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SR4 Zero Level Player's Guide



Rules for the Creation and Advancement of
Zero Level Player Characters


Hello and welcome, adventurers and Game Masters!

In your hands is a guidebook for use with OSRIC, 1E compatible retro clones, and all editions of the world’s greatest roleplaying game! This guide focuses on the creation of new zero-level player characters, and new parties of such would-be adventurers.

I initially began creating such rules in 2017, as a helpful way of introducing new players to role-playing games and as a useful way to form a new adventuring party forged from a close knit group, e.g. all from one community and not just random strangers. I have published prior versions pf these rules, expounding on them with each iteration. The books were well received by my readers and became some of my best sellers. This then is a crystallization of those rules into their clerest, most direct restatement. This is a new zero level rules booklet just for players, focusing on what you need to know to prepare your new would-be hero for adventure!

The rules cover all aspects of zero-level character creation, including abilities; character archetypes (zero level "classes"); gear and equipment, spells (benedictions and cantrips), and much more. It even includes eight (8) play-tested pre-generated zero level player characters (two parties of four) for immediate use! 



NOTE: These rules are not a complete fantasy RPG ruleset, but a supplemental player's guide aimed at creating zero level player characters.
Thus, you will still need the OSRIC manual, or your retroclone rulebook of choice, for a complete understanding of a particular system’s rules.

PRINTING TIP: This book is presented in DIGEST format (5.5" W x 8" H) perfect for reading on a tablet or smartphone. If you want to print it out you can do so as is, or if you prefer a compact format you should set-up your PDF program as follows: (1) Set it to LANDSCAPE format, (2) Set it to print 2 pages to one, (3) Set it to print on both sides of the page (duplex printing), and (4) Set the duplex printing to flip the book on the left hand short edge. 

PLUS you also get a free copy of my latest Starry Knight Press Catalog, which has information on all of my modules and supplements, as well as maps of the known portions of my campaign world of Terrans, and bonus content (new monsters and magic items from my published books!

I will also be publishing an SZ-Series of zero level adventures meant to be used with this guide, the first of which will be available soon! 

June 2021 Edit: I have released the first SZ-Series module: LAIR OF THE TOAD!

Thank you for your custom and your support of Starry Knight Press!

Louis “sirlou” Kahn
Starry Knight Press
May 2021
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Timothy B June 02, 2021 9:37 am UTC
How does this book differ from SR1? Is it compatible with those rules? Is it an expansion?

Thanks in advance.
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Louis K June 02, 2021 8:16 pm UTC
Hi Timothy, thanks for your interest! This guide is both a revision and expansion of the rules in SR1, and it is more squarely aimed at the player (vs. the GM), especially those new to TTRPGs and/or the OSR. Thus, a basic TTRPG explanatory section was added. Also character creation is streamlined and reorganized, to be more in line with OSRIC rules. In addition, the format was changed, additional art was added, and other formatting changes were made to make it more readable and accessible.

I hope this answers your questions!
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Timothy B June 03, 2021 5:33 am UTC
Yes, that's super helpful. Thanks for the additional information and quick reply!
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