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New DW downloads

We’ve added some interesting and exciting Dragon Warriors downloads to the website over the last couple of days.

First of all, there’s a new adventure, ‘A Weak Pleasure’, by Shaun Hately and Mark Turner. Although it was designed to demonstrate Dragon Warriors at conventions, it’ll also slot into ongoing campaigns for an interesting single-session interlude.

Secondly, there’s Ian Sturrock’s long-awaited conversion rules for d20, for those who want to bring their old characters across from That Other Game System into the world of Dragon Warriors.

Thirdly, there’s the equally long-awaited Dragon Warriors Writers’ Guidelines. So you’d like to pitch your ideas for a new DW book to us? This PDF will tell you what we’re looking for, and how to impress us.

And finally, to prove we’re serious about wanting to see your writing, there’s an actual Call for Submissions for our forthcoming multi-author book ‘Friends or Foes’.

The adventure ‘A Weak Pleasure’ and the d20 conversion rules can be found at the Downloads page, and the  Writers’ Guidelines and the Call for Submissions are at the Writing for Dragon Warriors page.


A Kind of Magi

solTo celebrate May Day we had a surprise release: all three volumes of Dave Morris’s Chronicles of the Magi trilogy of young-adult novels, originally published by Hodder Childrens Books in 1997.

The books are set in Legend, the world of Dragon Warriors, and tell the story of an earnest warrior-priest and a charming rogue on a quest to save the world from the return of the Magi, the five ancient wizards who were banished from Krarth and who now circle the planet as malevolent comets.

The books are packed with atmosphere and nuggets of information and background on Legend: its countries, its history and its inhabitants. The story ranges from the bizarre city of Krarth and its battle-pits to the frozen wastes of Wyrd and the sun-blasted south with its weird magic, jinni and fire-worshippers. There’s inspiration for a hundred adventures in here.

The Chronicles of the Magi is Magnum Opus Press’s first digital-only release. The books are exclusively available  as PDF downloads from DriveThruRPG, with new covers from Jon Hodgson, priced at US$4.95 each.

On the Origins and Speeches

We’ve learned that the Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen has been nominated for an Origins Award, arguably the biggest games awards in the United States. This is fantastic news, and a wonderful recognition of the Baron’s talent as a games designer. We have cracked a bottle of Armagnac in celebration, so if our spelling goes wonky you’ll know why.

On the other hand, it’s been nominated in the category of ‘Children’s, Family, and Party Games’. Admittedly the new edition does contain the rules for ‘My Uncle the Baron’, a simplified version of the main game, but still: this is fundamentally a game about drinking, gambling and ogling the Duke of Clarence’s daughter. Still, as Oscar Wilde put it, the only thing worse that being talked about is being beheaded by the Sultan of Constantinople. Something like that. Don’t hog the Armagnac, dear fellow.

The original edition of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen—the 1998 release, not the suppressed 1808 printing—was also nominated for an Origins Award, and Magnum Opus press supremo James Wallis is a previous winner for his work on Nobilis in 2002.


New PDFS, missing FLs

We’ve added two new PDFs to the range of Dragon Warriors titles at DriveThruRPG. You can now buy digital versions of the two adventures for the game:

The Elven Crystals was released in print form a couple of weeks ago, and sharp-eyed readers quickly noticed there was a very strange error in the book. In the italicised passages, the letters ‘fl’ were mysteriously missing—so for example the word ‘shuffles’ (p.66) appears as ‘shuf  es’. We’re at a loss to explain why this has happened, but our print people are scratching their heads over it to make sure it never happens again. Please accept our sincere apologies, and we hope it doesn’t impact your enjoyment of the book. (This only affects the print version of the book; the PDF seems to be fine.)

Magnum Opus PDFs

You can now buy Magnum Opus Press’s roleplaying books, specifically the Dragon Warriors and Baron Munchausen titles, as downloadable PDF titles from the largest RPG download store in the world, DriveThruRPG.

At present the downloadable books are:

Further titles will be added shortly.

These PDFs contain all the  material from the print editions, plus corrections to any errata we’ve found, and they have been extensively bookmarked and cross-linked for ease of use.

Any questions, please email us at the usual address.

Free adventure

Our colleagues at Mongoose Publishing have included a Dragon Warriors adventure, ‘Betrayal at Desolate Mountain’ by Carl Walmsley, in the latest issue of their free downloadable games-magazine Signs & Portents. You can download a copy for yourself by clicking this link.

‘Sleeping Gods’ wakes

Sleeping Gods, the first adventure-book for Dragon Warriors, will begin arriving in games-shops around the world at the end of this week. It’s seven classic adventures that link together to form a complete campaign that will take player-characters from no-good low-level adventurers of little repute to a group of powerful individuals with reputations in more than one country, respected—or feared. The book features new linking text, and fantastic artwork from Jon Hodgson, Andy Law, Scott Neil and Scott Purdy.

Games distribution can be erratic and Dragon Warriors books are selling out quickly in many shops, so we recommend that you call your local games shop to see if they have copies in stock before you make a special trip.

Games Night talk

Jonny Nexus will be talking about his novel Game Night—and, one imagines, reading bits of it and signing copies—at South Woodford Library at 2.15PM on Saturday 13th December 2008.

You can find more information on the event by clicking here. Admittance is £2.

I was going to moan that nobody ever invites the publisher to these things and then I remembered that I’d been a guest of honour at Dragonmeet last weekend (where we sold out of the Dragon Warriors Bestiary in 45 minutes) so really I should shut up.


Hi, and welcome to the Magnum Opus Press website. We’ve just released the Dragon Warriors RPG, and things here are getting a make-over: we’re rearranging the website, changing the way it works, and adding a lot of pages with new content about the game, support materials for it, and so forth. So things may be a bit disorganised, broken or incomplete for a little while. Sorry for that.

What’s new? Well, Dragon Warriors is new—and selling like crazy. Some retailers have been a bit reluctant to stock it, but that’s created crazy mail-order demand for the rulebook and the Bestiary, so much that Mongoose Publishing (our co-publishers on the game) are finding it almost impossible to keep stock in their warehouse. Spare copies are so scarce that Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, the two authors who originally created DW in the 1980s and who still own and control the game, haven’t seen the new edition yet. It’s great. Bonkers, but great.

Speaking of Dave and Oliver, they’re going to be our guests at the official launch event for Dragon Warriors that are happening at the games convention Dragonmeet 2008, in central London this Saturday (29th November). Lead artist Jon Hodgson, adventure writer Frazer Payne, and MO Press supremo James Wallis will be there as well. The guys at Mongoose have promised that there will be DW rulebooks and copies of the Bestiary on sale, plus there’ll be a panel discussion and Q&A at 11.30, a signing session at the Mongoose stand at 12.30, and demos of the game running throughout the day. We may also have a limited-edition DW item on sale for the show. And Game Night author Jonny Nexus will be selling and signing his book. Come! Have fun! Buy cool game stuff as Christmas presents!

Sleeping Gods, the first Dragon Warriors campaign, is away at the printers but looking good for a December release. More news here when we have it.

Dragon Warriors—October, Flaming Cobra


30th June 2008

The short version: it’s Mongoose.

The longer version:

Magnum Opus Press is proud to announce that it has signed contracts with Mongoose Publishing Ltd to release new editions of the renowned classic RPGs Dragon Warriors and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchaunsen, as well as other properties to be announced in the future. The games will be released under Mongoose’s Flaming Cobra imprint, which is already home to hits such as Cthulhutech and Spycraft 2.0.

Under the terms of this deal Magnum Opus Press will retain full creative control over the games, and will do all the design, writing, illustration and layout for the products. Mongoose will handle all printing, publicity, sales and distribution.

The first Magnum Opus products are due to hit shelves in games stores around the world in September this year, with a new edition of the 1998 Origins Award-nominated RPG The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, described by cartoonist John Kovalic as “Utter brilliance in RPG form”. This ‘new’ version, a facsimile of the suppressed 1808 printing, is roughly double the length of the 1998 release and contains 55% more insults about the French.

The revised Dragon Warriors rulebook and the first supplement for the system will follow a month later. These will present a re-edit of the original British fantasy RPG by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, a best-seller in the UK in the 1980s and a cult classic today, with all-new covers and artwork.

“Flaming Cobra is a natural home for these great British RPGs,” said James Wallis, director of Magnum Opus Press. “The imprint allows Magnum Opus to play to its strengths as a creative powerhouse and ideas factory, while tapping into the UK’s most developed and successful sales and distribution systems for RPGs.”

Magnum Opus Press is the new publishing company from James Wallis, who ran Hogshead Publishing (Warhammer FRP, Nobilis) from 1994 to 2003. It will continue to publish non-gaming titles outside the Flaming Cobra deal. Magnum Opus Press is a subsidiary of the games-consultancy Spaaace.

(All rights in Dragon Warriors remain the property of Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, and are used with permission by Magnum Opus Press.)