Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review and Commentary "On The Pay What You'd Like" Issue Of Dyson's Dodecahedron - Vol 1 Issue 3 From ZERO barrier Games For Your Old School Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Campaign

Get It Right Over

I've always loved the issues of  Dyson's Dodecahedron because they're crammed with all sorts of unexpected OSR goodness.
This issue and a few others are on "Pay what you like" status over at Drivethrurpg. Basically Dyson Logos takes the usual OD&D tropes and turns them on their ear.
The issues cram twelve pages of OSR goodness into one packed pdf for max adventure goodness.
This issue features according to the Drivethrurpg write up: 
Dyson's Dodecahedron is an irregularly scheduled 12-page digest-sized OSR zine for the Labyrinth Lord RPG with content easily adaptable to just about any OSR style system.
Don’t let familiarity get you down.
One aspect of Old School Gaming that is brought up fairly often is the “Sense of Wonder” and the feeling of exploration involved in our original days of gaming, back when the game was new to us, and each adventure was the first of its kind.
Issue 3 of Dyson's Dodecahedron is dedicated to bringing back the sense of wonder through rules and articles to change things that you might be taking for granted. Making the usual unusual again. So get out there and rediscover the sense of wonder!
  • Uniquely Undead explores alternates to level draining for undead, including a d100 table of new abilities to give undead unique and unusual abilities. 
  • The Undead Guardians of Veroth give an example of these rules in play, presenting a new undead guardians that also track their targets unerringly until slain... and even that doesn't always stop them.
  • Reskinning Dragons gives eight alternate dragons, each with something that makes them different than their typical kin.
  • Ruins of the Gorgon is a site-based dungeon adventure with surface ruins that features a few new "surprise" undead types and a gorgon that isn't really a gorgon.
  • Curses provides random tables of 48 variant curses for the Bestow Curse spell and for cursed scrolls and other magic items.
     This issue is prefect for your November undead chill. Seriously its packed with enough surprises to keep players on their toes.
    The rules are easy to add to your favorite retroclone and can be adapted by a DM into their favorite science fiction or science fantasy game for extra punch. Suddenly the old abandoned space wreck exploration bit becomes that much more interesting when the PC's are dealing with level drain and weird effects.
    There is also the potential for a more lethal encounter with the Ruins of the Gorgon standing in for some alien ruins or worse place them at the outskirts of an urban landscape.
     I really enjoyed the Reskinning the Dragons article as well. All in all grab this issue.
     Don't forget the author has a ton of support material as well on his blog
    right over

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