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In a distant swamp in the interior of medieval
Japan, in a small city called Mizutamari,
lives a society of frogs built around dynastic
swamp lords and amphibious warriors
beholden to oaths of honor and revenge.
NUMA is heavily inspired by the graphic
novels Musashi by Eji Yoshikawa and Vagabond
by Takehiro Inoue, Akira Kurosawa’s samurai
films, OSR RPGs, and oriental batrachians.

 
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Miguel V September 17, 2020 9:28 am UTC
How many supernatural elements (besides anthropomorphic frogs) does have? The preview mention the possibility of summoning oni.
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Tiago R September 20, 2020 1:41 am UTC
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Numa is more low, cause we have the kurosawa feeling. You will not see a Oni in front of you, but you will feel that the wind could be a kami. Think about Throne of Blood.
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Christopher A September 16, 2020 6:12 pm UTC
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I noticed a couple of grammatical/duplicate content errors I believe. Is there a good place to contact you about these?
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Christopher A September 17, 2020 2:14 pm UTC
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I found a good place to contact you, so you can disregard this message!
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Christopher A September 22, 2020 12:05 am UTC
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It's been updated and the couple of things I noticed were fixed.
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Jorge J September 13, 2020 10:02 pm UTC
Sounds interesting and the preview looks great, but not being directly compatible with OSR games, which means extra work for the referee (me), is a drawback. Honestly, will I be able to use it in a B/X game without much fuss?
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Tiago R September 14, 2020 3:04 am UTC
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Hello my friend, NUMA has a inovative mechanic to creat adversaries. Promisse in few seconds you can create wathever you want and you can adapt others instances. It will help you and not make an extra work, promisse!
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Wayne C September 13, 2020 9:21 pm UTC
As the editor, I can safely say that NUMA is a fantastic product! I can't wait to run games with it with my friends.

To address Italo's comment: NUMA an "OSR" (old school revival) game in spirit, as it has a focus on exploration, modularity, and high lethality). NUMA has its own minimalist ruleset, but if you prefer crunchier, 1E-style D&D rules you can always just take the setting, magic system, and rules you like and slap it onto your favorite rules chassis!
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Tiago R September 13, 2020 9:30 pm UTC
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You said perfectly Wayne! Was a real pleasure to work with you.
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Italo I September 13, 2020 8:21 am UTC
The Description say OSR, but from which game and, if it's the most famous game in the world, which edition?
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Chad H September 13, 2020 4:51 pm UTC
It contains it's own OSR-style rule system, it's not directly based on 1E, B/X, etc.
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Tiago R September 13, 2020 9:31 pm UTC
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Thanks Chad, for you answer!
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Tiago R September 13, 2020 9:32 pm UTC
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As Wayne said above - "NUMA has its own minimalist ruleset, but if you prefer crunchier, 1E-style D&D rules you can always just take the setting, magic system, and rules you like and slap it onto your favorite rules chassis!"
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Italo I September 14, 2020 6:56 am UTC
I'm sure it's a great product and a great setting, it's just that I don't get why new unique rule systems created in these years get called "old school" or "OSR" while they're not old at all and have nothing in common with old systems. I think that "Rule Light" would be a more fitting name for new systems.
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Tiago R September 14, 2020 3:52 pm UTC
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I understand your view my friend, but the "second wave" of OSR changed the concept. OSR is not ONLY retroclone.
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Brian S September 14, 2020 6:49 pm UTC
OSR describes a design philosophy trying to capture the feel of old school D&D. Its becoming its own genre beyond imitating and iterating on old TSR games and modules, or "retroclones".
This video is very instructive on the history and philosophy of the movement: https://youtu.be/wRVJNkOObIU
Put simply, not all OSR games are retroclones, but (nearly) all retroclones are OSR games (kinda like not all rectangles are squares but all squares are rectangles).
A helpful thing to search would be to look for "Dungeons & Dragons" "D&D-OGL" "Classic D&D/AD&D" tags in Rules System section if you're looking for retroclone stuff. Here's the search result if you click on that tag: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?filters=1300_0_0_0_0
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Tiago R September 15, 2020 2:33 am UTC
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Perfect, Brian S.
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Italo I September 15, 2020 9:20 am UTC
I'm not saying every retroclone must be well... a clone. But at least it should have something that reminds about D&D. For example I'm a big fan of Castles & Crusades which is not a 1:1 clone but a system inspired by Ad&d 1E and D&D 3E.
From what I see from this preview there is nothing reminding about D&D in this game, that's why I was asking which game was the inspiration for Numa.

Personally I believe that when a game has nothing to do with a pre-existing system from the past it can't be called OSR but "Old School Feeling" or something like that.
For example putting Numa inside the OSR section instead than Other System generates only confusion while the majority of the OSR games in the sections are retroclones or hacks.
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Tiago R September 15, 2020 11:09 am UTC
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Okay my friend, understood your words. So Numa is in the correct place, cause it has a "inspiration".
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