A Brief E.L.F.s & Espers Glossary

E.L.F.  Engineered Life Form

D.W.A.R.F.   Deep Warren Adapted Rock Form
Habitat Optimized Biologically Based Technology
Genetic-Nonce Organism, Modified Experimental
Organism Grossly Reinforced Experimental
Magically Adept Genetically Engineered
Organism for Relentless Killing
Hyper-Enhanced Male Android Newtype
Super Human Emergency Response Android
Common Order Biologically Optimized Layered Design

Zounds! Recommended Viewing

Appendix O

Recommended Viewing

The Adventures of Robin Hood Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen John Neville, Eric Idle
Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones
Dragonslayer Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke
Excalibur Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst
How to Train Your Dragon Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler
Jason and the Argonauts Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack
John Carter Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins
Labyrinth David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
Legend Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook
The Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom
Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley
The Princess Bride Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant
Slayers Megumi Hayashibara, Yasunori Matsumoto
The 13th Warrior Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora
Time Bandits Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall
Willow Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Warwick Davis
Wizards Jesse Welles, Bob Holt
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O’Connor and Ted Raimi

Zounds! Appendix N

Recommended Reading
Many of these are among my favorites, and all of them had an influence on Zounds!, if only to consider whether they would present any problems if you wanted to play something like them using the system.

Alexander, Lloyd The Prydain Chronicles
Anthony, Piers A Spell for Chameleon
Aragones, Sergio and Evanier, Mark Groo
Ariosto, Ludovico Orlando Furioso
Asprin, Robert Myth Adventures
Bramah, Ernest Kai Lung’s Golden Hour
Bujold, Lois McMaster The Curse of Chalion
Byfield, Barbara N. The Book of Weird
Clamp Magic Knight Rayearth
Cook, Glen The Black Company; Garrett, P.I.
Cook, Rick The Wizardry series
de Camp, L. Sprague and Pratt, Fletcher Complete Enchanter
Dickson, Gordon The Dragon and the George
Eddison, Eric The Worm Oroborus
Friesner, Esther (ed.) Chicks in Chainmail anthologies
Goldman, William The Princess Bride
Hodgell, P.C. God Stalker Chronicles
Howard, Robert E. Conan; Kull
Hughart, Barry The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
Jones, Diana Wynne Howl’s Moving Castle; Dark Lord of Derkholm
Koike, Kazuo and Kojima, Goseki Lone Wolf and Cub
Kuttner, Henry The Dark World; Elak of Atlantis
Le Guin, Ursula Chronicles of Earthsea
Leiber, Fritz Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
Levine, Gail Carson The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia
Lovecraft, H.P. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
Mahabharata Indian traditional epic
Malory, Thomas Le Morte d’Arthur
Martinez, A. Lee Too Many Curses; Company of Ogres; A Nameless Witch
Moon, Elizabeth The Deed of Paksenarrion, etc.
Moorcock, Michael Elric; The Chronicles of Corum
Moore, C.L. The Black God’s Kiss
Moore, John Heroics for Beginners
Novik, Naomi Temeraire series
Pierce, Tamora The Protector of the Small, etc.
Pratchett, Terry Discworld
Rosenberg, Joel The Guardians of the Flame
Sakai, Stan Usagi Yojimbo
Scott, Martin Thraxas
Smith, Clark Ashton Collected Works
Spencer, Wen A Brother’s Price
Stasheff, Christopher A Wizard in Rhyme
Tepper, Sheri The True Game
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit
van Gulik, Robert Judge Dee series
Vance, Jack The Dying Earth
Wagner, Karl Edward The Kane series
White, T.H. The Once and Future King
Wu, Cheng-En Journey to the West
Zelazny, Roger The Chronicles of Amber; The Lord of Light; Creatures of Light and Darkness

Zounds! is here!

Zounds! Cover

I’m thrilled to announce that Zounds! the Fantasy RPG is now available from RPGNow!  I feel like this is the best SFX! game yet.  It’s certainly the biggest in terms of content.

It’s also the first to have illustrations other than the computer graphics ones that I do… swiped from dead people the world over! (All public domain, that is.)

Check it out!

D&D to Zounds! conversion

D&D to Zounds! conversionStats (min 1)
Toughness 2 +/- CON bonus
Will 2 +/- WIS bonus
Stamina 2
Actions 2 +/- INT bonus (positive only)

If not spell-casting class, or if Cleric:
Name of your Class 4 + (Level)
If spell-casting class (including Cleric):
Combat Spells 4 + Highest Level Spell you can cast. Advantage: Flexible (choose number of spells equal to your score in spells) Disadvantage: Shots (number of shots = power level)
All classes:
Ruggedness 4 + (HP / 6, round nearest)
Reflexes 4 +/- DEX bonus

Charisma 4 +/- CHA bonus
Languages 4 +/- INT bonus
If Melee combat class (Fighter, Paladin, Ranger, etc):
Brawn 4 +/- STR bonus
If Missile combat class (Fighter, Ranger, Thief, etc):
Aim 4 +/- DEX bonus
If spell-casting class:
Knowledge 4 +/- INT bonus (WIS bonus for Clerics)

If Cleric:
Must obey tenets of the church

Small weapon d4 Thrown d4 Leather Armor d4
Medium weapon/staff d6 Bow d6 Chainmail d6
2H Weapon d8 Crossbow d8 Plate Armor d8
Cheap equipment d4
Medium equipment d6
Expensive equipment d8