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Reaver Sword & Sorcery RPG Quickstart

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Reaver Sword & Sorcery Role-Playing Game is less gonzo and more grit! Inspired by the fantasy works of Robert E. Howard, Charles R. Saunders, Karl Edward Wagner, and others, with a heaping dose of historical adventure fiction by the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Poul Anderson.

Updated on 11/25/23 to "Version 2" representing several months of playtesting an revision.

  • A unique die-chain mechanic that doesn't require special dice--the d5, d14, and d16 can all be easily emulated
  • Player-facing rules that let the PCs be the focus
  • Action-packed combat in which the PCs can be heroic but still feel at risk
  • Dark and dangerous magic, for those willing to face the consequences
  • Meta-currency for the players and Chronicler (game master)

This is a hefty "quickstart," with a substantial helping of the finished rules and an action-packed adventure! Here's what you get:

  • Introduction & Basic Setting (6 pages)
  • Equipment (8 pages)
  • Game Rules (19 pages)
  • Sorcery (4 pages of rules; 9 pages of spells)
  • Chronicler's Rules (7 pages)
  • Scenario (18 pages; two hooks/adventures, setting info, can be played as one-shots or as a more long-term sandbox)
  • Adversaries (10 pages)
  • 6 Pre-generated 3rd-level characters (included separately)
  • Cheatsheet (a handy reference to help you learn the rules)

If you like what you see, find something unintelligible or hard to understand, or simply have any other feedback, please reach out and help us finalize the rules!

Reaver Title, three grim reavers, a Thraxian rogue, an Akkarite sorceress, and a Nymbean scout.

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Chris M April 26, 2023 5:10 pm UTC
@Joseph S (the Publisher) Have you seen the Fantasy artwork of the amazing French Cartoonist "Emmanuel Roudier"? He illutrated the French edition of the 'Barbarians of Lemuria' RPG and has his own comic book series set in the Neolithic age. His style seems right up 'Reaver's' alley.

P.S. I'll definitely be picking up Reaver when it hits full release. Especially if the quality of presentation and illustration matches the quick start.
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Chris M April 26, 2023 5:15 pm UTC
DOH! how could I forget, he (Emannuel) also illustrated the French RPG 'Würm — Roleplaying in the Ice Age' available here on drivethrurpg, so another great example of his excellent art.
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Joseph S April 30, 2023 1:51 pm UTC
Thanks for the tip, Chris, and for your support!
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Brian R January 29, 2023 7:41 am UTC
This looks really cool and promising. Can't wait to see an finished product.
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Joseph S January 29, 2023 4:44 pm UTC
Appreciate that, thank you!
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William L January 29, 2023 3:54 am UTC
Savage Worlds meets DCC meets D&D meets The OSR ...
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Joseph S January 29, 2023 4:47 pm UTC
Reaver was originally a White Box rewrite and steadily grew into something new. You've nailed some of the biggest influences! Thanks for giving it a look!
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Garnett E January 18, 2023 5:40 pm UTC
Alright, so you've read 'Dread in the Water,' haven't you?
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Joseph S January 19, 2023 1:31 pm UTC
I've not heard of it. I'll check it out!
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Joseph S January 19, 2023 1:37 pm UTC
Okay, just got it, the description sounds amazing! I can definitely see why you asked! The quickstart adventure grew out of short campaign I did that started in the city mentioned in the text, Karakuum.
Can't wait to read this!
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