Dragon and the Thief (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible GM'S RESOURCE by Creighton Broadhurst

How often do your PCs spend the night in the tavern but the actual evening is glossed over? Want to have a good excuse to start a rollickingly good barroom brawl or simply fancy changing the pace and theme of your gaming session?

Dragon and the Thief is a ready-to-play game of chance your PCs can enjoy as they relax in the tavern between adventures. A game of Dragon and the Thief is the perfect backdrop to introducing new NPCs, giving the PCs the chance to gather information or as the start of a barroom brawl.

Dragon and the Thief comes with a full-page game board designed by Matt Morrow ready to print and use at the table!

This product is a Dual Format PDF. The downloadable ZIP file contains two versions, one optimised for printing and use on a normal computer and one optimised for use on a mobile device such as an iPad.

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genial, simple, útil y rapido


es un juego de taberna para los PJ.
las reglas son cencillas, genera una manera entretenida de comenzar la interaccion con ciertos PNJ que sea necesario.
como director de partida es sumamente sencillo integrarlo a algun momento de la trama sin mucha preparacion.
incluso sirve para entretener a los jugadores mientras tienes que improvisar un encuentro o hacer alguna busqueda en los manuales que te tome algo de tiempo.

Nice free dice-game to play in the tavern


Raging Swan offered a special Christmas Gift recently – this pdf! Clocking in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so what exactly is this?

Well, “the Dragon and the Thief” is something I wanted to see in another stellar supplement by Raging Swan Press, “Barroom Brawls”, to be precise, as it is a kind of game that can be played in-game by your PCs while resting their weary bones from adventuring. Mechanically, it is a simple game based on a medieval Landsknechtgame and uses a simple playing field that has eleven sections. Each player gets 2d6. At the start of the game, one denomination is chosen and all players put a coin in the “hoard”. After that, the players start rolling their bones. If the players roll a number of a field sans coin, they place one on said field. If they roll the number of a field with a coin, they take that coin. If they roll “7”, they have to put a coin in the hoard. If they roll a 2, they have rolled the thief and may take all coins except those in the hoard. If they score a 12, they may take all coins in the hoard. A cool game, simple and quickly explained.
Better yet, we get two versions of the lavishly-illustrated playing field, one as line art and one in grey-scale by Matt Morrow is a joy to behold. While the 1-page playing fields in the pdfs fit poker-chip size, the playing fields are also included in high-res jpeg-form if you want to scale up the playing field. Nice!
Even better, we get extensive events to spice up the game and lead to adventures: From sermonizing clerics, town drunkards stumbling on the board to thieving familiars, these events can lead to adventures, full-blown brawls or both! We also get 12 sample players (though the table says “d20” instead of “d12” to provide further hooks and ideas to make the game memorable in your round.

Editing and formatting are almost up to the perfect standard RSP-products are by now known for, but the one glitch is very minor, as mentioned. Layout adheres to the extremely crisp 2-column b/w-standard and the artwork of the playing field, in both iterations, is drop dead gorgeous. The pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen use and one for the printer and also, as mentioned, with high-res jpegs, which is a cool bonus.

We get a very cool sample game of chance with an iconic playing field, cool supplemental ideas and hooks and all that for free? HELL YEAH! This is a very cool, considerate Christmas gift and I really, really like it – so much, in fact, that I’d love to see similar “To do in a bar”-supplements in the future. An all-out great supplement at the most unbeatable price of FREE is, of course, worth the full 5 stars + endzeitgeist seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

is now available and better still is completely free!

Download and enjoy!

Did anyone try this?

Thanks a lot, Creighton!
I will try introduce it to my group in the upcoming session.


Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks, I did a quick read and really enjoyed it.

Two things I noticed:

  • The table about players has "D20" as headline, while it should be "D12".

  • The boards looks really cool! I was just wondering why you did not opt for leaving out another square - because on 4 the player does nothing. With the design like it is, one might wonder why there's a number missing where the dragon's tail is.

    The game sounds really interesting and fun, especially with the events and players you have added! Thanks again for sharing.
    I will certainly add it to my bard's inventory when I get the chance to play him again!


  • Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

    Thanks for the comments. I corrected the mistake you mentioned and thanks for the kind words about the board; I think Matt did me proud on it!

    And reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine. Cheers!

    Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

    Thanks very much, Thilo! I gambled that you'd enjoy this!

    (Do you see what I did there?)


    Now, isn't it time for you to up the ante? ;)

    Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

    That's something you can bet on!

    I'd wager!

    My party is playing this in an homebrew “kingmaker-style” campaign, and is becoming the national kingdom game. They play with common people (copper/silver), and with nobles (gold/platinum). I think they are going to ruin the kingdom economy by playing in BP with the Princess of a neighbour kingdom on the next diplomatic meeting :-)

    Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

    If the bankrupt themselves can I get credit for the TKK (Total Kingdom Kill?)

    I'm glad they are enjoying it!

    All in!

    No TKK yet, but some of them want to bring the game even in our LARP campaign as a tavern game

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