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The Maelstrom RPG is back! Last published by Puffin Books in 1984, this cult classic is now available under license as a pdf, exclusively from Arion Games at RPGNow. Written by Alexander Scott when still at school, this is a classic no modern gamer can be without. This is no low-quality scan, but a re-created book, complete with every fantastic illustration.

Set in 16th Century England, this fast but powerful system allows you to create, and adventure with, Nobles, Mercenaries, Priests, Tradesmen and Herbalists. The innovative freeform magical system, arguably a precursor to such classics as Ars Magicaâ„¢, allows Mages to warp reality to their own ends.

Combat is fast and furious, with dozens of weapons and armours, and the wound system means that injuries are a real threat.

Includes full character generation rules, a solo adventure, an extensive (and much copied!) herb guide, a short scenario, advanced rules and much more, as well as dozens of illustrations, all in more than 300 pages.

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September 14th, 2013
Like some other reviewers, I remember this game from its first publication. My copy is now rather tatty, and this PDF version fills the gap nicely. The game is relatively light-weight compared to games such as Pathfinder, but fits nicely with an OSR [...]
October 1st, 2012
I loved this book as a teenager when it came out. I still have the original paperback but it's in a box in a garage back in the old country. It's great that Drivethrurpg have this available but I wish they'd taken a bit more time to clean up the optical [...]
April 10th, 2012
First off let me say that this game has soul. I role playing game set in Tudor England written by a 15 year old. The thing is this little works wonderfully in it's intended purpose. There could be some more information on some subjects but for the sheer [...]
January 15th, 2010
Some small OCR issues don't detract from a welcome return for the Maelstrom game. As a proud owner of an dog-eared original, this book was almost mythical for many years, loads of people had seen it, heard of it, but not many had a copy, now everybody [...]
July 31st, 2009
I used to have this book as a teenager, and I've been looking for it for literally 15 years. Best 10 bucks I ever spent. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on January 23, 2008.
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