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After a successful Kickstarter campaign (400% funded!), Fléaux! is now available for your gaming group!

Fléaux! (pronounced Flay-O) is a brutal medieval/Early renaissance/Baroque fantasy rpg. It's inspired by the Black Hack 2e and our own Black Sword Hack (currently a Gold seller on DriveThruRPG).  It's a stand-alone game.

Player-facing rules, brutal and short combat, dark and messy magic, firearms and alchemy rules, a well-stocked bestiary and a setting rife with political intrigues, Fléaux! is easy to teach and run. 

No classes. Pick up an origin (elf, dwarf but also ogre-blooded or goblin), roll your upbringing and starting profession, learn what crime they're accused of and your character is ready to go. Experience let's you tailor your progression as you see fit.

The book comes with an introductory adventure, Bloodbath at Castle Kragstein to let you run a game right away!

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Ed S May 16, 2024 4:56 am UTC
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I have a few questions: (1) You start at 1st level with only 1 Talent. Correct? (2) How many sorcery spells do you start with? One? All of them? (3) Same for Charms, Curses page 44? (4) I know there are no classes. So this means that -everyone- is a spell caster/sorcerer?

That aside, I gave this 5 stars because it really is a great alternative to the current WFRP ruleset.
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Ed S May 16, 2024 7:57 am UTC
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Heh... a few more questions and a suggestion. (1) I found page 19 "sorcerer's apprentice". So, not everyone is a sorcerer? (2) At level 2, do you become a sorcerer or wizard? (the two words seem to be interchangeable). (3) on page 41 CHAOS REVENGE, bottom of the list, SACRIFICE: does that apply to the Revege d6 roll or something else? If that's for the revenge roll, shouldn't that be a -1? (5) On page 18, you might want to add something like "choose one of the four profession and roll a D6". I know someone who thought you rolled on all 4 tables, and I can kind of see how they thought that. Also on page 26 under Profession, you could an "or" ie, "Violence, Isolation, Your Resourcefulness, or Your Knowledge." (6) And last, are you going to release STRISCIA on drivethru? Will there be an English version? It looks very interesting.
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Alexandre J May 16, 2024 8:39 am UTC
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(1) Yes one talent
(2) Only the sorcerer's apprentice profession starts with spells: "Your character knows two randomly determined spells". Further spells can only be found through adventuring (which answers your (3))
(4) No it means anyone can learn spells if they select the appropriate talent as they level up.
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Alexandre J May 16, 2024 8:43 am UTC
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About Sacrifice: no it concerns the WILLPOWER die not the REVENGE die.
Thank your for your interest in the game.
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Ed S May 16, 2024 9:36 am UTC
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Thank you for the quick reply. Hope to run some WFRP with this very soon.
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Nathan B February 05, 2024 4:33 pm UTC
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Is there an SRD available for this game?
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Alexandre J February 07, 2024 9:41 am UTC
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Afraid not, but the CC license is pretty generous :)
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Nathan B February 07, 2024 11:12 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Diego B January 22, 2024 9:00 am UTC
Two questions, same concept. Regardless of the consequences of a failed Willpower die (Panic) I was wondering if: 1. If I fail a Willpower check when I cast a spell and it rolls 1 or 2 on the Willpower die, is the spell still cast? 2. And if I fail with the Willpower die when I declare that I want to do two of the same actions in combat, can I still perform the actions?
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Alexandre J January 22, 2024 9:42 am UTC
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Yes to the first one. For the second one no, you must follow the Panic rules.
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Michael W December 14, 2023 3:47 pm UTC
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Are there any plans for Merry Mushmen, or another company, to print and sell a non-POD version of Fleaux?
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Alexandre J December 19, 2023 3:04 pm UTC
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Not that I know of :)
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Fernando H December 08, 2023 6:12 pm UTC
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Hello, is there any plan to Pod this super game in softcover? Thanks!
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Alexandre J December 09, 2023 8:54 pm UTC
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Hello, no, hardcover only.
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Diego B November 26, 2023 11:10 pm UTC
It's not clear to me whether characters get their first talent during creation or at third level.
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Alexandre J November 26, 2023 11:17 pm UTC
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Your starting profession works as a talent, for example:
Mercenary: Increase the size of your damage die by one.

Next talent is acquired at level 3, where you get to choose it in the talents list (p.21 of the english edition).
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Diego B November 27, 2023 3:26 pm UTC
Thank you very much!
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Diego B November 24, 2023 5:47 pm UTC
In the Italian edition of the game it is written that in a turn "you can move AND perform two actions" (for example: move, attack in melee, cast a spell). It's correct? Or does the first move action count towards the total of two allowed actions?
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Alexandre J November 24, 2023 10:45 pm UTC
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It's two actions per round (move included).
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Diego B November 26, 2023 11:11 pm UTC
Thank you!
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Matthew H September 10, 2023 1:25 am UTC
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Page 30 says you can move and take two actions

Page 33 makes it seem like the move is an action.

Me confused
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Alexandre J September 28, 2023 6:22 pm UTC
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I cast "Remove confusion":
_you can take two actions
_move is an action
p.30 is a mistake.

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Diego B November 24, 2023 6:30 pm UTC
Thanks. Ignore my question up there.
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Michael S August 12, 2023 4:35 pm UTC
How do the rules compare to the new edition of the Black Sword Hack? Are they cross-compatible?
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Alexandre J August 17, 2023 10:54 pm UTC
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yes they're totally cross-compatible. You can bring elements from one game to the other with ease.
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Scott M March 25, 2023 2:57 am UTC
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Sounds like it might be a good option for running LotFP adventure modules with? Or even WHFRP or Mork Borg?

Edit: Yep, just read the intro from the preview:

"The world of FLÉAUX! is on the brink of
oblivion. Far from the flickering lights of
civilization, lurking in the deepest forests,
hidden in the ruins of past empires; gathered
behind the mountains at the end of the world,
the legions of Chaos await... Ignoring or
minimizing the threat, the free peoples of the
world fail to see the corruption that is slowly
eating away at the foundations of society."
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Alexandre J April 17, 2023 9:50 am UTC
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Indeed, Fléaux! started as a project to run WFRP adventures for my group that disliked WFRP rules :)
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De la Viscario R June 03, 2022 5:34 pm UTC
First of all congratulations on the result of your work.

Do you have another way to contact you?
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Alexandre J June 06, 2022 10:36 am UTC
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Yes of course: fleauxrpg_AT_gmail_DOT_com
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De la Viscario R June 06, 2022 2:29 pm UTC
thx
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billy H May 18, 2022 6:50 am UTC
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Is there a discord for this game?
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Alexandre J May 18, 2022 1:07 pm UTC
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No (Discord make my eyes bleed) but I have a forum: https://forumsdelours.vraiforum.com/index.php
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Jeff M May 09, 2022 3:52 pm UTC
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Which media source(s) would recommend as inspiration ?
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Alexandre J May 10, 2022 7:57 am UTC
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Of course, here you go:

The Thirty Years War by C.V Wedgewood: it's a bit dated but is still a very compelling read about the period. History books are some of the best rpg sourcebooks out there (and usually cheaper than rpg books).

Simplicius Simplicissimus written in 1668 by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. Picaresque adventures means there's plenty of NPCs, locations and situations to use for you.

Another classic is Till Eulenspiegel, the stories of a man using his wits to survive in the Holy Roman Empire.

Tired of reading books? Then go for a manga! Kentaro Miura's Berserk will give you anything a GM wants: places, peoples and problems!

Want to watch a movie? James Clavell's The Last Valley is a good watch, so is Paul Verhoeven Flesh and Blood.

A bit of music? Try searh cor "Music from the Thirty Years War" on Youtube..
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Jeff M May 10, 2022 3:56 pm UTC
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I had a Gatsu feeling ( ah ah I funny) Berserk was an inspiration for Fléaux!, I was also hesitating with Solomon Kane.

Thanks a lot for the sources Alexandre :-) .
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Timo M July 23, 2022 10:43 pm UTC
Not knowing the game, but reading the suggested media sources, id guess the movie "A Field in England" by Ben Wheatley might also be a good fit.
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Scott M March 25, 2023 4:06 am UTC
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Thanks for all these recommendations! Some new items for my backlog :)
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Marco T May 08, 2022 9:55 am UTC
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Each player gets to move and two actions, does this include defend actions? So if a player uses both actions to attack, they can no longer defend?
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Alexandre J May 09, 2022 7:55 am UTC
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No, players get two actions, one of which can be a move action. Defensive actions don't take place during the character's turn so don't count against this limit.
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Matthew H September 10, 2023 1:24 am UTC
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On page 30 it says a character can move and take two actions

Is that a typo?
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