Monday, July 21, 2014

Flash and Audio Fiction and Gaming Magazines

It's Monday, but there is hope. Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Mars, there was an age of free fiction undreamed of, when shining kingdoms and glittering starships lay free for those with imagination.

Flash Fiction:
• At Mad Scientist Journal: "The Greater Migration" by Christopher David DiCicco. Science Fiction.
• At Daily Science Fiction: "A Year and a Day" by Sean R Robinson. Fantasy. 
• At Every Day Fiction: "Rattlebone" by Bosley Gravel, read by Alexander Jones. Audio horror.
• At Leaves of Ink: "Undocumented Zombies" poem.

Audio Fiction:
• At Escape Pod: "EP455: Keep Your Shape" by Robert Sheckley, read by Nathaniel Lee. Science Fiction. First published in Galaxy, Nov 1953.
 "Pid the Pilot slowed the ship almost to a standstill, and peered anxiously at the green planet below.Even without instruments, there was no mistaking it. Third from its sun, it was the only planet in this system capable of sustaining life. Peacefully it swam beneath its gauze of clouds.It looked very innocent. And yet, twenty previous Grom expeditions had set out to prepare this planet for invasion—and vanished utterly, without a word." Audio and Text.


• At Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Episode 18 - Tarzan the Untamed" Adventure.
"We last saw Bertha Kircher and Lt. Smith-Oldwick at the cave at the cliff base, as the pride of lions accompanied by odd looking humans has launched an attack upon their campsite."

Threshold Magazine. Issues 1-4
Four large free issues of Threshold "The Mystara Magazine."  They are all very nice looking issues filled with ideas for a Mystara (the world of the D&D Gazetteers) campaign.  However, as most old school players can tell you, anything can easily be adapted to anything else.  Give 'em a look - they're free and directly downloadable from the site.

• At DriveThruRPG: Brave the Labyrinth - Issue #4 [Pay what you want]
A very well made old school role-playing magazine the contains several useful articles for old school games, in particular Labyrinth Lord
  • -Two (2) new Dwarven races (Clockwork and Stone)
  • -Chaos magic to beef up your humanoid shamans
  • -The Demonologist class for Labyrinth Lord
  • -Two island maps (Player's and Labyrinth Lord's)
  • -New ideas for terrifying fantasy zombies
  • -Health insurance for adventurers
  • -One (1) adventure for 1st-3rd level characters (The Ruined Tower of Hilsosk the Mad)
  • -One (1) article on weapon mastery
  • -Six (6) new faerie magic items

• Audio at Crime City Central: "Courtesy Call" by Justin Gustainis, read by Summer Brooks.
• Audio at LibriVox: "The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Dramatic Reading)" Adventure.

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