Old School Zines


Here are some links to old school and new school fanzines, most of them free, published as PDFs. If you know of some that I haven't included here, please email them to me at mwschmeer (atty-at) gmail (dotty-dot) com.

I've re-organized the zine list to highlight print zines. I've also integrated non-free zines into the main listings and marked them with three dollar sign symbols ($$$).

NEW Play-by-Mail (PBM) Fanzine!

Suspense & Decision

Nice & Shiny NEW Professional Magazine

Gygax Magazine ($$$)



Actual, Lovingly Hand-crafted, Printed Old School Zines For Sale

AFS Zine
Alarums & Excursions (35+ years of issues; order by snail mail)
CRAWL!
Crawljammer
DELVE!
Dungeon Crawl
A Letter from Los Angeles (I'll have an archive of this soon; previous link now a spam site)
LOVIATAR (ended run; new projects announced)
The Manor
Secrets
6 Iron Spikes & a Small Hammer
Wizards Mutants Laser Pistols
Zogorion: Lord of the Hippogriffs



Old School Fantasy (0e, 1e, 2e, Classic & Retro-clones)

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Back to the Dungeon
Brave the Labyrinth @ RPGNow.com (free first issue, rest $$$)
The Candlekeep Compendium
Canonfire! Chronicles (NEW!)
Digital Ogre (scans of a 2e-era fanzine)
The Dragon Horde
Dyson's Dodecahedron
Encounter
Fight On! ($$$; has announced end of run with issue #15)
Footprints
Green Devil Face ($$$)
The Guildsman (early 1990s fanzine)
I Want to Live in Los Angeles Not the One in Los Angeles (BRP)
Iridia (PDF compendium of all issues) (my personal archive)
Knights & Knaves Alehouse Magazine (in progress)
Knockspell ($$$)
Lapsus Calumni
Lincoln Middle School D&D Club (my personal archive)
The Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad (PWYW @ RPGNow.com)
NOD ($$$)
Oubilette Magazine ($$$)
Oddities (archive @breeyark.org) (mirror @Alderon's Tower)
The Oerth Journal (new hosting site)
Old School Gazette @Paizo.com ($$$)
Pelinore Adventure Fanzine (announced; no issues yet)
Psychedelic Fantasies
Scribe of Orcus ($$$)
Shudde M'ell Confidential (CoC)
Switching to Guns (alt link on Scribd)
Threshold: The Mystara Magazine
TrollCrusher 1977-1985 UK fanzine
Troll! (my personal archive)
Underworld Lore (NEW!)
Unofficial OSR (announced; no issues yet)
Zor Draxtau @RPGNow.com



System-Specific Old School Zines

Bare Bones Fantasy
Decahedron Magazine@RPGNow.com

Castles & Crusades
The Crusader Journal ($$$)
The Domesday Book (Castles & Crusades)
The Domesday Book @Dragonsfoot.org (alt link for above)

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Crawling Under a Broken Moon (announced; no issues yet)
D.A.M.N! - DCC RPG Adventure Magazine and News@ RPGNow.com ($$$)

Empire of the Petal Throne
The Book of Visitations of Glory

4C System
Ashcan Edition (alt link to personal archive)
Threat Record ($$$)

Gamebooks
Fighting Fantazine
Kai Grand Sentinel (for Lone Wolf)
Lone Wolf Club Newsletters

Glorantha setting
Rule One

Hârn
Thonahexus

Heroes & Other Worlds
Cauldron ($$$)

Hideouts & Hoodlums
The Trophy Case @RPGNow.com
(H&H is a mod of the Swords & Wizardry rules)

Lejendary Adventures
The Portal

Mazes & Minotaurs
Minotaur Quarterly

Middle Earth setting
Other Hands (site is slooooooow)
Other Minds (another slow site; a continuation of Other Hands)

Miniatures & Wargaming
The Ancible
CH Online Magazine (buried in link list)
Fictional Reality(links to zines disappeared)
Irregular Magazine
No Turkeys (bilingual - Italian/English)
Portal (dedicated to painting)
Wargames Journal (Issues 1-6 only)
Warning Order (historical military)

Mini-Six
The Aether Magazine

Non-English
Anduin (German)
DM Magazine (Italian)
Den Sorte Dværg (Danish; a continuation of Psuedo-Dragen, below)
Eastenwest (French) (direct link to pdf directory)
Mjolnir (Swedish)
Petit Dragon (French; 4e)
Pseudo-Dragen (Danish)
Rebel Times (Polish)
Reduto do Bucaneiro (Brazilian/Portuguese)
RolePunkers @RPGnow.com (Brazilian/Portuguese)
Rollespilsmagasinet ÆRA (Danish)
SpielxPress (German)
Weltenbote (German)
WunderWerk Online (German)
Zunftblatt (German)

Open D6 System
d6 Magazine@ RPGNow.com

Rogue Space
Rogue Transmission

RuneQuest
Hearts in Glorantha ($$$)
Rack & Rune
The Log That Flies

SkyRealms of Jorune
Borkelby's Folly
Danstead Traveller
Journal of the Tan Soor Historical Society
Segment Jorune
Sholari
(all of the above Jorune zines require an account to download)

Star Frontiers
Star Frontiersman
Frontier Explorer @RPGnow.com

Post-Apocalyptic
Apocalyptic Post <-- this link acts weird sometimes (personal archive)
Project: Stone Jambalaya (Gamma World 1e/2e) (alt link)
Wisdom from the Wastelands @RPGNow.com ($$$)

Science Fantasy
Phasic (Encounter Critical; my personal archive)

Stars Without Number
Infinite Stars (switched to blog format; my personal archive of PDF issues)

Talislanta
Tamar (via archive.org)
The Crucible
Shan-Ya – The Madness Known as Talislanta (announced; no issues yet)

Traveller
AAB Proceedings
Coreward
Freelance Traveller
Frontier Report
Imperium Staple
Into the Deep
Kfan Uzangou
Signal-GK (alt link)
Stellar Reaches
Third Imperium
Tidewater Traveller TIMES / Terra Traveller TIMES
Tiffany Star

Tunnels & Trolls
Elder Tunnels ($$$)
Pocket Troll: A T&T Microzine ($$$)
The Snollygoster @RPGNow.com
TrollZine @RPGNow.com (if anyone knows of a mirror site, let me know)



New Schoolish, But Worth Mining for Ideas

2300AD
Colonial Times @ RPGNow.com ($$$)(alt link)

Alternity
Action Check
Action Check + Supplements
Last Resort

Ars Magica
Hermes' Portal (link to my personal archive)

Basic Action Super Heroes
BAM! Basic Action Magazine @RPGNow (alt link)

Basic RolePlaying
BaZAR (French)
Uncounted Worlds

Battlefleet Gothic
Warp Rift

Battletech
Argent Fire (my personal archive)
Commando Quarterly

Chronopia
Visions

Call of Cthulhu
The Arkham Gazette (NEW!)
The Unbound Book
The Unspeakable Oath ($$$)

d20 (3e/3.5e) & GSL (4e)
Almanac (my personal archive)
Asgard Magazine (my personal archive)
Combat Advantage @RPGNow (**highly recommended**)
Free Hack (site is slow, requires registration)
4e Forever!
d20Zine! @RPGNow.com
Game Geek @RPGNow.com ($$$ - used to be free . . .)
Journal of American Paranormal Research
Kobold Quarterly (new school, but damn!) ($$$)
Knowledge Arcana (**highly recommended**)
Knowledge (Current Events) (my personal archive)
Open Game Bazaar
Phoenix Lore
Poor Gamer's Almanac @RPGNow.com
Portable Hole Full of Beer
Shadows of the Tower @RPGNow.com
Silven Trumpeter (link coming soon)

Dark Conspiracy
Demonground (requires registration)

Dragonlance Campaign Setting
Tobril

Dr. Who
Diary of DWRPG

Dungeon World
Grim Portents

Earthdawn
Book of Tomorrow
Tableau Infractus

Eclipse Phase
The Eye

Exalted
Ink Monkeys

General Interest (mix-n-match of systems)
Randomocity (first issue free, will be $$$)

Generic (reviews, talk, theory, etc.)
Call to Assembly @RPGNow.com
Daedalus (my personal archive)
Flagship Magazine
G.A.M.E.R.S. Newspaper @RPGNow
The Gazebo (@issuu.com -- Flash required)
Imazine (pdfs via Google)
International Journal of Role-Playing (academic/scholarly research)
ODDS

Roleplaying Tips (**highly recommended**)
RPGReview
thru-the-portal
The Way, The Truth, and the Dice (zine for Christian gamers)

Generic Sci-Fi
Infinite Horizons @RPGNow.com

Gumshoe
The Rap Sheet (my personal archive)

Heavy Gear
Gear Up! Magazine

HeroClix
Clix Addict
Critical Hit (my personal archive)

HeroScape
HS Codex (alternate link coming soon!)

Hero System
EZ Hero free samples

Hollow Earth Expedition (Ubiquity engine)
Danger Magnet!

Horror
Protodimension Magazine

Ironclaw/Jadeclaw
Bite Mark

Kult
Steel Heart

Layonara (Neverwinter Nights fan setting)
Dragon's Whisper @RPGNow.com

Legend of the Five Rings
Musha Shugyo

Lord of the Rings
Hall of Fire

Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game
Grey Havens

Midnight (d20 fantasy campaign)
The Tome of Sorrows

Modern d20
Modernized

Monsterpocalypse
Following Fire

Mutants & Masterminds
Sinners & Saints (my personal archive)
Super Samurai (my personal archive)

Mutant Epoch
Excavator Monthly ($$$)

Pandemonium
Crux

Pathfinder
Pathways @RPGNow.com (**highly recommended**)
The Rite Review @RPGNow.com (became Pathways)
Tattlebox @Paizo.com
Wayfinder @Paizo.com (**highly recommended**)

Pendragon
Dragons of Britain @ RPGNow.com

Planescape
Bone-Box Rattler (my personal archive)
Eye of Xaos
The Lady's Sharper Eye
Planewalker's Codex
S.I.G.I.S.

Publisher Newsletters
Addiktion Monthly - GameAddikts - @RPGNow.com
The Circular - Contested Ground Studios
Duty & Honor Almanac - @RPGNow.com - Omnihedron Games
Epitaph - @RPGNow.com - White Wolf
Mire End Tribune - Contested Ground Studios
RPGNow Downloader Monthly @RPGNow.com
Signs & Portents - Mongoose Publishing
Silver Gryphyon Monthly @RPGNow.com
Skirmisher Update @ RPGNow.com - Skirmisher Publishing
Skulls and Crosses - Scaldcrow Games
Troll's Tusk - Troll Lord Games
White Wolf Quarterly / Sword & Sorcery Insider (via archive.org)

Ravenloft setting
Quoth the Raven
Stygian (my personal archive)
Undead Sea Scrolls

Rifts
The Gifter (link to my personal archive)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Revisiting the Three Kingdoms (my personal archive)

Savage Worlds
Savage Insider
Shark Bytes (**highly recommended**)

Shadowrun
Dumpshock Datahaven
Neo-Anarchists Guide to Everything Else (NAGEE) issues 1-6
NAGEE issues 1-6, collected & edited
NAGEE issues 1-9 (my personal archive)
Shadowrun Supplemental (my personal archive)

Silhouette
Aurora

SLA Industries
SLAIndustries.net Monthly Collection
The Big Picture (TBP)

Star Trek (CODA engine)
Beyond the Final Frontier

Swords Without Master
Words Without Master ($$$)

TWERPS
Outre Realms (my personal archive)

USR
Go Wherever! @RPGNow.com ($$$)

W40K & WFRP
Astro Mag
The Bellower
The Chapter Standard (my personal archive)
The Citizen Levy (list is on lower left side)
Dark Magenta
The Doom Seeker (must register to download)
Firebase (Issue 1-6) (via archive.org - filter by pdf)
Firebase (Issues 7 & 8) (via archive.org - filter by pdf)
(I'll have a personal archive link for the Firebase issues soon)
Incoming!
The Invocation
Irresistible Force
Legion
Liber Fanatica
The Portent Oracle (my personal archive)
Skavenblight Gazette
Strike to Stun (bottom of page)
The Invocation
The Watchman (via archive.org - filter by pdf; my archive link coming soon)
The Word of Hashut

WarEngine
The Remnants (my personal archive)

World of Darkness
Apocryphus Woods
Inner Voice

16 comments:

The Mild Mannered Gamer said...

Great list, thank you. This has given me a lot to add to my campaign.

Matthew W. Schmeer said...

@TMMG: You're welcome!

Jaap de Goede said...

Thanks for the list! Excellent for inspiration.

Just posted a link to it on http://www.darkdungeon2.com/2011/08/pick-65-free-zines-and-more-zines.html

Cheers.

Matt said...

Thanks for the mention of NOD - I appreciate it!

Michael Bolam said...

Wow...this is an amazing list! Thanks!!

Eldrad Wolfsbane said...

Great list!
Long live the Zine!

Danjou's Hand said...

I was hoping someone had done this. Awesome and thanks!

mwschmeer said...

You're welcome!

Lum said...

This right here, is why the internet is awesome.

I like how you put the physical zines at the top of the list.

Also; not one, not two, but FIVE different Skyrealms of Jorune Zines: wow!

grodog said...

For CoC, you can add The Unspeakable Oath to the list of zines (publishers are Pagan Publishing and ArcDream Publishing) @ http://www.arcdream.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2

Allan.

frothsof said...

Thanks for linking my zine!

Chris said...

Good stuff! Thank you!!

beasterbrook said...

Can you tell me how many issues of "A Letter from Los Angeles" were made? do you have a conact that did them.. I collect printed zines thats all and would like a copy..Thanks.. Brette:)

beasterbrook said...

hmm.. can't follow this thread for some reason..if you can take the time to email me when you post that would be great, my email is beasterbrook at hotmail dot com

Brette:)

mwschmeer said...

@Beasterbook: I have six issues. It was a one-page zine, double-sided. The last issue I have promises a continuation of the encounter in the next issue, but I never saw that continuation.

beasterbrook said...

Thanks.. now to track em down;)

Brette:)

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