin and Jon Leitheusser

Sorcerer and Wizard Spell Index by School

Death & Transfiguration, a d20 horror adventure, by Paul Beakley, illustrated by Andrew Trabbold

A Dark Night's Voyage, a d20 fantasy adventure with more than a touch of horror, by Timothy S. Gerritson, illustrated by Daerick Gross

The Standard, editorial, written by Sean Everette

News from around the globe

By the Numbers getting the most out of Power Attack, written by Kevin Tritz


What I think of the d20 System, guest column, by Don Perrin


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Series III Number 7: The Weeping Tree (2001)

From the back of the book:

Your long journey is coming to an end at least for one night. You approach the woodland town of Blackbrook, a small village you've passed through before.

Walking along the trail leading into the center of Blackbrook, you can feel the sense of doom that shrouds this village and its people. The villagers seem weak and underfed, and they stare distantly into nothingness.

You hear a commotion coming from the center of the village at the small community well. Several villagers surround a young woman in robes who frantically pleads, "You must listen to me! It is the well water that pollutes this village, and all of you must stop drinking from it! Please listen to me!"

The villagers pressing in around her look tired, ill, and desperate. They're obviously no warriors and their pitchforks, woodsman's axes, and broomsticks make poor weapons. But they just as clearly mean to do the young woman bodily harm if she remains standing between them and the well.

The woman looks hopefully at you as you approach, worry etched in the lines of her face.

"I've tried to tell them! The well water is poisoned, corrupted by some terrible evil! But they won't listen to me ... please help us!"


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Jerimond's Orb (2000)

From the front cover:

Jerimond's Orb is a d20 System adventure booster designed for 4-6 characters levels 2-4. It can be played as a stand-alone adventure or dropped into any ongoing campaign setting.

From the back cover:

Ten days ride north of the great city, there is a small town named Treefall. Up until recently, this town was well known for its rich harvests, happy villagers, and prosperous weather.

These days, however, the once-proud details from Treefall have turned darker. Instead of tales of unending prosperity, you hear hushed whispers of a great curse that has struck the once-happy village. Word has it that, where once roamed contented cattle, now strange beasts hunt by the moon's cold light and terrorize the hapless region.

You have scoffed with the others at these stories. Despite the things you've seen in your adventures with your friends, the thought that such ill might befall such a sleepy little town strikes you as terribly unlikely. There is plenty of evil in the world, true, but there are also much bigger and better targets. But tonight, despite the firmness of your disbelief, the stories come to find you.

You have been traveling north along the roads on your own business, enjoying the rich fall colors and warm afternoons. Your camp is small and secure, with a roaring fire and meat cooking over the flame. It's one of those crisp autumn days that makes you long for a warm hearth after a long ride in the cool air. Still, the fire is good enough for now, and you and your friends have a wonderful meal, talking and singing and laughing, anticipating a restful sleep beneath the blanket of stars.

Until the beast attacks.


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