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The British are Coming!

Brown Bess Musket

The year is 1775. The spark of revolution has ignited in the thirteen colonies, and the British army is on its way to smother it. While the Redcoats mass in Boston, the 2nd Continental Congress has just formed a provisional government. Without help, the Patriots will surely fall to the British forces. Join the fight for liberty in this Revolutionary campaign setting!

Well researched and vigorously play tested, Nations & Cannons products are 5e compatible and introduce many new mechanics for historical realism in the world's most popular roleplaying game. These FREE Starter Rules include everything a player needs to make a character. Inside this PDF you'll find:

  • Six new human Roles; variant traits for a diverse party without fantastical races.
  • Detailed history of Heritages, covering the people and cultures of colonial America.
  • The new Firebrand class, a rabble-rouser whose pen is as mighty as their sword!
  • Six subclass options, from the cunning Marksman to the duplicitous Turncoat.
  • New backgrounds like the Son of Liberty, and flintlock feats to customize your character.
  • 65 new items, from provisions and poisons to dueling pistols and pennsylvania rifles.
  • All-new rules for ordnance and working together as an Artillery crew to bombard your enemies.
  • Wargear system to customize your loadout, and bring multiple firearms into battle!
  • Rules to replace spellcasting with clever tricks called Gambits, including 40 unique effects.

The stories covered in this PDF include diverse perspectives and a cast of unconventional heroes, who fought on and off the battlefield for liberty, equality, justice, and vengeance. Build your character, declare your allegiance, and explore the conflict that created a nation, all while immersed in the legends and history of the American Revolution. 

Colonial Roles

For expanded content, check out the N&C Core Rules!

The Nations & Cannons: Core Rules ($4.99 PDF) features over 40 pages of exclusive content for you to run 18th century adventures, set during the American Revolution and beyond! The Core Rules include:

  • A roster of 25 Enemies, including soldiers, artillery pieces, cavalry, and wild beasts.
  • Comprehensive GM Tips for running tactical, lightning-fast encounters with large groups of soldiers.
  • The Invasion of Canada, an introductory module covering the Patriots' first major offensive in 1775!
  • A section on Inclement Weather detailing climate hazards and their effects on firearms.
  • An historical Map of North America labeled with 40 locations from the Thirteen Colonies and beyond.
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August 21st, 2022
Having gotten this set including the Core rules and the weapons and history, 10/10 would recommend to everyone even those not running nations and cannons as a supplementary to the source books you are currently using. Excellently done by the team. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on July 05, 2022.