Bundle of Holding sent the e-mail today, and here’s the Wikipedia articles on both systems: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Warriors and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maelstrom_(role-playing_game). I am not familiar with either system.
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HERO KIDS ENDS TONIGHT!
Today is your last chance to get our revived April 2018 Hero Kids Bundle featuring the fast and fun introductory roleplaying game perfect for younger kids just getting interested in RPGs. Along with the complete 50-page Hero Kids rulebook, you also get the Monster Compendium, all five Space Expansions, lots of Hero Cards and Pet Cards, and a huge range of adventures that each take an hour or less to play. And for this revival we’ve added two new sets of cards and two Hard adventures. (If you bought this offer during its original run, you get them automatically.) You won’t find a better (and cheaper!) way to initiate kids aged 4-10 into the roleplaying hobby. It’s a US$106 retail value for just over $19 — but this Hero Kids revival ends tonight!
BRITISH INVASION — TIMES TWO!
Through Monday, April 6 we resurrect two offers of vintage 1980s British FRPGs. The Dragon Warriors Bundle revives our September 2016 offer featuring the classic 1986 game of adventure in the Lands of Legend from Serpent King Games. And, from September 2017, the Maelstrom Bundle once again brings you the 1984 Puffin Books RPG of rogues, magick, and mayhem.
Both Dragon Warriors and Maelstrom started their long life in the 1980s as paperbacks from British publishers Corgi and Puffin. Sold only in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and largely unknown in the United States, these two games provided, for a whole generation of Commonwealth youth, a gateway RPG experience. After both games fell out of print, devoted fans kept them alive, and in recent years indie publishers have brought them back for a new worldwide audience. Find out why a generation of British gamers cherishes these beloved games.
1. DRAGON WARRIORS [from Sept 2016]
Published in paperback format to capitalize on the mid-’80s Fighting Fantasy gamebook phenomenon, the six Dragon Warriors books together constituted a complete FRPG with easy rules, fast play, and a mythic setting, the Lands of Legend. An analog of our own world in the early European Middle Ages, Legend feels down at heel, grim, gritty, and in places horrific. The names are right: Cornumbria, Ellesland, Albion, Glissom. No one has nice teeth, and no one ever wears a chainmail bikini. Elves are unknowable inhabitants of the otherworld, as likely to kill you in passing as marry you and take you away under the hill for 100 years. Goblins are mean-spirited, twisted, murderous denizens of the forest, where you don’t go at night.
Player characters pursue a range of professions: knight, barbarian, mystic, sorcerer, warlock, assassin, or elementalist. They are defined by a string of familiar statistics and health points. One key to Dragon Warriors‘ brutal reputation is that characters gain health points very slowly. A knight of the 10th rank must still fear a gang of angry peasants armed with staves and a couple of knives.
Nowadays Dragon Warriors is published by Serpent King Games, founded in 2011 by the game’s original creators, Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson. This resurrected Dragon Warriors Bundle gives you everything you need for a complete heroic saga.
Pay just US$9.95 to get all five titles in this revived offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 2011 Dragon Warriors core rulebook, the Players Guide, and three short adventures with Chaucerian titles: The Knight’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale, and — new in this revival — The Reeve’s Tale. (And if you purchased this offer during its original September 2016 run, you receive The Reeve’s Tale automatically on your Wizard’s Cabinet download page and in your DriveThruRPG Library. When you buy a Bundle of Holding early, you never worry about missing a title added later — even much later.)
And if you pay more than this revival’s threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, you’ll level up and also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $60:
- Dragon Warriors Bestiary: Scores of creatures from the Lands of Legend, many unlike anything seen in other RPGs.
- Friends or Foes: Three dozen vivid nonplayer characters bring color to your campaign.
- Cold Fury: The full-length Fury of the Deep adventure along with many scenarios from the supplement In From the Cold.
- Prince of Darkness: A sourcebook and full-scale campaign set in the frozen and mountainous fief of Glissom.
- The Elven Crystals: An introductory four-part adventure re-forged in 2009 based on Oliver Johnson’s venerable 1986 Corgi paperback edition.
- Sleeping Gods: A complete seven-part campaign that can lead novice adventurers on a path to power in the Lands of Legend.
2. MAELSTROM [Sept 2017]
Set in Tudor England around 1540, Maelstrom lets you create and adventure with nobles, mercenaries, priests, tradesmen, and herbalists. The game’s innovative freeform magick system, arguably a precursor to such classics as Ars Magica, lets mages warp reality to their own ends. Combat is fast and furious, with dozens of weapons and armor types. The wound system means injuries are a real threat. The herbal section, a highlight of the original Maelstrom rules, has inspired many net-based RPG herbals.
Originally published by Puffin Books under the Adventure Gamebooks banner (alongside the famous Fighting Fantasy series), Maelstrom is currently published by Arion Games (which also publishes the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG line). This revival of our September 2017 Maelstrom Bundle, presenting most of the line for a bargain price, is a timely tie-in to the Domesday Campaign Kickstarter now in progress. Arion Games is raising funds for an epic two-book campaign that spans a century, the rule of three Kings, and several generations of characters who make their mark on history.
Pay just $9.95 to get all six titles in this revived offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $48), including the complete Maelstrom core rulebook and the Maelstrom Companion; Maelstrom Domesday, a standalone companion game set in AD 1086, plus its Investigators Guide; and the two supplements MQ1 Tournaments and MQ2 Inns & Taverns.
Pay more than this revival’s threshold ($19.95 to start) and you’ll also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with thirteen more titles worth an additional $74:
- Maelstrom Gothic: A complete standalone game that adapts Maelstrom for supernatural investigations in 1850s Victorian England.
- Domesday North Yorkshire Moors: A remote and wild region with enough supernatural action for an entire Domesday campaign.
- Classic Fantasy Toolkit and Bestiary: Grab your 10-foot pole for traditional dungeon-crawling using the Maelstrom system.
- Beggars Companion: The lowest of the low can get into a lot of mischief.
- Four Maelstrom adventures — The Beast of Ledsham, Purple Mushroom Caves, The Sward [sic] and the Stone, and The Yuletide Spirit.
- Domesday Maps and Charts, Manor Cartography Symbols, and two sets of paper miniatures for Maelstrom and Maelstrom Domesday.
Start your dragon war and enter the Maelstrom before these two revivals of vintage British fantasy games vanish together Monday, April 6.
1. DRAGON WARRIORS [Sept 2016]
2. MAELSTROM [Sept 2017]
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