Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Steel and Fury: Combat Maneuvers of the Mighty

Product– Steel and Fury: Combat Maneuvers of the Mighty

System– Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Producer– Purple Duck games

Price– $7 here http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/147952/Steel-and-Fury-DCC

TL; DR-A must have for the Dwarf or Fighter at the crawl! 97%

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Basics-Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war!  Steel and Fury is a Fighter and Dwarf supplement for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.  This book focuses on the Mighty Deeds of Arms for both of those classes by adding several new deeds that are specific for the type of weapon you are using as well as expanding the deeds by adding mighty criticals and mighty fumbles.

Mechanics or Crunch-Hands down a home run.  Every mighty deed gets its own page with descriptions of what happening.  Also, the addition of mighty criticals and fumbles really adds to the dice rolling crunch of this system.  And, the book has an amazing resource- an end of the book table showing which weapons can do which deed (MORE BOOKS SHOULD DO THIS!).  As the cherry on the sundae, even the old deeds get a revisit by adding the critical and fumble rules to them as well.  This is well done and slick. 5/5

Theme or Fluff-  Again, another home run.  Every deed has a ton of story to it.  Not only does each deed have a description, but also the deed has a quote from an appendix N fantasy story.  That right there is awesome.  Also awesome is the art.  I honestly didn’t expect much art from a small publisher, but it’s here and well done.  You will feel every crunch from this one as Steel and Furry builds on to a solid foundation of carnage. 5/5

Execution-We’ve had two home runs, so it’s time for a foul.  I love the book.  It’s got great spacing, great writing, text, tables, and great art.  What I don’t like is the price tag.  This book is $7 bucks for about 60 pages.  That’s a bit much as much of this book is pages with tables.  $7 isn’t enough to keep me away, but I think this should be around $4 to $5 to keep up with other publishers’ prices. 4.5/5

Summary-This is a great book and addition to the DCC rpg.  Purple Duck Games really made a top notch product by supplying quite frankly a ton of new content to the system.  Every weapon get some love.  At the back is an amazing chart detailing what each weapon can do with the new and old mighty deeds.  Even old deeds get new additions with mighty criticals and mighty fumbles.  The story this book tells is great proving that a straight crunch book can bring some story and panache to the table.  I think the book is a bit over priced.  But, if you can stomach the price, this is a necessary book for any fighter and dwarf that hits the table. 97%

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