Note: The text below is the transcript of our unboxing video (for those who would rather read than listen).
The new Open Combat: Sword Masters supplement is designed to add some new ideas and rules to the Open Combat game system. New skills, terrain options and scenarios are the main areas of focus.
With the Open Combat rules being designed to accommodate any and all types of warrior and weaponry, in Fantasy and Historical settings, the ‘sword masters’ are armed with whatever bladed weapon you wish. However, there are rules for other items of use to the swordsperson, plus suitable skills and abilities to use with your characters. There are also rules for special attack options, adding more depth to the game.
The Terrain section has plenty of options to create a whole range of interesting layouts, a nice touch is that the rules focus on interacting with various types of terrain, re-creating those fictional, flamboyant battles found in Hollywood or literature. There are also two pages of suggested layouts to game within, connected to some of the scenarios.
There are three scenarios included in the book, plus suitable sample profiles for a range of different types of swordsmen. A handy FAQ section is included, as is a useful quick reference sheet.
The overall look of this supplement reflects that of the core rulebook. It adds additional options to those looking to add more to their characters and gameplay, with new rules and approaches. A useful extension to the Open Combat rules for those who enjoy an open approach to skirmish gaming.