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This is a time before writing, money, walled settlements and the many other comforts of civilization. The ice-age wilderness is harsh, and filled with dangerous beasts. In dark forests and the depths of caves, there exist other, stranger creatures; mad beasts that are the products of magic.
The ice age is coming to an end. Retreating ice-sheets reveal tracts of land unseen for millennia with each spring, and in their wake leave the environment in turmoil. As the snow withdraws, modern humans follow, and every year new tribes of humans enter the Neanderthal‘s ancestral lands. 
Against this backdrop, magic begins to emerge as a force in the world. Driving the rise in art – jewellery, cave paintings and figurines - that will fascinate later historians, some humans begin experimenting with the supernatural, learning to shape the wild forces of the world into controllable spells and items of power.

Strange Prehistoric Roleplaying

A revised and expanded version of Wolf-Packs & Winter Snow. Now with double the page count, glorious full-page illustrations, and huge piles more content to allow you to run the game straight out of the book with no preparation time. 
Included in this book is everything you'll need to run or play in games set in the fantasy ice age.  Inside, you'll find-

  • Quick character generation, with classes for human hunters, skilled experts and magicians, and for the race of Neanderthals.
  • Optional rules to play as lurking mutants, unnatural morlocks, orphaned children, neanderthal alchemists, mystics worshipping strange powers, or cannibalistic wendigos.
  • Systems for food, weather and sickness that drive home the struggle for survival.
  • Quick, dirty, brutal combat.
  • Rules for gathering and leading a stone-age tribe.
  • A magic system that combines familiar Vancian casting with the dangers of experimentation in a time before spellbooks.
  • Guides to running a game of exploration in the wilderness or deep underground, including procedures to generate landscapes and cavern complexes as you play.
  • Systems to create unique monsters on the fly.
  • Optional rules to hack your game with, such as a system of brutal permanent wounds.
  • Various post-human beings for PCs to work towards becoming.

All in a rules system that will be familiar to any fan of the OSR. Stripped down, streamlined, and customized to match the stone-age setting.

"The game is really a world as much as it is a game or add-on ... it needs to be to account for its differences and it does so well."
 -False Machine

"It's almost a cliche by now to say, but it's also worth it for all the random tables in it."
 -The Disoriented Ranger

(this is the PDF version: a hardback book is currently in the works, and will be available soon)

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Timothy Peter F August 29, 2022 4:24 am UTC
Standing by for the hardcover POD version.
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Christopher C April 23, 2022 6:46 am UTC
Just checking back in. Is the hardcover for this still in the works? Or can we get a POD of this eventually? Thanks!
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Christopher C March 05, 2022 3:02 pm UTC
Hey there. Any updates on the hardcover version? Will be an insta-buy for me.
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Christopher C February 02, 2022 3:34 am UTC
POD please.
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Jordan B January 19, 2022 5:47 pm UTC
POD available any time soon?
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Chris S November 03, 2021 9:12 pm UTC
I'm also interested in a print version.
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Derek H August 06, 2021 6:12 pm UTC
Is the print version coming back?
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Thomas S June 07, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Just saw this for all those waiting for the print version.
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Thilo G April 20, 2019 4:45 pm UTC
Still hoping for a print of the revised version.
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George M April 08, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
A well thought out OSR look at life at the edge of the big ice- its lovingly crafted, with supplementary info on adding some old school eldritch horror and magic to your taste. The core is very kin to DnD style systems, and the magic system is decidedly Vancian - my only grief was the lack of a shamanic/priest /spiritual system to supplement the proto mage part. Highly recommended for all it does have though.
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Thomas S December 29, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
I have the soft cover version, and I love it. It does feel a little flimsy. The revised edition does flow better, so I’m hoping for the hardcover version.
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blodbesk B November 19, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
joining the howling crowd.

(ps: really enjoyed the gardens of ynn, will try to fit into my next campaign!)
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Emily A November 05, 2018 5:15 am UTC
To keep people updated with where the print version is, I've had some pretty consistent problems with test prints not coming out legibly. I think I need to fix something with the pdfs, but nothing has helped so far.
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Clint W October 05, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Chiming in also. +1 for a hardcover print version! :)
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Peter H August 30, 2018 7:22 am UTC
Just wanted to chime in and say that I hope you haven't abandoned your plan for a print release. I love stone age / ice age settings but I just don't really XXX with pdfs for anything of substantial length.
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Thilo G May 08, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Still howling for print. ^^
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