Talislanta Setting Now Free

Talislanta is a fantastic fantasy world setting thats well out of the standard realms of elves, orks and dwarves. I always thought it more in keeping with the fantasies of Jack Vance, or another great setting, Tekumel.

At any rate, the various books, once available commercially now are available for download here.

Adventures In The New Kingdoms RPG

Dyson Logos offers the Adventures in the New Kingdoms RPG:

Adventures in the New Kingdoms is the setting I’ve been running Fantasy RPGs in for most of my life. It has seen incarnations as a setting for Moldvay B/X D&D, BECMI, AD&D1e and AD&D3.x with side trips into RoleMaster and an abortive attempt to convert it all to GURPS 2e.

The setting itself owes a lot to my first exposure to fantasy novels – the works of Michael Moorcock (specifically the Elric saga). The elves of the New Kingdoms are a doomed and ancient race, warriors and sorcerers of Law who even created their own slave races towards the end of their empire.

The ancient empire of the Kale has collapsed under its own weight and is being replaced by the age of man. Of the three greatest Kale cities, only one still remains within their grasp, the other two being the centres of great human city-states.

Dungeonslayers Old Fashioned RPG

Dungeonslayers is a very well done, old school RPG. The author writes:

Welcome to Dungeonslayers, the role-playing game, in which your characters are slaying monsters and looting dungeons in a primitive and old-fashioned way. The rules of Dungeonslayers were designed to be very basic and simple on purpose, to bring the charm of old-school gaming back to life. Dungeonslayers is not about having elaborate, realistic rule mechanics nor about playing out pseudointellectual dramas filled with egomaniac monologues. Instead it’s about straightforward plots in your traditional fantasy world, where evil is still evil, where monsters are killed mercilessly, where devious traps strike and where fantastic loot awaits, while pencil and graph paper work their own special magic around the gaming table. So, let’s put on the chainmail once again, draw your blade or dig up your spell book, the next dungeon and its monstrous hordes await your return.

The site also has some neat one-page dungeons.

Dark Dungeon Fantasy Role Playing Game

Dark Dungeon is a fantasy role playing game that’s gotten some pretty good reviews. The authors write:

The Dark Dungeon 2nd Edition game is designed to play fast and easy, give realistic results and provide a great variety between characters. Also, its fairly easy to learn, and you can make a new character in ten minutes even if you know little about Role Playing Games (also RPGs). We think this is one of the very best RPG systems around, better than any of the commercial ones we know (and we know quite a few). If you want to test our assertions, just try this free version of the rules. If you like them, don’t hesitate to share them among your friends and spread the word!

One Page Dungeon Codex

RPG Now is offering a free One Page Dungeon Codex Book. The company writes:

Tabletop Adventures is pleased to present The One Page Dungeon Codex 2009, Deluxe. This impressive free product showcases the winners of last year’s “One Page Dungeon” contest. Instigators of the contest (and editors of the project) are RPG bloggers Philippe-Antoine Ménard (better known as the “Chatty DM”) and Michael “Chgowiz” Shorten.

The Codex presents the contest’s top three winners, six runners up who were ‘Judges’ Picks,’ and another dozen entries which were awarded honorable mentions. With ‘dungeons’ ranging from “The Barnacle Cave” to the Victorian setting of “The Horror of Leatherbury House” to the prize-winning “Valley of the Necromancer Kings,” there is something here of interest to nearly everyone. All locations are entirely system neutral, and each includes a map as part of the one-page description. In addition, the editors have provided a series of articles on the development of the “One Page Dungeon” concept, and how GMs can create one-page dungeons for themselves.

The ebook is 54 pages, which includes the articles and dungeons, and information on the contest judges and sponsors. The cover is by artist Mark Allen, and Mates Laurentiu of Avatar Art provided illustrations of the three winning dungeons. The entire book is in full color, but a button is provided (on page 2) to hide the color page backgrounds if desired. (This feature functions only in recent versions of Acrobat Reader, such as version 8 and later.) The dungeons, and the One Page Dungeon template, are all released under the Creative Commons Share-alike license. (See the ebook for more details.)