- Adventure Games Journal: If you're a fan of Judges Guild's Wilderlands setting, James Mishler has got what you need. Published irregularly, the AGJ, like all of Adventure Games Publishing's products, is chock of great ideas and palpable entusiasm for one of the hobby's oldest sandbox campaign settings.
- Castle Zagyg: The final product of the late, great Gary Gygax (and his stalwart protégé, Jeff Talanian), Castle Zagyg is probably the closest we'll ever come to the long-hoped for Castle Greyhawk dungeons. Grab a copy while it's still available!
- Encounter Critical: The wackiest game that never was, EC is a loving homage to the wild and woolly early days of the hobby and the gloriously nonsensical games they produced.
- Fight On! With three issues already available and more on the way, Fight On! is a terrific 'zine that reminds me of the early days of Dragon. It's packed to the gills with great old school gaming goodness.
- Gamescience Dice: You can't go wrong with Lou Zocchi's famous dice. Granted, even these dice include the un-Platonic D10, but I think we can overlook such shortcomings in the spirit of the season.
- Goblinoid Games: Whether you prefer the straight fantasy of Labyrinth Lord or the science fantasy of Mutant Future, Goblinoid Games has got you covered with great products.
- Goodman Games System-Neutral Products: My hat's off to Goodman Games for publishing both Points of Light or The Random Esoteric Creature Generator, two excellent products filled with old school sensibilities that are of use to all gamers, regardless of the system they use.
- Monsters of Myth: Certainly the best old school monster book put out in many years, Monsters of Myth is a testimony to the fact that the old school movement is more than just wallowing in the past but is in fact creating new and exciting material. While you're at it, grab the free PDF of OSRIC.
- Planet Stories: Without a doubt one of the most exciting publishing ventures in years is Paizo's Planet Stories line, which makes available for the first time in decades the classics of pulp fantasy and science fiction. It's the perfect antidote to the banality of modern genre writing and a reminder of the literary roots of our hobby.
- Swords & Wizardry: Matt Finch's excellent creation is my personal favorite retro-clone and it's now available in a variety of formats.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Christmas is less than two weeks away. Here are some gift suggestions for the grognards on your list: