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A hippogryph is a strange paradox, combining the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybrid of two things that cannot logically go together. Somehow the unlikely remix produces something that elevates both of its antecedents. Throughout time, the mythical hippogryph has symbolized everything from the contradictory nature of religious belief to the unyielding power of romantic love. For me, it represents how the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. Lofty yet grounded. Poetic yet practical.

Hippogryph is so named because it is full of such dichotomies. My strongest influences are structured legacy systems like Dungeons & Dragons and lighter, more free-form mechanics like those found in Fate. My goal with this system has been to leverage the strengths of each style, use them to compensate for their collective limitations, and create something singular, entertaining, and practical.

The system you are about to read began as a hybrid of the D20 SRD and Fate Accelerated. The horse and the eagle. Not a conversion of one to the other, but a whole, new thing incorporating the strengths of both. I like how it turned out. Hopefully, you will enjoy it for what it is.

This book includes:

  • Systems: All of the information necessary to run a game, including the core mechanic, the use of hero points, and more.
  • Characters: The character creation system, explanations of abilities, and prompts for creating backgrounds.
  • Equipment: Mechanics and statistics for weapons, magic items, and other tools.

Lightspress Media is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should enhance the message of the text, not act as page filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and sturdy. This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the creativity and collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, then get out of your way.

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Jeremy H June 20, 2022 4:07 pm UTC
I like the cut of your jib sir. I also yearn for an accessible and fairly "lite" system that could handle multiple genres. Your promo vid thing expressed many of the design concerns I've wrestled with as well. I'm currently tinkering with a Black Hack-ish and 4C-ish idea in a similar lite but probably more generic direction. I like Black Hack as a base because the target numbers for task resolution is always staring my players in the face (i.e., it's a roll under D20 derivative where all actions default to one of the six ability scores). Tri-Stat dX seems to handle this pretty well, but most of my players are D20 acclimated. Anyway, thanks for making this a Deal of the Day. Purchasing now.
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Berin K June 21, 2022 1:07 pm UTC
Thank you! I hope you enjoy Hippogryph!
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This title was added to our catalog on April 26, 2022.