Just finished up my preorder for Hackmaster Basic. Jolly Blackburn and Dave Kenzer have both gone on record as saying it will be available by the end of June. If I see a copy at Origins I am so going to snag a copy. I ran an awesomely fun campaign a while back for my friends. Some of the events are classic. Sometime I am going to have to scan in the Ballad of Capt. Sally, the gang getting honor points for spreading a nasty song through all the traveling bards in the area … hahaha classic, classic

more good times and fun adventures coming up.


One thing I want to get in Japan is a tabletop RPG. Not a videogame/computer RPG but a real Tabletop RPG with paper and dice 🙂 

Wikipedia has a nice write up of the game scene, although it is a short article, they also have a nice list of tabletop RPGs by genre.
I wonder if Gear Antique Renaissance is still available?
Sword World 2.0 was published in 2008 and is still popular. Heh, they only use six siders, poplyhedrals are not common. Class/Skill systems are old hat in the American tabletop scene but it has its advantages.

Sword world RPG’s classes are called ginou (技能 lit. skill?). Each ginou has packaged a number of skills. It is considered as a hybrid system between class system and skill system, so it is often called class-skill system.

There are 8 classes (Bard, Fighter, Priest, Ranger, Sage, Shaman, Sorcerer and Thief) for Player Characters and 2 classes (Dark Priest and Dragon Priest) for only NPCs. 5 major races (Human, Dwarf, Elf, Half-elf and GrassRunner) can become PCs.

The game uses only two 6-sided dice, as other polyhedral dice aren’t common in Japan. 2d6 dice roll is translated into a more wide range of random numbers by using a Rating table. The Rating table is used for damage roll, damage reduction roll and such. 

The official Japanese web site of Sword World is here
One more thing to get while in Japan.  ^-^

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