The Smoldering Wizard

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The Chronicles of Nolenor Play Report #16 - Damned Ghouls!

January 05, 2019 — Doug

Real date: 7/7/18 In-game date: October 24th, EY632


Ambrose (Hero – Fighter L4)

Zort (Vicar – Cleric L4)

Roger (Wanderer – Warden L3)


Vol (porter)

Sundarr (porter)

Kell (meatshield) - RIP


Kilmox (Veteran – Fighter L1 – Zort’s retainer) - RIP

Link to prior sessions
Discussion here

Upon returning to Frostmark, Ambrose and Zort made a visit to the Temple of Soldra with Imric's body in tow. Father Sunamel was only too happy to assist, for a suitably large donation. 1,200gp later, Imric was revived but was feeling under the weather, so he decided to stay in town and rest for a few weeks while his companions readied themselves for the next adventure. After some discussion they decided to head back to the Chaotic Caves, so Ambrose, Roger and Zort procured seven light horses, a mule, and six javelins (those last to be handed out to the hirelings). Ambrose paid Ajax a visit and convinced a warrior named Kell to join the expedition.

A few days later the party headed out to the caves. The two-day journey north and west was uneventful, if a bit cold. After scouting the caves they decided to investigate an open area to the south, where they could see a raised stone patio, leading through large archway and then into the depths of the hill. The party cautiously approached, led by Roger. They climbed onto the patio and could see scattered broken rock and bones. Vol and Sundarr lit torches, and they cautiously entered what they could now see was a long, pillared hall. The floor here was also littered with bones, some human.


Almost immediately the party was beset upon by a horde of undead - a dozen skeletons and 3 ghouls, who emerged from alcoves in the walls. Roger fired his bow and fled back to the group, and Zort stepped forward, presenting his holy symbol. Two ghouls fled from the power of Odin away into the darkness, and five skeletons crumbled to dust. The one remaining ghoul clawed at Zort, who felt his limbs stiffen as he toppled over, helplessly paralyzed! Seven skeletons advanced on the rest of the party, and in the ensuing battle all seven were destroyed, but the price was high. Kilmox, Zell and Roger were run through by skeleton swords - the hirelings were dead, and Roger barely clung to life (Ref. note - Roger went to -4 HP and made his CON save versus death). Ambrose saved Zort from certain death as the one remaining ghoul tried to feast on Zort's paralyzed form. Only the two porters, who had hung back from the melee, were unscathed. With two dead and three wounded, the party decided it was best to return to town. They placed the hirelings' bodies on the mule and headed back to Frostmark, with not a single gold coin to show for their trouble.

Tags: chronicles-of-nolenor, nolenor, original-dnd, play-reports, undead

Original D&D Reference Sheets

January 04, 2019 — Doug

I came across these Original Dungeons & Dragons reference sheets a few years ago. I don't remember where they came from, and the PDF properties don't list an author (if anyone knows who put them together, let me know so I can give proper credit). I keep them at my side while I'm running my Nolenor OD&D sessions, and I find them extremely useful. They have just what you need for a 3LBB game on three landscape pages, including common rolls, missile weapon ranges (taken from Chainmail), monster reaction, and the usual attack tables, turn undead and wandering charts. All with some great, classic pieces of art. Click on the image to download.

Discussion here.

OD&D Reference Sheets

Tags: refsheets, pdf, original-dnd

Swords & Wizardry Forum and Blog Comments

January 03, 2019 — Doug

The Swords & Wizardry forum I created over two years ago has been a bit light on activity lately. This is partly my fault for not posting there more, but it also may be a reflection of the Swords & Wizardry community itself, which has coalesced around other venues, including G+ (and now MeWe) and Eric Tenkar's blog and associated media outlets. No sour grapes, I created the forum for the Swords & Wizardry community and would love for it to be used, but I don't think it's in the cards.

That said I have no plans to take down the forum, but I am morphing it into something a bit more general, a place for OSR games discussion and play-by-post. But I also have another motive. With the move to the new blog, which has no native commenting facilities, I'd like to experiment with using the forum to have more in-depth discussion of posts. So there will be a sub-forum just for this blog. In my opinion forums are a much better place to discuss gaming than blogs, or Facebook, or MeWe. For me and a lot of other privacy-conscious users, blog commenting seldom works due to our use of ad and third-party content blockers. Social media like MeWe is convenient but is a walled-garden - even in "public" communities, content is hidden from non-members and not searchable by the greater internet.

The forum, on the other hand, is open for anyone to read. To take part in discussions you just have to register once. It's secured with https, and it has a mobile interface, and it's searchable. I also administer the forum, meaning it will be around as long as I am, and even after that, it will at least readable at The registration method I use has been very effective at preventing spam posts - I have not had a single spam post since I switched to that system two years ago.

I'd also like to offer the following to OSR blog authors who don't want to deal with comment spam - I can give you a sub-forum for your own blog that you moderate and curate discussion on. I would encourage other forum owners to do the same with their own forums. If you want a sub-forum of your own, let me know by email, or post to the forum.

Tags: forum, swords-wizardry, osr, blog, social-media, meta


January 03, 2019 — Doug

Welcome to the New Year and the new blog! After a few years with wordpress I felt I needed something a bit lighter and easier to update. Bashblog certainly fits that bill! At some point this year, there will be a domain-name switch and the old blog will using the free wordpress hosting ( No links will be broken, however, when the switch happens, all the old URLs will redirect properly, and new content will still be posted here.

Tags: welcome, blog, meta