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The new Electronic Edition is a deluxe PDF of the now classic OD&D neo-clone. It features revised, consolidated and extensively bookmarked and hyperlinked versions of the four original Zylarthen booklets plus the complete text of Supplement 1: Book of Spells, as well as a printable Player Reference Sheets booklet. There are 146 new Zylarthen spells, including 80 unique to reimagined versions of the Witch and High Priest NPC classes. The Electronic Edition also features new rules on age and aging, wilderness travel and more. We feel the revised and expanded version is even more in the spirit of its 1974 parent. Fight On!

From the Introduction:

ONCE UPON A TIME almost forty years ago, two amateur historians—one temporarily working as a shoe repairman, the other as a security guard—released a little game in the form of three forty page booklets. With an odd but intriguing name suggested by the shoe repairman’s daughter, these “Rules for Fantastic Medieval Wargames Campaigns” sold one thousand copies in their first year, mostly to military hobbyists and collectors of miniature lead soldiers…

And that’s where the story ends, at least for our purposes. SEVEN VOYAGES of ZYLARTHEN is a re-imagining of the original edition of the world’s most popular paper and pencil fantasy adventure game, first published by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. The brilliance and charm of that game’s earliest version was its simplicity and elegance, combined with a certain asymmetrical quirkiness. It invoked many sources—King Arthur, the Crusades, Middle-earth, the Arabian Nights, pulp fantasy, fairy tales, even science fiction. Its breadth of tone was a virtue, offering to the players a multiplicity of delights. Our intention was to follow the spirit of the original as closely as possible. We hope that we have (if only partially and in a small way) captured it.

Happy dungeoneering! Guard the innocent! Avenge the wronged! May you find heaps of gold at the end of your path, or at the least a memorable and heroic demise! But above all, God grant that you find wonder everywhere!

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ANDRZEJ W December 10, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
This release has one rather glaring flaw.... the PDF's bookmarks only cover the first volume, which is very unconvenient. Can I expect it to be corrected soon?
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Joseph P April 30, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Is this a single volume containing all the material from the original books? Or are they still separate books, just revised?

If the former, is a print version in the near future?
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Oakes S April 30, 2018 6:03 am UTC
Thanks for asking! The answer is Both/and. Let me try to explain:

1. The original books consisted of four volumes: Characters & Combat, Book of Monsters, Book of Magic and The Campaign.

2. A few months ago, I added a fifth volume - Supplement I, Book of Spells - which features 100+ new spells and all the old spells, including somewhat revised versions of many of them, along with fairly different and new interpretations of the two NPC spellcasting classes - Witches and High Priests - as well as additional supplementary material such as charts on age and aging. Among other changes, I slightly rewrote most of the old spells to measure things in rounds/turns instead of simply in turns.

3. At the same time, I revised the four volumes: Characters & Combat and Book of Monsters were revised slightly to make minor changes and improvements. Book of Magic was revised to port backwards the revisions in Book of Spells. The Campaign was revised a bit more to add various things...See more
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November 06, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on October 30, 2017.