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« on: June 12, 2020, 11:31:36 am »
Hello!

Found this guy John M Stater when I was looking for some white box stuff.

Has anyone played any of his games are they any good?

He's got a few titles that sound pretty cool:
Black Death
Swords & Sandals
Deviant Decade
Barbarians & Basilisks

Let me know if they are worth a purchase.

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2020, 12:17:35 pm »
Don't know about those, but I liked his Mystery Men! rpg (supers, based off Swords & Wizardry).

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2020, 01:18:18 pm »
I haven't tried his lite games; I really only looked into Blood & Treasure, which attempts to build a bridge between 3.0/d20 and B/X. It's a simple game (like S&W Core) with tons of stuff (spells, monsters, classes, magic items).
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2020, 05:01:30 pm »
Stater's hex crawls are some of the best. He does good adventures and is an old timer in the OSR, having been there for quite some time.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2020, 06:22:22 pm »
Thanks for the replies. I do like S&W!

I'll definitely pick up a few bits then.

Blood & Treasure looks cool. I could always do with another fantasy game.

Mystery Men, I'll pick that one up too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2020, 10:48:45 pm »
I want to hear more!

Any reviews of these games?

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2020, 11:52:38 pm »
Quote from: The Exploited.;1133849
Found this guy John M Stater when I was looking for some white box stuff.

Has anyone played any of his games are they any good?


I've heard only good things about his books on YouTube.

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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2020, 12:56:26 am »
I liked his more original stuff, but most of it is just one of the many 1000s of slightly house ruled S&W, which IMHO is the nadir of the OSR
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2020, 08:31:16 am »
Have you looked at his free stuff?
https://matt-landofnod.blogspot.com/p/free-downloads.html

Mystery Men, Pars Fortuna Basic, and 2 issues of NOD will give you some idea of his style.

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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2020, 04:16:05 am »
Can't say I ever heard of him.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2020, 08:28:55 am »
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Can't say I ever heard of him.

Stater's been called the hardest working man in the OSR, because he's a self-publishing machine. Primarily known for his long-running blog, his magazine NOD (which is up to 35(!) thick issues), and an assortment of RPGs. The most notable of the RPGs is Blood & Treasure, which took all the content in the 3.5 SRD and turned it into an old school game based on B/X. He writes a lot of hexcrawls and reskinned or variant classes, and is a fan of old comics. Never really been part of the OSR theorizing or any of the drama; he just does his own thing. Goodman commissioned him to do the Hex Crawl Chronicles series, but that's a pretty minor in comparison.

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2020, 02:58:57 pm »
It took me a bit of hunting to find his blog, so in case it helps anyone else: https://landofnod.blog/