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Honor + Intrigue

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ENnies Judge's Spotlight AwardHonor + Intrigue is a new, standalone game from Basic Action Games. Inspired as much by Hollywood as by history, Honor + Intrigue pays homage to the swashbucklers of the silver screen as well as great works such as those of Dumas and Sabatini. Game Masters should feel free to use history as a source of inspiration, not a restriction. True to its inspiration, Honor + Intrigue plays fast and cinematic, leaving the focus on drama and action unfolding.  Read more about the game below.

What is Honor + Intrigue?

The game engine is based on Simon Washbourne's acclaimed"Barbarians of Lemuria" rpg, and also contains a number of new features as well, designed for the swashbuckling theme.

17th Century Adventure

Welcome to the Age of the Baroque.  It is a time when daring highwaymen ply the coach-roads, musketeers protect the king, and buccaneers cross swords on the high-seas. While the game assumes a 17th century setting, there is also advice to play it in any age from that of Elizabeth to Bonaparte, or even to make a completely fictional setting.  

Swashbuckling Action

It is a dangerous and cruel world, but fortunately there are men and women who laugh in the face of danger and fight injustice. They swing into action on chandeliers, and meet their foes with flashing steel and a sharp tongue. The action in Honor + Intrigue should be as high-flying as any swashbuckling movie. Yes, you can swing from a tapestry, crash through the window, lunge at your enemy, and parry his attack all in a single turn!

Intrigue

Among the tangled webs of intrigue, friends can become bitter rivals, enemies can become allies, and lovers can betray you to your death. Rival nobles who smile cordially at one another at court plot against one another in secret, and often, heroes are caught in the middle. 

Other Features of the game include:

The power of Fortune to overcome overwhelming odds, and a system that rewards players for taking swift action.  After all, Fortune favors the bold...

Fencing rules that emphasize using maneuvers and pressing advantage over your opponent-- you don't simply take turns hitting each other.  There are also 9 Dueling Schools, each with their own unique style.

Character's  back-stories are created as a part of making the Hero, so every hero has depth.

A Gazetteer containing a brief history of the swashbuckling world, as well as a number of secret societies and powerful groups that can be joined by the heroes, or their enemies...

An optional section covering Mysteries, Horrors, & Wonders, allowing the GM to incorporate alchemy, sorcery, and clockwork-punk mad science into the game.  A number of monsters from ghost pirates and faeries to legendary creatures such as the Beast of Gévaudan and the Kraken are also detailed.

Simple dice mechanics and character creation-- so you can dive right into the 17th century action and swing from the chandelier.

Features of this PDF: 

Layering allows you to remove the background to save you ink when printing. 

Bookmarks let you jump to the section you want in a flash. 

Rules updated to coincide with the Rules Fixes + Clarifications introduced in Intriguing Options: Rules + Story. These files have the word "Revised" in the filename. 

A second "Compressed" or "Tablet Version" PDF intended for reading on your tablet or smartphone. 

An additional PDF with character sheets made for printing as you like.  Full Color to Basic Black & White are supported. A form-fillable sheet may be downloaded from this URL:  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ms55gHbj12DK8olPYm33shoHNB-oq28z/view?usp=sharing) Once downloaded, that sheet should be form-fillable. 

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Table of Contents pages 2 and 3

Preview of book interior

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Benjamin N November 14, 2022 4:45 am UTC
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I noticed mention of a PoD version being released soon. Is there an estimation of when we can expect it?
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Christoph W September 24, 2022 1:23 pm UTC
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Hey, in your 2d10 variant you set the TN to 12, but shouldn't it be 14?

2d6 TN9 27,78%, 2d10 TN14 28%, but 2d10 TN12 45%.

Did I miss something? Great game by the way!
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Chris R September 24, 2022 8:42 pm UTC
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Thank you. By math, you may be correct for a straight roll, but Bonus Die and Penalty Die do complicate things. In playtesting 14 and even 13 seemed to be too high a bar, and 12 ended up seeming like "the sweet spot". The point of the optional rule is not to offer the exact same odds. The optional rule is intended to extend longevity of the game, so that characters with low modifiers are not completely unable to succeed and characters with high modifiers still have a chance to fail (which gives us some suspense to every roll).

Cheers!
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Christoph W September 25, 2022 6:49 am UTC
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I see, thank you!
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Seth P August 13, 2022 3:07 pm UTC
Just went to buy this, but no print version?
I don't do PDFs if I can help it.
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Seth P August 13, 2022 3:19 pm UTC
Actually found it in softcover, but how do I know if it's the most recent version?
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Chris R August 13, 2022 5:51 pm UTC
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The softcover book is *not* updated yet. Making changes to a printed book is usually a weeks-long process because it involves not only changing the base files (which are separate from the straight-to-PDF release), but also ordering proofs, waiting for the proofs, and then possibly repeating the process if the proof doesn't turn out.
I will update it, but it will take time. When it becomes available, the word "Revised" will be in the title description to clarify the difference. The changes are very minor, but it is understandable to want to most up-to-date version for your table.
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Seth P August 13, 2022 7:08 pm UTC
Thanks for the response. Appreciate it! I'll hold off then.
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George F September 05, 2022 8:15 pm UTC
I'll jump ion on this when a PoD is available.
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An E July 23, 2022 4:28 pm UTC
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PDF page 6, second Duel column, "6-8 Duelist's Choice (of melee weapon)" and "8-9 Daggers." Is it supposed to be 6-7 or is daggers supposed to be just 9?
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An E July 23, 2022 7:48 pm UTC
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Ignore this. Meant for Intriguing Options Volume 1
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Matt M July 15, 2022 6:34 pm UTC
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Which of the files is the most recent version, HonorIntrigue_Final.pdf or HonorIntrigue_Revised.pdf?
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Chris R July 16, 2022 4:00 am UTC
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You want one with the word "Revised" in the filename. I had tried changing the filenames of the older versions to include the word "Original" to distinguish them, but I guess it didn't work.
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Phillip G May 29, 2022 11:35 pm UTC
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The fillable character sheet is not fillable.
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Chris R June 02, 2022 7:19 pm UTC
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That is so strange; it was working when I uploaded it, but after being uploaded and redownloading it, it does not seem to be working properly. Once it is downloaded it "flattens" and ceases to be form-fillable. I am currently trying to figure out a workaround for this. You can download a form-fillable version here in the meantime: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ms55gHbj12DK8olPYm33shoHNB-oq28z/view?usp=sharing
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Chris R June 02, 2022 7:32 pm UTC
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Also, even though I deleted the broken "Form Fillable" sheet from the product listing, it seems to keep showing up. But when I go to edit the product listing, it is not appearing among the downloadable files. It appears to be some sort of glitch that it is still showing up.
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Jim M February 23, 2022 6:23 pm UTC
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The Lulu link does not appear to work.
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Chris R February 24, 2022 4:09 am UTC
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Thanks for letting me know; I think something changed at Lulu, so the print needs to be reauthorized. I'm working on it.
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Chris R February 24, 2022 4:21 am UTC
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I did have to order a new proof copy as part of the update process, so it will be about 2 weeks before it arrives and I can clear it for sale again.
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Chris R March 09, 2022 7:43 am UTC
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Okay, it is back on Lulu. Easy to search for by title now.
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Jim M March 10, 2022 4:25 pm UTC
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Wonderful! Thank you!
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Donald W December 26, 2021 9:38 pm UTC
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So I went to make the PDF a form to make online play easier. But the character sheet is secured which prevents me from doing so bad form. If you aren't going to provide a editable sheet at least make it so we can do so ourselves.
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Chris R December 27, 2021 2:28 am UTC
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Thank you for the suggestion, Donald I will look into this. I think I may have a fillable one that I can add to the others.
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Chris R December 27, 2021 5:30 am UTC
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Hi, Donald, I just figured out the issue. It is not a security issue-- the file is not set up to disallow copy and pasting-- the issue is the "fonts" were a flat image, rather than digitized text. I tried to fix this via OCR on the pages, and it did not work on all of the text (presumably because of the stylized font).
I tried uploading a form-fillable version of the character sheet, but once it is downloaded it "flattens" and ceases to be form-fillable. I am currently trying to figure out a workaround for this. You can download a form-fillable version here in the meantime: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ms55gHbj12DK8olPYm33shoHNB-oq28z/view?usp=sharing
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Donald W January 02, 2022 4:48 am UTC
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Thank you... I would love to see campaign settings for this. like Venice, including Verona and the Dalmatian Coast or France and Paris, or London and England. Spain and Castillo and Toledo... Stuff like that. Incled real world and optional supernatural stuff
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Ed S August 02, 2021 5:39 am UTC
I'm sorry, but a character sheet as the Full-size Preview is ridiculous.
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Chris R July 14, 2022 6:34 pm UTC
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Sorry about that- there seems to be some sort of issue with the "preview" feature. It was intended to show ten or so pages of the book, but for some reason, the .pdf that it insists on showing as a preview is the character sheet packet. Nothing I have tried has fixed this so far, but I hope to solve it soon.
In the meantime, I have posted some screenshots from the book's interior in the product description.
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Chris R July 14, 2022 8:42 pm UTC
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Well, I was able to get it fixed. So now the preview should show the Table of Contents and some of the book's interior.
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Ed S July 18, 2022 8:40 pm UTC
Cheers, Chris.
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Greg S April 27, 2021 11:37 pm UTC
Any plans on allowing Print On Demand?
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Matt K May 12, 2021 10:49 am UTC
It's available as a POD title on Lulu. Look a bit further down in the comments for a (obfuscated) link.
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Tamas Peter K March 27, 2021 11:42 am UTC
The previews only show four pages of character sheets :(
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Chris R July 14, 2022 6:38 pm UTC
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Sorry about that- there seems to be some sort of issue with the "preview" feature. It was intended to show ten or so pages of the book, but for some reason, the .pdf that it insists on showing as a preview is the character sheet packet. Nothing I have tried has fixed this so far, but I hope to solve it soon.
In the meantime, I have posted some screenshots from the book's interior in the product description.
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Luis C October 23, 2020 7:05 am UTC
Is there any diference with the latest version and the one in spanish? I'm trying to decide which copy to buy. I have no problem with buying the game in english, but I know my players would deeply appreciate me buying the game in spanish.
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Chris R October 23, 2020 3:40 pm UTC
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My suggestion would be to get the version in the language your group would prefer to play in. That way in-game terminology will be consistent with what is in the book. Rules-wise, there is no significant difference. The art and layout are completely different. If it matters to you, it is written in Castillian Spanish, so some wording might be different than what you are used to if you are accustomed to Latin American Spanish, but it should not be too much of an issue.

Some day I'd really like to get a chance to play the Spanish version of the game myself. This was a bit of a passion project for me as I have been studying the language for several years now.
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An E September 22, 2020 11:57 am UTC
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Anyone know the difference between TabletB and Final?
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Chris R March 27, 2021 10:15 pm UTC
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The tablet version is a smaller file meant to be more easily used on a tablet. The "B" is because there was a glitch that made the original pdf not work for some people properly so the file was replaced with an updated version. The final version is higher resolution and a bigger file.
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Chris R March 27, 2021 10:15 pm UTC
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The tablet version is a smaller file meant to be more easily used on a tablet. The "B" is because there was a glitch that made the original pdf not work for some people properly so the file was replaced with an updated version. The final version is higher resolution and a bigger file.
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An E May 14, 2021 10:19 pm UTC
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Fantastic, thank you for the explanation! Been using the system for a while now and its been a lot of fun.
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Jonathan B May 08, 2020 1:54 am UTC
Print on Demand, please?

I'd love to see a new edition released for BoL Mythic edition.
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Chris R May 08, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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We have it in POD again here: tinyurl dot com /honorintrigue It says "Draft A" but this is the completed file.

A version for Mythic Edition is not an option we are pursuing as it would unbalance the mechanics as they were designed, particularly replacing Brawling with Initiative as a combat ability as having Savvy affect your Initiative is meant to help make sure all Qualities are important to combat.
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Yevgeniy Y May 28, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
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i'm sorry, lulu is the most retarded web service in existence. i've tried to order your book last winter, they just cancelled my order silently. i've just tried again, and pressing "add to cart" does nothing! the graphql request they send to the server to add your book to my cart doesn't contain your book id. moreover, just so you know your book is unsearchable, you can only reach it via this link you provided. if they ever fix their XXX, or you decide to use a different POD service, please let me know! really want to buy your books, both this and the expansion.
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Chris R May 29, 2020 1:54 am UTC
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That is odd, because I was able to get another brand new set from them a few weeks ago without an issue. Contact me directly and we will see if I can figure something out for you.
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Matthew O June 27, 2020 6:47 am UTC
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I have also tried multiple times and cannot get it added (possibly only you can print it from your account?) Let me know the best way to contact you as I would love to order a print copy or two!
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Matt M February 07, 2020 8:33 pm UTC
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Is there a fillable version of the character sheet anywhere?
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Chris R April 01, 2020 8:44 pm UTC
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So there is a Facebook page for Honor + Intrigue that has a couple options. One was an Excel spreadsheet. I have just made one that uses Google Slides that I shared there (and will post the link here as well). I suggest once you open it, you make a copy of the file for your own use, and that will "unlock" the file so it can be form-fillable to you. Then you can make new copies for each character you want to make with it. Once your character is done, you can save the file as a .PDF if you like. If you need to make any changes, you simply go back to the file in your Google Drive and make your adjustments. Hope this helps!
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BxONISM5BCu-zTlt_qbGHTTaQh1uK695cfGF0FDM-qE/edit?usp=sharing
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Lin L April 10, 2019 10:55 am UTC
The full size preview is not specific about it, but just wondering; does this game only cover the European/Mediterranean Oceans, or would it sail to other realms (with New styles of Swordsmanship) such as the Shore of Africa, the Americas, Carribbeans, or even The seas of China/Japan?
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Chris R April 10, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
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There is a portion of the book that addresses other lands. Page 145 has a section called "Alternate Countries / Alternate Histories / Alternate Worlds" which give sci-fi and fantasy ideas, or fictional countries you can use.
Page 146 begins a section called "The World Beyond Europe" and has at least 1-5 paragraphs each on Africa, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia with a paragraph devoted specifically to "Nippon" (Japan), "Cathay" (China), and "Hindoostan" (India). The Ottoman Empire has its own section in the larger gazetteer.

Dueling styles specific to those regions are not included in the book (I suppose Drake's Style is from the Caribbean, though) but there are guidelines on making your own dueling styles. I once created a Kenjitsu style for a friend who wanted to play a traveling samurai in my game and it took about ten minutes.

There is also a newer product out "The Duelist's Guide" https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272488/The-Duelists-Guide...See more
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