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The Maelstrom RPG is back! Last published by Puffin Books in 1984, this cult classic is now available under license as a pdf, exclusively from Arion Games at RPGNow. Written by Alexander Scott when still at school, this is a classic no modern gamer can be without. This is no low-quality scan, but a re-created book, complete with every fantastic illustration.

Set in 16th Century England, this fast but powerful system allows you to create, and adventure with, Nobles, Mercenaries, Priests, Tradesmen and Herbalists. The innovative freeform magical system, arguably a precursor to such classics as Ars Magicaâ„¢, allows Mages to warp reality to their own ends.

Combat is fast and furious, with dozens of weapons and armours, and the wound system means that injuries are a real threat.

Includes full character generation rules, a solo adventure, an extensive (and much copied!) herb guide, a short scenario, advanced rules and much more, as well as dozens of illustrations, all in more than 300 pages.

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Cameron M March 08, 2024 10:25 am UTC
Can we have this title (Maelstrom - core rulebook) available as a hardcover like the Maelstrom Companion?
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Rich E P December 18, 2021 8:58 pm UTC
What size is the POD, please?
Same as the Puffin paperback, or does it match up with the dimensions of other books by Arion?
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Graham B December 20, 2021 3:54 pm UTC
It is A5, so slightly larger than the original. Unfortunately the original size was not an option, and I was not allowed to completely rework it to change the size significantly...
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Rich E P December 23, 2021 10:00 am UTC
Thanks, Graham.
Thought it was so in this case.
Reckon I'll stick with my old Puffin paperback for this one. It's still in remarkably good condition. But having the PDF now guards against overuse and falling apart!
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Graham B December 23, 2021 11:11 am UTC
I believe that it sold 80-100,000 copies back then, which is astounding, but also means that there are quite a few original copies around. I have 4 I think!
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T. Michaël T July 10, 2015 1:15 pm UTC
Hmm… I just now realized that 'Maelstrom' and 'Maelstrom Storytelling' are not at all related! (I've had the latter for 15+ years but have never played it.)
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