Slumbering Ursine Dunes – Basic Fantasy Conversion

140450Recently, I’ve been planning to run Chris Kutalik‘s OSR point-crawl sandbox adventure Slumbering Ursine Dunes as a short mini-campaign.

I’ve also been pondering what OSR system to use. Dunes was written with Labyrinth Lord in mind, but I’m not a fan of some of its details (Descending AC, Race-as-Class).  I’ve been looking at a bunch of different systems (Black Hack, DCC, Microlite) to find the one I like best.

I’ve settled on Basic Fantasy. It’s an open source B\X clone, with more modern features like Ascending AC. It can be downloaded for free and has an active community.

To prepare for the campaign, I’ve gone through all of the encounters for the Dunes, and created a document in Basic Fantasy style with all of the conversions of every opponent from LL to Basic Fantasy. If you have Slumbering Ursine Dunes, (and you should, it’s great!) you might find this useful.

SlumberingUrsineDunes_BasicFantasy (PDF)

SPOILER ALERT: This 9 page document is just a list of stats, but it still might contain spoilers if you were planning on playing through this campaign.

The biggest changes are to the Armor Class and the XP values. I’ve tried to use Basic Fantasy rules for assign XP values to each creature. LL assigns XP based on monsters and treasure, while Basic Fantasy only includes monsters, so the numbers will be very different.

I’ve changed a few page references from the LL book to the appropriate page in the Basic Fantasy rules.


StarGate Paper Miniatures


I’m a big fan of using paper miniatures for games. It’s cheaper and much more convenient than metal or plastic.

I’ve been getting a lot of use of scarecrow‘s Stargate minis originally posted on the forums at Cardboard Warriors. I’ve made my own revised versions, with some size changes, recolors, and a few extra figures.
Currently I have a sheet with the SG-1 team and other figures, along with a sheet of Goa’uld.
I’ve also included cutfiles for people using desktop cutting tools.

Starships & Spacemen – Character Creation Cheat Sheet

To make it a little easier when doing character creation in Goblinoid Games Starships & Spacemen 2nd Edition, I’ve made a 4-page cheat sheet of all of the important information each player will need when creating a 1st level character (ability tables, races, classes, etc.). You can print out a copy for each player, and save a little wear and tear on the rule book.

S&S Character Creation PDF

I’ve tried to make the ability tables a little clearer than the ones in the rule book.

The race page also includes the new races from the Lucanii Drift book.