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A Red & Pleasant Land


Multiple 2015 ENnie Award Winner!
GOLD AWARD: Best Writing
GOLD AWARD: Best Setting
SILVER AWARD: Best Adventure

A terrible Red King wars with an awful Queen, and together they battle into being a rigid, wrong world... and this book has everything you need to run it. (And any other place in your first, second, third, fourth or fifth edition game that might require intrigue, hidden gardens, inside-out-rooms, scheming monarchs, puzzles or beasts, liquid floors, labyrinths, growing, shrinking, duelling, broken time, Mome Raths, blasphemy, croquet, explanations for where players who missed sessions were, or the rotting arcades and parlors of a palace that was once the size of a nation.)

Zak Sabbath, game master on I Hit It With My Axe and author of the multiaward-winning Vornheim: The Complete City Kit now brings the same do-it-yourself tables-and-toolkits approach and eerie magic to an entire distorted continent.

“It’s inadequate to call A Red & Pleasant Land brilliant. With alchemist swagger, Zak takes the base matter of well-worn fantasy standards and our cheerful nerd hobbies, and makes the strangest gold.”
— China Miéville

“God this is beautiful, I love this.”
— Molly Crabapple

“It should be next to impossible to do anything original with Dracula or Alice, but Zak Sabbath demonstrates instead that it’s next to impossible for him to put out a bad game book. He trails his barbed artistic and gaming sensibilities through these two modern myths and emerges with something more than a mashup or a collage: it’s a necromantic restoration of a nightmare that never was.”
— Kenneth Hite, designer of Qelong and Night’s Black Agents

“Zak is not just imaginative, he’s bold. Which means that while he recognizes the value of fantasy traditions, he doesn’t hesitate for a moment to throw out anything that’s become tired or dull.”
— Monte Cook, author of Numenera

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Gustavo Marcelo A August 08, 2023 4:07 am UTC
Best of the best.
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FU B November 14, 2021 12:57 pm UTC
Such a great adventure & campaign setting! Zak writes the best adventure campaigns that are obviously played before being made into a book.
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Christopher C July 21, 2021 11:30 pm UTC
POD please!
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Joe C July 07, 2020 1:19 pm UTC
Be great to see this back in print.
PDF will never place Dead Trees.
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Douglas M April 11, 2020 1:32 am UTC
Hey, I just wanted to ask if Zak S actually receives any of the money from a purchase of the pdf?
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Ana A June 17, 2020 11:01 pm UTC
I would like to know this as well.
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FU B November 14, 2021 12:56 pm UTC
He should.
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Mattia P February 19, 2020 12:02 am UTC
Why isn't this available for print anywhere? Physical copies have ridicoulous prices...
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Thomas I February 27, 2020 12:30 am UTC
It's produced and published by "Lamentations of the Flame Princess", printed and bound in Finland if I'm not mistaken. Almost EVERYTHING created by them has a limited run, for some reason, ranging from 1,000-2,000 copies for first ed. prints. Most of Zak Smith's stuff that's out of print is outrageously high. I don't know if you've looked, but "The Maze of the Blue Medusa" is going for $400. I've been playing Rpg's since '78, and I fell in love with "Lamentations." It's the closest thing to the first ed. D&D boxed set I had as a kid, but totally raw, and definitely not for kids. The Core book, 'Rules and Magic' pretty much sums up the game. You really can't beat it for around $17. I highly recommend it.
Hope this helped!
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Thomas B November 21, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Hello Guys,

I heard good things about this DnD setting.

Right now, I am building a setting for Zweihander. Do you think A red and pleasant land would be easy to adapt or is it a waste of money?

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mo K February 17, 2019 10:00 am UTC
I recommend it. There shouldn´t be any problem to adapt. Currently I am working on it to adapt this to yoon-suin. You may need to change some stats, but its easy to adapt. I play both, red and pleasant land + yoon-suin with the Maze Rats rules
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Thomas B February 22, 2019 2:57 pm UTC
Thank you!

I guess there is no easy adaptation for DnD rules system into D100 system isn't it?

I mean like take a value and multiple it by an certain amount.

If not that's mean I need to read 2 system.
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