Sorcerers & Sellswords v1.8

Download: Download - PocketMod

Sorcerers & Sellswords is a one-page game derived from John Harper’s Lasers & Feelings. The game’s flavor is weird fantasy - think Clark Ashton Smith, Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards, the early tales of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, Thundarr the Barbarian, etc.

The world is full of dangers and mystery. A person’s safety and livelihood often depends on their wits or a strong arm. Sorcerous powers are available to those desperate or insane enough to use them.

Both S&SS and L&F are fantastic for pick-up games and one-shots. They can sustain short campaigns or even longer play for people who want episodic adventure and aren’t as concerned with things like consistency/simulation or leveling up. The play style is very much in the Powered-by-the-Apocalypse tradition (experience with Apocalypse World, Dungeon World, or another PbtA game helps), though the dice mechanic is different.

With this edition, I've stretched the "one-page" definition a bit. You only need the first page to play, but I have included a "lexicon" that can be printed on the back of the rules, as well as a page of blank character sheets. So it’s a one-page game, but the file has three pages. The PocketMod includes a character sheet but no lexicon.


  1. Hey Ray, Thank you so much for the games. They are truly great. I have been running a campaign for over a year now alternating between Sorcerers & Sellswords and Flash Fantasy. We have a had a blast! I am even in the process of releasing my own game and campaign setting that has grown and evolved from these rules sets. THese are true jems and I cant thank you enough for all the great game nights these have provided. I was thinking about starting up a blog featuring your games as the basis for ongoing campaigns that I run. Playing around with branching out into a podcast as well. Cheers!

  2. Whoa! Thanks so much for this message. It made my day. I'd love to hear your thoughts/see your design. Why do you flip back and forth between the two -- what do you like best about each?