TRPG Review

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Weird Frontiers

Released: 2021

Created by: David Baity

System: Dungeon Crawl Classic RPG

Weird Frontiers is a standalone tabletop role-playing game (TRPG) that combines the weird west genre with a touch of Lovecraftian horror. The game's ruleset is compatible with the well-known Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG by Goodman Games, allowing for a seamless integration of both systems.

The game's premise is set in an alternate history, where the aftermath of the American Civil War saw the release of ancient evils and supernatural phenomena. Players take on the roles of heroes with special abilities, granted by the power of awakened ley lines, as they strive to battle these dark forces and heal their fractured nation.

Weird Frontiers features 12 distinct character classes, each with unique abilities and characteristics. Some of these classes include the enigmatic Occultist, the formidable Gunslinger, the mysterious Hellbilly, and the agile Calaveras. To fully engage with the game's mechanics, players need a standard deck of playing cards, poker chips, a set of Zocchi dice, character sheets, and optionally, the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG for access to additional spells and resources.

The game employs a system of hit points, crit dies, and fumble dies that vary according to the character's class and level, creating a dynamic and engaging combat experience. Characters can also specialize in specific signature weapons, gaining proficiency in their use, while facing penalties for wielding unfamiliar arms.

Players are invited to choose a path for their characters, either Righteous or Damned, which will dictate their moral compass and guide their motivations throughout the game. As characters advance, they can earn unique nicknames and titles reflecting their deeds and accomplishments.

One standout feature of Weird Frontiers is its captivating artwork. The black and white illustrations perfectly capture the eerie atmosphere of a world where horror meets the wild west, adding an extra layer of immersion to the game.

In summary, Weird Frontiers offers a unique gaming experience for those who enjoy a blend of supernatural elements, horror, and the wild west setting. The game boasts a rich narrative, extensive world-building, and an array of character classes and abilities that will keep players engaged and entertained. For those interested in exploring the world of Weird Frontiers, resources can be found online, including the official Stiff Whiskers Press website and various fan-made guides and communities.

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