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Troll & Hero


Ever wondered what magic smells like? Wanted more from alignment than a simple label?

Heroic fantasy role playing with a simple system, this book is the core of the rules and covers character creation, combat and skills, plus foundational rules for things like fatigue, memory and movement. Additional books will include an expanded combat system, more (and more detailed) character races, religion, more types of magic than you can shake a wand at, and a fully realized spirit world.

The Troll & Hero system uses both skills and classes so that you can use level based character classes to get started, yet smoothly transition to completely skill based play when comfortable with the rules and desiring the extra freedom. Moreover, the two approaches can be freely intermingled as they are only two faces of the same coin. Both are first-class citizens with classes having the advantage of simplicity and completely skill based being more flexible.

Determine your character's overall alignment through individual alignment traits which drive how your character will react in any given situation. Alignment traits are not fixed in stone, but can change through game play -- and will change depending on how the character is portrayed. Discover your character’s alignment by working through his personality using a bottom-up approach rather than trying to interpret a general alignment to specific traits or behaviors.

The combat rules are simple and intuitive, but provide a flexible approach that permits both realism and fantastic elements. The magic rules provide a basic framework for magic that is seen, heard and smelled without locking it down to a specific approach. The spirit rules follow in a similar vein by providing the core definitions and rules for including spirits in game play.

These core systems can be fleshed out by the aspiring game master, or the official expanded rules can be used which provide for martial arts, additional skills and classes, more hazards, and so on. There are also additional rules to expand the scope of magic to include many different approaches including a variety of religions.

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This title was added to our catalog on August 11, 2015.