First, a little personal background. I'm not a fan of "gritty" fantasy. I play Fantasy RPGs to ESCAPE from "grit," not wallow in it, and while we all know the dark ages were nasty, brutish, and short, that's never been something I wanted to spend hours playing at on the gaming table.
So, as a result, I studiously ignored Lee Reynoldson's offering of "Raedwald" for HOW. I figured there were things I was more interested in (you know, things in the "high fantasy" genre) that were much more worth my time and money. Low fantasy in the worst part of the Saxon dark ages? Simply not my cup of tea!
Well, I can be the bigger man here, and simply admit flat out I was wrong. A couple of weeks ago, I had a few extra dollars burning a hole in my pocket, and Lulu was offering free shipping (and I do prefer print copies of my RPG stuff when I can get them), so I decided, "Oh, what the heck!" and ordered it.
I must say, I was simply blown away. This may be the best single fantasy campaign supplement I've read in the past four or five years. It absolutely destroys even things like Morgansfort and Chaotic Caves that have been done for HOW! Frankly, even if I never play in the Raedwald world (and, blasphemous as it sounds to people like me who prefer our fantasy "high" and our grit "low," I can DEFINITELY see myself playing in a Raedwald campaign), the presentation of the society and its relationships, the political intrigue, and the whole concept of a "wolfshead" campaign is so well done that I can easily see it informing (and very much IMPROVING) my concept for the more barbarian societies in my normal campaign setting. To sum up, Raedwald is a triumph among campaign source books and I think it may be the best gaming dollars I've spent so far this year (since I already own everything else HOW there is...).
To C.R. Brandon and Lee Reynoldson, all I can say is both "Bravo!" and "More!" And for any of the rest of you who either felt like I did about "low/gritty fantasy," or who simply haven't had the occasion or opportunity to check out Raedwald, don't walk, but run to your computer (or FLGS if you're fortunate enough to have one of those) and get a copy as soon as you can. It truly is amazing!
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On a separate HOW note--travel every other week has kept my ability to write next to nothing.--I jot down note as I can to develop but serious writing time eludes me currently. I may simply have to publish the SWORDS OF DOOM BOOK and then hit the SPELLS OF DOOM (SORCERY OF DOOM?) Magic book at a later time rather than both at once. That is TBD. In the meantime here is another little doom tune from Windhand...
Raedwald has long been on my list as the next HOW book to acquire. This only makes me want it more.ReplyDelete
I can guarantee you won't regret it! While I wasn't really intending the comment Mr. Brandon quoted above as a "review" (and thus, didn't really discuss the contents in too much detail), I can tell you the creatures, the way that magic works -- and the new spells, the new way of looking at Elves and Dwarves, and the clever ways in which the whole theme was tied together were just amazing. Frankly, even if you never actually play Raedwald as a campaign/adventure world, there is so much food for thought wrapped up in 180 pages (including a pronunciation guide and a brief, but useful description of Old English; which should improve my roleplaying as a GM all by itself!) that this book will be coming off my shelf a LOT, just for the ideas in there!ReplyDelete
Raedwald has great ideas written well. Every aspect of the game reinforces the 'feel' of the setting in play. I like HOW best when its not trying to be D&D and Lee's book is a great example of HOWs scope.ReplyDelete
Do you predict a hard copy of the core book? I've braced my book at bookbinder but, I'm affraid, that's not enough. Employment is very frequent...
What do ya mean about such a solution:
-stats increase by 1 per 10 points of skills (belonging to that stat) - hero has Lore Poison(4), Awareness (3), Lore plants (3). Together 4+3+3=10 points of IQ skillz. His IQ grows by 1. As you see it's a very expensive advance, few thousand EXP to increase a stat by 1. Every 10 points in a certain skill gives a 1 point of stat.