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Kriegsmesser is a tabletop RPG zine that was created for #zinequest 2021. It was inspired by history (cca. 1453-1630) and roleplaying games named after medieval weapons.

It's focus are 36 backgrounds compatible with Troika by Melsonian Arts Council, but it comes with a set of custom rules and can be played standalone.

Also includes some essays, GM tools, random tables, rules for horrible injuries, recommended media and a bunch of historical woodcut art.

What is it not?

  • It's not a historical game as such, it's fairly anachronistic and sparse on detail.
  • It is not high fantasy with evil gods and orcs and wizards and pirate elves on lizard mounts.
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Simon S February 12, 2024 1:55 am UTC
Question on combat: most careers don’t have a combat skill - how are combat tests really meant to work? I don’t fully follow the rules in the book
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Pierre C June 02, 2023 3:41 pm UTC
Great little game ! Does the NPCs have 10 Toughness points too in your optional combat rules ? Thx
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Brian O May 12, 2022 6:43 pm UTC
Are there any character sheets for this game?
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Piero P January 04, 2022 9:06 am UTC
Interesting and I like its native rules more than the Troika! version and it is a mix of many sources: Apocalypse World, Cthulhu Dark, The Call of Cthulhu, some of Warlock! and of course Warhammer with a twist.

I like the rules for combat, simple, interesting - even if there aren't a lot of options - and deadly. Things are easy enough nonetheless that one can put some homebrew options with ease: charge, fight defensively, all out defence and so on.

One glaring absence is Magic which the game addresses only if you use the Troika! rules and I would have liked some optional rules pertaining to that sphere.

All in all a nice effort and I think the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
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Chad K September 11, 2021 1:55 am UTC
I bought it.
40 something pages of content. Think of a very rules light version of Warhammer rpg or Warlock rpg. 36 "classes" like soldier, grave robber, clueless noble, revolting peasant, barber surgeon, gambler.
Different skills, but no real explanations, they cover what you decide they cover. This is rules light.
Skills roll dice equal to skill level. Take highest die. 6 is success, 4-5 part sucess or sucess with a cost. 3 or less is failure and worse..
Fun little game.
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Scott M April 23, 2023 12:29 am UTC
"Skills roll dice equal to skill level. Take highest die. 6 is success, 4-5 part sucess or sucess with a cost. 3 or less is failure and worse.."

Ah nice, I like this type of mechanic
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Chad K August 24, 2021 4:11 pm UTC
Is this available in print?
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Iain A August 10, 2021 1:30 pm UTC
Is there a preview available?
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Matt K May 25, 2021 11:59 am UTC
Hey, this sounds great! Any chance of a preview?
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