Helm: A mini-review and character sheet for a low fantasy game

I recently ran a session of Helm, the new OSR system from Jon Davis (sivads-sanctum.itch.io). It's a genuinely fun little system, very much worth picking up. Here's some system notes and a couple of character sheets. Making Characters The character generation system is quite unique. You roll a 1d6 for each body location - Head, … Continue reading Helm: A mini-review and character sheet for a low fantasy game

Warlords of Atlantis: Character sheets for the Barbaric! setting

Barbaric! There's an interesting low fantasy RPG, based on the Cepheus Engine system, called Barbaric! from Stellagama Publishing. It's a much lighter, quicker version of the whole 2d6/Cepheus/Traveller style of game. There isn't any career lifepath system and the stats have been completely replaced with a common set of seven skills. It's somewhat closer to … Continue reading Warlords of Atlantis: Character sheets for the Barbaric! setting

Leafpunk: Mini-review and character sheets for a vegetational Troika! setting

I recently ran a one-shot of Troika! using the Leafpunk (DrivethruRPG) setting by J. Kap. It's a great, strange little setting, full of fun ideas. Here's what it's about: A post-apocalypse world overrun with greenery, over a thousand years in the future. The ecosystem is dominated by plant life.Other than humans, there are few or … Continue reading Leafpunk: Mini-review and character sheets for a vegetational Troika! setting

Street Wolves: 1980s synthwave noir for Savage Worlds

I just ran a session of Street Wolves (itch.io link), the 1980s retrofuture noir setting for Savage Worlds. There's only a free jumpstart version available for now, but eventually Table Cat Games will be releasing a full sourcebook. It's got a quick explanation of the setting, some extra rules, and an adventure. It's set in … Continue reading Street Wolves: 1980s synthwave noir for Savage Worlds

ZeFRS: A mini-review and free character sheet for the Conan retroclone

I recently picked up a copy of the Sword & Sorcery RPG  ZeFRS over on Lulu. I'll be running a one-shot of this, so I thought I'd put together a quick mini-review and show off my custom character sheet. History In 1985, TSR (the original D&D publisher) released their Conan RPG. The rules were by Dave … Continue reading ZeFRS: A mini-review and free character sheet for the Conan retroclone

In the Light of the Setting Sun: Bonanza Edition – Review and fillable Character Sheet.

Sivad's Sanctum recently released the Wild West RPG - In the Light of the Setting Sun: Bonanza Edition. It's an update of the old Saddlebag edition of their OSR-inspired western RPG. I've always liked the system and was pleased to see a new version. Here's some notes and a fillable version of the official character … Continue reading In the Light of the Setting Sun: Bonanza Edition – Review and fillable Character Sheet.

OSR on the Spanish Main: A review of some OSR pirate RPGs

I've been running a number of one-shots of different OSR-based pirate RPGs in the last few months, many set in the Golden Age of Piracy - heavily influenced by pirate movies and books (mostly movies). This isn't a complete overview of every OSR Pirate-themed RPG out there. This is just a few thoughts on some … Continue reading OSR on the Spanish Main: A review of some OSR pirate RPGs

Traveller: 1700 – A custom character sheet and some recommended Colonial American RPG books

At Travellercon/USA 2021 I got to play in a great session of Traveller: 1700. This is a free setting for Classic Traveller created by Greg Caires, originally published in the Freelance Traveller fanzine. It's available for download over at the Freelance Traveller site. Though designed for Classic Traveller, it's easily compatible with more modern versions, and … Continue reading Traveller: 1700 – A custom character sheet and some recommended Colonial American RPG books