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Lace & Steel


The Lace and Steel Role Playing game!

Lace & Steel is the original game of swashbuckling fantasy adventure. L&S's card based combat system, its rules for social conflict , repartee and romance were a unique contribution to the development of storytelling in RPG games.


Playing the full version of this game requires the use of a set of custom cards. These are avaialble in print form here:

... and in Jpeg, Tiff and PNG here:

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Brendan R November 12, 2020 1:44 pm UTC
I already had the 1st edition box (loaned the revised book and didn't get it back). Should have got it signed last time I talked to Paul Kidd.

This is a very interesting small-group game. The learning curve can be a bit steep by 'modern' games, but the effort is well worth while. Having the PNG card deck makes playing it online much easier to arrange on sites such as Roll20. (Now to work on my character sheet creation skills...)
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John N September 14, 2020 12:46 pm UTC
Is this the same scan that was available for a short time over on RPGNow years back?
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Bozo B September 10, 2020 9:02 pm UTC
Lace & Steel is a great game, I played it a couple of times back in the 90s. The card rules for duelling and repartee are really cool, and sorcery also uses a unique card deck. IIRC there are "hotter in the north" bits of the setting, which coming from the northern hemisphere I found a bit strange, but the setting is very good to play in.
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David G November 15, 2020 11:38 am UTC
southern hemisphere: *exists
American: *mind melts
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Neil B September 09, 2020 9:25 pm UTC
This game is completely adorable. From the artwork/illustration to the wonderful otherworldly romance of the setting. My gaming group are chomping at the bit to play Centaur swashbucklers. The mechanics are interestingly different and straightforward. Thanks for bringing this back!
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Rhys M September 07, 2020 10:19 pm UTC
How is this an OSR game? I don't think card based resolution existed until the early 2000s if then at all.
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Greg O September 07, 2020 11:06 pm UTC
This one was from the '90s, even appearing in a forum article by Roger Moore in Dragon Magazine. It was one of the first to use cards but wasn't well known in North America because it was originally published in Australia; I've heard that most copies in NA were bought at Gen Con or from a couple Furry conventions (the major artist for the game was well known as a "furry" artist even though their work was mostly centaurs, satyrs, and harpy characters--go figure)
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Rhys M September 08, 2020 2:18 am UTC
Oh Cool. I had no idea.
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Paul K September 09, 2020 9:25 am UTC
Published in 1989.

I was the first
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Greg O September 10, 2020 2:11 am UTC
I stand corrected. I had to admit Roger Moore gave a very good review and I did enjoy the "Mus of Kerbridge" novel you wrote in the setting. I still have a copy of the old TSR paperback in my bookcase wedged in between Cook's "Dread Brass Shadows" and "Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!"
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Greg O September 10, 2020 2:14 am UTC
there was also a novel from the setting published by TSR books
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