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Westlands 2D6 System Role-Playing Game

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Hi! I'm William Murakami-Brundage, lead designer at Menagerie Press, LLC and an independent RPG writer.

Menagerie Press is creating Westlands, a 2D6-based fantasy RPG with streamlined mechanics based on the Sword of Cepheus open game license system reference document. The 2D6 fantasy system (TravellerSword of Cepheus) has a true sword and sorcery feel, allowing exploration and adventure in a savage land. Action resolution is quick, putting an emphasis on story, not rules.

In Westlands, we've taken the core open-license 2D6 fantasy reference material and are adding extra content, including reworked (more dangerous!) sorcery mechanics, optional rules for simple firearms, and an expanded bestiary.

The name Westlands is a nod to the West Marches RPG campaign style, which is a much more free-form, adventure-seeking campaign where the players decide their motivations and goals, rather than being directed via the game master.

Westlands is setting-neutral, and lets you create whatever adventure you imagine. It is built on the open-license reference material for Sword of Cepheus, which is a 2D6 fantasy RPG that is rooted in earlier 2D6 science-fiction RPGs.

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Elias R May 02, 2024 1:00 pm UTC
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Current revision does not include any instance where you should roll on the Mishaps table. Previous editions included it as an option in case of a failed survival roll during character creation. Please fix
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Tony K February 28, 2024 4:04 am UTC
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I just received the Westlands Hardcover + PDF and I like it. Westlands has got robust mechanics and I'm impressed with the amount of options, including rules for Cinematic play, dodge and parry and white magic. I also enjoy the clean and simple format, and good ol' black text on thick white pages. It's easy to find stuff flicking through the book.

I would be most appreciated if the Westlands_dev57 document could be updated to same level as Condensed_dev58_20230711, as Westlands_dev57 is the one with the hyperlinked headings, and the one I will use extensively when I start GMing.

Thanks in advance :-)
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Brian J February 15, 2024 3:54 pm UTC
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I just got the PDF on this and quickly glanced at it, as well as the comments here..
1) Why is there no cover image in the pdf?
2) Comments mention maps were the preview issue... There are no maps in the PDF at all... Are these separate? Are they in the Hardcover copy if I order it?

I really like the idea of a 2d6 system for ease to the players and I am looking forward to giving this a try.. I do love the simplicity of your pamphlet adventures, which is what lead me to this Westlands 2d6 core book..
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William M February 15, 2024 4:21 pm UTC
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1. I'll need to add the cover image.
2. There were maps as part of a Kickstarter, but the map files fouled up the preview, so I had to remove them.

Thank you. I'm pleased with the pamphlets, they turned out well. I'm much more demoralized with the OGL fiasco and how it impacts Westlands.
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Stephen D June 21, 2023 3:08 am UTC
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Nice idea bad exacution. doesn't anyone proof read their books anymore? On page 2 a screwup that will pass a spell check with flying colors but if anyone proof read it, before it went to press it would have been caught. I quote:
"CRITICAL SUCCESSES AND CRITICAL FAILURES
There are two specific dice roll results that may result in a Critical Success or Critical Failure. These are natural results of 12 (Critical Success) and 2 (Critical Failure).
Critical Success: Rolling 1s on both six-sided dice, also referred to as a natural result of 12. Rolling 6s on both dice, referred to as a natural result of 12, is always a success, even when modifiers increase the target number above 12.
Critical Failure: Rolling 1s on both six-sided dice, also referred to as a natural result of 2. Rolling 1s on both six-sided dice, also referred to as a natural result of 2, is always a failure, regardless of skills or other DMs. In some cases, such as sorcery, a natural result of 2 has additional dire...See more
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Benjamin K June 13, 2023 6:03 pm UTC
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From page 72:
"INITIAL KNOWN SPELLS Characters begin play with two known spells per level of the Sorcery skill plus spells gained as Mustering Out benefits. They may learn additional spells during their adventures.
THRESHOLD OF POWER Learning to cast a spell takes immense study and effort. Characters can only know a number of spells equal to their Sorcery skill level (see the Basics of Sorcery)."

How can a character know 2X + Y spells if they are limited to learning X spells?
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Mitch W December 15, 2023 4:18 am UTC
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Did anyone find an answer to this? How many spells does a character know?

The book also says "Characters, regardless of skill, may attempt to cast a spell they know. Of course, characters without the Sorcery skill suffer from the
usual Unskilled DM−3"

So, how can a person with no Sorcery skill know any spells to cast?
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William M December 15, 2023 4:26 am UTC
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Hi! This is a good catch, and definitely an errata. We'll need to remove the line "Characters can only know a number of spells equal to their Sorcery skill." The intent is for anyone to be able to learn 1st Circle spells, even without Sorcery - it's just incredibly dangerous to cast spells untrained. Refer to the chart at the bottom of page 72, labeled "SPELLCASTING DIFFICULTY AND SKILL REQUIRED."
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Joseph H March 14, 2023 1:59 am UTC
As someone who already owns Sword of Cepheus, what is different between that and Westlands?

I'm not asking about how much is the same here, just what is uniquely part of this book compared to that one.
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William M March 14, 2023 12:56 pm UTC
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Hi! Differences include:
1. Revised sorcery system, including a different casting mechanic that doesn't rely on talismans.
2. Non-human character options.
3. Quick character generation rules.
4. Revised equipment section, including black powder firearms.
5. Editing and rewriting of numerous unclear sections, attempted to standardize grammar and spelling.
6. Expanded bestiary, including monster templates, humanoid stat blocks, and alternative options for creatures.
7. More legible stat blocks, moving away from hexadecimal notation to a more modern RPG stat block format.
8. There are adventures available for Westlands such as The God Wheel, The Hound Knight, The Pool Below, etc.
9. Adventures and products for Westlands are almost completely compatible with Sword of Cepheus and vice versa.
10. B&W art.
11. Hardback print option.
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Benjamin K September 15, 2022 6:36 pm UTC
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This seems an aweful lot like Sword of Cepheus. Like, almost verbatim.
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Stacie W August 27, 2022 7:38 pm UTC
Print on Demand version?
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William M August 27, 2022 8:12 pm UTC
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It’s coming! I’m aiming to do a Kickstarter featuring new Westlands adventures, and it will also have print on demand books (the core book and the new adventure book.) The new books will be revised for clarity and have B&W art. Timeline is probably October 2022.
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Darren P June 30, 2022 8:37 pm UTC
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Seems the preview is down again.
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William M June 30, 2022 8:51 pm UTC
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Got it working, thank you!
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Tom B June 29, 2022 1:44 am UTC
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Hello, I Went to DL the newest version, and it is not downloading a PDF File its a "Westlands_28JUN2022_dev22_POD".. Great work so far loving the content
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William M June 29, 2022 1:49 am UTC
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Hi, I updated the file again. Can you please try once more? I'm going to move the maps to their own product page, they seem to be throwing off the PDF.
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Tom B June 29, 2022 1:54 am UTC
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worked perfectly. Thank you!
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Kris S May 07, 2022 4:22 pm UTC
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Looks interesting, but the previews seem to be broken.
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William M May 07, 2022 5:00 pm UTC
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Hi, we got the preview working. We had to limit the # of preview pages, showing the whole book seemed to be causing issues.
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Samuel S May 20, 2022 7:59 pm UTC
Just FYI Thomas-- the full-size preview is non-functional again.
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William M May 20, 2022 9:29 pm UTC
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Fixed it! Ends up the map image files are messing up the full-sized preview.
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Tyler G April 29, 2022 10:16 pm UTC
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This is an awfully large PDF to not have any outline or table of contents.
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John K May 02, 2022 6:36 pm UTC
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Looks like they added a table of contents (no hyperlinks though) and still no bookmarks.
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John K April 29, 2022 6:47 pm UTC
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Just bought this. Very interesting. Couldn't pass up a $1 game.
But at 140+ pages, I hope it'll get updated with some bookmarks soon though.
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