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The ENGINES & EMPIRES CORE RULES for Gaslamp Fantasy Tabletop Adventure Campaigns bring steam tech to the classic dungeon-crawling rules of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. If you like the idea of mages in goggles and top hats, fighters with six-shooters and clockwork armor, or mad scientists killing dragons with lightning guns and phlogiston bombs, then this is the game for you!

In E&E, you'll find a game with familiar rules and a Victorian vibe, where elves can rub elbows with mechanical men and goblins can prospect for gold in a fairy-tale Old West. But it's pure old-school, so you should expect the following:

• Just a few basic character classes: the fighterroguemagescholar, and tech

• Mages cast fairy-tale magic in the form of cantrips, spells, and elaborate rituals. Techs can build amazing devices based off of their gadget blueprints, chemical formulas, and invention schematics!

• Typical for OSR games, character generation is 3d6-in-order, Armor Class gets better as the number gets lower, the demihumans are character classes (optionally play as an elf, goblin, dwarf, or ogre), the treasure is worth XP, and 0 hp means dead!

• 87 pages of classic monsters! Contend with abominations and eldritch horrors, animals, chimeras and dragons, constructs and automata, fae and nature spirits, humanoids and giants, planar and elemental spirits, plants and oozes, and of course the restless undead!

• A complete game all in one encyclopediac tome!

244 pages, black & white interior, pdf and hardcover.

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Afonso F April 26, 2022 3:41 pm UTC
Hello, I have a few questions about E&E. First question: Is it easy to convert adventures and monsters from other D&D related old-school games?

Second question, can anyone publish adventures, modules and monsters under Engines & Empires?

Thank you for your time.
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JOHN H April 29, 2022 1:34 pm UTC
Converting monsters is very easy indeed. You can bring classic monsters into E&E almost unchanged; you only need to convert any spell-like abilities to the magic system that E&E uses, and (if the monster is coming from an "LBB" or a "BXCMI" source rather than an "Advanced 1e or 2e" source) you might need to add 1 to the monster's AC.

Converting whole adventures is a bit more work, but still doable. The chief barrier is the magic system: you have to swap out all the Vancian magic and magical items for their E&E equivalents. Not hard, just tedious. And you have to tweak the treasure, since traditional old-school games use a gold standard and many OSR games use a silver standard, whereas E&E uses a copper standard.

Most of the rules text of E&E is Open Game Content, so one can certainly publish E&E compatible adventures using the Open Game License. You just can't mention "Engines & Empires" anywhere in or on the work, because...See more
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Afonso F April 29, 2022 5:32 pm UTC
Thank you for your answer. I asked about publishing because there are games like OSE that let anyone make a "compatible with OSE" module or adventure.

Have a nice day.
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Neil S January 04, 2022 4:53 am UTC
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Jacob W November 17, 2020 2:48 am UTC
No Preview?
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JOHN H November 17, 2020 4:11 am UTC
It's workin' now. No idea why it wasn't before.
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Herbert A October 13, 2020 2:42 am UTC
I'm a huge fan of this beautifully simple system and I'm dying to purchase hardcover editions of both this and the sourcebook; is there any chance of them being available by the Christmas season? And has there been any further thoughts on fleshing out Fantasy Martial Arts in-canon? I have a homebrew idea that grants FMA ratings based on the sum of the prime attributes per class reqs but I was hoping for something better suited to the awesome world already built
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JOHN H October 16, 2020 3:55 am UTC
I will hopefully have these in print soonish, but I keep finding typos and having to correct the print-file, which delays my being able to order a proof copy.

No, the martial arts rules won't get an expansion. I recommend using Dragon Fist/Flying Swordsmen if you want to have a full kung-fu campaign using these rules. (Serendipitously, both games only go up to the 10th level and use very similar XP tables for the classes.)
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