Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Christmas in July Sale 2023: My Old-School Essentials Recommendations!

  The Christmas in July sale is on again at DriveThruRPG. For the next 14 days, more than 70.000 rpg titles are available at reduced price!

The list of OSR titles currently discounted counts a big 4241 items, which is still a lot.

The sheer amount of titles available makes it hard to create a list of OSR recommendations, so this time I'll focus on some of the 332 titles listed for Old-School Essentials as it is my current go-to ruleset.

OSE Rulebooks

As with other large DTRPG sales, the core OSE books are discounted, both the Classic Rules Tome and the Advanced rules (Player's tome and Referee's tome). If you're reading this, you're probably already a fan (like me), but don't forget sales are a great occasion to spread the word. Tell your friends!

Moreover, the new, official Foundry VTT packages are on sale.


Well, the whole Old-School Essentials line is part of the sale, which means you can get some great adventures too, like Incandescent Grottoes, the Ennie award winning Halls of the Blood Kingand Isle of the Plangent Mage by Donn Stroud.

In the Shadow of Tower Silveraxe - A regional module in zine format written by Jacob Fleming, with lots of dungeons and lots of hours of play. Reviewed here. From the same author, the Through the Valley of the Manticore module with a similar format is on sale too.

The Black Wyrm of Brandonsford - The exquisite, sandboxy point-crawl adventure for characters level 1-3, by Chance Dudinack. Very easy to run, with lots of interaction between locations, and guaranteed to offer a huge number of hours of play. I can't wait to run it. My review here

And The Secret of Black Crag, Dudinack's new module, is on sale too!

Puzzle Dungeon: The Seers Sanctum - Another very good 10 room dungeon with, well, a lot of well conceived puzzles. I've reviewed it here, and if this dungeon is a great opportunity to connect your existing campaign to the setting outlined in the best seller Planar Compass zine series.

Aberrant Reflections, Directsun's new puzzle dungeon, is on sale too!

Wivern SongsHideous Daylight and Temple of 1000 Swords - Brad Kerr's excellent adventures, all highly recommended! I've reviewed 1000 Swords here, and Wyvern Songs here.

Bottomless Pit of Zorth, Darkness at Nekemte and the big huge Gunderholfen megadungeon - G. Hawkins' series of modules. Check out Gunderholfen to grab a 400-page megadungeon at $7.50!

The Frost Spire - An excellent fairy-frosty level 3 dungeon adventure with an interesting moral dilemma. Reviewed it here.

The Falkrest Abbey adventure by Andrea Mollica & I. Now at just $0.85!

Sourcebooks, Supplements & Zines

The full Carcass Crawler series of official OSE zines!

The Axian Library zine collection by yours truly is on sale! Check it if you enjoy alternate rules for Wizards and Clerics, dozens of tables to generate unique dragons, and a host of tables and rules for missing players and new characters.

The Dungeon Dozen, collecting over 200 system-agnostic d12 tables full of awesome inspiration, from the blog of the same name.

The whole Third Kingdom line of hexcrawl supplements is on sale, including the great Filling in the Blanks guide.

The Delver Magazine zine series, full of awesome random tables, along with its Tavern spin-off.


Into OSR? Check my other OSR posts and reviews!

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