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Crimson Dragon Slayer

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Take science-fantasy gonzo, then add 80's sleaze and cheese!

This is my own contribution to the OSR / fantasy heartbreaker genere of paper & pencil roleplaying games.  Crimson Dragon Slayer is heavily inspired by the 1980's.  The parts of it that are god-awful are god-awful on purpose (mostly).  Your adventuring party might contain a robot ranger with laser sword, infernal elf wizard with machine gun, and crystalline / pixie fairy princess hybrid brandishing a two-handed dagger, all tooling around in a Mel Gibson interceptor... looking for cyber crowns, magic items, and bodacious bimbos.  Can you bring Lord Varkon down before his crimson dragons rip Thule a new one?    

So, what's in it?  A self-contained system that's not d20, yet mostly compatible with the original fantasy roleplaying game and all the clones published since.  You roll multiple d6s, the higher the better, relying on improvisation more than defacto results.  There are several classes and many races to choose from.  Also, strange yet eerily familar spells, magic items, monsters, and the mother of all name generators!

If all goes well, it will be like pretending you're a wizard or warrior in the backyard waving a stick around as if it was a staff or sword... put a tattered red sweatervest on the dog, maybe he can be the dragon.

There's also an introductory adventure at the end featuring all-too-familiar 80's film characters, several arcade game monsters, and stuff that Lovecraft was too ashamed to write about.

I've since published two official Crimson Dragon Slayer modules: Descent into the Candy Crypts and No Escape from New York.  Short but very sweet, and gonzo as Hell!  See the bundle listed below.

There's also a new version of Crimson Dragon Slayer (edition 1.11) that's not comedic and doesn't riff on 80's pop culture.  Instead, it's a super simple and dark science-fantasy introduction to roleplaying.  The PDF is free, so check it out!

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June 7th, 2017
A neuronphaser.com review. Rating: Content 4/5 and Form 3/5. The mechanics of the game are built not around the d20 but instead around pools of 6-sided dice that you compare the highest die rolled to a rather simple table of results, wher [...]
Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
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October 15th, 2015
I had pretty high hopes for this one. I am part of his target audience, I enjoyed the 80s, enjoy a gonzo edge to my games, and I don't mind mixing my genres a bit. I also don't mind doses of humor in my games. But....well maybe I just didn't "g [...]
Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
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September 7th, 2015
An Endzeitgeist.com review This pdf clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of quotes at the back, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let's take a look! [...]
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August 30th, 2015
Far more Awesome than God-Awful. What struck me as great about Crimson Dragon Slayer is how there is nothing mundane about it. There are no boring ponderous descriptions of game mechanics, no passages on how they might be used to fit a framewor [...]
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July 31st, 2015
Nice little old school supplement that you can tack on D&D or play by itself. It has fantastic art and a real gonzo without going the way of Monty Haul dungeon to it. I full hope that the author will continue to turn this into a full fledged game [...]
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