Crying Blades

The Crying Blades Houserules is an OSR fantasy roleplaying game, built on the fundation of the tradition and with a few innovations and twists. It was inspired mostly by Lamentations of the Flame Princess and by Swords & Wizardry, but many other games also had a significant influence on the design, from WhiteHack to BlackHack, from Dungeon World to Fate.

What will you find in the game:
- The game introduces a few innovations, such as a random talents system for the various classes that replaces abilities, three different equipment-systems (one based on a die size, one on numbered slots, and a traditional one with weight-per-item).
- It uses regular attributes checks for actions, and Saving Throws linked to attributes, with some class-modifiers.
- Combat is faster than usual: a single d20 roll determines (using the traditional AAC) both if the character hits the monster, and if the monster hits the character. This reduces the number of rounds where both would miss.
- Sorcery and clerical blessings do not require to memorize spells but use a simple count to determine how many can be cast per day.
- The leveling up system is simple and all classes need the same amount of XP per level. Sorcerers and Clerics, though, need to pay XP to improve their power-matrix and to acquire new spells, thus their leveling-up process is slower. Multiclassing is allowed, but severely limited.

This is still a beta version: it is complete but is missing monsters, random tables, advice for the GM and so on, which will be covered in the third manual.

This is a free sample of the manual plus the character sheets, so that hopefully you can get an idea of how the game works, and decide if to buy the manuals.
Free PDF:

The Crying Blades OSR - volume 1, Characters and Rules
WARNING: this is still a beta product!
The Crying Blades is an OSR Houserules manual, with complete rules for character generation, four classic classes (fighter, cleric, sorcerer, rogue), rules for actions and combat, and spells for Level one.

This first manual contains: an Introduction, the Characters creation rules and the four available classes (Fighter, Cleric, Sorcerer, Rogue), the Equipment, all basic and advanced rules and rules for combat, rules for Sorcerers and Clerics and their magic.
The spells and blessings lists are limited in this manual to level one spells only (for character creation). A second manual, Sorcery & Blessings, will contain the full list of spells, with details.

PDF and POD on RpgNow:

Hardcover on Lulu:

The Crying Blades OSR - volume 2, Sorcery and Blessings
WARNING: this is still a beta product!
This manual contains the rules for Sorcerers and Clerics and their magic, full spells and blessings lists for the two classes, and some instructions for generating magic potions, scrolls, and various magic items.

PDF and POD on RpgNow:

Hardcover on Lulu:


  1. I have ordered both Crying Blades in the print version. I look forward to reading them and perhaps creating some setting content for this game.

  2. Hey there. I've been a Crying Blades fan for quite the while. I helped read some of the spells in the Sorcery and Blessings project before it was released. I'm curious, are there plans to push the game beyond "Beta"?

    1. Everything RPG-related in my life is currently on hold. Probably there will be a little card game to be released in 2020 by Daimon Games, but that's another story.
      The Crying Blades, then, suffer for my current scarcity of time (and probably passion) to dedicate to RPGs.
      I cannot promise the 3rd manual (which should be the next step), nor to push the project beyond the current status (which would come next).

      I am hapy you liked what was done so far, and thanks for your support.