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Searchers of the Unknown One Page RPG: The Many Variants

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Back in August of last year, I wrote about a nifty one page RPG called Searchers of the Unknown RPG. Searchers of the Unknown is a one page set of rules for playing old-style (aka early TSR) D&D modules where the characters are no more complex that the monsters: a one line stat block. SotU does a great job of capturing the essence of old school D&D in a tiny set of rules. Rules that even make the hated by many descending armor class used in old school modules useful.

Searchers of the Unknown has become quite popular. A number of expansions and variant games for different settings have been written by people who like the game. Here is a list of the variants I'm aware of. If you know of any more, please add them in a comment.

Update: Linkrot has hit many of these links so I've created a SotU RPG Collection download. See NEW: The Searchers of the Unknown RPG Collection Available for Free Download.

Sean said...
March 21, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

Witches of N'Kai, by Caleb Jensen.

This was submitted to Fight On! and we were interested in publishing it but we were never able to find the initial contact letter or get in touch with the author, so we're still waiting for that before we go with it.

Randall said...
March 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM  


"Witches of N'Kai, by Caleb Jensen."

I have Witches of N'Kai and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

BTW, Caleb is bluskreem over on the OD&D Discussion board if you are still trying to get in touch with him.

Dar said...
March 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

This is pretty fantastic. Thanks!

Andrew Modro said...
March 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

Holy cow. I did a couple posts about SotU and additional material over at Stargazer's World not long ago. I had no idea there were so many more related items!

Gibbering Ghoul said...
March 28, 2010 at 1:21 AM  

Excellent! With all these varieties one's bound to find something of enough interest to have a try.

MUTANT SCAVENGERS of the RUINED EARTH! link goes to an inactive or deleted mediafire-hosted file

updated link found here http://thegrandtapestry.blogspot.com/2009/09/gaming-mutant-scavengers-of-ruined.html

Matthew Slepin said...
April 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

Swashbucklers of Mars
Sailing the Skiers of Mars

Randall said...
April 7, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Matthew: Links please?

Matthew Slepin said...
April 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM  



wandrin wizard said...
August 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

Why do you upload them into an extortionist site like the deservedly-hated Scribd?

Randall said...
August 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

@wandrin wizard: I didn't upload any of them. I just found them and make this list of where they are so others can download them.

Timeshadows said...
November 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

The Scavengers of the Ruined Earth link has been re-directed at the OP.

-Kyrinn / Timeshadows

E.T.Smith said...
November 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

About half the links on that list are no longer valid, particularly all the mediafire ones.

Randall said...
November 12, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

@ E.T. Smith: That's the problem with using Mediafire (and other such file download services) as a place to store your files. The service deletes them if they aren't downloaded regularly. Unfortunately, there's not much that can be down for a list like this when the files disappear.

Matthew Slepin said...
November 13, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

I don't understand why folks use those services. You get set up a website for free with GoogleSites and put all these things on them.

Timeshadows said...
November 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Here is a link to the current address (as of a day or two ago) of MUTANT SCAVENGERS of the RUINED EARTH!.
--When I host it myself on google Docs, I'll update here again.



Lwndwr said...
May 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM  

•JUNG GUNS - Wild West Adventures
•Song of the Symbi - Spear and Planet Adventures
•Funkin' Fists of Fu - Kung Fu Martial Arts

are invalid ;)

skathros said...
February 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM  

Here's one for you. SotU:Expanded


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