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There Once Were Dragons

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The city-state of Elethia has known a hundred years of peace and prosperity. Being a member in the Order of Guardians, sworn to protect the city, is now a safe and cushy job with nice hours and a good pension. You thought you had it so good until that damned Guild of Mages and its blasted experiments sends the entire city one thousand years back in time, right in the middle of the dark ages of the world. Now everyone looks to the Guardians to keep Elethia safe and find a way back to the future.


There Once Were Dragons is a roleplaying game of epic fantasy and high action designed with a focus on the simpler pleasures of life.

YOU WILL HACK

Streamlined d20-based mechanics for quick gameplay. If you’ve played d20 games before, you'll feel right at home. Make a character in less than 5 minutes then go out and save Elethia!

YOU WILL SLASH

Or, don’t save Elethia at all! The built-in setting is entirely optional and can easily be replaced by another fantasy world of your own creation. You will still enjoy smooth action resolution, exciting combat and a huge variety of monsters to defeat.

YOU WILL LOOT

The world is full of magic and all you have to do is find it and perhaps defeat a dragon or two guarding it. Each magical treasure comes with a random list of variants so you’ll never have to find the same thing twice.

Some experience required!

The game assumes a GM with at least a little experience with traditional roleplaying games and how to run them. I was originally intending to write a 100-page diatribe on what roleplaying games are and how to run the greatest campaign ever. Instead, I wrote 100 pages of glorious, kick-ass loot.


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Ivan E March 28, 2021 1:53 pm UTC
Is this OGL?
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Georgios C March 28, 2021 3:47 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hello Ivan,

The game uses a unique d20-based system, so it's not OGL or compatible with other OGL games.
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Ivan E March 29, 2021 11:36 pm UTC
Got it. It reminds me a bit of Microlite20, but looks like it has a lot of interesting features.
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Yoseph S March 19, 2021 8:25 pm UTC
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Deally like the system, but one thing that seems to be "missing" (intentionally, I guess?) is a clear description of what the different damage types do (eldritch, spirit, acid, etc.). While there is a short section that gives hints as to what these types do, I was a little bit disappointed, that a description of damage types was in The Frontier but not here.
Is there any chance that something similiar will be added in the future?
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Georgios C March 19, 2021 9:52 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hello Yoseph!

You are right in that this change was intentional. There are several points at which There Once Were Dragons departs from The Frontier and the way damage types are handled is one of them. I wanted something a little bit more flexible than damage effects that are baked in for a particular type. So, in There Once Were Dragons all damage is handled in the same way, causing loss of Life points, but several items/spells will also have additional special effects in their description (a chance to stun, slow, cause armor damage etc.).

Now, if you really really want to add a special effect to all types of damage , I would use the following:
Eldritch and spirit damage cannot be blocked by most armor or shields.
Acid damage has a 40% chance of damaging 1 armor.
Cold damage has a 20% chance of slowing the target (Toughness DF 14 to resist).
Fire damage has a 30% chance of setting the target on fire (1d4).
Lightning damage has a 20% chance of stunning the...See more
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Yoseph S March 20, 2021 4:34 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply, and I get that thing you were going for would be different than The Frontier.
I'm sure to give these effects a whirl in the next session
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This title was added to our catalog on February 04, 2021.
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One Dwarf Army
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