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Good News For Everybody (but Us). We Were Banned From DrivethruRPG For Jokes

Until today we have refrained from contacting OneBookShelf; I saw no reason to waste time talking to them after being banned. However, since other people have emailed them and the official reply has been it was our attitude rather than “hostile marketing” or book content that got us banned, today I sent them the following:


It came to my knowledge that several friends and customers have contacted you during the last few days. First of all, I would like to assure you that they did it of their own volition. Perhaps they are afraid a similar thing might happen to them (and they are probably right to fear it). I asked no one to reach out to you and would rather they didn’t. I know your decision was final, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Unless the company changes hands, I have no wish to sell at Drivethru again.

Nevertheless, in your replies, you have insisted that the reason behind the Red Room’s banning from OneBookShelf wasn’t the content of the books and not even hostile marketing, but my aggressive behaviour towards your staff. However, you have yet to produce proof of that. Are you even aware if there is proof of aggressive behaviour? Or are you just trusting the word of (possibly) over-sensitive employees? I have already posted on my blog print screens of all my email contacts with your staff, and those who read them could find no trace of hostile behaviour in there. Also, I NEVER had any contact with your social media administrators. None at all, hostile or not. I didn’t even reply to this email at the time I received it because I assumed the “hostile marketing” was the reason for the ban. What constitutes hostile marketing is dubious enough to encompass a lot, and that includes some of my promotional posts, even though there was NEVER a first warning about it, as mentioned in your company’s guidelines. The only mention of “hostile marketing” from OneBookShelf came in your email of February 16, which I received at 7.51 PM, about an hour after the account had been already closed and my royalties transferred via Paypal. But those are just small details. I suppose OneBookShelve doesn’t really need a reason to ban a publisher, only an excuse…
So if you insist on claiming “aggressive, bordering on abusive” treatment, I would like to know where and when that happened and, please, provide concrete evidence of that. Otherwise, OneBookShelf is just slandering me without even clarifying what “bordering on abusive” means. It certainly doesn’t mean the same thing for you as it does for me, and I don’t think this is only related to cultural differences.

And the reply was the following:


As part of investigating what we initially considered a case of hostile marketing, we uncovered many Twitter and Facebooks posts as well as YouTube videos in which you and your partner have attacked, ridiculed, and insulted both DriveThruRPG and its staff over the past year. I will say that you have always seemed polite via email, which makes your demeanour elsewhere shocking by comparison. Your animosity was relegated to social media and thus previously seen largely by those few team members who manage our social media accounts. 

You have demonstrated that you will not respect the confidentiality of any communications, so you can understand why I am not prepared to share any further details with you at this point. 

(yes, he’s right, I do not respect the confidentiality of any communications. Fuck, I worked for a tabloid; they watch all of our videos, they should know that!)

I guess this is good news for all of your publishing through OneBookShelf/ Drivethru: As long as you don’t joke about them in public, you are probably safe! They can’t take jokes…

Now that you know, show you have a sense of humour and support us by buying at:



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Reported in One Day, Bound to Be Censored: A Brief History of MEN

MEN has been “temporarily suspended” after a customer reported the title “as potentially containing offensive content” at DriveThruRPG. And we know what happens when products are temporarily suspended, don’t we? It took them a day, for fuck’s sake!

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Days Of Darkness Sale (DrivethruRPG)

Days of Darkness sale at DrivethruRPG

This month the Red Room released Wretched Darkness, the best mature horror OSR game ever (as far as we know, it is also the only one…). That’s why, until the end of January, you will find most of our horror-themed scenarios at a 25% discount.

World of Bastards: Daughters of Darkness

Deviants & Dirty Deeds Issue 2

Resort of the Dead

Double Feature (The Old House, A Sweet Serenade)

The Sisters of the Seven Sins

Orpheum Lofts

The Memorial

The Goat Lady

Something Wretched This Way Comes


In the Mouth of Hell

Coldheart Canyon

The Bastard King

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Wretched Space is Now Silver (DrivethruRPG)

Wretched Space, the Wretched game of anti-heroes in a space opera setting, is our new Silver seller at DrivethruRPG and… Wretched Apocalypse made it to Copper on the same day. Thanks to all of you who have purchased these and other Red Room titles. Star Wretched!

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Vice: Sandcove Gets the Blues Released (DrivethruRPG and BGE)

Vice: Sandcove Gets the Blue Released (DrivethruRPG and Big Geek Emporium; later, there will be a POD version)

A sourcebook for Wretchploitation (or other modern-day old-school games) by Joe Coombs, inspired by 1970s and 1980s cop shows like Miami Vice, Mission Impossible, Hill Street Blues, The Avengers,Cagney and Lacey and Magnum PI.

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Wretched Bastards Now Includes a Free Download of The Seven Bastards

If you purchased Wretched Bastards at DrivethruRPG or Big Geek Emporium, you can now download The Seven Bastards scenario for free. If you haven’t purchased it yet, well it’s a good reason to do it now as it includes a free 76-page scenario.

The Seven Bastards:

Years ago a group of lewd and rowdy adventurers, collectively known as The Seven Bastards, was expelled from the village of Fork for their belligerent and salacious ways. But when consecutive bands of orcs start coming down from the mountains south of the village, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, the locals find no support in their lord, Windom, the Earl of Andril, too distracted with the mysterious disappearance of his young daughter to care about any other trouble. The villagers turn to the only ones who can help them in a time of need, the Bastards.

The Seven Bastards includes:

– A detailed location – the village of Fork – complete with NPCs and enough plot hooks for several sandbox-style adventures

– Seven pregenerated characters

– More information about the Wretched Bastards setting, the world of Antillia, including antagonist factions and ancient history

– Carousing activities for Bastard characters

– Using cards as a random event/ encounter generator

NOTE: This pdf is now free to donwload when you buy the Wretched Bastards core book 

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Knuckles of Steel Released at DrivethruRPG and BGE

KNUCKLES OF STEEL – RELEASED (pdf at Drivethru and BGE, PoD coming later)
Knuckles of Steel is a blaxploitation scenario for Wretchploitation (or other contemporary OSR games) and the second in a series of modules taking place in Crime City, the fictional metropolis introduced in Sexual Holocaust.

The adventure is pretty straightforward: A triad crime boss kidnaps his former girlfriend’s sister and uses the hostage to persuade Lois, a model and aspiring actress, to marry him against her will. However, Lois still has a card up her sleeve: A group of brave, determined and wretched friends willing to help her no matter the odds. A situation like this could be solved in a one-shot, but Knuckles of Steel provides plenty of plot hooks and non-player characters and places in Hammettville.

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Wretched Apocalypse Released (Drivehtru and BGE)

Wretched Apocalypse Released (DrivethruRPG and BGE, it will be available also at Lulu later)…/416311/Wretched-Apocalypse

Wretched is an old-school role-playing game designed to play anti-hero characters in a cinematic setting. In Wretched Apocalypse, the genre is post-apocalyptic science fiction. This book can either be used as a standalone game or as a tool-set sourcebook for any Wretchedverse game, especially Wretched New Flesh, Wretchploitation and Wretched Space.

You can just play it as a conventional post-apocalyptic sandbox or apply it to a space opera game universe. In the first case, the background could be Earth in the future; in the second case, there are plenty of options within colonised space. The setting included in this book is supposed to take place in post- apocalyptic Earth, but it can easily be adapted.

War runs rife calling forth starvation, hunger, cannibalism, disease, scavenging and mutations. There are endless deserts populated with the remnants of humanity. Shanty towns are run by tyrannical regimes. Once, this world may have been overflowing with resources, but now it is a polluted hellhole. Nature is a resilient bitch, though, and somehow she finds a way to break through the decay, rot, and bleak landscapes of a world that would appear to be uninhabited. Could it be pockets of survivors banded together as they fight common enemies? While some sell out their friends and families for a few extra scraps, others join against great enemies. What awaits you and your group remains to be seen… Burst out of your comfort zone and discover something out of this world.

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Look for the Red Room this Halloween Sale

There’s a Halloween sale going on at DrivethruRPG, which means more than half of the Red Room’s products are with a discount. Get your horror goods at the Red Room’s store:

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Wretched New Flesh 50% Off (Drivethru and BGE)

Tomorrow we’ll release All Bets are Off, an alternate setting for Wretched New Flesh – Postcards from Avalidad. If you haven’t yet purchased the core book, now is a perfect time. Until next Sunday we are offering 50% off the digital book at DrivethruRPG and Big Geek Emporium, and also a discount on the print-on-demand softcover (Drivehtru). Let’s get Wretched!



So, what is Wretched New Flesh?

Wretched New Flesh is an OSR adaptation of Postcards from Avalidad, a Postmortem Studios setting. This is a near-future sci-fi/ surreal horror game inspired by the works of William S. Burroughs, David Cronenberg, William Gibson, and Clive Barker. Almost 400 pages crammed full of information about the bizarre world of Avalidad, with mechanics compatible with the previous Wretched games.

The game setting is centred on Avalidad, a futuristic city in Morocco where corporations have been conducting research in genetics, cybernetics, augmented and virtual reality, and biotechnology. By default, characters are expected to be ZoneSec operatives or executives for Takeda Technologies, one of the most powerful corporations in Avalidad, but other roles such as Avalidad’s celebrities, fiscal royalty and seedy underbelly are also possible.

This book includes the contents of Postmortem Studios’ Postcards from Avalidad, new mechanics, the scenario As Above, so Below and additional information about the city of Avalidad, corporations, technology, ZoneSec and more.