I am pleased to be able to announce that the summer of 2012 will see the release of Adventures Dark and Deep™: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore, published by BRW Games and available exclusively through RPGNow.com.
This book will not be a stand-alone game, but will be a rules supplement intended for use with AD&D, OSRIC, S&W, and any similarly-compatible games. It will feature much of the new material that will be included in the stand-alone game, including the bard, jester, mystic, savant, and mountebank classes, scores of new spells suitable for use therewith, an alternative combat system, new monsters, and much more. The rules have been in an open playtest for more than a year to help make them as solid and playable as humanly possible. A large number of people have requested the ADD material be released in the form of a supplement as well as a stand-alone game, and their wishes have been heard.
Adventures Dark and Deep™: A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore will give dungeon masters around the world the opportunity to try out the new material in their own games. The material is completely modular, allowing dungeon masters to incorporate any options they see fit. Use the bard, don’t use the combat, just take the spells and roll them into your already-existing cleric and magic-user spell lists; the choice is yours.
The book, which will be approximately 150 pages, will be available in hardcover, softcover, and pdf versions. A Kickstarter campaign will be launched this spring to raise money for first-class artwork by one of the great artists of the OSR and professional editing; more news on that when the campaign is launched.
Adventures Dark and Deep™ is an attempt to explore what the game might have looked like if its
creator had been allowed to keep developing it rather than leaving TSR
in 1985. It will be released as a stand-alone game in 2013.