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Warlock! Traitor's Edition

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Same great game, awesome new look!

This is a new edition of the Warlock! core rules.

New fonts, new layout, new art.

If you have Warlock! already, you don't need this version (but you know you want it!).

Warlock is a rules-light roleplaying game that aims to emulate the feeling of old-school British tabletop games of wondrous and fantastical adventure. Warlock looks to reproduce the play style of its illustrious predecessors but in a light, quick and simple manner, with a consistent rules set that is easily hackable and adaptable as desired.


What is this game?

Warlock is a tabletop roleplaying game, played with pencils, paper and dice. The implied setting is a fantasy world in a vast Kingdom of man. Beset on all sides by enemies, both without and within, the players control characters struggling to survive in a fantastic world. So thematically, Warlock is a fantasy game of perilous adventure. However Warlock does not contain lots of explicit setting information, so you can use it with your favourite published or home-made settings. Instead Warlock aims to give you a simple and concise set of rules that you can shape as you need.

This is the same base text as the original Platinum selling edition, here:


https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/312204/Warlock

There have been some minor changes listed below, but these have been updated to both versions of the game, so no matter if you have this one or the original edition, the rules are functionally the same:

1) Small changes to the wording in a couple of places for clarity.

2) Your career skill is now equal in value to the lowest skill that your career grants, rather than the average.

3) You roll 1d6 on the critical tables + negative stamina, not 2d6 (this is to make the probabilities work and the game slightly less dangerous).

4) Blast and Foulness spells have had their stamina cost reduced by one, and the Sleep spell has had its stamina cost reduced by two.

All content for the original Warlock! is 100% compatible with the Traitor's Edition!

Customer comments:

‘looks very cool. Reminds me of that other game – battle hammer....war mallet....whatever. Also the old "choose your path" adventure books.’

‘This is a fantastic hybrid of Fighting Fantasy and WFRP 1st ed., both extremely nostalgic for me. Cracking little game and easy to hack!’

‘I really like some of the design decisions you made. Every game should have your rule: “any situation not covered in the rules, roll a D6.” Career choices are great, every skill for everybody is fascinating, and going statless is bold. Everything is old school and dead simple. Can’t wait to run the game.’

 
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Robert W June 04, 2022 7:09 pm UTC
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Have really enjoyed this product so far. I would like to pose an example to check my understanding of the rule on Gaining Stamina, p. 61. I make my initial skill assignments; determine my initial career; and suppose my initial career skills correlated thus: Skill A = 6; skill B = 5, skill C = 4, skill D = 5, skill E = 6. Next, I can now allocate the 10 advancements (p. 15). My pre-allocation Career Skill level is 4.

Case (I): Suppose my allocations: A to 8; B to 8; D to 8; E to 8 and C remains = 4. My post-allocation Career Skill level remains = 4.

Now to the question, if I spend 4 future advances bringing Skill C to 5 to 6 to 7 to 8, I would gain +4 to Stamina (c.f. p. 61)?

Case (II) Now compared to the (10 levels) allotment choice: A to 8; B to 7; C to 7; D to 7; E to 7. Here, my post allocation Career Skill level =7 and I would only gain a +1 to Stamina by bringing them all (at least) to level = 8?

It seems one trades more immediate access to a higher generic...See more
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Greg S June 07, 2022 2:40 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
That's right. You could 'game' the system to give yourself a bigger stamina bump from the get go if you really wanted, but only until the lowest skill level is roughly the same as the other skills.
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Robert W June 07, 2022 6:17 pm UTC
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Thank you for taking the time to reply. Looking forward to the hardbound copy.

PS I think you meant 'provenance' not 'providence' in the Appraise Skill description! :-)
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Scott R May 31, 2022 12:30 am UTC
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I recently purchased the Warlock! Traitor’s edition POD but missed that you could also get the pdf added for the same price. Would it be possible to still get the pdf added to my order?
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Greg S June 04, 2022 4:52 pm UTC
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Hi, best contact drivethruRPG directly and they should sort you out.
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Marco T May 23, 2022 11:59 pm UTC
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Two questions:
1. What skill do AXE weapons belong to? Polearms?
2. Is there a printer-friendly version of the new character sheet?
Thanks!
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Scott H June 09, 2022 9:53 pm UTC
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From the skills listed, "Large Blade" seems the most appropriate for axes (except for poleaxes, which would use "Pole Arm"). If you want, you could split "Large Blade" into two different skills: "Sword" and "Axe."
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Scott H June 10, 2022 6:15 am UTC
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I'd probably also change the damage type for axes to "slashing" instead of "crushing."
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Scott P April 23, 2022 12:57 am UTC
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Excellent game! It channels the spirit of certain games I love--WFRP, WFRP 2nd, and Zweihander, but streamlines things for fast and easy play.
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Daniel Enoch T April 22, 2022 12:56 am UTC
Are the four things (in italics) you noted above the ONLY changes between this and the original?
(I own the original in physical BTW)

Thx!
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Stephen R March 31, 2022 2:13 am UTC
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I’m in the process of getting the pdf printed (as matter of fact, it’s ready for pickup). I told my printer a new version with corrections had been released. She said that if the changes are minor, they’d be able to swap out pages no charge. That being said, is there somewhere I can find out what the changes were? Thanks - love the game BTW.
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Greg S June 07, 2022 2:41 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yes, apart from some minor typos
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Justin C March 21, 2022 4:51 pm UTC
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Just got this because it looks perfect to use for my solo campaign! I'm running a bunch of old modules and OSR modules-- are there any rules for conversion to Warlock? Thanks!
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Greg S March 23, 2022 11:52 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Really just eyeball it. Stat blocks in Warlock! are super simple - you just need a skill and stamina value. You can use the examples in the book as a guide.
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Dave S March 12, 2022 12:04 am UTC
Do you think you'll continue to sell both versions going forward. I really prefer the original old-school font.
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Greg S March 12, 2022 8:40 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Yep both versions will be available. The pdf of the older version will keep up with any chances in rules (no more planned!).
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March 05, 2022 2:34 am UTC
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I really like these -- just bought a bunch of the PDFs. I wanted to see what I thought before going in on a print edition. As a purchaser of the PDF, can I purchase a print version minus what I spent on the PDF? I am not sure how drivethrurpg works in that regard. Also I actually like the original layout more and will be buying that book over the newer version to make the other books I buy match as well (since the other books have that font too). Not sure why people disliked it...
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Julien M March 02, 2022 6:30 am UTC
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Character sheet is sooooo sexy
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Greg S March 02, 2022 10:22 am UTC
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:-)
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Don M March 01, 2022 6:27 pm UTC
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Is there going to be a premium color hardback offering soon. The difference in printing quality and paper is significantly better as far as hardback versions go. This was offered on the previous edition and I was very pleased with that printing option when I purchased that edition. I like my manuals to last and have a good feel to them. So having a hardback copy in the premium color option with updated rules would be important to me, while the new artwork is mostly a nice extra but not as important. Thanks.
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Greg S March 01, 2022 7:38 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No plans at the moment I’m afraid.
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Don M March 01, 2022 7:53 pm UTC
PURCHASER
You updated the Platinum edition's PDF with the new text for rules clarifications from the Traitor's edition, but does that update the Platinum edition printed options as well?
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Greg S March 01, 2022 8:23 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No it doesn’t I’m afraid. That is a much longer process.
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Don M March 01, 2022 11:19 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Very understandable. I'm still happy with the current solutions that you have created. Thanks for a great game, all the love you put into it, and the quick replies. Carry on.
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Mark C March 01, 2022 4:26 pm UTC
One solution could be a coupon for existing buyers at a discount. Just something to think about.
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Chad K March 01, 2022 11:41 am UTC
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I'm loving it. New art. New font. I'm a big fan of the original, but I have to say this is an improvement to me and I will buy it pod with my next order.
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Tony C March 01, 2022 11:09 am UTC
I think the internet has a enough negativity, so I don't like to add to it, but I think this warrants a discussion. I own a lot of your products (including a hardcopy of Warlock!). I think the game is great and truthfully, I love the look of the original version. Having said that, I think this product--which appears to be almost identical in content--should be free to customers who have previously purchased Warlock!. I recognize the effort and cost that must have gone into layout and art, but it feels like a bit disrespectful of your customers to ask them to pay for this again--especially if you stop updating the old version of the core rules and now only update this version (don't know if that's your plan or not, but I suspect it may be).

Look at what Runehammer did with their new edition. That was a significant redesign and I was surprised to find that my account had all the new rules added to my library because I had purchased the previous edition.

Again, just trying to open a...See more
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M P March 01, 2022 11:33 am UTC
I have to say I was wondering about this too. It's kind of difficult to talk about, without sounding entitled.
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Greg S March 01, 2022 11:34 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi there, yes I take your point, and it was a hard decision. At the end of the day there is a cost involved in this process, which I need to recoup. As I say if you have the first version, then the text is functionally the same - there are three minor rules changes, which are summerised above. There's no need to buy this version, it was really designed for thiose people that dismissed the game because they didn't like the layout.

Anyway, thanks for your support of the game line and Fire Ruby Designs, it is very much appreciated!
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Greg S March 01, 2022 11:43 am UTC
PUBLISHER
In fact, what I have done is update the original version of Warlock with the same minor rules changes - so now, both versions are functionally identical in terms of rules. The Traitor's edition is just a new layout.
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Raymond W March 01, 2022 12:24 pm UTC
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Given that the two editions are mechanically identical, I think this is extremely fair. But don't trust me; I'm a Warlock! fanboy.
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Benjamin W March 01, 2022 1:28 pm UTC
I just used a pen, wrote a change log in the back of the book and made the changes listed above. It's a little annoying to have a new version of the rules come out about 2 months after I bought the original version of the game in print.
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Kelly D March 01, 2022 1:32 pm UTC
Art and layout can be both time consuming and expensive.
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Tony C March 01, 2022 1:38 pm UTC
Holy cow, that was fast! I just got an email saying that my pdf version of the original game was updated. Amazing! My main concern was existing purchasers being left with an unsupported product. Personally, I think the original layout, art and font made the game stand out--I love it. But if a more 'traditional' font brings in more players, I'm 100% onboard.

You're doing great work, thanks for being so responsive!
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Greg S March 01, 2022 2:28 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No problem, and thanks for drawing my attention to this.
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Antonio Miguel M March 01, 2022 5:29 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I think this is the elegant solution…at least now we’ve the pdf at the same level… quite sure at some point this version will be bought too :)
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