Monday, 13 July 2009


Still crippled by what I think is swine flu (could be yellow fever or SARS) and unsure if I will live to see tomorrow, I just bought and downloaded a pdf of Pendragon, 5th Edition.

First impressions: Where have you been all my life? Can't wait to play it, and can't remember the last time I was this excited by just reading through a few random bits and pieces of a game book. I feel slightly invigorated and may even be able to venture from my death's bed later today.


  1. Glad to see you're liking it! Des just started up a one-on-one Pendragon game with me and I'm absolutely loving it. The system is so wonky, yet one can't help but be charmed by it. There's something indefinable about Pendragon and the atmosphere it evokes through game play. Consider yourself short-listed if I ever get around to running my planned PBeM Great Pendragon Campaign. ;)

    Oh, and since I shot you a link to Book of the Manor before, I was going to link you to the other "supplement" for 5th edition, The Book of Knights and Ladies, but it looks like it's gone out of print in anticipation of a PDF release. Just as well, the print version was rather pricey (but well worth it, as it expands chargen beyond the rather narrow time-place strictures of the main rulebook).

    In the meantime, I highly recommend Greg Stafford's personal Pendragon site. Tons of nifty gems to be found rooting through there:

    Feel better!

  2. Great, thanks. If you ever get that campaign up and running I'll be there like a shot.

  3. I own Pendragon 4th and 5th, as well as The Great Pendragon Campaign, but have sadly never played it. Not that I regret the purchase--it makes for great reading material.

    Obviously I can't say how Pendragon plays in practice, but on paper it's an amazingly researched, brilliantly written, and lovingly crafted game with a lot of appeal. I still hope one day to get a chance to run or play it.

  4. Me too. It looks like it needs a lot of time, which is a major problem for finding new players.

  5. Pendragon plays great in practice.
    A game where almost all moments are memorable.