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Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells Giveaway Contestants - Results soon!

I am ashamed to only be doing this now, but SB&CS took some time out of my life (but it’s for a good cause, I promised).

Last year, I posted about a Adventure Idea contest to give away copies of SS&SS and the Addendum. The number of copies given away would vary according to the number of contestants. However, we just had 10 entries, so that is just one bundle to give away.

Before announcing the winner, I would like to post here the name of all contestants and the name of their entry. If I am missing anyone, PLEASE, let me know so I can correct this and draw a winner with all the entries. I may have missed one or two, who knows.

Dan Davis - The Archway of the Oneiric FortressJason Marby - The Chamber in the Swamp of DeathBruno Araujo - The Chamber in the Swamp of DeathBlack Barth - The Tourney of the Unforgiving WarriorDiego Santos - The Battle of the Obsidian pyramidGary Anastasio - The Orb of the Eternal MerchantJim Miller - The Bard of the Frozen WoodsCezar Capacle - The Wal…
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A Micro Review of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells is my newest RPG project and it is being crowdfunded right now over IndieGoGo. It’s a game about sword and sorcery adventure amongst the stars, based on my original RPG Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells.

With a simple yet very flexible system, the game allow players to assume the roles of space adventurers in a grim universe beset by sorcerous tyrants. They can search for treasures of a glorious path, fight the tyranny of the Galactic Overlords, work for these cruel despots, or just struggle to survive. The game also comes with a incredible array of tools that let you use the setting as you need, and create many gaming elements on the spot. You can even use it with other Sci-Fi RPGs if you want.

Don’t believe me? Why don’t you go to the projects webpage and take a look at the whole draft text that is available there? You can read the entire game now, for free. Need a direct link? Here it is:…

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells is being crowdfunded now! Help me make this game awesome!

I’ve been posting some of the process of creating and writing my current project on this blog for a few months and it has come the time to finally share with you the result of all that work. Well, something like that.

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells is a much bigger project than Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells was, even counting the Addendum. SB&CS has pretty much all the rules on both of these books, but now with examples to make everything clearer, and a complete setting toolkit!

The rules are a revised version of the ones in SS&SS books, and we add in some psionics mechanics and vehicle battles. But where the book really shines is in the setting toolkit and feel.

This is a game about sword and sorcery adventures amongst the stars. The universe is grim, unforgiving, controlled by cruel sorcerous despots. The PCs can oppose them, serve them or simply try to survive their tyranny and earn some Credits in less than honorable ways.

Anyway, the full draft text of the came is …

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Notes about Technology

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells presents an universe filled with wondrous devices and advanced technology. However, much of these advancements were lost in the Cleansing Wars, or are now under the strict control of the sorcerous despots that call themselves Galactic Overlords.

Technology in this game is in a weird stage. Somethings, like starships and weapons, can be quite advanced if you are lucky enough to find them. After all, they played a very important part in the past war. Other, like communication technology and the network of information, is quite undeveloped, if it’s available at all. It wasn’t in the interest of the Galactic Overlords to allow individuals to communicate with each other or acquire knowledge to understand what’s really going on.

Each of the entries below describe the general role and level of advancement these technologies usually appear in the universe of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. The Overlord can ignore or introduce different elements in their camp…

Optional Rules - Daring Points for SS&SS and SB&CS

To complement the rules for solo gaming presented on the last post, below I present to you rules to make character a bit more heroic and to instigate more cinematic action into your games.

Daring Points
This is a game of fantasy adventure amongst the stars, where incredible and amazing things can happen. However, the universe is grim and perilous, and characters assume great risks when they go on adventures. There is nothing to help them in their escapades throughout the universe but themselves and their allies.

But with the Daring Points rule, characters become more akin to action heroes from the movies and pulp literature. They will be able to do more amazing feats, get over bruises more easily and, sometimes, will seem to be favored by the Star Gods themselves!

Player Characters begin each session with 1 Daring Point and can earn more as they play. Usually, the Overlord will award additional Daring Points for characters that perform daring actions and put themselves in situations …

Optional Rule - Solo Heroes for SS&SS and SB&CS

This is going to be included in the Optional Rules section of Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells book. It's intended to simulate the style of stories of pulp heroes facing many challanges that would certainly spell doom to the more avarage adventure. Since I've seen a few people trying to play SS&SS as a Solo Game, I thought I would give it a try to provide some Optional Rules to make it a bit easier. I will post the Daring Points rule tomorrow to complement this reading.

Solitary Heroes
This game is designed to be played with a group of about 3 to 6 players and a Overlord. The rules assume there will be a group of multiple characters which will try to accomplish things together. Each member having their strong points who are complemented by the other characters’ abilities. But that is not always the case in the fiction that inspires the game, and that is not always the case in the game tables either. Sometimes, the Overlord will have just 1 or 2 players available, and they …

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - The Undead Queen

An incredibly powerful sorceress on her own, maybe more than a Galactic Overlord, the Undead Queen of the Dead Zone is a mysterious figure in such a brutal universe.

Rumors say the Undead Queen was the counterpart of the First Sorcerer and she perceived the betrayal of the Galactic Overlords before him, but she wasn’t able to stop their plan (or she didn’t want to).

Over the last centuries she has spread a terrible plague along a great number of systems, now collectively known as the Dead Zone. This disease kills sentients of any species, and some say it even affects Void creatures, turning them immediately in undead servants of the sorceress. It’s unknown, however, if the queen, herself is also undead.

Her true ambitions are yet unknown by the universe, but her domains are always growing, and, sometimes, some of her agents are seen acting outside of her territory on covert missions.

1d10 Undead Queen’s Related Jobs 1 A scientist from a world that was infected and lost to the Dead Zon…