Old School Zines

Here is a long list of non-comprehensive links to old school and new school fanzines, most of them free, published as PDFs and in print. 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 list a bit to sort things by system. I have a few more tweaks to do to the print zine list. I've also integrated non-free zines into the main listings and marked them with three dollar sign symbols ($$$).

NEW Recently Released & Announced Fanzines
The Gazebo Gazette @RPGNow (PWYW)
A Letter from Yuggoth @RPGNow.com ($$$)
Splintered Realms Magazine (PWYW @RPGNow.com)
A Random Encounter ($$$) - A new OSR-themed interview-based zine.
Low Down Dirty Skunk (announced; no issues yet)
Wormskin @RPGNow.com ($$$)
YNGARR ($$$)
SkullFuck
Gearing Guide to the Planes
Broken System (PWYW @RPGNow.com)
RND (PWYW @RPGNow.com; $4.50 print)
Tales from the Game Tavern ($$$)



One-shot Zine-like Things
Black Sun Death Crawl ($$$)
Demon Drums (Crawljammer) (@RPGNow, $$$)
The Null Singularity ($$$)
Secret Party House of the Hill Giant Playboy
Something Stinks in Stilton ($$$)
The Well of Souls (@RPGNow.com, $$$)



1-Page Zines
Boarding Action ($1US+)
Dark Ruin ($1US+)
Outpost Owlbear ($1US+)
The Pillars of Pang ($ - Donation to support +Corey Brin)
The Ten Foot Pole ($1US+)
The Scarlet Sorcerer's Sanctuary ($1US+)
Tolling of the Great Black Bell ($1US+)



Actual, Lovingly Hand-crafted, Printed Old School Zines For Sale
AFS Zine ($$$)
Alarums & Excursions (35+ years of issues; order by snail mail) ($$$)
DELVE! ($$$)
Dungeon Crawl ($$$)
A Letter from Los Angeles (I'll have an archive of this soon; previous link now a spam site)
LOVIATAR (back in print as of January, 2016!)
The Manor
Mystic Pangolin (BACK IN PRINT! $$$; also available in PDF at RPGNow.com)
6 Iron Spikes & a Small Hammer ($$$)
The Stronghold ($$$)
Wizards Mutants Laser Pistols ($$$)
Zogorion: Lord of the Hippogriffs ($$$)



General Old School Fantasy (0e, 1e, 2e, Classic & Retro-clones)
Another Bunch of Content @RPG.now ($$$)
Burgs & Bailiffs
Delver's Digest
Digital Ogre (scans of a 2e-era fanzine)
The Family Tabletop (announced; no issues yet)
Gygax Magazine ($$$)
The Hanging Garden (EPUB format)
I Want to Live in Los Angeles Not the One in Los Angeles (BRP)
Iridia (PDF compendium of all issues) (my personal archive)
Lapsus Calumni
Lincoln Middle School D&D Club (my personal archive)
Monster Pamphlet ($$$ - Print / PDF) -- OH MY GOD CHECK THIS OUT!
A Most Thoroughly Pernicious Pamphlet ($$$)
Odd Duk (NEW - announced; no issues yet)
Old School Quarterly (announced; no issues yet)
Pacesettings (teased; no issues yet)
Psychedelic Fantasies ($$$)
Travels: A Role Playing Guide Magazine (announced; no issues yet)
TrollCrusher 1977-1985 UK fanzine (currently offline)
Troll! (my personal archive)
Underworld Lore
Unofficial OSR (announced; no issues yet)
Zine-O-Morph @RPGNow.com ($$$)


System & Setting Specific Old School Zines

0e, 1e, & OSRIC
&
Fight On! ($$$; has announced end of run with issue #15)
Footprints
The Guildsman (early 1990s fanzine)
Knights & Knaves Alehouse Magazine (in progress)
Oddities (archive @breeyark.org) (mirror @Alderon's Tower)
Old School Gazette @Paizo.com ($$$)
Zor Draxtau @RPGNow.com

The Age of Shadow
'Neath the Shadows ($$$)

Bare Bones Fantasy
Decahedron Magazine@RPGNow.com

BEMCI D&D
Encounter

Blood & Treasure
NOD ($$$)

B/X & Labyrinth Lord
Back to the Dungeon
Brave the Labyrinth @ RPGNow.com (PWYW)
The Dragon Horde
Dyson's Dodecahedron
Oubilette Magazine ($$$)
Scribe of Orcus ($$$)
Switching to Guns (alt link on Scribd)
Wizardzine ($$$)

Call of Cthulhu
The Arkham Gazette
The Unbound Book
The Unspeakable Oath ($$$)
Shudde M'ell Confidential (CoC)

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

Cryptworld
Creepy Comic Conversion for Cryptworld ($$$)

Delving Deeper
Hyperbarbaria (announced; no issues yet)

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Black Powder, Black Magic: A Zine of Six-Guns & Sorcery ($$$)
CRAWL! ($$$)
Crawling Under a Broken Moon ($$$)
Crawljammer ($$$)
D.A.M.N! - DCC RPG Adventure Magazine and News@ RPGNow.com ($$$)
Dungeon Lord ($$$ @RPGNow.com)
The Gongfarmer's Almanac (for DCC RPG)
The Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad (PWYW @ RPGNow.com)

Empire of the Petal Throne
The Book of Visitations of Glory
The Excellent Travelling Volume ($$$)

Forgotten Realms
Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions (NEW!)

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)

Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Green Devil Face ($$$)
The Undercroft (now in print & PDF)($$$)
Vacant Ritual Assembly (PWYW @ RPGNow.com)

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)

Mini-Six
The Aether Magazine

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 (alt link for no-account download)

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)

Star Wars d6
Wild Space Magazine

Stars Without Number
Infinite Stars (switched to blog format; my personal archive of PDF issues)
The Sandbox (for Sine Nomine's retro-influenced games) @ RPGNow.com

Swords & Wizardry
The Archmage's Octavo
Knockspell ($$$)
Secrets (now in print & PDF) ($$$)

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

TSR World Settings
Dragonlance
Tobril

Forgotten Realms
The Candlekeep Compendium

Greyhawk
Canonfire! Chronicles
The Oerth Journal (new hosting site) (old hosting site)

Mystara
Threshold: The Mystara Magazine

Pelinore
Pelinore Adventure Fanzine (announced; no issues yet)

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

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

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)

White Star
Radiotapes Intercept for White Star
Nova Scream (announced; no issues yet)
Planetary Transmission @RPGnow.com ($$$)


New Schoolish, But Worth Mining for Ideas

5e D&D
Enworld En5ider ($$$)
The Spire ($$$)

13th Age
Icon

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

Campaign Cartographer's Guild
Campaign Builder's Guide (my personal archive)

Chronopia
Visions

d20 (3e/3.5e) & GSL (4e)
Almanac (my personal archive)
Asgard Magazine (my personal archive)
Combat Advantage @RPGNow (**highly recommended**)
d20Zine! @RPGNow.com
Explosive Runes
Free Hack (site is slow, requires registration)
4e Forever!
Game Geek @RPGNow.com ($$$ - used to be free . . .)
Houserule (for 3.5e, 4e, & 5e) @ RPGNow.com
Journal of American Paranormal Research
Kobold Quarterly (new school, but damn!) ($$$)
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)

Dr. Who
Diary of DWRPG

Dungeon World
Grim Portents

Earthdawn
Book of Tomorrow
Tableau Infractus

Eclipse Phase
The Eye

Exalted
Ink Monkeys

FATE
The FATE Codex ($$$)

General Interest (mix-n-match of systems)
Randomocity (first issue PWYW, others $$$)

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 ($$$)

Numenera
CypherCast (@RPGNow.com $$$)

Pandemonium
Crux

Pathfinder
Adventure Quarterly ($$$)
Enworld Trailblazer ($$$)
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


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

Wyrd
Forever Folio


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 Bloggers Quarterly (@Google+ Community)
Wargames Journal (Issues 1-6 only)
Warning Order (historical military)


Non-English

Anduin (German)
DM Magazine (Italian)
Den Sorte Dværg (Danish; a continuation of Psuedo-Dragen, below)
Eastenwest (French) (direct link to pdf directory)
Éditions La Saltarelle (French)
Grottzine (Swedish; some content in English) ($$$/free pdf when print run sells out)
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)
SLV Zine (Finnish)
SpielxPress (German)
Spotkania Losowe (Polish)
Weltenbote (German)
WunderWerk Online (German)
Zunftblatt (German)


Play-by-Mail (PBM)

Suspense & Decision


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)


Story Games (a bit off the mark for this list, but so what)

ME&R Zine (PWYW @ Gumroad)

28 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:)

Dak Ultimak said...

BTW, my zines are all still available in PRINT! http://crawlfanzine.blogspot.com/p/buy-now.html

mwschmeer said...

@Dak: Hmm. Good point. Maybe I need to start pointing out which zines are availble in both formats.

Daniel Sell said...

Thanks for adding my zine. It's a nice blog you have here.

DoctorWhooo TimeLord said...

Excellent all-encompassing list, brings back a lot of memories to a 60-year old true Old School Gamer.

carl said...

Thank you for compiling and maintaining this terrific list.

Blackie Carbon said...

Thanks for adding Mystic Pangolin, although as you note the webpage is not available at the moment. It was only available as a print zine, and I thought it was an Actual, Lovingly Hand-crafted, Printed Old School Zine ;) One day, issue 2 will surface.

Matthew Schmeer said...

@Blackie: I've moved the listing to the print category. It was originally mixed in a long list of new zines, but I since the page was down, I had no way to confirm where to list it.

Terl Obar said...

And for the Frontier Explorer, the zine's website is http://frontierexplorer.org where you can get the PDFs, plus full size copies of all the art and the individual articles in HTML format (well most of them at least. I'm a bit behind on getting them all up).

Matthew Schmeer said...

@Terl: Added the link.

The Malum said...

The Iridia archive appears to be down. :( I've got my own collection of the PDFs, but I'm missing a couple.

Matthew Schmeer said...

@The Malum: Thanks for catching the 404! The link should be fixed now. The URL shortner link didn't work anymore, so I updated it with the full URL.

Alexey said...

WMLP! Update: Issue #7 is in the works. Thanks for listing us!

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