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Sword World RPG

is a very popular Japanese role-playing game created by Group SNE. 10 million copies of the related books including rulebooks, novels and replays have been sold.

The current edition, known as the "Sword World 2.0", was published in 2008, but the original was published in 1989, so many Japanese RPG gamers recognize it as the most famous role-playing game with a long history.

Sword World RPG's system was given the name 2d6 System in 2003. Scrapped Princess RPG and Dragon Half RPG's system are also 2d6 System, though the games are only partially compatible.

Sword World 2.0

The newest edition Sword World 2.0 (SW2.0 for short) was released in April 2008. It has a new campaign setting named Rakusia. There are 15 classes (Bard, Conjurer, Enhancer, Fairy Tamer, Fencer, Fighter, Grappler, Magi-tech, Priest, Ranger, Rider, Sage, Scout, Shooter and Sorcerer) and 8 races (Human, Dwarf, Elf, Rune-folk, Tabbit, Nightmare, Lilldraken and GrassRunner) in the rulebooks #1-3. It uses only two 6-sided dice as with previous editions.Original races in Rakusia

  • Tabbit - A bipedal rabbit race who are travelling around the world.
  • Rune-folk - An artificial humanoid race who has a hunger to serve other races by instinct.
  • Nightmare - They are mutants of other races and are born with the gift of both fighting and magic. However, because it is believed that their souls are distorted and polluted, Nightmares are looked askance.
  • Lilldraken - A race of bipedal dragon-folk who like commerce and peddlery.
  • GrassRunner - A diminutive race like as hobbit and halfling. They are curious and hilarious fairy folk dwelling in the grass. GrassRunners have a lack of affinity for mana, they mostly can't use magic. Instead, they have a immunity to magic.

Sword World RPG in previous editions

Setting

Sword World's world, Forcelia, includes Lodoss island (of Record of Lodoss War) and Crystania continent (of Legend of Crystania). However, the largest continent, Arecrast is the main setting. Forcelia is ordinary fantasy world influenced heavily by games such as Dungeons & Dragons and RuneQuest. For instance, the GrassRunner race is similar to D&D's Halfling and several magic systems (spirit magic, sorcery and divine magic) is similar to RuneQuest's.

Rune Soldier is Sword World RPG's novel and anime. Over a hundred light novels or replays (session logs) have been published.

System

Sword world RPG's classes are called . Each ginou has packaged a number of skills. It is considered as a hybrid system between class system and skill system, so it is often called class-skill system.

There are 8 classes (Bard, Fighter, Priest, Ranger, Sage, Shaman, Sorcerer and Thief) for Player Characters and 2 classes (Dark Priest and Dragon Priest) for only NPCs. 5 major races (Human, Dwarf, Elf, Half-elf and GrassRunner) can become PCs.

The game uses only two 6-sided dice, as other polyhedral dice aren't common in Japan. 2d6 dice roll is translated into a more wide range of random numbers by using a Rating table. The Rating table is used for damage roll, damage reduction roll and such. An excerpt of the Rating table follows.

Rating table (excerpt)
2d6 / Key number 0 5 10 15 20 50
2 failure failure failure failure failure failure
3 0 0 1 1 1 4
4 0 1 1 2 2 6
5 0 1 2 3 3 8
6 1 2 3 4 4 10
7 2 2 3 4 5 10
8 2 3 4 5 6 12
9 3 4 5 5 7 12
10 3 5 5 6 8 13
11 4 5 6 7 9 15
12 4 5 7 8 10 15
Key number is equal to weapon/armor's requirement strength, or power of spell. Heavier weapon/armor is stronger.

Magic systems in Forcelia

All magic systems in Forcelia are called based upon belief in the power of words. Each magic system has a proper language system as follow, and the language has magic power in itself.

Forcelia's magic systems
Magic system class (ginou) laungage name system's name
Sorcery sorcerer High Ancient
Spirit magic shaman Silent Spirit
Divine magic priest Holy Pray
Dark magic dark priest Demon Scream
Dragon magic dragon priest Dragon Lore
Common magic - Common magic
Bard's songs bard -

Replays

Group SNE pioneered a new book genre called replay. Replays are RPG session logs arranged for reading, similar in style to light novels. The first replay, Record of Lodoss War, is a replay of Dungeons & Dragons. From that time, replays became popular in Japan, and not only with RPG gamers; several characters and parties in replays are as popular as characters of anime. For example, the beautiful female elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War (who is played by the (male) science fiction novelist Hiroshi Yamamoto.) Sword World's replays are popular, too. 43 books of Sword World's replays were published until July 2007.

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