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OLD SCHOOL FANTASY - NEW SCHOOL PLAY - Welcome to MONSTERS & MAGIC, an "Old School Renaissance" fantasy roleplaying game with a difference! Combining the atmosphere of classic fantasy games with modern RPG mechanics, Monsters & Magic lets you use old school fantasy gaming material with little or no conversion with a new and innovative set of rules. Battle giants, defeat dragons, explore deadly dungeons and mysterious wilderlands — and bring your favourite adventures, supplements, spellbooks, and bestiaries to brilliant new life!

In this book you'll find a full-featured fantasy roleplaying game, including:
  • the Effect Engine, a modular open-license rules system
  • action-packed adventure from 1st to 20th level and beyond
  • rules for castles, kingdoms, guilds, and warships
  • Silvermoon, an introductory adventure for levels 1-4
  • new rules for alignment, hazards, encounters, treasures, epic and mythic gaming, and more!
  • 140 pages, Black & White interior.
Dust off your spell book, polish that suit of +1 plate armour, and unsheath your vorpal blade. Adventure awaits! 

Monsters & Magic is a complete fantasy roleplaying game - you need nothing else to play.

Note that while Monsters & Magic is a complete standalone game, featuring rules which can take you to 20th level and beyond, it's also specifically designed to work with your favourite classic fantasy bestiaries and spell books. As such, it contains 1st and 2nd level spells and just over 20 sample monsters - enough to cater for your first 4 or so levels of play. Although the rules can take you much further, you'll want to use your own classic bestiaries or spellbooks for higher level characters, or any of those available for free online!
Other Monsters & Magic products in development include:
- All Under Heaven — Oriental Monsters & Magic.
- The Heroic Companion — Hero Scale Adventures for Monsters & Magic.
- The Horror of Haugling Hall — a Monsters & Magic adventure for levels 1-4.
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John C January 14, 2024 8:19 pm UTC
When I go to download the file, I'm greeted with three versions of the game:
• MJPG2101_MMCore_ebook_2019
• MJPG2102_MMCore_ebook_2019
• MUH042101_Monsters_and_Magic_2017_edition

Which is the latest edition? Clearly, either of the two 2019 files are later than the 2017 edition. But of those two 2019, one is listed with a product code of MJPG2101 and the other MJPG2102. Should I assume that the latter is the latest file? But the game's listing under Details has the file as MJPG2101-PDF. So, which is the latest, i.e., the one that was updated on April 30, 2022?

One last note: the two 2019 PDF's are about 45 MB, while the 2017 PDF is about 13. Yet, the 2017 PDF has cleaner illustrations. The illustrations, especially the line drawings, in the two 2019 PDF's are fuzzier.
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John C January 15, 2024 12:48 am UTC
I've answered my own question. I put all three PDF's side by side and compared them. There are absolutely no differences between the two 2019 files. Who knows why one is designated MJPG2101 and the other MJPG2102.

However, the 2017 edition shows that it was distributed by Modiphius. The two 2019 PDF's don't show Modiphius as a distributor and are likely the reason for the new editions.

I think the 2017 edition is the one to download. First, it's a much smaller file (13 MB vs 45 MB). Also, the art is cleaner and clearer; the 2019 editions are smudged. Finally, in making the 2019 edition, for some reason, one line on the top of p. 23, "Other Advancements," moved back to the bottom of p. 22. The formatting through pp. 23–24 is now affected and slightly off. It's not the end of the world; you'll figure out what's going on, but the 2017 edition retains the original formatting.
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Rudy C December 17, 2023 9:07 pm UTC
Question regarding the magic system. So I understand that if you’re casting an offensive spell, say magic missile, you add the spell’s damage dice to the spellcasting roll and then anything above the target’s resistance are effect points used to deal damage, create effects etc.

So far so good. But what about an AOE damage spell like Fireball that deals 1d6 damage per level? Am I to understand that a 10th level wizard casting a 10d6 fireball spell would roll 3d6 + INT modifier + trait bonus (which will likely result in adding their wizard level) + 10d6 fireball damage? If that’s the case, wouldn’t that be a bit too OP?

Let’s suppose that said 10th level wizard is fighting a Hill Giant and his pack of ogre henchmen and decides to toast ‘em all with a fireball spell. Our wizard rolls 3d6 and gets 11, adds in his INT modifier (+6), his applicable traits which lets him add in another +10, and rolls 28 on the 10d6 fireball damage for a total of 55. The Hill Giant is the toughest...See more
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Lesley N March 03, 2023 10:48 pm UTC
After reading the 3 reviews, all very well written, the question as I see it, is this book worth 27 bucks or actually 36 when I consider shipping, for black and white softcover?

Well, it's not asking too much really.
But is it sufficiently unique when measured against the competition.
THAT'S the real question to ask eh.

It's competing with titles such as Dungeon Questing 24 bucks plus shipping in hardcover.
Also Heroes and Monsters 15 bucks plus shipping in softcover.
Both have pdf prices under 3 bucks.

Plus there are other options more absolutely close to pre 1e D&D as well as some that go the d6 route or d100 style. And all very complete 1 book designs. Not to mention half the price. Barebones Fantasy doesn't break 30 bucks and is hardcover. White box Fantastic Medieval Adventure doesn't break 20 bucks in softcover.

OSRIC is the ultimate old school D&D softcover and clocks in at 400 pages of nothing left out at all. And...See more
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El A June 02, 2021 2:44 am UTC
I believe one of the critics is looney or making up stuff, i'd say suspect his essay,
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André B July 26, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Is the price right? It says the tittle's been marked down by 25%, but it doesn't seem to be the case (by my calculations the price should now be about 8 bucks).
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Jose F May 17, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
I purchased the pdf a while ago. Does that earn me a discount?
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Darrin K February 10, 2017 9:59 am UTC
Add me to the list of people interested in a print version of this game.
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Konstantinos P March 24, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
any print version in the near future?
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Jonas M March 11, 2015 10:59 am UTC
Is there going to be a print version of this game?
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Chris B March 11, 2015 11:07 am UTC
we're aiming to do a pre-order in the spring
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Herbert N June 26, 2015 5:25 am UTC
Any updates?
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Chris B July 01, 2015 12:12 pm UTC
Not yet sorry!
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