ZENOBIA - Ancient Roleplaying
FILES FOR THE FREE VERSION OF ZENOBIA
Zenobia has been available freely on the internet since 1999. The free version is still available, but lacks the new solo rules, the sailing and trading rules and the detailed regional maps. It is illustrated with B&W clip-art. Feel free to download the free version of Zenobia, either as a taster or a game in its own right!
Where Rome meets the desert -
Rome crumbles, and here in the Desert Kingdoms there are tribes, cults, kings and queens that all want their piece. It is a lawless frontier, a world where the deserts are home to fierce Saracen tribes, lost cities, sphinx and scorpion-men. And where the cities teem with scheming princes, bandit kings and sinister cults. Opportunity and adventure are everywhere!
ZENOBIA is the fantasy roleplaying game of adventure and magic in the ancient world.
A complete game using a fast and easy-to-use 2d6 mechanic. With rules for gladiatorial fights, sailing, traps, wilderness travel, combat, magic, cults and ancient religions.
Elias R: I have been looking for a game like this for years. Read More
Darren K: A game that manages to condense all the good stuff from Old School games- the random tables and monster lists- but loses the restrictive Level/Class mechanics. It's like RuneQuest, with the same gritty Sword & Sorcery vibe in the mechanics, but the game is a lot simpler to play or generate characters for. It's written by someone who knows what was great about the historical period it's set in but treats that history as an inspiration rather than a limitation. The material inside lets each individual GM choose what balance of historical accuracy and fantasy they want. You could go entirely one way or the other using the same rules. Read More
Peter K: The game uses the same combat system as AD43 and Warband, a very fast and furious 2d6 system, that gives combat and task resolution a speed, virtually unknown in other systems, while still keeping a good dose of realism. It's so good that I am using it for mass combat resolution in Harnmaster. Concerning the game itself, I personally love the time and the setting. Real history with a touch of fantasy and a portion Lovecraft should be the right stuff for fans of Howard's non-Conan stories, or for pulp fans altogether. If you are into real history, too, so much the better. Read More
Rob Lang/The Free RPG Blog
"Zenobia is enthralling and detailled. I can't do it justice here. If you download anything this year. Download Zenobia."