Monday, November 28, 2011

Legend and the Rule of Cool

A new company called Rule of Cool has come up with a different take on the OGL d20 rules and have made a 179 page Beta version of the book available for free for a limited time.

The PDF is available for download for free (you can find it at this link) until December 9th. During that time you are welcome to make donations to Child's Play. Rule of Cool is calling the system the Legend System. This is a very clean and simple presentation. I adore the simple and elegant art. I prefer this so much more than the Wayne Reynolds art in D&D4e and Pathfinder. Legend's art is wholesome, clean, and has a dash of nostalgia somehow.

Here's what their website says about it:

About Legend

Legend is a tabletop RPG developed by an independent team of gamers over the course of two years. Building on the foundations of the Open Gaming License, Legend has created a new and novel system dedicated to cinematic combat and a smoother gameplay experience. Legend takes familiar core mechanics and incorporates them into a new system emphasizing versatility, balance and fun.
Legend was designed, as our name suggests, with the “Rule of Cool” in mind. We have a strong core game where abilities matter, classes are designed for broad appeal and customization is key. When you take a feat, you’re investing in a significant and valuable ability. Our system allows you to “multiclass” vertically rather than horizontally, exchanging part of your class for part of another wholesale rather than having to choose between concept and playability.
  • Eight Core Classes covering a wide variety of archetypes, with supplementary material ready to customize them further.
  • All-new Feats represent significant expansions of your character’s abilities – no more feat chain filler!
  • Rewritten spellcasting puts a check on “linear warriors, quadratic wizards” while still giving casters a breadth of options.
  • The Track system allows you to tailor your character to your concept, multiclassing without trading away power or utility.
  • Twelve months of free downloadable content.
  • As part of the Child’s Play charity initiative, all proceeds from the core product will be donated to Child’s Play – not just on launch day but forever!
  • Optional Legendary rules allow you to tailor the scope of individual encounters or even the entire game!

Child's Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through kindness and generosity of the video game industry and the power of play.

When gamers give back, it makes a difference!

Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

We'll end with some great examples of the art in Legend.

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