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Engines & Empires Core Rules

Engines & Empires Core Rules

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The ENGINES & EMPIRES CORE RULES for Gaslamp Fantasy Tabletop Adventure Campaigns bring steam tech to the Old School Renaissance! 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!

Pay what you want for the PDF; a print version is coming soon!

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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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