I've long trumpeted Newt Newport's Crypts & Things as the closest I've come to finding my 'holy grail' of roleplaying games.
That is, it has proved the perfect framework for me to hack at viciously with a variety of houserules to sculpt into my own Pygmalion.
Numerous distractions in recent years have seen my remaking of Crypts & Things take a backseat, but a resurgence in OSR gaming interest from yours truly has meant a revisitation to Newt's marvellous gritty, swords-and-sorcery, spin on Swords And Wizardry (itself a reinvention of early Dungeons & Dragons mechanics).
Now, it turns out that Newt is participating in Kickstarter's Zine Quest month with a new issue of From The Shroud, "a zine for old school roleplaying games, focusing on the dark otherworlds of swords and sorcery".
The campaign runs until February 25, but has already hit its funding target of £250, to cover some extra art and professional proofreading.
On the zine's Kickstarter page, Newt explains:
"From the Shroud is a series of fanzine format magazines for the OSR swords and sorcery game Crypts and Things, that look at the deadly dimension that surrounds the planet Zarth and some of the more horrific areas that are closely associated with the demonic Others who come from the Shroud.Although this campaign is for the publication of issue two, issue one is available via a couple of pledge levels - both come in PDF and POD formats (eliminating hefty trans-Atlantic shipping fees).
Although written for Crypts and Things, this zine is suitable for any role-playing game which has a dark other world and/or uses original/1st edition fantasy-rpg rules (such as Swords and Wizardry, Lamentations of the Flame Princess).
Crypts and Things focuses on the dark fantasy swords and sorcery tales that 80s British fantasy role playing games and adventure game-books specialised in. So if you are familiar with old White Dwarf and Fighting Fantasy these are among my chief inspirations.
This issue takes the form of a 48 pages A5 black and white booklet, with black and white art by Jonny Gray (whose Death Rider graces the cover) and Dan Barker."
Check out the site for more details of the 'zines contents (as well as issue one), the various investor incentives, stretch goals, add-ons etc