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Barons of Braunstein



A Drive-Thru exclusive in digital format only!  A historical role-playing game inspired and Licensed by DAVID WESELY, creator if the original Braunstein game and founding father of the role-playing hobby! 

Role-playing began with the Braunstein games of the late 1960s.  These converted war-games emphasized personal interactions and setting over complex rules and excessive mechanics and, now, these rules let you do the following in a world of adventure right from the pages of the histroy books (which is the best setting of all):

Create, arm, and equip original characters...

Explore real (or alternate) history...

Participate in battles and sieges, and change the course of events...

Or use these rules to play traditional Braunstein games in the style of the original as per the included "Braunstein in the Middle Ages" essay WRITTEN BY DAVID WESELY HIMSELF!

Braunstein! is written in this style, being designed for historical adventure games in the 4th through 15th centuries, but expandable through the early 16th if so desired.  The judge need only choose a historical book(s) on the period they wish to chronicle and use these rules to create characters and resolve unpredictable situations using extremely simple (just 30 pages) mechanics.  The rest is pure interaction...  

History is the best, most richly-detailed setting around, but Barons of Braunstein also has simple rules for introducing magic and witchcraft - perhaps the easiest ever!  Historical or otherwise, it's your game now...

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February 17th, 2020
A fine small ruleset for standard historical adventures in the Middle Ages. It just has almost nothing to do with the Braunstein of its namesake. There's one page suggesting you could play a Braunstein with these rules, but you're better off goo [...]
October 23rd, 2016
A light, yet robust, set of rules that hearkens back to the earliest days of our hobby when Major David Wesely took wargaming to its next logical evolution. Although only designed to run historical or psuedo-historical games out of the gate, the simple [...]
September 28th, 2015
Very rules light and interesting RPG, written for Dark and Middle Age adventuring. The game tries to emulate historical fiction, with very little room for high fantasy tropes, but can easy handle monster heavy sword-and-sorcery campaigns. For [...]
November 16th, 2014
I just received this along with a copy of Pits & Perils and Fear! Fire! Foes! I have been looking for a written copy (or reasonable facsimile) of the Braunstein rules. This was an awesome 24 page discovery. Even though I am less interested in histo [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on October 26, 2014.