Monday, March 9, 2009

Swords & Wizardry Second Printing Now Available

Press Release
Swords & Wizardry Project
mythmere at yahoo dot com

I’m very proud to announce that the second printing of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules is now available for free download here: Free PDF of Core Rules and that print versions are for sale (and super-cheap) at at our storefront

Swords & Wizardry is an OGL “retro-clone” of the original fantasy roleplaying game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The Core Rules also contain some selected material from the supplements (1974-1978). With a thriving internet community and tons of support products, Swords & Wizardry is bringing back a lost style of fantasy roleplaying. Forget huge rulebooks - just play. If you can imagine it, you can do it in Swords & Wizardry. The rules are simple and quick to learn, and they are infinitely flexible and expandable. Take the basic framework and “Imagine the hell out of it!”

Swords & Wizardry is supported by Knockspell Magazine, the quarterly magazine of fantasy retro-clone gaming, and by the active forums at


  1. A... press release... without any commentary?
    Oh. Well, thanks anyway.

  2. Could someone explain the difference between Swords & Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord and OSRIC please?

    Thanks, Tim

  3. OSRIC seems to be attempting to emulate the feel and playstyle of AD&D (aka 1st edition).

    I haven't fully digested SW yet, but it seems to be attempting to emulate OD&D (the edition right before "1st edition").

  4. And Labyrinth Lord is more or less basic "Red Box" D&D, with some minor tweaks here and there, and a full level spread.

  5. Brilliant - thanks for clearing that up.

    On many blogs/message boards etc, the three seem to be used as though they are interchangeable... that's clearly not the case, although presumably they are similar :)


  6. Anyone have a clear sense of how the second printing of Swords and Wizardry differs from its predecessor?

  7. The second printing is primarily notable for having more art and a more attractive layout. A few typos and layout issues have been corrected as well.

    You can take a look at the new printing as a free PDF on the S&W site if you'd like to see what's changed.

  8. Thanks, James. I've downloaded the new version and it looks very nice indeed. Great art and layout.

  9. In addition to the art and layout changes, the new version includes some basic guidelines for high-level play, including a simple mass combat system.

    The way the elf class works has been changed as well (my one modest contribution to the new version.)

  10. I'm printing it out as I type this. S&W is worth the download for all the haven't done it yet. I am hopefully going to test drive it this weekend.