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Vote Old Skull Publishing! VOTE OSR!

So… The Ennies are here again! It’s like the biggest popularity contest of the RPG Industry. Who cares about that right?
We care. The OSR should care about it. It gives visibility for our favorite games and publishers. It earns recognition for our hobby and out community and style of play. And yes, it gives more money to authors and producers, which will allow them to produce more stuff and hire more people!

And you know… It’s always fun to see people who hate the OSR see how we are slowly taking more and more nominations and prizes each here!

So let’s see all the OSR stuff we have running for the Ennies this year! If I forget something, please let me know so I can add it to the list! Make sure to vote for them!

Best Adventure: The Dark of Hot Spring Islands

Best Aid/Accessory: Hex Kit

Best Art, Interior: Frostbitten and Mutilated

Best Cartography: The Midderlands – An OSR Setting & Bestiary

Best Electronic Book: Scenario from Ontario

Best Free Product: Vaginas are Magic

Best Game: Zwe…
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Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Complete RPG in Draft Text

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells IndieGoGo campaign ended about a month ago. It was my first crowdfunding campaign by my own (we made one for the Brazilian version of Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells to pay for a print run and some other stuff), and so far I am really happy with it (even though the currency exchange is quite bad for me, as I receive less for the dollar than I pay for it).

Anyway, one of the last goals of the project was to release a artless version of the game for free too, to make the game more accessible and easy to use. So why not share the current draft of the rules here too with character sheets to go with it. This way you all can play the game while we wait for it to be ready!

So grab the complete Draft Text of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells RPG here! It takes some time to load all the content, but it's worth it, I promise you!

Grab the Character Sheets here, and here!

If you don’t know what exactly Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells is, check out the proj…

Alternate Vancian Magic System for OSR Games

Okay, let me get his out straight away. I am not an Jack Vance scholar, literature major, or real wizard. I just love OSR games, love what I’ve read of The Dying Earth Series and other Appendix N books and really like to tinker with game systems (as well as create stuff). So I’ve come up with an alternate Vancian Magic System that makes spellcasting more flexible, leveless (even though you can still use the standard spell list in your game of choice) and insert some risk in the sorcery art (which I think is essential, as we are dealing with unnatural forces).

In the stories I’ve read, magicians, when they were imparting the spell energies in their minds to cast them later, would make increasingly greater effort to put as many spells as they could in their memory. There was not definite limit. Some could impart more, some less, and this could vary. They could risk filling their minds with spells, but if they pushed too hard, they could lose and release all that energy uncontrollably. …

SB&CS - What Now?

The campaign has ended a week ago, and things seems to be calming down from the outside. But that’s not entirely true on the inside. Of course I don’t have to worry about promoting the campaign anymore, but now I gotta plan exactly how to use the stretch goals funds.
To complicate things, the conversion factor from my country’s currency and the dollar is varying a lot, and the conversion rate I will receive the dollar and the one I will use to pay international collaborators will be different (I will receive with a inferior rate than the one I will pay them with, so I have to calculate how this will affect the whole budget).

Fortunately, I can continue doing my own art since I won’t charge myself anything! Editing and proofreading should be done by July or so, I believe. At least the first pass before we lay the book out and send it to a new pass.

When the funds actually drop and I make the first round of payments, I can understand how much I will still be able to invest in the proje…

It has been a long and perilous journey…

I don’t quite remember exactly when the idea for Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells hit my mind. Maybe it began to form the first time I saw Star Wars when I was a kid. But it surely took a more identifiable form after years of media consumption, including comic books, pulp literature, movies and especially games!

The fact is that around 2012 I discovered the Old School Renaissance, its games and the great and diverse community around it. I fell instantly in love with it and with the endless possibilities it offered. The Appendix N literature that formed much of the backbone of inspiration for many of its games was very refreshing to me (I basically grew up believing D&D and fantasy to be simply a derivation of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth).

The way many members of the community created their own stuff, shared it around, published it online and added a little bit of their own weirdness and creativity to the melting pot of OSR gaming made me feel I could finale make the game my own, and I…

Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells Giveaway Contestants - Results soon!

I am ashamed to only be doing this now, but SB&CS took some time out of my life (but it’s for a good cause, I promised).

Last year, I posted about a Adventure Idea contest to give away copies of SS&SS and the Addendum. The number of copies given away would vary according to the number of contestants. However, we just had 10 entries, so that is just one bundle to give away.

Before announcing the winner, I would like to post here the name of all contestants and the name of their entry. If I am missing anyone, PLEASE, let me know so I can correct this and draw a winner with all the entries. I may have missed one or two, who knows.

Dan Davis - The Archway of the Oneiric FortressJason Marby - The Chamber in the Swamp of DeathBruno Araujo - The Chamber in the Swamp of DeathBlack Barth - The Tourney of the Unforgiving WarriorDiego Santos - The Battle of the Obsidian pyramidGary Anastasio - The Orb of the Eternal MerchantJim Miller - The Bard of the Frozen WoodsCezar Capacle - The Wal…

A Micro Review of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells is my newest RPG project and it is being crowdfunded right now over IndieGoGo. It’s a game about sword and sorcery adventure amongst the stars, based on my original RPG Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells.

With a simple yet very flexible system, the game allow players to assume the roles of space adventurers in a grim universe beset by sorcerous tyrants. They can search for treasures of a glorious path, fight the tyranny of the Galactic Overlords, work for these cruel despots, or just struggle to survive. The game also comes with a incredible array of tools that let you use the setting as you need, and create many gaming elements on the spot. You can even use it with other Sci-Fi RPGs if you want.

Don’t believe me? Why don’t you go to the projects webpage and take a look at the whole draft text that is available there? You can read the entire game now, for free. Need a direct link? Here it is:…