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Suitable for simple old-style roleplaying faire—my synthesis of “dragon games” into the one I want to play and run. This is not a complete system. There are gaps, though fewer than ever before. You can fill them. I believe in you.

The new version of Bastards. includes:

  • An expanded bestiary
  • More potions, magic wands, traps, tricks, and gear
  • 36 extra classes
  • And an example adventure, A Simple Dungeon

"bastards. killed my nonna and she fuckin loved it." - BFM

"One of the finest tabletop prole-playing games."  - Vi Huntsman

"I consider it a devastating blow for my career that I was unable to edit this book." - Terence Walsh

"I like the adventure!" - Jared Sinclair

"Bastards. random spell table is probably one of the best overall elements of a game that is both distinctive and familiar." - Fiona Geist

"I despise it, wholly out of jealousy." - Nate Treme

"bastards. is the cleanest piece of filth I've enjoyed playing." - John Battle

Updated 28 days ago
StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(37 total ratings)
AuthorMicah Anderson
GenreRole Playing
Tagsafterschool-revival, Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, OSR, tabletop-role-playing-game, Tabletop role-playing game

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

bastards pearlescent edition.pdf 3 MB
bastards character sheet.pdf
bastards legacy.pdf 2 MB
A Simple Dungeon legacy.pdf 3 MB

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Very elegant rules! I wonder what the intent behind the LUCK mechanic is - it seems to me that the luck value is quite low. Why aren't saves thrown straight to stats? And why is it called luck for PCs while at the same time it's called save for NPCs and monsters?

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luck is a save in the same way as odnd had saves vs wands or deathrays or what have you. the chance of avoiding damage from it is lower than if you had avoided getting into the situation in the first place. luck also reduces as you use it so you might run out

They're called saves for monsters to differentiate them from player luck and because it doesn't reduce

and Luck is quite low. if you dont look where youre going and step on a bear trap, you have a chance to react and avoid damage but not as much as if you had checked the hallway first

Thanks for the quick reply. My primary concern was why, for example in your bear trap case, not just use the agility save. Or is it possible to combine these rolls (i.e. I roll for agility and if I fail, I can still test my luck)?

youre walking down a hallway. you tell the gm youre on the lookout for anything weird. they say theres a giant bear trap in the middle. they have you test your dex to leap over it.

versus

youre walking down the hallway. you hear a click and look down just in time to see a giant bear trap slamming shut. test your luck to see if you can avoid any damage

Okay, I understand what you mean. So it's just a different mechanic to "3 out of 6 that the trap shut" - a bit tougher for me, because the chances for the player will usually be less than 50% and even lower during the game...

youre walking down a hallway. you tell the gm youre on the lookout for anything weird. they say theres a giant bear trap in the middle. they have you test your dex to leap over it.

versus

youre walking down the hallway. you hear a click and look down just in time to see a giant bear trap slamming shut. test your luck to see if you can avoid any damage

Is there a reason why Paypal is the only way to purchase Bastards?

I have the same question. I'm interested in the game, but I do not own a PayPal account and generally pay straight with a credit card when buying through Itch.

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because i needed to switch payout methods from itch to get direct payment and paypal is what i use

Wobblies and Wizards episode:
https://player.fm/series/wobblies-wizards/bastards-with-micha-anderson

bastards. is meant to be enjoyed paired with dungeon synth like this:

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Interview with Logar the Barbarian: https://anchor.fm/wobbliesandwizards/episodes/Bastards--With-Micha-Anderson-e1p1...

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And here is an actual play:

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Here is an interview about Bastards.:

what can I expect from bastards pearlescent edition?

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bastards., but more stuff, and with a pearl paintjob

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I haven't had the pleasure of playing the original bastards, so I'm tentatively curious about the system. 

Actually turns out I did end up owning the original through a bundle, but I never got the chance to check it out. Ya learn something new everyday

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I had it in a bundle too but never got around to downloading it.  Looks like the original is available here if you want to pay for it again.  :-)  

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a simple dungeon crawler, dynamic spell list, and a bunch of magic items, monsters, potions, etc

interesting

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https://zeitghostgames.itch.io/province-of-taneran

i loved this game so much that i made a hexcrawl for it and you can get it here

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this game is fantastic and i will play it until i am devoured by a beast or a creature

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Hauntingly concise followed by the most confusing character sheet I've ever seen. Where do I write down all my skills scores?

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Will there be a fancy pearlescent edition zine in print on EF (or elsewhere)?

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is it okay to say that i'm in love with the character sheet? it's so good that i might just use it for all my games moving forward! 

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One of the best little dungeons!

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bastards is freaking great! Buy it! Play it! Then play it more! Heck, make adventures for it! We need more bastards!