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Sunday, 15 March 2015

What's Out There For Heroes & Other Worlds?


For a self-published (via Lulu), old school game that isn't a retroclone of good old Dungeons & Dragons (rather it takes its inspiration from The Fantasy Trip, then buffs it up with a bit of Moldvay D&D), Christopher Brandon's Heroes & Other Worlds is a well-supported game.

As well as the core rulebook (the only required purchase), the game's portfolio includes:

Magi Carta: a 192-page compendium of magic and spells, greatly expanding the amount available in the core rulebook as well as adding in some alternate routes for spellslingers to take.

The Tome Of Terrors & Treasures: the latest addition to the range, this monster of a book of monsters comes in at 430 pages (including 40 pages of new and expanded treasures).

Morgansfort - The Western Lands Campaign, by Chris Gonnerman: This game's answer to The Keep On The Borderlands, offering a detailed base of operations for your heroes and three detailed adventures in the environs.

Blackmarsh, by Robert S Conley: An adaptation of Rob's old school sandbox setting that includes 15 creatures new to HOW and two complete mini-adventures.

The Chaotic Caves, by JD Neal: A cave complex overrun by monsters. What more do you need to know? Strap on your armour, sharpen your sword and let's go!

Raedwald, by Lee Reynoldson: Although it requires the basic HOW rule book, this is very much its own game, emulating a grim and gritty Anglo-Saxon setting in contrast to HOW's default faux Medieval bias. Even if you don't run the setting as is, this is great resource for a very different spin on the traditional monsters, magic and treasures found in most fantasy RPGs.

Cauldron: This is the official HOW support magazine. Two issues have been published to date, #0 and #1, offering adventures, rules ideas, monsters, treasure etc An art-free PDF of #0 is available as a free download.


All the books come in the same compact, digest format, and - as they are all edited by Chris - share an identical design ethos, giving the range a uniform and professional look, even though each book is very distinct.

As to the near future, a new issue of Cauldron is brewing (you can get a preview of the cover art here), hopefully out next month, then Chris is planning to release a streamlined/revised edition of the core rules, followed by either Grim Venture (a dungeon crawl) or Blades & Black Magic (a rules expansion with new character options, wilderness adventure guidelines etc).

Everything that is available for HOW is available from Chris Brandon's Lulu shopfront page and I'll be sure to keep you posted of any new releases for this wonderful little system.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the kind mention Tim and most of all for playing the game!! That's really great look at the HOW catalog...and I am happy to say there is more to come!

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    1. No problem at all, Christopher, thank YOU for producing this great little game and ensuring it's well supported. Looking forward to seeing what's to come...

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