Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Swords & Wizardry Community, Texas, Monsters, and Stuff

Welcome to all of you who discovered this blog via the Reaper Miniatures Kickstarter! I know that there are a lot of questions about Swords & Wizardry and how exactly it interfaces with Reaper. It doesn't actually have anything to do with the fact that we are all Texans, because Texas (as we keep reminding y'all) is a big place. It takes me about five hours of driving at breakneck speed to reach Denton.

A bit more about the Reaper-Frog God-Swords&Wizardry connection in a later post, most likely, because many of the new visitors are wondering what this whole Swords & Wizardry thing even is. Other than the quick answer that it's the rules (re-written) of the original 1974 fantasy roleplaying game (the Complete Rulebook includes rules from the supplements as well) -- the answer gets a bit more complicated.

Swords & Wizardry doesn't exist in isolation. It's part of a very large "movement" or "trend" or whatever you want to call it, toward playing either the out-of-print versions of D&D or playing a retro-clone of some of those rules. Most of us have seen the edition numbers out there, mentioned on the internet: 0e, 1e, 2e, and then 3e and 4e. Swords & Wizardry is a clone of 0e.

There are a number of blogs, forums, and web sites devoted to various aspects of this whole thing -- many of them are linked over on the right side (these are the ones with more of a Swords & Wizardry emphasis).

Just to single out one link you can follow to see a glimpse of the Swords & Wizardry community, here is a link to Michael Cote's recently-begun blog, devoted to monsters. Michael has done a lot of art for S&W projects, and his write-ups are compatible with Swords & Wizardry.

More links and ideas will follow as we continue toward the completion of the Kickstarter!


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