4 OSR-Zines von Emile Boven/Cult of the Lizard King.
The Electrum Archive:
“On Orn the pauper dreams of a liquid, black as starless night. The power of gods, distilled into midnight ink.”
The Electrum Archive is a science-fantasy TTRPG zine series inspired by the worlds of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Dark Sun and Ultraviolet Grasslands. It uses simple core rules inspired by other OSR games like Cairn, Mausritter and Whitehack to quickly get you started playing.
The game is set on the world of Orn, a place long ago abandoned by an alien race now known as the Elders. The magical ink left behind in the shipwrecks of these ancient aliens is now used as currency and inhaled by warlocks as fuel for their spell casting. Adventurers called inkseekers venture out into the decaying world beyond the cities ruled over by scheming Merchant Houses to look for Elder artefacts and ink.
What's in this zine?
- A robust system of core rules and procedures to get you started exploring Orn.
- A large point crawl map of the inhabited portion of Orn.
- Descriptions of the eight major factions and their schemes.
- 60 plot hooks spread over six detailed regions to kickstart your adventure.
- 120 engaging encounters to come across on your journeys.
- A bestiary with over 30 monsters to discover and a table for generating NPCs.
DURF is a rules-light dungeon-fantasy RPG in the vein of games like Knave, Troika! and Into the Odd.
This game uses the OSR elements I personally like (risky combat, simple stats, and prepping before an expedition) but also uses more modern ideas (reduced bookkeeping, quick character generation, a simple advantage system etc.) to make the game easy to pick up and move along smoothly.
Give it a go if that sounds like something that might tickle your barnacle!
Wizardry! is an 20-page zine that offers alternative spellcasting rules for DURF. Along with these new rules, it includes 50+ spells, two alternative character archetypes and a spellbook generator!
Like DURF, the art and text in Wizardry! is published under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license allowing you to pull it apart and tinker with it to your heart's content.
Lair of the Gobbler:
Lair of the Gobbler is a dungeon module for a party of low Hit Die adventurers (1-2 HD). It is written for DURF but can easily be adapted for other old school inspired TTRPGs.