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LotFP Referee Book (old Grindhouse Edition)

LotFP Referee Book (old Grindhouse Edition)


The new printing of the LotFP Referee book is taking way longer than expected (surprise), so with no in-print Referee book the geniuses over at LotFP thought that maybe some sort of Ref information should be available. So here, free of charge, is the Referee book that was included in the Grindhouse set.

Keep in mind that LotFP is a living game and this PDF here is four years old. The next printing of the Ref book will be a complete rewrite and expansion (will be at least three times this size), new layout and graphic design, all new artwork, etc.

This PDF does include the beginning adventure A Stranger Storm, which will not be reprinted.

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The actual advice for how to run a game, that makes up a majority of this book, can be completely ignored. The magic items are good for demonstrating what makes the setting unique. Stranger Storm, the scenario at the end of the book, is the best rolepl [...]
July 7th, 2020
It's good, and certainly a classic. But there are more interesting OSRs out there these days. A lot of stuff won't be used in most games, and there seems to be an obsession with ships.... [...]
January 24th, 2020
To quote the goblin king from the Hobbit, "Couldnt give it away." They should pay people to download this. [...]
March 30th, 2019
I have come back to roleplaying after 30 years away and was looking for an appealling system (mechanically and stylistically) with which to run a campaign. I was intending to skim this referee book (as I had done with the free Rules and Magic book) in [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on April 20, 2015.