Woodland Warriors RPG

By on 18 April 2011
Woodland Warriors

Beyond Belief Games have completed a Swords & Wizardry variant, inspired by Redwall, Mistmantle and similar children’s fantasy-animal books. They’ve made extensive changes to the core S&W system – most notably using D6 throughout. Levels are limited to 6th and playable races (called “Kind”) are badgers, hedgehogs, mice, squirrels and moles. Other animals would be simple to turn into PCs. The classes are Friar, Warrior, Wizard & Scout, with an npc class of Rogue. There is a simple setting included – The Stonewell Abbey Campaign, as well as a full adventure penned by David Bezio (Grubman) of Xplorers! and Wild West Cinema fame.

Here are some rats, superbly drawn by Darrel Miller:

There is actually an early draft up here (although the draft number is now up to 1.09, it still gives an idea of the way the game was going): penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/18679-Woodland-warriors

It is great fun – we’ve had playtests with 2 different groups and they’ve enjoyed it immensely. Last nights playtest was superb and the system held up very well (being changed from the standard D20 system, they had a few worries about how everything would hang together, but it worked nicely).

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar “Living” campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave’s first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft).

Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at dave.mcalister.org.uk and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at DnD5e.info.

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