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Categories are Soft Skills, Philosophy, Advice, Design, Resources, Games, or Reviewers.

Soft Skills

The Elements of Style

Standard advice for improving one's writing.

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

Classic text on improvisation skills.


Five Geek Social Fallacies

Explanation as to why geek communities are always overrun by creeps and villains.

Finch's Old School Primer

Old school explainer from 2008. Much of the advice is quite wrong and not relevant to modern readers.

Principia Apocrypha

Newer old school introduction by Ben Milton & Steven Lumpkin. Better than you may expect.

History of the OSR

Five-part series detailing the full history of the old school renaissance.

Six Cultures of Play

An imperfect attempt to categorize D&D play cultures interesting for the historical perspective.

Fantasy Heartbreakers

Heartbreakers: knock-off D&D systems created by hobbyists whose preferences run contrary to good design.

Conceptual Density

Terminology for describing whether a supplement is useful or not.

Responding to The Impossible Thing

Do referees control the direction of the game, or do players? 4 possible resolutions to the conundrum.

F*** You Design

Callout of rules lites and fake rulesets that do not function unless the reader already knows D&D.

Playing to Win

David Sirlin explores what it means to play to win, as compared to the scrub who does not do so.

Dungeon Crawl Theory

Long-winded analysis of old school dungeon crawling.

The Sacrament of Death

Examination of the special role that Death plays in roleplaying games.

XP for Loot

Semi-interesting discussion of old school XP, including several very dumb commenters who don't get it.

Do Not Use Trigger Warnings

Why earnestly describing content is better than applying the flawed trigger warning concept.

Advice for Referees

Philotomy's Musings

Seminal discussion of old school play focused on OD&D. Also available in HTML.

Blorb Principles

The idea that good old school play preferences first preparation, then rules, and lastly rulings.

How to Run Puzzle Dungeons

All around practical advice for running any type of dungeon.

"Rulings Not Rules" is Insufficient

Arnold K examines of how the rules interact with diegetic problem solving.

Impactful Gaming

Practical advice for ensuring that game activities matter.

Illusionism and the Quantum Ogre

Hack & Slash makes an early attempt to discourage illusionism.

How to Awesome-Up Your Players

Rients gives some advice on running awesome games by emphasizing player engagement.

On System

Rients argues in favor of just playing the damn game instead of worrying so much about what system is used.

How to Run Into the Odd

Chris McDowall explains how he runs Into the Odd, advice which is applicable to many games.

Designing Content

Jaquaying the Dungeon

Techniques for improving your dungeon maps.

Resource Management

Exhaustive analysis of resource management within D&D.

Melan's Sandbox Guide

A quick broad overview of what it takes to run a sandbox game, written by Melan.

Melan's Hex Crawl Guide

Simple guide to designing hex crawls written by Melan.

Three Types of Hexcrawl

Blogpost describing three ways of using a hex crawl.

Six Mile Hexes

Article describing the benefits of using six mile hexes.

Time, Gear, Skill: Approaches to Skill Checks

Ensuring that skill usage has consequences.

Ability Score Design

Exhaustive analysis of ability score design in adventure games.

Spells and Resource Management

How various spells affect the resource management aspects of D&D.


Appendix N on Project Gutenberg

Read various books from Appendix N, for free and online.

Medieval Demographics Made Easy

Tool for generating medieval demographics, also available as a PDF.

List of Medieval Prices

List of English prices for a variety of goods during the medieval period.

Middle Ages Village Layouts

Deep dive into middle age villages, including how to use this information in D&D.

3E Demographics Calculator

Calculator for D&D demographics created for 3rd Edition but may be useful to any game.

How to Communicate Dungeon Maps

An extensive guide on how to communicate room dimensions succinctly when players are doing the mapping.

20 Campaign Questions

Twenty quick questions to establish the most important details of a campaign setting.

First Line of Each D&D Edition

A quick look at the first line of every edition of Dungeons & Dragons, without comment.

The Average Bestiary

Google Sheet listing all monsters across a huge number of games and which appear most frequently.

The Great Net Equipment List

Compilement of items found within products by or related to 1st and 2nd edition D&D.


D&D Retroclone List

An exhaustive list of retroclones, although it is unclear when it was last updated.

Delving Deeper v4

Comprehensive OD&D retroclone. Easily searchable due to being a single HTML document.

Fantastic Medieval Campaigns

Full cleanup and reorganization of the original D&D game.

Aerdrie's Adventures as of May 2022.

A variety of adventures written for 2nd Edition D&D.


An online SRD containing many of the rules for an AD&D retroclone.

Old School Essentials SRD

An online SRD for Old School Essentials, an exact B/X retroclone.

Shadis Magazine Issue #21

Rare magazine containing the Code of the Rats adventure.

OED Games

The Original Edition Delta by the blogger Delta; a set of house rules for OD&D

Tacspiel Wargame Procedures

Wargame developed in the 1960s by the US Army for research into guerilla warfare.


Bryce Lynch

Reviews nearly everything at a prodigous rate, leaving the quality of individual reviews in question.
Interviewed in a blog and video by Patrick Stuart. Plays about 2x per week in a home game & store group.


Hungarian author of Helvéczia, Castle Xyntillan, and the Echoes from Fomalhaut magazine.
Involved in the hobby since at least 1991, most recently running Seven Voyages of Zylarthen in 2023.

Prince of Nothing

Loquacious Dutchman who reviews a wide variety of old school modules, new and old.
Began playing with 2nd Edition, Dark Heresy, and B/X. Penchant for the gonzo.

Bones of Contention

Review blog with an ensemble cast selected for political views.
Due to the ensemble cast it will be difficult to contextualize any given reviewer.

Questing Beast aka Ben Milton

Milquetoast reviewer who exactingly describes products rather than give any actual opinion. Known also as "the poor man's Trove" since his high-def camera reveals every page of what he reviews. Joined the hobby in 2013 running games for young school children. Maintains his own list of interesting links.

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