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King Arthur Pendragon: 5th Edition
by Andrew M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/23/2010 16:14:11
King Arthur Pendragon is a roleplaying game set in Arthurian Britain. The game's vision of Arthurian Britain influenced by literature from Dark Ages legend through to modern interpretations, but the literature of the high Middle Ages is most influential. The game system is built for this version of Arthurian Britain, with the players all playing knights. Perhaps because of this focus, the game system is as close to perfect for the setting and narrative style of the game as I have ever found in any roleplaying game.

The core of the game has been almost unchanged through its various editions - if you purchase Pendragon 1st Edition you'll see how little the core mechanics have changed throughout the editions. The key difference between 5th edition and 4th edition is that 5th edition is more strongly focussed on the players playing knights, and that 5th edition is strongly coupled with "The Great Pendragon Campaign", which the Gamesmaster can use to guide the player knights through the entire Arthurian legend, from Arthur's conception through to the Battle of Camlann. The feel of 5th edition is therefore a lot more true to the literature and game designer's original intention than 4th edition. If, however, your group wants to play magicians, then 4th edition may be a better purchase as it includes magic rules. Both books will be equally compatible with the various supplements - you'll just have to work harder with 4th edition to play "The Great Pendragon Campaign".

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Pendragon Gamemaster Characters
by Chris B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/04/2009 11:21:21
A good selection of essential characters for the campaign, but I could have used more.

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King Arthur Pendragon: 5th Edition
by Charles M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/18/2009 04:32:41
This is one of the most outstanding roleplaying games I've ever played.

The details on the setting are plentiful, giving you a good feeling for 5th-6th century England. There are several maps on both county and country based scale with many places of interest.

The rules are extremely streamlined, and give strong control to the GM. The initial character creation process is involved (thirty minutes for first time PC.) In addition the game's dynastic gameplay where PC deaths are replaced with new members of their bloodline is very novel and having a small personal army creates adventures of scale in this military rich world.

Unlike many systems (but in the spirit of White Wolf) all the rules you need to play the game including monsters, NPCs and sample adventures are found in this core rulebook.

This is an excellent system, creating a whole new spin on Fantasy while revisiting knights in shining armor.

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King Arthur Pendragon: 5th Edition
by Indy P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/07/2008 18:02:37
An excellent game that elegantly captures the tone and feel of the Arthurian myths.

The 5th edition is designer Greg Stafford's masterpiece: the tone of the text is consistent throughout, and Stafford's deep grasp and love of the Arthurian cycle is evident in the many asides and flavour boxes scattered through the text. The game system also manages to model the complex notions of chivalry though a very 'indie' mechanic of Passions, which makes roleplaying in Pendragon a lot of fun because you're never sure if your character is always going to act in exactly the way you'd like him/her to.

The PDF quality is good, and is fully bookmarked. Highly recommended, especially at the current price of under $20. A bargain that will give you many hours of fun play. (Also be sure to get the Great Pendragon Campaign to go along with this text.)

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The Great Pendragon Campaign
by Indy P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/07/2008 17:23:57
A fantastically detailed and rich sourcebook for the Pendragon RPG: possibly the only sourcebook you'll ever need.

The campaign is served up year by year, with detailed rundowns of what happened during that year, what people were gossiping about, changes to technology, adventure hooks, and so forth. Even if you are not a player of Pendragon - gasp! - the GPC is a pretty good reference text to what happened in the Arthur myths. Full stats for the major NPCs are also downloadable from the publishers website.

Th production values are quite good too, with a consistent look and feel and - most importantly - tone throughout the text. The PDF is of excellent quality, with a full set of bookmarks.

Recommended.

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King Arthur Pendragon: 5th Edition
by SAVOURET G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/28/2008 15:49:31
La mise en page est curieuse, avec un décalage du texte, mais je pense que c'est pour permettre de faire des trous pour les pages. :)

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Blood and Lust
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 16:40:31
This is a 3rd edition supplement to Pendragon which at first glance appears to be the weakest and least valuable of the supplements but it's actually quite good.
It begins with a chapter on gamemastering tips by the Gregmeister himself, which still stand the test of time and an equally useful chapter on travel and encounters
The rest of the book comprises of several lengthy adventures like the Adventure of the Heart Blade and some very short ones which can be popped into any campaign.
The Adventure of The Heart Blade is unusual in that it's dominant theme and motivation is love. How often do you get that in D&D or any other dungeon crawler RPG's?
It shows how well designed Pendragon is as a gaming system, how it stands out from the crowd and how it can accomplish something like this.
The chapter on the Duke of Angleland contains geography for the Anglia region and information on the locations there which make good hooks for adventures.
The book ends with the usual character sheets and some introductory handouts for the adventures.
The scans have some marks in the darker note sections of the pages and in some areas of those parts the text is harder to read or is squashed together. Everything can be read though and it's a good scan otherwise.

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Perilous Forest
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 07:38:10
Interesting but not very useful 3rd ed Pendragon supplement but may possibly be of some use for 5th ed players.
It contains numerous locations and scenarios in western Cumbria,along the King's Highway and Hadrian's Wall.
The things which stand out in it are a collection of short adventures along the King's Road and the adventures of the Perilous Forest and the Waste Lands.
Mildly useful but the quality of the scenarios make this one well worth the price.

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Savage Mountains
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 07:13:56
Reasonably good 3rd ed supplement for Pendragon set in Cambria (Wales) that may be of interest to 5th ed owners.
Not much info on Cambrian culture or society here really but the book (as usual for a lot of Pendragon supplements) has a lot of great locations for adventure hooks as well as the city of Carlion-on-Usk.
Where this supplement really shines though is in the adventures of the Dolorous Wyrm and the Paulag Cat. There's also a really good, lengthy campaign players can participate in Arthur's war against the Cambrian tribes.
Not an essential buy but good value for money.

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Pagan Shore
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 06:43:16
Good 4th ed Pendragon supplement about Ireland. Great if you want to have a setting there for Arthur's campaign in that country.
Enforce the British King's law there as one of his knights or create an Irish character with the rules supplied to fight the British invaders!
Really good in-depth information on Ireland's geography and locations. Good info on Irish gods, magic and geaes (taboos/oaths) as well.
The illustrations are poor quality but scans of all the material in the book are clean and sharp.
This supplement is expensive to buy in a printed version so I was glad to find it on this site.

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Saxons!
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 06:16:25
Very useful 4th ed supplement for Pendragon about the Germanic invaders of the British Isles that will still be valuable and informative for 5th ed as well.
Includes interesting material on Saxon culture. The law section is particularly good.
New rules include Saxon character creation, glorious items, rune magic and spells.
Several scenarios including one where players can fight as the doomed Saxons in the battle of Badon are included.
Good scans of a great product that is quite hard to find in print.

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Land of Giants
by Ian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2008 05:52:12
Pendragon 4th ed supplement set in Scandinavia/Thule that is extremely hard to find nowadays (trust me, I've tried without any luck to find a printed version!).
This is a great source for 4th or 5th ed Pendragon that you can use for a foreign setting in your Grail quest.

Highly useful sections on sea travelling, geography, climate, politics, society and player character creation for this particular area.
Useful, specific characters, like Beowulf and interesting, indigneous creatures

Some good scenarios, including an atmospheric one where you can battle Grendel himself!

Good moody line drawings.
Crisp, clear scans.
Highly recommended.

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The Great Pendragon Campaign
by Peter N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/16/2008 04:47:30
This is one of the great roleplaying supplements of all time. Well written, to the point and very inspiring. This book is amust for any Pendragon GM.

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Pendragon Gamemaster Characters
by Joshua C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/11/2007 08:28:15
This document was very helpful to me as it allowed me to print out the NPCs for my reference in the Great Pendragon Campaign.

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The Great Pendragon Campaign
by James J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/14/2007 20:51:33
A wonder to behold. There is so much in this book to recomend. Even if you never play it but do plan on running a fantasy campaign of any consequence this is a must read. This coudl indeed take an RPG group years to complete and they would be glorious years indeed.

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