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Portrait of Larry's dwarven fighter, Thorfus

Larry’s dwarven fighter, Thorfus

One of the original players in the Curabel campaign, Larry Hamilton (Follow Me, and Die! on G+), has an OSR/RPG blog and he recently posted a very complimentary summary of his experiences in the campaign along with a link to this site. Since his post deals more with the actual play of the campaign, something that I will not be addressing until after working through the preparatory material, it actually serves as a pretty good preview of the direction this blog will be taking. In addition, his site is generally worth a look for anyone interested in old-school role-playing.

Image by Steve Zieser.

Image by Steve Zieser.

My intention with this blog, Dwarven Automata, is to discuss Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (mostly first edition) and OSR (however defined) gaming using concrete examples from the campaigns I run both online via Roll20 and in the flesh. I also hope to post random generator scripts to aid in the creation of similar campaigns, although that will likely be somewhat delayed since my personal versions of these programs include copyrighted material that will need to be changed for web publication.

While some assumptions and theories about role-playing games may be implicit in the material posted here — and perhaps even explicitly remarked upon at times — I have very little interest in edition wars, game theory debates, or whatever outrage du jour has caught the attention of the wider RPG blogging world. This is a small, personal project that will remain grounded in my experiences prepping and running AD&D/OSR campaigns and I imagine it will bore most people to tears. You have been warned.