As well as running an epic Ravenloft campaign for the Tuesday Knights, my old pal Simon has also found time during lockdown to produce the first issue of Casket Of Fays, a new zine for the Dragon Warriors game.
The free, 20-page PDF can be found via DriveThru here.
Originally published, in the UK, by Corgi as series of six paperback books in the 1980s, Dragon Warriors by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson quickly gained a devoted following from those looking for a fantasy game that wasn't simply a clone of Dungeons & Dragons but something a bit grittier and mythic.
The game was updated and re-released in a more traditional and modern RPG rules book format by new publisher Serpent King Games in 2008.
However, while official support has rather languished since then, fans have continued to keep the flame alive, culminating in the release of Simon's "ultimate Dragon Warriors zine" this week.
Simon served as editor on the project, corralling all the submissions and only writing the introduction himself, letting other die hard fans contribute the bulk of the original material in the publication.
Within its 20 pages, you will find new monsters, spells, treasure, and locations, as well as a profile of a heroic NPC, a brand new profession (Light Elementalist), and links to useful Dragon Warriors websites.
Simon's aiming for a roughly quarterly publication, I believe, with the next issue hitting around Halloween, and the third arriving in time for Christmas.
Dragon Warriors co-creator Dave Morris has even shared his enthusiasm for Simon's project via his own blog, Fabled Lands.
If you want to know more about Casket Of Fays or the Dragon Warriors system, Simon can be found over on the Dragon Warriors Facebook group; his own publishing site, Red Ruin; the Dragon Warriors Discord; or my own I'd Rather Be Killing Monsters Facebook group.
For anyone interested in contributing to future issues and helping to keep this well-respected, old British game alive, Simon has also released a Casket Of Fays submission guide, in plain text form.
|The original Dragon Warriors (Book One), from 1985 - and, yes, that painting was also used |
as a cover of White Dwarf magazine, back when it used to write about roleplaying games as well.