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Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« on: February 13, 2008, 10:39:01 PM »
http://www.edenstudios.net/witchcraft/

This is a great game system with a very strong world setting. Fantasy Author CJ Carella has done a great job combining the fantastical with the mundane. I bought this in hardcopy, at full price, and never regretted it (please bare in mind that I am pretty darn cheap). Now you can see the game as a PDF

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Welcome to the world of CJ Carella's WitchCraft Roleplaying Game. It is a world very like our own but with a much darker side. The monsters and horrors that fill our legends and "fairy tales" walk the earth, hunting and using us for their own purposes. The spirits and vampyres, demons and angels, shapeshifters and things unimagined, all move through our world just as they have since time immemorial. And we have helped them remain hidden for we no longer believe in the unseen.

Long ago our ancestors prayed to their gods for safety and life. They used magic for rituals and charms to bring them luck and to protect them from the creatures of the night. Today technology and science have replaced magic and faith as the tools we use to protect ourselves from the dangers of the world. The horrors of the night still walk, but we no longer believe in them. They are free to do with us as they will.

Of course you don't need to be a supernatural force to create mayhem. Humanity also creates monsters of its own. There has never been a shortage of regular men and women, Mundanes, that are willing to sacrifice their humanity for profit or chaos or power.

But we are not powerless. The dark and evil are not the only unseen forces that remain in our world. The noble and divine exist here as well. There are those among us who have not forgotten that the horrors are real. Some still have the ability to draw upon the Essence of creation to fight back for the side of Order and Light.

These are the men and women that you will play in this game, those chosen by fate or decision to walk the thin line between the darkness and the light. They are known as the Gifted for they have re-discovered the power and ability to fight back using the magic and gods that have never really left us. Some use magic to bend the world to fit their will. Some use the powers of the mind to see and know and do things to carry them through both the small battles and the coming war. Even among the Mundane there are those who have seen the truth and chosen to give themselves to the fight.

There are many different groups of Gifted and Mundane fighting the good fight together. They are known as Covenants. Each has different strengths and weaknesses as well as different beliefs. Some follow the One God. Some strive for a balance with nature. Others view their Gifts as a means to force the world into Order. Often the Covenants do not agree or get along, but they all know that the War needs as many soldiers as it can get. Be they witch or psychic or faithful they all fight on the side of Light.

And those soldiers are badly needed in this time of crisis. The one thing that all the Gifted agree on is that there is a Reckoning coming. The cycle of the ages is coming to a climax and the Gifted may be the only thing standing between our world and its destruction. Those on the side of Darkness know this as well. Some are hastening its coming. Some are trying to carve out as large piece of the world as they can before it arrives. Others have reasons and agendas beyond our ability to comprehend.

Welcome to the world of WitchCraft. It is not an easy or entirely pleasant world to live in, much like our own. The fight against the forces of Darkness is a noble one, however. With luck and perseverance your characters may be the ones to tip the balance and help to save the future of our world.

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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008, 01:09:42 AM »
To get a good vibe for playing in this sort of world, you might try reading The Dresden Files. The settings are extremely similar.
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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 09:51:50 AM »
LOL, it's been ages since i read the dresden files, they're awesome, Harry is a complete lunatic!!

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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 09:12:16 AM »
Just an Update - Now Available on RPG Drivethrough for free.

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?cPath=93

Dresden Files books are in the same genre, but in different parts of the spectrum. Witchcraft is a better game (with poor company behind it) than DFRPG.

You can see where MoonHunter has been puttering recently. 
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?589515-101-Urban-Fantasy-Settings-Campaigns

and all those other 101s.
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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2011, 12:44:36 PM »
Downloaded the Witchcraft rulebook; seems like a boiled-down version of Mage: the Ascension or Ars Magica.
I have to admit, I was mildly amused by the fact that the evil demon-summoning teen in the intro story wears a Marilyn Manson t-shirt. Couldn't they have come up with anything less cheesy? :D
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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 10:11:58 PM »
Ars Magica is a medieval fantasy europe... not in even the same genre.

As for mage. Sigh. It is all I can say.  Mage is a wierd copy of Witchcraft, as their publish date predates Mage (and Vampire) by 2 years if memory serves.
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Re: Free Game Rules -Witchcraft
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 02:52:26 PM »
DF is a wonderful series and I say this as I normally do not read modern fantasy. But I was told to read it from a customer of mine who worked at Barnes and Noble and havent stopped reading them. I'll look at Witchcraft when I get a chance, I've downloaded it and have put it on my virtual shelf to get to.
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