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Helvéczia: Picaresque RPG
 
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Helvéczia: Picaresque RPG
Publisher: First Hungarian d20 Society
by Adam M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/11/2022 03:48:00

Another incredible entry by EMDT and to my knowledge, their most comprehensive. This system provides a streamlined method for procedures that depart from the rigid structure of the wargame-inspired early old-school style, instead suggesting that play should be explored more as a conversation with dice, with as much or as little bean-counting as the table (or perhaps the wine glass) desires. This manifests as a highly adaptable game that progresses with all the excitement and style of the literature it derives from, seeing player characters rise and fall, twisting with the whims of fate and their own cleverness. Having read this book front-to-back I feel somewhat familiar with the concept of the picaresque, the procedures and the episodic passage of time the game emulates, but I feel that this system could be played in any manner the gamemaster chooses if they wish to splice some old-school record keeping back in, for example. I would definitely recommend this system to anyone who has an interest in the pike-and-shot era, central European mythology and aesthetic and roleplaying games with a focus on exciting adventure over crunching the numbers.



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Helvéczia: Picaresque RPG
Publisher: First Hungarian d20 Society
by Thiago S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/23/2021 06:52:07

I was pleasantly surprise when I got this book.

The layout and art makes it look like a novel from the time (17th century Europe). I was Impressed that all are of public domain art, very well done.

The writing is made in a way that resembles the language of the time as well, but without being cumbersome, the author's domain of the english language is unparalled, impressive that it is not his first language.

The rules are very clear, direct to the point and a very well thought and streamlined version of the D20 system (with A LOT of OSR sensibilities).

The Peoples, religion, classes, spells and customs in the book was all made in a very flavourful, funny and respectful way, at least in my random dude's internet view of things.

I don't know S### about Switzerland's history, but after reading this, I want to.

And this book is well worth just for the DM's part alone. I'm using some of the new (at least new for me) rules in my other OSR games. Very good stuff indeed. Highly recommended.

As a side note, the PDFs are not hyperlinked. not a big deal for me, but worth noting. (We NEED a hyperlinked version Xyntillan, though!!!! Please Gabor, pleeeeaaaase!)



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