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Welcome to a  miserable world of precarious adventure!

No unwieldy Zweihanders here, only the quick and deadly shortsword will keep you alive in the Archipelago.

Grab a couple of six sided die and embark on this journey with a rules light system inspired by grim TTRPGs of old.

Physical copies are now available at: https://spearwitch.com/products/shortsword?_pos=1&_sid=eb5b1ec3f&_ss=r

Design, Layout and Writing: Giuliano Roverato

Cover Image: The Battle with the Sagittary and the Conference at Achilles' Tent (from Scenes from the Story of the Trojan War)

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(23 total ratings)
AuthorRoll 4 Tarrasque


Buy Now$1.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Shortsword - Single Page.pdf 2 MB
Shortsword - Spread.pdf 2 MB

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This is delightfully weird! Great minimalistic character sheet too.


I love this ruleset! Thank you for posting it. I would say to anyone reading this, that this is probably the best rules light game I have seen for running scenarios written in other game systems because converting stats or anything like that isn't needed to play a pre-written adventure.

I wrote a longer review over on my blog. But I think this is a steal at $1.00.