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Be a part of the old school renaissance! Back the award-winning roleplaying game. Original edition rules. Original edition feel.

             . . . Because “First Edition” was not the First Edition . . .

Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules is a simulacrum of the original edition of the 1974 fantasy roleplaying game written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Now everyone can play this ENnie award-winning re-creation of the original rules without paying hundreds of dollars for the original books.

                 These are the rules Rappan Athuk was designed for!

THE GOAL: $10,000 FUNDED!

We are going to print the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules in a tough, signature-stitched hardcover binding for distribution. Yes, it is going to be in brick and mortar game stores! We’re going to place it into distribution across the country AND internationally. So, help us with our fiendish plan, and put these rules back into game stores for the first time in more than a quarter century.

Plus we are going to print the long awaited second printing of the Monster Book with NEW ART and MORE monsters!

FIRST BONUS GOAL: $12,500 ACHIEVED!

We will create a super cool patch that will encompass a brand new logo from Swords & Wizardry. It will be iconic and epic. Everyone who pledges $30 or more will receive 1 free Swords & Wizardry Patch!

SECOND BONUS GOAL: $15,000 ACHIEVED!

We will have Erol Otus do the new Cover Art for BOTH the Rules Book and the Monster Book. 

THIRD BONUS GOAL: $17,500 ACHIEVED!

We will add Lairs and Encounters to the Monster Book, the same way we did with the Swords & Wizardry Tome of Horrors Complete!

FOURTH BONUS GOAL: $20,000 ACHIEVED!

We will create a Swords & Wizardry Coloring Album. For those who pledge $48 or more will receive 1 free coloring album. Anyone may increase their pledge $5 for each additional coloring album you wish to add on. You can confirm the number on the survey at the end of the project. These books make great gifts for children as well as excellent collectors' items.

FIFTH BONUS GOAL: $25,000 ACHIEVED!

To celebrate the $25,000, Tsathogga and Orcus have graciously allowed us to offer the Rappan Athuk S&W Hardcover Book for $100 to all those adventurers who dare to venture down the well and haven't already. Simply increase your pledge $100 while keeping your rewards level the same. You can indicate on the survey what the $100 was intended for. You cannot choose the Pathfinder version of Rappan Athuk -- this is a Swords & Wizardry exclusive.

SIXTH BONUS GOAL: $30,000 ACHIEVED!

At $30,000 we will include what Matt calls the "Complete Minimalist Dungeon-Creating Kit" for everyone who is pledging $30 or more. The kit includes two things. First, a Frog God Games pencil. Second, a pad of graph paper with an artist-drawn compass rose on the pages. Hopefully we will have pictures of these up on the site before the Kickstarter is over.

SEVENTH BONUS GOAL: $40,000 ACHIEVED!

At $40,000 we will include 2 extra D6 to all pledges that currently receive dice: Kobold, Centaur, White Dragon, Black Dragon, and Red Dragon. All other pledges may add on a complete dice set (d4, d8, d10, d12, d20, and 3 custom D6) for an additional $12 to your pledge. You can indicate how many sets you have pledged for on the survey.

EIGHTH BONUS GOAL: $45,000 ACHIEVED!

We will create a PDF for a deck of Henchman/Hirelings cards that can be used with Swords & Wizardry. Everyone at the $48 pledge and up will receive the PDF free. All levels may add on the actual card deck for $10.

NINTH BONUS GOAL: $50,000 ACHIEVED!

We will create a PDF for a deck of Equipment/Equipment Bundle Cards that can be used with Swords & Wizardry. Everyone at the $48 pledge and up will receive the PDF free. All levels may add on the actual card deck for $10.

TENTH BONUS GOAL: $55,000 ACHIEVED!

We will create a PDF for a deck of Treasure Cards that can be used with Swords & Wizardry. Everyone at the $48 pledge and up will receive the PDF free. All levels may add on the actual card deck for $10.

Plus the Red & Black Dragon levels will receive a free SIGNED canvas print of the Cover Art by Erol Otus. The print will be 8 1/2 x 11. All other levels may add on a unsigned version of this canvas print for $25.

ELEVENTH BONUS GOAL: $60,000 ACHIEVED!

At $60,000 we will have Bill Webb write a 2nd Module for Swords & Wizardry. Any pledge level will be able to add on this module for an additional $10.

Also Matt Finch will create a "First Level Dungeon Encounter Deck". This will be a small deck of cards, each of which contains an encounter that could be awaiting characters on the first level of the dungeon. The PDF of the cards will be free to pledges $48 or more. The actual print card decks will be available to all levels as a $10 add on.

TWELFTH BONUS GOAL: $65,000 ACHIEVED!

Matt will create a "2nd Level Dungeon Encounter Deck". The PDF of cards will be free to pledges $48 or more. The actual print card deck is available to all levels as a $10 add on.

Plus we will create a PDF for a deck of Spell Cards that can be used with Swords & Wizardry. Everyone at the $48 and up will receive the PDF free. Actual print card decks can be added for $10.

THIRTEENTH BONUS GOAL: $70,000 ACHIEVED!

All pledges $90 and more will receive a PDF of the handwritten notes Matt wrote down while working on the introductory module. Follow the creative process and see what might have come out differently. A backstage look at the creation of an adventure module.

We will also add 5 NPC cards to each of the Dungeon Encounter Decks (including the printed decks). Each of these cards will include a group of NPC characters that could be encountered in a dungeon, town, or tavern. One place where the game can slow down a bit is generating groups of NPC adventuring parties as allies or opponents (especially those darn spellcasters). These cards provide a fast solution. Draw a card, and there is the other adventuring party. For the pdfs, this means more content. If you're actually buying the card decks, this means five extra cards for free.

FOURTEENTH BONUS GOAL: $75,000 ACHIEVED!

We have truly established Swords & Wizardry as a contender in the mainstream RPG world.

For everyone getting a pdf or a printed Encounter Deck, we'll increase the deck size to 52 cards per set (they are currently set at the 36-40 range depending upon manufacturers).

As an additional resource, for those who like visual aids at the game table, we will create a deck of "What You See Cards". This deck has pictures of monsters from the monster book, so you can show the players what they see without holding up the book and trying to cover the rest of the page. The PDF of the cards will be free to pledges $48 or more. The actual print card decks will be available to all levels as a $10 add on.

This area will be updated for Pledges as goals are achieved. The below levels show what you will receive when the project ends.

Initiate Level: Thank you for being a patron of Old School Arts! Your name will be added to the rulebook as an Adventurer. The treasure is better if you adventure down into the lower levels for greater rewards…

Kobold: The Kobold lair contains a set of Swords & Wizardry Dice for you to loot. The dice set will contain three custom D6, plus one of each: D4, D8, D10, D12, D20 and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Kobold Destroyer... but wait! Down the stairs in the next level, there are richer rewards to be had…

Orc: The Orc lair contains the newly written Introductory Module and a GM Screen designed specifically for Swords & Wizardry. Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as an Orc Destroyer... but wait! Down these stairs in the next level, there are even richer rewards...

Ogre: Looting an Ogre lair gains the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook plus a PDF copy of the Rules, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, and your name will be added to the rulebook as an Ogre Destroyer.

Hippogriff: The Hippogriff lair contains the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book plus a PDF copy of the Monster Book, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Hippogriff Destroyer.

Centaur: The Centaur lair contains the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook complete with a pad of character sheets, a set of custom dice, a PDF copy of the Rules, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, PDF of card decks (1st encounter, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster and equipment cards), and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Centaur Destroyer. This treasure is perfect for an adventurer to get equipped with the essentials.

Doppleganger: The Doppleganger lair contains TWO super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copies of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook with PDF copy, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, and PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster, and equipment cards). You'll also receive a pad of character sheets and your name will be added to the rulebook as an Doppleganger Destroyer.

Wraith: The Wraith lair contains the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book complete with PDFs of each, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, and PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster, and equipment cards). Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as a Wraith Slayer.

Troll: The Troll lair contains the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book complete with PDFs of each, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hirelings, treasure, monster and equipment cards), Matt's production notes PDF, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Troll Slayer. This treasure is perfect for a GM to get equipped with the essentials.

Hellhound: The Hellhound lair contains TWO super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copies of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Monster Book with PDF copies of each, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, Matt's production notes PDF, and PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hirelings, treasure, monster, and equipment cards). Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as an Hellhound Slayer.

Junior Dragon: The Junior Dragon lair has quite the hoard of treasure! Here you will receive a signed & numbered copy of the super-durable, signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook with PDF, plus the newly written Introductory Module, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, coloring album, iconic patch, a t-shirt (Youth Sizes Only: Small - XL), PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hirelings, treasure, monster, and equipment cards), and choose a name to be added to the rulebook as a Junior Dragon Slayer. This makes the ideal gift package for any child.

White Dragon: The White Dragon lair is littered with riches! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED copy of both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster and equipment cards), Matt's production notes PDF, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a White Dragon Slayer.

Black Dragon: The Black Dragon lair is littered with more gems! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED copy of both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, graph paper, The Black Monastery w/ PDF, The Tome Of Horrors Complete w/ PDF, Matt's production notes PDF, PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster, and equipment cards), signed canvas print, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Black Dragon Slayer. Read more about these additional books below!

Red Dragon: The Red Dragon lair is overflowing with treasure! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED REAL GENUINE LEATHER BOUND Limited Collectors Edition of the Swords & Wizardry rulebook. You'll also receive both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book also signed and numbered. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, coloring album, iconic patch, FGG pencil, pad of graph paper, The Black Monastery w/ PDF, The Tome Of Horrors Complete w/ PDF, Matt's production notes PDF, PDF of card decks (1st & 2nd encounter, spells, henchman/hireling, treasure, monster, and equipment cards), signed canvas print, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a RED Dragon Slayer. We are not responsible for any bookshelves collapsing under the weight of this treasure.

Note: The genuine leather book will only be available on kickstarter and not sold in retail stores.

Did you say it’s connected to Rappan Athuk?

Yes we did. The Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules are the original “Old School” game rules, and if you want to go for the authentically deadly experience of the Rappan Athuk megadungeon by Frog God Games … this is the rulebook for it. These are the rules used to create Rappan Athuk in the first place, the rules that stalked its dark halls for many years until the turn of the millennium. So if you want to play Rappan Athuk in all its original deadliness, take a look at the rewards, and consider the role you want to play in this latest diabolical plot of ours.

Is this the exact text of the 1974 rules?

The Swords & Wizardry Rules are a restatement of those rules, but with newly-written text, better organization (where the rules were spread across seven booklets).

Can I publish my own adventures for Swords & Wizardry?

Yes. Swords & Wizardry is published under the WotC Open Game License, and contains our own license that allows you to create works and say that they are compatible with Swords & Wizardry. This license is similar to the now-extinct d20 license, but is less restrictive. We welcome any and all third party publishers of S&W, and there are already several.

Tell me more about Tome of Horrors Complete and The Black Monastery.

The Tome of Horrors Complete is a colossal 667 pages of monsters, monsters, and yet more monsters written for both Pathfinder Game System and Swords & Wizardry.

EN World Review of Tome of Horrors Complete: “I found the ToHC to be the strongest 3rd party product yet released for Pathfinder RPG. It was fun to read and I expect it will prove exceedingly useful at the table, simply when considering the utility of the animals contained within it. When the hundreds of other creatures are also considered, the ToHC more than doubles the available foes to GMs playing Pathfinder RPG… I believe the ToHC adds such a plethora of possibilities to the game that it is a must-have reference book for running Pathfinder RPG.” Read full review here

Paizo Publishing Public Review of Tome of Horrors Complete:
Gives it 5 out of 5 stars. “Never before has this massive selection of monsters been updated and brought with these resources all together in one place for use in your own game.” Read full review here

The Black Monastery is a lost adventure from 1981, never published because of a legal dispute with TSR. It isn’t just retro, it is the real thing from back in the day.

EZG reviews The Black Monastery:
Gives it 5 out of 5 stars: “What truly makes the Black Monastery shine, though, at least for me, is its gothic convolutedness and its attention to detail: The crazed cook, and inscriptions upon inscriptions that hide hints and grant insight into the demented logic of the madmen and otherworldly forces that call this place home.” Read full review here

Paizo Publishing Public Review of The Black Monastery: Gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read full review here:

Can I substitute a Pathfinder version of Tome of Horrors or The Black Monastery?

Frog God Games does publish Pathfinder versions of these books, and we realize that many people already have a Swords & Wizardry version of them. However, shipping Kickstarter materials is already so complicated (all those bonus goals add up, and there are many pledge levels) that we simply don't dare to add this as an option. It could lead to disastrous shipping errors. So, no.

Is this game supported with adventure modules, or is it just a fantasy heartbreaker?

Swords & Wizardry has been around since 2009, winning awards across the world. There are over 20 published print modules for Swords & Wizardry, with many more in the works.  Not only have we been winning awards, we have sold thousands of copies of the game, helped sponsor a convention, and built a strong community of players over the years. Now it's time to put the game into brick and mortar stores.

What are the Dungeoneering Expenses?

Shipping will be charged AFTER the project has ended. We will research the cheapest shipping possible and send invoices individually for the shipping costs. We will mail the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rules in November. Shipping prices will apply at that time.

Why do a Kickstarter?

Kickstarter allows us to raise the funds to print the mass quantity needed for distribution. It also allows us to create more projects we wouldn't otherwise be able to like the Monster Book with new art, lairs, and encounters. 

As we raise funds for this project we would like to continue to hear your feedback on future bonus goals for items you would like to see.

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FAQ

  • The Swords & Wizardry Rules are a restatement of those rules, but with newly-written text, and better organization (where the rules were spread across seven booklets).

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  • This level only has the Monster Book. It is intended for those who have the rulesbook and do not want the new super durable hardcover or the rulesbook but do want the updated Monster Book.

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  • You'll need to click on "Manage Your Pledge" and then leaving your reward level the same simply add the desired dollar amount to the pledge amount. For example, your current reward level is the $48 Pledge for Centaur but you want to add on a second pad of character sheets ($6), a pad of graph paper ($6), and a t-shirt ($15). Then the new total you would enter as the pledge amount would be $48+$6+$6+$15 = $75 while leaving the reward level at $48.

    When the kickstarter ends we will send out a survey where you can indicate the options you have pledged extra for. Once we have received all the surveys we will send out an invoice with the amount you originally pledged, any additional add on options or changes, plus the shipping.

    We charge shipping after the project is complete in order to get the best rate possible for you. If we can fit all the books in a smaller flat-rate box we will and then charge you only the cost of the shipping plus packing materials. We take great pride in making sure our products are delivered in top quality without overcharging. This can only be accomplished once we have ended the project and we know how many extras you have included.

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    Initiate Level: Thank you for being a patron of Old School Arts! Your name will be added to the rulebook as an Adventurer. The treasure is better if you adventure down into the lower levels for greater rewards…

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    Kobold: The Kobold lair contains a set of Swords & Wizardry Dice for you to loot. The dice set will contain one custom D6, plus one of each a D4, D8, D10, D12, D20 and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Kobold Destroyer... but wait! Down the stairs in the next level, there are richer rewards to be had…

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    Orc: Orc lair contains the newly written Introductory Module and a GM Screen designed specifically for Swords & Wizardry. Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as an Orc Destroyer... but wait! Down these stairs in the next level, there are even richer rewards...

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    Ogre: Looting an ogre lair gains the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook PLUS a PDF copy of the Rules and your name will be added to the rulebook as an Ogre Destroyer.

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    Hippogriff: The Hippogriff lair includes the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book plus a PDF copy of the Monster Book and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Hippogriff Destroyer.

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    Centaur: The Centaur lair includes the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook complete with a pad of character sheets, a set of custom dice, a PDF copy of the Rules and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Centaur Destroyer. This treasure is perfect for an adventurer to get equipped with the essentials.

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    Doppleganger: The Doppleganger lair includes TWO super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copies of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook with PDF copy. You'll also receive a pad of character sheets and your name will be added to the rulebook as an Doppleganger Destroyer.

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    Wraith: The Wraith lair includes the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book complete with PDFs of each. Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as a Wraith Slayer.

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    Junior Dragon: The Junior Dragon lair has quite the hoard of treasure! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED copy of the super-durable, signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook with PDFs, plus the newly written Introductory Module, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, coloring album, iconic patch, and a t-shirt (Youth Sizes Only: Sm-XL), and choose a name to be added to the rulebook as a Junior Dragon Slayer. This makes the ideal gift package for any child.

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    Troll: The Troll lair includes the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the super-durable signature-stitched Monster Book complete with PDFs of each, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Troll Slayer. This treasure is perfect for a GM to get equipped with the essentials.

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    Hellhound: The Hellhound lair includes TWO super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copies of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book with PDF copies of each. Plus your name will be added to the rulebook as an Hellhound Slayer.

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    White Dragon: The White Dragon lair is littered with riches! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED copy of both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets and your name will be added to the rulebook as a White Dragon Slayer.

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    Black Dragon: The Black Dragon lair is littered with more gems! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED copy of both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, The Black Monastery, The Tome Of Horrors Complete, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Black Dragon Slayer. See the side notes about these additional books!

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    Red Dragon: The Red Dragon lair is overflowing with treasure! Here you will receive a SIGNED & NUMBERED REAL GENUINE LEATHER BOUND Limited Collectors Edition of the Swords & Wizardry rulebook. You'll also receive both the super-durable signature-stitched hardcover copy of the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook AND the Monster Book. You will receive both PDFs, the newly written Introductory Module, the GM Screen, the custom set of dice, a pad of character sheets, The Black Monastery, The Tome Of Horrors Complete, and your name will be added to the rulebook as a Green Dragon Slayer. We are not responsible for any bookshelves collapsing under the weight of this treasure.

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