Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SWORDS AND WIZARDRY APPRECIATION!!!

so, today is SWORDS AND WIZARDRY APPRECIATION DAY.  i'm posting this now (at midnight) because i have a long day of work tomorrow and i'm not sure how often i'll be able to get online. so, rather than wait until tomorrow night to post all this stuff i figure i'll just do it now. better early than late, i suppose. anyway, i've created a few things in honor of today...

first up is a CHARACTER SHEET for SWORDS AND WIZARDRY COMPLETE. it's based off the sheet in the back of the new COMPLETE book.  now that i'm almost done with DUNGEON STRIKE i had ton of stock artwork laying around - so i applied it to the sheet. here's the result:


 if you like it you can grab a pdf right here!  now, as much as i like the COMPLETE rules, i've always been sort of partial to the ol' WHITE BOX.  if you read this blog at all, you know my love for the X-PLORERS RPG. the rules for that game were greatly inspired by the original SWORDS AND WIZARDRY WHITE BOX, and as i have recently gotten my hands on one of the og BRAVE HALFLING boxed sets, my GM juices have been flowing. partly inspired by the BEYOND THE WALL RPG i mentioned the other day and partly inspired by the HOLMES basic set (where he mentions parties comprised of dragons, werebears, humans, centaurs and elves) - i've begun work on a little homebrew for my players.  i have 2 things for you to check out - 1 is the house-ruled THIEF class. no matter what edition my friends and i play we always wind up tweaking the thief slightly. WHITE BOX doesn't include the thief at all...so, based on the thief in the COMPLETE rules, i give you our houseruled SWORDS AND WIZARDRY THIEF. the class features a simplified skill system based on X-PLORERS. i also  folded a few skills into "delicate tasks".  check it out:
you can grab the pdf here. print on both sides and cut down the middle and you'll have 2 copies - one for your players and one for your WHITE BOX.

last but not least...i made a werebear. some of you older folk may remember the werebear class that was presented in WHITE DWARF #17 (along with the stone giant, lammasu, and blink dog pack!).  the pdfs of all those old magazines are floating around the interwebz, so if your google-fu is sharp you should be able to find 'em. anyway, based on that old article i created a werebear class (and i borrowed a pic from the article/1e MM) for my upcoming campaign:
the pdf for this is available right here.  and that's it, folks! i may remake some of the other classes in the WHITE DWARF article. if i do i'll post them here. i'm also working on a dragon PC. yeah. we'll see how that goes.  enjoy!

17 comments:

Rob Barrett said...

That is one sweet sheet. Consider it yoinked!

James said...

One of the best sheets I've seen! I also really like your thief class, I'm definitely going to compare it to Complete's when creating my own Whitebox version.

Timothy Brannan said...

And thus I found my new sheet...

Great work! That is a beautiful sheet.

--
Tim
My Swords & Wizardry posts, S&W Witch and The Ördög

Anthony Emmel said...

Consider your blog followed and mucho appreciation given!

I ahve a great love for S&W WB and have lamented the lack of a thief(although I did adapt one from the Greyhawk Supplement I for 0E--yours is much more elegant!).

Anthony Emmel said...

and I forgot to mention, Beorn is one of my favorite charcters in The Hobbit. I really hope he makes the new film!

xwardukex said...

thanks for the kind words, guys. i got home late last night, but i'm looking forward to digging through all the S&W goodness over the next few days...

John Reyst said...

Mind if I post this (freaking awesome) character sheet to the Swords & Wizardry SRD?

xwardukex said...

go ahead!

xwardukex said...
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xwardukex said...

credit the artist by including the following: "artwork copyright William McAusland, used with permission". he's the dude who drew the stock art pack i used to make the sheet.

ClawCarver said...

How did I miss this? I can never get enough thief variants, and this one is very neat. I might try it out next time I run WhiteBox. Great stuff. Cheers!

Eric said...

Here! Have a comment to a post many months later! lol

I have to wonder why you gave the thief the same hit dice as a fighter. I'm all for giving the thief a boost (as I consider the class ever-shafted), but the very same as the fighter plus the thief's fast advancement? It just makes me wonder if it's a mistake or if you had another reason for doing so...

-Eric (machfront on...freakin' every forum)

xwardukex said...

well, in WB every class has d6 HP...so, i figured why mess with things and add the traditional d4 and i didn't want to make them the same as magic-users. since they can only wear leather i figured it would balance out as clerics have crappier hit dice but better protection (plus spells). also, fighters get a bonus HP at first level, so technically they're still slightly behind them.

Eric said...

Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.
Love all the character sheets you've shared on your blog. They're ace. Thanks!

grandexperiment said...

Loving the WB Thief, though its seems to be missing the BTB column, which should be the same as the MUs.

Also, I would have preferred to have seen the Thief with the HP of the MU too as their low XP will make Thieves more robust than the Fighter, which doesn't make sense to me :)

Szymon Piecha said...

Hey. It's the best S&W:C character sheet I used so far. I have a question: May I translate it to my language and upload it? Of course, you get all the credit and links to your blog. There are no character sheets for S&W in PL sadly :-/

xwardukex said...

translate away! it's cool with me.