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Print version now available (but please see note below).

The lighter side of traditional fantasy gaming.

Want to dive into the wild, weird world of fantasy for a while without getting bogged down in lots of rules detail? Take a look inside!

  • The world of Median - an outline setting taking a fondly humorous look at fantasy gaming standards.
  • The PDQ System - a simple, fast and flexible set of rules emphasising story more than tactics, and easy to pick up for a quick game. As seen in Truth & Justice and Jaws of the Six Serpents.
  • A "build your own" approach - use the framework and add the gods, organisations and character types your gaming group wants in your stories.

Second edition, eh?

Questers originally came out back in 2006, using Chad Underkoffler's super-simple PDQ system. This is a revision and repackage really, but '2e' seemed more fitting as a nod to those classic fantasy games.

  • The rules are pretty much unchanged. (I removed Virtue and Vice, and may have clarified a couple of things.)
  • The main change is the layout, changed from Letter to Trade. There's been a print edition available through another outlet, but the format didn't work very well and I've long wanted a nicer one available here.
  • It's had another editing pass, and the sections have been reorganised to match 'Jaws' (which benefitted from the lessons learned with Questers!).
  • It's pulled in the mini-supplements 'Character Assistant' and 'Ten Magical Thingies'.
  • The art has kept some pieces, lost some and gained some new ones.
A note on print. Just to make you aware, the site's print partner - in the UK at least - has changed to an inkjet print process, and if you look closely at the inner pages the text quality is not as good as it was a few years ago. It annoys me but normal people don't seem to notice.

What they said about first edition

Product ratings and reviews: 3.9/5. See what they said.

Kenneth Hite's Out of the Box Awards: Honourable Mention, Best New RPG of 2006 category

"Bravo for creating a game world that's likable, amusing, and open for expansion. But here's the dirty little secret: you don't have to play for laughs. It works at that level, of course, but if you just need a fantasy game system that plays easily, encourages broad characterization, and doesn't bog down in details, pick up Questers of the Middle Realms. It's a fun game, a fun read, and a bargain too."
Bob Portnell, Pyramid magazine

"...uses the PDQ system very well to model the type of game that it's going for. ... I think that it's a great design to capture that old-school fantasy gaming feel without capturing the frustration that a lot of the old-school fantasy systems brought in."
Paul Tevis, Have Games Will Travel #75

"Questers of the Middle Realms is a well-designed game, with a simple and elegant rules system. The design the world as you go approach built into the game is a neat innovation, and it fits the style and tone of the setting perfectly. The setting itself is intentionally and cleverly cliched, with a bare bones level of detail reminiscent of the original D&D; campaign settings."
Andrew Branstad, RPGNow staff reviewer



 
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Mitch W June 29, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Any chance of a discount for the owners of the first edition?
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Tim G June 30, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
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A link has been mailed out so that first edition purchasers can get it for free.
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Mitch W June 30, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
Ah, I seem to have gotten my copy by buying the 'Silver Branch PDQ Fantasy Pack' so I am not sure it I qualify.
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Tim G June 30, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
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You should. But it depends whether you've set permissions to allow publisher mail.
Don't know if this will work, but try going into Account - Updated products and looking for the bundle.
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Mitch W June 30, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Can't get a new copy from the bundle, it's not included when I re-download. The bundle does specifically say "IF PRODUCTS WERE ADDED TO THIS BUNDLE AFTER YOU PURCHASED IT, THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO YOU."
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S. B August 09, 2017 3:08 am UTC
Just so you know this appears not to be working. I ended up on this page due to looking for a link I could send someone else and would otherwise have never known there was an updated version. Checked my account for updated products and it isn't in the list. No biggie - not complaining as I want to pick it up in print this time around anyway, but thought you should know.
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Tim G August 09, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
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Hi SB. Thanks for the messages.

The mailing list depends on whether you have permissions set within the site to enable me to contact you. A lot of people choose to disallow mailings from publishers (which is fair enough to reduce mail volume).

This wouldn't appear as an updated product, as I've set it up as a new one. (And the old one is now hidden from public view.)
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S. B August 09, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Done. Thanks for the clear explanation. It appears to default to "no mail". Or I can't see where to enable it by default if there is such an option. You're definitely on my white list since I think I've bought everything you put out :)
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Tim G August 10, 2017 11:34 am UTC
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Thanks for your support!

Yes, looking at that options page it's not at all clear how you use it. In the lower part with the table, the first line sets your default options - then you have to hit the save button.
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Tim G September 27, 2017 9:46 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
SB - just to let you know the POD version is now available. See note in product description.
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Nicholas C June 28, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Cool! Will there be a pod version?
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Tim G June 30, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
There will! That's kind of the point. ;) I'll do the set-up shortly, then there's a process of getting it accepted and checking the proof. Once it's ready I'll mail my customer list.
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S. B August 09, 2017 3:14 am UTC
See above for my comment about the mailing lists not working. Given this, do you have someplace where we can actually register? I no longer trust this website...
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Tim G August 09, 2017 2:24 pm UTC
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Hi. Also see above. You need to enable publisher mails in your account settings.
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Tim G September 27, 2017 9:46 pm UTC
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Nicholas - just to let you know the POD version is now available. See note in product description.
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