by Ramanan Sivaranjan on January 02, 2016
At the start of the year I had a goal to buy no more than one RGP book a month. This is less about money and more about actually making sure I have the time to really sit and enjoy the books I buy: it’s easy to collect RPG books for the sake of collecting. Anyway, I didn’t really come close to my goal. (I actually did worse than the previous year I tried this experiment.)
The bulk of what I buy continues to be books from the OSR for use with D&D, but there were a few exceptions. I grabbed Ryuutama’s PDF when it was put up for sale, and then quickly upgraded to a hardcover. The game looks like an SNES manual, and doesn’t remind me of any other RPG I’ve played. I backed The Warren on Kickstarter because I thought Bully Pulpit’s previous game Night Witches was well done. That book arrived at the end of the year and looks to be the game about rabbits I didn’t know I wanted to play. I finally bought Dungeon World, after enjoying Perilous Wilds so much.
There are lots of cool zines and small modules being put out by individuals in the OSR now. A Pernicious Pamphlet and In the Woods are stand out examples of this sort of work. I am hoping to make a zine from bits and pieces of my Carcosa game this coming year.
I only bought one book from Wizards of the Coast. The stuff they put out isn’t really of interest to me. I wish they had an indie-imprint doing more interesting work. Out of the Abyss is an enjoyable read, but it’s also large and cumbersome, and I can’t imagine actually using the book to run a game.
If you were curious what books are in the running for The Ramanan Sivaranjan Awards for Excellence in Gaming for 2015, here you go:
|1||Beyond the Wall||January||OSR|
|3||The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem||February||LotFP|
|4||Yoon-Suin: The Purple Lands||February||OSR|
|6||The Pale Lady¥||February||LotFP|
|9||Fire on the Velvet Horizon||April||OSR|
|12||A Thousand Dead Babies†||June||OSR|
|13||Hark! A Wizard!†||June||OSR|
|14||Neoclassical Geek Revival†||June||OSR|
|16||Scourge of the Tikbalang†||June||OSR|
|17||Trail of Stone and Sorrow†||June||OSR|
|18||Gem Prison of Zardax†||June||OSR|
|19||Beyond the Wall - Further Afield||July||OSR|
|21||A Pernicious Pamphlet||September||OSR|
|22||Out of the Abyss||September||WotC|
|23||The Hell House Beckons||October||OSR|
|24||In the Woods||October||OSR|
|25||The Price of Evil||October||OSR|
|28||Obscene Serpent Religion||December||OSR|
‡ Gifts from authors
¥ Bonus Kickstarter reward
† I won all of Zzarchov’s modules, including the then unreleased Gem Prison of Zardax, which I own as a giant pile of paper
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