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Ambition & Avarice: 2nd Edition

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Ambition and Avarice is an action-adventure roleplaying game with an easy-to-understand OSR chassis. The 2nd edition maintains focus on character classes and races that walk the line of respectability.

See an interview/discussion of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baDW_toAuCY

Also discussed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0RfTZeRdqg&t=5522s

2nd Edition at a Glance:

- Simple OSR-style resolution mechanics
- 10 Races: Dark Elf, Dwarf, Elf, Gnome, Goblin, Halfling, Hobgoblin, Human, Lizardfolk, and Orc.
- 12 Classes: Brigand, Conjurer, Cultist, Elementalist, Enchanter, Knave, Ranger, Savage, Shaman, Witch, Veteran, and Zealot.
- More powerful low-level magic users + more powerful high-level mundane characters.
- Pre-built backpacks to grab off the shelf for quick character creation.
- The most comprehensive medieval fantasy equipment chapter in the RPG industry (I checked).
- Monster trophies to take after the battle and use as magic items; Cyclops eyes, Giant frog tongue, Nymph hair, and more.
- Catalysts: A spell component system that is actually fun to use.
- Clear and useful rules for hex crawling, managing retainers, and building your own barony.
- A complete customizable cosmology system with major/minor gods and demigods of your own creation.
- 596 spells: a mix of old favorites and reimagined wonders divided across six traditions: conjuration, elementalism, enchantment, primeval, salvation, and vexation.
- NPC design system mixing reaction rolls and attitude to determine exactly how far each NPC will go to help or harm you.
- A dungeon familiarity mechanic to allow the players to gather information BEFORE going down the steps into darkness.
- Full Bestiary of 182 monsters with a simplified combat stat block system for easy management.
- Monster entries include formulae for creating your own twisted undead.... if you don't mind dabbling in necromancy.
- Treasure chapter with rules on magic item creation and numerous treasure tables to stock your dungeons.

Each class features;
- Expertise in a class-specific task; like the Conjuror's binding circle ability or a Cultist's ability to sacrifice humanoids to curry favor with their god.
- Identification of something in the world; like the Witch's ability to identify sickness/disease or the Savage's ability to recognize familiar scents and follow them.
- Recruit followers to serve as henchmen; like the Knave's ability to recruit spies or the Conjurer's ability to create imps to serve them.

Six flexible magic-using classes have a varied selection of new and exciting spells. There are easy methods to create your own enchantments, raise unique undead to serve you, or craft cursed items to give to your enemies. The non-magical classes have their own rich choices and don't fade away in importance as the magical characters advance in level.

These classes can then be combined with 10 classic fantasy races; from elves and dwarves to orcs and lizardfolk. You can combine them however you wish, creating everything from goblin rangers to dwarven brigands. Your race is no longer central to your destiny, playing a marginal role in restricting your actions in the game world.

The entire package is designed to allow quick character generation and presented in a format that is clear and easy to read. The text is packed with explanations of not just the rules, but the reasons behind the rules. It is an ideal choice to hand to a new player who is looking to get into the great game, but turned away by dense technical rulebooks with byzantine organization. The adventuring mechanics are also OSR compatible and allow easy integration with a variety of old school campaign material. You can pick up this game, grab an old module, and get playing in a very short amount of time.

Game on!


 
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Richard B September 02, 2021 3:32 pm UTC
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I'm blind and use a computer screen reader, is this PDF made accessible to those using a screen reader? I want to purchase it, but if I cannot use it, I don't want to waste my money. I cannot find an email to email the publisher to ask, so I am asking here.
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Gregory C September 05, 2021 4:23 am UTC
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When I open the file in Acrobat, I can turn on "Read Aloud" mode and it will read me everything. However, for charts, it reads vertically down each column. So it will read 1, 2, 3 and then "the best", "average", "the worst", rather than read "1. The best", "2. average", "3. The worst". That could make it hard to understand, but maybe you have a better screen reader than what is embedded in Acrobat.

I hope this helps.
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Richard B September 06, 2021 1:50 pm UTC
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Thank you for replying, the Acrobat screen reader is basically useless although it will read material it will not allow someone to navigate the document. I'd love to talk with you about this and how to make documents accessible, rbennett2018@windstream.net I do thank you for your explanation, but pdf viewers, unless the pdf is made with layers, converts weirdly to a screen reader. Example: Section A could be where Section E is and Section A could have Section Z's information.
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Timothy Peter F August 23, 2021 1:06 am UTC
Hello, are there any random encounter tables that are common is other OSR books?
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Gregory C September 01, 2021 12:54 am UTC
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There are not random encounter tables in terms of "roll to see what you encounter on this hex/dungeon room". I leave that to the Judge or to the module being used. However, I do have quite a few treasure tables and each monster is assigned a table.
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Timothy Peter F October 01, 2021 3:51 am UTC
Thanks for your answer. This looks like a really nice game, but after looking around I was disappointed to see your close connection to Erik Tenkar and I'm afraid I will not be able to support your game.
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Timothy Peter F October 01, 2021 7:11 am UTC
Sorry about the above post. I listened too much to he said / she said before looking at what he actually said. If you can delete my post above, please do so. I'm pretty new to the RGP world after a 20 year or so hiatus. I would like to try your game after all.
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Noah G August 11, 2021 4:19 pm UTC
Would it be balanced enough to mix in monsters from other sources too? Say OSE or Basic Fantasy for example?
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Gregory C August 12, 2021 11:51 am UTC
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Definitely, as long as they use a basic stat block.
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Joshua C July 26, 2021 5:52 am UTC
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I did a skim through and am loving the book. I started doing a serious read-through starting at ch4. I noticed some math was wrong on pg 108.
"Each face is 14 miles long and the hex covers 510 square miles."
It would actually be ~510 miles total and not square miles. Squares miles would be gained by square rooting 510 (~22.6 square miles). That would change "Clearing a Hex" rules, which could be dropped from 10 square miles to a half square mile, but that would be closer to shaking the bushes to maintain that 25 encounters rule.
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Gregory C July 26, 2021 3:21 pm UTC
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Will investigate this, Joshua. thanks!
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Joshua C August 07, 2021 6:42 am UTC
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My math is wrong. All that my math does is determine what a square with the same area as a hexagon would look like.

My wife drove it in by saying if you had a room with dimensions of 23'x23' and you ordered 23 square feet of tile you would only get 23 1'x1' tiles, which would make a row, but you'd need to order another 22 rows worth to finish the room...
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Gregory C August 07, 2021 7:09 pm UTC
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No worries. I was actually just about to do a solid double-check of this math in advance of making a small file update to correct minor errors. Some extra spaces, a few "if to it" typo fixes, etc. Look out for that update later today.
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Wayne R July 21, 2021 2:36 pm UTC
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Hi Gregory. I'm just curious, if I buy the PDF then decide I want a HC, is there any way to get a discount on the HC price to bring it inline with buying both at once? I completely understand if not, but thought I'd ask. Thanks!
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Gregory C July 21, 2021 3:07 pm UTC
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Not precisely, because I cannot reduce the price of the book below a certain amount. But if you email me your order # for the PDF, I can give you a coupon code for discount on the book that takes away my profit on the sale. It won't 100% bridge the gap, but it will help.
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Eron R July 19, 2021 12:48 am UTC
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I've been tooting the horn of 1E for years, and this edition is bigger and better. My hardcopy can't get to me fast enough. Happy to be the first person to review 2E.
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Gregory C July 19, 2021 1:13 am UTC
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It really made my day to read. Thank you!
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Jimmy F July 16, 2021 6:06 pm UTC
Hi! Your product is featured in my latest YouTube video. Feel free to use quotes from it on your catalog page if you want. Also please signal boost (share) the video if you can (and haven't already). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0RfTZeRdqg&ab_channel=Splinterverse
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Gregory C July 16, 2021 11:26 pm UTC
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Thanks Jimmy! Let me know what you think when you get your copy.
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KEVIN D July 16, 2021 1:31 am UTC
Looks interesting. Since you still have the 1rst edition up for sale, are there major improvements or enhancements to the 2nd edition (mechanics, etc.)?
It sounds pretty compatible with the D&D 2e and older stuff. Does the book include a conversion chart?
Was hoping your Drive Thru publisher site link might provide some details but it goes to some Indonesian gambling advice site.
Any text-based review links up yet that I can check?
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Gregory C July 16, 2021 2:17 pm UTC
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I went through a divorce and forgot to renew that domain name. I didn't realize the link was still up here. I removed it. Sorry for the confusion.

The game doesn't need a conversion to play with any other edition (1e, 2e, other OSR). It uses a stat block that is compatible (though you may need to flip the ascending AC to descending).

The game just dropped and I haven't seen any big reviews yet. I will link to them once I find them.
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Gregory C July 18, 2021 9:35 pm UTC
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Here is the first text review for you, Kevin.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product_reviews_info.php?&reviews_id=617502&products_id=359780
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Robert B July 15, 2021 12:59 am UTC
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Wow, blast from the past!
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Robert B July 15, 2021 3:46 am UTC
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Needless to say, I acquired the game.
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Gregory C July 15, 2021 12:46 pm UTC
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Glad to have you!
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Brett P July 14, 2021 10:59 am UTC
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Only had a flick through so far, Saving it for my hardcopy to arrive, but have to say firstly, love the art on the cover and secondly, I really like the Saving throw idea. So simple but just works. Looking forward to digging in and seeing if this is the OSR game i have been searching for :)
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Gregory C July 14, 2021 2:41 pm UTC
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Thanks Brett. Let me know what you think about the hard copy. This was the first book I've ever sold through Drive Thru in hard copy. Everything prior has been soft cover. I am really satisfied with the quality myself.
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Brett P July 14, 2021 7:37 pm UTC
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Definitely will do. Roll on Mail Call :)
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Gerald S July 13, 2021 12:11 pm UTC
Wow! After G+ went away, I couldn't find a way to keep up with progress on this. So glad to see it finally out. Wishlisted for now, but going to be bought soon
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Gregory C July 13, 2021 5:59 pm UTC
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I will be on Tenkar's podcast tomorrow night (7/13) to discuss it, if you would like to listen in.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ
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Sean W July 12, 2021 7:10 pm UTC
Any chance of a preview ?

Woah - I've just noticed that my review of 1st Ed. was in 2013 !
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Gregory C July 12, 2021 7:59 pm UTC
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I had forgotten to enable preview this morning. Sorry. It should be fixed now.
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Gregory C July 12, 2021 8:02 pm UTC
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Fantastic review, by the way. I hope I can earn it again.
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