Knights of the Round Table style


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I've been toying for a long time with the idea of creating an Arthurian or Arthurian-style setting/campaign: exclusively or mostly 'knight' PCs, extra low magic with a few notable exceptions (special characters, unique items and villains), and possibly some extra attention to the idea of knights' home domains and tournaments. Some thoughts:

- Extra-low-magic and 'round-table' heroes could be a lot of fun to pit against selective witches, sorcerers and maybe anti-paladins.

- Friendly spellcasters like Merlin/Wizard or Lady of the Lake/Witch would be a great GM tool.

- Cavaliers were a huge disappointment to me (so...you guys SURE I have to leave the mount behind when we go in there? I mean... there's at least one one-trick-pony between me and this horse). Conceptually and historically I've always considered Samurai and Knight to be two cultural sides to the same coin, and I thought Samurai were what Cavaliers should have been with a couple of minor exceptions like mounted archery. My 'Knight of the Round Table' types would likely be basically Samurai.

- There's an old-, old-, old-school British King Arthur pnp game I sadly can't remember the name of, but I remember it being really creatively inspiring... anyone know it?


After I read le morte d arthur I wanted to play a knight for a long time, with all the airs and honor, and Malory-esque grammar.

Sir Tristan was my favorite but be tough to emulate I think.


BadBird wrote:
There's an old-, old-, old-school British King Arthur pnp game I sadly can't remember the name of, but I remember it being really creatively inspiring... anyone know it?

Assuming you didn't mean a British publisher, and that 1985 counts as old-old-old-school. I'd guess Pendragon is what you are referring to.


BadBird wrote:


- Cavaliers were a huge disappointment to me (so...you guys SURE I have to leave the mount behind when we go in there? I mean... there's at least one one-trick-pony between me and this horse). Conceptually and historically I've always considered Samurai and Knight to be two cultural sides to the same coin, and I thought Samurai were what Cavaliers should have been with a couple of minor exceptions like mounted archery. My 'Knight of the Round Table' types would likely be basically Samurai.

A good advice for a character playing a cavalier is to have the device “I will not go anywhere my mount cannot go”. There is hardly ever necessary to head into underground stronghold on a regular basis, and the sooner one get around that gaming troupe the better.

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- There's an old-, old-, old-school British King Arthur pnp game I sadly can't remember the name of, but I remember it being really creatively inspiring... anyone know it?

Pendragon, there is something like five versions of it; the latest one is just 5-6 years old. It is a really good game, and by far my favourite among the BRP-type of games.

If you want primarily an Arthurian game, I would recommend it to you over PF.
There is often an advantage in a games that focus on doing one thing really well (playing knight in Pendragon) as long as one stay within the focus.

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It's funny.

I read the title something like 4 times, but until I clicked on the link and started reading the thread, every single time I read it as "Knights of the Dinner Table style" and was surprised when I actually started reading the posts :)


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I could see running a game where Cavalier is suggested as the preferred class, with other options limited to the appropriate mounted archetypes of Fighter, Paladin, etc. Limit races to human and those who can pass for human -- no Small races. Avoid dungeons and have most adventures take place outdoors or in castles -- only in the latter case are your PCs likely not to have their mounts readily available. Let your players know that you are catering to Cavaliers and similar characters and that their reputations for honorable behavior will be very important in how they are viewed by those they encounter.

If you have access to the Pendragon game, either play that or steal ideas from it as freely as possible for use with another game system. Personality traits and passions, in particular, are useful regardless of game system used for combat.

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+1 vote for King Arthur Pendragon, 5th ED by Gregory Stafford. Amazing game. Get the "Great Pendragon Campaign" suppliment (even before you get the core rulebook). It's my favorite tome on my shelf.

fun review


Gnoll Coward wrote:
BadBird wrote:
There's an old-, old-, old-school British King Arthur pnp game I sadly can't remember the name of, but I remember it being really creatively inspiring... anyone know it?
Assuming you didn't mean a British publisher, and that 1985 counts as old-old-old-school. I'd guess Pendragon is what you are referring to.

I didn't realize it was still 'around,' to me it looked old a decade ago when I first saw it. Felt old too, in the best possible way.


On second thought, let's not go to Camelot; 'tis a silly place.

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