REVISED Nov 7, 2006 (v1.7a). This edition is just the core rules, omitting the setting of Amherth and related adventures.
"For adding and adapting to your game, IG deserves an A+... Iron Gauntlets provides two things in abundance--comfort and flexibility... with it's Zero Intimidation Factor and A+ on Learning Curve and Playability, new gamers just may have their best entrance vehicle yet."
"Iron Gauntlets does well; it's quick but effective, detailed but clean, familiar yet not a carbon copy..."
"I think the [magic] system is better than Mage because it's simpler and more intuitive..."
"[Iron Gauntlets] gets the Iron Gauntleted thumbs up..."
Harken back to the days of fantasy adventure.
It is an age when heroes ventured where the mass of humankind dared not tread - into a fantastic world of arcane wizards, bold warriors, powerful kings, and fell beasts. The voyages were perilous, but the rewards were great. Iron Gauntlets will thrust your heroes into epic swords and sorcery quests. Will they find glory or treachery, triumph or an early death?
Remember when fantasy roleplaying was simple? Go back to basics with Iron Gauntlets and create a customized campaign to fit your style. Create your own special abilities, races, creatures, and even combat styles. Iron Gauntlets provides a foundation with which you can play, but it also gives you the freedom and guidance to go beyond.
Characters can portray humans, elves, dwarves, halflings, centaurs, goblins, gnomes, or orclins - if those don't do it for you, create your own race. Flexible character creation rules let you create the characters you want. No classes and no experience levels. There are also no spell lists taking up half the book - a streamlined magic system, featuring 4 diverse forms of magic (crafting, divinity, essence, and totem), give magic-users even more freedom.
Iron Gauntlets is powered by the Impresa Modular Roleplaying System and is both easy to learn and easy to play. The rules are simple, yet robust and dynamic, utilizing multiple ten-sided dice. Diceless play is also possible when used in conjunction with Active Exploits Diceless Roleplaying. A sampling of Disposable Heroes® paper miniatures and full color, tiled maps help bring the action to life. Now also compatible with the genreDiversion i rules if you prefer 2d6 action instead of Xd10.
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"Iron Gauntlets is an effective and elegant generic fantasy system. It is cleanly presented and perfect for printing with a simple system that hides hidden depths and complexities. The magic system in particular is of interest and the game is worth picking up on the strength of that alone."