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Old School Zines

(NOTE on 2015-March-05: zines listed as being available from my personal archive are currently offline as I reorganize my online storage options).

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'm thinking about merely sorting these by system, integrating the print-only zines into the main list and breaking apart the old school fantasy list. Would this be helpful? I don't know.

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

Story Game Zines (a bit off the mark for this list, but so what)
ME&R Zine (PWYW @ Gumroad)

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

Other New zines
Creepy Comic Conversion for Cryptworld ($$$)
Radiotapes Intercept for White Star
Tales from the Game Tavern ($$$)
Houserule (for 3.5e, 4e, & 5e) @
A Most Thoroughly Pernicious Pamphlet ($$$)
SLV Zine (Finnish)
Wormskin (announced, no issues yet)
The Gongfarmer's Almanac (for DCC RPG)
Travels: A Role Playing Guide Magazine (announced; no issues yet)
The Family Tabletop (announced; no issues yet)
'Neath the Shadows ($$$)
Forever Folio for Wyrd
Old School Quarterly (announced; no issues yet)
CypherCast for Numenera ( $$$)
Planetary Transmission for White Box Science Fiction ($$$)
Nova Scream for White Star (announced; no issues yet)
The Hanging Garden (EPUB format)
Black Powder, Black Magic: A Zine of Six-Guns & Sorcery ($$$)
Monster Pamphlet ($$$ - Print / PDF) -- OH MY GOD CHECK THIS OUT!
Enworld En5iser & Trailseeker (5e & Pathfinder)
Grottzine (Swedish; some content in English) ($$$/free pdf when print run sells out)
The Stronghold ($$$)
Wargames Bloggers Quarterly (@Google+ Community)
The Sandbox (for Sine Nomine's retro-influenced games) @
Wild Space Magazine (for WEG's d6 Star Wars RPG).
Vacant Ritual Assembly (Print $$$ / PDF PWYW @
The Excellent Travelling Volume (for Tékumel; $$$)
Another Bunch of Content ($$$)
The Archmage's Octavo
The Arkham Gazette (for Call of Cthulhu)
Delver's Digest
Dungeon Lord ($$$)
Hyperbarbaria (announced; no issues yet)
Mystic Pangolin ($$$)
Pacesettings (teased; no issues yet)
Secrets (now in print & PDF) ($$$)
The Undercroft (now in print & PDF)($$$)
Wizardzine ($$$)
Zine-O-Morph ($$$)

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 ($$$)
Alarums & Excursions (35+ years of issues; order by snail mail) ($$$)
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
6 Iron Spikes & a Small Hammer ($$$)
Wizards Mutants Laser Pistols ($$$)
Zogorion: Lord of the Hippogriffs ($$$)

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

Back to the Dungeon
Brave the Labyrinth @ (free first issue, rest $$$)
Burgs & Bailiffs
The Candlekeep Compendium
Canonfire! Chronicles
Digital Ogre (scans of a 2e-era fanzine)
The Dragon Horde
Dyson's Dodecahedron
Fight On! ($$$; has announced end of run with issue #15)
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)
NOD ($$$)
Odd Duk (NEW - announced; no issues yet)
Oddities (archive (mirror @Alderon's Tower)
The Oerth Journal (new hosting site)
Old School Gazette ($$$)
Oubilette Magazine ($$$)
Pelinore Adventure Fanzine (announced; no issues yet)
Psychedelic Fantasies ($$$)
Scribe of Orcus ($$$)
Shudde M'ell Confidential (CoC)
Switching to Guns (alt link on Scribd)
Threshold: The Mystara Magazine
TrollCrusher 1977-1985 UK fanzine (currently offline)

Troll! (my personal archive)
Underworld Lore
Unofficial OSR (announced; no issues yet)
Zor Draxtau

System-Specific Old School Zines

Bare Bones Fantasy

Castles & Crusades
The Crusader Journal ($$$)
The Domesday Book (Castles & Crusades)
The Domesday Book (alt link for above)

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Black Powder, Black Magic ($$$)
CRAWL! ($$$)
Crawling Under a Broken Moon ($$$)
Crawljammer ($$$)
D.A.M.N! - DCC RPG Adventure Magazine and News@ ($$$)
The Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad (PWYW @

Empire of the Petal Throne
The Book of Visitations of Glory

Forgotten Realms
Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions (NEW!)

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

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

Glorantha setting
Rule One


Heroes & Other Worlds
Cauldron ($$$)

Hideouts & Hoodlums
The Trophy Case
(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)

The Aether Magazine

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)
Mjolnir (Swedish)
Petit Dragon (French; 4e)
Pseudo-Dragen (Danish)
Rebel Times (Polish)
Reduto do Bucaneiro (Brazilian/Portuguese)
RolePunkers (Brazilian/Portuguese)
Rollespilsmagasinet ÆRA (Danish)
SpielxPress (German)
Spotkania Losowe (Polish)
Weltenbote (German)
WunderWerk Online (German)
Zunftblatt (German)

Open D6 System
d6 Magazine@

Rogue Space
Rogue Transmission

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
(all of the above Jorune zines require an account to download)

Star Frontiers
Star Frontiersman
Frontier Explorer

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

Science Fantasy
Phasic (Encounter Critical; my personal archive)

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

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

AAB Proceedings
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
TrollZine (if anyone knows of a mirror site, let me know)

New Schoolish, But Worth Mining for Ideas

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

13th Age

Colonial Times @ ($$$)(alt link)

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

Argent Fire (my personal archive)
Commando Quarterly

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


Call of Cthulhu
The Arkham Gazette
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**)
Explosive Runes
Free Hack (site is slow, requires registration)
4e Forever!
Game Geek ($$$ - used to be free . . .)
Journal of American Paranormal Research
Kobold Quarterly (new school, but damn!) ($$$)
Knowledge Arcana (**highly recommended**)
Knowledge (Current Events) (my personal archive)
Open Game Bazaar
Phoenix Lore
Poor Gamer's Almanac
Portable Hole Full of Beer
Shadows of the Tower
Silven Trumpeter (link coming soon)

Dark Conspiracy
Demonground (requires registration)

Dragonlance Campaign Setting

Dr. Who
Diary of DWRPG

Dungeon World
Grim Portents

Book of Tomorrow
Tableau Infractus

Eclipse Phase
The Eye

Ink Monkeys

The FATE Codex ($$$)

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

Generic (reviews, talk, theory, etc.)
Call to Assembly
Daedalus (my personal archive)
Flagship Magazine
G.A.M.E.R.S. Newspaper @RPGNow
The Gazebo ( -- Flash required)
Imazine (pdfs via Google)
International Journal of Role-Playing (academic/scholarly research)
Roleplaying Tips (**highly recommended**)
The Way, The Truth, and the Dice (zine for Christian gamers)

Generic Sci-Fi
Infinite Horizons

The Rap Sheet (my personal archive)

Heavy Gear
Gear Up! Magazine

Clix Addict
Critical Hit (my personal archive)

HS Codex (alternate link coming soon!)

Hero System
EZ Hero free samples

Hollow Earth Expedition (Ubiquity engine)
Danger Magnet!

Protodimension Magazine

Bite Mark

Steel Heart

Layonara (Neverwinter Nights fan setting)
Dragon's Whisper

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

Following Fire

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

Mutant Epoch
Excavator Monthly ($$$)


Adventure Quarterly ($$$)
Pathways (**highly recommended**)
The Rite Review (became Pathways)
Wayfinder (**highly recommended**)

Dragons of Britain @

Bone-Box Rattler (my personal archive)
Eye of Xaos
The Lady's Sharper Eye
Planewalker's Codex

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

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

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**)

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)


SLA Industries Monthly Collection
The Big Picture (TBP)

Star Trek (CODA engine)
Beyond the Final Frontier

Swords Without Master
Words Without Master ($$$)

Outre Realms (my personal archive)

Go Wherever! ($$$)

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 - filter by pdf)
Firebase (Issues 7 & 8) (via - filter by pdf)
(I'll have a personal archive link for the Firebase issues soon)
The Invocation
Irresistible Force
Liber Fanatica
The Portent Oracle (my personal archive)
Skavenblight Gazette
Strike to Stun (bottom of page)
The Invocation
The Watchman (via - filter by pdf; my archive link coming soon)
The Word of Hashut

The Remnants (my personal archive)

World of Darkness
Apocryphus Woods
Inner Voice


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


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) @


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


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;)


Dak Ultimak said...

BTW, my zines are all still available in PRINT!

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.

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