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The Age of Shadow is a complete fantasy role-playing game based upon the OpenQuest system. As such, the game utilises a simple percentile rules mechanic to resolve most actions (making it suitable for beginners and veteran role-players alike), and is set in a mythical world of elves, men, and fearsome monsters.

Within the book you will find:

• character generation rules
• a comprehensive skill list and combat chapter
• rules for two different types of magic
• a wide variety of situational rules
• a complete monster section
• a two page character sheet


Note that more information concerning to the world in which the age of shadow is set can be found in The Age of Shadow: Campaign Guide (also available from Crooked Staff Publishing).




More information concerning to the world in which

the age of shadow is set can be found in: ; ;

The Age of Shadow: Campaign Guide ; ;

(also available from Crooked Staff Publishing) ;

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Tim P November 10, 2021 11:42 pm UTC
Love the book in general, and while new to D100-systems, I like the OpenQuest foundation here. That said, as in OQ 1e (maybe 2e as well, but I don't have that), there's very little said about shields except that they exist, their size and ENC, and that they can be used to parry.

While OQ3e adds some details, what rules have people been using for shields? Penalty to hit for opponent? Added armor? I'd love to hear any thoughts :-)
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Kristian R November 11, 2021 10:50 am UTC
R.A.W. = Shields (or an off-hand) weapon give you an additional 'parry' per round.
However, the benefit of having a shield is that it can parry against larger weapons than a weapon of a similar size category.
You can also attempt to parry hand-thrown missile weapons with a shield (plus, if you have a large shield, it imposes a -25 penalty on ranged attacks ...assuming it's facing the right direction ;) ).
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Tim P November 13, 2021 4:49 pm UTC
Thanks for your clarification, Kristian! I'm going to be ordering your setting books in paper, having enjoyed the core rules so much. OpenQuest is a great foundation for an RPG system!

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Mr P Fleran M February 15, 2021 12:41 pm UTC
In the main rule book, in the animals section, SIZ 7 for a crocodile looks a bit on the small size. SIZ 26 would be medium sized, with SIZ 50 would be a large one
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Kristian R February 15, 2021 2:44 pm UTC
Yeah. The animal list needs some work (since the game is based on OpenQuest, I just used the same animal list for consistency).
If I ever get around to making a 2nd edition (which I have been thinking about) it will be one of the things I redo :)
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Mr P Fleran M February 16, 2021 1:35 pm UTC
No worries. It is a minor thing easily rectified if anyone has some MRQ beastiaries. I 'd like to see some more 'Neath the Shadow stuff, rather than a second edition, as the first edition is mighty fine already. Some elaboration of the city backgrounds from the Campaign Guide would be good, with some scenarios set in various cities (or just one city).
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Robert A May 16, 2020 3:47 pm UTC
What page is the character sheet on? I cant seem to find it.
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Robert A May 16, 2020 3:48 pm UTC
Nevermind I'm an idiot my pdf reader didnt generate the last page right away >.>
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Kristian R May 16, 2020 3:50 pm UTC
No worries. However, there's one here too:
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Robert A May 16, 2020 8:47 pm UTC
I had seen that but its not a two pager with inventory like in the core book. Which I 'printed' it out from the core book to make a new pdf I could be fillable for my group either way we're all good, thanks!
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