Be a wild Barbarian, a deadly Fighter, a soul-torn Magician or a sword sharp canny Thief, fighting evil Tyrants, foul Sorcerers and demons in a world rapidly dying and heading towards its final Nemesis.
Using a modified version of Swords and Wizardry, which in itself is a tribute to the earlier versions of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game, as well as its Swords and Sorcery flavour it also draws from the darkly heroic British games and game books of the 70s/80s.
Recently I ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new edition of the game, “Crypts and Things Remastered”. Thanks to 356 backers we successfully funded the new book. This new edition will be available in early 2016. If you want to follow its progress please visit the Kickstarter page.
Here’s a breakdown of what was achieved in the campaign:
The Main Rule book – which was the focus of the campaign – has increased in size from 140 pages to 240 (at least, this is before I write the extra content and invariably get carried away).
Within the basic goal we have funded:
- More Spells & Magic Items.
- The Great Others and their Cultists.
- An expanded setting chapter, called Fragments of Fear, filled with secrets for the GM.
- A full edit of the rule book.
- A streamlining and revision of the rules, as well as a new Test Your Luck mechanic that replaces Saving Throws for Player Characters.
- Full illustration by David M.Wright
- An expanded version of the Life Path system of the original game.
- 8 Fully detailed Player character Culture Write ups.
And then we took it further with the stretch goals:
- More Fiends – an expanded monster chapter.
- The Haunted Lands – an example Weirdlands adventure.
- Port Blackmire – a city adventure setting.
- Scourges of a Dying World – Full write up of twenty Nemeses to oppose the player characters at every opportunity.
- Secrets of the Serpent People – The machinations and magic of the insidious Serpent Folk revealed.
Then we moved onto adding new character classes. We’ve funded The Disciple, The Elementalist and The Lizard People. In the closing hours we’ve got the Beast Hybrid, and the Serpent Noble.
Six Adventure Add-ons books were made available for the campaign;The existing the Blood of the Dragon and Tomb of the Necromancer and the new The Dark Path, Fort Bone Guard, Life and Death and The Tournaments of Madness of Death., which will go on general release once they have been made available to backers.
Provisional Chapter list (*new to Remastered version)
Scrolls of Wonderous Revelation (The Players’ Handbook)
- Creating a character
- How to play
- Spell lists
- The Continent of Terror – Gazetteer of the setting.
The Book of Doom (A Crypt Keeper’s Guide)
- Fragments of Fear* – Setting chapter for the referee.
- The Great Others and their Cultists*
- Ill Gotten gains of Dark Desire – Treasure and magic items.
- A Compendium of Fiends – Monsters
- The Hall of Nizun Thun – A mini-crypt (adventure)
- The Haunted Lands* – an example Weirdlands adventure.
- Port Blackmire* – a city adventure setting.
- Scourges of a Dying World* – Full write up of twenty Nemeses to oppose the player characters at every opportunity.
- Secrets of the Serpent People* – The machinations and magic of the insidious Serpent Folk revealed.
- Appendices A to M: Notes from the Abyss
Avialable on Drivethrurpg.com
UK-S01 Blood of the Dragon A short introductory adventure set in the Weirdlands of The Spires, for 4-6 1st-3rd Level characters.
UK M1 Tomb of the Necromancers. Taking place in the frozen north of the Continent of Terror, the characters (of level 6 to 8) are pitted against ravaging barbarians, who seek an ancient weapon for their mistress.
Currently in production
UK S02 The Dark Path.
UK-S02 Fort Boneguard.
UK-SL01 Life and Death: Zarth Edition. A conversion of the epic OpenQuest adventure.
UK-T01 The Tournaments of Madness and Death
Reviews of the First Edition
- Swords & Stitchery – Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog
- EdOWar’s Blog
- The Space Cockroach’s Hideout
- DriveThruRPG.com buyer review
- Crypts and Things review on Apropos of Nothing
- The Other Side Blog
- The Howling Tower
- The Gygaxian Bag of Holding
- Grotard’s blog
- Bruno’s Geek Review (Video)
- Apropos of Nothing