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The Sword of Cepheus

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A sorcerer blasting his enemies with the power of his mind. A muscled barbarian wielding a flaming sword against the local tyrant’s thugs. A secret cabal of magicians plotting to control the minds and souls of kings. A gladiator who freed himself from slavery wanders the land, righting wrongs and smashing villains. Big muscles, big swords, eldritch sorcery, powers of the mind, eldritch beasts. From Burroughs to Howard to Moorcock to Italian Peplum films to those dreaming of outlandish post-apocalyptic worlds, heroes raise swords against corrupt nobles, inexplicable sorcerers, and alien monstrosities.

Sword of Cepheus is a roleplaying game in the triple “Sword” genres: Sword and Sorcery, Sword and Planet, and Sword and Sandal. In Sword and Sorcery, often-amoral protagonists face vile sorcery and horrid beasts as they complete awesome adventures for gold and glory. In Sword and Planet, humans finding themselves on barbaric or decadent alien planets use their superior brawn and valiant hearts to win fame, fortune, and the heart of an alien princeling. In Sword and Sandal, often set in a quasi-Biblical or faux-Roman world, men and women with sharp wits and strong sword-arms fight mythological creatures and overthrow tyrants. The common threads of all three genres are the blade-wielding protagonists who use their brawn, as well as brains, to fight foes both supernatural and mundane and undertake hair-raising, violent adventures.

The Sword of Cepheus rules include everything you need to play thrilling sword & sorcery adventures:

  • Streamlined skill-based 2D6 task resolution!
  • Procedural character generation with 12 archetypal careers for your character to undergo!
  • 44 unique character Traits to customize your character!
  • A wide selection of adventuring equipment and weaponry!
  • Simple yet intriguing rules for adventuring and exploring exciting worlds!
  • Fast-paced, action-packed combat - whether on foot, from horseback, or on the high seas!
  • A skill-based, perilous sorcery system, with 108 eldritch spells!
  • 96 terrible monsters for heroes to face!
  • A selection of treasures, both mundane and magical!
  • Detailed gameplay examples for quick and easy comprehension of the rules!!

Raise your sword! Adventures awaits!

Compatible with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document and other OGL 2D6 Sci Fi games.

Character sheet for The Sword of Cepheus available on Astral TableTop - select from the Template picker in the Characters section of the vault in Astral!

Full Virtual Table Top support for The Sword of Cepheus available on the Foundry VTT - search for for Twodsix in in FoundryVTT's Game Systems tab!

 
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Neil S August 10, 2021 1:31 am UTC
Does this have lovecraftian monsters
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Omer J August 10, 2021 5:42 am UTC
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No, but an upcoming monster supplement will include several.
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Timothy S April 15, 2021 4:26 pm UTC
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I received an email for a special price on the PDF. Is there any way to apply this special deal to the PDF + Softcover book?
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Omer J April 15, 2021 5:42 pm UTC
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The discount is on the digital version alone, not the print one. But you did give me an idea... Stay tuned.
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SeungHan O April 12, 2021 1:51 pm UTC
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Commoner's service skill(p.15): Animals, Riding, Craft, Streetwise, Athletics, Craft.

Why Commoner has Craft twice as service skill? is it typo or intentional?
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Omer J April 12, 2021 3:34 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
This is intentional: Commoners get double the chance to learn Craft.
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Rick H March 19, 2021 4:57 pm UTC
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The text on the spine on my PoD copy is backwards / upside down. Otherwise all good.
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Omer J March 19, 2021 4:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! Indeed, there are some minor problems with the PoD cover, which will be eventually corrected.
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Oscar C February 22, 2021 7:46 pm UTC
It´s a great system, the more I read it, the more I like it. I´m starting my homebrew campaign today.
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Omer J February 22, 2021 8:13 pm UTC
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Thanks! And enjoy!
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Nicholas C November 07, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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a greta looking game which I'm about to order in print - but I have a rules question. Cepheus Engine rules say that when making a skill roll it's 2d6 + skill rank + characteristic modifier.

However, Cepheus Light and Sword of Cepheus seem to say it's just 2d6 + skill rank. Is this right? And if so, why the difference?
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Omer J November 07, 2020 10:39 pm UTC
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Indeed, in Cepheus Light/The Sword of Cepheus you roll either 2d6 + skill tank (skill check) or 2d6 + characteristic modifier (characteristic check). This streamlines things, is easier on the sensitive 2d6 curve, and was preferred by our playtesters over the old CE mechanic.
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
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Esteemed Customers, The Sword of Cepheus is now AVAILABLE IN PRINT!
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Ilias L September 10, 2020 1:43 pm UTC
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what are the dimensions of the printed book if I may ask, dear Sir?
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:52 pm UTC
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Standard A4.
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Gianfranco B August 29, 2020 9:18 am UTC
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Is this the same mechanics of Traveller?
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Omer J August 29, 2020 1:49 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It is based on the Mongoose Traveller 1st Edition SRD (Standard Reference Document), and the basic mechanics are generally compatible with that SRD.
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Christian N August 24, 2020 2:39 pm UTC
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Almost can't wait any longer :-)
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Omer J August 24, 2020 3:07 pm UTC
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Just a little bit more... Print proofs ordered, so this will be ready soon.
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Omer J August 29, 2020 1:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Got a message from UPS that the print proof is about to arrive... So print should be available soon.
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Omer J September 10, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It is now AVAILABLE IN PRINT!
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Christian N September 11, 2020 10:30 am UTC
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Thanks!!! Going to buy it right away :-)
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Omer J August 21, 2020 2:41 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
A note to all customers - We have completed The Sword of Cepheus print layout and uploaded the files for the print process. Fingers crossed, the print version should be ready in a short time.
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August 16, 2020 8:18 am UTC
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Any closer to POD?
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Omer J August 16, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
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We will submit the files for the print process this week, hopefully to get a proof copy within the next few weeks, to get the print process rolling.
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July 03, 2020 1:35 pm UTC
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Where are we with the POD?
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Omer J July 03, 2020 1:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Working on final proofreading and then will start the print production process. Almost everything is ready.
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Tommy K June 07, 2020 6:36 pm UTC
Based on the available preview, this looks very interesting. I saw on one of your answers that a POD is on it's way - I will wait with my purchase until then. Cheers!
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Omer J June 07, 2020 7:39 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Now that the postal system here is working once more, we're just doing another round of proofreading on SoC and then we'll start the print approval process.
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Tommy K June 08, 2020 9:15 am UTC
Great news, thanks for the update. Is there any estimate on the price for the POD?
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Omer J June 08, 2020 10:01 am UTC
PUBLISHER
I will know that once the print process will be finalized, but approx. $19.99 + shipping (softcover only).
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Tommy K June 08, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
Alright, cool. Thanks for the information.
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Christian N May 06, 2020 9:37 am UTC
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Hello,
Any news on when the POD version will be available? I want to buy the PDF+POD bundle as soon as it is available :-)
Thanks
Christian
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Omer J May 06, 2020 2:25 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hello,
Now that the quarantine is slowly being lifted, we are in the process of arranging the print process. Should be ready within a month or two at most.
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Michael H May 01, 2020 6:40 am UTC
Hi folks,
Is there a RTF version as there is with Cepheus Lite?
Thanks
Mike
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Omer J May 01, 2020 7:32 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Considering this, in fact. Stay tuned. Or, if you're developing a book based on The Sword of Cepheus OGL content - please contact us at golan2072@gmail.com.
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Darren P April 19, 2020 6:37 pm UTC
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Hello.
I have a question about foci. Can you store more than one spell at a time in a reusable focus?
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Omer J April 19, 2020 6:55 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Only one spell at a time.
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Darren P April 19, 2020 7:14 pm UTC
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Thanks for the reply.
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