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Down in the Underground- The Labyrinth Adventure Game Review

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23 Apr 2020 13:36 #309578 by Michael Barnes
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23 Apr 2020 14:43 #309579 by moofrank
Have you looked at Into the Odd as an OSR system? I'm currently liking the system a LOT as a GM. The rules written out are about 2 pages, but with a kind of Warhammer FRPG feel.

Patrick Stuart also did this thing called Silent Titans which uses a slight Into the Odd variant rules set. Silent Titans is a full campaign which is centered around living dungeons. There is some Shadows of the Colossus as well.

And the PDF is free at the moment alongside some other marvels: shop.swordfishislands.com/a-bundle-for-quarantine/ . Death is the New Pink appeals to me as well.
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23 Apr 2020 15:45 #309581 by Michael Barnes
Yes, Into the Odd is really cool- the designer just put out Electric Bastionland, which is like an extension of it. It’s gotten a lot of praise and it looks great. I’ll get around to it at some point, too busy with DCC, OSE, Mothership, and probably Mork Borg soon.

In terms of ultra-light systems though, I think Knave may be the best. It’s seven pages but most of them are sometimes hilarious random chargen tables. You can roll up some level 1 freaks and throw them into Stonehell or Xyntillan or whatever and be off to the races in ten minutes. And it works for whatever B/X content you can dig up out of the vaults. It would actually be perfect for Labyrinth. And it’s Ben Milton, so you are using his system with his encounters.

Silent Titans looks amazing, I have that free PDF but the book is an art piece. That Swordfish Islands bundle is incredible, I have the physical books of Hot Springs Island and Tomb of Black Sand, they are just outstanding. Hot Springs Island is the best hex crawl I’ve ever seen.
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23 Apr 2020 15:47 #309582 by Michael Barnes
Also, Frank, you should REALLY have a look at Best Left Buried. I describe it as WHFRPG mixed with Darkest Dungeons. It’s grimy and weird and geared toward physical and mental mutilation. Also very simple and GM-friendly.

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23 Apr 2020 17:30 #309587 by dysjunct
Someone made an excellent character generator for Knave, using all its random tables:

lawbreaker.herokuapp.com/
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23 Apr 2020 17:37 #309589 by ChristopherMD
I have the Silent Titans hardcover and it really is a work of art.

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23 Apr 2020 17:53 #309590 by Matt Thrower
I have a copy of this - not played yet - and this is an excellent review. I think the most unfortunate thing about Labyrinth is that it's a game that doesn't know it's audience.

Veteran groups who are ok rolling off the cuff will be disappointed by the weak mechanics and the frankly daft fan service aspects of the game. I mean, who makes Sir Diddymus into a character class? But fresher players who, from the look of things this is aimed at, will struggle to run the game effectively, especially considering it's repetitive aspects.

Old school gamers with kids - just like Michael- is where it's at. And in some ways it's a shame it couldn't find a bigger niche.

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23 Apr 2020 18:03 #309591 by Andi Lennon
Picked this up about a month ago after seeing the Questing Beast vid. It's an enchanting little package and I've really enjoyed delving into the myriad puzzle and encounter ideas in preparation for when I can run a face to face tabletop session again. I loved the inclusion of the dice but I thought they squandered an opportunity to also include a pair of socks for the Goblin King's crotch-stuffing requirements.
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23 Apr 2020 21:15 #309594 by moofrank
I started running Silent Titans for our Sunday group. And, yep, we are using the new Bastionland Scar rules. EB isn't a huge jump, but character generation is more elaborate, and there are a billion tables for Bastionland adventures.

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