Today we're gonna take a fifth edition adventure & OSR it back to its mythic ends. We'll be looking at “At the Shrine of Othrys” fifth edition Kickstarter adventure campaign & dumping it right into the OSR waters.
Skirmisher Publishing has a solid track record with their Kickstarters & their is both original & interesting. So when the “At the Shrine of Othrys” Kickstarter campaign came across my desk the wheels began turning. This Greco Roman mythic setting is ripe for running with an OSR set of rules! And in this case Castles & Crusades rpg is perfect to run this setting. The system is close enough to fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons so that conversion is a snap.
The Sword of Kos setting isn't known for pandering to PC's. There's a ton of monsters capable of ending the lives the characters. Combined with a Rome with its usual machinations of emporers & madmen in the background and events get very interesting.
This isn't my first brush with the . Here's how I'd run any adventure set within the mythic realm of Kos. First grab any of the Ray Harryhausen Sword & Sandal films. But 'Jason & The Argonaughts' film from '63 springs to mind when I read through some of 'Sword of Kos' material.
From here “At the Shrine of Othrys” adventure agenda is going to be come far clearer. Anytime PC's are messing in the affairs of the gods things are going to get complicated. The second film of Harryhausen that springs to mind is the original 'Clash of the Titans' film.
There are a few things that spring to mind whist reading through the Sword of Kos setting. The setting rings with struggle, conflict, combat, & the mythic. That being said there are a few things when running or DMing this setting come to mind:
- Death is lurks around the mythic & legendary especially around the 'Sword of Kos' setting.
- Even heroes can die and its something that the PC's need to be aware of.
- The PC's are mythic heroes and as such they have a target on their backs.
- Skirmisher Publishing has some solid adventure published for the Sword of Kos setting so there is a solid adventure basis to pull from for a campaign.
- Castles & Crusades works to convert fifth edition back into an OSR assembly for rpg play.