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Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter

August 1, 2012

Whew. That’s the LotFP adventure campaign finished. No more crowdfunding for a whi- What? Another one? Aargh!

Fresh from their success with Rappan Athuk, Frog God Games today launched a Kickstarter campaign for a hardback edition of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules. Here’s what they have to say about it:

THE GOAL: $10,000

We are going to print the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules in a tough, signature-stitched hardcover binding for distribution. Yes, it is going to be in brick and mortar game stores! We’re going to place it into distribution across the country AND internationally. So, help us with our fiendish plan, and put these rules back into game stores for the first time in more than a quarter century.

Plus we are going to print the long awaited second printing of the Monster Book with NEW ART and MORE monsters!

OK, that’s laudable stuff. But I already have hardback copies of Mythmere’s Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox and Swords & Wizardry Core. Do I really need yet another reiteration of OD&D, especially one that contains things from the original supplements that I wouldn’t be likely to use? No, of course not.

And yet…

SECOND BONUS GOAL: $15,000

If we hit our second Bonus Goal we will have Erol Otus do the new Cover Art for BOTH the Rules Book and the Monster Book.

Damn your sleepy eyes, Frog God! Given that, as I write this, the project has already made nearly $9,000 (within just a few hours of kickoff), it is certain to make that goal, and then some. Which means hardback Swords & Wizardry books with Erol Otus covers. There are lots of other nice perks, of course, but I didn’t really take them in.

Erol. Otus. Covers.

Bollocks. You got me. After this one, though, can everyone just stop crowdfunding for a while, eh? Some of us have to eat.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2012 11:12 pm

    Well huh. It’s already at $16k after what, only 24 hours?

    That’s a pretty high demand. I would not have expected a retro-clone ruleset to have such pull with all of the competition out there right now. Not that I’m complaining or anything.

    • August 2, 2012 12:29 am

      It’s amazing. I think Bill Webb and the team at Frog God Games will have won a lot of admirers (myself included) from the terrific way they ran the Rappan Athuk Kickstarter. Friendly, informative, honest about difficulties, open to suggestions from backers, and infectiously enthusiastic about the stuff they’re selling. And they don’t half pile on the bonus goals and perks. This project could be a very big deal for Swords & Wizardry and, by extension, the OSR.

  2. August 2, 2012 4:04 pm

    I pledged at the $70 level, but I’m bothered by some of the wording that seems to claim that Swords & Wizardry is “the same rules” as OD&D. Because that is not true.

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