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The ancient game of Dungeons & Dragons is played for victory. We play to improve and learn. There is no fairness of sport nor soporific of power fantasy, merely the earnest exploration of the possible and the fantastic.

Muster is a friendly introduction to the particular ethos and technique of playing D&D as a wargame, a kriegsspiel. It’s for both players and referees interested in learning about this distinct approach to the game. For best results, study Muster alongside the old school D&D rules text of your choice.

The book is free and free to share, CC-licensed. Hopefully it'll be useful for both new and advanced gamers in thinking about the hobby!

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Benjamin M November 18, 2022 10:04 pm UTC
Are there any plans for a Print-on-demand version?
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Eero T November 30, 2022 3:36 pm UTC
Yeah, actually. I'm supposed to print up some ~50 copies for the crowdfunding patrons, and I'm doing it at Drivethru. Just going slow because I found some technical errors in the first proof, so I'm fixing that and then getting a new proof and so on, the mail takes ages in this process.

After that there's no reason not to leave the POD book up for others to print at cost. I've been asked about a color hardcover as well, and while I personally think that this is maybe a bit excessive for a humble primer, it's not actually that much work to do if somebody wants it, so why not.

In summary, I'll put up a POD option sometime in December/January.
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This title was added to our catalog on October 24, 2022.