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Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook

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Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook
Publisher: Frog God Games
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/20/2013 16:38:23
A while a back I posted that I was giving some products another chance. One of those products was Swords & Wizardry.

I picked up the Frog God "Complete Rulebook" and spent a lot of time with it. I think my biggest issue with S&W is that was sold to me as "0 Edition" or "OD&D" and it isn't. I played OD&D and S&W is nothing like it. Well, not "nothing" but it's made some serious changes. Those changes I think kept me from enjoying the game for what it is. So after staying away from the game for a number of months I came back and looked at in a different light. I dropped the idea that is an OD&D clone but instead a Retro Clone stripped down to it's most basic form. Now that is game I can get behind. If you ever played any version of D&D or any clone you can play this. S&W is really the basic essence of what D&D is. The most basic stuff you need to play. In this new light I saw the changes for what they were, really nice and intuitive changes.
The classics are really basic, but they work. In this Frog God edition you have a more classes, Assassins, Paladins, Rangers, Druids and Monks join Thieves, Clerics, Magic-Users and Fighters. Races are Human, Elves, Half-elves, Halflings and Dwarves. So again all easily recognizable.
There are a set of good multi-classing rules (which is always nice in an OSR game).
Spells go up to 9 for Magic-Users, 7 for most others.
There are plenty of monsters, tons really. The monster blocks are simple like everything else.

Really S&W does take a lot of what made OD&D/Dasic D&D so fun, the advances in AD&D and the features that made 3.x so popular. Yes. It has Ascending AC (which is still the best, sorry old school guys) and I like single saving throw bonus.
This Frog God version shares a lot of the art that appeared in The Tome of Horrors Complete and the layout. This is not a big deal as far as I am concerned.

At a 134 pages it is a complete game. You don't really need anything else here, though you can use it with nearly other OSR product or any of the scores of products created for S&W.

I am glad I gave this another chance.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook
Publisher: Frog God Games
by Robert S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/08/2012 18:35:16
Great "back to basics" retro-clone of 0eD&D. As DM, I switched my roleplaying group from D&D 4e to S&W, and the simplification and emphasis on actual role playing has been a hit. I spent a lot of time comparing the different retro-clones, and I feel S&W is the best. My only critique with S&W is that there are some inconsistencies between the core rules and complete rules. I'm glad they added an index to the complete rules.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook
Publisher: Frog God Games
by István B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/18/2011 14:29:32
The Complete Rulebook includes a lot of good old-school rules, and more classes and more races than Core Rules, for example Paladin and Half-Elf. The book inspired me creating a new campaign. I love it and I’m absolutely content.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook
Publisher: Frog God Games
by Ronald W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/14/2011 15:57:40
This is a very nice addition to the S&W library. The 0e flavor is easy to take in. very impressive.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Swords and Wizardry Complete Rulebook
Publisher: Frog God Games
by Mark J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/25/2011 02:51:15
Awesom rules lite D&D retro clone. Easily tweakable, enabling you to run any of your old school modules. True classic of a classic game.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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