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CWP #42 — More Oathbound


The Workbook Partials are excerpts from the campaign notes of our ongoing “Coup de Main” old school D&D campaign. Raw transcripts intended for experienced fellow travelers.

Issue Synopsis

“Oathbound” character classes are a series of magically similar classes featuring an unique form of divine magic: a mortal magician twists their soul into a tool capable of wielding divine Power with mental discipline, oaths and bonds. They form an artificial Power Pool, enabling the relatively frail mortal soul to echo divinity in a small way. It’s a distinct way of approaching divine magic vis-a-vis the Cleric.

The most prominent Oathbound class is the Paladin back in CWP #15, but the setting includes a variety of others, such as Anti-Paladins, Elf-Friends, Warlocks, Favored Souls... similar in rules mechanics, but hardly in the onerous oaths and disciplines expected of them

About the Workbook Partials series

In case you're unfamiliar with the series as a whole, a couple of observations:

An "ashcan" series: The CWP series is an attempt at circumventing my own perfectionist tendencies by writing my campaign notes in a low-effort format. This is material oriented towards and informed by real play, but it is not professionally finished game text. Each CWP issue is an essay on a single campaign topic (check the preview!), laying out my current ideas and practice. I think it's great as supplementary reading for an experienced GM, but a complete "game" it is not.

The "fun" trading game: You can in fact get the CWP series for free instead of paying to win. The details are explained in the 'zine (check the preview!), but the gist of it is that you're allowed to trade the CWPs freely to others. So if you like trading games, maybe trade for it instead of buying it. I do like money, too, but apparently not enough to not self-sabotage like this.

Some considerable scope: OK so it's an indie zine about old school D&D, but at least the series is fairly ambitious, with 20+ issues on a wide variety of topics. Hundreds of pages in total, were one to collect them all. See the inside cover (check the preview!) for a full index of what's out there, and what I'm planning to write in the future.

For more information on any of those points, check the product preview. All should become clear.kiehkura.png


Muster is my primer for how to play old school D&D in the wargaming way, the creative orientation and method assumed in the Coup de Main campaign. If you like what you see in the CWP series, then maybe check that out, too.

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