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Swyvers Quickstart

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What is Swyvers?


Swyvers is a tabletop role-playing game about bastards. You and your gang of criminals scarper through heists and sewers, stalk through the filth of The Smoke and, if you’re lucky, you’ll make it out with a few extra shillings. The whole of this city is your filthy, sickly oyster.


Swyvers is a light-weight set of rules married to a full set of tools and tables for running a game in the chaotic sprawl of The Smoke, its many districts and The Midden. What a city it is — corrupt officials, looming war, rogue sorcerors, monsters below and nobs above. Violence rests as thick as the smog, nothing is sacred and it’s always bloody raining.


Who are we?


Luke Gearing, David Hoskins, and the Melsonian Arts Council are bringing you an original, fantasy tabletop role-playing game. From the folks who brought you:

  •     Wolves Upon the Coast
  •     Troika! The Science-Fantasy RPG
  •     Acid Death Fantasy
  •     Mothership: Gradient Descent
  •     Fever Swamp


A brand-new game built from the ground up to give you a grotty system for running a grotty game.


What Readers Are Already Saying


'Very “Peaky Blinders” and “Taboo” rather than “D&D in London”. Nice'

'THIS IS AWESOME'

'I have only read the "What is Swyvers?" section and I am sold. I love it.'

'And just like that, Melsonia takes up another spot on my shelf.'

'Cyberpunk 1820 should be the official subtitle'

'MUST get game. I will tell everyone who cares to listen'

'Beautiful art, damn'

'The carousing table is an absolute hoot'

'I love how grumgy the character art is.'

'Read it it’s freakin awesome.'



The Smoke


The Smoke is the greatest city in the world, the beating heart of an empire. It is filthy and sprawling like a burst pustule left open to weep besides the iron-grey sea. It does have a name, but only the nobs and learned-readers know it.

Beneath slumbers The Midden – the interconnected passages of built-over streets, basements, tombs and hidden lairs where criminals lurk, beasts squat and lost wealth resides. An enterprising fellow with a sledgehammer can traverse in any direction they please – not that they’ll like what they find. It is rife with corpse-thieves, cellar-breakers and enterprising businessmen shunned in sunlit places.

The rich of The Smoke honour their dead with elaborate crypts, whose morose edifices encroach ever further into the slums – the trap-smiths of The Smoke do fine business from their craft, and the fences keep the money flowing thanks to enterprising tomb robbers.

Building The Smoke

Every group of swyvers will have their very own Smoke. The GM starts a campaign by generating the city, starting from a core of districts: the Royal Gaol, the Palace, the Mayoral District and the Docks. From there they follow along swyvers' generation tables to flesh out and, potentially, endlessly expand their rotten city.

You will have a unique engine for running your own Swyvers games. In the book you will find procedures for building hideouts, generating heists, investing in properties (both legitimate and illicit), installing bizarre prosthetic tools, engaging fences, picking up odd jobs just to pay the bills, bribing officials, and dealing with demonic forces for personal gain.


All purchasers of this quickstart rule book will be upgraded to the full version on release. COMING TO KICKSTARTER FEBRUARY. Read more on Swyvers.com!

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Keelan C June 17, 2024 12:37 am UTC
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How are things looking on getting this updated? I know end of April was the hoped-for date. I see it’s updated over on itch.
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Luiz Felipe D June 19, 2024 8:47 pm UTC
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I Second it
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Dan B April 05, 2024 7:02 am UTC
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Hey! Loving the game :)

I've noticed that the full version has now been released on itch.io
(Please correct me if I'm wrong!)
I was wondering when the full copy would be made available to the early purchasers of the quickstart here?

The description has the following:
All purchasers of this quickstart rule book will be upgraded to the full version on release. COMING TO KICKSTARTER FEBRUARY. Read more on Swyvers.com!

Thanks!
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Daniel S April 12, 2024 4:09 pm UTC
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Yes! This will be updated when the full version is released. The Itch version is the same as here and will similarly be updated, however DriveThru and Itch have differently fiddly ways of doing it. One way or another though, yes, it will be updated.
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Maxwell T March 26, 2024 7:50 pm UTC
Why does this keep showing up as one of the top "superhero" genre procucts?
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Keelan C March 14, 2024 12:13 am UTC
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Any idea when this might be updated to the full file? I couldn’t exactly tell based on the blurb at the bottom.
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David B March 27, 2024 10:36 pm UTC
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I would also like to know when to expect the update, will it be sent out as a code in an email?
Thanks in advance!
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Daniel S April 12, 2024 4:08 pm UTC
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The PDF will be updated when we get the last couple of bits of artwork and the final print-ready PDF is locked in. We're hoping this happens by the end of the month
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Martin S March 07, 2024 10:01 pm UTC
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I just bought the pdf, and it says preview in the corner of every page. I assume this is some kind of mistake?
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Martin S March 08, 2024 5:26 am UTC
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Ups. I just saw the big text at the end of the description now. I must have been distracted by the artwork :-)
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TIM D February 01, 2024 7:47 pm UTC
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I can’t leave a review from a publisher account, so let me say here that Swyvers is spectacular and has my favorite magic mechanics to date.
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alistair L January 28, 2024 9:30 pm UTC
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The doc you get is only 87 pages, and is the same as the preview, just with the “SAMPLE FILE” on each page missing. Not sure if this was the intended format of the Quickstart, but at least you get to see a meaningful amount of the game. It looks like only the intended ‘included adventure’ is omitted.
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Daniel S January 31, 2024 12:10 am UTC
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Working as intended! If this was a bookshop you'd flick through it before you bought it. Don't wanna be going in blind right?
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Tom O February 06, 2024 6:50 am UTC
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No lie, that response got me to buy the book. Love a confident designer.
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Michael D February 10, 2024 11:29 am UTC
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Putting the entire book on the preview is crazy.

I just bought it purely off of that. It's only 1 buck, no idea why it's THAT cheap but damn, son. That's a solid mindset to have.
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Mark C January 28, 2024 7:20 am UTC
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Thank you for giving such an extensive Preview. I know the product is only a buck but its nice to know what you are buying and I wish more publishers would follow your lead.
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Tim G January 23, 2024 1:32 pm UTC
Psst, quick preview is messed up - may be some sort of transparency issue.
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Daniel S January 24, 2024 12:56 am UTC
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No idea why that's happening, but thanks for the heads-up! We'll sort it.
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