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The landowners tightened their grip and cut off the common land from access to those who most depended on it. Faced with poverty and starvation, rural eyes turned to the roads and the cities at the end of them, imagining untold potential and possibility. They left home in search of opportunity and adventure - but often ended up worse off, desperate and displaced, eking out an existence on unforgiving cobbled streets or sifting through the muck for a loose coin.

Welcome to life on the streets, Maelstrom-style. The Beggars Companion is a guide to playing the lowest of the low in the classic historical role-playing game. The Companion gives you all you need to know to understand the plight of the vagrant and the masterless during this period:

  • Beggars in Tudor Society – a broad sketch on the perceptions of the Church, the State and the Public
  • New and Expanded Beggar livings – twenty-six options for the Beggar or Trickster, including the Nefarious Tricks they use to exploit the unwary and naive
  • Beggars Cant – a brief (2-page) guide to terms and slang used by and about vagrants
  • Life on the Street – new rules and guidance for the Referee on running games with one or more Beggars, themes and styles of game, the Law, Safe Havens, Sleeping Rough and more
  • Sample Beggars – five non-player characters, plus a new NPC template, the Upright Man, a leader of the homeless
  • Half a dozen adventure seeds plus a full adventure, The Long Road, which takes the characters from a market place in east London to the coast of North Kent in search of the truth about Old Ted
  • New Herbs – nine new herbs to add to those included in the core rules

Exhaustively researched from original records and documents about the homeless and vagrant in Elizabethan England, the material can be used to generate ideas, new abilities and character ideas for other games, whether historical or fantastical.

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