Friday, July 29, 2016

Commentary On The Bundle of Lamentations The Second Most Popular Bundle This Year & Now Two Free Adventures Have Been Released!

Over the last couple of years I've heard from folks who say that they'd love to get into the Lamentations of the Flame Princes rpg system but its too expensive to get the whole catalog of OSR adventure goodness. Well there's now a way to get into the system and help out a great charity in the process.


So the bundle of holding is doing this big crossover with the Lamentations of the Flame Princess folks and according to the organizers," the Bundle of Lamentations is indeed the third most popular offer this year!" Now is a great time to get into the weird pulpy historic action of Lamentations. Now Zzarchov Kowolski  has just unleashed a free adventure to be added into the bundle!!

"Through Monday, August 1, we present the Bundle of Lamentations, featuring James Raggi's weird-fantasy RPG Lamentations of the Flame Princess. With a heavy-metal attitude and explicit non-work-safe illustrations, LotFP presents a sinister and horrific twist on fantasy gaming. For fearless gamers who are over 18 and have strong stomachs, the Lamentations support line embodies some of the hobby's most imaginative work from leading designers.

We've presented many Lamentations titles in our past Old School Revival offers: A Red and Pleasant Land, Death Frost Doom, The God That Crawls, Qelong, and others. This new offer's only duplicate from past collections is the single most famous Lamentations title, the spectacular city-design supplement Vornheim.

Pay just US$11.95 to get all six titles in our Weird Starter Collection (retail value $42.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

- Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic Full Version (retail price $5): The complete core rulebook by James Raggi of weird-cosmic-metal fantasy. Includes the introductory adventure Tower of the Stargazer (retail $6).
- Vornheim (retail $9): The brilliant city-design kit by Zak S (A Red and Pleasant Land, Maze of the Blue Medusa). Previously presented in our first Old School Revival offer, November 2013.
- The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions (retail $10): A system for building wizard towers by D. Vincent Baker (Apocalypse World).
- Thulian Echoes (retail $7.50): One dungeon explored twice -- first in the ancient past, then again a thousand years later.
- The Pale Lady (retail $5): Zzarchov Kowolski's expedition into the realm of an evil fae queen.

And if you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, you'll level up and also get our entire Historic Bonus Collection with seven more titles (retail value $52) that show LotFP's fascinating takes on world history:

- World of the Lost (retail $10): A breathtaking 180-page hexcrawl and time-crawl by Rafael Chandler (Pandemonio).
- The Magnificent Joop van Ooms (retail $4.50): A Renaissance Man in 17C Amsterdam who brings cosmic weirdness to the world.
- The Cursed Château (retail $7.50): James Maliszewski's venerable haunted house in an expanded deluxe edition.
- Scenic Dunnsmouth (retail $10): A rotting swamp town with two dark secrets, and an innovative dice-and-cards system that makes it endlessly replayable.
- The Squid, the Cabal, and the Old Man (retail $7.50): The 1685 war between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke, told with a bloody twist.
- England Upturn'd (retail $7.50): The English Civil War, Lamentations-style.
- Forgive Us (retail $5): 1625 was a plague year in Norwich. History tells us it was an outbreak of the Black Death. History is wrong.

That's a US$92.50 value for a price less than Troma Studios pays for a quart of theatrical blood and a few intestines. Ten percent of your payment (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Lamentations designer James Raggi, The Myositis Association.

This Bundle of Lamentations offer ends Monday, August 1."

and that's really a fine gesture on the part of James Raggi and his authors. The MAA work is very important and I can't stress enough how this is such a great thing.

I love this piece of artwork by Satine Phoenix
and it really does have that LoFP experience about it.

Lamentations of the Flame Princess is for me one of the corner stones of OSR weird horror role playing, its controversial and has some downright nasty titles in the line but there's also some very well done material here especially in this bundle.
You start off with the backbone of LoFP's system and the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Rules & Magic Full Version (retail price $5): The complete core rulebook by James Raggi  Includes the introductory adventure Tower of the Stargazer (retail $6) which is a perfect vehicle to bring players into the weirdness that Lamentations offers.
Vornheim is an urban city kit par excellence and allows a DM  to build an urban city location as they want. This book alone is worth the price of admission alone but couple this with The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions  and you get a complete tool kit for creating a wizard's tower and the fantasy urban crawl of your dreams.  The Pale Lady adventure presents a very different take on the world of Fairy and the realm of an evil fae queen. I've run players through this one and its a very dangerous take on familiar mythological material made new. Thulian Echoes is a dive into a the deep end of the historical and magickal end of the Lamentations vision of OSR adventures. There is some high weirdness happening here and its nicely done.

Right if you step up your game into the next tier of the bundle then things are going to get really interesting. Rafael Chandler's World of the Lost  is possibly one of the best 'Lost World' reference books/adventures I've ever seen and its really useful for any OSR retroclone gaming systems. One of the best titles I've seen for 2016 and well worth the money. The Magnificent Joop van Ooms is an adventure that will leave your players talking for years in a good way. Very well done and utterly unique in OSR gaming. The Cursed Château is a very dangerous haunted house adventure with more then a few twists and should be used carefully there's the potential for a complete TPK but its a very well thought out adventure.

Scenic Dunnsmouth is a mini campaign that never plays the same way twice and is itself a mid level adventure location of shall we say rather unique horrors and weirdness.

The Squid, the Cabal, and the Old Man is a magick battle between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke with the bloody soul of 1685 at stake. This is a messed up adventure and very well done.
England Upturn'd is the bloody soul of England's civil war with the dark forces of the occult and its factions taking sides and turning the bleeding pages of history.
The Idea From Space takes place on an  island and two weirdly twisted god like entities making war on each other with the PC's trapped in the middle of the events!
Tales of the Scarecrow is OSR horror adventures in the Lamentations tradition with an isolated farm house, weird encounters & a horrific monster right in the middle of it all.

Part of what makes Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventures so nice is the replay value. Each and every adventure is a self enclosed setting with all of its own elements to it and plenty of DYI D&D value. There are plenty of opportunities to connect this material with other OSR titles, this is especially true of Labryth Lord style rpg systems  and the Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg systems. Enterprising DM's can use not only LoFP but lots of other OSR systems to get the maximum utility from the products being offered in the Bundle of Lamentations!

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