Larius Firetongues's School of Sorcery: A Quick Look

So.... Ray Chapel's Larius Firetongues's School of Sorcery supplement for Swords & Wizardry White Box or similar old school simulacra. It's pretty cool. In fact, it's an idea that hasn't been properly capitalized on enough in RPGs, as far as I'm concerned (and, perhaps, oddly given the CRAZY huge popularity of properties like Harry Potter).

It's basically what it sounds like - a supplement detailing a school for the magical arts with everything that entails. It introduces a ton of new races (representing the diverse student body), new classes (representing new areas of magical study), new spells, and even new rules for using spells (a cantrip system, specifically). There are a lot of alternative magic supplements for Swords & Wizardy (and other OSR games), but this is, bar none, the strongest I've seen for a few reasons.

First, I give this supplement very high marks because of the aforementioned rules content - there's quite a bit of it and it's all very good. Second, as the title might suggest, there's an actual setting here - the school itself and the surrounding environs (including three dungeons). That alone sets Larius Firetongue's School of Sorcery apart from pretty much every other OSR magic supplement I've seen (those pretty much stopped at rules content). Finally, the presentation of all this content is top notch. This is one super sexy PDF in terms of layout and artwork. Granted, if you want to print it out, it will be a little heavy on the inks due to the glorious full color presentation, but I'm reading my copy on a tablet (so that isn't a huge concern for me).

You can pick up your own copy of Larius Firetongue's School of Sorcery for just under $10 at RPGNow [Edit: When I picked up my copy of this product and wrote my review over at RPGNow, the PDF was on sale for less than $5. Obviously, that price has been raised. It's still a good deal.] 


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