Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Kickstarter - Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised Rulebook

Swords & Wizardry (White Box plus Supplements) is one of the original three retro-clones, including OSRIC (AD&D 1e) and Labyrinth Lord (B/X) (others may include Castles in Crusades in this discussion but I see C&C as more "proto" retro-clone).

One of the major changes Swords & Wizardry made from its source material was whittling the number of saving throw categories down to a single save number.

I am, personally, a great fan of Swords & Wizardry in all of its flavors - White Box for its streamlined ruleset, Core for its expanded rules while keeping the classes to the core four, and Complete for being, well, essentially "complete". 

Matt Finch and his company, Mythmere Games, are kickstarting Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised Rulebook, which is essentially the 5th printing of S&W Complete and the first to not be released under the OGL, but most likely the upcoming ORC license or something similar. 

The S&W Complete Kickstarter has already hit $50k in funding in less than 12 hrs. Now that's impressive!

Looks like I'll be adding another printing of Swords & Wizardry Complete to my collection :)

For anyone who's completely unfamiliar with the game, Swords & Wizardry is a tabletop fantasy roleplaying game. All the rules are in this book, and all you'll need in addition are a set of gaming dice (20 sided, 8 sided, etc.), paper, and pencil. Many people also play with miniatures, but they aren't necessary.

Swords & Wizardry is one of the oldest of the Old School Renaissance ("OSR") games, originally written in 2008, with a large following throughout the world. Hundreds of adventures have been written for use with the system by multiple publishers, and these are still compatible with this version of the game.

The game is much more "rules-light" than most fantasy roleplaying games, so it's fast and easy to learn the basics and start playing.

Swords & Wizardry contains a full set of 9 character classes, all the rules you need to play, including all the monsters, spells, and treasure tables.

The game rules of OD&D are similar to the B/X rules, so this game can be viewed as an "advanced" version of the B/X rules in many ways.

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  1. Any word on S&W CL? Seems like a good time to drop. Cheers.


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