Thieve's World RPG

Voltumna

Mongoose
I saw there is a Thieve's World RPG by Green Ronin. Does anyone here know the game? I'd like to hear the opinion of a Conan player about the TW.
 
I'm a huge Thieves' World fan and I love Green Ronin's adaptation of the word into the d20 system. I don't really like the magic system that much, since it relies on D&D spells mostly. I would have preferred it to have its own magic system and unique spells. Other than that, the books are very well done.
 

urdinaran

Mongoose
I purchased the adventure "Murder at the Vulgar Unicorn" in hopes of converting it for Conan. I haven't really had the chance to read it yet with all the releases by Mongoose.
 

Azgulor

Banded Mongoose
The Thieves' World books are good. For them to be great, they would have to have been OGL rather than d20. I think it really deserved it's own magic system and spells, but I can understand the market advantages of maintaining compatibility with d20. They were trying to walk the line between staying true to the content and style of the novels and utility to the widest possible d20 audience. I think they succeeded.

From a Conan perspective, it can be used to enhance your game if you wish to encompass other sword-n-sorcery styles than REH. If you want your campaign to be similar in theme, tone, and style to REH's Conan, then Mongoose's treatment does the job extremely well as is.

On the other hand, if you want to be able to have viable non-martial or non-sorcerous PC classes, TW is an excellent addition. Commoner just doesn't cut it. TW has the Survivor (the common man who's just too tough to die) and the Savant (think a viable PC Expert or non-sorcerous Scholar). The Assassin is also a decent class although the archetype is easily done with Conan multi-classing. If you want sorcery that isn't quite as dark as portrayed in Conan - TW is a nice middle ground between Conan style sorcery and D&D's magic-as-technology/skills. You have Mage, Witch, and Priest as your primary spellcaster paths - each has unique abilities and spellcasting strengths and weaknesses. Thematically it leans more towards Conan but utilizes the D&D/d20 spells so you can pull from a lot of WotC and 3rd-party source material.

I quickly converted to the Conan rules once I picked them up. Neither I nor my players wanted to scrap our campaign, however. I use the Conan RPG as the baseline rules set for my Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign. I incorporated elements from Thieves' World to fill in the gaps in my campaign. I always liked TW 3-sources of sorcery: arcane magery, witchcraft, and priestly magic. As much as I like the Conan sorcery system for Hyboria, TW's treatment fit better into my Kalamar campaign. I calculated Conan Parry and Dodge values for the TW classes I was going to include and it's worked like a charm.

Also, TW treatment of races is more easily emulated for various campaign settings. Conan's rules obviously use the Hyborian races. I found it difficult to develop racial abilities for the races in my campaign that were on par with the Hyborian ones in the Conan RPG. By using the TW treatment of Cultural and Background mechanics, I achieved the balance I wanted without resorting to D&D Player's Handbook blandness.

So as a complementary source to Conan or a grittier alternative to D&D, TW fits the bill. It does not, however, compete with the Conan RPG.

As a final comparison point, by using the Conan RPG and supplementing with Thieves' World, I can pretty much come up with a character write up of the large bulk of characers from fantasy fiction or film that emulates the source material pretty well. Something that was impossible to do using straight D&D rules.

Azgulor
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Voltumna

Mongoose
Thanks guys. I just bought a set of TW comics, and I am liking it very much. Never read the novels before. Aside from sorcery, I think Sanctuary could very well be a civilized Hyborian city, althoough the fiercest types seem to be missing, it is crowded with the finest and fallen.
 

GrimJesta

Mongoose
Azgulor said:
I use the Conan RPG as the baseline rules set for my Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign ...TW's treatment fit better into my Kalamar campaign.

Dude, are you on the Kalamar forums? I know me and a few of the homies there have ranted and raved about how great it is using the Conan system in the Kalamar setting. My last two Kalamar campaigns used the Conan rules. It's cool to see another dude doing it too.

-=Grim=-
 

Azgulor

Banded Mongoose
GrimJesta said:
Azgulor said:
I use the Conan RPG as the baseline rules set for my Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign ...TW's treatment fit better into my Kalamar campaign.

Dude, are you on the Kalamar forums? I know me and a few of the homies there have ranted and raved about how great it is using the Conan system in the Kalamar setting. My last two Kalamar campaigns used the Conan rules. It's cool to see another dude doing it too.

-=Grim=-

Occasionally, yes. I used to frequent them much more frequently, but I've cut down on messageboards/forums overall - no knock against Kenzer & Co. I just tend to get more mileage over here than over there.

I've been toying with the idea of starting a story hour of my campaign. If I do, I'll definitely be posting it there.

Azgulor
 
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