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Flames of Freedom: Quickstart – Powered by Zweihander RPG

Flames of Freedom: Quickstart – Powered by Zweihander RPG

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It is the dawn of the American Revolutionary War of 1776.

 

A tangled web of conspiracy spans North America. In the war for survival, it does not matter what your creed, color, culture, or gender is – all stand together. But as the Revolution has begun, something far more mysterious stirs. Agents of the occult entreat both the Continental Army and Red Coats. Freemasons conspire in the City of Brotherly Love. Maryland is in the throes of a witch hunt by the Knights Templar.

 

Reports of witches have been seen in the Great Dismal Swamp. Indigenous sachem say that devils walk among the living. Flesh-gobbling ghouls have been tunneling beneath Boston. The Pine Barrens of New Jersey are haunted by what the locals call the "Leeds Devil".

 

In this game, most people have either chosen to deny the supernatural or rationalize it away. A rare few accept it for what it is and act. You are among those heroes, and are destined for greatness . . . or death.

This American Gothic horror game includes most of what you need to play: a player’s handbook, a game master’s guide, a bestiary and an introductory adventure with a sandbox campaign set in and around Boston. All that’s left are a few friends, pencils, and a handful of dice.

Welcome to FLAMES OF FREEDOM, where your grim & perilous tale hangs in the balance!

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Experience Flames of Freedom before its formal release in 2021 by downloading the free Quickstart. It comes equipped with 32 pages of game rules, an 11-page adventure, 7 pre-generated characters, cut-out paper miniatures, and a print-out map. It can be played one-on-one, but also supports up to 7 players and one gamemaster. The rules and adventure are designed for new gamers, providing a 2-3 hour play experience.

This Quickstart is an all-in-one game and does not require any previous play experience with Zweihänder RPG.


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  • v1.3 (Oct 8) - Table of contents updated; errata fixed from playtesting updated throughout, trappings updated, content warning placed into the adventure.
  • v1.2 (Oct 7) - Pre-generated characters are now placed before the adventure, so players avoid spoilers. Characters have been given a handful of new trappings 'Peppers' is an Irish Wolfhound that the Animal Whisperer starts the game with. Magistrate's Trait and Quirk have been updated.
  • v1.1 (Oct 6) - minor errata update for 'Suffering Peril' on page 31
  • v1.0 (Oct 5) - release

 
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Paul C November 07, 2020 1:13 am UTC
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Sticking to the original version. This SJW WOKE garbage is destroying the RPG culture, just like they want to.
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Charlie S November 07, 2020 11:28 pm UTC
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If progress in the RPG cultural narrative offends you, perhaps you should write something called "Consent in How to Write Gaming Reviews"? Otherwise, accept that EVERYONE has equal right to play these games, if you find that offensive, then I hate to disappoint you, but that's the future. Bigotry and prejudice are on their last gasps, and will soon be where they belong; the dustbin of history.
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Jason F February 22, 2021 7:48 pm UTC
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After a quick read through the book, I am amused by your SJW claim. Folk are triggered easily by inclusion these days. We have a ton of stories from the revolutionary (and other historical times) from the white male perspective, what is the harm in looking at the outlook of others during these periods? Seems like a good way to help people see things from another perspective than their own, which leads to increased intelligence and empathy. It's a win win scenario.
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Bradley H October 19, 2020 9:56 pm UTC
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I have been a big supporter of Zweihander, both when I could Ref it in person, and online using Roll20. I'm often on the discord, and patreon. I am playing games either in the medieval campaigns I or my friends have created and use many of the fantasy supplements that have been developed by the community content creators. I was skeptical that a Flames of Freedom supplement to Zweihander with a historical librarian referee would catch my players or my own attention for long.
I had played and GMed the original version of CoC and many of the WFRP and Warhammer warfare games. I love the Cthulhu mythos and the dark artwork found in the original WFRP supplements by WD. The Realm of Chaos books influenced many of the campaigns I've ran since 1988. That said I didn't expect to see Zweihander fit Colonial Gothic into a Flames of Freedom chapbook so well.
To me keeping the core Zweihander ruleset was important. In reading though the Quickstart and seeing the updates to some rules, while others are rewrites of...See more
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Patrick S October 09, 2020 6:12 am UTC
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Well, how to put this so that drivethrurpg doesn't start to delete comments again ... Colonial Gothic is pretty good actually.
Easy and working rules, nice appropriate artwork, no political agenda, well researched.
This, this is ... something else.
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Andrews M October 09, 2020 12:28 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the feedback. Because this is a Quickstart, it does not contain the deeper details and history of North America during this period. The Quickstart is purposefully brief to make the game playable right now.

You will find in the full release for Flames of Freedom that the history and background is even deeper, as Richard is including never-before-seen material in Flames of Freedom. It will be enhanced by Indigenous researchers with lived experiences in the nations presented within. You’ll also find new research around womens’ roles, religion as it relates to the period, deeper insights into the Black experience during the war and new mysteries about the Freemasons, Inquisition and more.

As with Colonial Gothic, you’ll find a 26-page bibliography in the back, containing resources and oral histories which informed the game.
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R. B October 08, 2020 5:15 pm UTC
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What the heck is going on with this product?
Ever since the initial release there have been 2 or 3 updates, ostensibly to fix issues, and each time the PDF gets more mangled.

This most recent fix, 1.2, has 3 files:
Pre-Gens only, which contains the rules and pre-gens, and has no ToC any longer,
a file called Quickstart which has missing pieces of the ToC, and the link to the pre-gens is broken,
and finally a file called adventure only which also no longer has a ToC.

I don't know what's going on over there with all of these half baked and broken updates. It makes the product and the company look very unprofessional.
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Andrews M October 08, 2020 5:48 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the feedback. We have a file coming through later today (v1.3) that will remediate the bookmark and ToC issue.
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Brady C September 28, 2020 7:43 pm UTC
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Been waiting for this. Glad to see it manifest.
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September 21, 2020 9:35 pm UTC
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I am very impressed with the care and thought put in to this Preamble. It speaks well of the team working on this and the leadership of this project and has ensured I will be backing this project!
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Aaron M September 21, 2020 9:17 pm UTC
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A great start to a great game from great people.
I wont spend the whole review inflating egos but Ive been hyped for this game since Daniel announced it on twitter so long ago.
I recognize the names of folks who worked on this and happy to see the love and care that went into it.
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John L September 21, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
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Is this the previously announced G&P version of the "Colonial Gothic" rpg?
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Andrews M September 21, 2020 5:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It is indeed!

I am super excited to take on this special project with Richard, Grim & Perilous Studios and Andrews McMeel Publishing.
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Michael S September 21, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
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Very cool. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.
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John L September 22, 2020 12:09 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Excellent!
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Kyrinn S. E September 21, 2020 4:34 pm UTC
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Full-Size Preview 404s.
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Andrews M September 21, 2020 4:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the heads up! It should be working now.
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