Friday, September 12, 2014

Free OSR Download The Three Swordsmen Character Classes From Kort'thalis Publishing For Your Old School Campaigns

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As I'm getting ready to begin a brand new Halloween Lamentations of the Flame Princess campaign, I've been looking around for some fighter variant PC classes and I stumbled upon this free download from Venger Satanis again.
Baring in mind that I'm not working with or for   

This little bevy of fighters isn't bad at all, we've got a Knight Templer, Slayer, and Reaver variation with a few special bits for each fighter and their for use with your favorite retroclone system. Now given that I'm going to be using a near future variation on the Lamentation Of The Flame Princess with some flexibility in a Dark Ressiance horror setting. These are a pretty good fit but I will be adding in black powder weapons. 

Each class has a little something some thing that gives the fighter a bit of an edge but nothing that will unbalance the dark fantasy game of your choice. It does exactly what it says on the tin and that's fine with me. 
Three Swordsmen gives old school fighters a little extra something... but not the entire kitchen sink!  This is old school, after all.  A few interesting perks should be more than enough to keep both players and GMs happy.
Enjoy these OSR fighter/warrior alternatives, as well as, Liberation of the Demon Slayer, The Baleful Sorcerer of Tsathag'kha, and upcoming module The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence all from Kort'thalis Publishing.

The Three Swordsmen Character Classes
From  Kort'thalis Publishing For Your Old School Campaigns 

Kort'thalis Publishing has kept these fighter PC packages as generic as possible and that's not a bad thing in my opinion. Each of these packages could be used for PC's and NPC's to provide a wider variety of options for the players and since they are so generic they can be used with little modification or tweaking with your favorite retroclone or D&D edition. Here's where I can see these coming in quite handy : 
  • Add these classes into your favorite post apocalyptic setting to throw a curve at the PC's especially if these are used for some mutant sect or secret society. 
  • These are perfect for a sword and sorcery setting where your vile wizard needs a nasty body guard. Add in cursed or nasty magic sword for added effect. 
  • For a game of AD&D first edition as a possible stand in class for the PC's as part of the local campaign setting. Regional PC classes are something that has fallen out of fashion with the variations of D&D but a concept that we used all of the time with various campaigns. 
  • The Templar class is a perfect variation on the clerics for LoFP or to act as body guards for various popes as body guards and possibly as pilgrim guards. Banking cartel sold separately. 
  • The Reaver class is perfect for use as an NPC advanced enemy for the characters as locust like raiders from some colder and artic like climate. I'm thinking here of Robert Howard's Conan and his relatives from the books. 
  • I can even see using these fighters as stand ins for native warriors of some far flung star system where the native population has gone back and slide into a back Dark Ages bit. 
  • For a game like Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers Of Hyperborea, these fighters PC classes make nice counter points to the classes already found in the game's campaign setting. With a bit of work these might be variations found on Old Earth. These classes might not be available to the PC's and reflect a far different time in the time scale of Hyperborea or Atlantis. 
For a six page free pdf there's lots to work with here. There are a ton of fighter variations already on the market but this is a good selection of fighting men with more of a pulp flare to the classes. I can see using this add on of classes. And its nice to see a bit of thought into a free product. I was thinking of uses for these while I was reading through them. Not a bad take on the fighter, I'd love to see more classes like these from Kort'thalis Publishing but for now I'll take the Three Swordsmen pdf and run with it. 


  1. Just ran across your review of Three Swordsmen. Thanks! If you like that little PDF, you'll probably also dig The Baleful Sorcerer of Tsathag'kha. Will probably do another in the spring. Any suggestions?

  2. Your very welcome and I did a review of the Baleful Sorcerers back in September right over here
    Actually I do have a suggestion could you possibly do an NPC class of alien sorcerers, something closer to an old 80's VHS horror film rather then the Baleful Sorcerer, not that I'm knocking the Sorcerers at all. That's the only thing I can think right off the top of my head Venger at the moment. Cheers and thanks for the comment. I've got more coming up and thanks for the great blog and such that you do. Very useful stuff. Especially the 'Fantastic Heroes and Witchery rpg' play blog I was recently reading.


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