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slap me and kiss me
Apr 1, 2008

You best protect ya neck

Bells of War 2: A Second Let Thrones Beware Playtest

Let Thrones Beware is a pen and paper roleplaying game for five or so people. Set several hundred years after the destruction of the Kingdom of Man, the game chronicles the efforts of a party of brave heroes to set the world right and eliminate the threats which lurk in the darkness.

  • ... you enjoy tactical combat, but dislike having nothing to do in between taking your turns;
  • ... you enjoy gradated success in modern games like Fate and Dungeon World, but want a tactical component to your gameplay;
  • ... you like the character building of D&D 4e, but dislike the item treadmill and fiddly feat choices; and
  • ... you like the elegant dice rolling of D&D 5e's advantage systems, but want a game with more parity between choices.

The Baronet of the Gate of Thorns commanded that a company of guards make haste to Chael Hollow; a routine mission, had it occurred three days hence, at the beginning of the Passage. No-one in recent memory has ventured into the Deep Wood before the Passage, and the Baronet has paid a handsome bonus to the Captain of the Guard who volunteered. Sensing a lucrative opportunity, a throng of merchants, peddlers, and hangers-on flocked to accompany the mission.

It is less than 12 hours into the arduous four-day journey. Already two have gone missing; lost or worse. The mood is beginning to sour, and the Captain exhorts her men to push forward.

The idyllic tranquility of Ceyenus was shattered with a single word. Man. Appearing long after the gods forged the world, Man's coming was as unexpected as it was cataclysmic. Approached with open arms and promises of friendship, Man proved a terrible scourge. Bending reality to his whim through a powerful force known as magic, Man wrenched the Fey from their trees and set the forests aflame, severing their connection to the Fey Queen. Just as easily, Man broke the great hiveminds of Xzzryxy, afflicting the Insectoid race with horrifying curse of individual consciousness. Forming an empire on the ruins of its conquests, the Kingdom of Man expanded, relentlessly pursuing domination over the earth. Man next set his sights on the Formians, the architects of rock and stone, and they were quick to fall, their castles reduced to rubble. Only the Ipotane, fierce, horse-headed warriors of the plains remained unconquered. Yet Man's thirst was not slaked. Wave after wave broke over the sword and shield of the brave defenders as the tide of Man swept over the world. For the briefest of moments, it seemed as though Man's ambition was thwarted, but false hopes birthed by respite were dashed by the full revelation of Man's malevolence. Man's awful magics enslaved the very shadows, bringing form, intellect, and hate to what was once only the absence of light. This new race, the Echthroi, was the culmination of Man's horrific acts, and they cast down the last of the free races of Ceyenus in a fortnight. Thus triumphant, the unassailable Kingdom of Man stretched through centuries, obliterating the cultures and histories of its conquered peoples. Countless generations were born, toiled, and perished under the yoke of Man.

But even the darkest of nightmares must end. It has been 300 years since the end of the Kingdom. Stories, passed from parent to child, tell of an awesome noise, as though reality itself had been torn asunder, and a brilliant flash of crimson, which echoed across continents. The great capitol of Man, in all its ivory and marble, was laid waste, an island of fire and anguish, surrounded by a great sea of roiling water, which consumed the rest of Man's Kingdom. Those that had been enslaved, Fey, Formian, Insectoid, and Ipotane, those who were not consumed in the sudden and unexpected downfall of Man fled. Even the Echthroi, freed from Man's shackles, fled to the corners of the Earth. Your ancestors, amongst countless others, retreated to the Deep Wood, a dark and foreboding forest that even Man had not conquered. There, amidst the shadows of the trees, they found sanctuary for a time. Alas, such peace was not to last. Just as Man's touch had changed the races of Ceyenus, so too had it corrupted the very world in which they lived. Horrid beasts and unknowable terrors drove the refugees deeper into the Wood, shattering families and splintering communities. Some struck out for safer lands, and some simply disappeared, never to be heard from again. Those who stayed congregated in Refuge Villages, isolated encampments whose natural features made them defensible.

It is into this world that you have been born. Three centuries of eking out an existence in the Deep Wood has led to an understand the natural rhythm of the forest; the terrors of the Wood recede with the changing of the season, giving rise to the Passage, and two-week period in which it is possible to move from village to village. As the Passage ends, the horrors of the Wood return, and not even stout steel is enough to protect a traveller lost in the Wood.

With the end of Summer, one such Passage is about to begin, and unbeknownst to you, your destiny awaits.

The Deep Wood

How to Join
I'm looking for four or five players to run through a playtest adventure of my Let Thrones Beware system (ideally one from each of the four classes). Recruitment will close at 11:59 pm EST on October 13th (spooky!).

Player content for Playtest 006 is here:
Player playtest packet
Character sheet

The use of the word "smirks" is unequivocally not permitted.

Here's the system discord


Dec 27, 2007
I released my finger from the trigger, and then it was over...

Holden Hornedhelm (link goes to stolen artwork)
Ipotane - Tattered Aristocrat - Charismatic Oracle (Healer)

Racials: Speed 7, Charging Hoof (Free Action)

Background Features: "My Word is Law"
  • Influences: Inventory 0, Knowledge 1, Contacts 3
  • Skill Attack: Noble's Gambit
  • Skill Interrupt: Do You Know Who I Am?
  • Combat Attack: Arrogant Strike
  • Repertoire: Fancy Adornment (Social/Nobility/1)

Class Features: "When using an Oracle Power, one adjacent willing ally may increase his or her Resistance by 1 per Oracle tier, up to their armourís maximum."
HP: 10
Reserve: 8
Competency: Shieldwall
Equipment: Light Melee Weapon, Shield, Heavy Armour
  • Default Skill Counter: The Mob Listens
  • Default Combat Attack: On Your Feet
  • Combat Interrupt: Redouble the Guard (+2)
  • Combat Interrupt: Reservoir of Will (+2)
  • Combat Counter: We Merciful Few (+3)

Nov 17, 2012

Is this the ideal world
that you envisioned?

I guess you could say that.


Echthroi - Pitiless Criminal - Acrobatic Rogue (Trapper)

Racials: Speed 6, Shadows Take You (Move Action)

Background Features: "Nothing is Safe"

Influences: Inventory 2, Research 1, Contact 1
Skill Attack: "When a Plan Comes Together"
Skill Counter: "Preparation Pays"
Combat Attack: "False Step"
Repertoire: "Grit and Toughness" (Physical/Slums/1)

Class Features: "A Rogue that has an Edge while engaging an opponent can use an Interrupt power in place of an attack power (this means your interrupt cannot be prevented). When wielding a light weapon, you may exhaust a second combat power of any type to inflict its damage in addition to that of the Interrupt."

HP: 8
Reserve: 6
Competencies: "This Knife is Up Close"
Equipment: Light Melee Weapon, Light Missile Weapon, Light Armour

Default Combat Attack: "Jarring Hook" (+1)
Default Skill Counter: "Always Have a Contingency" (+3)
Combat Counter: Blade Barrage (+2)
Combat Attack: "Devious Snare" (+1)
Combat Counter: "Disheartening Cut" (+3)

MelvinBison fucked around with this message at Oct 19, 2017 around 01:28

Dec 10, 2013



Myrmekes - Determined Peddler - Valiant Knight (Shielder)
HP: 12 Reserve: 9

Roll bonus: +2

Racials: Speed 6 - Queen's Leap (move action)

Background features:
Influences: Inventory 3 - Research 0 - Contact 1
Our Strength: Once per Challenge, trade one die from a Tier Die roll with a willing ally in the same zone as a free action.
Prodigious Research (Knowledge, The Deep Woods, Potency 1)

Class feature:
All actions taken by the Knight have the Bodyguard property. [Powers with this tag can be used to respond to attacks made against other characters. To use this feature, a character must be adjacent to the target of the attack, and cannot also be involved in the engagement (e.g. defending yourself in a zone attack would prevent you from using bodyguard to protect an ally also caught in the zone)]
Competency: Iron Thicket

Trading Fortune (Non-combat, Background)
A Wise Investment (Non-Combat, Background)
Knight's Pride (Non-Combat, Class)
Valorous Stand (Combat, Attack, Class)
Deft Negotiation (Combat, Counter, Background)
Deflecting Assault (Combat, Counter, Class)
Knight's Foresight (Combat, Interrupt, Class)
Overwhelming Assault (Combat, Interrupt, Class)

Equipment: Light Armor, Polearm

paradoxGentleman fucked around with this message at Oct 17, 2017 around 18:13

Mar 25, 2011


Dactyl - Stalwart Guard - Blocker Knight
HP: 12 Reserve: 9
Competency "Steadfast"
Equipment Heavy Armour, Polearm.

Racials: Speed 5, Stone Song

Background Features: "Want to Check Again"

Influences: Inventory 1, Research 1, Contact 2
Skill Attack: Good Cop, Bad Cop
Skill Attack: Guard Is Never Wrong
Combat Attack: Right Cudgeling
Repertoire: Reputation Precedes Me (Social/Refugee Villages/1)

Class Features: All actions taken by the Knight have the Bodyguard property.

Default Combat Attack: Armoured Challenge (+1)
Default Skill Attack: Knight's Pride (+1)
Combat Counter: Plate Preserveres (+3)
Combat Attack: Mighty Cleave (+3)
Combat Counter: Towering Bulwark (+3)

Plutonis fucked around with this message at Oct 18, 2017 around 18:44


slap me and kiss me
Apr 1, 2008

You best protect ya neck

Our cast of characters, in token form:

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