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An ultralight old school roleplaying game in Pocketmod format, with rules to convert from other old school games. Create an Adventurer, Cleric, Fighter, Magician, Dwarf, Elf or Halfling and run adventures with magic, challenges, and deadly encounters. This is the smallest old school gamebook on the market, and you can print, fold, and take it with you within minutes.

Adapted from the popular Weird West RPG, this pocket-sized fantasy RPG been designed to make reading, creating characters, and starting a game as fast as possible. We've cut out the 'what is an rpg', game fiction, and other 'fluff' to keep the rulebook as lean while still having enough detail to make it fun. When you want to add more detail to a game of Strange Magic, or adapt a published adventure, we’ve included rules to quickly convert between popular old school rules. Being old school compatible means you can also adapt any of the rules in Strange Magic to your favorite game as well.

This purchase includes both a PDF version suitable for reading on your computer, iPad or iPhone and a special 'PocketMod' PDF version for printing. The PocketMod version lets you create your own  4.25" x 2.75" sized game books from a single sheet of paper. Take a copy to read on the go, and print one to give to each of your players.

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Emanoel M March 14, 2019 1:55 pm UTC
Is this the same product as Dungeoneer Games' book, but in english?
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Dillard R November 25, 2017 8:40 am UTC
The abilities of stealth and disarm traps are linked to Magic. I would have to be a Magician to pick locks or to sneak around? What is the point of the Adventurer class?
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Dillard R November 25, 2017 8:43 am UTC
As written this set of rules is a long way from being usable short of creating a comprehensive set of house rules to deal with rogue skills outside of abilities you get from Magic points.
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James N January 30, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Kinda odd request: Is it possible you could make a slightly more printer-friendly pdf (this regards mainly the cover with it's mass of black)? I'd love to print out a number of home-made booklets, but the 90% black cover makes this a little bit awkward.
Thanks for this excellent game by the way. I dig it far more than other ultra-lite OSR-type titles popular of late. Cheers!
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Clayton B February 11, 2015 1:43 pm UTC
Can you talk about this product's relationship to your other Strange Magic products?
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Stuart R February 11, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
This game is based on the ruleset for Weird West. The other "Strange Magic" product is a set of character classes for B/X D&D. (Strange Magic is the new of my RPG Blog)
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