Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter

Return to the Original Rules...

Swords & Wizardry Complete RulebookLet’s do some time traveling: its 1974 and you’re in Lake Geneva. You just started playing a brand-new fantasy roleplaying game, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Flash forward to 2012, and oh, no! This is a dystopian future where new versions of the rules have gotten too complicated to pick up in fifteen minutes, and the original rules aren’t even affordable any more. What’s a gamer to do?? As a couple of thousand old-school players have already discovered since 2008, there’s a solution. This is where you come in.

Frog God Games will reprint the ENnie-Award Winning Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules and put into distribution at brick and mortar game stores. This reprint will be a highly durable hardcover with stitched signature binding - a binding that can survive the Cheeto-filled, Mountain Dew splashed battlezone that is a true gaming table. PLUS we are going to print the long awaited second printing of the Monster Book with NEW ART and MORE monsters!

If you already play Swords & Wizardry, it’s the quality of the book that’s going to knock your socks off. If you don’t already play Swords & Wizardry, then this book is your ticket to what the oldest of old school gaming was (and still is) all about. For a beginning gamer the simplicity is perfect; but Swords & Wizardry really shows its stuff in the hands of experienced gamers. The essential core of the game is described in the book, but what makes the 1974 version of the game different is that it is highly customizable for each individual gaming table. In fact, the book describes several of the most common variations on the major rules. So your group can pick it up and play immediately (using the default rules as described), and as the campaign develops, choose to vary or add to the rules using the option “modules” that are in here.

The ‘70s was a decade of freaky improvisation, weird fantasy, and rebellion. And that’s Swords & Wizardry. If that’s how you roll, all the rest is just details. As we’ve said since 2008: The Original Game is so powerful because it is encapsulated in a small formula, like a genie kept imprisoned in the small compass of an unremarkable lamp. Take this framework, and then imagine the hell out of it!

Where do you come in?

We at Frog God Games are giving you early adopters a unique opportunity to be a part of roleplaying game history. In cooperation with, your generous pledges will help bring in enough funds to distribute Swords & Wizardy Complete Rules to brick and mortar game stores!

Your pledges could yield the following treasures:
  • Your name at the back of the book
  • Introductory Module
  • GM Screen
  • Bound, signature stitched Rules Book (textbook bound for a lifetime of durability)
  • Bound, signature stitched Monster Book
  • Pad of Character Sheets
  • A Full Set of Custom Dice
  • The Black Monastery Adventure Book
  • The Tome of Horrors Complete
  • Genuine Leather-Bond Rules Book
  • Start Pledging Now!

Why do a Kickstarter?

Kickstarter allows us to raise the funds to print the mass quantity needed for distribution. It also allows us to create more projects we wouldn't otherwise be able to like the Monster Book with new art, lairs, and encounters. When the project is funded, we deliver! If the project is not funded, no one pays and the project does not come to fruition. It is imperative that you tell us loud and clear you want Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulesbook by pledging today. Pledges act as pre-orders - start pledging now!

Since Kickstarter is a unique platform for funding concrete projects it has allowed us to bring the project directly to the fans and give you what you want. As we raise funds for this project we would like to continue to hear your feedback on future bonus goals for items you would like to see.

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