The Smoldering Wizard

Old-school Roleplaying

The Chronicles of Nolenor Play Report #28 - The Harvest Fair

August 16, 2021 — Doug

Real dates: 11/10/19 In-game dates: November 23rd, EY632


Ambrose (Swashbuckler – Fighter L5)

Roger (Woodsman – Warden L4)



Figgish (Thief L1 - Squire to Ambrose)


Return to the Known Lands - Sessions #15-#16 Bandit Mania

August 14, 2021 — Doug

Dates: 12/26/20 and 12/27/20


  • Louis (FM 1)
  • Osan (Elf F/MU 2/1)
  • Omes (Half FM 2)
  • Habru (Cleric 2)


Habru's war dog, named Dog

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Links to Previous Sessions

LL Notes:

The Larm setting includes the outline of a conflict between two merchants in town, Guido and Manticor. I fleshed this out a bit and had Guido working with some local bandits to harm his competition.

Session notes:


Forgotten Gems of the OSR - Oubliette Magazine

August 08, 2021 — Doug

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Oubliette was a zine edited and published by Peter Regan from 2010- 2012 (with a stray issue published in 2015). Nine issues were published in total, all available in print or PDF from DTRPG or the editor's blog (as of this writing, a discounted PDF bundle of the first eight issues of Oubliette is available). Oubliette is dedicated to Labyrinth Lord, but of course will be useful to any B/X-type games. There were two compendiums published, each with four issues - my own hard copies are the compendiums.


Random OD&D Dungeon Solo Play Report #3 - The Riches of Graf the Veteran

July 11, 2021 — Doug

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Link to Prior Solo OD&D Play Reports

For this session I rolled up Graf the Veteran. He was light on starting gold, and so was outfitted with chain armor, a spear and a sling, with 12 torches, rations and a flask of oil in his backpack. He started with 3hp.


Random OD&D Dungeon Solo Play Report #2 - Freya versus the Undead

June 25, 2021 — Doug

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Link to Prior Solo OD&D Play Reports

For this session I rolled up Freya the Acolyte. She was outfitted with plate, shield, mace and the usual assortment of dungeoneering equipment, and had 3hp. Again I'm using the 3LBBs as written, with the Strategic Review random dungeon tables and the Monster & Treasure Assortment as needed.


Random OD&D Dungeon Solo Play Report #1 - Delth's Folly

June 21, 2021 — Doug

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I've been running OD&D solo sessions on and off for the past few months, as I have some time and the inclination I roll up a PC and run through a random dungeon crawl. I'm sticking to the three 3LBBs with some other bits from the same time period:

  • The Strategic Review Issue #1 "Solo Dungeon Adventures".

  • D&D Monster and Treasure Assortment (useful not only for monsters and treasure, but for the "Treasure is contained/guarded/hidden by/in" tables.

  • The revised underworld wandering monster tables from the Greyhawk Supplement (this is all I'm using from that supplement), just to give a bit more variety.

  • Various unstocked maps, as needed.



June 20, 2021 — Doug

Welcome to the the new blog! With the recent changes to the Wordpress editing interface (now non-optional unless you pay for a business account), I felt I needed something that fits my workflow better. I write my posts in markdown and the new interface doesn't fully support that the way it used to. So this blog is self-hosted on the same server that runs my OSR gaming forum. I've kept things simple by using a customized Bashblog, and also made secure connections optional to fully support older clients. All the posts on my old blog will remain there.

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