Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Using The Demon Hunter's Handbook From Goodman Games For Old School Campaign Construction

"No campaign theme is more gripping than a battle against the minions of hell! This jam-packed sourcebook brings to the table everything you'll need to run a fantasy campaign centered around demon hunters. From puritanical holy men fighting for their gods to crazed warriors only one step away from damnation themselves"

Demon hunters are always one problem that I've had with the traditional Sword & Sorcery game. Sure there are killer examples of it in the works of Robert E.Howard in the form of Solomon Kane but.. I needed something well different. And yes I could use Role Aids Demons books for this . But I needed a bit less Grimdark & more super heroic.

The Demon Hunter's Handbook  From Goodman Games is a D&D 3.0 book that I've had for years. Amazing Adventures! rpg has a free demon hunter class that does an excellent job for the Amazing Adventures! rpg engine.  But I've had a player whose asked specifically for the The Demon Hunter's Handbook .
There are several reasons for using this book one is that its very well done & even Tim Brannan gives it a good review. 
Several of the background,  factions, spells, equipment, etc. will fit into a fantasy Gilded Age. The fact is that the world of the occult & supernatural in my games has a very close & dangerous underlying underpinnings of my home campaigns when it comes to characters like Neulow Games Madam Satan. I don't consider anything in  
The Demon Hunter's Handbook to be unbalancing nor are the player's resources that far of field. 
The Rpg stack exchange site has an excellent overview of the differences between 3.0 & 3.5 D&D as well as the OSR right here.  This is especially helpful using Castles & Crusades as the prime engine for such a conversion

With the amount of demonic & supernatural activity within my campaigns especially given the turmoil surrounding my alternative  WWI, its not hard to imagine that there might be fantasy adventurers crossing over into a modern world. 
We've seen various incarnations of  Greyhawk parties's of adventurers cross over from Greyhawk in Gary Gygax's various Dragon Magazine articles into Gamma World & Boot Hill. The Demon Hunter's Handbook  is a solid book from the 3.0 era & I find it foolish that the D&D  3.0 & 3.5 OGL that gives birth to so many retroclones & various OSR products is so much maligned. To me it seems rather stupid to be buying material which has been published in game supplements & books I already own. I've been vilified before for mixing OSR & various editions of  OD&D, AD&D, D&D, etc.,etc. with OSR systems. I like so many of my readers am not made of money. I suspect that like me many of you have any number of favorite 3.0, 3.5, & even fifth edition books that you use in your home campaigns. This is a practice that I shall be continuing & telling you my readers my results.

 Stay tuned

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