As a narrative tool for Roleplaying, the composition of character backstories is often highly encouraged by DMs, pretty much since the inception of the hobby. The benefit of playing the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons is that generation of a background is integrated into character creation, then summed up in a neat sentence or two after rolling on the tables. While I’m a huge proponent of integrating backstories into the game, it also isn’t necessary. One can play an amazing tabletop roleplaying game without one.
Woo hoo! We have a brand spanking new release for everyone today: 100% hand-drawn dungeon tiles fashioned after your old 1970's style dungeon maps: OSR Tiles. That's right, folks, we're kickin' it old school.
I haven't exactly made it a secret that I have a serious crush on the OSR movement. It's fantastic. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of modern games, too, but there's just something amazing about OSR materials. I dunno, maybe the nostalgia trip just appeals to my inner grognard. Good thing, too; he can finally stop bellyaching about that arrow to the knee and go kick some trash again.
In honor of this most amazing time to be alive in tabletop gaming, we're proud to offer the following eight pages of OSR tiles found in our DriveThruRPG store. Here's a small gallery of a few of the things you'll get in the pack, a suggestion for how to cut up one of the large floor sets, and an example of play (we printed the tiles off on 110 lb card stock -- we have plans to glue these double layer, corrugated cardboard, DM Scotty 2.5D dungeontile-style).
Another Tolkien Week is nearly passed and we've been having an absolute blast. For those who may not be aware, Tolkien Week is the week containing the combined birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, September 22, which is also the first day of Autumn. To honor the Father of the Fantasy genre as we know it, this week is often set aside by fans to revel in the Professor's timeless works once more. Many simply curl up with a nice cup of tea and relax as they once again wander among the golden wood of Lothlorien while intermittent rays of sunlight burst through the canopy. Others, like us, do a little more (though there was plenty of tea drinking and imaginary wandering to be had -- there's too much to do for any real wandering...sadly). As we stretch our brains to come up with fun products, we often find inspiration in the things we love most.
It's been a pretty busy month of work here for us. We're finalizing our work on the OSR tile pack and designing a hand drawn 5e OGL character journal! We're also continuing our work on prototype table props. Once we get a good process down, we'll start offering those up for people who like a little tangible flair in their games. Take a look at this quick gallery to see what kinds of things we're doing. The character journal presented is actually the one we'll be using to run our games of their most excellent 5e campaign setting: Adventures in Middle Earth. Finally, Tolkien comes to D&D.
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