The Crying Blades

Yet another OSR houserules fantasy hack


The Crying Blades Houserules is an OSR fantasy roleplaying game,
built on the fundation of the tradition and with a few innovations and twists.
It was inspired mostly by Lamentations of the Flame Princess and by
Swords & Wizardry, but many other games also had a significant influence
on the design, from WhiteHack to BlackHack, from Dungeon World to Fate.


The game introduces a few innovations, such as a random talents system
for the various classes that replaces abilities, three different equipment-systems
(one based on a die size, one on numbered slots, and a traditional one
with weight-per-item). It uses regular attributes checks for actions, and
Saving Throws linked to attributes, with some class-modifiers.


Combat is faster than usual: a single d20 roll determines
(using the traditional AAC) both if the character hits the monster,
and if the monster hits the character. This reduces the number
of rounds where both would miss.


A second manual is now available with spells and
blessings for the sorcerer and cleric classes. Complete with
spells up to the top levels, and with bonus magic items; to
use with the Crying Blades or your own OSR game.
See the link in the downloads below.

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Sorcery and clerical blessings do not require to memorize spells
but use a simple count to determine how many can be cast per day.
The leveling up system is simple and all classes need the same
amount of XP per level. Sorcerers and Clerics, though, need to pay XP
to improve their power-matrix and to acquire new spells.

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Get the game

The beta period is over
A new updated version of the manuals
is being released in 2022-2023 both
on DriveThruRpg and on Lulu

Volume One: rules Volume Two: sorcery

Character Sheet example Manual extract sample

Print On Demand

Manuals are available also in print, via DriveThruRpg and via Lulu
You can get them cheap and handy on DriveThruRpg, or with a classy
hardcover on Lulu. Pick your poison

One - softcover One - hardcover
Two - softcover Two - hardcover