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Thursday, August 13, 2009

[RPG] James Hargrove's UWoM (p)review-

The following is an unsolicited (p)review of Urutsk: World of Mystery (Autumn Garden Vol. I), as blogged by James Hargrove, author of the Simple 20, and the ZIP! game systems (among others).

Friday, July 24, 2009

Urutsk: Petal Thrones For The New Millenium?

I stumbled across this the other day and committed to blog about it when I had some free time, so here I am. The brainchild of Kyrinn S. Eis, Urutsk is a strange, alien, fantasy world that isn't easily compared to simple medieval analogues such as Greyhawk or The Forgotten Realms. Characters play mutated humans (the product of eugenics) in a strange world populated by giant bugs and other beasties more befitting a Science Fiction novel than Medieval Europe.

While Urutsk isn't yet finished, the naming conventions of the setting, the mechanics, and the flavor text all combine to create an offering unlike anything else to have risen from the Old School Renaissance. Urutsk isn't just another clone. It manages to be fresh, exciting, and new — while also harkening back to the strange, alien, wonder of TSR's second oldest role playing game. If you get a chance, you simply must give Urutsk a look.

I chanced upon the post and was rather cheered by it.



  1. I think he is right on. I like the setting material very well but haven't really read much on the mechanics yet. I will say this ideas from the setting have made it into my world as it is recovering from a series of natural disasters and the way Urtsk is described it would be perfect for what I have envisioned for the west coast of my continent.

  2. Josh,
    --I'm glad to hear that even in its 'medium-rare' form that UWoM is doing some folk good. :)

    Thanks for providing me some details of how you are using it. :)

  3. Medium-rare, LOL. I will admit I am not that big on gonzo so I went more with the weird than I did Sci-Fi.

  4. That's a great review. Congrats!

  5. La! Yes, you did, most noble and glorious one.
    --Your confidence is much appreciated. :D

  6. The more I read through the downloads the more I want to run the setting. That spot review hit the game dead on, I believe. That is certainly a setting that can be expanded and leave a group of PCs hungry for more.

  7. bat,

    Thanks! :D
    --I'm glad to hear it. :)