|another great piece by +Craig Brasco|
Yep, I squarely placed the blame on +James Spahn . He challenged me yesterday, on my 50th birthday, to attempt a project that I'd have difficulty saying no to. A Dwarven RPG using the Swords & Wizardry White Box rules. I scoffed at the idea. Obviously I'd have to use the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light rules as my base rule set as SWL is my precious. By then, I realized I'd already said yes.
Damn you Spaaahhhnnnn!!!
Shortly thereafter we were brainstorming Clan & Hammer.
James threw Rune-Caster, Brewmeister, Troubleshooter and Axe-Thain into the pool of classes.
I responded with Teutatle (a paladin sort) and Skald.
Then it hit me - the dwarves we see in our weekly games, they are the outcasts that have left the rock behind.
Dwarves, the ones deep in the mountains, mining for gold, gems and other items of wealth as is their nature, those of long lived lineages and ancient underground cities, are an insular race and do nearly all of their trade with dwarven outcasts. They have little understanding of surface dwellers and surface dweller know even lass about them.
It suddenly became a setting that could be dropped into, or rather - under - pretty much any fantasy campaign world. The idea is that the classes should be able to plug into any SWL / SWCL campaign (and will probably also get S&W Complete write ups here at The Tavern)
I've broadly sketched out two 16 page books for this project already. The first, a reworking of SWCL for Clan & Hammer, this will be the "crunch" side of the project.
The second will the background, setting, monsters, artifacts, gods and adventure hooks. Please don't call it "fluff." I prefer "flavor."
If you are a regular reader of The Tavern, expect pieces to appear here in their primordial form as they are written.
Dare I say it? I already have a tavern half written up for this. The Axe & Anvil, owned by The Wandering Gray Wizard, Sage of Unearthed Arcana and on the run from debt collectors from the surface. No, really. I think this tavern practically writes itself ;)
Where was I?
Oh, yeah. Damn you Spaaahhhnnnnnn!