My latest +Joseph Bloch acquisition, Adventures Dark and Deep: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Knowledge. Some how this one slipped past my radar, but not for long. This is a curious tome indeed. Joseph wrote this volume to expand the topics to work with Advanced D&D, OSRIC and Labyrinth Lord. That's what it says on the cover. I'm adding it to my mix of Swords & Wizardry Complete and Blood & Treasure mash ruleset.
This is a general overview. I haven't had time to read it thoroughly, but just to give you a clue, even though I haven't, I'm planning to use it in my game.
Included in the book five classes; Bard, Jester, Mountebank, Mystic and Savant. I plan on adding the latter three classes into the game.
An interesting take on acquiring Secondary Skills. If you want a secondary skill you need to spend your experience points. I like this take. I'm not sure if I'll use it, but I like it. This book is all about presenting options for your game so you can pick and choose what you like.
There are alternate treasure rules that I plan on taking a closer look. A lot of good random tables are included. Especially for mundane/luxury items.
The next section covers rules for ships and waterborne travel. I have to admit, this is an area I shy away from. For some reason I've never ran a water based adventure. I am very interested in these rules. Maybe I can wrap my head around doing a fun adventure at sea.
This book is full of great ideas and tables. Joseph continues to impress me with the quality and usefulness of his work. I give his all thumbs up on this effort. I think I'll be spending a lot of quality time browsing through the pages. If you want a copy of Adventures Dark and Deep: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Knowledge click this link and head over to RPGNow and snag a copy. The PDF will run you $9.95, but plop down another ten so you can get a soft cover print version along with the PDF. That's the version I bought. But if you are into hardcovers $29.95 will get you just that and the PDF.
Now I am impatiently awaiting for the Monster Tome for Adventures Dark & Deep.