One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
There are a great many bits of RPG supplements on the internet. Some are top notch, others less so. At the top of my list are, of course, the Oerth Journal and the articles here on Canonfire. But I just want to throw out there a few other resources that most of you probably already use, but if you have not used them or looked them up, do yourself a favor and give them a try. These are some of my personal favorites. What sets them apart are the high quality of their products.
Plus, these are all free. When I say free, I do not mean some sketchy downloads of copyrighted published materials, but original materials that are being offered for your private use and enjoyment by the authors for nothing. So I do not think this will run afoul of our standards of practice on these forums. So here are three resources that you can check out and please add any that I missed on this thread.
Footprints - the web zine of Dragonsfoot, home of First Edition D&D fan materials. The zine Footprints is just terrific, capturing the old 1e style perfectly. If you do not regularly check out what is new on Dragonsfoot, then you are missing out! There are house rules, adventure modules, and all sorts of old school goodness being posted on a frequent basis on this site. To include the L4 and L5 Len Lakofka Lendor Island modules! Available here: http://www.dragonsfoot.org/
& Magazine - a web zine that is supposed to "fill in the gaps" between the old Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Great stuff in these issues as well. The latest issue of & Magazine is Number 13, released September 2016, with another one due soon. So these are very recent. Additionally, there is a long running series on a megadungeon called Castle Triskelion that is available for downloading, along with a couple of pdf supplements and adventure packs. Available here: http://www.and-mag.com/
Finally, this last one is not an AD&D resource per se, but is a fine example of the "retro-clone" game. I am talking about Mazes and Minotaurs! The fun part of it is that it is a working RPG that is both a parody and a homage to the old school games. It is written with a fake history as the original fantasy RPG from the 1970's, as if D&D were based on the ancient greek myths rather than a medieval type setting, which adds to the enjoyment. There are modules, supplements, zines, and two "editions" of this game. All of it downloadable and free of charge. The best parts are the captions and asides that are sprinkled throughout the narratives. Check it out: http://storygame.free.fr/MAZES.htm
There is an emphasis on the "Old School Revival" here. That is what interests me as an old grognard DM. These may not be your cup of tea, but let us share what else is out there for the good of the order!
Coincidentally I've done a blog redesign on Greyhawkery. Adding more content in the form of player primers (work in progress). Some of my lists I'm attempting to hew toward "modern" 5E play, but the core information will always be old Gold box 576 CY centric. Enjoy.
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