'Brave The Labyrinth' is one of those OSR zines with so many varied uses its not even funny. I admit I haven't kept up with the zine as much as I should. In point of fact I haven't kept up as much as I should with as many of Goblinoid Games as I'd like to. This is one hell of a nice little resource zine and of exceptional quality with some great and varied content for the Labyrinth Lord game and 90% of the retroclones out on the market. This is a really packed piece of OSR gaming zine right here.
But what's in this issue of awesomeness? According to the blurb from Drivethrurpg :
Brave the Labyrinth is a quarterly fanzine published by Small Niche Games for the Labyrinth Lord™ roleplaying game community. It consists of fan-created material designed to cover all types of Labyrinth Lord™ and Advanced Edition Companion™ gaming.
In this Issue you get:
-a new demon lord - This is a really nice variation on the lords of the Abyss and a good contribution to a region where you can really vary the enemies.
-new elf variations - Yet more of these pointed eared PC favorites, these are always welcome and very nicely balanced.
-an amazing map of Andrel Castle - Sold map of a very cool adventure location
-sainted icons of the Church of Law and Order -Finally! Some very nice minions of the powers of Law! Very useful for my games.
-tools, keys, and magic items for thieves - Thief themed items that tie directly into the class. Very nicely done.
-three (3) new monsters - Monsters are always welcome and these are nicely balanced.
-a green wizard who sought to cheat death - Very cool.
-a review of the Caves of Ortok - A really nice overview of an adventure module that needs more spotlights on it. Hoping my players don't get a chance to read this overview because I so want to run it.
-artwork contributions by by JV West and Jim Wampler- Really nice pieces of artwork and old school inspiration.
All in all this to me is a really nice issue of Brave The Labyrinth and a pretty solid old school resource. There are several articles and entries here that tie directly into some of the campaigns I'm running. I think that this is well worth your time and energy to take a look into if your a DM with any interest in old school gaming. Small Niche games has consistently put out some quality products in the past and this is certainly among those in my opinion. Throw these folks a few gold pieces and get to using some great old school material.
[4 of 5 Stars!]