Saturday, December 11, 2010
Swords & Wizardry Complete Now Available
The new Swords & Wizardry Complete version is now available for sale here. For those who don't know, this is the standard Swords & Wizardry (a clone of the "little brown books" OD&D), plus lots of stuff from the later supplements now added in. It seems planted very firmly between OD&D and 1E AD&D, which I suspect may appeal to a lot of people who liked all the class options of AD&D (you get everything but the Illusionist and Bard with this book), but also preferred the simpler combat mechanics of OD&D or B/X. I'll probably do a more in-depth review once I've had a chance to give it a thorough read-thru, but it seems like a worthy purchase.
Note also that this was produced by Frog God Games (formerly giant third-party D&D publisher Necromancer Games), so you're getting layout and art (a lot of art) as professional as they come, which is kind of neat to look at in conjunction with a 35+ year old ruleset! And its not that much more polished than the DIY retro-clones already out there, which is good, 'cause I tend to like DIY more than polished. At any rate, it can help you imagine what D&D might have been like today if the game's owners had, as Call of Cthulhu's owners, decided to refine rather than overhaul, re-imagine, and redefine the game every 8 years or so.
Pick it up soon if you want it, there's only 300 first-print copies (hardcover + softcover), but be patient: as of this posting, the ordering servers are a bit overloaded. You get a free .pdf of the book with purchase of the hardcopy, so you have something to read while you're waiting for the postman!
Footnote: As a ref, I'm appreciating the fleshed-out wilderness encounter tables, and the "sneak peaks" at Matt's Mythrus Tower and Bill's Rappan Athuk dungeons included in this book.
Update (if ordering still down at site): We broke the server this morning due to high volume of orders--you may paypal me directly to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org)--include a subject line stating which books. Shipping will be emailed to each person to pay separately. -Bill W.