The Hermit’s Sanctuary for BEOWULF 5e

Handiwork Games have released a free PDF adventure showcasing their forthcoming BEOWULF: Age of Heroes setting for 5e.

The Hermit’s Sanctuary is a free, full-length, introductory adventure that comes with a load of accessories, maps, and pregenerated characters.

Designed for one player and one GM, BEOWULF provides unique rules and support for single player games.

iIllustrated in full colour, The Hermit’s Sanctuary includes:

  • a complete, 52-page adventure for one GM and one Player
  • optional poster-sized PDF battle maps for all locations
  • optional VTT-friendly battle maps for Virtual Tabletops
  • 4 pre-generated characters
  • printable accessories: inspiration tokens and inspiration pool
  • blank character sheet
  • rules reminder sheet
  • handy adventure flowcharts

Jon Hodgson, owner of Handiwork Games, said:

“We’ve been working on BEOWULF for over a year now, and now after the months of hard work and testing it has really come together, delivering the play experience we want to capture. And so now we have decided to share! We’re really keen to bring BEOWULF to a wider audience to see how you get on with it. And now seems like a perfect time to be playing in a small group.

In BEOWULF you play a Hero, which is a new class we’ve created especially for 5e, with subclasses for each ability score. You’re accompanied by a band of followers, who make up for the absence of other player characters. You travel mythic, ’dark age’ Europe, hunting down monsters, uncovering their weaknesses, and slaying them!

We’ve worked hard on creating a set of modified 5e rules that give you the ability to really enjoy a one player adventure and that brings tons of setting-flavour. The best way to showcase what we’ve built was to let you play, and so we’ve released the Hermit’s Sanctuary.”

One of the oldest recorded stories in Western Europe, the poem Beowulf is an epic tale of hero against monster. And then the monster’s mother. And then a dragon.

BEOWULF is a setting and rules set for 5th Edition, designed for duet play – one GM and one player. Set in the world of Anglo-Saxon myth, no deep knowledge of history is required – the themes are eternal and instantly recognisable, and adventures occur in the story-world of the Saxons. This enables the setting to draw from a wide range of influences and get the best atmospheric stuff out of them without players having to be an expert on the era.

BEOWULF presents a host of new and specially adapted rules to create epic and thematic adventures for your lone hero and his or her companions.

BEOWULF features a unique new class: The Hero, with subclasses for each ability score. It has BEOWULF specific backgrounds, and unique rules for sea voyages, inspiration, alignment, followers, a new condition and more!

Explore mythic, migration-era Europe and beyond, solve mysteries, and do battle with dreadful monsters.

With writing and rules design from hand-picked 5e and folklore geniuses, and with art from Jon Hodgson and friends, the core setting book for BEOWULF is shaping up to be something special. It will arrive on Kickstarter soon.

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