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Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells - Rules-light fantasy roleplay

Although I have more reviews in the queue from both Olde House Rules and Trollish Delver, I thought I'd shine my light on something from another publisher for the moment. That something is Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells from Old Skull Publishing.

Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells is a rules-light fantasy roleplaying game that marries tried and true design of decades past with inspiration coming from such places as Dungeons & Dragons and The Black Hack, both popular games in their own right. What Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells offers is a kind of middle ground between such games - it is more robust than The Black Hack, for example, while being far more concise and compact than the current edition of D&D. Is there a market for this kind of product? For me, yes, there absolutely is. I love D&D in most of its incarnations and I like (and own) a great many OSR games, but I've often felt overwhelmed when running many editions of D&D RAW (i.e., rules as writt…