Aug 13, 2023



This week I read:

Last week I bought a bunch of new books, so this week I tidied up my bookcases a bit. And unfortunately, I’m running low on space again. I have a little over half a shelf left for fiction, about a shelf for RPGs, and a shelf and a half for manga and light novels. There’s no more room for bookcases (for real this time, every wall is occupied).

I need to buy a house with a tower I can turn into a library, or something.

Roleplaying Games

The Dolemnwood kickstarter started on Wednesday, and it is more amazing than I expected. I was only planning to get the books, the GM screen, and a big printed map (to frame and put on the wall). But through a combination of stretch goals and backing in the first 48 hours, I’m also getting, for free:

And we’re about $20k away from the next stretch goal, a book of maps, with 26 days still to go.

This is really great. I am going to be picking up a few of the add-ons, but almost everything I could have wanted is now included for free. Just the adventure books alone, $60 worth of material for free, is amazing. This is easily one of the best-value kickstarters I’ve backed, and the material is also some of the highest quality.

I’m not sure when I’ll return to Dolmenwood, but it will happen.

The Halls of Arden Vul

This week treasure was sold, books were read, magic items were identified, curses were removed, and levels were gained. There was talk, too, about building a house in the nearby town, so I guess I’ve got to figure out how much that should cost: there’s rules for building costs in OSE, but not how much the actual land to build the building upon should cost. I imagine that’ll be pretty expensive in a growing town.

Maybe I can find a handy blog post about land costs in OSR campaigns.

The players also returned to the dungeon—disregarding the warning of the beastmen—and fetched the bulk of the remaining treasure they found last week. They got lucky on the random encounters and were able to make it away undetected, and we ended the session with them heading back to safety.

And now the campaign’s on hold for two weeks, as we play some RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha!


I watched The Witch this week. It was very good, nice to see a creepy horror film which doesn’t rely on jump scares.

  1. I only started recording when I last read a book in 2012. So books I last read before then don’t have a date.↩︎