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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.

Character sheet for The Sword of Cepheus available on Astral TableTop - select from the Template picker in the Characters section of the vault in Astral!

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Gary M March 14, 2022 4:59 am UTC
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Hey, Omer...

On Page 39, Equipment is misspelled as "EQUIUPMENT".
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Neil S February 02, 2022 1:18 am UTC
What character classes are there
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Omer J February 02, 2022 7:01 pm UTC
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There are no classes after character generation; the game is skill-based. However, character generation uses the following Careers:
Barbarian
Commoner
Noble
Pirate
Priest
Rogue
Sailor
Scholar
Shaman
Soldier
Sorcerer
Vagabond
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Neil S January 24, 2022 11:45 pm UTC
whats in the bestiary
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Omer J January 25, 2022 7:28 am UTC
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The Bestiary chapter of The Sword of Cepheus? 96 monsters, with a sword & sorcery flavor, from apes to dinosaurs to dragons...
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Joe C January 14, 2022 1:43 pm UTC
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High time I picked this up.
So decided too.
Low Tech Worlds need exploring.
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Omer J January 25, 2022 7:27 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Dragon M January 04, 2022 3:54 pm UTC
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I just started putting together a game with Sword of Cepheus. Really like the feel of the rules. (I've never played Traveller, Cepheus Light or Deluxe).

I have one burning question and with the relatively obscurity of the game, am struggling to find any answers online.

When someone is suffering End (and or Dex and Str) damage, and those characteristics are lowered, is the intention for them to also lower the DM of those characteristics?
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Omer J January 04, 2022 3:58 pm UTC
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Yes, when you suffer damage to your physical Characteristics, their DMs decrease as well.
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Dragon M January 04, 2022 4:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for the swift response!
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David D December 28, 2021 3:12 am UTC
I really really like this, I've been looking for a suitable Low Fantasy rule set and I think this is going to be mine for a little while. I'm very interested if / when you guys do a Sword of Cepheus Deluxe.

The only thing I've found so far, that I feel like is a missed opportunity is: there is no Musician / Bard / Minstrel Career! How is that not a thing?

other than that, I really like the rules light system. Saved me the trouble of making my own.
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Omer J December 28, 2021 7:17 am UTC
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Many thanks! And we will definitely consider adding a Bard/Entertainer career in one of the coming supplements, or as a stand-alone free supplement.
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Neil S December 20, 2021 1:21 am UTC
whats the new monster supplemmnt called
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Omer J December 20, 2021 7:09 am UTC
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It is not out yet. Its name will be Swords Against the Beast.
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Neil S December 16, 2021 11:21 pm UTC
Whens the new monster supplement out
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Omer J December 17, 2021 1:38 am UTC
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Working on it. Hopefully in Q1 2022.
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Joe C November 29, 2021 11:11 pm UTC
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Just got hold of Cepheus Deluxe
It's superb.
Not got to buying this yet.
I'm guessing this would be easy to convert to C.D.
Any ideas when you plan to release S.o.C
Or what about a conversion guide ?
Love what you're producing C.D is a great evolution..
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Omer J November 30, 2021 12:37 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks!
We are tentatively working on a second edition for The Sword of Cepheus, using Cepheus Deluxe-style rules. There are also plans for a sword & planet setting and a monster expansion.
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Joe C November 30, 2021 2:41 pm UTC
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All the best with these ventures they sound great.
Will be Barbaric also be getting the upgraded treatment?
Along with Cepheus Atom?
Your prices are so reasonable that I may snap up these earlier editions anyway. Lol.
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William E February 07, 2022 5:52 pm UTC
Just wanted to second that I would be strongly interested in an edition brought in line with Cepheus Deluxe! Huge fan of C.D. and it would be great to unify my Cepheus experience under that banner.
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Omer J February 07, 2022 6:06 pm UTC
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Working on it :-)
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CL C October 08, 2021 5:32 pm UTC
Will there be a digest version of this? I'd love to have one that sits nicely next to the eventual Cepheus Deluxe digest.
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CL C October 08, 2021 5:46 pm UTC
Edit: I guess the first question is: will there be a Sword of Cepheus Deluxe? (then will there be a digest?)
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Omer J October 08, 2021 6:09 pm UTC
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We are seriously considering a second edition of The Sword of Cepheus, potentially with a Digest version as well.
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Neil S August 10, 2021 1:31 am UTC
Does this have lovecraftian monsters
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Omer J August 10, 2021 5:42 am UTC
PUBLISHER
No, but an upcoming monster supplement will include several.
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Timothy S April 15, 2021 4:26 pm UTC
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I received an email for a special price on the PDF. Is there any way to apply this special deal to the PDF + Softcover book?
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Omer J April 15, 2021 5:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The discount is on the digital version alone, not the print one. But you did give me an idea... Stay tuned.
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SeungHan O April 12, 2021 1:51 pm UTC
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Commoner's service skill(p.15): Animals, Riding, Craft, Streetwise, Athletics, Craft.

Why Commoner has Craft twice as service skill? is it typo or intentional?
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Omer J April 12, 2021 3:34 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
This is intentional: Commoners get double the chance to learn Craft.
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Rick H March 19, 2021 4:57 pm UTC
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The text on the spine on my PoD copy is backwards / upside down. Otherwise all good.
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Omer J March 19, 2021 4:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! Indeed, there are some minor problems with the PoD cover, which will be eventually corrected.
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Oscar C February 22, 2021 7:46 pm UTC
It´s a great system, the more I read it, the more I like it. I´m starting my homebrew campaign today.
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Omer J February 22, 2021 8:13 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! And enjoy!
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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
PUBLISHER
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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