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Codex - Emerald (Jan. 2019)


Codex is the monthly RPG fanzine published by the Gauntlet gaming community! Each issue features a variety of articles organized around a theme, loads of original artwork, and a custom layout.

Inside Codex - Emerald

Emerald City Drama Club A surreal and dream-like campaign framework for Monsterhearts 2 about putting on a high school production of The Wizard of Oz. BONUS: Download includes The Harpy skin updated for Monsterhearts 2.

Dark Designs in Verdigris An original game about the Emerald City’s seedy underbelly. Mechanics are inspired by World of Dungeons and other OSR systems.

Doolhoven An 18-page supplement for Dungeon World that explores a lost dwarven civilization.

A new supplement for Trophy, the groundbreaking game of psychological horror and dark fantasy first featured in Codex - Dark 2.

Three Dozen Jeweled Treasures (Allegedly Blessed or Cursed), a miscellany.

9 original illustrations.

Custom layout by Jake Householder and Jesse Ross.

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Richard R May 17, 2019 7:51 pm UTC
Dollhoven alone is top-notch DW content, and the Trophy incursion is worth the suggested price of the book.

Also, World of Dungeons is a kick-XXX OSR system in the same tradition as Maze Rats and SotU. Congrats to the Codex team on a great issue.
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Gorgar W May 09, 2019 3:32 am UTC
What here is explicitly compatible with OSR rule systems? And world of Dungeons is a PbtA story game, not OSR.
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Mike F May 17, 2019 4:48 pm UTC
The "Doolhoven" section describes an abandoned underground dwarven city. While there is no map provided, the descriptions of the city's features are evocative and compelling. "Doolhoven" is extremely rules-light, as is the case for most OSR products. The few stats that are presented are for Dungeon World, but converting those to your favorite OSR system is trivial. Also present is an abstract "explore the dungeon" mechanic that's easily adapted to OSR play for those times you don't want to bother with drawing out a map.

The "Three Dozen Jeweled Treasures" section provides statless descriptions of 36 interesting magical and nonmagical items. Some might be useful items for PCs, while others might better be used as plot devices. You'll need to write up your own stats for your OSR system of choice.

While it would take a little bit of work, the "Trophy" sceario presented is would make a very grim and dark OSR adventure. Think along the lines...See more
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Gorgar W May 17, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
Ok, so, with work, it can be converted — "converting those to your favorite OSR system is trivial". Which you can say for ANY system, right? But I imagine it wouldn't be as easy to misrepresent one's product as GURPS, Call of Cthulhu, 5e, or anything else.
Instead, the publisher sees fit to waste the time of shoppers looking for products immediately compatible with OSR rule sets. Bait and switch. Guess I can't blame them, as this site doesn't see fit to provide any oversight over the OSR tag. So cheers to them, I guess.
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