Free 60+ page Guide to Sword & Sorcery for 5E D&D

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Swords against tentacles!
The Player's Guide to the World of Xoth is a free PDF with more than 60 pages of sword and sorcery material for fifth edition that allows you to play in adventures inspired by the stories of Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. Venture in the footsteps of Conan the Cimmerian, Satampra Zeiros of Uzuldaroum, Imaro of Nyumbani, and other fabled thieves, reavers and slayers!

Packed with all-new, all-original artwork especially commissioned for this book, it contains chapters on the Races, Cultures, Classes, Swords, Sorcery, Cults, Lands, and Legends of Xoth (although you and your GM can of course use the material in any sword and sorcery campaign setting).

The guide was originally released for Pathfinder (and earned a 5/5 review rating - see Review of Player's Guide to the World of Xoth - RPGnet RPG Game Index ), and is now available for fifth edition (5E) with even more pages and more artwork. Among other things, it contains three new core classes that are replacements for the Bard, Cleric and Paladin (which are classes that poorly fit the sword and sorcery genre), respectively the Courtier, Cultist, and Conqueror classes. There are also new genre-appropriate class abilities and options for Druids and Rangers, and a section of new weapons and spells.

Oh, and did I mention that it's a FREE download? Go grab your complimentary copy of the Player's Guide to the World of Xoth today! :)

Here's the download link:


The current version of the guide is 1.3 and it is still a work in progress. Comments and feedback are welcome!
 
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JeffB

Adventurer
This is awesome. Excellent genre style art (besides all the nipples ;) )

Just glanced through, but I will spend some more time with it over the weekend. Thank you for posting it.
 

xoth.publishing

Swords against tentacles!
Is this supposed to prepare us for incoming Kickstarter of S&S for 5E, or something?
No, there's no Kickstarter planned. The World of Xoth is an established setting with a number of books (adventure modules) already published (see xoth.net publishing - sword and sorcery roleplaying adventures ), but so far those books have been for 3.5/Pathfinder. Future books will be using the fifth edition rules, hence the update of the Player's Guide. It's currently marked as a "playtest version" because some details might change as a result of feedback, but the final version will also be free (and there will be a Print-on-demand option as well).
 

S'mon

Legend
The Player's Guide to the World of Xoth is a free PDF with more than 60 pages of sword and sorcery material for fifth edition that allows you to play in adventures inspired by the stories of Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. Venture in the footsteps of Conan the Cimmerian, Satampra Zeiros of Uzuldaroum, Imaro of Nyumbani, and other fabled thieves, reavers and slayers!

Packed with all-new, all-original artwork especially commissioned for this book, it contains chapters on the Races, Cultures, Classes, Swords, Sorcery, Cults, Lands, and Legends of Xoth (although you and your GM can of course use the material in any sword and sorcery campaign setting).

The guide was originally released for Pathfinder (and earned a 5/5 review rating - see Review of Player's Guide to the World of Xoth - RPGnet RPG Game Index ), and is now available for fifth edition (5E) with even more pages and more artwork. Among other things, it contains three new core classes that are replacements for the Bard, Cleric and Paladin (which are classes that poorly fit the sword and sorcery genre), respectively the Courtier, Cultist, and Conqueror classes. There are also new genre-appropriate class abilities and options for Druids and Rangers, and a section of new weapons and spells.

Oh, and did I mention that it's a FREE download? Go grab your complimentary copy of the Player's Guide to the World of Xoth today! :)

Here's the download link:

The current version of the guide is 1.3 and it is still a work in progress. Comments and feedback are welcome!
Fantastic stuff! Downloaded & printing now!

Makes me want to run my copy of 3e The Spider God's Bride in 5e.
 
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CapnZapp

Adventurer
Hah, so typically Puritan to focus on nudity!

I think, from a quick browse, the art is great, if repeated (unfortunately) a tad too much. The b/w style evokes the best from the Games Workshop era (Warhammer, Fighting Fantasy)! High praise coming from me!

Kudos for not gating your free download behind some sign-up malarkey. (Hate it when a supposedly free download sends you to a place where they harvest your email and other info) I clicked the link, and the PDF downloaded. As it should be.

As for nipples, my personal observation is that anyone with his panties in a bunch should realize that Sword & Sorcery is best played as a very mature setting for those willing and able to handle decidedly non-modern tropes of exaggerated stereotypes :)

Men being defined by their physical prowess - heroes are invariably sweaty hulking brutes, whereas physically weak males are untrustworthy or comical relief sidekicks, if not outright bitter, turning to evil and sorcery.

Women are also defined by their bodies, in this case by sexual appeal and allure - heroines are invariably beautiful, and showing some skin is an almost magical ability that defeats most males capacity for rational thought (male heroes not always immune).

A setting that evokes tropes and stories from antiquity.

It is a world with endemic corruption and vice where might makes right. Racism, slavery and prejudice is rampant.

True fantasy literature, that is, where you escape the modern world for a darker less likeable world. By playing in it and not insisting it should be watered down to include gender, racial, and social equality you aren't condoning morally wrong or evil actions; you're trusted to separate fantasy from reality just as you can separate right from wrong.

The prevailing philosophy is that civilization corrupts. If you hail from ancient civilizations you're a degenerate in mind and possibly also in body. In extreme cases (like fantasy-Egypt your folk truck with snake demons and blood sorcery)

At the other end of the spectrum, we find the wholesome barbarians most heroes come from - the fantasy Scandinavia or Scotland perhaps.

In this light, a little bit of harmless nudity to indicate that your barbarian queen of a player character might fight topless is certainly not near the top of the list as regards what really is NSFW about Sword & Sorcery, if y'all ask me! ;-)


PS. This is why I personally was satisfied when John Carter of Mars bombed: I think the idea of disneyificating S&S is oxymoronic and stupid. It tells me the exec saw S&S as just some rollercoaster adventure setting, completely shedding all that makes the genre valuable and interesting (as listed above). S&S needs the premium cable treatment, dammit! DS.
 
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Ath-kethin

Explorer
The Player's Guide to the World of Xoth is a free PDF with more than 60 pages of sword and sorcery material for fifth edition that allows you to play in adventures inspired by the stories of Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. Venture in the footsteps of Conan the Cimmerian, Satampra Zeiros of Uzuldaroum, Imaro of Nyumbani, and other fabled thieves, reavers and slayers!

Packed with all-new, all-original artwork especially commissioned for this book, it contains chapters on the Races, Cultures, Classes, Swords, Sorcery, Cults, Lands, and Legends of Xoth (although you and your GM can of course use the material in any sword and sorcery campaign setting).

The guide was originally released for Pathfinder (and earned a 5/5 review rating - see Review of Player's Guide to the World of Xoth - RPGnet RPG Game Index ), and is now available for fifth edition (5E) with even more pages and more artwork. Among other things, it contains three new core classes that are replacements for the Bard, Cleric and Paladin (which are classes that poorly fit the sword and sorcery genre), respectively the Courtier, Cultist, and Conqueror classes. There are also new genre-appropriate class abilities and options for Druids and Rangers, and a section of new weapons and spells.

Oh, and did I mention that it's a FREE download? Go grab your complimentary copy of the Player's Guide to the World of Xoth today! :)

Here's the download link: http://xoth.net/publishing/freebies/world_of_xoth_players_guide_5e.pdf

The current version of the guide is 1.3 and it is still a work in progress. Comments and feedback are welcome!
Thats awesome! My one complaint with the Xoth stuff is that I play 5e, not Pathfinder, so having it available for 5e is great news.

Are you planning to update the older stuff (Spider-God's Bride, Land of the Silver Lotus, etc) as well, by any chance?
 

Krachek

Explorer
I like very much the Cultures of Xoth chapter.
Very interesting to assign ability bonus and other features based on general culture behavior.
For a human centric world it is perfect.
With some work can be applied to DnD.
You disconnect racial feature from race , and name it as a cultural trait.
 

xoth.publishing

Swords against tentacles!
I think, from a quick browse, the art is great, if repeated (unfortunately) a tad too much. The b/w style evokes the best from the Games Workshop era (Warhammer, Fighting Fantasy)! High praise coming from me!
Thanks! Credit where it's due: The artists are Mark Allen, Kent Burles, Storn Cook, Tommaso Galmacci, and Steve Lines.

...Sword & Sorcery is best played as a very mature setting for those willing and able to handle decidedly non-modern tropes of exaggerated stereotypes ...
I fully agree with everything you said there and in the following paragraphs. That said, I think that GMs and players could (and should) shake up the genre stereotypes if they feel like it. Every barbarian doesn't have to be healthy and wholesome, you could have evil barbarians and good sorcerers for that matter. As long as the table is having fun, run with it.

PS. This is why I personally was satisfied when John Carter of Mars bombed: I think the idea of disneyificating S&S is oxymoronic and stupid. It tells me the exec saw S&S as just some rollercoaster adventure setting, completely shedding all that makes the genre valuable and interesting (as listed above). S&S needs the premium cable treatment, dammit! DS.
I actually think it was a pretty good movie, although it would of course have been totally awesome if they made it something like "Game of Thrones in Space"... ! :) Same with the Tarzan movie from a few years ago, so much opportunity lost by not making it more true to Burroughs. And don't get me started on the Conan movies (all of them, actually), it really bothers me that they can't just make a Conan movie based on an original Howard story. Instead they just take the name and replace the content with some BS written in Hollywood, and it predictably bombs every time. Imagine Peter Jackson using the name "Lord of the Rings", but replacing the story, do you think it would be a success? All right, I think I have to end my little movie rant here...
 

xoth.publishing

Swords against tentacles!
Are you planning to update the older stuff (Spider-God's Bride, Land of the Silver Lotus, etc) as well, by any chance?
No immediate plans to update old stuff to 5E, I would rather focus on publishing new material. That said, I don't think it will be too hard to convert the older adventures, mostly by replacing the NPCs and monsters with similar NPC/monster stat blocks from the 5E MM. Also, I can highly recommend "Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos" book for 5E, as it is full of genre-appropriate monsters.
 
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Swords against tentacles!
Since the mods yanked the OP picture without leaving the link, can we get a new text download link please?
Huh. I didn't post any pictures, just a link to the book. I'm always surprised by the fact that monsters, blood and violence seems to be OK in movies, comics and games; but some nipples must be censored like the plague. Anyway, if you just google "world of xoth", you should be able to find the website and the book (and lots of other free downloads) within a couple of clicks.
 

S'mon

Legend
Huh. I didn't post any pictures, just a link to the book. I'm always surprised by the fact that monsters, blood and violence seems to be OK in movies, comics and games; but some nipples must be censored like the plague.
What are you, French?! Clearly not American anyway. :p
I still mildly resent that someone on Dragonsfoot objected to my Wilderlands S&S game blog, presumably for the Page 3 type pics, and now Google posts a warning whenever I go there. I've had to keep my new Primeval Thule game blog nipple-free!
 

CapnZapp

Adventurer
Huh. I didn't post any pictures, just a link to the book.
My guess is that your download link gets previewed by the forum software, displaying the front illustration as a clickable image.

Please edit your first post - there currently is no download link at all.

You might want to consider changing your hosting solution so that the preview image is completely safe for work.
 

S'mon

Legend
ahem
We DID edit this out for a reason... At any rate, The Admiral has asked that I simply add a NSFW warning.



Edit #2: we were still getting the NSFW images when clicking this link as well, so we’re putting up the same tag as in the other spots. It may have something to do with browser settings, different mobile devices or use of apps, but we can’t be sure. So safety first!
 
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Ath-kethin

Explorer
I place Xoth as a continent to the east of the main landmass in my Primeval Thule campaign. I've used material from all four of the published adventures and they work great.
 

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