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Castle Falkenstein: Variations on the Great Game

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Variations on the Great Game

Castle Falkenstein has delivered High Adventure in the Steam Age to gamers across the world for nearly twenty years.

Now, we are proud to present new options which will allow Hosts and Players of the Origin Award-winning Great Game to customize the rules to their specific style of play, including:

  •  Rules which allow more precise and robust customizing of Dramatic Characters, such as the Specializations and Improvement Variations.
  •  New options which refine playing cards on Feats to help prevent “hand dumping”, remove frustration due to having a “bum hand”, and a new Requirement system to designed to speed play and remove the need for a Host hand.
  •  A new play system designed by the dastardly Professor Moriarty himself which replaces playing cards with dice! Please do not faint! We promise the original spirit and charm of the original game is still captured by these new rules.
  •  Guidelines for using Tarot cards in both the Fortune and Sorcery Deck as a way to enhance play and add new twists to Feats, both Magickal and mundane!

All together, we are pleased to offer nine new Variations on Castle Falkenstein rules, each with multiple options, making this an indispensable companion for Hosts and Players alike!

“Variations on the Great Game: Alternate Rules for Castle Falkenstein presents material previously published in The Tarot VariationThe Second Tarot VariationThe Ability VariationsThe Feat Variations, and The Six-Sided Variation. This material in this book has been revised and updated from previous versions for clarity and precision.”

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John R October 28, 2019 2:58 pm UTC
Since the CF attribute ranks seem fairly close to the Fudge "ladder", it would be interesting to me to see a dice variation that uses Fudge/Fate dice.
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Ovy O July 29, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Is there a way of playing the great game completely win dice, as in for forum play? Sure,y this is something that the curs play on the cobblestones between shifts at the factory.
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October 10, 2019 3:41 pm UTC
That is, in fact, something included in this ruleset!
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John R October 28, 2019 2:56 pm UTC
It is? I didn't see a dice-only variation in this book. Only a system of chits used to purchase die rolls. And the Chits are basically just tiny suit-only cards.
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Paolo R July 08, 2018 6:42 am UTC
Will there be a print-on-demand version?
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James G July 08, 2018 11:22 am UTC
There will be as soon as everything is confirmed.
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