Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Deal of the Day - Dying Earth RPG

Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" is often referred to as a strong influence on Gary Gygax and his design of Dungeons & Dragons (and later AD&D 1e).

Today's Deal of the Day is the Dying Earth RPG from Pelgrane Press. I will admit to owning this in print, but I haven't done more than skim it. Normally 19.95 in PDF, it is on sale for 3.99 until tomorrow morning.

Enter this vivid world in this roleplaying game authorized by master fantasist Jack Vance. Here, the importance of a flashing sword is matched by nimble wits, persuasive words, and a fine sense of fashion. Create an adventurer for any of three different kinds of stories:

  • a typical mortal, such as Cugel the Clever, surviving by wits and cunning;
  • an ambitious magician searching for lost lore, like Turjan of Miir;
  •  a supreme mage to rank with Rhialto the Marvellous, commanding the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins

Created by Robin D. Laws and John Snead, The Dying Earth RPG features easy, fast-playing rules that encourage creativity and interaction. This core rulebook contains everything you need to play a one-shot or campaign set in this evocative world.

No knowledge of Jack Vance's work is needed for play, but fans of the stories will enjoy the badinage, as well as the comprehensive summary of the world's places, creatures, and known spells.

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