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The Sword of Cepheus

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A sorcerer blasting his enemies with the power of his mind. A muscled barbarian wielding a flaming sword against the local tyrant’s thugs. A secret cabal of magicians plotting to control the minds and souls of kings. A gladiator who freed himself from slavery wanders the land, righting wrongs and smashing villains. Big muscles, big swords, eldritch sorcery, powers of the mind, eldritch beasts. From Burroughs to Howard to Moorcock to Italian Peplum films to those dreaming of outlandish post-apocalyptic worlds, heroes raise swords against corrupt nobles, inexplicable sorcerers, and alien monstrosities.

Sword of Cepheus is a roleplaying game in the triple “Sword” genres: Sword and Sorcery, Sword and Planet, and Sword and Sandal. In Sword and Sorcery, often-amoral protagonists face vile sorcery and horrid beasts as they complete awesome adventures for gold and glory. In Sword and Planet, humans finding themselves on barbaric or decadent alien planets use their superior brawn and valiant hearts to win fame, fortune, and the heart of an alien princeling. In Sword and Sandal, often set in a quasi-Biblical or faux-Roman world, men and women with sharp wits and strong sword-arms fight mythological creatures and overthrow tyrants. The common threads of all three genres are the blade-wielding protagonists who use their brawn, as well as brains, to fight foes both supernatural and mundane and undertake hair-raising, violent adventures.

The Sword of Cepheus rules include everything you need to play thrilling sword & sorcery adventures:

  • Streamlined skill-based 2D6 task resolution!
  • Procedural character generation with 12 archetypal careers for your character to undergo!
  • 44 unique character Traits to customize your character!
  • A wide selection of adventuring equipment and weaponry!
  • Simple yet intriguing rules for adventuring and exploring exciting worlds!
  • Fast-paced, action-packed combat - whether on foot, from horseback, or on the high seas!
  • A skill-based, perilous sorcery system, with 108 eldritch spells!
  • 96 terrible monsters for heroes to face!
  • A selection of treasures, both mundane and magical!
  • Detailed gameplay examples for quick and easy comprehension of the rules!!

Raise your sword! Adventures awaits!

Compatible with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document and other OGL 2D6 Sci Fi games.

 
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Nicholas C November 07, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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a greta looking game which I'm about to order in print - but I have a rules question. Cepheus Engine rules say that when making a skill roll it's 2d6 + skill rank + characteristic modifier.

However, Cepheus Light and Sword of Cepheus seem to say it's just 2d6 + skill rank. Is this right? And if so, why the difference?
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Omer J November 07, 2020 10:39 pm UTC
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Indeed, in Cepheus Light/The Sword of Cepheus you roll either 2d6 + skill tank (skill check) or 2d6 + characteristic modifier (characteristic check). This streamlines things, is easier on the sensitive 2d6 curve, and was preferred by our playtesters over the old CE mechanic.
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
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Esteemed Customers, The Sword of Cepheus is now AVAILABLE IN PRINT!
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Ilias L September 10, 2020 1:43 pm UTC
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what are the dimensions of the printed book if I may ask, dear Sir?
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:52 pm UTC
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Standard A4.
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Gianfranco B August 29, 2020 9:18 am UTC
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Is this the same mechanics of Traveller?
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Omer J August 29, 2020 1:49 pm UTC
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It is based on the Mongoose Traveller 1st Edition SRD (Standard Reference Document), and the basic mechanics are generally compatible with that SRD.
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Christian N August 24, 2020 2:39 pm UTC
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Almost can't wait any longer :-)
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Omer J August 24, 2020 3:07 pm UTC
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Just a little bit more... Print proofs ordered, so this will be ready soon.
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Omer J August 29, 2020 1:50 pm UTC
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Got a message from UPS that the print proof is about to arrive... So print should be available soon.
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
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It is now AVAILABLE IN PRINT!
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Christian N September 11, 2020 10:30 am UTC
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Thanks!!! Going to buy it right away :-)
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Omer J August 21, 2020 2:41 pm UTC
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A note to all customers - We have completed The Sword of Cepheus print layout and uploaded the files for the print process. Fingers crossed, the print version should be ready in a short time.
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August 16, 2020 8:18 am UTC
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Any closer to POD?
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Omer J August 16, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
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We will submit the files for the print process this week, hopefully to get a proof copy within the next few weeks, to get the print process rolling.
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July 03, 2020 1:35 pm UTC
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Where are we with the POD?
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Omer J July 03, 2020 1:45 pm UTC
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Working on final proofreading and then will start the print production process. Almost everything is ready.
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Tommy K June 07, 2020 6:36 pm UTC
Based on the available preview, this looks very interesting. I saw on one of your answers that a POD is on it's way - I will wait with my purchase until then. Cheers!
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Omer J June 07, 2020 7:39 pm UTC
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Now that the postal system here is working once more, we're just doing another round of proofreading on SoC and then we'll start the print approval process.
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Tommy K June 08, 2020 9:15 am UTC
Great news, thanks for the update. Is there any estimate on the price for the POD?
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Omer J June 08, 2020 10:01 am UTC
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I will know that once the print process will be finalized, but approx. $19.99 + shipping (softcover only).
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Tommy K June 08, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
Alright, cool. Thanks for the information.
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Christian N May 06, 2020 9:37 am UTC
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Hello,
Any news on when the POD version will be available? I want to buy the PDF+POD bundle as soon as it is available :-)
Thanks
Christian
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Omer J May 06, 2020 2:25 pm UTC
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Hello,
Now that the quarantine is slowly being lifted, we are in the process of arranging the print process. Should be ready within a month or two at most.
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Michael H May 01, 2020 6:40 am UTC
Hi folks,
Is there a RTF version as there is with Cepheus Lite?
Thanks
Mike
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Omer J May 01, 2020 7:32 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Considering this, in fact. Stay tuned. Or, if you're developing a book based on The Sword of Cepheus OGL content - please contact us at golan2072@gmail.com.
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April 19, 2020 6:37 pm UTC
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Hello.
I have a question about foci. Can you store more than one spell at a time in a reusable focus?
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Omer J April 19, 2020 6:55 pm UTC
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Only one spell at a time.
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April 19, 2020 7:14 pm UTC
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Thanks for the reply.
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Steve R April 19, 2020 2:40 pm UTC
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Great system. Can we have bookmarks in the PDF please. It would make it much easier to navigate.
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Omer J April 19, 2020 2:56 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We will definitely add bookmarks in the next revision.
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alfonso R March 27, 2020 3:04 pm UTC
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do you have an errata on some combat questions I have. The dagger can attack twice(pg44), but in the combat section (pg54) you can give up your movement to attack twice. does that mean, in some situations, you can attack 4 (yes four) times with a dagger?
and is their a better forum to ask these questions?
thanks
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Omer J March 27, 2020 4:58 pm UTC
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You should be able to attack twice with the dagger just like with any other weapon. If this is not fixed now, it will be fixed soon.
Feel free to look for the Cepheus Engine groups on Facebook and MeWe and the Traveller Discord channel for further forums :-)
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Jay R March 25, 2020 4:56 pm UTC
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I will preface that I've never played a Traveller game, but after reading through this book and trying to make characters there seems to be some information missing. Like in Character Creation; step 3.2 what skill tables are there to roll on? Are there four? Or Two? I don't know, are "Personal Development" and "Service" part of one table, and "Specialist" and "Advanced Education" part of the second table? Because that's how the tables that are laid out suggest. If they are all four separate tables, when does a character get Personal Development? Is that its own skill table you have to roll on separate from the others? No idea. If all four are meant to be separate tables, why would the layout show one set of numbers for two Skill tables, it saves space, but if they're supposed to be four different tables, then it is extremely confusing if you don't know that, which the book does not explain.

Also the dice notation is extremely confusing: as the levels of a skill...See more
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Omer J March 25, 2020 5:40 pm UTC
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I will write you a detailed answer later tonight.
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Jay R March 25, 2020 6:28 pm UTC
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As an addendum: in the character creation example through all the flowery language which paints a poor picture of following the procedural steps: Alazar did not seem to get his second skill roll for being first term sorcerer.

Instead of having so much creative writing in the Character Creation examples, it would be far easier to follow if you listed out step by step as the Character Creation procedure AND THEN write a small story as a summary for the character to show how the Character Creation process creates a background story with citations to the Character Creation procedure step throughout the prose.

This section of Alazar's example feels muddy because it seems to skip the second skill training part of Procedure Step 3.2:
"Josh rolls for survival, making it easily with a 12. The young apprentice gains Science-1, as he learns the ropes of the wizard’s laboratory. He also gains Sorcery-1 as a Rank-0 Sorcerer. He is talented, and advances (rolls 11 + 1 = 12), gaining...See more
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Omer J March 28, 2020 8:36 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thank you for your input. You have provided us with several points of errata, such as the incorrect number of skills for the first term of the sample characters. This will be corrected in the next revision.
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Nicholas B March 12, 2020 5:44 am UTC
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Hi, this looks amazing...will you make a POD version available?
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Omer J March 12, 2020 6:28 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! Indeed, we are working on a print version, ETA May 2020.
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Dwight F May 05, 2020 6:54 am UTC
Looking forward to this. Does it focus on sword & sorcery or is there plenty of info and careers for sword & planet? Thinking more along the lines of Norman's Gor series (which is pretty similar to John Carter).
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Jakob S March 10, 2020 11:00 am UTC
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Since the Publishers are very active here, can I ask a few rules questions?
First, overall, I'm very happy that I bought this - great Stormbringer vibes, solid rules (I've been meaning to try out Traveller/Cepheus for a long time, because I tend to like both the narrow curve of 2d6 and lifepath character generation, but I never got around to it).

Anyway, rules questions:
Some combat actions seem not quite clear to me - first of all, is "charge" one Action, or does it take both actions? RAW it looks like it takes only one action, I'm not quite sure if that makes sense.
More impartantly: Overwatch and shields. Under Attack, it says: "a character may ... attach (sp. error in the pdf) once and enter overwatch."; However, under Overwatch, it says: "You may not enter Overwatch if you are engaged in melee combat." While this is not quite contradictory (the first quote could only refer to missile combat, or to situations where you have hust defeated your enemy...See more
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Omer J March 10, 2020 12:58 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for liking and enjoying The Sword of Cepheus! I will get back to you with full answers to all your rules questions later today.
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Omer J March 10, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Charge should be both Actions for that round. It is like running towards the enemy line waving weapons and yelling - trying to scare them. Once you reach them, you move to normal movement/combat actions.

Regarding Overwatch in melee and with shields:
1. You can't use Overwatch in Melee. Except in that case where the first action dispatches a foe, so you can enter Overwatch on the second action. Or, when not engaged in melee, you may enter Overwatch in anticipation of melee.
2. For shields, we are considering a change to the rules in the next errata correction, where shields will simply provide DM-1 in mobile cover rather than interact with Overwatch.
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Jakob S March 10, 2020 4:42 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thanks - if Overwatch doesn't interact with shields, it all seems to make sense!
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Omer J March 10, 2020 5:26 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
You're welcome.
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