Monday, May 2, 2011

Draft S&W Core Rules Available for Open Comment

I've finished the basic text and layout for the 4th printing of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules. There are still some illustrations to be added or swapped out, and I haven't added in the cover yet, but this is basically what the inside pages of the document will look like. Any comments are welcome, and that definitely includes critiques!

This is a link to download the document.

PLEASE do not distribute this, because it is a DRAFT VERSION ONLY. The final product will be available for free later on.


  1. It looks really good. I'm wondering why there are more pages than the Complete Rulebook, when there is supposed to be less "stuff" (Less classes, types of combat, etc.) Did you add anything?

  2. A lot of that is because the spacing of lines is closer in the Complete Book. I'm not sure if the font size is part of that as well, but it might be.

    The only large-scale differences between the two are that the Complete Rules cover assassins, rangers, druids and druid spells, etc., and that the Core Rules do not contain the aerial, ship, or siege combat rules. There are a couple of sequence-of-combat options in the Complete Rules that aren't in here. I think that's everything that would make a significant difference in page count.

    Contents-wise, it should be shorter, but the layout made it longer.

  3. It looks awesome but I'm a tiny bit disappointed to see the expanded tables for attributes (weight carried, open doors, chance to know spell etc.) I was much happier with the way the original Core Rules handled that (by not handling it).

    I'm very glad to see the Thief make an appearance but I'm not sure I like him but I was never fond of the original either...

    Looks fantastic. Can't wait to take it for a spin!

  4. Me I really like that version of the thief. I can finally be at peace with the class since it is clear that the search and remove traps are for small mechanism only.

  5. See here for comments:

  6. @ artikid - thanks! I had actually missed your post on that thread, so I'm really glad you mentioned it here. The edits are now made.

  7. Matt,

    I really like what your doing so far, especially with the alternative rules like AC, I have a few suggestions I wanted to email you. Would that be ok?