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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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jasen C June 10, 2021 12:50 am UTC
Just got the alpha blue books Fell in love now Crimson Dragon Slayer I have to say is farout love the 80s feel. Vengers V6D6 system is great can do so much with it. The D20 version is also top-notch I high recommend all of Venger Satanis books a real treat for anyone into b movies horror 70 n 80s craziness or just awesome SciFi sword n sorcery wickedness.
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Scott M June 29, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Is this system book actually only 44 pages long as Amazon reports?
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Darrick D September 04, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Probably closer to 40. Page number info is on the right-hand sidebar of each title. Thanks for the comment!
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