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Some say the gods expelled the grotesque and the weak from their ranks at the beginning of time, denying them entrance to the lofty heavens. Demons all of them, they fled to remote places where they had palaces built in which they could dwell and prosper in the glittering shadows, and that among these places, the 1001 Pagodas of Doom of the Yellow Springs Island are supreme, sheltering countless horrors and ghosts.


Are you looking for an Oriental Adventures Companion? A Chinese-style monster manual with a twist? A tome collecting a hundred brand new mundane magic items? An Asian-themed urban setting? A game aid to help you fill in the gaps when improvising? An endless campaign that you can play solo or with your family and friends without a DM? Good, because you'll find all this gathered together in one nifty package right here.


In a nutshell, Mad Monks of Kwantoom features a wondrous Asian setting with new character races and classes, crazy unique creatures inspired by matchbox pictures coming straight from ancient China, alternative petty magic items, tables for random dungeon generation and simple house rules for all of this to run smoothly. In addition, you'll find campaign rules to help you flesh your characters out and embed them in the setting, which they can change and mold according to their whims as they proceed to glory, prosperity and — who knows? — immortality.


Ninjas, tengu player characters, the revised monk character class, the City of Innocent Deaths, the Lucky Charm of Many Ghastly Friends, the Style of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists, Pa'kua kobolds, the Monkey King himself, a game that your partner can play and enjoy with you — and you alone, the 1001 pagodas of doom and actual rules for becoming the Noble Jade Empress or the head of the Shrine of the Purple Lady of the Latrines if that's your thing.


This book is officially compatible with Labyrinth Lord and the Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion. Since these systems emulate the Basic and Advanced editions of the original Old School rules, you can play it with them or with any Old School Renaissance gaming system instead.

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Matthew G July 16, 2020 10:57 pm UTC
On page 207, wearing a red and green suit is mentioned as a requirement in “ Becoming a knight of the Empire”. What does this mean? Suits aren’t mentioned anywhere else in the text.
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Patrice C July 17, 2020 3:46 am UTC
It's one of the Easter eggs of the campaign: Kwantoom's society is color-coded so that everybody knows how rich or important you are just by looking at the color of your clothes. Go to the shops section, and check the Silk & Fur market: clothing items are available there in either green or red. So, in order to become a knight, you need to buy yourself a full set of clothes combining items in both colors.
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Vladimir M May 05, 2020 9:38 pm UTC
Buenas, porfa suba una traducción, para también comprale
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Vladimir M May 05, 2020 2:14 pm UTC
Buenas, tienes algún vídeo de ejemplo como se juega, recién lo compre y soy muy nuevo en esto.
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Mark P July 09, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
I have two questions about the pagoda generation:

1) What scale are the starting areas at? Is one square 5' or 10' ? I guess 5' because it makes the doors look right...
2) How wide is a typical corridor supposed to be? I guess 10', because some of the "special" corridors are numbers either side of 10' ?

Sorry if any of this is in the book somewhere, but I couldn't find the answer to either.

~ Mark

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Patrice C July 09, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Hello Mark,

10' in both cases. By default, doors are usually represented as bigger than what they are in old-school maps so that we can easily notice them.
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Mark P July 10, 2018 10:01 am UTC
Great, thanks for letting me know :)
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Mike S February 14, 2018 5:18 am UTC
Print version?
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Patrice C July 09, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
It's on Lulu, Mike.
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Betty B February 17, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
How easily can this product be used with non-OSR games? Could I use it with 3.5? GURPS? FATE? Word Mill Mythic Roleplaying? Dungeon World? Mongoose Legend?
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Patrice C February 18, 2016 6:00 am UTC
Not easy since everything has been configured to OSR standards so that you would eventually have to redo all the stat blocks. You might want to take a look at one of our other products, Castle Gargantua, which is much easier to use with another system.
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