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Steve Lampon11 Mar 2019 6:10 a.m. PST

Gadzooks it's the Apocalypse! Roleplaying Renaissance Skirmish Rules at the End of Time.

The Game

Gadzooks it's the Apocalypse is a fantasy battle game set in the first half of the seventeenth century, a time of widespread warfare, religious strife and general unrest. It was a time when very bad things were happening and when people saw signs of the end of days and the coming of the Apocalypse. So we thought that sounds like fun times lets make a game!

Each player in the game will control one character figure and a bunch of dubious looking henchmen. The character will have a detailed profile, a number of skills and qualities that can be improved upon if scenarios are survived and experience is gained. Henchmen are cheap and expendable and there are always plenty more to hire. But players should beware, evil forces are at work at every turn and as their characters grow in power, the temptation to follow the path of evil will be strong. Will characters risk their humanity by gaining sinister new powers or will they take the path of good. All will have to decide as the end time approaches.
Game Concept

Although Gadzooks is clearly a fantasy game with the emphasis on fun and entertainment, I have tried to create a game that delivers an accurate representation of warfare of the period but which also gives a glimpse of some of the religious beliefs held at the time, especially regarding the apocalyptic significance of such events as the Thirty Years War and English Civil War. Belief in witchcraft, demons and other powerful supernatural forces seemed to have been an everyday part of some people's lives especially those people caught up in terrifying conflicts or suffering from the effects of harsh and poorly understood natural phenomena such as famine and plague. So this game brings these forces to life' demons and undead creatures roam the battlefield, devilish magic can be conjured by those evil enough to wield it and saints in gleaming armour can hack their way through hordes of foul demonic foes. Now that's what I call entertainment!

Strange Fantasy

There are a few reasons why I created this strange fantasy game: I have a definite nostalgia for times spent playing Dungeons & Dragons (and this game is clearly influenced by that classic roleplaying game), I have a great fascination for the early modern era of history and there was a question that kept coming to mind why are all classic fantasy games set during the medieval period? Would it be possible to create a fantasy game set during the dark apocalyptic days of the seventeenth century? Well my answer to that question is undoubtedly yes. I hope that after playing this game you will agree with me too.

mad monkey 111 Mar 2019 6:43 a.m. PST

You might want to have someone go over your QRS sheet. You have the claymore doing a d14 in damage and the paragraph explaining how actions work needs some work. Does look entertaining.

miniMo11 Mar 2019 7:48 a.m. PST

Impact Miniatures makes a D14!

And all the inbetween sizes.

mad monkey 111 Mar 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Really? Did not know. How many gamers own one? Am I going to need one or more funky dice( beyond the usual suspects, d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, etc, )? If so then that info needs to be noted in his kickstarter. Not trying to crack on the creator, hell I love the concept, just trying to add some constructive advice. Take it or leave it.

Steve Lampon11 Mar 2019 9:11 a.m. PST

:) Hello, happy to take on board any constructive comments. Where does it say d14 damage for the Claymore on the QRS? I cannot find it. I can find a d14 save for half-plate. The rules do indeed use a wide variety of dice. Thanks for the interest. Steve.

mad monkey 111 Mar 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

My bad, zweihander.I should edit myself better. :)

mad monkey 111 Mar 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

These rules would work pretty well with the minis coming out with the Anno Domini 1666 game.

miniMo11 Mar 2019 11:30 a.m. PST

I don't own any of the Impact dice yet, but they keep tempting me…

Steve Lampon13 Mar 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

I have started posting updates on the KS page which will begin to explain various aspects of the rules. Starting forces and Initiative so far.

Steve Lampon30 Apr 2019 6:50 a.m. PST

:) Thank you to everyone who contacted me with their continuing support for the rules.

We have about 60 people who have pledged their support, so the rules will go to press at the end of the week.

If you have recently received an email from me and you haven't replied, I need to know your location for postage please.

We will print 100 copies, so if you haven't previously contacted me but would still like a copy I need to know ASAP.

The offer remains the same as the Kickstarter offer.

Rulebook & QRS £20.00 GBP

Rulebook QRS and a set of counters £35.00 GBP

Postage rates

Rules only, UK large letter – £3.00 GBP

Rules + tokens, UK small parcel – £4.00 GBP

Rules only, Europe – £6.00 GBP

Rules + tokens, Europe small parcel – £9.00 GBP

Rules only, World Zone 1, (everywhere that isn't Europe or Australia/New Zealand) – £10.00 GBP

Rules + tokens, World Zone 1, (everywhere that isn't Europe or Australia/New Zealand) small parcel – £14.00 GBP

Rules only, World Zone 2, (Australia/New Zealand) – £10.00 GBP

Rules + tokens, World Zone 2, (Australia/New Zealand) small parcel – £15.00 GBP

Many thanks


Steve Lampon16 May 2019 2:53 a.m. PST

Gadzooks, it's the Apocalypse rulesets have been delivered and the first lot of pledges have gone in the post. Rules/QRS and counters will go in the post early next week – I am waiting for the counters to be delivered. Many thanks to all of those who have supported the book :)



Charge The Guns19 May 2019 2:56 p.m. PST

Well done for getting the rules out, Steve. Looking forward to getting my set later in the week.

Steve Lampon20 May 2019 3:20 a.m. PST

Gadzooks, it's the Apocalypse. The rules, QRS's and counters have all gone in the post today. Thank you to everybody who has supported the project.

Steve has a blog and will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding the rules.

I really would appreciate it if you would all spread the word about the rules, particularly on relevant social media groups – I still have 40 copies to sell! :)

Many thanks


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