Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A Short Post About Pendragon

There's been some good stuff on therpgsite recently. This thread, for example - on alternative uses for Pendragon. Through it I discovered Genpei - A Roleplaying Game of Early Feudal Japan, which was written by one of the board's members and based on the Pendragon system.

If I were ever to run a game set in feudal Japan, I'm pretty sure this would be it.

Another alternative use for Pendragon which springs to mind is for running games set in the feudal universe of Dune.


  1. I recall reading somewhere on the net years ago that someone converted their Traveller game to Pendragon.

    Man I would love to get my hands on one of the earlier editions of Pendragon. I never really got to run that game even though I played it a few times. It would be so cool to give it another go.

  2. Another alternative use for Pendragon which springs to mind is for running games set in the feudal universe of Dune.

    Shhhh! Don't say that so loud where Natalie could hear. The poor girl doesn't have time to run another game this semester. ;)

    I want to say I've read about someone doing very similar, using Pendragon to run Fading Suns.

    - Brian

  3. That is an awesome conversion for Pendragon, thanks for sharing! (How did I miss this!?!?!)

  4. @Trollsmyth: Pendragon and FS are natural partners. I ripped half of Holistic Design's house system out and replaced it with slices of the Pendragon system during my (extended) FS phase.

    It worked surprisingly well, and actually turned FS into what it advertised itself as: "sci-fi passion play".

  5. Pendragon's greatest innovation is the Winter Phase system, which is easily my favourite campaign/what-they-do-between-scenarios system, and one which is readily adaptable to all sorts of settings. I think a version of it would work wonderfully for Traveller, and I'd try it in an instant if anyone around here played anything other than D&D!

    Also, the Passions system is really neat too. All in all, Pendragon is ace.

  6. Oh, man. Now I have to get Pendragon. Purely for research purposes, of course. It doesn't look like it's currently in print at the moment, though. Is there a particular edition that's superior? Or should I pick up whichever one I can get my hands on?

  7. Barking Alien: Now that really does sound like Dune.

    Mike D.: Cool, isn't it?

    Odyssey: I only have 5th editoin. It's available on pdf.

  8. If you're looking to pick up a copy of Pendragon, I'd suggest giving the current 5th edition a pass, and tracking down the monstrous 4th edition. It has loads more than the current book, including non-British character generation and the magic system that has been removed in the current edition.

    I would also highly recommend grabbing The Great Pendragon Campaign if you ever get the chance to do so!