Thursday, July 28, 2011

Booth Signs are In!

The signs for the booth just showed up in the mail today. There's only a few days left before we pack up and head on over to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2011. I've got so much old-school goodness that I've rented a trailer for everything to travel in.

So drop by the booth (#1541) and help me get better gas mileage on the trip back home! :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gygax Memorial Fund at the OSRG booth at Gen Con

We're glad to announce that the Gygax Memorial Fund will be at the OSRG booth (#1541) at Gen Con 2011! I like to think it's a perfect fellowship and hope that the Fund's presence at Gen Con will help them reach their goals. Below is a message from the Fund to everyone who loves the game.

Fellow beneficiaries of Gary Gygax's inspiration and legacy,

On Gary's birthday this July 27th, I'd like your help publicizing the Gygax Memorial Fund and its goal of building a monument in his honor.

The Fund has achieved its initial goals to incorporate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and petition Gary's hometown of Lake Geneva, WI to grant parkland for the memorial - the first time the town council has ever approved plans to construct a statue of one of its residents. Although three years have gone by since Gary's passing, his memory is still very much alive. Recent news coverage of the Fund's successes to date, including a story in Slashdot, resulted in hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to

The Gygax Memorial Fund's next step will be to exhibit at Gen Con, the convention Gary began, this August 4th-7th. At the Old School Renaissance Group booth (#1541), Gail Gygax will be talking about conversations she had with her husband before his death about how he wanted to be remembered, the resulting vision for the statue, and the goals of the Memorial Fund. Gail will also be presenting the ENnie Awards on Friday night.

At the booth, we'll be taking contributions and offering donor rewards including T-shirts with the Gygax Memorial logo -  Argent, a Bar Azure, Three Lozenges Gules  - and a book called "Cheers, Gary" which selects the best of his correspondence with fans at the EN World Q&A threads. Editor Paul Hughes will also be at the booth with Gail signing copies of "Cheers, Gary" and discussing plans for another volume based on the Dragonsfoot Q&A.

If that goes well, we'll be poised to launch a Kickstarter effort in support of the Lake Geneva statue. As someone who raises money for a non-profit hospital as my day job and is doing a successful OSR Kickstarter in my spare time, I think there is real potential for the Fund to achieve the $500K goal for this campaign through crowdfunding alone. This would be the most ambitious Kickstarter goal in history, but it's not unprecedented and if Gary doesn't have ten times the dedication that Robocop does I'll eat my dice bag.

To help continue the Fund's momentum, and in recognition of everything Gary meant to us, I'm asking for your assistance in getting the word out about our efforts. Many of you will already be marking the occasion of Gary's birthday by posting to your blogs, social networks, and communities. Adding a mention of the Fund's booth number, #1541, or website,, would mean a lot to us. 

If you'd like to do more in-depth coverage, I've attached the Memorial Fund logo; the introduction to "Cheers, Gary" which contains more information about the project; and the Erol Otus illustration which will be used for the book's cover. (Both this and the EN World posts are re-used with permission). I will also be glad to answer questions, provide links, and arrange interviews with Gail, Paul, and myself either at Gen Con, via email, or on the phone/Skype. I'll also be glad to talk about opportunities to make tax-deductible contributions of goods and services to the Fund, and explore ways to do cross-promotion with others who are building on Gary's pioneering work. 

Sincerely yours, by the Ring of Gaxx and the City-State of Fax,

Tavis Allison

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Link Found!

Thanks to a kind reader, I've acquired the link that has sent so many new people here. It's in the comments thread of an article about Dwarf Fortress. Thanks tim h from NYC and a hearty welcome to all the new people dropping by. The old-school rpg style is alive and kicking on the tabletop. :)

I need help finding a link

Yesterday, the OSRG blog got hit about 100 times from    I believe that's a members-only section and I'd like to know if any of the OSR crowd could hunt down what was said and where the link came from for me as I don't subscribe to the NYT.


my e-mail is

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Autarch at the OSRG booth

Autarch is honored to join the Old School Resource Group booth! Autarch will be showing off a short-run convention edition of the Adventurer Conqueror King System; signing up supporters for its crowd-funded publication in hardback, softcover, and PDF; and demoing the game with a continuous mini-campaign in a penthouse suite at one of the Gen Con convention hotels, where supporters will progress from first to 14th level throughout the best four days in gaming.

The Adventurer Conqueror King System, or ACKS (we say it like "axe"), fulfills the promise of the original fantasy role-playing game by providing comprehensive support for the full sweep of campaign play. As a second-wave retroclone, ACKS builds on the foundation of its predecessors by providing an integrated economic framework that seamlessly handles the transition from finding your first scroll in a dungeon and scribing it into your spellbook, to planning the caravan routes that will keep you supplied with the exotic beast parts that make your inks, to building a dungeon of your own beneath your wizards' tower so you can harvest ritual components from the resident monsters.

Autarch is a collaboration between Tavis Allison, The Mule Abides blogger and Fight On! contributor; Alexander Macris, publisher of the Escapist; Greg Tito, who has collaborated with Alex on the Escapist's Check for Traps column and with Tavis to create supplements and Gen Con tournaments for Goodman Games; and Ryan Browning, one of the participants in theDungeons & Dragons in Contemporary Art panel who has been lured from the studio to become Autarch's illustrator and cover artist.

Two More Boxes 'o Goodies

Got two more boxes in...

Black Blade Publishing
S&W Reference Sheets

Pacesetter Games
Vampire's Curse
Eruptor's Vengeance
Death on Signal Island

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Another Box Arrived Today

This one containing...

Pacesetter Games
The Thing in the Valley
The Screaming Temple
The Grave of the Green Flame
Storm over Skyreach

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More titles incoming...

Got another shipment of OSR goodness today!

Faster Monkey Games
Lesserton & Mor
Skull Mountain
Wheel of Evil
Realm of the Technomancer

Monday, July 11, 2011

More books incoming...

Got some more stuff in for the OSRG booth!

Black Blade Publishing
OSRIC hardback rule book
DCC 7 The Secret of Smugglers’ Cove adventure
8 ½ x 11 inch graph paper 
11 x 17 inch hex paper
11 x 17 inch graph paper
Monsters of Myth OSRIC hardback monster book

Saturday, July 9, 2011

And they keep arriving...

Got another book in for the booth yesterday. The numbers keep growing. :)

Sine Nomine Publishing
Red Tide

Friday, July 8, 2011

And even More of What's on the Shelf

I realized that I should include Expeditious Retreat Press products as well as others'. :) So, the XRP products appearing at the OSRG booth #1541:

Malevolent & Benign (OSRIC bestiary)
Advanced Adventures #1: The Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom
AA #2: The Red Mausoleum
AA #3: The Curse of the Witch Head
AA #4: The Prison of Meneptah
AA #5: The Flaming Footprints of Jilanth
AA #6: The Chasm of the Damned
AA #7: The Sarcophagus Legion
AA #8: The Seven Shirnes of Nav'k-Qar
AA #9: The Lost Pyramid of Imhotep
AA #10: The Lost Keys of Solitude
AA #11: The Conqueror Worm
AA #12: The Barrow Mound of Gravemoor
AA #13: White Dragon Run
AA #14: The Verdant Vault of Malakum
AA #15: Stonesky Delve
AA #16: Under Shattered Mountain
AA #17: The Frozen Wave Satsuma
AA #18: The Forsake Sepulcher
AA #19: The Secret of the Callair Hills
AA #20: The Riddle of Anadi
AA #21: The Obsidian Sands of Snycrates
Sorcery & Super Science Core Rules
The ZZZ Quick Guide to North America
Creatures Below the Shattered Moon
The Vulture Men of Waukegan
The Scourge of the Rat Men
A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe 2nd Edition
A Magical Society: Silk Road

Thursday, July 7, 2011

More of What's on the Shelf at the OSRG Gen Con Booth

Just got another shipment in today - this time from Lamentations of the Flame Princess. We got several products from them for the OSRG booth at Gen Con (#1541). So here's another sneak peak at what'll be at the booth.

LotFP Grindhouse Edition boxes
Hammers of the God
Grinding Gear
Tower of the Stargazer
Weird New World

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fight On!

Wanted to let everyone know that Fight On! will be joining us at the OSRG booth. I'm glad to have some of their publications at the booth as I think its one of preeminent examples of how the OSR community can get together to make some great gaming material.

Friday, July 1, 2011

What's on the Shelf before the Shelf's Up

So I thought I should start making a list of products as they come in. Below are what we've already received from our various participants and these products will be on the shelves at Gen Con, booth 1541.

From Henchman Abuse
Anomalous Subsurface Environment

From Goblinoid Games
Labyrinth Lord
Advanced Edition Companion
Realms of Crawling Chaos
Mutant Future

That's what we've got so far, but there's many more on the way.... :)

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