Between Glenn Cook, William Hope Hodgson, Dave Duncan, and Clarke Ashton Smith you'd find stuff that is both enjoyable, and yet a bit outside of the all too well-known paths. (Obviously, I am recommending you this for Glenn Cook and his Dread Empire series. )
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On the gaming side of things, I've been picking up Troll Lord's Gaxmoor adventures and Goodman Games' holiday modules over the season, and I'm really happy with them. Usually they'd be a bit too steep for me, but I manage to nab them during their seemingly frequent holiday sales.
If Raf's suggestion tickles your fancy to look for novels instead of gaming material, then based on your username I'd highly recommend Suzette Haden Elgin's Ozark Trilogy and Charles Portis' True Grit, if you haven't already read them. Both are top notch and spark the imagination with creative Appendix N and Boot Hill themes, which is not something you can usually say about 'legitimate' American literature.
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 28, 2018 8:22:45 GMT -6
I would buy from the Old Guard whenever possible. Have you got the El Raja Key Archives DVD? The Eldritch Enterprises adventure modules?
That said, I'll be watching this thread for anything truly different, because I'm pretty tired of collecting medieval/renaissance fantasy world products. I'd like to see what others can do with non-fantasy inspiration, or a 16th-19th century setting.
Post by thegreyelf on Dec 28, 2018 12:45:15 GMT -6
You can't go wrong with Troll Lord Games. By way of full disclosure, I am a staff writer for them, but I worked my way up to that BECAUSE I love the product so much. That's to say, I don't pimp them because I write for them. I write for them because I'd pimp them anyway. Also, if you want some good old-school modern role playing, you can check out my own Amazing Adventures line, which uses the same system as Castles & Crusades.
Also, C&C is 99% compatible with OD&D and AD&D.
Outside of TLG, I'd say check out Labyrinth Lord. To my mind, it's the single best retroclone that's ever been produced, and it does a great job of mimicking any version of D&D you like, from OD&D to B/X (the core assumption) to AD&D.
May I humbly suggested anything by Night Owl Workshop. They take classic rules and clone them into different genres. Warriors of the Red Planet (A John Carter simulator) is by far the best seller. Full disclosure, I'm the creative director there.
My suggestions: Delving Deeper AS&SH The Hero's Journey White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game B/X Essentials Mothership (Scifi-horror, percentile system, certainly feels old-school to me) Eldritch Tales (Disclaimer...I wrote this one , Lovecraftian White Box game)
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What about a WotC Original Collector's Edition boxed set? I'm a big fan of Swords & Wizardry White Box, and if you've got the $$$ any of the Wilderlands stuff - either original JG, Necromancer, or the fine stuff that Rob Conley has been generating of late.